Okay I know, you’re probably like, wait Universal?! But listen, we love theme parks and Orlando has two incredible parks that we love to visit. This last spring we became Universal Passholders and figured it was time to start reviewing some of their vegan options. If Universal isn’t your thing, that’s cool, but maybe once we have some reviews of all their vegan options you might change your mind!
Back in May of 2018 we went to Universal Orlando and they had pretty much zero vegan options. A few months after that they started rolling out a ton of vegan options in the parks including burgers, pastas, and more, which put them heavy on our radar. Fast-forward to mid 2019 and now pretty much all of their restaurants have vegan options! Our friends over at Universal Orlando Vegans have an incredible Facebook group and a Vegan Wiki site for quick reference so if you’re planning on going to Universal bookmark that site and join the group.
One of the first vegan options we had in Universal was at Universal Studios at Mel’s Drive-In. This is a quick service restaurant located in the Hollywood section of the park. Mel’s offers Mobile Express Pick Up which I highly recommend when dining in the park as I’ve seen some very long lines here. You order the same way you would for Disney’s Mobile Order, just directly on the app.
Mel’s Drive-In has two vegan options on their menu. They have a Beyond Burger which comes with Follow Your Heart American cheese and vegan mayo, and then a Chick’n & Avocado Sandwich which features a gardein chick’n breast, avocado, and Follow Your Heart American cheese. The first time we ate here they still had the Impossible Burger, but after the shortage this spring/summer they switched to Beyond.
The Chick’n & Avocado Sandwich is a great option. The chick’n can be pretty mushy, but it has a ton of avocado on it with some lettuce and tomato. That alone has us sold on it. The cheese is a little weird with it, but as a whole it all works and has a lot of flavor. If you want a lighter sandwich, this is the one to go with here. Also both times we have ordered these the team members have made sure we know we ordered vegan options, which I find pretty humorous.
The Beyond Burger here blew their old Impossible out of the water. The burger was cooked perfectly and had a ton of melty cheese and vegan mayo on it. Mel’s doesn’t have a toppings bar so the burger comes topped with lettuce, tomato, and pickles. I could have eaten two of these the other night because it was so good.
We had originally went to Richter’s Burger Co. that evening, but found out they close at 5, so we went to Mel’s instead. Mel’s is one of the later options and is open during Halloween Horror Nights.
Review from August 2019.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of vegan options at Universal Orlando Resort head here.