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LilyWDW
06-01-2007, 11:27 AM
This will be my first review of any sort, so please be gentle! I just know how much help these reviews were for my plans and as such I want to give back to the community. Hopefully someday I will also get a trip report up :rotfl:

The cast:

Myself: 25, still in college, and a "food snob" (quote from my boyfriend, not from me). I enjoy all kinds of food, from a good hamburger to traditional ethnic fare. My two favorite restaurants here at home are Indian and Asian Fusion to give you an idea. One day I could be feasting on Sushi and the next enjoying some good ol Coney Dogs.

Mom: 56 but has even more energy then I do. Also loves all knds of food, though isn't as much into the ethnic foods as I am. Still, she is always willing to try new things.

Places to be reviewed:
Sunshine Seasons- Epcot
Backlot Express- MGM
Pecos Bill- MK
Tusker House- AK
Cantina de San Angel- Epcot
Kringla Bakeri og Cafe- Epcot
Lotus Blossom Cafe- Epcot
Aloha Isle- MK
Goofy's Candy Company- DTD
Raglan Road- DTD
Bongos Cuban Cafe- DTD
Le Cellier- Epcot
Hollywood Brown Derby- MGM
Crystal Palace- MK
Ohana- Poly Resort
Biergarten- Epcot

Yea, we ate a lot... hmm this may be a bit longer then I thought.

I will give the menu description of what we each had, my reviews of it (I always tasted what my mom had if it was different), anything my mom had to add to said reviews, and then a rating for food/service/overall.

It will also be day by day and not just by the list up top.

Hope you all enjoy!

TigerKat
06-01-2007, 11:54 AM
Looking forward to it!!:banana:

LilyWDW
06-01-2007, 11:54 AM
We arrived at Port Orleans French Quarter about 10:30am and had a bit of time to kill before we could catch a boat down to Downtown Disney. The room was not ready, but they did tell us which building we were in, so we explored the resort, found the building, bought our refillable mugs, and the walked down to Riverside. By the time we got to Riverside, the boats were up and running so we grabbed one from there and were off on our first day at Disney World!

I had planned for us to eat at Wolfgang Pucks Express at the West Side, but neither the Express nor the actual restaurnat were going to be open for lunch! We were STARVED at this point so we headed next door to Bongos Cuban Cafe which had no waiting.

Bongos Cuban Cafe:

I had:
Spring Salad - Mixed greens, tomato, onion, cucumbers, turkey, bacon and crumbled blue cheese. Served with raspberry vinaigreet or any house dressing and a virgin pina colada.

Mom had:
Club Cubano - ham, turkey, bacon, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles served on our delicious Cuban bread and a Bloody Mary.

The salad was excellent and very refreshing. I had a plain basalmic vinaigreet instead of the raspberry and it was very tasty without overpowering the flavor of the vegetables. The turkey was moist and the bacon crispy. There was also black olives on it which I thought fought too much with the other flavors. The pina colada was very flavorfull and very refreshing (I was still adjusting to the heat).

The Club Cubano beat my salad as the best tasting of the two due to the bread! It would have been an ordinary club sandwich (though with crispy bacon which to me is VERY important lol) but the bread that was used really put it on the next tier. The fries with it were boring old fries and I wish they would have done something with them to make them fit the theme better.

Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5

Overall it was good and I would recommend it for a nice sit down lunch, but there are better restaurants and I would not make a big deal of going there.

For dinner we had 6:30 ADRs for Raglan Road. We arrived about 6:00 and checked in and were seated immediatly. They WERE taking walkups at this point, but got quite crowded by the time we left.

Raglan Road:

I had:
Keen Eye for the Sheperds Pie - We give the traditional Shepherd's Pie (prime beef and lamb) a much-needed makeover with our contemporary twist to this favorite dish and a coke

Mom had:
Paddy's Pork - Tasty pork loin stuffed with our homemade sausage meat drizzled with honey soy glaze. Served with buttered leeks, cabbage and mashed potatoes and a beer of some sort that I don't remember (SORRY!)

We shared:
Drunk Chicken - a whiskey glazed chicken kebab served with lime cilantro dipping sauce and the bread and dipping sauce they bring out for ya.

The drunk chicken was SO good and the dipping sauce really put it over the top. It was nicely grilled one 3 skewers, which we split, and were sort of bland to begin with, but once you use the sauce.... it became addictive. I could have eaten this as my meal!

The shepards pie was okay, not as good as I would have expected. It was a bit dry and a bit bland to my tastes, but my mom really enjoyed what she had of it. Some people just have different tastes and this wasn't to MY tastes.

The pork though was amazing! Slightly sweet, it mixed so well with the cabbage and mashed potatoes. I loved this dish and I HATE most pork dishes so for me to say I enjoyed it is a huge compliment. I really should have gotten this as my meal.

Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

Overall I would definatly come here again, but just get something different as my entree. The food, theme, and service were wonderful... I just picked something I didn't enjoy. Nothing against the restaurant for that.

We stopped at Goofy's Candy Company to make our own Rice Krispy Treats. I got mine dipped in milk choclate, covered in oreos, and drizzled with white chocolate. I enjoyed it, but it was nearly too much for me sweet wise. Oh well, next time I will get pretzel sticks or something else instead.

kelleigh1
06-01-2007, 01:49 PM
Wow...lots of places! Can't wait to read more.

I am suprised the Wolfgang's wasn't open for lunch. I've eaten there for lunch on 3 separate occasions. That's strange.

Thanks for the info on Goofy's. Sounds like I'll probably think the Mickey krispie treats are too sweet too. I don't like overly sweet, but I know I'll love the pretzels, so I'll go that route.

wilma-bride
06-01-2007, 01:55 PM
Great start to your reviews :thumbsup2

disneymom2twins
06-01-2007, 02:26 PM
More please !!

lajones81
06-01-2007, 07:38 PM
Thanks for the reviews! I can't wait to read more! :)

Dreamfinder2
06-01-2007, 07:44 PM
Hey, Lily! We were there the same time as you, and I was with college Jr. DD and one of her sorority sisters. Wasn't the weather terrific! - and I don't think we waited more than 20 minutes for anything, and only used one Fastpass.

We ate at some of the same places y'all did, so I'm interested on your take on them.

We lived in Murfreesboro for a few years, btw.

srdipert
06-01-2007, 08:34 PM
We were also there at the same time! Look forward to your reviews. We ate dinner at Bongos one night a couple of years ago and hated it. What you had sounded pretty good though.

ufgator
06-02-2007, 04:05 PM
Good reviews so far.

candykisses
06-02-2007, 08:15 PM
Good start for your reviews! I'll be waiting for more.

LilyWDW
06-03-2007, 01:00 AM
I swear I will be getting the next one up int he next day or so. Been playing Everquest a bunch trying to play catch up on there (yes, I am a geek! :thumbsup2 ).

Thanks for the words of encouragement!

rentayenta
06-03-2007, 09:14 AM
Good reviews, keep them coming! popcorn:: I am glad Ragland Road was good. DH loves Irish fare and I was debating trying to fit it in so now I might have some adjusting to do so we can dine there.

DisneyJo
06-03-2007, 02:28 PM
Great reviews can't wait for more :goodvibes

goiu
06-03-2007, 02:40 PM
Can't wait to hear more!!

always on vacation
06-03-2007, 04:27 PM
We loved Raglan Road too. Can't wait to read more

Disneyfan18951
06-03-2007, 04:50 PM
Can't wait to hear more. I have two trips coming up. Looking for some good new places to try

purpliequeen
06-03-2007, 06:02 PM
More please! I can't wait to hear your review for the Brown Derby. We will be there in a little over a week.

LilyWDW
06-03-2007, 07:21 PM
We got to Epcot at opening and used this day to hit all the attractions in Future World and making an early night of it. After hitting Soarin, Test Track, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Living with the Land, and much more we were starving! So we headed to Sunshine Seasons for lunch about 11am.

Sunshine Seasons

I had:
Turkey and Muenster Cheese on Foccacia with Chipotle Mayonnaise and a coke.

Mom had:
Caesar Salad with Oak-fired Chicken and coffee.

There was no wait at this time and plenty of table to be had. The sandwich was premade and cut into these HUGE triangles. It was good, but I felt it had little flavor besides the mayonnaise which really overpowered it. I did like the slight hint of heat it added though. I only ate about half of the sandwich.

The salad was made with my mom watching and they asked if you wanted the cheese and what not on it. It was very fresh, crisp and with tender chicken. My mom was very pleased with it.

Food: 3/5
Service: 2.5/5
Overall: 3/5

I would come here again due to the large selection and healthy options that they carry. However, it is counter service so don't expect anything too amazing from it.

For dinner we had 6:30 reservations for Le Cellier. We checked in pretty early as we were tired and they have a nice waiting area (though small) inside. It was about 6:00 when we checked in. There were turning away walk ups left and right, telling them they were booked for dinner through August and into September. We were warned we would most likely have to wait until our actual ADR time, but we waited with a nice family with the cutest little girl and 2 very nice hosts (one male, one female). The guy recognized my LGMH and mentioned his aunt posts here and we got to talking. We were called in about 6:15 and escorted to a tiny table in the middle of a crowded and loud dining room.

I had:
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup - smoked bacon and Moosehead beer, 7 oz. Filet Mignon - glazed with maple barbecue sauce and accompanied by cream cheese mashed potatoes, and a coke.

Mom had:
Herb Crusted Prime Rib - roasted Yukon potatoes, finished with a veal demi glace, a Grilled Asparagus, and a Bloody Mary.

The soup was very good, especially when I dipped the pretzel bread in it. However, it was a bit too rich for me to finish though I am sure this was due to the heat. The filet was great, cooked a perfect medium rare. The barbecue sauce overpowered the mashed potatoes so I didn't really care for those.

Mom really enjoyed her prime rib, though it was a little overcooked. The asparagus was crisp tender and simply wonderful! I would have to say it was the best part of this meal!

Food: 3.5/5
Service:3/5
Overall: 2/5

The reason I give this a low overall rating is due to the size of the restaurant and the number of tables they pack in. The food is NOT good enough to deal with this mess. The servers do not have enough room to move about and you don't have to try to hear your neighbors conversations. I doubt I will come back here due to this problem.

wilma-bride
06-04-2007, 04:37 AM
Thanks for the latest. I am hearing consistently good reviews of Sunshine Seasons. We have often considered eating there but nothing on the menu ever really appealed - guess I am just fussy.

I am really looking forward to trying Le Cellier and was planning to have the filet - I may ask for the sauce on the side as you're not the first to say that it's a bit overpowering.

granmaz
06-04-2007, 04:54 AM
Thanks for the great reviews!!

We love Sunshine Seasons - the sandwiches are amazing and those desserts!!!!!:) :) :)

We had a not too brilliant experience at Le Cellier so haven't been back. Like you the number of tables was ridiculour, though you can understand why they squeeze them in. There were just the two of us but we felt we were on a table for 4 with the couple next door!!! Also our steak was grissly.:sad2: The breadsticks and desserts are lovely!

Minniespal
06-06-2007, 06:33 AM
Excellent:thumbsup2

LilyWDW
06-06-2007, 10:29 AM
Once again we got to MGM at opening. I was the third person in the park once they opened up the turnstiles and had a "front rope view" of the opening :banana: . I was also in the first elevator on Tower of Terror and rode it a second time minus mom (who didn't really care for it, but she did try it!). This has got to be one of my favorite rides at WDW!!!

But on to the food... sorry!

We got hungry about 11am again, but due to FP times and other things grabbing our attention, we didn't eat until closer to 12pm. We were close so we grabbed some food at the Backlot Express. I was worried about lines, but there was no reason to be. It was quiet compared to everywhere else and I honestly can't figure out why.

Backlot Expess

Mom and I both had: Hot Dog served with French fries or carrot sticks and cokes.

I was pleasantly surprised. Don't get me wrong, a hot dog IS a hot dog, but they were hot and juicy and the fries were hot and crisp. They were also bigger then I thought they would be. We lathered ours with ketchup and mustard and chowed down. They really hit the spot and were just what we needed to jump start us back up.

Food:4/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 4/5

I was happy. This is a good place to stop when you need a bite to eat. I will go here on future trips for a nice, hot hotdog.

For dinner we had 5:30pm reservations at Hollywood Brown Derby. We arrived about 5:10pm, checked in, and waited until about 5:30pm. When we were seated, we had to deal with some annoying guests across the way but luckily they left before too long (lets take our shows off in a fine dining establishment and let our kids play around under the table!... you all know the kind.) and the rest of our dinner was in peace and quiet.

Hollywood Brown Derby

I had:
Grilled Fillet Mignon on warm new potato-cress salad with sherry vinegar and sweet tarragon-lobster butter, Banana White Chocolate Toffee Tower on cocoa almond cookie and bananas "Foster", and a coke.

Mom had:
Split Roasted Half Chicken with rice pilaf, almond cranberry polonaise and maple vinegar sauce, Grapefruit Cake - A Brown Derby Original! Light Layers of Yellow Cake with fresh Grapefruit Cream Cheese Icing, a drink of some sort and coffee.

Guys, it didn't get better then this. This meal rated number 1 in our top 3 meals of the trip by both of us. It was amazing!

If you have one fillet while there, this is the one to have. It was great, juicy, tender, cooked to perfection! And the tarragon-lobster butter... *faints* So amazing. They did not cut corners and have real chunks of REAL lobster in there. *stomach growls just thinking about it*. The banana "thing" as we came to call it since the name is too darn long was also so good. I LOVE bananas and white chocolate and this really impressed me. You could taste all the parts of the desert, but at the same time they mixed so perfectly. I was in heaven!

Mom was surprised with how good the chicken was. In fact, she rated this chicken OVER the prime rib the night before. This is an amazing fact because she is a red meat type of person, and thinks chicken is... well... chicken! It was so full of flavor and so juicy. The pilaf was a bit sweet for me but she ate it right up. Just be warned it is a very sweet side dish so if you don't want something too sweet it may not be for you. The grapefruit cake was moist and light, with just a touch of tartness from the frosting. It was a perfect way to end the meal as it was not overly sweet. Mom also said this was the best coffee she had so if you are a coffee drinker, have no fear! :rotfl:

Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

This place is spectacular. Yes, it is a bit pricey, but I think you get every cent worth when you come here. Service was out of this world! The food was out of this world! I can not think of a better way to end a day at MGM. I will 100% be coming back here again!

followme2disney
06-06-2007, 11:41 AM
I am glad you had such a great experience at Brown Derby. I have been there twice and enjoyed it both times. I think the theming may be one of the best on property. Last time our server was so technically correct that I felt a little uncomfortable. It was kind of funny. I was almost scared of him a little bit, like I was going to get in trouble. He kept moving my plates and glasses around to get them back in the correct positions. Who knows maybe I am just a slob or have gotten so used to eating at buffets and family style restaurants that I don't remember what good service really is.:)

Busymom85
06-06-2007, 12:15 PM
Great reviews so far. Can't wait for more.

LilyWDW
06-11-2007, 02:29 PM
I'm back! Sorry for such a long break, but getting over a horrible stomach something and even the thought of food was too much.

So finally we get to the best known park at Walt Disney World. We got there at opening and ran around like crazy people until lunch time. We stopped in Frontier Land At Pecos Bill's.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Mom and I both had: 1/4-Pound Cheeseburger - served with your choice of fries and cokes.

They were decent. Nothing really amazing about them, but nothing to keep us away. They were hot and fresh, which for counter service is what I really care about. The fixins bar was great as I added some grilled onions and mushrooms to mine. Yummy!

Food: 3/5
Service: 2.5/5
Overall: 3/5

Next time I want to try somewhere else, not because it was bad here, but just for a change of venue. If I'm hungry and in this area, I would have no issue coming here for a meal at all!

We ran around some more and came upon a little shanty called Aloha Isle... I bet you all can guess what we had there...

DOLE WHIP FLOATS!!!

OMG these are my little pieces of heaven. I LOVE pineapple so these were the perfect things for me. So cool, so refreshing, and not at all too sweet. I so want one right now!

Dinner tonight was at Crystal Palace at 6:30. We checked in about 6:15 and waited until about 6:30 to be seated.

Crystal Palace

Obviously this is a buffet so it's hard to break it down into items. It was good, not great. I would skip this one again in a heartbeat. The food was all just kinda bland and nothing stood out. Now, the characters were wonderful! Eeyore though was a real prince! Even as two adults the interaction was great, though my mom thought it extreemly funny that a 25 year old would want her picture taken with the characters. After that interaction though, Eeyore has become my favorite character out of the bunch. It was just amazing and I was as giddy as the 5 year old at the table next to us!

Food: 2.5/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3/5
Character Interaction: 5/5

I will not be back again if it is just me and mom. I am glad I did this because meeting the characters really helped my mood (at this point in the trip my feet were so torn up with blisters that I had to go to first aid after dinner, so I was not doing too good). However, the food is just... eh. Nothing really to it. So, go for the characters and not the food.

DisneyJo
06-11-2007, 02:34 PM
Can't wait to try a dole whip :goodvibes

DLo
06-11-2007, 03:27 PM
Great reviews. I like that you say wether or not you would come back and your rating system. Looking forward to the rest.

undertheseas
06-11-2007, 06:11 PM
:thumbsup2 Wonderful reviews, I love all the details. Thanks!

budbeerlady
06-17-2007, 02:20 PM
Thanks for the reviews!

LilyWDW
06-17-2007, 02:51 PM
We started the day today with opening at Animal Kingdom. If there is one thing I can not stress enough it is the importance of getting there at opening. Not only are the opening shows very cool, but you have no wait at the most popular rides. Personally, we FPed EE and headed over to Dinosaur first thing since we had to be at dinner at the Poly for a 5:30 seating at Ohana.

Lunch today was as Tusker House and it was already building a decent line when they opened.

Tusker House

I had: Fried Chicken Sandwich - served with steak fries and a coke

Mom had: Grilled Salmon served with jollof rice and seasonal vegetables and a coke as well.

This is an amazing counter service option... for those going before it closes down and gets turned into a buffet. What is up with that??? Grrrrr... anyways, the chicken sandwich was moist and crispy, with the dressing being just enough extra moisture to really round it out. Very good all in all. Mom absolutly LOVED the salmon, saying it was better then most expensive sit down restaurants. It was very tender and the vegetables were cooked crisp tender. Very very good.

Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 4/5

I would say we would come here again, but I won't be back at Disney before the changes. Makes me sad to see it go as it can be a very healthy and tasty option for a counter service meal.

Dinner tonight was at Ohana at the Poly. If you have an opening ADR or anything close to it... GET THERE EARLY!! The line for check in backed up past Kona and down the walkway... and they didn't start check in until MAYBE 10 mins before open! There is some decent seating nearby for the bar, but they don't push you out even if you do not want a drink. So get there early and relax.

Our ADR was for 5:30 and I checked in right about that time. We waited maybe 5 mins before being taken to our table...

I don't have a pic atm, but we got THE best table in the house. Right up against the window with a PERFECT view of Cinderella Castle!!!! I nearly cried and the seater seemed so happy he could make someone so excited. It helped make the night a truely memorable and magical evening.

Ohana

I'm gonna go ahead and paste the menu here and then talk about it. The meal is served family style and is simply amazing.

Starters

Fried Wontons served with peanut sauce, chimichurri sauce and harissa
Mixed greens with a honey-lime dressing

Appetizers

Spicy-sweet and sour shrimp
Honey-coriander chicken wings

Skewers
Prepared over an oak fire


Marinated Sirloin Steak
Asian Barbecue Pork Loin
Mesquite Grilled Turkey
Hawaiian Pork-sausage with pineapple terriyaki glaze

Accompaniments

Maui Scalloped Potatoes
Stir-fried Vegetables


Dessert

'Ohana bread pudding a la mode with Bananas Foster Sauce

Okay, first the salad. The honey-lime dressing is very good and not as sweet as I had worried. All the ingrediants were fresh and crisp. The wonton chips were tasty dipped in the sauces.

The apps were the next course. Mom and I LOVED the chicken wings! The shrimp were just okay, nothing really that special and just messy.

They then brought out the potaties and vegetables. The potatoes were amazing, very cheesy but not sickenly so. It is so easy to make cheesy potatoes nasty by using the wrong cheeses and too much of it. These were perfect. The vegetables were good, but once again nothing to write home about.

Now the meat... the steak was my favorite. I ate 3 huge pieces of it. It was cooked perfectly medium and was so tender. It was REALLY REALLY good dipped in the peanut sauce. The pork loin was my next favorite which is funny because normally I HATE pork! For me to eat this and enjoy it as much as I did means it was wonderful. Also great dipped in the peanut sauce. The turkey was okay in my opinion, though my mom loved it more then the others. Neither of us cared for the sausage. It wasn't bad, but the rest was just so much better we decided not to eat it.

Dessert came out last and they actually gave us an option of the bread pudding OR the pinapple. As we were so full we just tried the bread pudding, but wanted to let people know it IS still an option. You may have to ask for it as another table did, but it is there. The bread pudding was good and may have been great if I hadn't been so full.

Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

The servers had this timed perfectly. We did not feel rushed, nor did we feel like we really waited for anything. The food was amazing... and the view just topped it all off. I would 100% go here again!

wilma-bride
06-17-2007, 03:02 PM
Great reviews still - 'Ohana sounds good. I love pork so love the sound of that barbecued pork loin :thumbsup2

swankybeth
06-17-2007, 03:03 PM
Great review, thanks for taking the time to post. I'm also disappointed by the changes coming to Tusker House. That salmon is my favorite counter service meal of all time. AK always seems to get rid of my favorite foods. First was the awesome chicken satay stand they used to have in Asia and now Tusker House. :sad2:

emh1129
06-17-2007, 05:38 PM
Thanks for the reviews!