Sunday, August 7, 2011

Food Food Food! Let Me Eat!

It's no secret that I'm obsessed with dining at Walt Disney World.  Every vacation it's one of my most favorite parts!  For my upcoming trip, I've made sure to get a good variety of dining reservations.  I wanted to strike a balance between amazing food and outstanding ambiance.  Since this is Barbara and Ben's first time dining at Disney I felt like I had to get it just right.  They chose two restaurants that they for sure wanted to try and left the rest in my very capable hands.

Going through the menus of each of our chosen restaurants is always fun.  I'm dreaming about what I'd like to order at each of them.  Sure, I am probably getting ahead of myself but who cares?!

Every time I visit this amazing German buffet I have to get a beer in the classic 1/2 liter stein.  I always choose Oktoberfest but this year I'd like to try the beer sampler.  A couple next to me got it last year and boy did it look fun.  With all of the awesome German Riesling available I'm going to go out on a limb and presume Barbara will be partaking in that.  At least, I hope so because I'd like a sip.  Ha!

The food selection doesn't change here often but things that I am most excited about having again would be the Greens with Creamy Herb Dressing, Tomato Salad with Basil, Warm German Potato Salad, Roasted Potatoes, Cheese Spatzle, Salmon, and my favorite... Red Cabbage.

50's Prime Time Diner
Such a fun restaurant with such a simple concept... Mama's home cooking.  A lot of the dishes are just like the ladies in your family would cook and some of them have a bit of a non-traditional spin.  One bonus about this place is that you can get a milkshake instead of a traditional beverage!  In the past I really haven't expected much out of 50's Prime Time food wise.  I basically come here for the atmosphere.  Not eating "meat" has limited my options here in the past when dining for lunch.  In October though we'll be enjoying dinner here and that menu gives me a few extra options.  I'm almost 100% sure that I'll be trying the Uncle Charlie's Grilled Tuna Casserole.  Apparently instead of using traditional "canned" tuna they use a grilled tuna steak.  Sounds delicious to me!

Dessert is the highlight here!  You check out the options through a ViewMaster!  Previously I've always gotten Dad's Brownie Sundae but I think it's time I try the S'mores.

I can't contain my excitement!  This is a new experience for me!  After looking at the super vegetarian friendly menu I think I've decided that I really have to try the Vegetarian Sampler.  You get two choices served with Basmati Rice or Five Grain Pilaf.  I am not totally sure but as of right now I want to try the Vegetable Sambar and either Spicy Cauliflower or Stewed Lentils with the pilaf.  Tough choice!

Reading so many reviews on the restaurant I have realized that there is one stand out dessert... Chai Cream.  Guess I gotta try that and see if it lives up to it's reputation!

1900 Park Fare
While I've dined at 1900 Park Fare for breakfast before, I've never been here for dinner.  My favorite chef of all time at Disney is now here after previously being at 'Ohana.  Chef TJ always creates very interesting and delicious entrees for vegetarians.  The buffet looks like it's a little pescetarian friendly but I'll play it by ear with whether I want to eat fish or not that night or leave my stomach in Chef TJ's hands.

My favorite thing that is always at 1900 Park Fare is the Strawberry Soup!  Yummmmmmy!

Coral Reef
This has always been one of my favorite dining experiences in all of Walt Disney World.  Sometimes the food is just good and sometimes it's outstanding.  The atmosphere though is always amazing.  I make sure to ask for a table right by the tank to ensure a great close-up view.

Not sure what I want to get here yet because there are so many choices!  I'm a HUGE fan of scallops and the Pan-Roasted Jumbo Sea Scallops sounds killer... minus the chorizo.  I wonder if that would make a huge difference if I had them leave that out? Another thing that sounds good is the Seared Rainbow Trout.  I've never had trout before but there is a first time for everything.  I'd just have them hold the bacon of course.  :)

I've never gotten anything other than the infamous Chocolate Wave for dessert.  While I'd like to say that I can change and get something new... I don't think I can pull myself away from what I know and love.  :)


  1. Amazing atmosphere and Coral Reef just don't go together for me! Unless "amazing" means annoying kids running around, climbing on the tank by our table, and kicking me in the back....haha. Plus, I didn't even like the food I ordered at all and neither did Graham. The only thing good was the Crème brûlée. But even that wasn't as good as ones I've had other places. So more Coral Reef for us.

    I think next time our two ADRs will be Restaurant Marrakesh and Rose and Crown.

  2. You just made me very excited for my January ADR for Biergarten! I hope you like Sanaa - I think I did the veg sampler (not vegetarian, but often eat that way) and it was good.. totally different than what I was expecting flavorwise, but really good.. and the naan and dips.. oh boy!

  3. RIESLING. done.

    i've already surfed the menus & pre-selected possible options for me ;) ...i think i'm going to go for the butterscotch creme brulee at coral reef. yum.

  4. Yeah your experience wasn't very good, Jill. :(

    I can't believe I wasn't crazy about Biergarten when I first tried it when I was still in high school. I'm glad I gave it another chance. It's now one of my absolute favorites. I found out today actually that Sanaa has a great vegan menu and they have this curry dish that sounds good so I may be trying that :)

    I was looking at the creme brulee too, Barbara! :) We'll see what I decide once I get there... haha.