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SweetSerenity
02-14-2010, 08:44 AM
And we'll provide the rest!

Hello there. My mother and I just returned from 6 nights and 7 lovely days of food, food, and more food so I thought I'd make an attempt at my first dining review. I took pictures of every single tiny and delicious morsel (or not so much) that entered our mouths. I must give a warning, though, the quality of some of these pictures, unfortunately, isn't the best. I'd love to blame the camera, but that's just because I'm in denial that it may have been the operator's fault. :rolleyes1

Who we are:

Mom- A 56-year-old chocoholic to the core. Pour it, drizzle it, and dunk it in chocolate and she's content. Other than that, she isn't very adventurous with food selections so she sticks to the chicken and steak staples.

Me- I'm 25 and a former picky eater. I've just recently started venturing away from the normal "Southern fare" and trying new things. I'm not a big fan of seafood, but I will try almost anything once.

When:

Saturday, February 6th, 2010 through Friday, February 12th, 2010

Where:
Walt Disney World with a resort stay at Pop Century.

And now on to the good stuff: the list!

We were on the basic dining plan so that entitled us to one table service, one quick service, and one snack per day at $41.99 per person per day. We also chose to add 'Ohana as a pay-out-of-pocket meal.

Day One:
Lunch: Pecos Bill Cafe (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35436892#post35436892)
Dinner: 'Ohana (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35451936#post35451936)

Day Two:
Lunch: Tutto Italia (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35466938&posted=1#post35466938)
Dinner: Columbia Harbour House (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35482871#post35482871)

Day Three:
Lunch: Flame Tree Barbecue (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35498915#post35498915)
Dinner: Rose and Crown (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35513644#post35513644)

Day Four:
Lunch: Fairfax Fare (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36300392#post36300392)
Dinner: 50's Prime Time Cafe (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36308816&posted=1#post36308816)

Day Five:
Lunch: Casey's Corner (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36319109#post36319109)
Dinner: Yak & Yeti (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36349742#post36349742)

Day Six:
Lunch: The Plaza (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36403857#post36403857)
Dinner: Le Cellier (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36553729#post36553729)

Day Seven:
Breakfast: Everything Pop at Pop Century (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36903225#post36903225)

Completion:
Afterthoughts (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36977527#post36977527)

I'll also be adding the snacks on their respective days.

Edit: This is our third time on the dining plan, the first being DDXP (waaaaay too much food for us), the second was free dining, and this one we paid for the basic plan. I've always been curious as to whether it was an actual value for us, therefore I did keep all the receipts. I'll reveal the results at the end, which will be a surprise to me, too, as I have yet to total everything.

Hope you enjoy! :flower3:

DisneyDarlings
02-14-2010, 02:27 PM
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cherjp
02-14-2010, 02:33 PM
me too:surfweb:

bedell32
02-14-2010, 05:43 PM
We left the Pop on Feb. 7th. What building were you in? We were in the 60s. How was the weather and crowds while you were there? can't wait to hear your reviews!

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02-14-2010, 05:47 PM
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disneyquilter
02-14-2010, 05:47 PM
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SweetSerenity
02-14-2010, 06:47 PM
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Welcome aboard! Thanks for stopping by!

We left the Pop on Feb. 7th. What building were you in? We were in the 60s. How was the weather and crowds while you were there? can't wait to hear your reviews!

We were in the 50's building so I bet we walked right by each other at some point. The crowds were fantastic, actually. With the exception of our last night when we stood in line 55 minutes for Soarin', the longest wait we had was 15-20 minutes. The buses were fairly empty, too, which was so surprising. Was it like that for you, too?

Honestly, I didn't pack for the weather. I've never been to Florida in my life when it was less than steamy so even the 70 degree forecast predictions didn't alarm me that it may be colder than I was expecting. It rained on our 4th day and last day with the average temperature of 56 throughout the trip, which is considerably warmer than it is at home. Then again, I don't spend all day outside at home either, especially not in t-shirts and capris. :laughing:

SweetSerenity
02-15-2010, 08:32 AM
Day One: Lunch- Pecos Bill Cafe

After checking into Pop around lunchtime, we decided to head over to the Magic Kingdom for lunch. As it was a first time for the both of us, we knew we wanted to give Pecos Bill a try. Unfortunately, I think the receipt was accidentally tossed for this counter service. I looked up the menu using Allears, but it's not completely current. My mother's meal isn't listed so the pricing for here won't be entirely accurate. :confused3

It didn't start off as a good place for us as we had to wait around 15 minutes for our food. That wasn't a big deal except the drinks were already made and on the tray so by the time we got them, they were pretty watered down.

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This is the 1/4 lb Angus somethingoranother bacon cheeseburger. It came with the two onion rings on top. As you can see, she put the fixins bar to great use by adding grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and a huge pile of cheese. All I could get out of her was "mmmmmm" so I'm taking that as it was good. :laughing:

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This is the taco salad. I know I know, where's the lettuce? We'll just say the picky side of me made a nasty reappearance. Anyway, it was meat, cheese, and sour cream so I kind of had it in my head that if I crunched up the shell, it would be like a delicious taco. Only, it didn't turn out that way. The shell was really hard to eat because of the way it bubbled up so it flaked everywhere when I tried to break it off. More of it ended up coating us both than in my mouth. Oops. :eek: Also, because it sat on a tray for a while, it was cold by the time I got it. I don't even think I ate half of it.

Our desserts aren't pictured, but we both had the carrot cake. It was extremely dry and the usually yummy icing was overpoweringly sweet so I only took a bite or two.

Oh, and what's that in the corner of the tray? Why, the missing receipt! If only I could read it. . .

Overall, if I did return here I'd try the burger, but I think the taco salad has been retired permanently.

Oh, and sorry about the size differences in pictures. :rolleyes1

Pricing:
Burger- Approximately $8.09
Taco Salad- $7.39
Two Carrot Cakes- $3.59 each
Two Regular Sized Soft drinks- $2.19 each

Approximate Total= $28.80- 1 CS used per person

SweetSerenity
02-16-2010, 08:28 AM
Day One: Dinner- 'Ohana

Out of all the places we ate, 'Ohana was the one we were both looking forward to trying the most. We had a very late dinner reservation for 9:45, but we took a break after lunch to nap so we didn't mind the time at all. It only took a few minutes after check-in for us to begin our walk-through of the restaurant where my mom received this:

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The bread was very warm and soft, and I think the coconut and pineapple flavor went well with the rest of the meal.

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After ordering our drinks, the salad came to the table. I was a little hesitant about the dressing, but I loved it. It was very sweet so it almost completely washed out the lettuce, but it was so delicious that I think I could have made an entire meal on it alone.

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Next came the sauces. I don't remember what the first one was, but the middle was a spicy mustard and the third a peanut sauce. I thought the middle sauce was great for the steak while the peanut was perfect companion for the poultry.

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Before I had my second bite of salad, the wings and dumplings were served. The wings weren't very saucy or messy, and I loved the almost sweet flavor of them. The dumplings were also very good, but a little too crispy around the edges.

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The noodles and broccoli. Oh, the noodles, how I loved thee. These had an extremely mild flavor so I didn't feel like they overpowered any part of the meal. The broccoli was cooked very well, too.

I did get a picture of the meat, but it's very blurry so I'm not going to post it. Instead, I'll just give a brief review over it.
Steak- It was a little tough and not cooked well enough for my mother's tastes, but I thought it was okay.
Shrimp- I didn't try it, but my mom said it had a nice barbecue flavor and she loved it.
Poultry- One person said turkey and the other said chicken so I have no idea which one it was, but I thought it was the best of the four meat selections.
Pork- I have no idea what seasonings they used, but it was overwhelming and absolutely terrible. Yuck.

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And, finally, the bread pudding with the banana foster sauce. This was very rich and delicious. The pudding and sauce were warm, which made it pair nicely with the vanilla bean ice cream. I love bread pudding, but this was one of the best I have ever had. The top of it was crispy, but the bottom was soaked in caramel and ice cream goodness so it was nice and soft. Yum. :love:

Overall, we really enjoyed this meal. The only mild complaint I have is that everything came out so quickly that it felt a little rushed to me. By the time I got around to eating the main parts of the meal, the food was cold. But we both agreed we would definitely eat here again.

Total Price= $66.04 paid out of pocket plus tip.

tyandskyesmom
02-16-2010, 12:51 PM
We are thinking about trying Pecos Bills on our next trip...thanx for the heads up about the tack salad...

SweetSerenity
02-17-2010, 07:30 AM
We are thinking about trying Pecos Bills on our next trip...thanx for the heads up about the tack salad...

Hope you enjoy it :goodvibes

alliebelle3
02-17-2010, 08:18 AM
We are going to Ohana for the first time on our trip in April. I am so excited! :yay: I have never had bread pudding before, but that dessert looks amazing.

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SweetSerenity
02-17-2010, 08:29 AM
Day Two: Lunch- Tutto Italia

I'd read some very mixed reviews about this restaurant, but I wanted to give it a try at any rate. We had a 1:20 reservation, but arrived about half an hour early and were seated very quickly. After ordering our drinks, we received this:

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Tucked beneath the top slices are soft wheat bread, crunchy bread sticks, and a thin wafer. The breadbasket was served with olive oil and the ramekin of olives, which we never ate. The bread was warm, which is always a plus for me. My mother seemed to enjoy the sticks, and I thought the wafer was similar in taste to a normal saltine cracker.

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My entree was the Gnocchi Verdi Grataniti, delicious baked spinach potato dumplings in a bed of mozzarella, parmesan, fontina and gorgonzola. Man, oh, man this was incredible. It was extremely creamy with almost a smokey flavor, but not overbearing. I also couldn't taste the spinach at all. To me, though, this wonderful entree alone is worth going back to the restaurant for lunch.

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My mother's lunch was the Scaloppine with chicken, which I can't find on the menu. Chicken medallions served with mashed potatoes and sauteed mushrooms in a gravy sauce. She said she liked it, but she'd had better. I didn't try it so I'm not sure exactly how tender the chicken was or how well everything else was cooked.

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For dessert we both had the Chocolate Torta, a chocolate and hazelnut cake with whipped cream and raspberry sauce. I thought it was a mild dessert, not overbearingly sweet or chocolaty. The whipped cream did aid in cutting through some of the sweetness and I'm sure the raspberry sauce would have, too, but I didn't eat it.

I was stuffed when I noticed two cast members headed our way carrying another dessert with a candle. Being that we were in the back corner, I turned around but there was no one behind me except for the wall. Yes, they came to sing me happy birthday. :)

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Chocolate mousse and whipped cream in a chocolate shell with raspberry sauce, and a chocolate stick. Being as I was already full, I only had a bite or two of it but I actually think I liked it more than the torta. The chocolate mousse was very light with a slight hint of mint and the cup was reminiscent of chocolate coating that ice cream is dipped in.

My mother didn't care too much for the restaurant, but I definitely enjoyed it enough to come back. I'm very glad we gave it a try.

Total Price= $80.94 plus tip- 1 TS used per person

SweetSerenity
02-17-2010, 08:34 AM
We are going to Ohana for the first time on our trip in April. I am so excited! :yay: I have never had bread pudding before, but that dessert looks amazing.

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Awesome, I'm so glad that we went there. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! And, yes, that dessert. :thumbsup2

wilma-bride
02-17-2010, 03:42 PM
Great start to your reviews. Really looking forward to reading more :)

mickey2010
02-17-2010, 03:53 PM
can't wait to hear morepopcorn::

zhazhazsu
02-17-2010, 04:26 PM
mmm those gnocchi look incredible.

AlohaAnnie
02-17-2010, 05:15 PM
Thanks for the reviews, looking forward to more. We are going to Tutto Italia for the first time in June. :)

I have the taco salad at pecos bills in June 2009 and I have to say it was greasy and not what I expected. I probably would not get it again either.

CanadianPaco
02-17-2010, 08:09 PM
Thanks so much for sharing! Can't wait for more!!!:wizard:

SweetSerenity
02-18-2010, 07:44 AM
Great start to your reviews. Really looking forward to reading more :)

Thank you!

can't wait to hear morepopcorn::

Welcome, welcome :)
mmm those gnocchi look incredible.

Mmmm, I'm recalling their cheesy goodness now. :love:

Thanks for the reviews, looking forward to more. We are going to Tutto Italia for the first time in June. :)

I have the taco salad at pecos bills in June 2009 and I have to say it was greasy and not what I expected. I probably would not get it again either.

I hope you enjoy Tutto when you visit it. May I recommend the Gnocchi if you're going for lunch? :laughing:

Thanks so much for sharing! Can't wait for more!!!:wizard:

Thanks for stopping by! I'll try to get the next installment out shortly.

SweetSerenity
02-18-2010, 08:58 AM
Day Two: Dinner- Columbia Harbour House

The Magic Kingdom stayed open until 1 AM for EMH so we waited until about 7 to head over for a quick service dinner. Columbia Harbour House is hands down one of my favorite counter services on the property. I love the ambiance of the restaurant and even though I've been there when it was so crowded there was hardly a seat in the house, it's never seemed loud to me.

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I have always gotten the fish and chicken combination, but after seeing my family get the shrimp during our 2009 trip, I knew I wanted to try it. The shrimp were big and fried to a nice golden brown while the fries were hot and tasted fresh. I'm picky about coleslaw (surprise surprise), but I did try it and it tasted. . . fine? I'm not really the person to trust when it comes to an opinion on coleslaw. :confused3

I did enjoy the shrimp, but their fish is delicious. Now if only they had a fish and shrimp combo. . .

For dessert, I had the apple crisp. I am so glad they started warming this. Honestly, I think it improved the taste 100% from when it used to be served cold. It's not extremely sweet and has a nice, mild cinnamon flavor. The pastry doesn't flake all over the place when you cut into it, which is nice because who likes wearing crumbs? :laughing:

My mom had the shrimp, too, which is what's on the other side of the tray. She doesn't usually give you more of a description than "mmm", "good", "I've had better", or "delicious" but I know she did like it. She also got the chocolate cake, but being as she is a chocoholic she ate every single bite with a smile on her face. So, that's a good sign, right? ;)

I don't have much more to say about the restaurant than I love this place and YES, I will be returning here again and again. :love:

Total Price= $33.05- 1 CS used per person

Later that evening, we decided to use a snack credit. My aunt and uncle had insisted before we left that we get a turkey leg. We knew we'd have to pay out of pocket for it, but we decided to split one. So we went to The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland.

Once we got there, I saw they have sweet cream cheese pretzels. Oh, boy, do I have an addiction to these! I've never had one from Walt Disney World, but have eaten them frequently at hockey games back home. I was even more excited to learn I could use it as a snack credit. So we got one of those to split as well.

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I'd never had a turkey leg before, but I knew instantly it wouldn't be my last. Smoking it seemed to completely change the texture and taste so that it didn't really taste like turkey to me, but I have no idea what it did taste like. Falling into my mom's habit, I'll just say it was "delicious." Really, though, it was huge with tons of meat piled on that leg. It wasn't greasy either, which made it even better to me. I'm glad that we split it because I'm certain I couldn't eat a whole one by myself.

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I had high hopes for this little treat, and it didn't disappoint me for one second. Warm and soft with a sweet cream cheese filling, this was so delightful that I almost didn't want to share. I wish I had gotten another one before we left for home, but I didn't. I'd say this was well worth the snack credit!

My mom also bought a soft drink, though she chose to pay out of pocket for it and save the snack credits for more expensive treats.

Prices:
Turkey Leg- $7.79
Soft drink- $2.19
Total Cost for Out of Pocket= $10.63 (including tax)

Cream Cheese Pretzel- $4.29 + tax= $4.57- 1 Snack used

butiflfeet
02-18-2010, 12:36 PM
I love those turkey legs! And the gnocchi at Tutto is calling my name! Thanks so much for sharing your reviews (and pictures), I can't wait for more :thumbsup2

SweetSerenity
02-18-2010, 07:35 PM
Hoorah, another person who is in the gnocchi fan club! :laughing: Welcome aboard :)

SweetSerenity
02-19-2010, 08:54 AM
Day Three: Lunch- Flame Tree Barbecue

Another one of my favorite counter services is the highly praised Flame Tree Barbecue. We've never been fans of Animal Kingdom in the past, due in large part to the fact that we always came in the middle of the afternoon in the summer when it was stifling and miserable outside. Unintentionally, we made it for the 8 AM extra magic hour, and I was astounded to find it so peaceful that early. We did the Safari as a first time for both of us, which was extremely enjoyable. We also went to the Festival of the Lion King for the first time, which was an amazing show. Anyway, back to the food. We were ready for lunch right when it opened, but unsurprisingly it was already packed.

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We both had the exact same thing- the half slab of ribs with baked beans and coleslaw. The ribs were wonderful with an abundance of meat. Up until I read it on here, the great encyclopedia that is the disboards, I didn't actually notice there was barbecue sauce available. Silly me. But with that being said, I always thought that the rubbed spices were an extra complement so I didn't feel like I was missing anything without the sauce. I did try them this time and while they were both thick and savory, I enjoyed the mild one more than the spicy just because I'm not a fan of spicy foods.

The baked beans were extremely thick and sweet. Honestly, I enjoy these more than anything at home but don't tell my grandmother that. ;)

Once again, I'm definitely not the person to ask about coleslaw. I tasted it and it was fine, but that's really no help to anyone else. :confused3

On to the dessert. I was disappointed they no longer serve the key lime pie. I know it's mousse now, but I couldn't really justify it so I went with the chocolate mousse. To me, this was better than the packaged chocolate cake with the mickey sprinkles on top. I liked how the heavy chocolate fudge balanced out the light and airy mousse when combined, giving it just enough sweetness without being overbearing. The garnish on top was a nice touch, much better than the colorful confetti in my opinion.

Just like Columbia Harbour House, this is another counter service I know we'll visit time after time. :love:

Total Price: $37.06- 1 CS used per person

kyirish25
02-19-2010, 03:20 PM
Day Two: Lunch- Tutto Italia


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My entree was the Gnocchi Verdi Grataniti, delicious baked spinach potato dumplings in a bed of mozzarella, parmesan, fontina and gorgonzola. Man, oh, man this was incredible. It was extremely creamy with almost a smokey flavor, but not overbearing. I also couldn't taste the spinach at all. To me, though, this wonderful entree alone is worth going back to the restaurant for lunch.



This is by far the best dish at Tutto!!! :thumbsup2 Not something you see getting many reviews so I'm glad someone else loved it as much as I did.

Cookie Princess
02-20-2010, 07:55 AM
This is by far the best dish at Tutto!!! :thumbsup2 Not something you see getting many reviews so I'm glad someone else loved it as much as I did.

I must be in the minority, but I was dissapointed with the gnocchi last year at this location. My appy and dessert were fantastic though.

weswife
02-20-2010, 08:58 AM
Great review so far!!!!!!!!! I am always looking for new places to try!:thumbsup2 The pics. help me decide!:goodvibes

SweetSerenity
02-20-2010, 08:59 AM
This is by far the best dish at Tutto!!! :thumbsup2 Not something you see getting many reviews so I'm glad someone else loved it as much as I did.

We did originally have a dinner reservation there, which doesn't offer that dish. Or, at least I didn't see it on the menu. I don't think it'll be surprising if I say I'm glad we switched since it seems to be my favorite subject on my review thus far. :lmao:

I must be in the minority, but I was dissapointed with the gnocchi last year at this location. My appy and dessert were fantastic though.

Sorry to hear you were disappointed with your dish :guilty: But I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your appetizer and dessert!

SweetSerenity
02-20-2010, 09:01 AM
Great review so far!!!!!!!!! I am always looking for new places to try!:thumbsup2 The pics. help me decide!:goodvibes

Thank you!

SweetSerenity
02-20-2010, 10:01 AM
Day Three: Dinner- Rose and Crown

Before I begin, I must warn that I'm very biased toward this restaurant. It has been a family favorite for years, and it has become a tradition that we eat there on every trip. Plus, it's a great spot for watching the fireworks during a dinner reservation. Every cast member I've ever encountered here has been extremely friendly. In fact, I'd say most of them have been outstanding. I love the decor and have enjoyed every meal I've ever had. I understand that not everyone has the same experience, and I've read several bad reviews, but thus far (knock on wood) I've had a very pleasant dining experience here. I did encounter my first disappointment on this trip, but I'll get to that later. ;)

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The bread, crispy on top and soft on the inside. To me, it almost has that tangy sourdough flavor. It was served cool, which I can't recall if it was in the past or not. As many times as I've eaten here, my memory is absolutely terrible.

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We both ordered the Surf and Turf, fried fish and steak served with Irish potato gratin, broccoli rabe, and Yorkshire pudding topped with a shallot gravy. I had gotten this entree in the past, but it was paired with different sides. The steak, asked to be cooked well, was perfect and tender. It was thoroughly cooked on the inside without being burned to a crisp on the outside. The batter for the fried fish was very thick, but I didn't think it greasy at all. Picky me doesn't like broccoli rabe so I didn't touch it, but that's not a fault of the restaurant. The potatoes were diced, not scalloped like I'm accustomed to in potato gratin, which may have been a reason why I enjoyed it more than usual. It was creamy and the crumbs on top gave it a nice crunch. Finally, the Yorkshire pudding didn't have much of a flavor itself, but did absorb most of the shallot gravy, which had a very light and mild consistency.

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For dessert, my mom had the (surprise!) Chocolate Scotch Cake. I don't think I tried this as I was already full and wanted to at least attempt my own dessert, but it did fall into the category of. . . "delicious!" :laughing:

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It was the very end of the meal when I encountered disappointment. My favorite dessert of perhaps the entire property has always been the Bailey's Chocolate Trifle, but when I was about to order the warm coffee and chocolate goodness, I noticed it was gone. :scared1: I did ask if it had been discontinued permanently with the response of "for now", but she did say would pass the word along to the chef. Anyway, though I missed my favorite sweet treat, I wasn't too upset by trying the Sticky Toffee Pudding.

This delectable little dessert was warm with a very mild buttery rum-like sauce. It wasn't very rich or overly sweet, and the cake soaked up most of the sauce. I would definitely get this again unless, of course, they bring back the trifle. :thumbsup2

Afterward, we were invited to sit outside to view the fireworks. We had excellent seats right on the water, but it was so extremely cold that I didn't even bother snapping pictures. My hands were snuggled inside the warmth of my pockets! :laughing: Of course, though, I'll definitely be coming back to The Rose and Crown!

Total Price: $70.65- 1 TS used per person

SweetSerenity
04-17-2010, 05:23 PM
It's been quite a while since I last updated my review, but thanks to the kindness of my other half I have been reminded of my negligence. I must admit I was somewhat preoccupied with the final details of our upcoming trip in September. :rolleyes1 But now that the airfare is booked and those pesky ADRs completed, it's back to finishing what I started!

The fourth day was devoted entirely to Hollywood Studios, which left us with a dilemma I know many of us have faced: where on Earth do you spend a decent counter service here? I knew that we wanted to take a few bakery items back to the resort from Starring Rolls so I suggested it, but after hearing that Fairfax Fare had ribs and chicken my mom was pretty insistent on going there. I'd never had it before so I didn't really have any objections.

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I had the ribs and brisket served with coleslaw and baked beans. Both of the meats were very dry, but luckily I found packages of barbecue sauce with the other condiments. Though they were pretty much flavorless the ribs were very tender. The brisket was. . . well, all I can say is that it was just meat, which was disappointing but I didn't have extremely high expectations anyway. The beans and coleslaw tasted similar to those served at Flame Tree Barbecue.

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My mom went with the ribs and chicken. To look at the picture of the chicken it looks less than appetizing to me. :eek: I asked her if it was dry or rubbery, but she said no. She ate it without complaint and said it was good. :confused3

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For dessert we both had the chocolate cake. I was actually pleasantly surprised to find that the cake was moist, which may have had something to do with the deep layer of thick fudge. Still, it was much better than the meal.

So, I'm still in search of a decent counter service at Hollywood Studios. We'll be facing the problem again in September, but we're pretty determined to get to Starring Rolls on time (we did go over there for those mouthwatering baked goods, but it was closed :sad2:) and have a sandwich. If anyone out there has had something tasty from one of the counter services as this park that I've missed somewhere, please please enlighten me!

Total Price: $42.11- 1 CS used per person

PixieDustandEeyore
04-17-2010, 05:42 PM
welcome back!

Joshua_me
04-17-2010, 07:13 PM
Great reviews so far ! :goodvibes

Thanks for taking the time to post them.

Oh man, those noodles and broccoli from Ohana look SO good. I wish I had a platter of them right now.

LuccaDrake
04-17-2010, 07:53 PM
Great reviews so far. I agree that Hollywood Studios doesn't have much in the way of counter service and although DF didn't want to try it last time we are definitely eating at starring rolls in September! We ate at the ABC Commissary last time and it was disgusting. Can't wait to see what else you have in store!

~Beka~

NorweJenNY
04-17-2010, 09:31 PM
Hoorah, another person who is in the gnocchi fan club! :laughing: Welcome aboard :)

I want in too!!! LOVE the gnocchi! Just LOVE IT! :cloud9: (I know this response is a little old, but somehow I missed this thread before...)
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BTW, I've been waiting to hear about Fairfax Fare, so I'm glad you reviewed it... I was curious about the ribs and brisket... I don't recall brisket at other CS's. Too bad it's kinda dry. I wonder if it depends on when you get it, what part of the meat you get, or how long it may have been sitting... I might try it some time anyway, but at least now I know not to get my hopes up too much.

SweetSerenity
04-17-2010, 10:38 PM
welcome back!

Thank you!

Great reviews so far ! :goodvibes

Thanks for taking the time to post them.

Oh man, those noodles and broccoli from Ohana look SO good. I wish I had a platter of them right now.

I'd love to have a giant platter of the noodles too, but hold the green stuff please! Oh, and if we could immediately follow the heaping plate of noodles with a mountain of the bread pudding that would be doubly great!

Great reviews so far. I agree that Hollywood Studios doesn't have much in the way of counter service and although DF didn't want to try it last time we are definitely eating at starring rolls in September! We ate at the ABC Commissary last time and it was disgusting. Can't wait to see what else you have in store!

~Beka~

Hey, maybe we'll run into each other in September dragging our significant others into Starring Rolls by the ears or whatever means necessary. :laughing:

I want in too!!! LOVE the gnocchi! Just LOVE IT! :cloud9: (I know this response is a little old, but somehow I missed this thread before...)
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BTW, I've been waiting to hear about Fairfax Fare, so I'm glad you reviewed it... I was curious about the ribs and brisket... I don't recall brisket at other CS's. Too bad it's kinda dry. I wonder if it depends on when you get it, what part of the meat you get, or how long it may have been sitting... I might try it some time anyway, but at least now I know not to get my hopes up too much.

You are definitely in! All gnocchi all the time. . . if only, right? :cloud9:

The reason I ordered the brisket is because I didn't think you could find it anywhere else on property. It would be awesome if Flame Tree served it with their amazingly delicious ribs, but sadly they don't. You do have a point about the time it's ordered which is why I'm going to point out that we were there right when it opened for lunch. So, it shouldn't have been sitting out for a significant amount of time. It could vary by day and I imagine the less popular items are probably not as fresh as those in a higher demand. Oh well, I gave it a chance anyway!

auntfrannie
04-18-2010, 06:41 AM
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My mom went with the ribs and chicken. To look at the picture of the chicken it looks less than appetizing to me. :eek: I asked her if it was dry or rubbery, but she said no. She ate it without complaint and said it was good. :confused3



I'm glad you told us it was chicken because I stared at the picture for the longest time trying to figure out what it was! That looks like no chicken I've ever seen before!! I don't understand how they manage to have decent CC in all the other disney parks but HS can't seem to get their act together. Makes no sense to me.

Sounds like you had a great time, though! Thanks for the reviews!

dancin Disney style
04-18-2010, 08:46 AM
Great review so far. Since we have no plans for a visit this year I'm in dire need of these reviews to make me feel like I'm there again.

SweetSerenity
04-18-2010, 11:29 AM
I'm glad you told us it was chicken because I stared at the picture for the longest time trying to figure out what it was! That looks like no chicken I've ever seen before!! I don't understand how they manage to have decent CC in all the other disney parks but HS can't seem to get their act together. Makes no sense to me.

Sounds like you had a great time, though! Thanks for the reviews!

:rotfl: It looks like a rubber dog chew toy to me, but I was trying to be polite in the beginning!

We did have a wonderful time, thanks!

Great review so far. Since we have no plans for a visit this year I'm in dire need of these reviews to make me feel like I'm there again.

I know what you mean. Sometimes these boards just keep me going when I feel like I'm going to have too many Disney withdrawals. :laughing:

JerseyJanice
04-18-2010, 12:10 PM
Wonderful reviews! Keep up the good work! :thumbsup2

That gnocchi dish looks fab. I would love to try Tutto, but my family is against it. We live in the heart of the Soprano country so the Italian is excellent here, and it's what we usually eat, so they won't do it in Florida.

vinotinto
04-18-2010, 12:32 PM
Signing in! :thumbsup2 Great to see a lunch at Tutto. I currently have a lunch ADR there (that I'm contemplating changing to Tokyo).

Can't wait to read the rest. popcorn::

SweetSerenity
04-18-2010, 12:47 PM
The 50's Prime Time Cafe was the first table service restaurant my mom and I ever ate at on Disney property back in 2000. Since then it has been a Hollywood Studios favorite between the pair of us for many reasons- one of which is probably sentimental. She really gets a kick out of the atmosphere, which dates back to our original meal there when "Cousin Dumbo" spilled his milkshake all over her. :rotfl:

From the get-go I knew Uncle Tim was going to be trouble. I admit I was really tired so I leaned my elbow on the table (before the food arrived!), but I thought I caught myself before he saw it. That little fiasco led to me being sent to wash my hands all because I couldn't remember the color of the soap. Green? Pink? Blue? It all blends in to me. I must have looked like I was nodding off later because he came by to tell me not to fall asleep while our neighbor "cousins" warned me he was probably going to be sent to the corner. Luckily, I was already sitting in the corner and someone else was sent to time out! :laughing:

But I digress from the point of this post. On to the good stuff!

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After learning from the fabulous DIS boards that a shake could be ordered as a drink here, I was quick to jump on the PB and J bandwagon. I am a peanut butter fanatic so I was ecstatic about trying this. Once again, Disney did not let me down! I couldn't taste much in the way of jelly, but the peanut butter flavor was rich and creamy and downright delectable. The portion was also humongous. The glass is full, but there is still enough for another glass in the container behind it. Definitely a great value!

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I ordered the pot roast, which is my favorite entree from this restaurant. I think I had forgotten to take a picture before I destroyed the presentation of it, but I did manage to snap one before I took a bite. The roast is extremely tender while the vegetables are very crisp. The bed of mashed potatoes is creamy and when all three elements of the dish combine it is a match made in Pot Roast Heaven. :cloud9:

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My mom is an avid meatloaf fan, but she actually sent this back. I'm not sure what was wrong with it besides that it tasted "funky" to her. Maybe it was bad or maybe the spices were just overwhelming, but sending back her food is a very rare occurrence. I've never had it before so I'm not sure what it tastes like. I guess this one is just going to remain a mystery to me. :confused3 But she ordered the pot roast as a replacement which seemed to make her happy.

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For dessert she ordered the brownie sundae with all the candy and popcorn fixins. She ate it in complete silence, which usually means she loves it.

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I love Smores so I knew I was going to try them before I even walked into the restaurant. The marshmallows were toasted perfectly, but I was disappointed by the drizzle of chocolate syrup over them. I guess I'm accustomed to a bar of chocolate being wedged and melted between the graham cracker and the fluffy goodness, but the thinness of the syrup wasn't very substantial.

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Just when I thought I was going to make my escape without any more of Uncle Tim's antics, he brought me this little gem. The entire section sang Happy Birthday to me, which was so very nice (thank you again if any of you happen to be reading this.) :goodvibes I was too full to eat the cupcake, but I did taste it two days later; it was still very moist. I love whipped cream icing so I wish I could have eaten it, but I didn't have the chance.

Overall, it was a fun experience like it always is. I'm a very quiet person so I'm pretty certain my cheeks burned a nice shade of scarlet a couple of times, but it was all in good fun. Even though there were a few hiccups I'm sure we will be eating there again sometime in the future.

Total Price: $53.72- 1 TS used per person

SweetSerenity
04-18-2010, 12:58 PM
Wonderful reviews! Keep up the good work! :thumbsup2

That gnocchi dish looks fab. I would love to try Tutto, but my family is against it. We live in the heart of the Soprano country so the Italian is excellent here, and it's what we usually eat, so they won't do it in Florida.

Aww, bummer they're against it, but we are kind of the same way about Mexican food. We have a few Italian restaurants here, but they aren't anything spectacular so we don't mind eating it in Florida. Maybe you'll convince them one day that it's worth a try!

Signing in! :thumbsup2 Great to see a lunch at Tutto. I currently have a lunch ADR there (that I'm contemplating changing to Tokyo).

Can't wait to read the rest. popcorn::

We actually contemplated exchanging our Tutto lunch ADR in September for Tokyo but decided against it. Neither of us have tried Tokyo Dining and I'm the only one of the two of us that has eaten at Tutto, but I think the picture of that little dish has convinced him to try it. ;) I would like to know how Tokyo Dining is, though. Good luck with making your tough decision!

LuccaDrake
04-18-2010, 01:01 PM
Hey, maybe we'll run into each other in September dragging our significant others into Starring Rolls by the ears or whatever means necessary. :laughing:



I'll be there the last week in September. And now I'm remembering why he didn't want to eat there...because it had outdoor seating! Ugh.

Yummy PB&J shake pics. Mmm....


~Beka~

SweetSerenity
04-18-2010, 01:46 PM
I'll be there the last week in September. And now I'm remembering why he didn't want to eat there...because it had outdoor seating! Ugh.

Yummy PB&J shake pics. Mmm....


~Beka~

We'll be there from the 15th to the 22nd. Oh, that's right. The outdoor seating probably doesn't mesh well with the torrential downpours, but I think I'm willing to get soaked just to have an attempt at a decent CS in DHS. :lmao:

scanne
04-18-2010, 03:28 PM
Loving the reviews! Looking forward to more.

NorweJenNY
04-18-2010, 06:24 PM
I love the PB&J shake too! (Though I think they might as well call it just a "PB shake"... no shame in being honest about the flavor here...)

And I'm totally into the pot roast at 50s too!

After the gnocchi, and these things at 50s, and the wanting to try the ribs & brisket at Farefax, I feel like this could've been my dining report for a trip yet to happen! I really think we have quite similar tastes! :goodvibes

Looking forward to more... whenever that may be... ;)

SweetSerenity
04-18-2010, 07:41 PM
Loving the reviews! Looking forward to more.

Thanks for reading! :flower3:

I love the PB&J shake too! (Though I think they might as well call it just a "PB shake"... no shame in being honest about the flavor here...)

And I'm totally into the pot roast at 50s too!

After the gnocchi, and these things at 50s, and the wanting to try the ribs & brisket at Farefax, I feel like this could've been my dining report for a trip yet to happen! I really think we have quite similar tastes! :goodvibes

Looking forward to more... whenever that may be... ;)

You know what they say about great minds and thinking alike! ;)

NorweJenNY
04-18-2010, 08:38 PM
Thanks for reading! :flower3:



You know what they say about great minds and thinking alike! ;)


::yes::


;)

natsiswdw
04-18-2010, 09:22 PM
Cant wait for more!!!!

SweetSerenity
04-19-2010, 08:41 AM
I'm an early bird. Well, I'm pretty certain the birds are still sleeping happily in their warm little nests when I wake up. Around 4 every morning I would wake up, stare at the clock for a while, and finally get up. My mom likes to sleep in late so as soon as the sun was up and everything was opened I would leave the room for a while. We don't eat a lot of extra snacks so I decided to go use two credits at the Everything Pop Food Court.

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I had the blueberry muffin, which was very delicious. Moist and soft on the inside and the blueberries were sweet instead of tart.

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Knowing how much she loves it, I picked up a chocolate muffin for my mother. It tasted more like a brownie, but seemed to be another good use of a snack credit. Oh, it looks like there's a big chunk missing from it. . . :rolleyes1

We headed over to the Magic Kingdom and were at Casey's when it opened. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures but it was nice to see the opening of it while some of the CMs sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". They even handed us a bag of Cracker Jacks, which I haven't had since I was a kid.

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Casey's was completely new to us, but I had passed it many times on my way to Crystal Palace. I knew it was just game fare, but I like hot dogs so I figured why not try it? It was a really chilly morning so I wish we could have gotten the chili as a side on the dining plan, but I didn't mind the fries. We both had the combo which included a hot dog and fries or apple slices. I didn't know about the cheese sauce, but that was a bonus! The fries were fresh and hot, but the brownie tasted very packaged- which it was.

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I do eat my hot dogs plain. It was good, just your average hot dog, but I wasn't expecting it to be magical or anything.

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I know this is a food review, but I wanted to throw in a few extra pictures. These little guys really wanted to have lunch with us. . .

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especially this one. . .

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and then that one! :laughing:

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I also had great seats to watch the Celebration parade!

Later on in the afternoon we went to the Main Street Bakery with the sole intentions of trying the ice cream cookie sandwiches.

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I'd heard many great things about these treats, especially in regarding their size. Maybe part of me believed it to be a myth, but I really was surprised at just how large these cookies are! We both had chocolate chip cookies with ours. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Granted it was cold outside so maybe that affected me. The cookie was hard, which made it difficult to eat since it couldn't be broken very easily. If they had been warm, though, and melted the ice cream a little I'm sure it would have been wonderful. Of course, there was no way I could even think about finishing it. Maybe I'll give it another try in September.

Pricing:
Everything Pop- $5.51 1 snack used per person
Casey's Corner- $24.44 1 CS used per person
Main Street Bakery-$8.92 1 snack used per person

NorweJenNY
04-19-2010, 05:05 PM
I've been eyeing those ice cream cookie sandwiches from dining report after dining report... I will have to try one on a hot day. (Thanks for the heads up about that... some foods are better in certain weather...)

Those birds are absolutely ridiculous sometimes! One of those birds once stole a pickle from right off my plate - just jumped right up on the table, snatched it, and immediately flew away with it in its beak! Good thing I don't like pickles... ;)

Keep up the good work on the review!

SweetSerenity
04-20-2010, 10:42 AM
Cant wait for more!!!!

Thank you so much! I'll try to get up another one soon.

I've been eyeing those ice cream cookie sandwiches from dining report after dining report... I will have to try one on a hot day. (Thanks for the heads up about that... some foods are better in certain weather...)

Those birds are absolutely ridiculous sometimes! One of those birds once stole a pickle from right off my plate - just jumped right up on the table, snatched it, and immediately flew away with it in its beak! Good thing I don't like pickles... ;)

Keep up the good work on the review!

Oh, I think those cookies sandwiches are still worth a try! Like I said, I'll probably give it another go at a later date when I'm not already shivering from the weather. :laughing:

Oh my goodness! I have to say the animals at WDW are very bold sometimes. My mom had a squirrel hitch a ride on her ECV once and a lizard try to get into her hair at Rose and crown, but we've never had food taken off our plates. I guess the bird figured you weren't going to eat that pickle and didn't want to see it go to waste! :rotfl:

Gouden Leeuw
04-20-2010, 12:23 PM
Just found your thread. Enjoying your reviews!

SweetSerenity
04-20-2010, 03:01 PM
Just found your thread. Enjoying your reviews!

Thank you for stopping by!

SweetSerenity
04-21-2010, 08:48 AM
With only a 20 minute wait and plenty of time to spare before our reservation, we decided to do the Kilimanjaro Safari. But I think there must have been a rush of people thinking the same thing because it took over an hour just to even get to the vehicle. I don't mind lines, but my legs protested the sprint from there over to the restaurant. Still, we made it on time!

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We had eaten at Yak & Yeti in August of '09. I had the ribs- which I loved- but being that my last batch of ribs had come from Fairfax Fare (and I had had them twice already) I decided to try something different. I ordered the bourbon chicken- tempura chicken served with vegetables over a bed of brown rice. The flavor of the chicken was very tangy and not too saucy, but over half of it was actually just batter that was fried too hard. The vegetables and rice were cooked very well and mingled quite nicely with the sauce. It was good and I have no regrets about ordering it, but I wouldn't get it again in the future.

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My mother's entree was the crispy honey chicken- sweet tempura chicken served with a selection of vegetables and jasmine rice. The chicken was sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. I did notice that her vegetables varied from mine. I don't remember exactly what was on my plate, but from looking at the pictures I can see that she had broccoli whereas I did not.

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The fried wontons were probably the reason that I booked this restaurant the first time we went so I ordered them again without hesitation. This time, though, I was a little disappointed. Perhaps my taste buds have changed slightly in preference, but the wontons themselves were too doughy and greasy for my tastes. I love honey, though, so the warm drizzled pineapple was a perfect companion to the cold vanilla ice cream. I actually think I would love it if they had a dessert option of fruit served with the honey drizzle and ice cream. Yum. :love:

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Being a huge cheesecake fan and staying at Pop Century, how could I not try the famous tie-dyed cheesecake? Later that evening I stopped by the food court and picked up one for each of us. I didn't know until I purchased them that the bottom was red velvet cake, but that was definitely a good surprise. However, upon the first bite I realized that it was really more of a novelty snack than anything. It was good, but to me it didn't live up to the hype. :confused3 It was still worth a try, though!

Pricing:
Yak & Yeti- $56.94 1 TS used per person
Everything Pop- $7.65 1 snack used per person

LuccaDrake
04-21-2010, 10:48 AM
Mmm...I love Y&Y! :lovestruc However, we are not doing a TS there this year but are going to try the CS for lunch. Anyone have any experience with this? Thanks for another great review!

~Beka~

SweetSerenity
04-21-2010, 03:45 PM
Mmm...I love Y&Y! :lovestruc However, we are not doing a TS there this year but are going to try the CS for lunch. Anyone have any experience with this? Thanks for another great review!

~Beka~

We are also going to try the Yak & Yeti CS this fall and save a TS for elsewhere. I, too, would love to hear if anyone else has had any experience with the QS version, especially the honey chicken. All this talk of food makes me wish it was September already! :laughing:

Joshua_me
04-21-2010, 06:14 PM
Lovin' the reviews !

We love the view of the parade from Casey's when it's not too crowded. Kind of a tradition of ours...

(I think that brown duck knows me by name...) :rotfl:

therussells08
04-21-2010, 10:20 PM
I'm staying at POP for the first time in December and I can't wait to try that cheesecake! YUMMY!!! (And the Twinkie tiramisu...anyone had that? It sounds amazing!) :love:

SweetSerenity
04-22-2010, 11:54 AM
Lovin' the reviews !

We love the view of the parade from Casey's when it's not too crowded. Kind of a tradition of ours...

(I think that brown duck knows me by name...) :rotfl:

I can see why it would become a tradition to view the parade from there. It's a really great spot! Plus, the company is obviously great with all those birds and that duck roaming around. :laughing:

I'm staying at POP for the first time in December and I can't wait to try that cheesecake! YUMMY!!! (And the Twinkie tiramisu...anyone had that? It sounds amazing!) :love:

I have heard of a twinkie tiramisu before, but I must have missed it when I was there! I'd love to find out where that is, too! Anyone?

I hope you enjoy your stay at Pop. I've stayed at all the value resorts except for ASMo, but Pop has been my favorite thus far. Granted we went in a lesser crowded month and it was very chilly for Florida weather, but the resort was much quieter than the other two. :thumbsup2

SweetSerenity
04-25-2010, 01:05 PM
If I'm not mistaken, The Magic Kingdom was open for EMH on our last day in the parks. At any rate we arrived there very early. Since it was a while until our lunch reservation at the Plaza, we decided to have a mid-morning snack. My mom decided she wanted another turkey leg so we headed over to the Lunching Pad.

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I don't remember what I was doing, but I didn't actually go with her to get them. I sat down at a table and she came back with these beauties. Two of them? :scared1: They were huge; I knew there was no way I could finish it, but it was delicious anyway. They were the first ones of the day- fresh, hot, and scrumptious.

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Much later on and still a long time before lunch, we wanted something small to snack on. We knew we would have dessert at The Plaza so neither of us wanted anything sweet. So, that left salty. I'd read about Figaro Fries so we went to Pinocchio's Village Haus. Obviously, I didn't read these boards as well as I thought because the CM informed me they had stopped selling them over a year ago. :eek: Oops. So, I just ordered regular fries and decided to call it a day. Not going to let a little cheese and bacon get me down. :laughing:

There was a problem with either the machine or my KTTW card, but it wouldn't work. He called several people for assistance and after about ten minutes the card finally worked. Hooray! :cheer2: The CM (I wish I could remember his name) apologized profusely, but it wasn't a big deal at all. He even had them replace my fries with fresh ones, which was a very nice gesture but a little unnecessary.

Call me weird, but I love to dip fries in honey mustard. I saw a packet of Parmesan cheese so I grabbed that and made pseudo Figaro Fries. They may have been nothing like the original, but they were just fine for me. :)

We finally made it to our lunch reservation later that afternoon. Neither of us had been to The Plaza before, but I had my heart set on the grilled chicken sandwich. I ordered that while my mother decided to have the Angus chuck cheeseburger.

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With all the fixins of lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, bacon, grilled onions, and mushrooms she was intent on loading up this burger as she had done at Pecos Bill's on our first day. She also ordered the broccoli slaw, but changed it to fries at the last minute.

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This is mine. I know what you're thinking! No, that certainly isn't the grilled chicken sandwich. Like mother like daughter, I suppose, but I changed my mind after my mom ordered the burger. I hadn't had one the whole time at Disney World and it sounded delicious so I changed it. I'm so glad I did! Mine isn't quite as packed as hers, but it was delectable with just mayonnaise, crispy bacon, and Cheddar cheese. The burger itself was seasoned quite nicely and cooked perfectly. The chips were crispy and crunchy, just the way I like them.

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Guess whose dessert this was! My mom's, of course! This is the Brownie Sundae- vanilla ice cream and whipped cream sandwiched between brownies and topped with hot fudge sauce and a cherry. The brownie was chewy, but it was good overall.

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I had the banana split. This was hands down the biggest banana split I had ever seen in my life! What was there not to love? Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream- good. Crushed pineapple, hot fudge, and strawberry sauce- good. Nuts, banana, and cherry- good. Whipped cream- goooooooood. We are planning an oop dinner here in September, but after seeing pictures of it I believe we're both in agreement to split this wonderful dessert. It's definitely not something I think I can take on by myself again! :rotfl:

Pricing:
The Lunching Pad- $16.17
Pinocchio's Village Haus- $5.30 1 Snack used per person
The Plaza- $44.56 1 TS used per person

2BOYMOM
04-25-2010, 10:58 PM
I love, love the cheeseburger and the brownie sundae at The Plaza. I can not wait until August to eat there, which will be our first Disney meal of the trip. I think our ADRs are at 11:15am - the earliest ADR I could get cause I know I'll be foaming at the mouth!

SweetSerenity
04-30-2010, 03:24 PM
I love, love the cheeseburger and the brownie sundae at The Plaza. I can not wait until August to eat there, which will be our first Disney meal of the trip. I think our ADRs are at 11:15am - the earliest ADR I could get cause I know I'll be foaming at the mouth!

:rotfl:

Eating at the Plaza sounds like a great way to kick off a Disney trip to me! We have to wait until about halfway through our trip and 8:00 pm to enjoy those burgers again, but here's hoping summer passes quickly for both of us!

SweetSerenity
05-06-2010, 03:31 PM
We said our goodbyes-for-now to the Magic Kingdom and headed over to Epcot for our last adventure to the parks for that trip. :sad2: We couldn't believe it was over already, but we were determined to make the very best of our last night. :thumbsup2 And, making the very best of a Disney trip often involves. . . food!

We had a few snack credits left that needed to be put to good use. So why not start with dessert before dinner? Since we weren't going to venture into the countries again past Canada we decided to go to the Sunshine Seasons Bakery and have a little treat.

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We split the Asian Chocolate Cake. It was just okay, really. I liked the crunch of it, but it had a really weird texture. I'm pretty sure I'd never get it again.

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Oh, but these two I would definitely get again, the Blondies! :love: We did get them to go and had them the next day. Even a day old they were still delicious. Very soft and moist and the butterscotch chips were tasty. I wish we had used the third credit on another of those instead of the chocolate cake. :rolleyes1

Le Cellier was the reservation my mom was the most eager to enjoy. We had been there once before for lunch on the DDxP and had fallen in love with the fillet and beer cheese soup. We were both skipping the soup this time, but she was ready to order the fillet again. I, on the other hand, had other plans.

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The bread basket: pretzel, multi-grain, and sourdough (I think?) breadsticks served with butter. I love the pretzel bread but don't particularly care for the other two. It was warm, though, which is nice to melt the cool butter.

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My mom's fillet with cream cheese mashed potatoes substituted for the risotto. Just like the first time, she very much enjoyed this tender steak and the side.

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I decided to try the coffee-rubbed Kansas City strip steak, an overwhelmingly generous portion of steak rubbed in coffee, topped with hazelnut butter, and served with cream cheese mashed potatoes. I ordered this medium well and was told it would take a while to cook since it was a larger steak. I had no problem with this at all and didn't mind if they went ahead and served my mom so she wouldn't have to wait. A few minutes later, though, both entrees came out. It was a little more on the medium side of well but so long as it's still warm and at least medium I don't really mind. The coffee (which had burned to the meat) was a little bit of a shock even though I was completely expecting it. The butter paired well with the coffee, but I really didn't enjoy it that much. The potatoes did live up to expectations, however.

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For dessert we both had the Chocolate on Chocolate Whiskey Cake- an extremely rich chocolate cake complemented with honey-thyme and chocolate-vanilla walnut sauces. It was a little too rich for me, but my mom loved that about it. Chocoholics, what are you gonna do? :laughing: I tried the sauce, but I really couldn't get past the thyme. Yuck yuck yuck. :eek:

Overall, Le Cellier wasn't as impressive as it was the first time. It was still good, though, don't get me wrong. I'm certain that she and I will eat here again in the future, but it's not scheduled for our next trip. I'll just try something different or revert back to the fillet. Or maybe just fill up on soup! :cloud9:

Pricing:
Sunshine Seasons- $10.41 3 Snacks used
Le Cellier- $95.15 1 TS per person

princessallegra
05-06-2010, 05:16 PM
Great reviews! Everything looks yummmmmm!!

kaileighbug
05-11-2010, 10:53 AM
We will be trying Le Cellier on our next visit for dinner. Everything looks so good. I can't wait to try it. I keep reading great reviews on the soup that we may have to try it.:thumbsup2

SweetSerenity
05-22-2010, 05:26 PM
Great reviews! Everything looks yummmmmm!!

Thanks! :hippie:

We will be trying Le Cellier on our next visit for dinner. Everything looks so good. I can't wait to try it. I keep reading great reviews on the soup that we may have to try it.:thumbsup2

I hope you enjoy your dinner there! Mmmmm, soup! :thumbsup2

PiperGirlInWondrland
05-24-2010, 09:26 PM
Wow, great reviews! I could go for that filet right now! YUMMY!!!

SweetSerenity
05-25-2010, 10:33 AM
Wow, great reviews! I could go for that filet right now! YUMMY!!!

Thank you for reading! :cutie:

mrspopeye
05-27-2010, 07:16 PM
Great report! Thanks for posting!

SweetSerenity
05-28-2010, 05:10 PM
Great report! Thanks for posting!

Thanks for taking the time to read it!

SweetSerenity
06-06-2010, 03:51 PM
Ah, day seven, the final day; the infamous end of the journey that we Disney fans mourn together. :sad2: Though it has taken me a while to get here, writing the end of this review almost makes me feel like I'm leaving the World all over again. But there is still one more meal to critique so I'll get on with it!

We intentionally took an early afternoon flight back home so we would not feel too rushed with the morning preparations for leaving. With that being said, I'm fairly certain I was up, already packed, and sitting by the door before the sun had even risen. Because we chose to pay oop for Ohana, we had one counter service meal left. So after checking in our luggage out front, we headed to Everything Pop for breakfast.

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We both had the ham and cheese omelet with breakfast potatoes. I'm not a very big fan of eggs in any form, but I will eat them occasionally especially if stuffed with ham and cheese! The omelet itself was a little dry and crunchy, but the ingredients inside were good. The potatoes were good as well.

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I was pleased that I could grab a small carton of milk for my drink and my mom opted for a diet coke if I remember correctly.

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For my dessert, I had the banana nut bread. Mmmm, very moist. I do make my own from scratch and I will say it rivaled it. Not quite beat it, but close enough. ;)

I don't have a picture or even recall what my mom had for her dessert because of a cute little side story. My beloved 81-year-old grandmother has a taste for ribs and sweets. She called and said if we ate all of our snacks without bringing her one we would be in trouble. Since the ribs would ruin my suitcase, we kept a few of the packaged desserts that would travel well to take to her. She enjoyed them and we dodged a bullet! :laughing:

This concludes the review portion of my trip. As promised, I will be totaling the prices and reveal the results as well as give a few updates concerning our upcoming trip.

Also, unfortunately another receipt seems to have abandoned ship. I had to estimate the total of Everything Pop so it won't be exactly 100% accurate.

Estimated Total Price: $27.63

SweetSerenity
06-12-2010, 12:47 PM
I have just a few more finishing touches before this review is completed.

First up, the costs:

Dining Plan Cost: $503.88
Out of Pocket Expenses: $92.84
Sum of Dining Plan and Out of Pocket Purchases: $596.72
Total spent using the Dining Plan: $637.41

So was this a value for us? Yes, we still did save money even though we made quite a few purchases outside of the plan, including dining at 'Ohana. Granted, we dined at a few places such as The Plaza and Yak & Yeti that aren't the best value for the plan, but I don't regret it. If I throw in the money we spent on tips, it tips the scale slightly but that's okay, too. The next time we actually purchase the Dining Plan, I will utilize it a little better but I'm glad to see it was still a value for what was spent.

Next up: There are a few awards I feel should be given.

Restaurant that lived up to its hype: This goes to 'Ohana. I had heard so many mixed reviews, but I really did have very high hopes for this place. The food did not disappoint me in any way at all. In fact, I will be dining here again in September.

Best Dessert: The bread pudding from 'Ohana. I love contrast between warm desserts and cold ice cream, which made this even more wonderful to me. It was rich and delicious, and I cannot wait to have it again.
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Worst Meal: This was almost a tie between Pecos Bill and Fairfax Fare, but the saving grace was that my mother enjoyed her burger from the former. I think it's worthy of a second chance whereas it's highly unlikely I will ever return to the latter. Why did I rank this the worst? Rubber chicken, enough said!
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Biggest Disappointment: Unfortunately, I have to hand this off to Le Cellier. I was very impressed with it the first time, but it wasn't quite as good the second time around. I will still return to it, of course, because it is still very worthy of spending a dining credit!

Most Surprising: Again, I had read so many mixed reviews on Tutto Italia that I honestly wasn't going to expect very much from the restaurant. But one little dish caught me completely by surprise: the gnocchi. I could probably sing my praises of this place until I'm blue in the face, but it really was one of the best dishes I have ever had on the property. We are due here again in the fall, and I will be having another taste of this wonderful entree.
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Favorite Drink: By far, the peanut butter and jelly shake from the 50's Prime Time Cafe wins this. Not only was it delicious and a drink credit on the plan, but the portion was gigantic. I didn't taste the jelly, but the peanut butter flavor was incredible.
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And finally,

Favorite Snack: This is a tie between the blondie at Sunshine Seasons Bakery and the sweet cream cheese pretzel at The Lunching Pad. Both of these are wonderful little treats in taste, though the pretzel is slightly more expensive than the blondie.
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My DBF and I booked a trip for this coming September last August and are going to enjoy free dining! We are planning two out of pocket meals because we received a gift certificate. Here's a list of some of the meals planned:

ADRs:
'Ohana (D)
Marrakesh (L)
Teppan Edo (D)
The Plaza (D- oop)
Sci-fi (D)
Tutto Italia (L)
Les Chefs de France (D)
Rose and Crown (D)
Raglan Road (D- oop)

Quick Services:
Columbia Harbour House
Flame Tree Barbecue
Earl of Sandwich
Starring Rolls
Yak & Yeti
POR Food Court

Many of these are going to be a first try for the both of us, but we're definitely returning to our favorites such as Columbia Harbour House and Rose and Crown.

And lastly, I just want to say thank you so much to every single person who took the time to read this rocky review from a rookie. I appreciate all of the feedback I received and am so grateful for all the help fellow Dis'ers have given me. Big :hug: to all of you!

Until next time~

The End.

catne
06-12-2010, 07:25 PM
nice reviews, great pictures.

About that Pop Century twinkie tiramisu mentioned several posts ago ...sorry, they don't have it anymore. Don't know when they discontinued it, but has been gone a couple of years, I believe - we were there in Sept '08 and it was gone then - CM couldn't remember when they quit carrying it. I'm surprised they still do the tye-dye cheesecake. That's about the only uniquely "POP" item they still have, I guess. (Used to be the only resort with a coke slushy machine, too...but that's gone too.:sad2:)

NorweJenNY
06-12-2010, 08:01 PM
Congrats on finishing up the report! :thumbsup2

Based on my similar taste buds, I will now have to try those Blondies... they look great! Thanks for all the reviews!

SweetSerenity
06-13-2010, 12:00 AM
nice reviews, great pictures.

About that Pop Century twinkie tiramisu mentioned several posts ago ...sorry, they don't have it anymore. Don't know when they discontinued it, but has been gone a couple of years, I believe - we were there in Sept '08 and it was gone then - CM couldn't remember when they quit carrying it. I'm surprised they still do the tye-dye cheesecake. That's about the only uniquely "POP" item they still have, I guess. (Used to be the only resort with a coke slushy machine, too...but that's gone too.:sad2:)

Thank you so much for that information! I'm sad I never had a chance to try it, but I'll just add it to the list with the Figaro Fries. :sad2: But at least I won't drive myself crazy trying to track it down. :laughing:

Congrats on finishing up the report! :thumbsup2

Based on my similar taste buds, I will now have to try those Blondies... they look great! Thanks for all the reviews!

Took me long enough! :lmao:

Yes!!!! You must try one. Who knows, they may even fall into the same category as the beloved gnocchi! :cloud9:

Linda67
06-13-2010, 02:46 AM
Really great reviews, I've really enjoyed reading them :goodvibes
Hope you have a wonderful trip in September :)

SweetSerenity
06-13-2010, 11:59 PM
Really great reviews, I've really enjoyed reading them :goodvibes
Hope you have a wonderful trip in September :)

Thank you for reading :goodvibes

TheThomsLuvDisney
06-14-2010, 03:54 PM
That is an impressive review. Thank you sooo much for all the information. You have definitely sold me on O'hanas for our next trip.

SweetSerenity
06-15-2010, 11:25 AM
That is an impressive review. Thank you sooo much for all the information. You have definitely sold me on O'hanas for our next trip.

I hope that you enjoy it even more than we did on your next trip! :wizard:

jmm476
06-15-2010, 12:00 PM
I'm so glad to hear about 'Ohana, I've read some very mixed reviews and we have it scheduled for our September trip. I hope we enjoy it as much as you did!

cherjp
06-15-2010, 01:58 PM
really enjoyed all your reviews many thanks for sharing them
:thumbsup2

catne
06-15-2010, 02:35 PM
So now that you've finished the last trip report...time for the pre-trippie, :rotfl2:

Where are you eating in September?

SweetSerenity
06-15-2010, 03:21 PM
I'm so glad to hear about 'Ohana, I've read some very mixed reviews and we have it scheduled for our September trip. I hope we enjoy it as much as you did!

I'm very glad that I took the risk and booked it even though I, too, had read so many mixed reviews about it. We'll be eating there in September also, so here's to all of us enjoying it and I hope you have a wonderful time! :goodvibes

really enjoyed all your reviews many thanks for sharing them
:thumbsup2

Thank you, I've enjoyed writing it so much. I appreciate you all for reading it!

So now that you've finished the last trip report...time for the pre-trippie, :rotfl2:

Where are you eating in September?

Don't tempt me, I've thought about it! :rotfl2: I'm still considering writing an actual trip report from February but now that we're 3 months out, I'm leaning toward a pre-foodie for September.

So far, the following are our ADRs:
'Ohana (D)
Marrakesh (L)
Teppan Edo (D)
The Plaza (D- oop)
Sci-fi (D)
Tutto Italia (L)
Les Chefs de France (D)
Rose and Crown (D)
Raglan Road (D- oop)

I started booking at exactly my 180 out mark and was so lucky to get everything I wanted even though Rose and Crown was already booked at 5:01 AM when that day was available to us. Many of those are first-timers for at least one of us if not both. In fact, with the exception of Teppan Edo and Rose and Crown they're all new to my bf and more than half are new to me. I'm a little nervous about Marrakesh and Les Chefs de France and have been considering exchanging one reservation for Boatwrights since we will be staying at POR, but my other half keeps threatening to take the confirmation numbers away from me if I even attempt to change anything! :lmao:

We have our favorites for QS but would really like to try new ones as well and I'm still scouring these boards to seek out the very best in snack options. ;)

wellbridal
06-16-2010, 04:18 AM
good. :surfweb: