Captain’s Fish and Chips at Bubba Gump’s Orlando

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(Photo Credit: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.)

Themed restaurants and theme park resorts go together like peas and carrots. Well, I think Forrest Gump might say that. Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Company, located within Universal Orlando CityWalk, provides themed restaurant dining. As you might know, this restaurant desires guest step into the world of Forrest Gump. This highly themed venue offers a deep Southern atmosphere splashed with familiar quotes and film references everywhere you look. The menu features mid-level seafood style dishes mostly. However, guests can order burgers, sandwiches, and even fried chicken.

Photo courtesy of Phill Guard

With the return of our friends from the UK, the topic of fish and chips emerged over the quality served at Universal Orlando. Universal Orlando offers several places that prepare fish and chips such as Finnegan’s, Lombard’s, and the Wizarding World quick service places. As you might expect based on article title, fish and chips appears at Bubba Gump’s also.

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The Captain’s Fish & Chips comes with fish, fries, coleslaw, and tartar sauce. The standard portion of fish costs $19.99. Bubba Gump’s offers a larger portion for $24.99. As you will detect from this short review, I would get the Forrest’s Feast for same basic price before buying the larger portion of fish and chips. You can see review of Forrest’s Feast here.

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In my experience with the fish and chips here, they rank about average. They taste okay. My standard concern involves the price point. For the quality of fish being served, price point exceeds many guests’ expectation. Yes, I know this is a themed restaurant. However, guests find better theming in the Wizarding World for less money. Guests also find better quality of fish at Finnegan’s within Universal Studios Florida.

In fairness, my qualifications evaluating fried fish may be suspect. Still, my friend Phill Guard, Epic Florida Project Podcast, recently dined at Bubba Gump’s. Phill fits the category of theme park fan from the UK. He ordered the fish and chips there. His meal disappointed him since the fish was pollock. In his opinion, cod should have been the fish option based on price point. Now, how can I argue about fish and chips since I think chips come in a bag from the Lay’s company. In contrast, Phill evaluated the fish as tasteless and rubbery. I believe Bubba Gump’s will not be putting that on their next advertising campaign.

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Still, less than positive reviews dominate diner’s reactions to these fish and chips. As I stated earlier, they are not bad but just not great either. Will they satisfy a picky diner? Yes, they fulfill that mission. Moreover, will they please a connoisseur of properly prepared fried fish? Well, I think you know that answer. Bubba Gump’s provides a good experience. Yet, like many of the themed Landry’s restaurants, the food quality and overall value often disappoints. The experience at Bubba Gump’s gets mixed reviews. In fairness, the fish and chips serve as one of the main reasons.



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