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marivaid
07-27-2007, 10:26 PM
I'll be reviewing the following restaurants :

Counter Service
Captain Cook's
Cantina de San Angel
Boardwalk Pizza window
Everything POP

Table Service
Crystal Palace (breakfast)
Whispering Canyon (dinner)
'Ohana (breakfast)
Liberty Tree Tavern (dinner)
Kona Cafe (lunch)
'Ohana (dinner)
Garden Grill (lunch)
Nine Dragons (lunch)
Sci-Fi (lunch)
Chef Mickey's (breakfast)

We had the DDE card so we tried to do mostly TS ;)


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Captain Cook's

This is the first place we ate at, although we went several times we always got the same thing : sushi and cheese/fruit plate. We also got a couple muffins there for breakfast one day that were fine.

Captain Cook's is very convenient if you're staying at the Poly. We'd go there to fill our mugs & grab a snack. There were always tables available and it was clean. The sushi was good for a CS, the fruit/Cheese plate is cheap and great for a quick bite.

Nothing really spectacular (we forgot to try the Dole Whips) but practical and affordable. We liked the fact that it was open 24hours so we could fill our mugs at any time.

Cantina de San Angel

We both really liked this CS on our last trip, but the food was rather bad this time. DM got the nachos and I got the plato combinacion.
The nachos were tasteless but DM covered them with the salsa from my plato and that helped a bit. The fajitas were soggy (they'd been put over the salad that still had water in it). The chicken had no taste - and was dark meat - yuck! - the beef was very spicy.

The main reason why we came here was to see Illuminations and that didn't disapoint. We did get there very early though, around 7pm, and grabbed one of the last available patio tables (only tables for 2 were left).
We had an amazing view of Illuminations so we'll probably come back even though the food wasn't good.




... more coming soon :)

Booknut
07-28-2007, 12:52 PM
looking forward to more reviews!

Ron from Michigan
07-28-2007, 01:37 PM
Thanks for the first reviews, looking forward to reading more.

marivaid
07-28-2007, 02:44 PM
Crystal Palace
It's becoming a tradition for us that CP is the first character meal of our trip (can it really be a tradition when you've only been to WDW twice though :rotfl: ). We loved this place for lunch last time and were looking forward to trying breakfast.

Our ADR was for 10.25am and we were a little early and a lot soaked since we'd just come off Splash Mountain and had been in the front row. Our server was Katy and she was soooo nice and cute! When she saw us,all dripping, she asked if it was really that hot out there already. :lmao:

The food was sooooooo good. Of course the first thing we tried was the puffed french toast which is on the kid's buffet. OMG it was soooo good !!! I also finally got to try a Pooh waffle which was really good as well. They have a ton of choices including fruits, eggs, vegetable frittata, potatoes, bacon, biscuits, pastries.... Everything we tried was good.

Character interaction was great as well ! Tigger especially was a hoot. All the characters did a little parade with the kids and the servers played along.

DM finally got to have her pic taken with Pooh (she missed him last time). For some reason my CP pics turned very dark, I have no idea why as the place isn't dark at all.

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The next day we were back at MK and as I was coming out of Monsters Inc a young lady came to talk to me. It was Katy from CP !! She looked sooooo different without the CP costume. She's the sweetest and asked us how our trip was going, were we having fun etc... I was so surprised that she could remember us with all the people that come to CP. Thumbs waaaaaay up for Katy at CP who made us feel so special !!!

MickeyNicki
07-28-2007, 03:25 PM
I totally agree about the Cantina in Mexico. We used to like this place but the last few times we had to throw the food away. I asked the CM if I can have the taco salad without the chicken and sub the beef instead and he said no special orders. I said I would pay for it and he said no. I said you have the ingredients already just plop the beef on it instead of the chicken and he said no. I pointed behind him and said what is that row marked SPECIAL ORDERS meant for..he said order something or leave. I was shocked and DH really wanted the taco salad so we just took it as is. It was the nastiest thing ever. They do not give the taco shell bowl like they used to and the chicken was all fatty and dark meat...GROSS!

Pirate Me
07-28-2007, 04:08 PM
Great reviews. Thanks for posting. :)

TigerKat
07-28-2007, 04:54 PM
Enjoying your reviews!

Minniespal
07-28-2007, 07:04 PM
Excellent reviews ~ Looking forward to reading more:thumbsup2

marivaid
07-28-2007, 07:32 PM
Whispering Canyon

We almost didn't go to this one but we're both really glad we did ! The WL is so beautiful. We really liked the boat ride from MK although it took longer than I expected. But let's leave that for the TR & get back to dining !

So I'd read often that WCC is loud and crazy. I actually found it very QUIET. Our ADR was at 8.10pm so maybe the antics were earlier. Either way, we really enjoyed ourselves. We were greeted by a big HOWDYY PARTNER! from the hostess and seated within a few minutes.

Suzan (Lazy Suzan) was our server and we talked a lot, joked, basically spent an hour torturing DM ;)

We were seated a little off the main room,near a fireplace - it had to be a fake fire, because we couldn't feel any heat at all. Thank Goodness because it was still around 90 outside and the LAST thing we needed was a fire.

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First Suzan took our drink order (beer & lemonade) and brought us corn bread with butter. I've never had corn bread before and yummmmmmmm it was good !! I tried to go easy on it since I was gonna have pasta but still had 2 pieces. I even considered packing up the rest in my backpack :eek:

I knew my mom wanted ribs,which she eats ONLY in the US, but she ordered prime rib so I asked her if she knew what it was - and she said yes thank you, she's an English teacher and she knows what rib means, unlike me who eats meat 3 times a year. Suzan had to tell her that I was right and that prime rib and ribs are completly different.
Of course the only reason why I knew that was because I spent hours on the DIS looking at the food porn thread.
Score : 1 for the nearly-vegetarian-for-10-years Moi, 0 for the responsible-for-death-of-5-cows-a-year Grumpy.

Here's DM enjoying her ribs :

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They came with mashed potatoes & something else I forgot about, but DM asked for corn instead of potatoes.

I had the chicken penne pasta, the only thing on the menu I could see myself eating (well, excluding desserts). It was sooooooooo good ! At first glance you couldn't tell there was sauce on it, which is great for me because I don't like my food covered in sauce. Most of it was underneath. It had a kick to it, and as I was cooling my tongue with an ice cube Suzan said she could bring me another plate without the sauce. But I said no thanks, I actually like having my tongue on fire!!
The pasta had brocoli and pieces of chicken mixed in. Usually when I order that type of food, I end up picking out all the chicken and either giving it to DM or leave it uneaten, because the pieces are either too big or too fatty or are dark meat. Not this time. It was small pieces of grilled chicken, all white meat. Loved it!

We were both way too full for dessert as usual. I'm so glad that we decided to get off our butts and go to WCC ! WL is very high on our list for our next resort stay.

Here's our Lazy Suzan and Grumpy (DM) :

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Next up is 'Ohana breakfast with my favorite blue Alien, Stitch.

my3disneygirls
07-28-2007, 07:41 PM
Subscribing...:thumbsup2

jekclk
07-28-2007, 08:12 PM
Waiting for more!:thumbsup2
Cristy

Schucraig
07-28-2007, 09:07 PM
Great reviews so far! I can't wait for more!:thumbsup2

marivaid
07-29-2007, 12:57 AM
'Ohana "Best Friends" Breakfast

This character breakfast is at the Poly, where we were staying, but we still managed to be late for our 7.30AM ADR so we had to wait a little bit to get seated.

Our server quickly brought a dish with several kinds of fruit, then the breakfast skillet of eggs,bacon,potatoes,sausages and biscuits. Then a different server came with a big basket of warm Mickey waffles and was going to all the tables giving them to whoever wanted some. There was also pineapple/coconut bread. I hate coconut, which is a good thing because DM ate the whole thing anyway.

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Like last time the food was great but the character interaction was just AMAZING. I'll write more about that in my TR but let's give you a little preview....

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Why is DM sticking out her tongue in disgust, you wonder ??? You'll have to read the TR to see the video & find out !!!

:woohoo:

mousiemom
07-30-2007, 09:59 AM
great reviews!! we are going to the WCC for lunch and i'm glad you mention the boatride takes awhile cause we want to look around at WL a bit. can't wait to hear about your other reviews!! keep um coming. I can't believe you never had cornbread!! we have it all the time here in the deep south!!
mousiemom

marivaid
08-03-2007, 12:26 AM
(oops it's been a while !!! kinda forgot I was doing dining reviews LOL)

Liberty Tree Tavern

This was our favorite character meal in December and it was once again this trip (with 'Ohana being a close 2nd).

LTT is in Liberty Square and has a "pioneer" style that we love. When you check in, you're asked where your family comes from and when the host calls you he says something like :

"OH OH OH ! Calling the Wacko family from France!"

Very cute :) The characters here are Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale.

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It's a set menu that includes salad with strawberry vinaigrette (OMG,want a bath of that stuff), flank steak, turkey and pork with mashed potatoes and mac'n'cheese and green beans. Dessert is usually apple crumbler. They also give you warm rolls with honey butter (yum!).

Now, it's not fancy food. It's not supposed to be. It's family style Thanksgiving-ish comfort food.
What really makes this restaurant great are the characters. First, they're all dressed up pioneer style.

Chip & Dale were going nuts :rotfl: , running around,stealing food from the tables and hiding it. Minnie loved to pose with her fancy dress.

At one point I was about to take a pic of DM & Chip (or Dale) and my stupid memory card was full. I pretended to cry and Chip rushed to me and started wiping my "tears" with his apron. It was sooooo cute. We're 2 adullts so we don't usually get a lot of quality time with the characters, they're busy with the big tables with kids. Not at LTT though.

The best part was, later,when DM had gone to the restrooms, Goofy came around again and sat with me at the table, picked up a glass and shook it with me ! Everyone in the room was looking and laughing.

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OK this is a dining review so for the food itsef, well this is my type of food so I loved it. So did DM although the meat was overcooked for her.
But if you prefer places like Flyin Fish, it may not be for you.
Character Interaction : IMO, the best on property. This place is not as busy as Chef Mickey's or even CP, we saw each character 4 times and they actually spend time with you - not just rush and stop long enough for a pic.

My favorite photo of the trip :

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Nursejilly
08-04-2007, 11:17 PM
We have ADRs at Ohana and a Liberty Tree!! My girls are going to love the characters! Thanks for the great pics and reviews!:)

marivaid
08-07-2007, 06:57 AM
Kona Cafe

That was the ADR we thought we wouldn't go to, but I'm glad we did.

Once again we managed to be late even though we were staying at the Poly, but we didn't have to wait to be seated.

DM had the teriyaki steak salad which she says was her favorite dish of the week. It's served in a wonton bowl (kind of like a taco salad) and has little bits of teriyaki steak, crispy lettuce, carrots, tomatoes ... It looked really good!

I had the Kona Club sandwich which was like a regular club, with a twist. First they put turkey bacon instead of pork bacon, and they also add avocado in the sandwich. This was really good, fresh and very light. After the big dinner at LTT the night before it was exactly what I needed.

We had planned to be good girls and not get dessert, but...

We were sitting at a table for 4 and after we'd been served, a big party arrived. There must have been 12 of them and they were trying to make them fit around 2 tables for 4 - it just wasn't going to happen and some of them were not too happy about it. Since we were taking a big table and only had one plate each, I told their hostess that we could move to the next table if they wanted. At first she said it was not needed but then later she thanked us and said yes, that would help her out.

Well, a few minutes later we're all moved to another table and the restaurant manager comes to see us and says that to thank us for offering to move, dessert is on the house ! Wow, that was nice ! We really didn't expect it.

DM went with what our waitress suggested and got the chocolate Macadamia tart. She said it was divine - she let me have a bite and I found it too sweet for my taste, but it was pretty good. It also came with coconut ice cream which she loved as well.

I had the Caramel-banana Creme Brulee. The bananas are on top of the creme brulee, warm and caramelized. Oh gosh it was sooooooo good. The creme itself was good as well, but I didn't expect it to be cold. Creme brulee is served hot here. It was still something I would like to take a bath in :)

We'll do Kona for lunch again, it was less noisy than dinner and good value as well - only about $30 (without the tip), including DM's alcoholic drink. We didn't use our DDE card for this meal, we thought it'd be tacky since they had already treated us for dessert.
The service was Disney at its best, we certainely didn't expect a freebie just for moving tables and we were very impressed that the manager herself came to our table to thank us.

Coming next : 'Ohana aka The Fastest Ride of the Week

PoohGal05
08-07-2007, 07:59 AM
I loved your review of 'Ohana's for breakfast! We're trying next trip and can hardly wait! It's new for us!

Tink3Belle
08-07-2007, 04:12 PM
Great Reviews, Thanks for sharing.

MandM-Mom
08-07-2007, 05:38 PM
Great reviews!:)

my3disneygirls
08-07-2007, 08:47 PM
Kona Cafe

I had the Caramel-banana Creme Brulee. The bananas are on top of the creme brulee, warm and caramelized. Oh gosh it was sooooooo good. The creme itself was good as well, but I didn't expect it to be cold. Creme brulee is served hot here. It was still something I would like to take a bath in :)

Coming next : 'Ohana aka The Fastest Ride of the Week

I am not a big dessert person, but I order Creme Brulee in most restaurants that offer it. It is by far my favorite dessert. I always thought that the creme should be warm, but have become accustomed to it being cold. I'm glad that I'm not crazy and it's served warm in France. I suppose it's easier to chill the custard ahead of time and then caramelize the sugar before serving. I'd love to go to France and try the real thing.

SmallWorld71
08-07-2007, 09:33 PM
Enjoying your reviews and signing on for more!:thumbsup2

marivaid
08-07-2007, 09:42 PM
I am not a big dessert person, but I order Creme Brulee in most restaurants that offer it. It is by far my favorite dessert. I always thought that the creme should be warm, but have become accustomed to it being cold. I'm glad that I'm not crazy and it's served warm in France. I suppose it's easier to chill the custard ahead of time and then caramelize the sugar before serving. I'd love to go to France and try the real thing.

It does taste better IMO when it's hot. Here they serve it either very, very hot (the cream is bubbling) or just warm. DM says she's never had warm creme brulee in the US or Canada. That doesn't mean it's not good but it does taste very different.

Personally I'd trade warm creme brulee for cornbread any day :rotfl:

DisneyMom5
08-07-2007, 09:43 PM
Nice review! We're going to LTT for the first time, so it was nice to see and read about it. :thumbsup2
Looking forward to reading more.

Tiggr924
08-09-2007, 07:33 PM
Can't wait to hear about Nine Dragons. :wizard: We are going there for the first time in a long time this August! :woohoo:

jamstew
08-10-2007, 01:01 PM
great reviews!! we are going to the WCC for lunch and i'm glad you mention the boatride takes awhile cause we want to look around at WL a bit. can't wait to hear about your other reviews!! keep um coming. I can't believe you never had cornbread!! we have it all the time here in the deep south!!
mousiemom

:rotfl2: When I saw the "never had cornbread" in the OP, I immediately scrolled back up to see where she was from. All I can say is, if you've never had cornbread, you're really missing out :goodvibes

Busymom85
08-10-2007, 05:01 PM
Thanks for the great reviews.

Flossbolna
08-11-2007, 09:20 AM
great reviews, looking forward to the rest!! :goodvibes

marivaid
08-11-2007, 01:46 PM
:rotfl2: When I saw the "never had cornbread" in the OP, I immediately scrolled back up to see where she was from. All I can say is, if you've never had cornbread, you're really missing out :goodvibes

We just made some today, I was dying for some & we hunted for a recipe online. The result was not as good as the one from WCC but still yummy !!

I knew some of you guys would go HUH?? when I said I never had cornbread before LOL... We're aliens :rolleyes:

marivaid
08-11-2007, 02:15 PM
'Ohana Dinner

I was really looking forward to that meal, mostly since it was our last night at the Poly and I had gotten a late ADR so that we could see Wishes from the restaurant.

We'd even bought hawaiian flowers to wear in our hair and dressed up a little bit (as much as we can get "dressed up" in July at Disney World!).

Our waitress took our drink order and before we even got our drinks someone else brought us salad, chicken wings, wontons and dipping sauces, and peel-and-eat shrimp. A couple minutes later we got our drinks and then almost immediately were brought a dish of veggies, and another of potatoes.

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Our table .

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DM's drink, I think a vodka cranberry.

The wontons and sauces were very good, especially the peanut sauce. I'm allergic to shellfish so I didn't try the shrimp but DM had a few and said they were very good. The salad was delicious with a tangy honey-lemon sauce.
Since they'd brought everything together though, by the time I tried the potatoes they were stone cold. At that point someone came and offered us meat from huge skewers. We each had a piece of steak and a piece of turkey.

I'm not a fan of red meat but I loved the steak, the way it had been cooked in the fire gave it a really good taste, and it was great dipped in the peanut sauce. The turkey was so-so.

By then we'd been in the restaurant for less than 20mns - that's a LOT of food to eat in such a short time so we decided to take a break. Bad idea.
The same guy who brought us the meat asked us
"Do you want some more?"

We still had food on our plates plus a bunch of stuff on the table so we said, no thank you, thinking he was offering us more meat.

Well, it took about 2 minutes and before we had a chance to stop him - we were both so stunned - our entire table had been cleared.

DM & I looked at each other and said at the same time "What the .... just happened here????"
We couldn't believe it. DM wanted more shrimp,and I intended to get some more salads and wontons (wontons crushed in the salad with that honey-lemon dressing were really good!). And poof everything is gone.

I should have said something, asked the busboy to bring back our dishes or SOMETHING but I didn't want to seem rude.

Our server brought us dessert,which was really good. We ate the whole thing, since we were still hungry. We weren't offered any more - she brought our check with the dessert.

When we left the restaurant it was 9.35. We'd been in & out in about half an hour. We were highly disappointed,so much that the next morning I canceled our reservation for Spoodles that night - we'd had a great meal there in January and now we didn't want to risk having another bad dining experience that would "ruin" the place for us.

On the good side, the food was really good. We saw a coconut race that looked like fun, we were a little too far to see much though.

I don't know if we'll give it another try. If we do, I'll be sure NOT to say that I don't want "more" until I'm truly done and can't eat another bite!

TigerKat
08-11-2007, 02:19 PM
This is exactly why we no longer go to Ohana. It's a shame because it used to be one of our favorite places.:sad2:

jamstew
08-11-2007, 02:20 PM
We just made some today, I was dying for some & we hunted for a recipe online. The result was not as good as the one from WCC but still yummy !!

I knew some of you guys would go HUH?? when I said I never had cornbread before LOL... We're aliens :rolleyes:

I'm sure there are plenty of good Southern women on here who could give you a great recipe. The two best "secrets" I can give you are: 1) don't over-mix the ingredients or it will come out with more of a cake texture, and 2) use a cast iron skillet which has been greased and pre-heated in the oven to brown it.

I've used two different mixes for years (because I'm generally lazy and because the mixes I use are just as good as "scratch"), depending on whether I want a sweet-ish cornbread or not. I use the less sweet for cornbread dressing and the sweet-ish one for just eating.

Since I haven't eaten at WCC, I don't know what theirs tastes like, but I will on September 10 :banana: .

marivaid
08-11-2007, 02:26 PM
I'm sure there are plenty of good Southern women on here who could give you a great recipe. The two best "secrets" I can give you are: 1) don't over-mix the ingredients or it will come out with more of a cake texture, and 2) use a cast iron skillet which has been greased and pre-heated in the oven to brown it.

I've used two different mixes for years (because I'm generally lazy and because the mixes I use are just as good as "scratch"), depending on whether I want a sweet-ish cornbread or not. I use the less sweet for cornbread dressing and the sweet-ish one for just eating.

Since I haven't eaten at WCC, I don't know what theirs tastes like, but I will on September 10 :banana: .

Thank you !!! We had a hard time coming up with the ingredients - forget the mix, no one here sells cornbread mix.
We should have bought some when we were in FL but all we got was muffin & biscuit mixes.

The WCC cornbread tastes heavenly.. I hope you'll love it too :) It comes with butter that tasted a little bit like honey. Oh gosh now I want some again :lmao: :lmao:

marivaid
08-11-2007, 02:27 PM
This is exactly why we no longer go to Ohana. It's a shame because it used to be one of our favorite places.:sad2:

So that kind of thing happens often ? I'd read posts from people who felt rushed but I sure didn't expect that.

TigerKat
08-11-2007, 02:48 PM
So that kind of thing happens often ? I'd read posts from people who felt rushed but I sure didn't expect that.

The last time we were there a few years ago we were in and out in 45 minutes. Not my idea of a nice dinner by any means.

mom2my3kids
08-11-2007, 09:10 PM
Great reviews and pics, I am so excited about trying Ohana we wanted to go last year but was not on the dining plan. This year free dining and we are eating here on our arrival night..:love:

eemmie1
08-12-2007, 04:40 PM
I am sorry that your 'Ohana dinner was rushed. When I go in a month I will be sure to tell them that I want the courses served one at a time.

TigerKat
08-12-2007, 09:22 PM
I am sorry that your 'Ohana dinner was rushed. When I go in a month I will be sure to tell them that I want the courses served one at a time.

I really wish you luck with that, DH & I both asked for the courses to be served one at a time, it fell upon deaf ears. Hopefully you'll be able to get it across to them.:thumbsup2

Ciciwoowoo
08-12-2007, 10:38 PM
I am really enjoying your review! I look forward to reading more. :goodvibes

marivaid
08-16-2007, 07:52 AM
Garden Grill

This was a meal I'd had trouble fitting in our itinerary. The only possibility was an early lunch on the day we were switching resorts.

We were about 20mns late, as Soarin' took a little longer than planned :upsidedow That wasn't a problem at all. It seems to be one of the few restaurants in Epcot where you can walk in without an ADR.

Our hostess took us to a table on the upper part of the restaurant (not in booth as I had hoped). Soon our server brought drinks and a plate containing flank steak, turkey, vegetables and cheesy potatoes. The turkey had cranberry relish on it and the steak had a sauce with mushrooms.

I had a bite of the turkey and spit it out in my napkin - it was fatty and slimey. The vegetables were nearly raw. We don't cook them long at home either but I'd be surprised if those had been cooked for more than a minute.

My mom liked the squash - she didn't know what it was so she asked our server. It's the yellow things that look like a tiny pumpkin. She liked the flank steak as well.
I mostly ate the potatoes and carotts which were okay.
Dessert was very good. A pastry filled with custard and surrounded in berries - yum !!!

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We both agreed that, except for the dessert, the food was just "blah".

The character interaction, however, was another story !
The reason why we booked this meal was for Chip & Dale, and they didn't disappoint. They played with us, danced with DM, competed for our hugs etc.. they were adorable.
Mickey & Pluto were there too and while they were not as mischievous as Chip & Dale they were great as well !

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For some reason I thought that Chip & Dale would be dressed up as farmers, like Mickey was.

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We don't plan on returning to Garden Grill.
Even though the character interaction was excellent, the food was really disappointing and we can get both the great characters and a good meal at LTT, for example.

It is however the only princess-free character lunch that I know of so if you're on a budget and don't like breakfasts, it's an okay alternative.

ETA :

The restaurant rotates. Veryyyyyy slowly. We didn't even notice that it was moving at all.

marivaid
08-16-2007, 08:07 AM
Boardwalk Pizza window

We'd canceled our Spoodles ADR due to the disappointing meal at 'Ohana the previous day.
Since we'd just checked in the Boardwalk we decided not to go back to a park that night & just enjoy the resort. The pizza window is a few steps away from the resort so we went there.

This places has, without a doubt, the best pizza on all WDW property!
They don't look or taste at all like the ones we've had at the food courts - those tasted like cold cardboard.
These were hot and tasty, and had a ton of cheese and pepperoni.
Great deal too as the slices are HUGE and only $3.99!
We both got pepperoni pizza and sat at one of the tables outside, just enjoying the view.

If you're staying at the Boardwalk and need a good bite fast, this is the place to go!

I also made a stop at Sweet Sensations and got a lot of sweets to bring home :

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Pictured above : Goofy's Candy Co. gummy bears, gourmet jelly beans, Mickey & Minnie chocolate coins, Dumbo peanut bars and 7-Dwarves "Fruit Gems", and a bag of several kinds of wrapped candy.

All of this, plus a pecan roll for DM, cost about $24.

This place is Candy Heaven !!!

wilma-bride
08-16-2007, 10:34 AM
Great updates - Garden Grill doesn't appeal to me at all :sad2:

marivaid
08-19-2007, 10:12 AM
Nine Dragons

I was a little worried about this one because of the bad reviews.
We had an ADR for dinner but decided to try & walk in for lunch instead. This was no problem at all, at 1pm the place was half empty.

Our server introduced himself a Chen (though his name tag said Victor! :lmao: ) and was very nice.

DM had something I didn't see in online menus. It was shrimp over noodles with stir-fried vegetables & a spicy sauce.
Chen-Victor warned her that it was very spicy but she loves spicy food.

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She had a Tsing Tao as well (chinese beer).

I had the honey-sesame chicken and loved it. Unlike DM I don't do spicy.
This was tasty but didn't put my mouth on fire - perfect !
The chicken came with white rice.
Portions are big - unless you're very hungry there's no need to order an extra side.

This is not the mall type of Chinese food. My sister's friend is Chinese and her father, who was raised in China, makes us the "real stuff" often enough for us to know the difference.

The food is very tasty and we had good service as well.The restaurant itsef is beautiful, and the incense smell is not overpowering.
I'm really glad we didn't listen to the bad reviews, we'll be back at Nine Dragons!

marivaid
08-19-2007, 10:28 AM
Sci-Fi

Our ADR was for 12.30 however by 11 we'd ran out of things to do at MGM so we went to Sci-Fi and asked if we could get in early.
We only had to wait about 10mns. Our hostess took us to our car, we were in the "hitch hikers" in the backseat. The front seats were taken by 5 kids (their parents and rest of the family were in the next car). The kids were very well behaved and it wasn't a problem.

Sci-Fi is, surprisingly, very quiet! The movies are funny, especially the commercials. The atmosphere is fun and great especially if, like us, you've never been to a real drive-in theater.

We both got burgers. I asked for onion rings instead of fries, which can be done for a small fee (I think $3). DM asked for hers to be very rare and I asked for mine to ressemble a piece of choal.
They were both done exactly like we asked and were soooo yummy. The onion rings were terrific.

We really enjoyed the old movies and the commercials on the screen, they were so funny and not scary at all.

Sci-Fi was the one and only good surprise we had at MGM that day.

Luv2Roam
08-19-2007, 10:52 AM
Great reviews! :thumbsup2

marivaid
08-27-2007, 11:54 PM
Chef Mickey's

Our ADR was for 11.10AM. We were pleased to see that the food was still being replenished, there was plenty of everything.
It was actually much better than when we were there in January with a 7.50 ADR!

There is sooooooo much to choose from at this buffet. The regular breakfast stuff like eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, pancakes... several kinds of fruits, pastries, bagels, salmon, even treats like brownies and gummy bears!

We were seated in a small room overlooking the lake.The view was pretty but we felt a little "removed" from the action, although the characters came several times.

This was our last ADR and we had a blast!

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Everything POP

We had dinner here on our last night (I know, not exciting but it was raining and we decided not to go back to the parks).

I had the chicken penne alfredo, which I liked a lot when we were at ASMO. It comes with a garlicky breadstick. DM chose the "parmesan crusted chicken" which is the exact same chicken that comes with the penne alfredo except it's served over salad. The breadstick comes with too.
We also had chocolate cake.
Everything was good but DM thought the chicken was too dry.

The funny thing is that it's exactly what we had at the ASMO food court on New Year's Eve last December!!! Do we know how to party or what ? :dance3:

We tried to use our DDE card for this meal but the cashier had no idea what it was and she kept insisting that we couldn't get alcohol (DM got beer) on the DDP. I didn't feel like waiting for her to call her supervisor and it was less than $25 anyway so it didn't really matter.

The next morning we tried to have breakfast there but the food court was a madhouse, not a seat to be found either inside or outside. People were sitting down on the floor in the lobby eating their food.
DM bought granola bars and POP tarts and they came back home with us :)

This completes my dining reviews !!

We were VERY pleased with the DDE. It was easy to use, and allowed us to do mostly TS and still spend less than we would have if we'd bought the DDP (not to mention that since we were doing 3 resorts in 8 days we'd have had to buy 3 sets of tickets in order to use the plan).
The DDE saved us about $80 altogether, so it paid for itself already and we have at least 2 more trips planned for this year. :yay: :yay: :cheer2:

susieq76
08-28-2007, 07:10 AM
Thank You! Great Reviews!