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Casey3557

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Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 02/15/10 12:45 PM (permalink)
We travel to WDW at least once a year.  Have a great trip!  Here are some of our favorites: 
  • Earl of Sandwich @ the Disney Marketplace.  Great sandwiches on artisan bread at a good price.  They also have salads.  Lines are usually long, but move quickly.  (Tip:  use the time in line to peruse the menu and make your meal choice to save time.)  There are tables inside and outside.  We stop by here several times. 
  • Olivia's @Old Key West - Great atmosphere and service.  Food is generally quite good.  This is a great spot for breakfast and lunch.  Dinner is a good deal pricier, but includes more fish choices than at other meals.  Ambience is quite relaxing.
  • I agree with the other posters that Epcot has some great spots.  Le Cellier (in "Canada" ) is a favorite and very popular.  We love to stop in at the Rose and Crown for a pint at their beautiful bar.  Fish and chips are a great favorite there.  The Lotus Blossom Cafe in Japan has a sesame chicken salad that I love.  There are good choices all around the lagoon at Epcot; you can't go far wrong here, but they tend to be pricey. 
  • Boma and Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge are excellent.  Boma has a breakfast and dinner buffet that are wonderful.  Jiko is similarly wonderful.  One or the other is worth the splurge. 
  • Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club has probably the best burger on WDW property as well as the temptation (for some AND their friends) of The Kitchen Sink (8 scoops of ice cream w/every conceivable topping and a whole can of whipped cream!).  Always crowded, but a great little spot.
  • Kouzzina (Cat Cora's new restaurant) @ the Boardwalk is supposed to be great, but we haven't tried it yet. 
  • ESPN Club @ the Boardwalk is okay; great for nachos and drinks and catching up with your favorite team.
  • Wolfgang Puck has some great spots at the Marketplace.  Great pizzas and pasta dishes. 
  • Ghiradelli's at the Marketplace for great ice cream.
  • House of Blues @ the Marketplace West Side.  I know it is a chain, but the food is terrific and the service quite good.  A good bet, especially at lunch. 
  • California Grill at the Contemporary.  Dinner only.  Has won multiple dining awards.  Fantastic view.  Another splurge-worthy spot.  Similarly, Victoria & Albert's @ the Grand Floridian.  You can't miss with either one of these choices. 
  • Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic Kingdom.  Tasty sandwiches at lunchtime along with salads and soups.  We love the atmosphere.  A cool, relatively quiet spot to relax and enjoy some good food. 
 
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    TJ Jackson

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    Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 02/15/10 1:41 PM (permalink)
    I believe Victor and Victoria have instituted a "no kids" policy

    While this sounds very un-disney, it is a stuffy-formal 5 star eatery and really not something 99.9% of kids would enjoy, or even tolerate
     
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      MetroplexJim

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      Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Sat, 02/20/10 10:42 AM (permalink)
      When in Orlando, don't miss The Kissimmee Steak House.  I've been going there since the Reagan Administration and have never been disappointed.  You will be one of the few tourists in the place; it's a "local" favorite. http://www.kissimmeesteakhouse.com/

      And Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ is excellent (avoid Sonny's): http://www.bubbalous.com/
       
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        Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 02/22/10 5:54 PM (permalink)
        TJ Jackson


        I believe Victor and Victoria have instituted a "no kids" policy

        While this sounds very un-disney, it is a stuffy-formal 5 star eatery and really not something 99.9% of kids would enjoy, or even tolerate

        The chef at Victoria & Albert's has been nominated for a James Beard award. The listing is about half way down page 17 at: http://jamesbeard.org/files/2010_SEMIFINALISTS_FINAL.pdf 
         
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          TJ Jackson

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          Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 02/22/10 7:57 PM (permalink)
          err, yeah, Victoria and ALBERT'S

          :-)
           
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            MandalayVA

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            Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Wed, 02/24/10 1:46 PM (permalink)
            Casey's Corner is a must stop for me when I go to the Mouse Hole. 

            One that hasn't been mentioned--and I recommend it more for the experience than the food--is the Prime Time Cafe at Disney/MGM/whatever they're calling it now.  You'll feel like you stepped into a fifties sitcom, complete with food like meat loaf (which is actually pretty decent).  The servers are all your "aunts" and "uncles" and they will do things like show your clean plate to the entire restaurant or do the airplane thing to make you take a bite of something.  If you have kids they'll be deeply entertained. 

            For a splurge, I loved Artist Point at the Wilderness Lodge hotel.  They had a buffalo ribeye that literally melted in my mouth. 


             
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              TJ Jackson

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              Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Wed, 02/24/10 1:50 PM (permalink)
              I myself didn't mention Prime Time Cafe because our meal there was 100% awful, including the waitress who had bought 0% into the whole concept.

              Service, food, price - all bad.
               
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                Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Tue, 03/2/10 9:06 AM (permalink)
                Thanks to all you great Roadfooders for your wonderful suggestions. There actually is a greater bounty of choices at the Magic Kingdom than I had originally believed possible--quite a few more in fact! Your recommendations covered the whole gamut. 
                We wound up at Narcoossee's at the Grande Floridian for our big occasion (a cousins' get together) meal of the trip. Narcoossee's specializes in seafood, but has a wide range of other choices. The food, service and portion sizes were outstanding. Among the dishes most liked by our table were the wahoo (kind of like swordfish), blackened Florida grouper, a NoLa style cajun etouffee and an outstanding surf & turf w/ huge portions of tenderloin medalions and excellent rock lobster tail.   
                The gorgeous restaurant is located in a separate bullding on the GF resort property, overlooking the lagoon and beach. We really lucked out by scoring a window-side table and had a front row seat for the nightly fireworks over the entire Disney property. It really was awesome and, yes, quite magical. We would all go back in a heartbeat. 
                Thanks again to all of you who offered your choices. I've said it before but it bears repeating that the people on this site are the best!!!  

                QFan 
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                #38
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                  Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Tue, 03/2/10 9:22 AM (permalink)
                  I've got to agree with QFan, RFers are the best!  I'm going to "the place where dreams come true" in about 4 weeks and this will be a great "cheat sheet" for me.  Thanks!
                   
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                    Play27

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                    Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 03/8/10 1:03 PM (permalink)
                    Breakfast buffet at the Swan, with the characters, was actually almost worth the money.
                     
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                      Mobistro

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                      Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Tue, 03/9/10 6:45 AM (permalink)
                      Lots of affordable restaurants you will find in Orlando, search online in Google and you will get lots of restaurants and choose that will best fit your requirement.
                       
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                        Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Tue, 03/9/10 8:10 AM (permalink)
                        Off property, just where I-4 and 27 meet is a favorite of mine, featuring great English/Irish food a d a SUPERB pour of Guinness.
                         
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                          The Travelin Man

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                          Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Tue, 03/9/10 2:51 PM (permalink)
                          Mobistro


                          Lots of affordable restaurants you will find in Orlando, search online in Google and you will get lots of restaurants and choose that will best fit your requirement.


                          Google, you say?  From a site where people come for food recommendations?

                          How about this?
                           
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                            TJ Jackson

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                            Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Tue, 03/9/10 3:00 PM (permalink)
                            JTM made a funny

                            JTM loves Orlando, btw :-)

                            and key lime pie
                             
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                              Tony Bad

                              Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Tue, 03/9/10 4:40 PM (permalink)
                              The Travelin Man


                              Mobistro


                              Lots of affordable restaurants you will find in Orlando, search online in Google and you will get lots of restaurants and choose that will best fit your requirement.


                              Google, you say?  From a site where people come for food recommendations?

                              How about this?





                              No space between site: and roadfood otherwise it won't limit to just roadfood.com




                               
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                                billyboy

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                                Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 04/12/10 10:10 AM (permalink)

                                BILLYBOY'S TRIP TO DISNEY WORLD 03/27/10 TO 04/03/10

                                Saturday 03/27/10 - My girlfriend and I recently took a vacation to Disney World with my family to celebrate my niece's 5th birthday.  I ended up taking about 700 pictures (a good number of them of the food we ate!) and I thought I'd share some of them here instead of starting a new thread.  I figured it might be helpful for anyone planning a trip to the House of Mouse.  I saw this interesting little sandwich stand during our layover in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  Has anyone ever tried it? 
                                On our way to the gate, I spied this Savannah's Candy Kitchen in Concourse B, so I popped in for some...
                                 
                                Divinity, which I loved the meringue-like texture of, but thought they tasted somewhat medicinal.  Not sure if they are supposed to be that way or if this was just a bad rendition?
                                 
                                And some very buttery, sweet and crunchy Pralines.  My favorite are still Dave Furer's green chile and tequila pralines at The Only Cafe in Vernon, NY.
                                 
                                We had some time before our flight and I found this Krystal Hamburger shop just across from our gate.  I had heard of this regional chain but never tried it.  
                                 
                                I like the Hall of Fame idea...
                                 
                                and the background they give.
                                 
                                These reminded me of White Castle slyders, only better.  The same soft bun, griddle-onion steamed burger, but somehow better.  One touch I particularly liked was the inclusion of mustard on the burger.  Most unexpected, but very tasty.  It gave it a welcome tang.
                                 
                                Upon arriving at our hotel, the Port Orleans Riverside, we stopped in to the Riverside Mill food court for some build-your-own-pasta before taking a nap.  I had some pesto linguine with grilled chicken and vegetables which was a bit on the greasy side, but tasty nonetheless.  We would be eating breakfast here most mornings and then head out to the theme parks for the day.  When we got to our room, the towels were arranged on the bed as "Mouse Ears".  Cute.
                                 
                                After some rest, we took one of Disney's buses from the hotel and met my family for dinner at Tony's Town Square Restaurant in the Exposition Hall in the Magic Kingdom.  A couple of points to note.  I want to thank the Roadfooder who suggested that we make dinner reservations months in advance.  I forgot his name, but that bit of advice was most helpful.  Many places were booked solid.  We were all on the dining plan for the week which gave each of us: one full service-sit down meal, one quick serve meal and one snack per person, per day which worked out just fine for us.  Most of the full service dinners included an entree, dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage.  Any appetizers and alcoholic beverages were extra.  Our waitress was great and chatty, in a good way.  She was very helpful in explaining how the dining plan worked and answered any questions that we had.  
                                 
                                Tony's is based on the restaurant featured in the Disney animated film, "The Lady and the Tramp".  
                                 
                                The only lemonade available at the Disney restaurants was this very refreshing pomegranate lemonade.  
                                 
                                Our dinner started out with a platter of warm, crusty rolls and some tasty olive oil.  
                                 
                                My dinner came with this rather plain, flat tasting salad.  I'm just not a big fan of iceberg lettuce.

                                Dayna had the linguini with mussels, shrimp and calamari.   

                                I had the Chicken Parmigiana. Not the best I have ever tried (and I have tried a lot!) but it was okay. A bit bready and it could have used more seasoning.
                                Tiramisu
                                My Lemon Cream cake. The walnuts and cocoa were an unusual touch, but they worked for me. This was moist, light and very good. I don't remember the kind of frosting on top. Sorry.

                                I thought this was an enjoyable place to eat.  Lots of the "stroller set" eating here. More pics and write-ups on Day 2 after the jump...! For now, I'll just leave you with a shot of Cinderella's Castle at night:




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                                  billyboy

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                                  Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 04/12/10 2:02 PM (permalink)

                                  Sunday 03/28/10 - Dayna and I slept in today (as we did on most days, we're on vacation!) and then met my family at EPCOT.  At the entrance is the Spaceship Earth sphere.  We also happened to be at Disney during the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival, so there were lots of beautiful plants, shrubs, flowers and other flora and fauna to take in.  

                                  It poured for most of the afternoon and we ducked into a quick serve place called the Electric Umbrella to split a sandwich, some fries and a fruit cup. The hardest part about eating on a rainy day is trying to find a seat. We had to stalk a table until a family left! We had a smoked turkey sandwich with cranberry mayo, cheddar and bacon, which seemed like an odd combination, but worked for one of us. The fruit cup was huge (grapes, cantaloupe and honeydew) and the fries were okay. Sorry, no pictures on this one.

                                  We met my family for dinner in the country of Norway in the World Showcase at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. Aside from Cinderella's Castle, this restaurant was supposed to have one of the best character dinners for kids. It did not disappoint. My niece got to meet, get autographs from and have her picture taken with: Belle (Beauty & the Beast), Alice (from Alice in Wonderland, Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Show White and Ariel (The Little Mermaid) and she loved every minute of it!


                                  I wanted to go for a traditional Scandanavian dish, so I opted for the Kjottkake.
                                  We started out with a trip to the buffet for many Scandanavian fish dishes. Being a "fish frowner" I was skeptical that I would actually like any of it. I wish I had taken better notes. There were some fish items like herring in a red sauce that I just couldn't abide, but the salmon in the middle of my plate (smoked, I think) with dill sauce was very good. Moist and not fishy tasting. The other fish just above it on the plate was a smoked fish whose name I forget, but was very tender and flaky. The shrimp salad and the cocktail shrimp were both good too. Haven't made a fish lover out of me yet, but I'd try it again.
                                  Dayna's Citrus Marinated Mahi-Mahi with mashed potatoes, arugula and a mushroom vinaigrette. I didn't try it, but she said it was very good.
                                  My sister's Grilled Pork Chop with Potato gratin, apple-raisin chutney and Demi-glace. This was a nice piece of pork and the cheesy potatoes were addictive.
                                  My Kjottkake with asparagus and Lingonberry sauce. I really liked these. They are not dumplings as I know them, but what I would call meatballs. I had expected to see whole lingonberries, but they are actually cooked into the meatballs and the sauce. They definitely have a perfumey presence that is slightly sweet.
                                  Our dessert was the family-style Royal Chef's Dessert Plate. Two plates for the table with three desserts on each one: a sweet and savory chocolate mousse, Traditional Rice Cream served with strawberry sauce and a Flaky Puff Pastry filled with Mascarpone Mousse and topped with fresh berries. All of these were winners with the whole table. (descriptions of this meal courtesy of the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall online menu).
                                  Later that night my sister and her husband took my niece to a meet-n-greet with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto, so the rest of us stopped in to the Fountain View Ice Cream shop for some Edy's ice cream.
                                  I went for a double scoop of chocolate and vanilla ice cream. While it was very tasty, I think Amy of ayersian would be somewhat dismayed as I was to find a few ice crystals in this dish!

                                   

                                  Til then, here are some of the fireworks from the 9pm nightly display at the World Showcase:



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                                  #47
                                    TJ Jackson

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                                    Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 04/12/10 2:16 PM (permalink)
                                    Epcot has *BY FAR* the best overall eats of any of the 4 main parks.

                                    It's not even close.

                                    Hope you get to Le Cellier @ Canada for the mushroom filet
                                     
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                                      billyboy

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                                      Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 04/12/10 2:22 PM (permalink)
                                      TJ, I walked by Le Cellier after seeing O' Canada, but unfortunately, we already had reservations elsewhere each night for dinner.  I did look at the menu based on what you and some other posters had said earlier in this thread and wished we had gone there.  

                                      I did make it to the Rose & Crown for a beer flight along with some fish & chips.  

                                      We also had dinner at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney and my Shepherd's Pie, colcannon, 2nd beer flight and bread pudding were on point!  

                                      Also had a mixed but overall good meal and great experience at the 50s Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios.  The buffet at Cape May in the Beach Club was excellent too.  More pics and report coming soon!
                                       
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                                        Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 04/12/10 2:26 PM (permalink)
                                        Your first "praline" looks live "divinity", no?
                                         
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                                          billyboy

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                                          Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 04/12/10 2:29 PM (permalink)
                                          D'oh!  Thanks for the catch, Rusty!
                                           
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                                            Rusty246

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                                            Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 04/12/10 2:32 PM (permalink)
                                            billyboy


                                            D'oh!  Thanks for the catch, Rusty!


                                            He, he.  No problem!  I'm not much of a sweet eater, I remember my Grandmother making it.
                                             
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                                              BillyB

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                                              Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 04/12/10 7:10 PM (permalink)
                                              Hey Billyboy, I haven't had a real good Chicken Parm in a Restaurant, since I left the East coast. I made them for the family a few weeks ago and they loved them. I agree the breading has to be flavorful, and not soggy. I always serve mine, in the Cafe, with the Chicken standing alone so it doesn't get the moisture from the spaghetti. My feeling is every bit should have Parm and fresh Mozz cheese with a good quality sauce......Looks like the Chef in that restaurant likes putting it over white spaghetti noodles............Hope you had a great time, with your personality you fit right in, I bet your wife just shakes her head sometimes.................take care...............Billyb
                                               
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                                                ang126

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                                                Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 04/12/10 7:47 PM (permalink)
                                                We have been to Disney World at least once a year for the past  seven years. I am always looking for new places to eat. The ones I go back to every year seem to stay the same. (same quality of food, ect.,)
                                                Garden Grill  in The Land at EPCOT
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                                                the mediterranean place at EPCOT... I don't know the name of it. 
                                                50's Prime Time Cafe- Hollywood  fun, but not necessary
                                                Rainforest Cafe- Animal Kingdom  You can get a discount card with Landry's Seafood.
                                                Grand Floridian Cafe- At the Grand Floridian hotel. There are lots of good places at the hotels and it takes you out of the business of the park. 
                                                Whispering Canyon Cafe- Wilderness Lodge Fun and good food! RAGLAND ROAD Irish Pub!! MUST GO!! It is in Downtown Disney and very Yummy!!
                                                That is not an all inclusive list. Most of the food at Disney is good. It is expensive. You can go on their website and pick out the places before you go. Eat well at the hotel for breakfast. Bring a snack. Eat a good early supper and you should not have spent much more than you would have on other vacations. Have fun!!

                                                 
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                                                  QFan

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                                                  Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 04/12/10 8:09 PM (permalink)
                                                  Billyboy, just wanted to thank you for those great & delectable looking pics of mouse land victuals. 
                                                  I've also visited the Savannah's in the Atlanta airport and tried their wonderful pralines as well as their melt in the mouth turtle candies. It's almost worth the trouble of having to go through Atlanta to get most anywhere north of here. 

                                                  QFan
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                                                    billyboy

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                                                    Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 04/12/10 10:20 PM (permalink)
                                                    BillyB, yeah my girlfriend looks at me like I'm crazy sometimes, but she gets why I love the Roadfooding even though it isn't really her thing.

                                                    ang126, welcome to Roadfood!  Congrats on the first post!  

                                                    QFan, you're welcome.  More write-ups to come!
                                                     
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                                                      billyboy

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                                                      Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Mon, 04/12/10 11:08 PM (permalink)

                                                      MONDAY 03/29/10 - Dayna and I started out with breakfast at the hotel food court.  Home fries and a made to order omelet (with ham, swiss, onions, peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes) for me.  Pretty straightforward and filling to get me going for the day.  

                                                      We split a nice, warm cinnamon bun for a quick sugar rush! Not the best I've ever had, but I enjoyed it.
                                                      Off to Disney's Animal Kingdom to check out a Lion King stage show, an African "safari", nature walk and to see the very interesting Tree of Life! It was an artistic re-creation of a tree with about 50 animals likenesses carved into it.
                                                      We stopped for lunch at Flame Tree Barbecue in the Discovery Island section of the park.
                                                      Dayna and I split a 1/2 slab of St. Louis ribs with slaw. beans, a Key Lime mousse parfait and we tacked on an order of onion rings.
                                                      The O-rings were pretty good and had a nice crunch to them.
                                                      Dayna liked the slaw while I found it to be somewhat bitter. I do prefer vinegar slaw anyway, so I may not be the best judge of a mayo based version.
                                                      The beans were straightforward baked beans, possibly with a bit of a dry crust on top from a heat lamp, but good nonetheless.
                                                      When I think of this dessert, I'm reminded of the 1985 John Cusack comedy, "Better Off Dead" where his mom makes him some kind of weird green gelatinous dinner thingie that she spoons onto his plate saying, "It has raisins in it. You like raisins!" His look of revulsion when it oozes onto his plate from the spoon is only matched by the horror on his face when the "meal" crawls off of his plate and moves across the table! This tasted and looked to me like it might get up and walk away at any moment.
                                                      The ribs were much better than I had expected. Not the best I have ever tried, but a good amount of meat on them that had a good smokey flavor and a nice rub on them.
                                                      The view from our table of Expedition Everest, a roller coaster.
                                                      Dinner was at the Yak & Yeti Restaurant in the Asia section of the park featuring a Pan-Asian menu.
                                                      We started out with vegetable potstickers...
                                                      Chili Spiced chicken wings...
                                                      and Egg Rolls. My apologies again for not taking notes. These were for the whole table to split and all were delicious.  
                                                      This hippo was beautiful and I was struggling with the camera and missed a perfect shot of him poking his head out of the water with his jaw wide open!
                                                        
                                                      I was wondering if he sat there contemplating my presence?

                                                      See how many different animals you can find on the tree of life!




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                                                        leethebard

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                                                        Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Tue, 04/13/10 5:21 AM (permalink)
                                                        Wow...great report..bringing back some great memories of WDW...and great food memories there,too...thanks!
                                                         
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                                                          Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Tue, 04/13/10 11:41 AM (permalink)
                                                          We're heading down to Mouseville in June. We're kind of set on our eats, we know our way around WDW and Orlando pretty well after 8 trips. The explosion of use of the Disney Dining Plan has drastically altered the landscape of the WDW food scene over the last few years.

                                                          1) The food is much, MUCH better than it was 10 years ago. Back in the 90s, other than a couple places there really wasn't anything worth mentioning. Now you can pretty much spend a week there without having a bad meal, and in fact you can get some pretty good meals and even some great ones. That being said, there are some pretty bad meals there, too. It's not as if everything is good, you still need advice. But because DDP users won't repurchase unless the food is good, the food has gotten much better.

                                                          2) The DDP also means that people who get it want to maximize their return on investment, and that means sit down dinners, and THAT means Advance Dining Reservations. You want to eat at Le Cellier? 180 days in advance, friend. 50s Prime Time? 90 days.

                                                          3) And that means that the days of just walking up to many restaurants and seeing if they can take you are gone. There's no chance at Le Cellier; we tried the last two times and were told politely that it wasn't going to happen. We had success at San Angel, though, and at 1900 Park Faire in the Grand Floridian (but the food there is not so good), and at Ohana in the Polynesian (where the food is pretty decent).

                                                          4) There's good and bad to the Dining Plan, and everyone has their needs. The biggest complaints are that it ties you into scheduling your trip around the planned meals, and that it's just too much food. One couple writes to the Unofficial Guide to WDW (highly recommended) that they had just finished their lunch and found that they only had 45 minutes before they had to start on their way to another location in order to be there at the recommended time for their dinner reservations! That is a bit extreme, but it shows what can happen.

                                                          5) You can now make your Advance Dining Reservations online! No more calling and waiting for an operator! You want to go to Hollywood Studios and lunch at Mama Melrose, but don't know which day? Make reservations for ALL the days!

                                                          We don't do the DDP, because we are going to spend 2 days at Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure, and we don't like to overly plan our vacations. We are at Boma the first night, Hoopty Doo Musical Review the second night, and 50s Prime time the 4th night, and everything else is going to be on the fly. We'll try to walk into Ohana one night, otherwise whatever happens, happens. There's an Italian place on Citywalk at Universal that is decent, we'll eat there one night.
                                                           
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                                                            TJ Jackson

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                                                            Re:Orlando-Mouse Food Recommendations? Tue, 04/13/10 12:00 PM (permalink)
                                                            It is possible to walk into Le Cellier as long as you are willing to come in at an off-peak time and during the week.  By possible....I mean possible, not certain.  2:30-4:30pm on a weekday is when I would try a walkin - or shortly after fireworks start, or right as the doors open

                                                            That said, I concur with Mosca that reservations are the way to go

                                                            Even if your visit isn't 180 days away, talk to the operator - ask if there are any available spots on any of the days you will be at the park.   Generally, there will be a few spots left, just not necessarily at the times one might normally prefer to sit down for a steak.

                                                            (for sake of clarity - if my family and I are at Epcot, we're eating one meal Le Cellier regardless of what time of day a reservation is available, and the other meal is negotiable.)
                                                            <message edited by TJ Jackson on Tue, 04/13/10 12:04 PM>
                                                             
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