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lemondog
03-21-2010, 03:01 PM
Just returned from a wonderful 8-day, 7-night stay at WDW with Deluxe Dining. This was our second time doing the DxDDP and we loved it even more this time than the first! I think we had a much better handle on how many credits we had, so we didn't end up with a ridiculous amount of snack credits left at the end of the trip.

I will be reviewing the following restaurants:

Breakfasts:
CRT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35922355&postcount=15)
Chef Mickey's (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35924997&postcount=24)
'Ohana (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35953483&postcount=44)
1900 Park Fare
Tusker House
Crystal Palace
Kona Cafe

Lunches:
Earl of Sandwich (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35921425&postcount=7)
Cosmic Rays (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35923211&postcount=20)
Les Chefs de France (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35926192&postcount=29)
Toy Story Pizza Planet (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35957981&postcount=48)
Pizzafari
Captain Cook's

Dinners:
'Ohana (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35921710&postcount=10)
Biergarten (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35923944&postcount=22) (plus bonus beer and pretzel review!)
Boma (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35942046&postcount=40)
Hollywood Brown Derby
Crystal Palace
Yachtsman Steakhouse
Tony's Town Square

Plus a few snacks and "adult" treats for good measure. Stay tuned!!!

RachaelRol
03-21-2010, 03:07 PM
I am all in and first!!

donnaf516
03-21-2010, 03:12 PM
Can't wait to hear about your trip!

weswife
03-21-2010, 03:36 PM
I am here!popcorn::

monorail girl
03-21-2010, 03:37 PM
Hi! Can't wait to hear your reviews. Just happened to read your other thread on the Resorts and saw your great pics of the Poly:banana:

PalmettoPrincess
03-21-2010, 03:44 PM
Me too! I'm in! Can't wait!

lemondog
03-21-2010, 04:19 PM
Let me quickly introduce us. There is me (38) who will eat most anything except for mushrooms and organ meats. DH (38) who is one of the pickiest eaters I know and of course the 3 female offspring: Superstar (8) who is a pretty good eater, Grumpy (6) who eats a nice variety but very sparingly and her twin sister Bashful (6) who eats a whole lot of very little. Basically, it needs to be mac and cheese or something involving cheese for her to eat it. On with the show...

Day 1:

We arrived at our hotel around 8:30 am and as expected, our room was not ready, so we headed over to Downtown Disney to shop and eat lunch. And that meant only one place for me: Earl of Sandwich! I love this place, and whenever I am in a city with an EoS I try to eat there.

We got there right around 11:15 so there was barely any line and plenty of tables to choose from. It was such a gorgeous day we decided to eat outside. One thing I noticed different from our last trip (7/08) was that they were a lot less strict this time on what you could have as a dessert. Before, it was either a cookie or brownie, period!! This time you could choose from a variety of items: cookie, brownie, rice krispie treat, pudding, parfait, or even a side dish like potato salad.

I opted for the Original 1762, basically a roast beef sandwich with melted cheddar. I subbed spicy mustard for the horseradish sauce. Your CS credit comes with a drink and dessert, so I had Diet Coke to drink and one of their fabulous brownies for dessert!

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Delicious as always.

DH decided to try the Cannonballs, which is basically a meatball sub, with a Diet Coke and he opted for Potato Salad as his "dessert."

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He was a little wary of the sandwich at first, he said the meatballs looked dry, but proclaimed the taste as divine and ate it all. We shared the potato salad which was a little on the sweet/tangy side, but still good.

Superstar decided on the kids grilled cheese with a Sprite and Rice Krispie treat.

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She wasn't too thrilled with the look of the sandwich at first, after all it was round and not cut into triangles the way mommy does it. :rotfl: But I convinced her to take a bite and she declared "Hey, this really is good!" She ate about half the sandwich and was full, so we carried the rice krispie treat back to the hotel for a later snack.

Bashful, went for the kids turkey and cheese sandwich, with a brownie and milk.

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Must have been fine, because we got no complaints.

Grumpy was in a particularly Grumpy mood after our long, overnight drive so all she wanted was a brownie. I gave her mine, and she shared her sisters' milk. Like I said, she eats sparingly.

All in all it was another great meal at Earl of Sandwich. An excellent choice for your CS credits if you are at/near Downtown Disney!

dr&momto2boys
03-21-2010, 04:30 PM
Yum! I'm in! :goodvibes

ddmeka
03-21-2010, 04:41 PM
We are planning on trying some of these restaurants in June. Can't wait to here the rest of your reviews.:yay:

lemondog
03-21-2010, 04:42 PM
Day 1:

Dinner at 'Ohana!

'Ohana is probably one of our favorite restaurants at Disney, due to a combination of factors: 1. Location - we stay at the Poly so it's super convenient. 2. Food - We have never been disappointed. 3. Atmosphere - Can't think of a better way to celebrate being on vacation than wearing leis and sipping a fruity beverage out of a pineapple!

Speaking of which, my evening started off with my favorite drink, the Lapu Lapu.

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Which is basically regular rum, 151 rum, and some fruit juices mixed together, all served in a hollowed out pineapple.

Our ADR was for 6:35 and we checked in about 6:30. There was a long line of people waiting to be seated, so I settled myself at the Tambu Lounge and ordered my Lapu Lapu. We waited about 20 minutes for our table, but it was worth the wait...right against the windows with a perfect view of the castle as it was lit up! I could only imagine how perfect this seat would be to view Wishes.

We were greeted promptly by our "cousin" who took our drink order, then we dug into the Pineapple Welcome Bread, which was warm and delicious as always.

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Shortly thereafter our salad with honey lime dressing arrived. The greens are fresh and the dressing is light, but sweet and tangy. So yummy!

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Next came the dipping sauces: sweet n sour, peanut and I think a chile sauce. I love, love, love the peanut sauce!

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Our favorite side items came next: sticky chicken wings and pork dumplings!

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These were divine and the wings especially were even better than I remember. We all inhaled them, especially Bashful, who is normally not a big chicken fan.

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Next up was the steamed broccoli, which was FABULOUS! Perfectly cooked and seasoned.

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Followed shortly thereafter by the Lo-Mein noodles, which were a bit of a disappointment. They were spaghetti noodles, which I had never seen before, and cold to boot. I ate only a few bites, but usually these are a favorite of mine.

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Next came the meat, which arrives on big skewers!

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This place truly is a carnivore's delight. On the menu were turkey, pork, steak and shrimp. The turkey was a tad dry, but alright dipped in sauce. The remaining meats were juicy and delicious! Grumpy had an especially good time peeling and eating the shrimp.

Finally, the part we had all been waiting for....dessert. 'Ohana is home to one of the best desserts on property, warm bread pudding a la mode with bananas foster syrup. Somehow I forgot to take the pic AFTER I poured the syrup on. Sorry!

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And for the kids they brought ice cream with Mickey sprinkles, always a huge hit.

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Once again we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at 'Ohana. The food was good and plentiful, service was fine, and the kids LOVE the parade and limbo and partying that go on. It's our favorite way to start off our Disney vacation!

DLo
03-21-2010, 04:50 PM
Great start. We tried eos for the first time last year - we wondered why it took us so long. We always went to wpe. looking forward to the rest. Thinking about CP for b'fast next trip (have had lunch and dinner and enjoyed both). Looking forward to more

SGMCO
03-21-2010, 05:03 PM
Looks good already!!
We're wanting to try Ohana for dinner this trip we usually eat
breakfast there. How are the shrimp?
Are the top of the shells split for easy peeling?

weswife
03-21-2010, 05:09 PM
Great so far! :thumbsup2

We ate at Earl of Sand. in 07. We did not like our meal. I enjoyed your pics. and written review. I think we were tired and did not know what to get. This lead to buying anything. I think we will try ES again this trip!!!!!

thanks!popcorn::

lemondog
03-21-2010, 05:09 PM
Looks good already!!
We're wanting to try Ohana for dinner this trip we usually eat
breakfast there. How are the shrimp?
Are the top of the shells split for easy peeling?

No the tops are not split, but my 6yo did an okay job peeling them herself. Honestly, if there was one thing I could change about 'Ohana it would be for the shrimp to be served already peeled.

lemondog
03-21-2010, 05:39 PM
Day 2:

CRT Breakfast

I know, I know. Everyone always says this is not worth the 2 meal credits, but a) we were on the Deluxe plan so we had credits to spare and b) I have 3 princesses myself! I thought it would be a bonus to get into the MK before park opening so I made the earliest ADR I could get, at 8:05 am.

We entered the park right before 8:00 and were at the podium by 8:05. There was a line to check in, and then a line to get our pic made with Cinderella in the lobby. Once we FINALLY got thru the lines it was approaching 8:20, but once we got to the top of the stairs we were seated immediately.

Our server was great, he kept referring to us as the Royal Family, I was the Queen, DH was the king and he told the girls they better treat him as such, which he loved, lol. The girls were presented with their wands and wishing stars and once our drink orders were taken the food started arriving.

First up, a plate of pastries and sweet rolls:

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These were your run of the mill sweet rolls. Tasty, but nothing special.

Next came the fresh fruit:

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This was tasty, how hard is it to mess up fruit? I liked the fact that it included a few "different" fruits you don't normally find on the buffets...like mango and kiwi.

Breakfast here is pre-plated. The children all have the same meal: eggs, french toast and bacon.

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The bacon was PAPER thin and chewy, so bad the girls would not eat it. But they liked the scrambled eggs and french toast.

Adults had the choice of 3 items: eggs with potato casserole, cream cheese french toast with bacon, or a cold plate with yogurt and granola. DH and I both opted for the cream cheese french toast:

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Once again, the bacon was a joke. Very thin, very chewy. Just plain awful. DH loves his bacon, and he didn't even touch it. The french toast, on the other hand, was fabulous! Warm and puffy, with a sweet cream cheese filling, fresh berries and whipped cream. I ate every bite!

Soon the princesses started arriving and a sweet little wishing star ceremony was done with the princess wands (the little boys got swords). Grumpy and Bashful were very into it.

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In the end, I would have to say that based on food alone this meal was DEFINITELY not worth the OOP cost of $180. However, if you have a little girl who loves the princesses, you really do need to try CRT at least once. Now we can say we have done it, and I am glad we did. The princess interaction was GREAT, the whole setting was magical and the waitstaff really did go out of their way to make everyone feel special. The best part is that we were done and at the rope to Fantasyland by 8:55...perfect timing!

dizneeat
03-21-2010, 05:47 PM
Great reviews so far! Thank you for doing them for us! :goodvibes :flower3:

Halloweenqueen
03-21-2010, 05:52 PM
Yummy! We are doing CRT breakfast for the first time in August.

Can't wait for more updates!

tortoni
03-21-2010, 06:01 PM
Great reviews so far, and cute kids! I'm in.:surfweb:

RachaelRol
03-21-2010, 06:28 PM
Great reviews! Looking forward to more.

lemondog
03-21-2010, 06:47 PM
Day 2:

Cosmic Rays lunch

After a full morning of fun in the MK, the girls naturally began whining that they were hungry. Our kids are big time grazers...they pick at their meals and graze throughout the day. Which is why the DxDDP works so well for us...our kids expect to sit down to a meal 3x a day, and also like to snack.

By now it was about 12:15 and with crowd levels at a solid 10 (as reported by touringplans.com) as you can imagine all the CS places were packed. Since we were in Tomorrowland we decided to try Cosmic Rays. I had heard good things.

The one downside to Cosmic Rays is that things are set up in 3 separate stations: 1 is chicken, 2 is burgers and 3 is sandwiches and salads. This can pose a big problem if everyone in your family wants something different. However we chose station 3 because it had the shortest line and all found something to eat.

DH was craving a burger, so he chose the Bacon Double Cheesburger with Fries. He chose a Diet Coke for his drink and Triple Chocolate Cake for dessert.

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He said it was fine, nothing special. Although the topping bar was pretty amazing.

All 3 girls chose the kids Chicken Nuggets.

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This came with a choice of 2 side items, either grapes, carrot sticks, applesauce or a cookie. Bashful had white milk to drink, Superstar had chocolate milk, and Grumpy chose apple juice. Oh, and if your kids are like mine and want Ranch to dip their carrots, that was readily available as well.

I was not hungry at all after that filling meal at CRT so I used a 2 snack credits to get a Diet Coke and a Yoplait Strawberry yogurt.

Will we go back to Cosmic Rays? Sure, if it's convenient. What we had was your standard fast food fare, nothing great but not awful. When it comes to CS, we're all about convenience, not seeking out the best food in the parks.

vinotinto
03-21-2010, 07:07 PM
We're also staying at the Poly in Sept, also on the DxDP, also debating whether to do CRT or not (even though we too can have enough credits).

Thanks for taking the time to post your reviews and looking forward to the rest :thumbsup2

lemondog
03-21-2010, 07:37 PM
Day 2:

Biergarten dinner


After a full morning in the MK and a break back at the hotel, we put on our warm clothes (it was quite cool in the evenings) and headed over to Epcot for dinner at Biergarten and Illuminations!

Epcot was super busy, we trekked all the way back to Germany from the front entrance which is quite a walk, although we did stop to ride Gran Fiesta Tour and grab Maelstrom FP on the way. Our ADR was for 6:20 pm and we checked in about 6:15. After a very short wait we were seated with a family of 3 from Texas. I know some people don't like sitting with strangers, but we love meeting new people on vacation so this was right up our alley. Plus, DH is a big time beer lover, and since Germany is known for its beer.....well lets just say I didn't hear any complaints about my restaurant selection!

DH started off his meal with this baby...

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This is the hefeweisen (did I spell that correctly)? It's a lighter beer, and DH said it was good, although there was another beer he tried later that he liked MUCH better (more on that to come).

The rest of us opted for the included non-alcoholic drinks and hit the buffet!

This was Bashful's plate. Clockwise from the bottom left we're got a roll (with a healthy smear of butter), chicken schnitzel, potato dumpling and mac and cheese.

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Of course she loved the Mac and Cheese, the child has never met a plate of Mac and Cheese she didn't like. The chicken schnitzel she liked too. I left off the sauce and cut it up, so she thought it was just chicken nuggets. I told her the potato dumpling was a dumpling (I left out the potato part), since she loves chicken and dumplings. I knew she would never eat it if I told her about the potato, but needless to say she took one bite, made a nasty face, and told me there was NO way that was a dumpling. :rotfl: Oh well, I tried! She ate all the roll and went back for more of that.

Superstar had mac and cheese, applesauce and a salad.

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Superstar LOVES her a tossed salad with ranch dressing (well, really ANYTHING with ranch dressing), and although this was actually a creamy herb dressing, it tasted close enough to ranch that she liked it.

DH's plate consisted of clockwise from top: Potato Leek Soup, pretzel bread, salad with creamy herb dressing, cold potato salad, spaetzle and pickles.

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He cleaned his plate and said it was all very good, especially the soup!

My plate consisted of (clockwise from top): chicken schnitzel with red wine sauce, spaetzle, roasted potatoes with fresh herbs, a variety of cold and warm sausages, cold german potato salad, cucumber-dill salad, salmon in dill sauce, pickles and warm German potato salad.

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Everything here was quite tasty. A couple of the cold sausages were a little too "hot dog/bologna-ish" to my taste, but the hot sausages were great! I even tried a bite of sauerkraut. Not half bad! Of course then DH and I had to go back and try a few more things for good measure.

I forgot to take a pic of DH's second plate, but here is mine. Clockwise from the top left we've got a potato dumpling, pork roast with mushroom sauce, pretzel bread with German mustard, and sauerbraten.

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I loved dipping the prezel bread in the mustard! The potato dumpling was bland, though, with a gummy consistency. And the pork roast tasted like liver to me. ICK!!! I think it was probably the mushroom sauce. You know how much I LOVE mushrooms (not). I meant to put on the red wine sauce but accidentally grabbed the wrong kind. As for the sauerbraten, I was really wary of it but it was DELICIOUS! I do believe it's my new favorite German food!

Next up: dessert! I got a sampling of things. L to R we've got fresh pineapple, Bavarian cheesecake, red berry compote with vanilla sauce, pear tart and apple strudel.

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First let me mention the pineapple. I am a pineapple junkie. I love the stuff. I could eat my weight in it. If there is fresh pineapple on a buffet, you are guaranteed I will put it on my plate. If it is part of a fruit salad, you are guaranteed I will pick out all the pineapple and eat it for myself. It's THAT good.

As for the other desserts, they were all good, but the berry compote with vanilla sauce was SUPERB. This definitely ranks up there as one of the top 5 desserts in all of WDW, in my opinion. It was tart and crisp and light, and with the sweet vanilla sauce on top it created the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Not too rich, not too filling....just right.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Biergarten. We had a great time meeting new people, and the girls LOVED dancing to the oompa band!

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The theming of this restaurant is fabulous too. If you're looking for a tasty meal in Epcot, this is definitely a good choice. Will we eat here again? Hopefully one day. There are just so many WS restaurants we want to try!

After our meal and a quick ride on Maelstrom we headed back to Germany to meet up with friends and watch Illuminations. Naturally, it being only 30 minutes after our meal the girls were hungry again (told you they were grazers) and how convenient there was a beer and pretzel cart right there! The kids split a pretzel (1 snack credit) and graciously shared ONE bite with us, lol!

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I don't know if you can tell but that baby is HUGE! Warm and buttery with just the right amount of salt. One of the better pretzels I have had. The only thing missing was some spicy mustard for dipping.

DH decided to try the Oktoberfest beer.

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He loved this beer! He said it was much better than the beer he had with dinner. And it went very well with the pretzel. I had some Jasmine tea from the China tea cart for 1 snack credit because I needed to warm up. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening in Germany and viewing Illuminations for the first time ever!

Up next...breakfast at Chef Mickey's. Will it be as wonderful as our last time? Stay tuned!

damren
03-21-2010, 08:24 PM
:thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 great reviews!! We will live vicariously through you untill we get to Poly with our Deluxe Dining!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

lemondog
03-21-2010, 08:50 PM
Day 3:

Chef Mickey's breakfast


On our first family trip to the world back in July 2008 Chef Mickey's was by far our favorite breakfast, especially the kids, so it was a given that we would do it again this time. In fact, we hadn't been at our hotel more than half an hour before my kids started begging to go to Chef Mickey's. They love it THAT MUCH. :laughing:

I decided to start off our Epcot morning with a 7:00 am ADR at Chef Mickey's in hopes we could still make rope drop at 9:00 at Epcot. Which we did by 10 slim minutes, no thanks to the monorail service (they had problems with them ALL week - slow trains, no trains, and on Thursday the entire system was shut down).

Anyway, the resort monorails don't start running until 7:00 am and since we had to ride all the way from the Poly to CR, we didn't get there until about 7:10. No problems, we checked in, had our picture taken and were seated very quickly. After drink orders were taken we all hit the buffet.

Grumpy had quite the interesting plate. We have a bowl of syrup, hard boiled egg, scrambled eggs, grapes, biscuit, Mickey Waffle, sausage and some butter. Whatever works! She liked it, that's what counts.

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Bashful decided to carbo load for breakfast. Here we have a sweet roll, tater tots, a donut hole, a brownie (or perhaps that is chocolate cake??), Mickey Waffle and a pancake smothered in butter and syrup. Of course she liked it...I mean really, how can you go wrong with all that bread and sugar?

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I am a big fan of scrambled eggs. However, the eggs were a big runny mess. I mean, it almost looked like egg soup. So I skipped the eggs and decided on the only things that actually looked somewhat edible to me: a biscuit with sausage gravy, potato casserole, and cheese blintzes with cherry and blueberry sauce.

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The biscuit with gravy was not bad, just different. I have lived in Tennessee my whole life so I know good Southern food. Which this was not. The gravy tasted weird to me. Not bad, just weird. Still, I ate it all. The potato casserole was just plain nasty no matter how you look at it. I took one bite and decided the rest was inedible. I ate a couple of bites of the blintzes and they were okay, but nothing special.

Next time I hit the cold bar, which offered a much more appetizing selection of food, when I struck the jackpot. I found my beloved apple/yogurt/raisin mix from last time! I prepared and enormous bowl.

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This stuff was just as good as I remembered -- vanilla yogurt, fresh crisp apples, grapes, cinnamon granola and chewy raisins. I love this stuff! I polished off the whole bowl. Then I hit the cold bar again to get a Mickey Waffle, which I love, and some strawberry bananas, which were very yummy! I also grabbed a rice krispie treat for Superstar.

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DH, btw, was not impressed AT ALL by the hot offerings either. On the whole we were VERY disappointed this time. Thank goodness for the cold bar, which saved us. You can never go wrong with cereal, fruit and muffins. Still, that's a lot of money to pay for what amounts to, basically, a continental-style breakfast. But our kids LOVE it there, we're guaranteed to see Minnie, which is a must-do for Bashful, and we're able to get a super early ADR to ensure we make rope drop, so I supposed Chef Mickey's will remain on our list. Ah, the things we do for our kids!

Up next...Les Chefs de France. Will Remy make an appearance? Stay tuned!

crazyfordisney2000
03-21-2010, 09:03 PM
Joining in,popcorn:: , so far so good! We went to Chef Mickey's for breakfast 2 years ago and I remember thinking, meh . My kids and DH liked it, though. We went to Ohana's for the first time in September and we loved it:love:

tlcdoula
03-21-2010, 09:19 PM
Also joining in and looking forward to the rest of your reviews!! I am in hopes to head back during the end of 2011 and would like to try some different places..

jacksmom
03-21-2010, 09:29 PM
Great reviews! Thanks for sharing!:rotfl:

pooh'smate
03-21-2010, 10:00 PM
Joining in as you ate at alot of the places I want to try.

lemondog
03-21-2010, 10:34 PM
Day 3:

Les Chefs de France lunch

Spent the morning in FW at Epcot, then headed over to WS for lunch in France. As some of you may have seen, crowds were HUGE this week, in fact touringplans.com ranked it as a crowd level of 10. This was very apparent in WS, there were TONS of people walking around, especially hanging out in France! Our ADR was for 1pm, we checked in right at 1:00 then we sat and waited...and waited....and waited. As we sat there waiting to be seated, the front podium was turning away walkups left and right saying they were booked for the rest of the day. Finally, we were seated around 1:30 and they quickly brought us some bread and butter.

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This bread was crusty on the outside, chewy on the outside and truly delicious! Perfect in the way only French bread can be.

We were seated by the window so we were able to watch some of the floor show outside as we waited...and waited...and waited....to order.

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The French move at a different pace than we do, and that was pretty evident by our waiting times to be seated, waited on, and served at Les Chefs de France. Everyone was wonderfully nice, just very lah-di-dah about the slow service. There were SEVERAL diners getting frustrated around us. But anyway, on with the show.

The kids all had the cheese puff pastry for an appetizer.

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Superstar wanted the salad, but they did not have ranch as a dressing, only vinaigrette or blue cheese, so she settled for this. She didn't touch it though, and the other 2 declared it nasty and only picked pieces of the bread off the top. Looked good to me, though. :confused3

DH had some kind of blue cheese salad for his appetizer, which he said was very tasty.

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I am big time soup lover, so I knew exactly what I was going for: the French onion soup.

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It was delicious, perhaps slightly less flavorful than I would have liked, but very good nonetheless. If you were paying OOP, this with the crusty bread and a small salad would make a PERFECT lunch!

Next thing you knew our entrees were arriving. Superstar chose the breaded chicken strips served over pasta.

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She ate all the chicken, dipped in ketchup. The noodles had no sauce on them so she wasn't really thrilled with them. They were basic penne noodles from what I could tell.

Bashful chose the hamburger and french fries.

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She liked the burger a lot, so I took a bite. Just as I suspected...a premium bun! We all know Bashful loves her carbs, and this bun was REALLY tasty and slightly sweet. It somehow improved the whole burger overall.

Grumpy, my adventurous eater, chose the fish. When given an option, Grumpy will almost ALWAYS choose fish, shrimp, lobster or crab. I think she must have been a sea creature in a previous life.

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I was salivating when I saw her plate. I love fish too, and this fish was very tender and tasty! The green beans were delicious too and very fresh tasting. Honestly, it was HUGE and looked like an adult plate to me. Grumpy literally shoveled the fish in with her hands, she liked it so much. :laughing: However, she was not a fan of the green beans, preferring the nasty canned version. (Where did I go wrong???).

DH ordered the hamburger and fries. Actually, he asked the server which was better, the croque monsieur (ham and cheese) or the burger and without skipping a beat she said the burger, so that's what he chose. He also commented on the yummy bun, but said otherwise it was your standard burger and fries.

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I decided on the mac and cheese.

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This was fabulously good and had a hint of sweetness...nutmeg, perhaps? It was so rich, though, I could only manage a few bites. Especially knowing that dessert was coming up.

Speaking of dessert, Superstar and Bashful had the sorbet of the day, which was strawberry. It was tasty although they didn't care for it, I think they were expecting strawberry ice cream.

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Grumpy went with your basic chocolate chip cookie.

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I urged DH to order the profiteroles so I could try them (I had my eye on something else), but he went with a chocolate mousse cake, which was tasty but rich.

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I chose the apple cinnamon crepes which were divine!

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And at one point during the meal the chef himself did stop by to say hello!

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The girls were very excited to know that Remy himself prepared their meal, hehe.


We enjoyed our meal here enough, but felt that it just took too long to dine. It was over 2 hours from the time we checked in until we left, which really was unacceptable for lunch. We had planned on doing a Kim Possible mission after lunch, but the kids were SO tired after that ordeal that I headed back to the hotel with the little ones while DH stayed and did one little mission with Superstar before coming back to the hotel. I don't think we'll be doing this one again.

Up next...Boma dinner. What will my picky husband think? Stay tuned!

darthtatty
03-22-2010, 06:41 AM
great reviews, youre doing a fab job.
I really want to try Biergarten, i might even try a beer ;)
Can you remember how much the large beers are?

keep up the great work.xxx:goodvibes

Disney_Mama
03-22-2010, 07:02 AM
:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 Can't wait for the rest.

jenniferkeala808
03-22-2010, 08:40 AM
HEY! loving the reviews so far! Great pics and great descriptions! Can't wait for the rest!

PEANUT1
03-22-2010, 08:53 AM
Wow!! great reviews so far. I totally agree about CRT being not worth the price..we prefer to to Crystal Palace to get to the MK before park opening.

I don't think we would ever do Deluxe with our kids...too many sit down meals for the kids to handle I think. Hubby and I did it for a 3 night anniversary trip in Oct 08 and we LOVED it!!

Pooh's-Honey-Pot
03-22-2010, 09:16 AM
Great reviews! Yum!!

OurDogCisco
03-22-2010, 03:34 PM
curious is CRT still all you can eat? I think, I liked the the other preplated version better. So, I'm a little bummed with your CRT review. I can't wait to read more.

martinolichfamily
03-22-2010, 04:12 PM
Day 3:

Les Chefs de France lunch

Spent the morning in FW at Epcot, then headed over to WS for lunch in France. As some of you may have seen, crowds were HUGE this week, in fact touringplans.com ranked it as a crowd level of 10. This was very apparent in WS, there were TONS of people walking around, especially hanging out in France! Our ADR was for 1pm, we checked in right at 1:00 then we sat and waited...and waited....and waited. As we sat there waiting to be seated, the front podium was turning away walkups left and right saying they were booked for the rest of the day. Finally, we were seated around 1:30 and they quickly brought us some bread and butter.

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This bread was crusty on the outside, chewy on the outside and truly delicious! Perfect in the way only French bread can be.

We were seated by the window so we were able to watch some of the floor show outside as we waited...and waited...and waited....to order.

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The French move at a different pace than we do, and that was pretty evident by our waiting times to be seated, waited on, and served at Les Chefs de France. Everyone was wonderfully nice, just very lah-di-dah about the slow service. There were SEVERAL diners getting frustrated around us. But anyway, on with the show.

The kids all had the cheese puff pastry for an appetizer.

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Superstar wanted the salad, but they did not have ranch as a dressing, only vinaigrette or blue cheese, so she settled for this. She didn't touch it though, and the other 2 declared it nasty and only picked pieces of the bread off the top. Looked good to me, though. :confused3

DH had some kind of blue cheese salad for his appetizer, which he said was very tasty.

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I am big time soup lover, so I knew exactly what I was going for: the French onion soup.

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It was delicious, perhaps slightly less flavorful than I would have liked, but very good nonetheless. If you were paying OOP, this with the crusty bread and a small salad would make a PERFECT lunch!

Next thing you knew our entrees were arriving. Superstar chose the breaded chicken strips served over pasta.

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She ate all the chicken, dipped in ketchup. The noodles had no sauce on them so she wasn't really thrilled with them. They were basic penne noodles from what I could tell.

Bashful chose the hamburger and french fries.

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She liked the burger a lot, so I took a bite. Just as I suspected...a premium bun! We all know Bashful loves her carbs, and this bun was REALLY tasty and slightly sweet. It somehow improved the whole burger overall.

Grumpy, my adventurous eater, chose the fish. When given an option, Grumpy will almost ALWAYS choose fish, shrimp, lobster or crab. I think she must have been a sea creature in a previous life.

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I was salivating when I saw her plate. I love fish too, and this fish was very tender and tasty! The green beans were delicious too and very fresh tasting. Honestly, it was HUGE and looked like an adult plate to me. Grumpy literally shoveled the fish in with her hands, she liked it so much. :laughing: However, she was not a fan of the green beans, preferring the nasty canned version. (Where did I go wrong???).

DH ordered the hamburger and fries. Actually, he asked the server which was better, the croque monsieur (ham and cheese) or the burger and without skipping a beat she said the burger, so that's what he chose. He also commented on the yummy bun, but said otherwise it was your standard burger and fries.

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I decided on the mac and cheese.

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This was fabulously good and had a hint of sweetness...nutmeg, perhaps? It was so rich, though, I could only manage a few bites. Especially knowing that dessert was coming up.

Speaking of dessert, Superstar and Bashful had the sorbet of the day, which was strawberry. It was tasty although they didn't care for it, I think they were expecting strawberry ice cream.

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Grumpy went with your basic chocolate chip cookie.

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I urged DH to order the profiteroles so I could try them (I had my eye on something else), but he went with a chocolate mousse cake, which was tasty but rich.

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I chose the apple cinnamon crepes which were divine!

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And at one point during the meal the chef himself did stop by to say hello!

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The girls were very excited to know that Remy himself prepared their meal, hehe.


We enjoyed our meal here enough, but felt that it just took too long to dine. It was over 2 hours from the time we checked in until we left, which really was unacceptable for lunch. We had planned on doing a Kim Possible mission after lunch, but the kids were SO tired after that ordeal that I headed back to the hotel with the little ones while DH stayed and did one little mission with Superstar before coming back to the hotel. I don't think we'll be doing this one again.

Up next...Boma dinner. What will my picky husband think? Stay tuned!

Just found your reviews today....great review of Chefs de France....it helped me decide to keep our ressies (lunch too) for our July trip. I was worried that DH wouldn't have anything that he would pick from..he can be picky! ;)

lemondog
03-22-2010, 09:34 PM
Just did a HUGE review of Boma with lots of pics and my dang IE crashed and I lost it all!!! :sad::sad::sad:

As soon as I calm down I will try and put together a new review. Sorry for the delay!

kstinw19
03-22-2010, 10:00 PM
Oh that is so frustrating when that happens. But your reviews and pics are great! I am subscribing.

lemondog
03-22-2010, 10:03 PM
curious is CRT still all you can eat? I think, I liked the the other preplated version better. So, I'm a little bummed with your CRT review. I can't wait to read more.

You know, I honestly don't know the answer to that. I don't recall the server telling us it was all you can eat, but then again he may have said it and I just didn't hear. Honestly, that french toast was so filling, especially when you add on the fruit and sweet rolls at the beginning, that I could not imagine asking for more.

lemondog
03-22-2010, 10:40 PM
Thank you, thank you everyone for the kind comments!!! Dining reviews are actually quite a bit of work with all the writing, uploading pics, identifying the stuff on your plate (sometimes not so easy :rotfl:) and whatnot, but they help me SO much and I enjoy reading them so much, that it's the least I can do to create my own reviews.

Boma, attempt #2....(keep your fingers crossed)

Day 3:

Boma dinner

Our ADR for Boma was at 7:05 pm, but since hubby had never seen AKL before we decided to head over early to check it out. We arrived around 6:30, checked out the lobby a bit then headed outside to see the animals. There were plenty to see and the girls, especially my animal lover Grumpy, were excited. After a few pics I decided to check in a bit early, at 6:45. The hostess told me their computer system was down so they were running a bit behind, but we would be seated by 7:15. No problem! Well 7:15 came and went...then 7:30...and by 7:45 I had a full out mutiny on my hands with my kids. After a few visits to the podium to ask what was going on I had gotten nothing but very vague replies and no help whatsoever. Might I mention it was PACKED, they were turning away walkups and almost all the waiting patrons were getting testy.

Well it turns out after all that they had LOST our handwritten ticket to be seated, but rather than apologize and explain what happened, we continued to get vague "we promise you'll be seated shortly" answers. Finally I think the hostess could tell I was ready to blow...it was 1 hour after our check-in time, 40 minutes after our ADR time, and my kids were STARVING, so they quickly bused a table and seated us.

The good news is, we had Dilly!!! :lovestruc He is one of my favorite servers at WDW, we had him when we ate breakfast at Boma back in 2008, and he put us at ease right away.

First up were drinks! DH went with a Yuengling, I had Diet Coke and the girls decided on the Tinkerbell light up cup w/ Lemonade Punch.

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This is not on the dining plan and at $7 a pop is not cheap, so they are only allowed this drink ONCE during our trip. It actually saves me money in the long run because they like to take the Tink to Wishes so it saves me spending $30 buying a cheap light-up toy from a pushcart.

We quickly hit the buffet and filled out plates. First up is Grumpy's plate. She chose plain penne pasta, a chicken nugget, mac and cheese and a meatball (cut up) all from the kids buffet, along with salmon, a Durban roasted chicken leg (she is a chicken leg afficionado) and some corn muffins from the regular buffet.

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She ate almost everything, which is saying something because she usually pecks like a bird. She cleaned the chicken leg and actually tried to suck the meat off the bones. I guess it's safe to say she liked it. :rotfl:

Superstar was a little less adventurous. She pretty much stuck with the kids buffet. We have mac and cheese, a meatball and some fresh fruit.

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She really liked the meatball because she went back for more. A LOT more. And she scarfed the fruit too, which was of excellent quality, I might add. All of it was ripe, juicy and free of blemishes...probably the best we saw all week on a buffet.

Now my DH, who I have dubbed Mr. Picky, was not too thrilled when I told him we were eating here. His exact words, if I recall, were "African food? Are you crazy?" :laughing: But I had heard such great things about Boma, plus I loved breakfast here last time (which he had missed) that I knew we had to try it.

He played it safe at first, going for some kind of potato soup and a salad.

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He said it was very good. Shock of all shocks...he liked something African! :faint:

I was definitely the most adventurous of the group. I decided I would sample a little bit of as much as I could just to get a taste for it. Plate #1 consisted of fresh strawberries and pineapple, falafel with yogurt sauce, a cold pasta salad (sorry forgot the name), pita wedges, Kool Slai and Watermelon Rind Salad.

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The fruit, of course was excellent. The pasta salad was tasty but nothing special. The pita was...well...pita. LOL The Kool Slai was great! I love cole slaw, and this had a nice creamy yet very light dressing, was nice and crunchy with big slices of red cabbage, and slightly sweet. The falafel I was not quite as thrilled with. It seemed overcooked and a bit dry, but the flavor was good. The watermelon rind salad was pretty icky to me. It tasted almost exactly like that pickled ginger you get with sushi. Blech. Oh well, at least I tried it! :thumbsup2

DH's plate #2 was pretty much full of the carved beef loin, which he couldn't stop raving about, so I decided I would have to try some too. My plate #2 also contained some Boma mustard to go with said meat, Durban roasted chicken, peanut rice, some other kind of rice (saffron, maybe??), Fufu and corn muffins.

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Everything on this plate was DIVINE!!! With the exception of the saffron rice, which was very dry. Loved the meat with Boma mustard, the chicken was tender and subtly spiced, the peanut rice was moist and sticky and very flavorful, the Fufu tasted like my favorite sweet potato casserole, and the corn muffins were sweet and just moist enough.

Oh, and lest I forget, I had also picked a plate of dips with crispy flatbread for us to try, although no one else in the family would touch it with a 10 foot pole. Fine..more for me! Here we've got 3 types of hummus -- sun-dried tomato, black olive, and one other kind (so sorry I forgot the name).

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They were all super tasty!!!

Finally it was time for....dessert. And you know right where I was headed..to the zebra domes! After hearing raves about them on this board for years, I just had to try one. I also sampled a few other goodies. L to R we have bread pudding with vanilla sauce, Kenyan coffee tart, Peanut Butter Mousse, Zebra Dome and Apple Cobbler.

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You will find bread pudding with vanilla sauce on almost every buffet at WDW. This was pretty much your run of the mill bread pudding. Nothing special. A little too gooey for me, actually. The coffee tart had a wonderful coffee flavor without being too overpowering. I liked it. The peanut butter mousse....OH MY. It was set on a bed of peanut brittle. Can I tell you how amazing this was? It's one of my new favorites in all of WDW! :lovestruc :love: :lovestruc :love: The Zebra Dome ranked a close second. VERY yummy!!! Now I know what all the hype is about! The cobbler I wasn't crazy about. The apples were way too tart for me, and the spices were weird.

The girls decided to split a dessert plate. They chose L to R: caramel cheesecake, passion fruit tarts???, brownie, chocolate mousse and a peanut butter mousse.

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They liked all of it with the exception of the fruit tarts. Superstar made a horrible face so of course I had to try it. NASTY! The fruit was very bitter and the consistency was a little too gelatinous. Definitely not our cup of tea.

This meal cost us 5 dining credits (1 credit each). We paid OOP for the Tink drinks and DH's beer. I have to say we will DEFINITELY be back at Boma next trip!!! This is probably my favorite buffet in all of Disney. We all found stuff we liked, and the AKL is such a nice place to visit. Hopefully next time we go it won't be so crowded and the host podium will be fully functional!

Up next...'Ohana breakfast. Will we make it to rope drop at DHS?

FOXFIELDZOO
03-23-2010, 12:00 AM
Day 1:

Dinner at 'Ohana!

'Ohana is probably one of our favorite restaurants at Disney, due to a combination of factors: 1. Location - we stay at the Poly so it's super convenient. 2. Food - We have never been disappointed. 3. Atmosphere - Can't think of a better way to celebrate being on vacation than wearing leis and sipping a fruity beverage out of a pineapple!

Speaking of which, my evening started off with my favorite drink, the Lapu Lapu.

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Which is basically regular rum, 151 rum, and some fruit juices mixed together, all served in a hollowed out pineapple.

Our ADR was for 6:35 and we checked in about 6:30. There was a long line of people waiting to be seated, so I settled myself at the Tambu Lounge and ordered my Lapu Lapu. We waited about 20 minutes for our table, but it was worth the wait...right against the windows with a perfect view of the castle as it was lit up! I could only imagine how perfect this seat would be to view Wishes.

We were greeted promptly by our "cousin" who took our drink order, then we dug into the Pineapple Welcome Bread, which was warm and delicious as always.

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Shortly thereafter our salad with honey lime dressing arrived. The greens are fresh and the dressing is light, but sweet and tangy. So yummy!

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Next came the dipping sauces: sweet n sour, peanut and I think a chile sauce. I love, love, love the peanut sauce!

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Our favorite side items came next: sticky chicken wings and pork dumplings!

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These were divine and the wings especially were even better than I remember. We all inhaled them, especially Bashful, who is normally not a big chicken fan.

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Next up was the steamed broccoli, which was FABULOUS! Perfectly cooked and seasoned.

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Followed shortly thereafter by the Lo-Mein noodles, which were a bit of a disappointment. They were spaghetti noodles, which I had never seen before, and cold to boot. I ate only a few bites, but usually these are a favorite of mine.

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Next came the meat, which arrives on big skewers!

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This place truly is a carnivore's delight. On the menu were turkey, pork, steak and shrimp. The turkey was a tad dry, but alright dipped in sauce. The remaining meats were juicy and delicious! Grumpy had an especially good time peeling and eating the shrimp.

Finally, the part we had all been waiting for....dessert. 'Ohana is home to one of the best desserts on property, warm bread pudding a la mode with bananas foster syrup. Somehow I forgot to take the pic AFTER I poured the syrup on. Sorry!

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And for the kids they brought ice cream with Mickey sprinkles, always a huge hit.

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Once again we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at 'Ohana. The food was good and plentiful, service was fine, and the kids LOVE the parade and limbo and partying that go on. It's our favorite way to start off our Disney vacation!

That bread pudding is HAVEN :littleangel:I got the recipe and make it ,I have never had anyone not love it

FOXFIELDZOO
03-23-2010, 12:38 AM
That bread pudding is HAVEN :littleangel:I got the recipe and make it ,I have never had anyone not love it

I ment HEAVEN,Opps:worship:

jenniferkeala808
03-23-2010, 01:26 AM
thanks for the Boma review! We will be eating there in April!! Can't wait for those Zebra domes!! :cool1:

lemondog
03-23-2010, 05:32 PM
Day 4:

'Ohana Breakfast

We love breakfast at 'Ohana. Not only is it at our hotel, but the food and character interaction are great! We arrived at our ADR time of 7:30, had our picture taken and were promptly seated. On the way to our table we picked up a plate of bread. On the left is a sweet raisin bread, on the right is the most wonderful bread you will ever put into your mouth....Pineapple Bread!! :lovestruc:love::lovestruc:love:

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I think I probably ate the entire piece of pineapple bread all by myself. And remember...if you run out and want more, just ask! They are happy to bring it.

Once we were seated our "cousin" quickly came over and filled out cups with POG juice - passion fruit, orange and guava.

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I simply ADORE this stuff! It's served at various locations around WDW under different names. For example at Kona it's called "Lilikoi Juice" and at Tusker House it's "Jungle Juice."

In short order a platter of fresh fruit arrived. Sorry the pic is a little fuzzy.

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What can I say? Fruit is fruit. It was ripe and sweet, though, which is good. There is nothing worse then taking a bite of under-ripe melon. Ick!

Breakfast at 'Ohana is served family style. Meaning you get a big platter with all your food on it rather than going up to a buffet. It is all-you-can-eat, if you run out of anything just ask and they will bring you more. The hot meal consists of biscuits, potatoes, sausage, eggs and bacon.

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Everything here is hot, fresh and delicious. The eggs are well scrambled and NOT runny, just the way I like them. The potatoes are well seasoned, the biscuits are yummy especially with butter and jelly, and the sausage is wonderful! Most of the buffets provide those skinny links, but these were big and fat and full of flavor. The only thing we didn't really care for was the bacon, once again paper thin and floppy like we had at CRT. We prefer out bacon crisp.

A CM also walks around serving Mickey Waffles, which are ALWAYS delicious! :thumbsup2

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Characters at this meal are Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto. The interaction is wonderful, and there is a special parade led by the characters. The kids get to shake maracas and dance along.

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Superstar and Bashful joined in the fun.
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We were done with our meal by 8:20, and after a quick car ride over to DHS we were thru the turnstiles and ready for rope drop by 8:50.

'Ohana breakfast continues to remain a family favorite, one we will sure do each trip. Even if we were not staying at the Poly, this breakfast is definitely worth a trip over!

Up next...Toy Story Pizza Planet lunch. Was it worth the hour wait in line?

kstinw19
03-23-2010, 05:44 PM
Thanks for the great pics. Your kids are so cute!

I too am a lover of the Pineapple bread and POG juice :thumbsup2

One year we stayed concierge at Poly and in the concierge room they have all you can drink POG. I think I drank about 5 - 10 glasses a day :yay:

With all of this eating at Poly, I am starting to regret not staying at Poly again this trip.

I can't wait to read the next one :thumbsup2

crazyfordisney2000
03-23-2010, 08:34 PM
We have never tried Ohana`s for breakfast and have been debating it, your review has convinced me!:thumbsup2

lemondog
03-23-2010, 09:49 PM
We have never tried Ohana`s for breakfast and have been debating it, your review has convinced me!:thumbsup2

YAY! It always makes you feel good when your reviews cause someone to try one of your favorites. :goodvibes

lemondog
03-23-2010, 10:01 PM
Day 4:

Toy Story Pizza Planet lunch

This was our marathon DHS day, and since we were using 2 credits for the FP dinner at Brown Derby at the very EARLY dinner hour of 4:35 I ASSUMED we could get by on a snack or two for lunch.

One should never assume.

Naturally the girls start whining that they are hungry, oh...right about the height of lunch hour. :sad2: I told them we would grab some popcorn or something, but noooooooo....they had to have LUNCH. :rolleyes:Thanks to our Ridemax plans getting us way ahead, we had about a 1.5 hour break before the car stunt show at 1:30. So I said no problem, let's just run into Pizza Planet at the other side of Streets of America.

I should have known when the line extended all the way THROUGH the back room and out the front door this would not be the best idea, but the kids were hungry and we did have time to kill, so.....

I got in line and told the kids to go find a table, which luckily they did upstairs. (DH was off grabbing FP for ToT). I waited, and waited, and waited and finally realized that I had been there A WHOLE HOUR!!!! Sorry, this is unacceptable. But at that point I had invested so much time I was not about to budge. Luckily right then I reached the front of the line and ordered 3 cheese pizza kids meals with a variety of sides -- applesauce, grapes, etc. You know...pretty much the EXACT same kids' sides offered at every CS place.

I only took a pic of one of the kids meals because they were basically all the same.

http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac111/momtoeac/100_7013.jpg

I have never eaten the pizza at WDW but based on the looks of it I assume this is the same kids cheese pizza offered at all the CS locations. So the girls wolfed their food and DH and I picked on their leftovers before we got up and headed toward the car show.

I am sure this is a nice place to eat, but NOT after waiting in line an entire hour. No fast food is worth that, in my opinion. I guess I would say the food was fine, but nothing overly special.

Up next...Hollywood Brown Derby dinner...will I once again get to savor my favorite meal on Disney property?

martinolichfamily
03-23-2010, 10:14 PM
Great O'hana review....looks great! :thumbsup2 We have a breakfast ressie on our next trip....cant wait!

Pizza Planet seems to always have a line when we try to eat there! So...we have yet to try them!

vinotinto
03-27-2010, 07:58 PM
This was our marathon DHS day, and since we were using 2 credits for the FP dinner at Brown Derby at the very EARLY dinner hour of 4:35 I ASSUMED we could get by on a snack or two for lunch.

One should never assume.

Naturally the girls start whining that they are hungry, oh...right about the height of lunch hour. :sad2:

I'm planning a marathon day at DHS - culminating in an early F! dinner package at HBD too. After reading about your day, I will make sure to have an ADR for lunch.

Can't wait to read about your FP at HBD! :surfweb: popcorn::

weezy26nm
04-02-2010, 03:21 PM
Day 2:

CRT Breakfast


Adults had the choice of 3 items: eggs with potato casserole, cream cheese french toast with bacon, or a cold plate with yogurt and granola.

Is this all you get for the main part of your breakfast. I can't have just bacon, eggs, toast and french toast? I have to pick one or the other?

dr&momto2boys
04-02-2010, 03:47 PM
I really like your review, but I can't see the pictures. Am I the only one?

dizneeat
04-02-2010, 03:49 PM
I really like your review, but I can't see the pictures. Am I the only one?

No, I can't see them either! :sad2:

emmysmommy
04-02-2010, 06:00 PM
Ohhhh noooo - bandwidth has been exceeded. Photobucket can only accommodate so many views. I had to upgrade to premium but if you wait until a certain time of the month the bandwidth resets. :wave:

kstinw19
04-03-2010, 08:17 AM
excited to see the pics!!

aggie9293
04-05-2010, 10:29 PM
Enjoying your reviews - making me hungry!! You've eaten at several places we'll be going back to in September. CRT, Crystal Palace, Pizza Planet, and Cosmic Ray's. Trying Chef Mickey's for breakfast for the first time this year. Hoping the "hot" choices are better in Sept!

Gouden Leeuw
04-06-2010, 12:18 PM
Subbing in! gotta catch up on the review!

cultureart
04-07-2010, 03:39 AM
like your reviews, we will definitely go there :tinker:

cultureart
04-07-2010, 03:43 AM
expecting the pictures......

wilma-bride
04-07-2010, 05:51 AM
Great reviews so far. 'Ohana breakfast sounds really good, I may have to persuade DH that we need to visit in August ;)

rodeo65
04-07-2010, 01:46 PM
Enjoying your reviews so far...and looking forward to seeing the pictures!

Sonnyeclipse
04-14-2010, 06:19 PM
Great review. Love the pictures

jb2mw
04-14-2010, 11:15 PM
Great review....can't wait to see the rest!

Amg120499
04-15-2010, 09:04 AM
I am really enjoying your reviews. Thanks for taking the time to write them!

milmore104
04-15-2010, 09:35 AM
Loving your reviews! Looks like it was a great trip had by all. Can't wait for the rest.:cool1:

flipflopmom
04-16-2010, 07:38 PM
Thanks for taking the time to do these. Excellent job! We did DxDP last year, didn't think we'd do it again, low and behold....we're doing DxDp.. I love reading reviews to see how others handle it! ohana d and b'f, CM b'f, and Boma d are all being repeated by us this year, you made me remember why!