Apr 03

Hollywood & Dine – Universal City, CA

Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza

Universal City, CA 91608

Rating: ★½☆☆☆ 

Located right inside Universal Studios Hollywood, Hollywood & Dine serves up classic American cuisine, theme park style. With high prices and simple menus, Hollywood & Dine tries to nickel and dime you for what you have. Upon entering this counter service restaurant, you will notice few registers and a long counter. A menu board above recommends various menu items.

Today, we decided to order their signature burger and a personal pepperoni pizza. When ordering the burger, the cashier actually asked if I would like a 2nd beef patty, which agreed too, but then I proceeded to add bacon and then upgrade the fries to chili cheese fries. The burger itself was fairly bland and unseasoned. The burger was cooked well done and lacked any tenderness or juiciness. The thousand island sauce did help provide some flavor to the bland burger. The extra patty did not help the meal, but the bacon did taste pretty good and was crunchy. The chili cheese fries were soft and wedge-cut. The chili was flavorful and not overly salty. The personal pepperoni pizza came at a decent portion size. The cheese and marinara sauce tasted fresh, but the pizza was salty overall. The first slice tasted fine, but subsequent slices required ample amounts of soda to wash it down.

Overall, Hollywood & Dine was a disappointment. With such high prices, you would at least expect better quality tasting food. Other than the simple chili cheese fries, the rest of the meal was not that appetizing. If you are at Universal Studios Hollywood, you are better off exiting the park and grabbing a meal at the Universal CityWalk from real restaurants for similar prices.

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