Toothsome Chocolate Emporium at Universal Orlando
I had been wanting to visit the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal CityWalk since it opened. This past November I scheduled a few hours away from our Walt Disney World vacation to venture to the other major theme park in the area, Universal Orlando, to finally check it out!
6pm is the magic time that parking is free at Universal Orlando, and we arrived a few minutes before. The parking attendant waved us through and we were on our way through the massive parking garage. A security stop and a few moving sidewalks later, we were finally in CityWalk.
CityWalk is an entertainment complex of restaurants, clubs, and shops (and also a mini-golf and movie theater) located before your reach the entrance of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. It’s more similar to Downtown Disney at Disneyland than the current Disney Springs at Walt Disney World.
The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium has an interesting backstory. (You can read all about it on your menu.) Professor Doctor Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker Toothsome created the restaurant, which looks like a steampunk-styled factory. She may even visit your table during your meal to check on you.
The restaurant is located right beside the Hard Rock Cafe. Since they do not take reservations (which really blows the minds of anybody who has ever planned a Walt Disney World vacation) we put our name in to get a table and were told it’d be about a 45 minute wait. We looked around the gift shop for a while, but then we also walked next door to look around the Hard Rock Cafe’s gift shop too.
Speaking of the gift shop, let’s see all the merch we can get at the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium!
Alright, now it’s time for dinner.
First off, I love the theme, and the background music loop – it’s kind of hard to explain. But it’s this thumping sound that matched the spinning gears that were being shown on the screens in the dining room. I also absolutely loved the outside of the restaurant with the smoke stack. It just looked so unique. And impressive. I kept telling Gary how much I just adored the look of everything.
We ordered the chocolate bread as an appetizer. This was Gary’s favorite part of the meal. I suggested we order another to take back with us, We didn’t, but we should have! And the price was extremely reasonable for a touristy restaurant – only $2.95!
I ordered the Vegetable Press sandwich, which came with fries. Our server went on about how the cranberry bread was made in-house and how fresh all the ingredients were. I really enjoyed it. I would order it again.
Gary ordered the Southern Fried Chicken BLT. Gary thought the chicken was good, but he said it needed more mustard to jazz it up. He would choose something else next time.
We got a visit from Penelope and asked what we should order for dessert! I filmed it and laughed a little too much. Watch it to hear all about the little known Vanilla Emporium!
So what did we end up getting for dessert?
This is May Contain Nuts, which was an overload of all things peanut butter. Peanut butter ice cream, Reese’s Pieces, Reese’s cups, peanut brittle, and a full slice of chocolate peanut butter pie. I’m a peanut butter addict, so I loved it. It was a little too much peanut butter for him. The two of us only finished about half of it. Next time we’ll get one of their famous shakes.
We saw them making those shakes as we were leaving.
I loved the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. I’m glad we took a side trip from Walt Disney World to visit. We’ll definitely be back!