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Butterbeer Reigns at The Leaky Cauldron

So buttery.
So buttery.

When in Diagon Alley, there is really just one place to grab a bite to eat. This is both a very real situation and a fantastical situation in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. In the real world, The Leaky Cauldron can be found in Universal Studios, Orlando and it is quite a site to behold. Designed like the interior of some sort of medieval castle, the food is all Potter-themed (resembling British Pub fare) and ranges from theme park expensive to holy crap that was a lot of galleons.

It's so gilly.
It’s so gilly.

All meals at The Leaky Cauldron should probably start out with a Butterbeer, which is sadly non-alcoholic, but happily delicious. Or at least the hot version is that was just released a couple of weeks ago. It’s also served frozen and at a regular cold temperature, but served hot it was simply amazing. I’m not joking. With a butterscotch-like flavor, a nice creaminess and just the right amount of sweetness it was perhaps one of the best decisions of my life. I had ordered some Gillywater in case the Butterbeer was too sweet or not good, but it turned out I didn’t even need it. It tasted like, well, regular water in case you’re wondering.

Harry would have liked it this way.
Harry would have liked it this way.

Of course, the Butterbeer was a tough act to follow, but I had to have some actual food. I ordered the Specialty Chicken sandwich, which was a breast of the aforementioned chicken, apple butter mayo, colby cheese, bacon, and tomatoes. It also came with wedge fries. I ordered without the tomatoes, because I felt Harry would have liked it that way. Also because it’s me. It took some time for the food to arrive, but of course this makes sense in the wizard world where food cannot be created from nothing. The sandwich itself was pretty good for theme park food. I mean that in the best of ways, but really at the end of the day it was good theme park food and would have probably been a disappointingly dry sandwich outside of the wizard realm. The fries, though, were actually much better than I could have expected.

Alas, The Leaky Cauldron was a step up in theme park food. Not so much because of the sandwich, but because that Butterbeer was just so damn good. If I had to eat theme park food, I could do a whole lot worse than The Leaky Cauldron.