Family Style at Garden Grill

Garden Grill seems to becoming more and more popular lately, when I talk to fellow Disney goers. This restaurant seems like it went overlooked for so long but now even offers brunch to people wandering the parks.

In this building I would usually end up grabbing a quick service at Seasons, but this time we decided to give the rotating restaurant a go and I only have a few complaints.

The service was fantastic. Our server, Nancy was really sweet and attentive and made sure 14657403_10100317117557944_3043378802124547916_nwe got to see Mickey, Chip and Dale which was just great.

The dinner rolls were warm and delicious. The honey butter was not too honeyed which is great for me. The salad was great as well, made with ingredients right from the greenhouses at Epcot, with a house made ranch dressing.

The thinly sliced beef was much better than that offered at Liberty Tree Tavern, even I had a piece and appreciated that it was so tender it could practically be cut with a knife. The turkey was juicy and delicious but there was only one slice, the rest seemed to be pieces broken off the edge of a turkey breast versus a proper roast and were tough to cut into.

The sausage seemed a little undercooked to be honest, and we did tell Nancy this and she offered to get us different morsels which we declined. The mashed potatoes were awesome. I’m a fan of a good mash, and the veggies also from Epcot’s greenhouses were 14731272_10100317117582894_8874177371062101894_n-1great also.

The standout was the dessert and oh my god was it good. One of the best strawberry shortcakes I have ever tasted in my life. I ate a couple pieces, soaking it in the strawberry sauce and the homemade whipped cream.

 

 

Halloween Time with Minnie at Hollywood and Vine

This restaurant is one that always has a packed house. It’s not impossible to get reservations but because it is one that offers Fantasmic dining packages it is best to get your ADR in as soon as possible.

The wait to go in wasn’t too long and the decor is similar to 50s Prime Time right next door (they share a bathroom too).

minnie-holiday-dineThe buffet this time was Halloween themed, though the only themed things were a few banners around the restaurant, the characters in costume and the names of rather standard buffet dishes.

Because this is a buffet I didn’t really try everything as I tend to the safer side of things, being a picky eater.

My favourites: Meatballs, garlic mashed potatoes, stir fried broccoli, garlic green beans and corn dog nuggets. For dessert I hoarded the lemon meringue boo’s.

Least favourites: Shrimp. Too greasy for me.

This dining experience is good for picky eaters or kids because Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Pluto do make their rounds.

Happy Thanksgiving! All year round at Liberty Tree Tavern!

Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that my two favourite holiday meals take place in October and December, mostly because they contain a lot of the same foods. They would be Thanksgiving and Christmas because the more turkey the better.

That being said those preferences make Liberty Tree Tavern in Disney’s Magical Kingdom one of my favourite places to eat, though I was a little concerned to be visiting them yesterday so soon after our Thanksgiving in Canada.

The restaurant has a good atmosphere, with several different dining areas dispersed through the restaurant. The bathrooms are still in need of some work, with so few stalls for ladies.

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The only downside about the atmosphere is the restaurant, containing both upper and lower dining spaces can get pretty loud. Also, I’ve never been there when it wasn’t freezing.

Also, for some the family/platter style dining can be a downside because it gives off a kind of one menu suits all feel but I’ve never had any complaints about that portion of the dining experience. Usually if you ask them not to bring you something they’re all good to do so.

The first course is fluffy light rolls and honey butter, which is not a favourite of mine but has grown on me over time. There is also the delicious salad, and you must be thinking, c’mon how ┬ádelicious can a salad be? Well this salad is covered in strawberry vinaigrette dressing and while I’ve tried to duplicate it at home I have been woefully unable to do so.

The main course is meat. And sides. Delicious delicious sides. Unfortunately you will not hear me wax philosophical about the ham or beef dishes as I’m not a fan of either even at home. I am told however the pot roast was cut too thick and unfortunately was not as ┬átender as it should be. The ham was good, apparently, but not as good as Boma’s yesterday morning.

The turkey was nice, tender and juicy and I could probably write odes to the cornbread 14666311_10100316152616694_5900305316963246909_n14717146_10100316152591744_6656431266500684233_nstuffing which is funny because I actually really dislike cornbread. Weird, I know. This is a dish that HAS been replicated for me for Christmas and man am I lucky, because quite frankly I can’t afford to fly to Florida every time I have a craving.

The mashed potatoes are again a favourite, as they are redskin potatoes, with just a touch of garlic in them, skin still in which I love for the texture and they are creamy delicious and even moreso when you put gravy on them.

The green beans are also cooked in garlic which makes them more delicious than usual. I’m a veggie person, what can I say?

My only letdown on this visit was the mac and cheese. I feel like they changed it. I don’t recall it being made with what tastes like plastic cheese, a dislike of mine, but there it is. And it was watery, I was a little disappointed to be honest.

Dessert is no longer Johnny Apple-Seed cake which does make me sad because I do love me some of that. It is instead a tart, with each small square packed full of cinnamon dusted and cooked apples, dried cranberries and wonderful out of this world vanilla bean ice cream.

This restaurant is good for those who want the magic of the holidays around them all year round, and good if you are ravenously hungry. Sometimes though, if you’re only a party of two you might be left leaving a lot on the platter so I recommend telling them you only really want small portions so as not to be wasteful. Disney being Disney is more than happy to accommodate.

Watch this spot later because I will be attending Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine as well as a Galactic Dessert Party which is Star Wars Themed, which means they might have to roll me back here but I’m sure it will be delicious.

So my readers, stay hungry, or go grab a snack because we’ve still got 5 more days of dining to get through and I haven’t even hit Epcot yet.

Boma-Picky Eater Edition

The name of the game in eating breakfast at Boma is patience. I’ve been to this restaurant now three times and I’ve never seen it where it’s not packed for breakfast or lunch.

You will wait to get in. And if you’re wanting to try some delicious carved turkey or ham you will wait for that. That being said there is few meals more worth it.

While this restaurant would benefit from the standard two buffet line method once

Carvery and hash

you’re past the carvery you are golden. 

The atmosphere of the restaurant is beautiful, with richly painted walls in orange, yellow and clay like brown it’s easy to feel at home here.

If you’re a picky eater like me then don’t worry. You can skip the African Hash and Turkey Babotie to get to more traditional fares like bacon, eggs and sausage as well as a series of delicious pastries.

I wouldn’t recommend skipping either of those things though because even I enjoy them in small doses but to each their own. If you’re going to stick to scrambled eggs it doesn’t hurt to try the batch of eggs that has goat cheese and chives in it as they were a highlight.

Yum

And in case you were concerned about the possibility of being unable to snag a Mickey waffle don’t be. They are here also with Simba waffles and they are delicious.

The best way to begin a trip to WDW…

cupcake…is with a delicious cupcake.

Today I checked into Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom (review to come later) and immediately hunted down something to satisfy my sweet tooth while providing me with lovely eye appealing visuals as well.

Though it’s a trek to The Mara from Kidani as it is in Jambo House I am certcupcake-cross-sectionainly not complaining as I try to chase every little crumb of their zebra cupcake.

Topped with delicious, whipped icing, little chocolate covered cookie bits with a wonderful delicate cake this easily might be one of my favourites. The chocolate icing in the middle just makes it even better.