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Pixiedust34
08-19-2007, 09:21 AM
I'd be glad to answer questions about the places we ate on this trip.

I took pictures in some places, so if you're interested in a particular restaurant, I might have a picture of some of the food selections at that place. We were not on the dining plan, so we did not get an appetizer and/or dessert at some of our meals. The food was outstanding!

Here's where we ate:

--Animal Kingdom

Tusker House (B, L) Tusker House is soon closing, which is a shame. It's a great counter service!
Popcorn in souvenir bucket

--Disney-MGM Studios

ABC Commissary (B)
Sci-Fi (was supposed to be dinner, but we changed our ADR to lunch)
Mama Melrose's (Fantasmic Dinner package, though we ended up not going to Fantasmic)
popcorn in souvenir bucket

--Epcot

The Garden Grill (L)
Biergarten (was supposed to be dinner, but we had to change our ADR to lunch to fit in Illuminations)
Akerhaus Princess Storybook Breakfast
Tangierine Cafe (D)
Cantina de San Angel (D)
France, Italy, Mexico, Morocco--various adult beverages
Japan--Kaki Goris
Popcorn in souvenir bucket

--Magic Kingdom

Columbia Horbour House (L, D)
Crystal Palace (L)
Auntie Gravity's--ice cream snack (The ice cream melted faster than we could eat it).

--Downtown Disney

Raglan Road (L)
Goofy's Candy Company--custom made chocolate dipped treats

--Port Orleans Riverside

Riverside Mill (B, L, D)
Boatwright's (B)
Muddy Rivers (adult beverages/pizza from food court)

--The Polynesian Resort
'Ohana (B)
Kona Cafe (L)
Captain Cook's (L)

--Animal Kingdom Lodge
Boma

--Fort Wilderness
Hoop De Doo

The popcorn in a souvenir bucket was a good deal. For under $4.00, we had a tasty snack. We'd share a few handfuls of popcorn in the park, and then bring the rest of the popcorn back to the room to enjoy later that evening. That was like getting two snacks for the price of one, plus now we have 3 popcorn buckets as souvenirs.

We bought four refillable mugs at Port Orleans Riverside, and used them way too many times to count.

Pixiedust34
08-19-2007, 09:28 AM
Kid's Meal:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07281.jpg

Banana stuffed French Toast:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07283.jpg

My dh's platter:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07284.jpg

The fruit cup was mine. I didn't want bacon or sausage with my French toast, and our server substituted a fruit cup for me.

It was a yummy and very filling breakfast!

TigerKat
08-19-2007, 11:07 AM
Subscribing...popcorn::

lisaj
08-19-2007, 11:59 AM
subscribing too, looks like a great bunch of restaurants

sandybobandy
08-19-2007, 12:17 PM
I'm signing up early for this one! lol

Great pics so far! :)

disneymom2twins
08-19-2007, 12:40 PM
Signing up too!! Love the pics

Minniespal
08-19-2007, 12:44 PM
Looking forward to reading more:thumbsup2

Pixiedust34
08-19-2007, 02:29 PM
I'm sorry I don't have food pictures for Crystal Palace. It was busy and I was too occupied with keeping our plates full and meeting the characters as they visited.

The food here was good! I enjoyed the Meditteranean Pasta Salad a lot.

Character interaction was great. My kids said cute stuff to the characters, such as, "Tigger, I hope you didn't wreck Rabbit's garden today!" and "Piglet, we love you because you're so brave!" The characters were cute in their responses to us. I was wearing an Eeyore shirt, and Eeyore noticed. :goodvibes

We celebrated both of our kids' b-days at WDW, and we bought cakes for them at 'Ohana and The Garden Grill, so I wasn't expecting anything birthday related at any of our other restaurants. My dd's birthday must have still been on our ADR when we checked in because the cast member mentioned it. When we were seated, our table had Mickey "pixie dust" on it, and dd was given a cupcake with a candle, which was a nice surprise!

Service here was pretty good. Our waiter sang "Happy Birthday" to dd, and our drinks were refilled promptly.

Here are a couple of pictures from the restaurant. The one picture is of the parade that the kids do with the characters around the restaurant.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW073710.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW073719.jpg

Pixiedust34
08-19-2007, 02:44 PM
We've eaten at MM once before and enjoyed it, and we also enjoyed it on this trip. The service was good and our courses were nicely timed. We were not rushed, and yet we didn't have to wait too long for our food. Our drinks were refilled on a regular basis.

Here's what we had:

Dh: Brushetta, Spicy Italian Sausage, Cheesecake

Me: Toasted Italian Bread Salad (more of a lettuce salad--not what I expected, but it was still good!), Penne Alla Vodka, Tiramisu

Ds: Breads with spreads (Huge portion! If you're not on the dining plan nor have the Fantasmic package, this is good to share), 4 Cheese Flatbread Pizza, Cheesecake

Dd (Kid's menu) Salad, Pasta, Ice cream sundae

The pasta portions were huge and dh and I could not eat all of our entrees. MM recently quit giving bread with your meal (a poor move for an Italian restaurant, IMHO), so if you like bread with your pasta make sure you order that bread appetizer that my ds ordered.

The appetizers were good. Dh and I both enjoyed our pasta dishes, and ds inhaled his flatbread! My tiramisu was outstanding! Ds' cheesecake came with a candle to celebrate his birthday. That was a nice touch and unexpected, as we were not aware that his birthday was mentioned on our ADR.



bread appetizer

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salad appetizer

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW073658.jpg

flatbread entree

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW0736592.jpg

Penne Alla Vodka entree

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW073660.jpg

tiramisu
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW073663-1.jpg

cheesecake
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW0736612.jpg

They put a candle in ds' cheesecake because his b-day was mentioned in our ADR.

I LOVED the tiramisu!!

We were planning to do Fantasmic, but the heat was brutal and we decided to go back to our resort and swim after dinner instead of staying at MGM. Our server passed on our Fantasmic seating voucher to another family.

K and K's Mommy
08-19-2007, 02:53 PM
Great reviews! How kind of you to pass on your Fantasmic voucher!

Your CP pictures are making me so excited. We go there for breakfast every trip. I think it is the only restaurant we have gone to all three (soon to be four) trips. I like to try new places, but we love their breakfast and the Pooh characters.

John's Mom
08-19-2007, 04:21 PM
Thanks for sharing your reviews and pictures!

atisikitabasket
08-20-2007, 10:16 AM
Were you happy with the birthday cakes? How did they taste? I am looking at ordering a cake at 'Ohana.

Love the reviews so far!

Pixiedust34
08-20-2007, 10:42 AM
Thank you all for the replies! I have more reviews and pictures to post, and I'm going to try and do a little bit each day.

Amy, at both locations we ordered the 6" standard cakes for $12.50. They were OK. Not good and not bad--just OK. Cake pictures will be coming. : )

If you want to order the 6" cakes, you can no longer pre-order them. You just tell the cast member at check-in that you want the cake and then they'll bring it to you for dessert. If you want a customized cake, you do order that in advance.

Pixiedust34
08-20-2007, 10:50 AM
I'm going to throw in a couple of cs meals now.

We've eaten at La Cantina in the past and have enjoyed it, but on this trip it was the only disappointing meal we ate.

Dh = burrito meal
me = nachos (dh & I split a maragarita)
kids = kid meals
We also got a churro and shared it

The food didn't seem to be too fresh. I disliked the taco (?) meat and black beans that came with my nachos, plus it didn't have enough cheese. I regretted not getting the salad. Dh said that his burrito was OK at best. Ds was so-so about his kid's meal, and dd didn't like hers. The only food we enjoyed here was the churro. Oh--and the margarita was OK but it seemed to be on the strong side.

Here are the pix:

La Cantina Kid's Meal

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07271.jpg

La Cantina burrito meal

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07272.jpg

La Cantina Nachos

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07270.jpg

I read that La Cantina is slated for a rehab, so maybe they will change the menu a little if it closes and then reopens. I also read that a tequila bar will be opening inside the Mexican pavilion.

Pixiedust34
08-20-2007, 11:00 AM
On the day that we had our 'Ohana breakfast, dh and ds went parasailing at 1:00. After parasailing, we went back to the Poly to grab a quick & late lunch before heading back to POR. I'm glad we stopped at the Poly! The cs service was quick with the ordering screens, and the food was great. I'd like to see those screens being used at other resorts.

Dh = chicken stir fry
me = Aloha pork sandwich
kids = both had flatbread (pizza)

We brought our refillable mugs with us since the new mugs are good at all resorts during your stay. We got a lot of use out of those mugs on this day! We used them at the Poly, CR, and back at POR.

Dh enjoyed his stir fry, and my sandwich was flavorful. Portions were big. We ate at an off-time, and the small food area was not crowded at all. I do like the bigger food courts at the mods and values, but the Poly's food court was nice.

Captain Cook's

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW073694.jpg

(Note: While dh and ds parasailed, dd and I hung out near the Food and Fun Center at the CR. It was supposed to be closed for a rehab, but it was still open. :confused3 Anyway, we decided that we didn't want to eat there. It was surprisingly not too clean at the time we were there, which was 1:00 to 1:30. I'm glad we had a meal at the Poly instead of the at the CR).

marivaid
08-20-2007, 12:16 PM
Great reviews, looking forward to more :)

JulieAnn
08-20-2007, 12:33 PM
Great reviews; I can't wait to read more!

natalielongstaff
08-20-2007, 01:02 PM
nice to hear a decent review of mama melrose, thanks :thumbsup2

coasterfreak
08-20-2007, 06:45 PM
Subscribing, nice selection of restaurants :thumbsup2

wen8jr
08-20-2007, 07:38 PM
subscribing, can't wait to see more pics

mom2fivecs
08-20-2007, 08:21 PM
signing up as well....can't wait for more :banana:

MandM-Mom
08-20-2007, 09:36 PM
Great reviews:)

Pixiedust34
08-21-2007, 05:12 AM
Thanks, everyone! We're going through the post-trip blues, and we miss the food at WDW. We use our new refillable mugs every day.

The Garden Grill was pretty good. We ate there before, and my kids get a kick out of the revloving restaurant. My ds picked The Garden Grill as the place to celebrate his birthday. We ordered him a 6" cake when we checked into the restaurant.

Food-wise, everything was fresh. I didn't take food pictures here on this trip because the food was almost the same as the pictures I already have for GG, which I'll post below. I'm not a seafood person, but I like their catfish. Dh and I especially enjoyed the vegetables, too! They were crisp and tasty. I don't know what's so special about the mac & cheese, but it must have been good because my kids inhaled it. LOL The turkey and beef were good. The butter for the biscuits is orange flavored and it's yummy!!

Service was a little slow. It's all-you-can-eat served family style, and the initial portions they bring are rather small. We asked for extra catfish, vegetables, and macaroni and cheese. We had to wait a long time for the extra food, and then our server forgot the mac & cheese, which meant she had to go back and get it. By the time the mac & cheese came, we were ready for our cake so we could leave, but the kids did eat their extra mac & cheese. Service was prompt the last time we ate here. I guess regardless of where you eat, service is going to vary depending upon the cast members and how busy the restaurant is.

Character interaction was fun! We saw all of the characters twice, and they were playful with the kids. The characters noticed ds' birthday button and gave him a thumb's up for congratulations.

Once the mac & cheese was finished, we asked for the birthday cake. Our server brought it over with a candle and plates/forks. We (the 4 of us--not the server this time) sang "Happy Birthday" and then enjoyed the cake.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07037.jpg


OLDER PICTURE

As I said, I didn't take food pictures from The Garden Garden Grill this year, but here is our lunch from a previous trip. Changes to the menu are that now they serve buscuits instead of a loaf of bread and a potato casserole instead of mashed potatoes. Everything else is the same.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/Disney06Disk2050.jpg

Here's the dessert we ate on a previous trip. We didn't get the dessert this time since we ordered the birthday cake, but I think they went back to the pastry instead of the bread pudding. The other item is a design-it-yourself cupcake.

BONUS PICTURE

Some of the food served in Epcot is grown at Living with the Land. We rode that twice, as dd was fascinated with that attraction. Here's a picture of a pumpkin earning its ears! : )

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW0738012.jpg

Pixiedust34
08-21-2007, 06:36 AM
We love Goofy's Candy Company! We were as happy as kids in a candy store here. :) We bought some dipped chocolates. I had the marshmallows, ds had the Mickey Rice Krispie Treat, and dd had the pretzel sticks. Dh didn't want to order anything, but he did help us finish up our snacks. : )

I think that getting the marshmallow is a good deal because they are on a Mickey straw, and you get the candy treat to eat plus the straw to keep.

Goofy's Candy Company:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07313.jpg

Ds' Rice Krispie Treat:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07315.jpg

Shasta
08-21-2007, 06:37 AM
Oh my! That looks great! I hope it is still on themenu in Jan. Roasted garlic is one of my favorites. :woohoo:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW073657.jpg

saffymom
08-21-2007, 10:17 AM
Thanks for the great pics! I'm really enjoying your reviews!:thumbsup2

eemmie1
08-21-2007, 05:48 PM
Great reviews!:thumbsup2

Pixiedust34
08-22-2007, 05:17 AM
Thank you for your nice comments!

We ate at Riverside Mill about 5-6 times on our trip, but I brought the camera there only once. My hands-down favorite entree was the create-your-own-salad, which I had twice. The salad ingredients were fresh, including the chicken on top of the salad. I don't have any pictures of my salads.

On our arrival day, we had a very late breakfast/early lunch at around 10:50.We all ordered French Toast so we'd have only one line to wait in because we wanted to get to Animal Kingdom right after we ate and didn't want to waste too much time eating. The French Toast was pretty good.

We ordered a POR pizza once, and it was average at best. We took it to Muddy Rivers and ate it poolside. We've eaten POR's pizza before and did considering ordering a pizza from a local non-WDW place, but didn't want to bother with having to pick it up at the main entrance. It was easier to order one from the food court.

A drink we enjoyed at Muddy Rivers was the Pina CoLava. Sorry--no picture.

We used our refillable mugs every time we ate in the food court, and every morning dh would walk to the food court to get some coffee, too. Those mugs were a great investment!

POR was booked to capacity, but Riverside Mill was usually not too crowded when we were there, with the exception of our arrival day.

One of our Riverside meals:

dh = turkey sandwich
me = muffalata sandwich
ds = pizza
dd = mac & cheese kid's meal

The sandwiches were good and very big. I couldn't finish mine. The pasta salad side was good, too.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07086.jpg

Food Court Pictures:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07084.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07085.jpg

Just for fun--Old Man Island:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07080.jpg

my3disneygirls
08-22-2007, 06:28 PM
Great reviews and pics. Can't wait for more. The nachos st the Cantina sure did look pretty lame. The Muffalata looked really good. I stayed at POR four times and never gone one.:sad1:

undertheseas
08-22-2007, 06:34 PM
:thumbsup2 Great reviews and photos! Thanks for taking the time to post them. I'm dying to try MM's tiramisu!

Pixiedust34
08-22-2007, 06:40 PM
Great reviews and pics. Can't wait for more. The nachos st the Cantina sure did look pretty lame. The Muffalata looked really good. I stayed at POR four times and never gone one.:sad1:


Thanks for the comments! I have to say that those nachos were by far the most disappointing meal of our vacation. I *almost* ordered an entree salad, and was sorry I didn't.

That Muffalata was pretty good, though. : ) I did like the salads (create your own) at POR the best. I wish I had my camera to take a picture of my salad meals there.

Pixiedust34
08-22-2007, 06:46 PM
:thumbsup2 Great reviews and photos! Thanks for taking the time to post them. I'm dying to try MM's tiramisu!

That tiramisu was soooooo good. The picture doesn't do it justice. It's one of my favorite desserts in all of WDW. I hope you can try it soon! We ate at MM for 2 trips in a row, so on our next trip we won't be eating there. The one ts place (besides $$$ Brown Derby) we've never been to at MGM is 50's Prime Time, so if possible we'll be going there on our next trip.

(I'm keeping my fingers crossed for free dining in 9/08. We weren't able to take advantage of free dining this year. I have a feeling that with the 08 cut- backs in the dining plan that free dining might not be offered next year, but I can hope between now and then, right?! :) )

Pixiedust34
08-23-2007, 05:21 AM
We were planning to eat at either Wolfgang Puck Express or Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney, but it was brutally hot the day we were there and we thought that a longer table service meal would be more relaxing. We went to Raglan Road spur-of-the-moment and was able to get a lunch seating for noon.

I'm so glad we stopped by Raglan Road! The food was great and it was a relaxing place to have lunch.

Dh = fish and chips
me = chicken ceasar salad
ds = kid's meal with shrimp and chips
dd = kid's meal with mac & cheese

Dh and I shared a Murphy's red draft, which was good.

I wish I took a picture of the seafood plates. Both dh and ds loved their food and ate every bite. My salad was excellent! Only dd didn't care for her meal here, as she was expecting the standard mac & cheese that is served at WDW and Raglan Road has its own version of mac & cheese. Dh helped her eat her meal, and he said that the mac and cheese here was very good.

My salad:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW073835.jpg
This was a fresh salad and I wouldn't hesitate to order it again. Yum!

Kid's Meal with mac & cheese:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW073834.jpg
I sampled a couple of the chips (fries) and they were pretty good. I like putting vinegar on my fries, and restaurants that provide vinegar and vinegar- friendly chips get a big thumb's up from me!

We were much too full to even look at a dessert menu, plus we knew we'd be hitting Goofy's Candy Company later this day. But I bet Raglan Road has some great desserts!

Pixiedust34
08-23-2007, 06:40 AM
We had reservations for Sci-Fi for dinner, but we were having a rough day at MGM and we decided to stop by Sci-Fi to see if they could seat us earlier so we could head back to our room sooner than anticipated. I think it was around 2:30ish when we stopped by, which is an off-time mealwise, but Sci-Fi was packed. They said that we could eat then; however, we would have a table seat in the back instead of the car seat we would have had if we wanted to wait and eat at our original ADR time. We decided to eat on-the-spot and take the table seat.

We sat in a car on a previous visit, and in a way the table was nicer because this time we were able to face each other. We're a family of four, but the tables are set up so that they are made for a family of 8, and we had "hitchhikers" within a few minutes of being seated. It was kind of like Biergarten with them sharing the table. Our tablemates were a nice family.

Dh = Reuben sandwich with cucumber and melon salad
me = burger and fries (dh and I split a sundae, which came as a free surprise)
ds = burger and fries kid's meal, ice cream sundae
dd = mac and cheese kid's meal (what else? LOL), ice cream sundae

Service here was very slow. We weren't in any hurry, but our food didn't come for a long time. When the server brought the kids their sundaes, he brought me and dh a free surprise sundae to make up for waiting so long for the food. We never complained about the wait at all (in fact, it felt so good to just sit there in the a/c and our kids were enjoying the movies, so we didn't mind it), but the server was apologetic because he knew our food was delayed for whatever reason back in the kitchen.

An aside........ds turned 11 during our trip but wanted to order a kid's meal at several table service places, including here and at Kona. When we asked if our 11 y.o. could order from the kid's menu, and there were no problems with him doing so.

I took only one picture at this meal:

Dh's Reuban sandwich

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW073646.jpg

Overall, the food here was OK. Not "the best meal of the trip," but certainly not bad, either. The atmosphere is a winner here!

mom2my3kids
08-23-2007, 07:55 AM
I can't wait to hear your reviews on Hoop Dee Doo...

theycallmered
08-23-2007, 09:20 AM
That cucumber and melon salad sounds and looks interesting. I wonder if I could recreate that myself....

PatsMom
08-23-2007, 09:23 AM
Great reviews and pictures. Thanks for taking the time to post them.

Pixiedust34
08-23-2007, 02:33 PM
I will do Hoop Dee Doo tomorrow. I didn't take many pictures there (messy food! LOL) but I have a couple.

I'll have to ask dh what kind of dressing was on that cucumber and melon salad, if any. I looked for a recipe online and couldn't find one.

PatsMom, are you the Dis'er I met at Spectro on 8/8? I think you might be, but I'm not sure. : ) If it wasn't you, then it was someone else with "Pat" in a screen name.

SmallWorld71
08-23-2007, 10:15 PM
Signing on. I look forward to reading the rest of your reviews when we return from our stay at POR!:banana: Maybe they will help me with post vacation blues.:sad1:

Pixiedust34
08-24-2007, 04:33 AM
I went to Hoop Dee Doo when I was a kid, but dh and the kids have never been to Hoop Dee Doo. I knew that they'd love the show, so we booked it on this trip. We did Hoop Dee Doo on the last night of our trip, and it was the perfect way to end our vacation! It was one of the highlights of the trip. I think we are starting a new tradition--Hitting the Hoop Dee Doo on the last night of our trips!

We did the 7:15 show with Category 3 seating. We had great seats on the balcony, and I think I'd rather sit up there than near the stage. We sat side-by-side rather than at a table, and a couple was placed next to us (think Biergarten) with just a little space between us and them. The stools swiveled, so we could easily turn back and forth to eat and watch the show.

When we sat, the salad and corn bread were waiting for us and we dove right in. Both were pretty good. Later we enjoyed ribs, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, baked beans, and strawberry shortcake. Everything was yummy! We were given full pitchers of our drinks so we could handle our own refills, which was nice. The only thing lacking IMHO is that when ribs and fried chicken are served, then you should be provided with hot towels or wet wipes because it's messy food. I keep antibacterial hand wipes in my bag and we were able to use those to freshen up after dinner. But, having hot towels would have been a nice touch. Anyway, as I said, the food was good and it was enjoyed by all. I think ds nearly ate his weight in ribs and picky eater dd cleaned her plate even though there was no mac and cheese on it. :rotfl:

My family loved the show! Our 11 y.o. ds laughed until he cried. Dh thought it was fun and it was a nice break from the heat and crowds. Dd and I liked it too, but most of all I enjoyed seeing everyone laughing and having a good time. :goodvibes

Pioneer Hall
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Hoop Dee Doo salad and bread
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I didn't take any other food pictures.

Pixiedust34
08-24-2007, 04:56 AM
Tusker House is one of our favorite cs places in all of WDW, and we are sad to see it go. I hope that the buffet restaurant that replaces it will be good.

Knowing that this will be our last chance to do Tusker House, we ate there twice. We had dinner there one day (no pics) and a very late breakfast there another day.

For dinner, dh and I both had the chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans. It's a good and filling meal, and I love the fresh green beans! The kids had kid meals.

For breakfast, dh and I got breakfast platters and the kids just wanted a couple of pastries.

Breakfast:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW071982.jpg

I'm curious to see what the new buffet restaurant will be like.

Stay tuned.....more pictures and reviews are coming.

averill94
08-24-2007, 05:14 AM
OOOh thst HDDR pic! My DH talked about that salad for 2 years! Both times we went the food was awesome (right down to the cornbread) and such a hoot- the laughter is infectious.

Thanks for sharing!

PatsMom
08-24-2007, 09:01 AM
I will do Hoop Dee Doo tomorrow. I didn't take many pictures there (messy food! LOL) but I have a couple.

I'll have to ask dh what kind of dressing was on that cucumber and melon salad, if any. I looked for a recipe online and couldn't find one.

PatsMom, are you the Dis'er I met at Spectro on 8/8? I think you might be, but I'm not sure. : ) If it wasn't you, then it was someone else with "Pat" in a screen name.

Unfortunately it wasn't me at Spectro on the 8th. I haven't been to WDW since February but am leaving Sunday morning for a very badly needed visit!

Mom of Belle,Buzz,&T
08-24-2007, 11:32 AM
Thanks for all of the detailed reviews!!!!
Since you were just recently at the Riverside Mill can you please let me know if you remeber if they still offer supreme pizzas and mexican items, like nachos? These are two items that we've had there in the past but they no longer appear on the menu on line.:confused3 I hope you know the answer! Thanks!

Pixiedust34
08-24-2007, 12:02 PM
Unfortunately it wasn't me at Spectro on the 8th. I haven't been to WDW since February but am leaving Sunday morning for a very badly needed visit!


Have a wonderful trip!! :goodvibes

Pixiedust34
08-24-2007, 12:10 PM
Thanks for all of the detailed reviews!!!!
Since you were just recently at the Riverside Mill can you please let me know if you remeber if they still offer supreme pizzas and mexican items, like nachos? These are two items that we've had there in the past but they no longer appear on the menu on line.:confused3 I hope you know the answer! Thanks!

I'm afraid I'm not sure of the answer. If the nachos are still at Riverside Mill, I don't remember seeing them on the menu. They do have nachos in Mexico in Epcot, but I tried those (the picture is in this thread) and IMHO surprisingly they are not that fresh nor flavorful there.

I'm sorry that I also can't remember if there was a supreme pizza or not.

There's one thing I forgot to mention about our POR pizza. We ordered a pepperoni pizza. After we carried it over to Muddy Rivers to eat it, we discovered that they gave us a cheese pizza by mistake. :confused3 We ate it anyway, as neither dh nor I felt like walking back to Riverside Mill to fix the situation.

Enjoy your next stay at POR! I wish I were there right now, hopping on the boat to Downtown Disney for shopping and dinner.

Pixiedust34
08-24-2007, 12:16 PM
OOOh thst HDDR pic! My DH talked about that salad for 2 years! Both times we went the food was awesome (right down to the cornbread) and such a hoot- the laughter is infectious.

Thanks for sharing!


That salad was good! My dh is all about the cornbread, but I'm all about the salad. We were both happy when we sat down to chow down! :)
(The bottomless sangria pitcher wasn't too shabby, either. And my kids were in heaven with their own pitcher of root beer.)

For mass produced food for three shows per evening, I thought that everything (the chicken, ribs, potatoes, beans, & dessert) was excellent! My hat is off to the cast members who work at Hoop. Those trays and food buckets are heavy, and they keep 'em coming! And the performers are top-notch!

memomuffin
08-24-2007, 12:35 PM
pixiedust34 (and anyone else who want to chime in :)), I have a question for you. My fiance and I are both turning 30 soon (hence, spending money we don't have on a weeklong WDW trip coming up October 6 :)). I can remember being in 3rd grade and having a good time at this but also I think I get it confused with the Country Bear Jamboree (I don't know why Jamboree, Revue pretty different but hey??).
Anyway, we're both on the basic dining plan and we're trying to figure out if it's worth 2 dining credits. Usually Matt and I LOVE a delicious sit down dinner so we're kind of mulling over either going to one of the top rated restaurants (California Grill, Jiko, Citrico's, Hollywood Brown Derby) OR doing the HDR OR Spirit of Aloha(if there's even any space left, who knows). For two fun loving 30 year old (though my fiance hates musicals except for Chicago) do you think we'd have fun at HDR?
How about the Spirit of Aloha - I've read some negative reviews, at least for the begging part of the show, which stinks because it sounds kind of up our alley.
Sorry about this rant but have you been to any of the 4 top rated restaurants that I mentioned above? Which one would you recommend for a great meal (currently we have reservations for California Grill but I'm still leary b/c of the off/on reviews).
OOh, which brings me to one more question: Akershus Royal Banquet, would you say that would be more of a lunch or a dinner thing, and would you recommend it (we want to do one character meal, that's what we have the reservation for, but again, we could try to change our reservations for that as well).
THANKS so much for listening to my long entry, and even more appreciation and thanks for helping me with answers and advice.
Memomuffin

2manypets
08-24-2007, 06:33 PM
I'm coming in a little late, but that rueben from Sci-Fi looks so good. We haven't been back there since '98, but may have to rethink the ban we have on them.

Loved your reviews and pics :thumbsup2

Pixiedust34
08-25-2007, 04:27 AM
Our lunch at Kona was one of the best meals on the trip! The food was outstanding, and the service was excellent.

Everyone: sticky wings to share
Dh: Poly lunch plate with chicken and peanut sauce (dh and I shared a creme brulee)
Me: Lapu-lapu, Kona Club sandwich with Asian slaw
Kids: Kid's meals with chicken noodle soup, hot dogs & fries, and Kona Kones
Dd was given a birthday treat.

My lapu-lapu:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07329.jpg

Sticky wings:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07332.jpg
We shared these and they were so good!

Kid's meal chicken soup:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07331.jpg
I didn't try the soup, but the kids emptied their bowls and said that it was good soup.

Hot dog kid's meal:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07334.jpg

Dh's Polynesian Lunch Plate with chicken:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07333.jpg
He said that everything was excellent.

My Club Sandwich:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07335.jpg
The sandwich was good, and it was so big that I couldn't finish it. The Asian slaw and the pickles were outstanding! Both the slaw and the pickles were very flavorful.

Creme brulee (caramel and banana):
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07337.jpg
Dh and I were full from our meals, but we still ordered a creme brulee to split because we wanted to sample it. There's always room for a few bites of creme brulee, right?! : ) It was as yummy as it looks.

Kona Kones
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07336.jpg
These are no longer on the kid's menu, so we paid extra for them. It was well worth it, as these cones were the kids' favorite desserts on our whole trip. What's not to like--cotton candy, ice cream, and chocolate?! It's a dream come true on a plate! The kids are still talking about this dessert.

After we were done eating with all of the above, we were expecting to get our bill and pay for the meal. Our server came over and asked us if we could stay for a few extra minutes, and we did. Then he brought this

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07340.jpg

for dd, as her birthday was mentioned on our ADR. We were blown away with what a nice gesture that was! Dd was pretty full by the time she got this (she ate just about her whole Kona Kone after the meal), so she took a few bites and then ds was happy to help her finish her special dessert. I'm glad I got a good picture of this surprise!

We enjoyed Kona! I hope we can eat there again on another trip.

Pixiedust34
08-25-2007, 04:42 AM
pixiedust34 (and anyone else who want to chime in :)), I have a question for you. My fiance and I are both turning 30 soon (hence, spending money we don't have on a weeklong WDW trip coming up October 6 :)). I can remember being in 3rd grade and having a good time at this but also I think I get it confused with the Country Bear Jamboree (I don't know why Jamboree, Revue pretty different but hey??).
Anyway, we're both on the basic dining plan and we're trying to figure out if it's worth 2 dining credits. Usually Matt and I LOVE a delicious sit down dinner so we're kind of mulling over either going to one of the top rated restaurants (California Grill, Jiko, Citrico's, Hollywood Brown Derby) OR doing the HDR OR Spirit of Aloha(if there's even any space left, who knows). For two fun loving 30 year old (though my fiance hates musicals except for Chicago) do you think we'd have fun at HDR?
How about the Spirit of Aloha - I've read some negative reviews, at least for the begging part of the show, which stinks because it sounds kind of up our alley.
Sorry about this rant but have you been to any of the 4 top rated restaurants that I mentioned above? Which one would you recommend for a great meal (currently we have reservations for California Grill but I'm still leary b/c of the off/on reviews).
OOh, which brings me to one more question: Akershus Royal Banquet, would you say that would be more of a lunch or a dinner thing, and would you recommend it (we want to do one character meal, that's what we have the reservation for, but again, we could try to change our reservations for that as well).
THANKS so much for listening to my long entry, and even more appreciation and thanks for helping me with answers and advice.
Memomuffin


Without knowing you in person, it's hard to say whether Hoop or a Signature Dining dinner would be most enjoyed. Maybe some others can chime in with opinions.

We ate at Akershus for breakfast, which is the small buffet with a couple of Norwegian items (plus pastries and fruit) and an American breakfast platter that is served family style. If you go for lunch or dinner, you'll have the small buffet plus a Norwegian entree. If you're on the dining plan, dinner will give you more bang for your buck.

My dd liked the character meal because she's into the princesses and she liked talking to them.

taylorl25
08-25-2007, 05:44 AM
Loving your reviews and pics. Can't wait to eat at Kona now!

Schucraig
08-25-2007, 03:55 PM
Thanks for the great reviews and pictures!:thumbsup2

Pixiedust34
08-26-2007, 03:39 AM
Thank you for reading my reviews!

Dd and I ate breakfast at Akershus on a morning when dh took ds to MGM to do some of their favorites there. I made this ADR only a couple of months before our trip, as dd didn't mention until then that she wanted to do a princess meal.

We saw Belle in her yellow gown, Snow White, Mulan, Mary Poppins, and Aurora. Character interaction was good. Dd was ready with something unique to say to every princess, such as warning Snow White not to eat apples and asking Mary Poppins to say Supercalifragilisticexpealadoious (sp??) backward (and she did!). Dd was especially looking forward to meeting Mulan, as we've never seen her in the parks except for in the parades. She finally got to meet Mulan in person!

We enjoyed the buffet so much that we could have eaten only that. In fact, we did eat only that. When our platter came, I think all dd had from it was one piece of bacon and I tried the potato casserole and that's all we took from the platter. Service was OK. They were a little slow with the coffee/juice refills, but that can happen anywhere. We did wait a while to meet the princesses, but once they came to our section of the restaurant, they came at a steady rate. I'm glad we did this breakfast. Dd had fun with the princesses, and we both liked the food.

From what we tried at the buffet, food here was fresh and good! I'd like to do lunch or dinner here sometime.


Samples from the buffet:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07363.jpg

Our breakfast platter:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07364.jpg

Dd with Mulan:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07369.jpg

SeaSpray
08-26-2007, 12:03 PM
Excellent review and pictures!! Thanks so much for sharing!! :)

irongirlof12
08-26-2007, 12:24 PM
whooaaa, :cool1: loadsa food. Excellent.

justadisneygirl
08-26-2007, 01:08 PM
thanks for the great reviews and pics...greatly appreciated

Pixiedust34
08-27-2007, 04:35 AM
Thank you for your replies!

Columbia Harbour House is my favorite cs in the MK. The food is good, and relatively speaking, it's a pretty quiet setting for a cs meal. If you sit upstairs, it's even more quiet. And, you eat in the a/c here, which can't be beat in August. : )

We ended up eating here twice on this trip. Once because it was our cs of choice. The other time we planned on eating at Pecos Bill (gotta love that fixin's bar!), but when we got to Pecos Bill it was crazy-crowded. There was no way we were going to turn our quick dinner into a zoo. So, we went to CHH where it wasn't nearly as crowded as Pecos Bill.

I took a picture of some of our food here, but not all of it.

Dh: chicken and fish platter
me: BLT salad
ds: fish and chips
dd: kid's mac & cheese

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07096.jpg

Everyone liked both of their meals here. For our second meal, I think dh had the tuna sandwich. I tried chicken strips instead of one of the salad entrees I usually order here. Ds had the fish again, and I think dd had her usual standby. : ) It was all good. We sat upstairs and it was a nice retreat from the crowded park.

Pixiedust34
08-27-2007, 04:38 AM
We had breakfast at 'Ohana. It was crowded, and we had to wait a little bit past our ADR time for our table. I didn't take food pictures here because the breakfast platter hasn't changed from the last time we ate here and I thought I had the old picture on file. I can't find the old picture, so it must have been erased.

Anyway, you start with a bread basket and fruit bowl. The pineapple bread is yummy, and the fruit is fresh. Then you get a platter of scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, and Mickey waffles. All of the food was good and fresh, and service was prompt. For some reason, Mickey waffles always taste better than regular waffles. :goodvibes ::MickeyMo

We met Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and Pluto. Dd participated in the character parade, and we celebrated dd's birthday here by ordering her a cake. The cake we ordered was the same 6" standard cake that we ordered ds at The Garden Grill, but the icing on her cake was applied differently (more neatly) and her cake tasted slightly better than the one we had at The Garden Grill. I'm not sure why there was a difference, as they were both the standard 6" frozen cakes. Her cake came with a candle and we all sang "Happy Birthday!" to her.

Here's Stitch with me & the kids:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07148-1.jpg

Dd's birthday cake:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW0736822-1.jpg

Character interaction was fun. We asked Stitch if he had his coffee and he went a little crazy.

swankybeth
08-27-2007, 05:25 AM
Great reviews and pics, thanks for posting. :tigger:

Pixiedust34
08-28-2007, 04:47 AM
This was our first time visiting AKL and our first time at Boma. We loved it! AKL is nicely themed, and the food at Boma was one of our top favorite foods of the whole trip.

We went to AKL straight from a long, hot day at Animal Kingdom so we'd have a little time to rest in the a/c and explore the resort. Dh and dd found the lobby to have a very relaxing atmosphere!

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07236.jpg

Boma was excellent!

Dh and I took advantage of trying a variety of foods at the buffet. Everything from the soups to the desserts was bursting full of flavor! I liked trying new things, such as the watermelon rind salad and the unique hummus flavors. Between the 4 of us, we sampled 4 different soups and all were good. The only thing I did not care for was the Pap ( a cornmeal dish, I think), but that was JMHO. Everything else was outstanding! I could have made a meal of the soups and salads alone. I've been looking forward to finally trying zebra domes, and it was worth the wait. YUM!

I had a Victoria Falls Mist to drink. It was good without being too strong.


Boma soups:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07237.jpg
I think one of these soups is carrot-ginger and the other is chicken ????. Both were good.

Sampling of salads and hummus:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07238.jpg

More food:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07239.jpg

Dessert selections:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07240.jpg
My dd just loved the fruit tarts! I've read on the Dis that some people think the zebra domes are over-rated. I think they are to die for! :woohoo:

I hope to eat here again someday. I've been recommending it to friends who have upcoming WDW trips.

Matthews4Disney
08-28-2007, 07:58 AM
I love your reviews and pictures. This is great! I am so happy to hear that you loved Boma. We will be trying it in a few weeks for the first time and we are really looking forward to it. The food looks awesome! Thanks for getting me even more excited (if that is even possible :goodvibes ) about our upcoming trip. I can't wait!

irongirlof12
08-28-2007, 11:42 AM
I have an adr for Boma and I am sooo excited now! :banana:

2manypets
08-28-2007, 12:22 PM
I love that pic of your DH & DD...they look very relaxed!

I can't wait for Boma's in November. I'll be there for B'fast instead of dinner, though.

Pixiedust34
08-29-2007, 05:10 AM
Thank you for all of your comments! :goodvibes

The Tangierine is my favorite cs in the World Showcase. Dh had the lamb schwarma platter, and I had the chicken schwarma platter. The kids stuck with pizzas. Everything was good!

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07064.jpg

I also found a new favorite adult drink at the Tangierine. It's the Tangierine Daiquiri, a flavorful but not strong drink. It also came in a plastic glass, with "Tangierine" written on it, which was an unexpected keepsake.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW070652.jpg

Pixiedust34
08-29-2007, 05:20 AM
We ate at Biergarten for the first time on this trip. Dh likes German food. His family is part German, plus many years ago he spent some time in Germany and the food at Biergarten was calling his name!

We originally had dinner reservations at Biergarten because we wanted to hear the band play. Our plans were to be at Epcot at ropedrop, stay until dinner, and leave. But on that special morning, we were picked to be Epcot's Family of the Day! :banana: We were given special seating for Illuminations as part of being Family of the Day, and we couldn't miss out on that. But, we didn't want to stay at Epcot form rope drop until closing, either. The heat was brutal. So, on the spot, I called WDW Dining (yes--it's on speed dial in my cell) and was able to cancel our Biergarten dinner reservation and change it to a lunch reservation. That way, we could have lunch, go back to the room and freshen up, and then return to Epcot in the evening for Illuminations. We did not see the band, but that didn't matter much as the atmosphere was nice.

We were so glad that we were still able to eat at Biergarten. We loved it! I pretty much knew that dh would like the food (he eats anything, anyway) but the kids and I are mediocre about German food, at best. That, and we went in there a little leery about who our tablemates would be. The food was excellent! Our table mates turned out to be a couple, an American guy with a German girl. They nodded at us, and that was that for the extent of our contact with each other.

Service was excellent, and our server was one of the best we had on the trip! She coached me to remember how to count in German from 1 to 10, and she and dh talked about Germany. She also talked in length (in German) to our one tablemate. She was friendly, and quick with clearing plates and drink refills.


Biergarten Sign

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07255.jpg

Beirgarten and our happy family

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07264.jpg

Some food at the Biergarten

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07263.jpg
I liked everything here, and the potato leek soup was especially outstanding! Dh and I had different beers, but I can't remember what kind they were. Beers come in 2 sizes and we got the smalls, which seemed big enough. The pretzel bread was enjoyed by all.

Biergarten Desserts

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW07266.jpg

An aside about Germany........there used to be a Hidden Mickey in the Train Garden in Germany, and now it's gone! Did they move it? We looked and looked for a new Hidden Mickey there and couldn't find one. :confused3

I think this about completes my food reviews. Thank you for reading! I hope that those of you with a trip in the works will come across as many Good Eats as we did! :goodvibes

cstooge462
08-29-2007, 06:19 AM
Pixiedust thank you so much for writting this review. You did a great job and it is getting me excited for my upcoming trip.:woohoo:

2manypets
08-29-2007, 06:55 AM
Thank you so much for sharing your reviews. You're pics are excellent. I can't wait to try Tangeriene, it looks good.

Tricia1972
08-29-2007, 07:15 AM
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this review for us. Your detailed review and amazing pictures really helped me plan things out and finalize details for our upcoming trips.

I enjoyed it so much, I am sad to see it come to an end. :)

richard_andmel
08-29-2007, 10:16 AM
I just finished your reviews. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with us. :)

To the poster who was trying to decide between Hoop de doo and one of the signature restaurants, our opinion would be to go to Jiko. Hope that helps.

TigerKat
08-29-2007, 10:29 AM
Thanks so much for sharing your reviews with us!:thumbsup2

irongirlof12
08-29-2007, 12:20 PM
wonderful reviews, thanks for sharing you meals with us!

Flossbolna
08-31-2007, 02:52 PM
Thanks for the great reviews! Don't be too sorry that you did not get the salad at the Cantina instead of the nachos. I had it in February and it was the worst salad I ever had!! :scared:

pta-mom
09-05-2007, 02:00 PM
Just wanted you to know PixieDust how much I enjoyed your reviews!! Thanks so much!

mickey2minnie1
09-05-2007, 05:26 PM
Wow! Love the pics!! Can't wait to try some of your favs!!!!

We leave next month!

PrincessTiff
09-06-2007, 02:34 PM
Great reviews, thank you!

DLo
09-07-2007, 07:53 PM
Thanks for the great reviews and pics.

I celebrated my b'day last year at Kona and also got the special dessert as a suprise. I think it is called a coco puff or something like that. It is awesome.

bob6sims
09-08-2007, 04:23 AM
Thanks for sharing your dining experiences;) , I love reading reviews and your pictures were excellent :thumbsup2 .
After seeing + reading them all I am so looking forward to our trip....only 26 sleeps to go.:cheer2:

Pixiedust34
09-08-2007, 05:52 AM
Thank you all for reading our reviews and for your nice comments! :goodvibes

I found one more picture to share. Here is the margarita from Italy in Epcot:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/pixiedust34/WDW072792.jpg