On our latest trip we stopped in at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, which opened last year on Universal CityWalk. The restaurant has a quirky steampunk theme and an extensive backstory featuring owner Dr. Penelope Toothsome and her robot Jacques, as well as an extensive menu with an impressive array of over-the-top desserts and milkshakes.
We stopped in for lunch on a weekday, so we were able to get a table immediately. Toothsome does not accept reservations and has remained quite popular since its opening, so peak times can take some waiting for a table. We sat on the first floor, where guests can see turning gears and smokestacks as the ‘factory’ operates around you. Penelope Toothsome and Jacques were walking around greeting some guests, though seemed to be taking a break during our meal – we had met them before so we didn’t wait around for their next visit.
Our server suggested the Philly Cheesesteak Rolls for an appetizer, so we decided to try it. They were like egg rolls filled with, well, what you would expect from inside a Philly Cheesesteak. These were flavorful, with plenty of cheese on the inside, and the outside was nice and crisp. There are actually four rolls in an order, though you can’t see it clearly in the photo.
Toothsome has quite a varied menu, with plenty of entrees featuring sandwiches, burgers, pasta, and salads. They also have a brunch-style menu with items like waffles and crepes, and I was drawn to the French toast options. I love French toast, though I didn’t want something sweet since I was planning to have a milkshake afterward, so I went for the Country Fresh French Toast, a more savory take on the dish with Gruyere cheese, ham, a sunny side up egg, and bernaise sauce. It was served with herby lyonnaise potatoes.
I enjoyed this take on French toast, especially with the cheese and the sauce, although I wish there had been more of both as there wasn’t quite enough for the amount of toast on the plate. My sister got the Southern Fried Chicken BLT and enjoyed it.
I also had to get a milkshake while we were there, and I ordered one of their new selections, the Cookie Jar. This one comes with a whole chocolate chunk cookie on top, and it tasted like someone had made a milkshake with a cookie dough flavor. I’m a big fan of cookie dough, so I loved it.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is a fun place to eat, and while it seems to have remained quite popular in the evenings, especially after the parks close, it’s not quite as difficult to get a table as it was. It’s entrée prices are also quite affordable on much of the menu, so it keeps its place on our list of favorites on Universal CityWalk.
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