View Full Version : Sometimes I got so excited that I forgot to take pictures! 7 days of great eats!

03-30-2010, 05:05 PM
Hi all! I was at WDW for the 2nd time from March 20-27 (but my first trip in 12 years). I knew going into the trip that I wanted to do a trip report, but for the first couple of days I forgot to take pictures! Whoops! Hopefully you'll all forgive me ;)

Here are the restaurants where we ate:

Columbia Harbour House(MK) page 1
Casey's Corner (MK) page 1
Roaring Fork (WL) pages 1, 2 and 3
Earl of Sandwich (DTD) page 1
Hoop-dee-Doo Revue at Pioneer Hall (FW) page 1
Backlot Express (DHS) page 2
Mama Melrose's (DHS) <--- pictures start here! ;) page 2
Tangierine Cafe (Epcot) - page 2
Margarita Stand (Epcot) - page 2
Rose and Crown (Epcot) - page 2
Flame Tree Barbecue (AK) page 2
Cape May Cafe (Beach Club) page 2
Crystal Palace breakfast (MK) page 2
Aloha Isle (MK) page 2
Fairfax Fare (DHS) page 2
Sunshine Seasons (Epcot) page 3
Le Cellier (Epcot) page 3
Aero candy bar in UK (Epcot) page 3
Kaki Gori (Epcot) page 3
Kringla Bakeri og Cafe (Epcot) page 3

BTW, "we" will most often be myself (aged 28, will try anything once) and my mother (55, who has some dietary restrictions due to allergies and diabetes):


I'm the gal in the too long (but quite fetching nonetheless) capris. Mom's rocking the fanny pack.

Also joining us for table service meals were my two aunts, my uncle and my 11-year-old cousin. The one thing we all agreed on is seafood and steak! We love it!

03-30-2010, 05:11 PM
Count me in!:goodvibes

03-30-2010, 05:21 PM
I am in too! Great line up of restaurants! :thumbsup2

03-30-2010, 06:23 PM
Count me in too!!!!!popcorn:: I have a few of the same places picked out!!! I will be waiting for you to get back!:)

Cookie Princess
03-30-2010, 06:46 PM
Me too!!

03-30-2010, 08:58 PM
I'm in!:cheer2:

03-30-2010, 10:42 PM
I'm in. popcorn::

03-30-2010, 11:40 PM
I'm in! popcorn::

04-01-2010, 06:44 PM
Im here bring on reviews!!!

04-01-2010, 06:50 PM
Day 1 - March 20, 2010 - Columbia Harbour House and Casey's Corner

My vacation actually started on March 19, as my mother and I traveled from PA to my aunt's house in NJ. From there, we left her house at 5AM on Saturday, March 20th to catch our plane in Atlantic City. We arrived at the airport around 7, and our flight didn't leave until 11:20! Now I'm always early as a rule, but this was a little TOO early! We were unsure how long it would take us to get through security, but since AC is fairly small, it was a breeze.

We arrived in Orlando around 1:30 to find that the Orlando airport is nowhere near as easy to get through as Atlantic City! And the lines for the Disney Magical Express were huge! But I have to hand it to Disney, they made the process as smooth as possible. After a quick trip to Wilderness Lodge to drop off our luggage, we were off to meet the rest of our family in the Magic Kingdom!

By this time, we were STARVING. All I had eaten was a bagel and a banana that day - I needed food, STAT! So it was off to Columbia Harbour House to use a counter service credit.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned before, I forgot to take pictures for the first couple of days, so you'll have to make do with my amazing descriptions :rotfl: Mom and I each ordered the Fried Fish Basket and Apple Crisp (Mom, a diabetic, was cheating on her diet...). My Aunt also joined us, and she ordered the Fried Shrimp Basket.

I was surprised at just how large the portions were! Along with the fish, we also got a rather large side of fries. The fish and fries were excellent - nice and crisp, not too greasy. The apple crisp was, well... not very crisp at all. It was a bit soggy, but it still tasted pretty good. All in all, we were stuffed and satisfied!

As the 20th was an Extra Magic Hours night, we were staying in the park until closing at 1AM. By the time Spectromagic and Wishes was over, I was pooped - and hungry again! So my Mom and I, joined by the whole family - 2 aunts, uncle and cousin - decided we needed hot dogs at Casey's.

My Uncle really likes Casey's hot dogs, and he bought me one OOP - how sweet of him! :goodvibes: I have to say, it was a very good hot dog - although I don't think it was worth $4.79 :rotfl2: But at this point I was so exhausted and so thankful for a chance to sit, that hot dog was like a big, juicy steak. It gave me the energy to stumble over to Tomorrowland (after almost 20 hours on my feet, those dogs were barkin'!), where we stayed until park closing. "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" is STILL running through my head! :lmao:

04-03-2010, 07:05 PM
Yummy review, looking forward to more!!!!

I totally understand about forgetting the pictures, I've done the same thing because I was so excited to get my food!!!

04-08-2010, 06:54 PM
Day 2 - Sunday, March 21, 2010 - Roaring Fork, Earl of Sandwich and Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

Day 2 started very early, with only a few hours sleep after getting in so late from the Magic Kingdom the night before. I staggered down to Roaring Fork for some much needed coffee and sugar. In my uncaffienated haze, I chose the most ooey, gooey, nutty, cinnamon-y pastry available. I really wish I remembered my camera, because you had to see this thing to believe it. I tried eating it with my fingers, but it was so messy with glaze that it was falling apart. But boy, was it delicious!! And I had a sugar rush to get me through the morning.

We had planned to stay in the Magic Kingdom all day, but early in the afternoon, the rain hit. Now, my mother and I were prepared with those cheap "emergency" ponchos from K-Mart, and they were fine for the morning, when it just showered on and off. But then the sky just opened up and the rain would not stop. We did decide to go on Splash Mountain because we had fastpassed it, but really, we could've gotten on it right away without them. One cast member called us crazy, but I figured we couldn't get any wetter!

After Splash Mountain, though, it became apparent that the rain was not going to let up. Our K-Mart ponchos were ripped, and the rest of our party had no ponchos and were soaked. So we decided to head back to the Wilderness Lodge to change, and then head to Downtown Disney.

We had a very late lunch at Earl of Sandwich, which was pretty crowded. I guess a lot of people had the same idea as us! I had the "Best BLT," which lived up to its name - it was amazing! I'm not sure if it was the seasoned mayo, the bread, or a combination of both, but it was sooooo good! :cloud9:

Mom had the Tuna Melt, and instead of dessert, they allowed her to get potato salad instead. She loved the sandwich, but thought the potato salad was just OK. For dessert, I ordered some sort of brownie whoopie pie concoction. I was stuffed from the sandwich so I decided to save it for breakfast the next morning. It was entirely too sweet, which is saying something coming from the person who had that cinnamon-nut sticky bun for breakfast! I only ate half of it and then threw the rest out. It tasted good, but was way too rich.

That night, we had reservations for the 9:30 show at Hoop-Dee-Doo. We had seats right up front next to the stage. We were so close that I could see Six Bit's fillings! :lmao: Since Mom is allergic to strawberries, she couldn't have the strawberry shortcake, so we asked our server if there was a substitute she could have. The next thing we knew, the chef was at our table, going over the menu with Mom, who had also let slip that she was diabetic. This really impressed us! He was very kind and understanding. Turns out Mom could eat everything except the strawberry shortcake.

And boy, did she - and the rest of us - eat everything!!

For those of you who have never been to Hoop-Dee-Doo, they have ribs, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, baked beans (all slammed onto your table in buckets) and cornbread. Also, a big plus (for me anyway) is that beer and wine are included with the meal at no extra charge! :woohoo: I jumped on the sangria right away, yessirree!

As for the actual meal, I really enjoyed it. The cornbread was some of the best I've ever had, hands down. I had three pieces and had to stop or else that's all I would have eaten! I also really enjoyed the ribs, even though they were a little dry. It's hard to explain, but they were both dry and tender at the same time, and the sauce was delicious. The fried chicken was awesome as well.

I also liked the potatoes, but the baked beans weren't for me. They tasted fine, but I'm really not a fan of baked beans in general. I only had a small bite of them to try and then went back to the meat.

After a corny - but still hilarious - show, we were served some amazing strawberry shortcake. I was left with a huge portion, because they give you pieces to share, and Mom couldn't eat her half. It was a valiant effort on my part, but alas, I couldn't finish it all :( Believe me, I tried! Mom had some sugar-free ice cream, which she said was good, but nothing special. She was just happy that she got some dessert at all :)

All in all, the six of us loved the meal and the show. I definite must-do IMHO.

And so ends Day 2. When we head into Day 3, there will be... wait for it... yes, pictures! Finally! ;)

04-08-2010, 07:51 PM
I think we're the only ones to have never been to Earl of Sandwich! We must do something about that. Enjoying your reviews!:goodvibes

04-08-2010, 08:59 PM
I think we're the only ones to have never been to Earl of Sandwich! We must do something about that. Enjoying your reviews!:goodvibes

We never have either!

Also enjoying your review and can't wait for the pics!

04-09-2010, 07:30 PM
signing on..interested in cape may dinnerpopcorn::

04-10-2010, 08:17 PM
Day 3 - Monday, March 22, 2010 - Backlot Express and Mama Melrose's

Day 3 started out beautifully. Mr. Sun was back - finally! - and the temperature was perfect. I was SO ready for DHS! This visit included my first-ever ride on Tower of Terror - and a few more rides on it after that!

For lunch that day, my mother, aunt and I ate at Backlot Express. I ordered the Double Cheeseburger with fries, which does not mention bacon, but I swear bacon was on it. Whatever. The important thing is this: It was as big as my head. Seriously. I couldn't finish it. It was alright as far as burgers go. Nothing special, but tasty nonetheless. The fries were good as well, nice and crisp. For dessert I had the Marble Cheesecake. This was surprisingly good. I managed to find room to finish it - and then wondered if I'd regret it after riding Tower of Terror, as I had yet to take my inaugural ride.

Don't worry, the cheesecake stayed where it belonged, in my stomach :thumbsup2

Mom had a hot dog with fries and carrot sticks to replace her dessert. Again, nothing special. She said the bun was a little stale and her fries were too greasy. Apparently she wasn't impressed.

My aunt had a chicken Caesar salad. I think. That's what it looked like, although for all of the menus I've seen for Backlot Express, that's not listed, and it didn't look like the Southwest Salad with Chicken. My memory is terrible. Whatever it was, she ate most of it, and then devoured the cheesecake. The salad was also as big as my head.

After we ate, my mother turned to me and said,"Hey, weren't you going to take pictures of our food for some sort of review?" Oh yeah... :rolleyes1:

That night, we ate at Mama Melrose's with the whole family. I've seen some not-so-positive reviews of this place, so I was a little nervous. Well, I'm happy to say that for the most part, it was delicious!

First off, the rolls:


These were AMAZING. Nice and warm. I ate 2 of them, and would have eaten more, but I had to be a good example for my cousin, who was told she couldn't have more or she'd spoil her supper. She wasn't thrilled. Kid, I feel your pain. I wish I could have made a meal out of those rolls.

And now the entrees:

My uncle and I each ordered the Spaghetti Fra Diavolo, with clams, calamari, mussels and shrimp, tossed in a spicy Marinara sauce:


What made this dish for me was the sauce. It was a little thin, but the flavor was intense. Nice and spicy! In fact, my one aunt was stealing some out of my bowl for her chicken parm!

And speaking of the Oven-Baked Chicken alla Parmigiana:


Aunt #1 and my cousin ordered this. My cousin liked it OK, and my aunt thought it was pretty good. I think she liked my sauce better though!

Aunt #2 ordered the Shrimp Pipette, shrimp tossed with Pipette pasta with artichokes, peas, roasted red peppers in a basil and four cheese cream sauce:


She enjoyed it. She couldn't finish it, it was a pretty big portion.

Lastly, Mom ordered the Charred Sirloin Steak - with gorgonzola butter on roasted red pepper polenta, grilled asparagus and red wine reduction:


She ordered it well-done, but they served it medium. Now I would've said something, but Mom doesn't like to stir the pot, as it were. That said, apparently she enjoyed it anyway, because she ate the whole thing! She said "it was nice and tender, although a little spicy, but it had a nice flavor. A little too juicy though." These are her exact words, as she's looking over my shoulder as I type this ;)

And now for my favorite part of any meal, dessert!

Aunt #1 and I ordered Mama's Tiramisu:


Our server made sure that we knew that it wasn't a traditional tiramisu, but instead it was tiramisu-flavored gelato over espresso. It was topped with Ameretto Zablagione - whatever that is :confused3 - and a lady finger. I figured, hey, gelato is like ice cream - I like ice cream. If it tastes like tiramisu, all the better.

I am sad to say that I was not impressed.

The gelato was one big melted mess, since it was served over freshly brewed espresso. Some may like to drink their dessert, but not me. My lady finger was also stale. The only saving grace was the espresso. A big thumbs down :(

My uncle and Aunt #2 ordered the Chocolate Cannoli Cake, which is cake with a cannoli filling and Nutella (!!) served with a Chianti red wine sauce and garnished with a hazlenut florentine. Fancy.


They had no complaints. As it had chocolate AND Nutella, I'm wishing I ordered this. Ah well, live and learn.

My cousin ordered the gelato, but I didn't get a picture. Hey, she's 11 and it's ice cream. She was happy!

Lastly, Mom ordered the Crema Limone, which is no-sugar-added lemon custard over berries. We asked what berries were included? No strawberries for her! I'm not sure if strawberries are usually included, but hers came back with raspberries:


She really enjoyed it! She loved that there was no aftertaste, which is common with sugarless desserts. They explained that they don't use artificial sweeteners, which is great! And holy moley, look at the size of those raspberries!

All in all, we were happy with Mama Melrose's. If I ever get to eat there again, I'll know not to order the "tiramisu." Other than that, I was stuffed and happy!

04-11-2010, 05:29 AM
Great reviews, we were there at the same time !!

04-11-2010, 11:19 AM
WOW the portions are so small- I would still be hungry.I am glad I saw this so now I won't book it.

We are not big people but very big eaters.


04-11-2010, 03:12 PM
Wow! We have not been to Mama Melrose in about a year and those desserts are all new to me!
Thanks for the reviews, can't wait to eat there again in August! :goodvibes

04-11-2010, 03:33 PM
Glad you liked Mama's, one of our fave's! :goodvibes

04-14-2010, 08:56 PM
Day 4 - Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - Tangierine Cafe, Margarita Stand and Rose & Crown

Day 4 was one I was really looking forward to - I love Epcot - especially the World Showcase - and the Flower and Garden Festival had recently started. It was a beautiful day and Florida was finally getting some hot weather!

For breakfast, I grabbed a cheese danish from Roaring Fork. Sorry, no pic, but it wasn't anything special. It was tasty and quick, just what I needed.

For lunch, Aunt #1, Uncle and I headed for Tangierine Cafe in Morocco. This was one of the places I was most looking forward to eating at. I'd heard lots of great things about it, and everything looked delicious!

My uncle and I got the Chicken & Lamb Combo Shawarma Platter, and my aunt got the Lamb Combo Schwarma Platter. Along with the meat, you also get hummus, tabouleh, a couscous salad and Moroccan bread.


For dessert, there are no choices. You get the baklava:


Hands down, Tangierine Cafe was the best counter service meal I had. The lamb and chicken were so tender and the flavor was amazing. The hummus and couscous salad were also very good. Now, I had no idea what tabouleh was, so I don't know why I was surprised to see so much parsley :laughing: But it was very light and refreshing (duh, it was loaded with parsley! :rotfl:). I should say here that the portions are HUGE, so I was really slowing down by the time I got to the tabouleh. I couldn't finish that or the bread (which was OK but didn't set my world on fire). I did, however, manage to throw myself on the grenade, so to speak, to finish the baklava. In the name of a good review, I had to! It was baklava, what can I say? It was awesome!

I should point out here that the restaurant was packed, so we ended up eating outside on the edge of something - I think it was a fountain. There wasn't an available table to be had. So if you plan to eat here, try to go at an off time.

Later in the afternoon, Aunt #1 and I saw lots of people with Margaritas from Mexico, so we decided we needed to join in! I got the Fiesta Margarita:


It's mango, strawberry and lime. This drink hit the spot like nothing else could! I drank it a little too fast at first and got brain freeze :laughing: There wasn't a lot of alcohol in it, but it was still quite tasty!

That night, we ate at Rose & Crown. The place was really bustling. We were seated at the very end of the terrace, so getting inside to use the facilities was... interesting. We had to dodge people left and right, and make our way through the pub. One bright side to this was that we got to hear The Hat Lady! I'd love to go back just to hear more of her act.

Anyway, back to the food!

First, we were served some rolls:


They were OK, but not as impressive as Mama Melrose's were.

The majority of us got the Surf and Turf, which includes grilled steak, fried fish, Yorkshire pudding, Irish potato gratin, veggies and shallot gravy:


Let's start with the good. The steak was decent, and the fish was fantastic. Sure, you can get fried fish anywhere, but this was the best I've had in a long time. Nice and crisp, not greasy at all. The potatoes were very good as well. The veggies were pretty decent, nice and tender. I wasn't too excited about them, as there were carrots involved. For some reason, I have a texture issue with cooked carrots, so I only had a couple bites, for review purposes ;)

Now for the bad. I had never had Yorkshire pudding before, so I'm not sure how it's supposed to taste. But it was very bland and a little tough. I didn't finish it; I just couldn't eat more than a couple bites. I really didn't like it.

My uncle had a new dish, so new that it's not on the online menu yet. It was a Fisherman's Stew:


He didn't give me much of a review, and I have no idea what's in it. Pretty much all I got was that it had seafood and meat, and it was yummy enough for him to clean the bowl :)

My cousin had the Grilled Pork Loin:


She really liked it! She finished the whole thing. It looked really good - I was kind of wishing I ordered it!

For dessert, most of us ordered the Sticky Toffee Pudding:


The above picture may look awesome, but when I went to take a bite of the pudding, I was disappointed to discover that it was hard as a rock. I couldn't get my fork into it at all! I was about to say something, but Aunt #2 (who had her pudding wrapped to go) gave me hers. I didn't want to take it, but she insisted. Looking back, I still should have said something, but I didn't.

So anyway, Sticky Toffee Pudding Take Two was what I expected it to be: sweet and warm and OMGAMAZING :love:Words can not describe how much I loved this dessert!

My cousin ordered some ice cream from the kid's menu:


Again, she's 11, it was ice cream, it was eaten in a flash. No complaints from her!

About halfway through our meal, we started to wonder if we would be allowed to stay put until IllumiNations. Since the place was really hopping, service was a bit slow, so we finished our meal around 8:15ish (we were seated at 7:10). We were told that yes, we could stick around, so my uncle, Aunt #1 and I each ordered a Bass Ale in a souvenir glass. What we got was Bass Ale in regular glasses. As we weren't charged for the souvenir glasses, we kept our mouths shut and just drank the beer. Notice a pattern here?

All in all, I liked Rose & Crown, but there is room for improvement. If you can get lucky and are seated on the Terrace, you're in for an awesome view of IllumiNations, which helped to make our meal worthwhile.

Up next: Ribs, Bad Service and The Best Thing I Ate at WDW.

04-14-2010, 09:12 PM
The surf and turf looks so good!

04-18-2010, 01:35 PM
Great reviews!!!!!! Can't wait to read more!!!!!

04-21-2010, 09:04 PM
Day 5 - Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - Flame Tree Barbecue and Cape May Cafe

Ah, Animal Kingdom. When I first visited Disney in 1998, AK had just opened and it was nowhere near complete. Now, 12 years later (almost to the day - I believe the anniversary is tomorrow)... what a difference!! Let me say up front: this park kicked my butt. And my butt was wet for a majority of the day from Kali River Rapids. There's nothing worse than walking around with wet underwear - yes, I was that soaked. There isn't a smiley appropriate enough for how awful I felt!

But on to happier topics - FOOD! :D

For breakfast, it was Roaring Fork, as per usual. I changed it up and paid OOP for a Croissant Sandwich with bacon egg and cheese. Nothing special, but it was fresh and tasty. A nice change from the sugar-loaded pastries I'd been eating!

For lunch, we ate at Flame Tree Barbecue, which you can smell from a mile away. At this point in the day, I was still dry, but I was a little sore from riding Dinosaur! But I forgot my pain when I smelled the food. The aroma is to die for! :worship:

My uncle and cousin went to find seats while the rest of us ordered. After we decided what we wanted, I was dispatched to find the other 2 members of our party. Uhm... I didn't realize just HOW MUCH SEATING there is! I got lost! It took me about 10 minutes to find them. It would have taken longer, but a kindly custodian helped me out :goodvibes

We were split evenly on what we ordered. Half of us got the 1/2 Slab of St. Louis Ribs and the other half got a pork sandwich. I got the ribs:


They were served with cole slaw and baked beans. I also opted for the key lime pie dessert.

The ribs were very good - smoky, tangy and tender. The cole slaw was fresh and crisp. The baked beans were... not good. Again, I'm not a baked beans person, but Mom is, and even she didn't like them. The key lime dessert was decent for fast food.

Mom got the pork sandwich (which you can see to the right in the photo), and she enjoyed it. She's not much of a pork BBQ fan, so I was surprised that she ordered it. She said it was very tender and the flavor was great. Now, she DIDN'T like the cole slaw, which I thought was fantastic. YMMV.

One last thing: if you don't want various feathered friends invading your personal space, eat elsewhere!

For dinner, we ate at Cape May Cafe, which can be found at the Beach Club resort. At this point, I was still wet and I was bordering on miserable. Luckily, I had some awesome food to cheer me up!

I loved the atmosphere of Cape May Cafe. It's open and airy, and the tables are covered with blank paper and crayons are provided. Kids weren't the only ones drawing - all 5 adults at my table were doodling away!

There's obviously a ton of seafood available, but for non-seafood eaters, there are some good options. But let's face it - the main draw here is the fact that it's All-You-Can-Eat seafood.

My first plate:


Clockwise, from the left: Ribs (I, uh... ate a lot of ribs on this vacation), prime rib, mashed potatoes, pork, the "Pasta du Jour" and what I think is beef and mushrooms. It's been 4 weeks, and my memory is poor!

(And yes, there is seafood coming, I promise).

Everything I ate was delicious. The beef was AMAZING, so tender and juicy. The potatoes were wonderful (and real - I am a firm believer in REAL mashed potatoes! :laughing:).

Plate # 2 has the really good stuff, though:


Clockwise from far left: fried shrimp, tortellini in a lobster sauce, crab legs, mussels and corn bread.

Now, I love crab, but I hate eating crab legs, because in my mind, it's just not worth the trouble. I figured that I should really get some because, well - it's a seafood place! So I womaned up and spent 15 minutes trying to get the meat out. I'm not very coordinated :rotfl: There wasn't a lot of meat, but what I got was very good.

The shrimp was some of the best fried shrimp I've ever had. The breading was really crisp, and the shrimp itself was so tender. And the flavor was intense! Soooo good! But it was overshadowed by the tortellini in lobster sauce.

It was the best thing I ate in WDW. Hands down.

The pasta itself was cooked to perfection, and the sauce was just... words escape me. Seriously, I'm nearly speechless as to how awesome this was. And there were rather sizeable chunks of lobster in the sauce - usually when a place has a "lobster" sauce (or crab, clam, whatever), the pieces are so small you need a magnifying glass to identify them. That was definitely not a problem here!

What else did I have? Oh yeah, cornbread and mussels. Sure they were excellent, but completely overshadowed by the shrimp and tortellini :love::love::love:

I didn't bother taking a picture of my third plate because it was just shrimp and more of that wonderful tortellini!

By this time, I was stuffed, but there was dessert to be had:


Clockwise from the left: raspberry cheesecake, Oreo cookie torte, some sort of raspberry custard-y thing, the requisite cupcake with Mickey sprinkles, and a key lime pastry.

They were all amazingly spectacular.

And just when you think I couldn't possibly eat any more:


Lava cake. It was warm, ooey-gooey, and it's now my new BFF. After the lobster tortellini, that is ;)

My uncle was also served a special Retirement dessert, which I don't have a picture of - because by the time I got back to the table with my lava cake, he had eaten half of it!

So, as you can see, I loved Cape May Cafe. But there was one bad thing: the service. Our server was a nice guy and all, but either he was completely ignoring us or he just didn't care :confused3 Empty plates piled up on our table. My uncle put his on an empty table, and THOSE were picked up, but the server didn't get the hint. He actually looked right at the dirty plates on our table and turned and walked away! He did refill my uncle's iced tea, but didn't take notice to the fact that the rest of us had empty glasses as well. He left before we could say anything. He improved marginally around dessert, but this was the worst service we had on our trip.

But please don't take this as a reason not to try out Cape May Cafe. One bad server couldn't dim my mood. I left here stuffed and content - and hey, my underwear was finally dry!

Next up, for the three people reading this :laughing: : My pals Eeyore and Pooh Bear, a Great Disappointment, and more ribs!

04-21-2010, 09:22 PM
thanks for the cape may review, giving it a try in 5 days

04-21-2010, 09:24 PM
thanks for the cape may review, giving it a try in 5 days

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

04-21-2010, 09:52 PM
Loving your report and the pics! Can't wait for more....

04-21-2010, 10:09 PM
Great report so far...too bad about the wet underwear...Im one of the losers who wears a poncho onto Kali River Rapids teehee

04-21-2010, 10:18 PM
Great report so far...too bad about the wet underwear...Im one of the losers who wears a poncho onto Kali River Rapids teehee

I actually had a poncho but ended up wrapping it around my feet! I figured I'd rather be "a little wet" then deal with soaked feet the rest of the day. Boy did I learn my lesson :lmao: And I passed "a little wet" by at least a mile. If there's ever a next time, I WILL wear a poncho!

05-02-2010, 03:59 PM
Day 6 - Thursday, March 25, 2010 - Crystal Palace, Aloha Isle and Fairfax Fare

Day 6 was a split day - Morning to early afternoon was MK, back to the WL for a dip in the pool, then DHS for Fantasmic! and one last ride on Tower of Terror.

As I am a HUGE Eeyore fan, I was thrilled that my aunt booked Crystal Palace. On my last visit to WDW 12 years ago, we ate there twice - we booked the 2nd visit while still in WDW because we loved the breakfast lasagna so much! Between Eeyore and the breakfast lasagna, I was stoked.

So equipped with an Eeyore tee shirt and an empty stomach, I stepped up to the buffet....

Only to find out that they no longer make the breakfast lasagna! NOOOOO!!!

I was told that they stopped making it a few months back. Whether this is permanent or not, I'm not sure. But this was indeed a Great Disappointment! Now, I'm amazed they made it for so long at all, and part of me expected this to happen (a lot can happen in 12 years!), but I was still bummed!

Anyway, on to the pics!


Clockwise from the top left: chocolate Mickey waffle, a peach cobbler/crisp type thing, pastrami roasted salmon (which is served cold), and bacon, which is hiding under the hash brown stuff.

The Mickey waffle was awesome, and I really liked the peach concoction. It's probably the breakfast lasagna replacement! :laughing: The salmon was also really, really good!! The bacon was just your average buffet bacon, not crisp, not soggy, just... bacon. And the hash brown stuff? It was OK, but not great.


Plate 2, from the top: Another Mickey waffle, puffed french toast, breakfast pizza, what I think was egg fritata, and chipped beef.

I was a bit underwhelmed here. The waffle was the highlight, followed by the fritata. The chipped beef was nothing special, but it was good enough for me to finish it. I really wanted to like the puffed French toast, but it was overcooked and just... not good. And the breakfast pizza? It was really and truly disgusting. I took one bite and just left it.

I was so in awe with Eeyore that I totally missed that they make omelets and pancakes to order! If I had known that, I would have taken advantage of it. If I ever get to go back to CP, I'll have to do that. I really felt that this trip was hit and miss - some stuff was amazing, and some was... decidedly not so.

The orange juice was amazing though! :love:

Before I left for this trip, I knew that I HAD to try a Dole Float. I've seen it mentioned so much on this board, I knew I had to see if it lived up to the hype. Today was my last shot at getting one. It took Mom and I awhile to find Aloha Isle (we're not directionally inclined), and we had to ask a few vendors where it was. We finally found it:


I had the orange ice cream, Mom had the pineapple (don't worry, her blood sugar stayed at normal range!). My aunt stumbled upon us about 20 minutes later, and she had a pineapple one too. OMG guys, I think I'm in love!!! :love::goodvibes:love: This was my favorite snack at WDW, and definitely in my top 5 food items total!

That evening, we headed to DHS. We decided to try Fairfax Fare because of its close proximity to Fantasmic! Yeah, big mistake there - it was insanely crowded, and it took us 30 minutes to find seats! My aunts went to order while my uncle and I fought the hoards for a place to sit.

However, the food was excellent. In a park full of mediocre counter service options, this was a great surprise. I had the ribs and beef brisket. Yes, this is the fourth time I ate ribs on vacation :laughing: It came with baked beans (which I knew I wouldn't eat, but I forgot to tell my aunts this, so I was stuck) and some fairly decent cole slaw.

Now, I don't have pictures of this meal, because my mother (who ate a hamburger at Roaring Fork before we left) volunteered to save six seats for Fantasmic! As she's not the most... assertive person in the world, I was afraid she'd get run over. So I raced through my meal, forgot to take pictures, and then hotfooted it over to Fantasmic!, dodging people left and right.

Here's what I was met with:



And the site of my mother (who was luckily wearing a neon green tee shirt for maximum visibility) politely but firmly telling people,"Sorry, these seats are saved!" Primo seats, too! I was never so proud of her :worship:

So long story short - Fairfax Fare was delicious and Fantasmic! was amazing ;)

Up next: Le Cellier: Best steak in WDW or way overhyped? The battle rages on!

05-02-2010, 04:47 PM
I will have to try a Dole Whip with the orange ice cream! I had to try it as well on my last trip but was kinda overpowered with the pinapple, but the orange looks yummy! :goodvibes

05-02-2010, 04:58 PM
I knew if I got the pineapple ice cream it would just be too much! The orange really broke it up well :)

05-02-2010, 06:04 PM
I'm a rib lover too... and there's lots of places to get them in WDW! I've had them as much as 4 times in 48 hours while on vacation there! :woohoo:

My favorite CS ribs though are served in the POFQ food court at dinner time! :lovestruc I wish the ones at theme park CS's were as good!

I'll be trying those Cape May ribs in just a few weeks - is it bad that I'm looking forward to trying those ribs more than some of that seafood? :upsidedow

As far as the Dole Whip floats go for me, I agree that the pineapple dole whip isn't good, orange is better, but I most prefer the vanilla. I normally like orange-pineapple flavor, but I felt the orange was just a bit too "fake" orange flavored... I really suggest trying vanilla in the pineapple juice. :thumbsup2

05-15-2010, 05:26 PM
I'm the uncle referred to here. The food at Mama Melrose was very good, but a little skimpy on the portions. I think "Tony's" in Magic Kingdom is a better stop for Italian food.

05-15-2010, 05:31 PM
They hype the Cape May Cafe as an authentic New England seafood buffet. Somebody needs to tell them that Cape May, NEW JERSEY is nowhere near New England! That said the food was good, but about what you'd get at any seafood buffet anywhere. The service was simply awful!

05-15-2010, 05:39 PM
I'd have to agree that the food at the Tangierine Cafe was top notch. My wife & daughter ate at the cafetaria near "Soarin" and they loved the food, my daughter having a pork chop that was gigantic, with great mashed potatoes.
Later I had bratwurst and a huge pretzel in Germany. Also very good.

My meal at the Rose & Crown was very good, but again a little skimpy. I should have ordered the "Bangers & Mash". My carnivore daughter enjoyed her pork chop at Rose & Crown.

The steak at Le Celliere (The Cellar) was out of this world. Their breadsticks are worth the stop, and we had our best service of the trip. But I don't want to take the thunder from my niece so she 'll give her full review.

05-16-2010, 11:47 PM
I'd have to agree that the food at the Tangierine Cafe was top notch. My wife & daughter ate at the cafetaria near "Soarin" and they loved the food, my daughter having a pork chop that was gigantic, with great mashed potatoes.
Later I had bratwurst and a huge pretzel in Germany. Also very good.

My meal at the Rose & Crown was very good, but again a little skimpy. I should have ordered the "Bangers & Mash". My carnivore daughter enjoyed her pork chop at Rose & Crown.

The steak at Le Celliere (The Cellar) was out of this world. Their breadsticks are worth the stop, and we had our best service of the trip. But I don't want to take the thunder from my niece so she 'll give her full review.

Thanks for chiming in , enjoyed the dual report.

05-17-2010, 10:25 PM
Day 7 - Friday, March 26, 2010 - Part 1 - Kringla Bakeri og Cafe, Kaki Gori and a British candy bar

Our last day :( While I was excited to be spending it at Epcot, I just didn't want this day to come! This day also brought a slight problem: while turning on my camera to take a picture of a Lion King topiary, my camera's screen displayed the Lines of Death. It was kaput. We rushed over to the Kodak center and an employee told me that the screen was not fixable. However, I was lucky because my camera "was so old it still had a viewfinder." :rotfl: Alas, I've been spoiled for so long with a digital camera, I've forgotten how tiny the viewfinder is. So some of my pics came out... not well. And for some of the snacks, I didn't even bother, and saved the effort the the important stuff - namely Le Cellier.

I'll start with a brief rundown of the snacks I got on Day 7. I had been hoarding my snack credits for this day! First off was a Mint Aero bar from the UK. While I don't have a pic, I did find one on Wikipedia:


Thank you, Wikipedia. You're my BFF.

Ever since a British friend of mine described this, I knew I had to try one. An Aero bar is hard to explain, but it's chocolate filled with bubbles of air. And this one had a mint filling, of course. It was very rich and a little melty (it was pretty warm that day). I liked it, but boy was it sweet!

At Kringla, I had a bunch of things wrapped up: some School Bread (which I had for breakfast the next morning before we hopped our plane), a sweet pretzel with almonds, and two cloudberry horns. I had the horns and the pretzel after we were back home - it was a little piece of Disney after the fact. I loved the pretzel - there were SO many almonds on it, they were falling off with each bite. The horns were also very good but very rich!

I did consume one item from Kringla that day - a Baileys Coffee, which I asked the adorable lad behind the counter to add ice to. Now I was tempted to ask the very nice people behind the counter why a Norse bakery serves Bailey's, but I figured that was a mystery best left unsolved. I'll always wonder, though... :confused3

My favorite snack was a shaved ice from Kaki Gori:


I got the rainbow version, which consists of strawberry, honeydew melon, and tangerine. They also serve Cherry, which is not listed on the menu. Mom ordered that flavor, took one bite, and handed it off to me. Both were awesome! Now, the Japan pavilion is one of my favorite spots in all of WDW, and Kaki Gori has my favorite snack in Epcot. It was just liked I remembered from 12 years prior. I was very happy to eat my shaved ice (which is delicious!!) by the side of the pagoda, listening to the drummers. If it's not something you've experienced, I hope you get a chance to. The drummers are so talented, and they're amazing to watch!

05-17-2010, 11:16 PM
Day 7 - Friday, March 26, 2010 - Part 2 - Sunshine Seasons and Le Cellier

Breakfast was another croissant sandwich at Roaring Fork. I liked it so much last time, I decided to get another one! This was paid for OOP.

After our 2nd ride on Soarin', the motherly unit and I decided to eat lunch at Sunshine Seasons, which Mom had been eying up since Day 4. I had the Spicy Thai Chicken with white rice and garlic Udon noodles. For dessert, I had the Snickers cheesecake.


This was all delicious! The chicken was prepared perfectly, the noodles were flavorful but not TOO garlicky, and the rice was nice and fluffy. I should note that I don't add anything to my rice, so it was totally plain. The Snickers cheesecake was very good as well. It was also a fairly big slice.

Mom had a Turkey and Monterey Jack Cheese on Foccacia with a side order of banana.


She loved this, and proclaimed Sunshine Seasons the best counter service she had on the trip. I call it a close second behind Tangeriene Cafe (which Mom didn't eat at). For our entire trip we both had been getting bottled water at the CS locations, but deviated today and got unsweetened iced tea. It was then that a kindly custodian (there are lots of those in supply at Disney) told us that we should get refills. We had no idea we could do that, which was one reason we kept getting bottled water :lmao: Well, that and for easy portability. But seriously, we had no clue!

I also pointed out to Mom, who also works in janitorial services, that she should aspire to be as helpful and kindly as the janitorial staff at WDW. She gave me a dirty look. Some people just can't take helpful advice! :rotfl2: (In all seriousness, Mom is the nicest person I know, and several people who see her in the mall where she works have pointed out to me that she's beyond friendly. I love you, Mom! Thanks for putting up with me! :love:)

And now, what I'm sure you all have been waiting for....


Before I get into the review, I should point out that there was a mild snafu. My aunt had ordered a cake from the bakery at the Boardwalk Inn to surprise my uncle for his retirement. She had checked with the staff at Le Cellier ahead of time, and they said that she could drop the cake off with them, and they would bring it out at dessert. But when she brought the cake, she was told that no, they could not do that. So my uncle didn't get a surprise, but he did get some delicious cake ;)

We arrived early for our ADR but weren't seated for about half an hour after the fact. The place was certainly busy! After we were seated, we were served.... The Bread Sticks.


We were told that each type represents a part of Canada. Now for the life of me, I can't remember any of that, but I do remember LOVING that bread :cloud9: There was a multigrain, sourdough, and of course, the famous pretzel bread:


Best bread we were served, hands down. As soon as I took a bite, Mama Melrose's rolls and HDDR's cornbread were distant memories. Le Cellier breadsticks, I want to spend the rest of my life with you. :lovestruc:love::lovestruc

I had also read on the board that the non-alcoholic drinks are included on the DDP. Our server made sure that we were aware of this. I ordered a Niagara Refresher, which is a mango smoothie with a splash of cranberry.


It was very good. The cranberry was noticeable, but not overpowering - a great compliment to the mango.

For our entrees, most of us ordered the Le Cellier Mushroom Filet Mignon, which is served with wild mushroom risotto, white truffle and herb butter sauce.


Now I had read on this board that to some people, this tasted like liver. I was a little apprehensive as I took my first bite. I'm happy to report that it was delicious! Prepared just as I ordered. This was also the first time I tried risotto, and I really enjoyed it. My only complaint is that the serving was a little small.

I'd like to point out here that the servings were small at a lot of the TS restaurants. In fact, we got much larger portions at most of the CS locations.

My uncle got the New York Strip Steak, topped with bercy butter and served with Gruyere Yukon Gold Potato Gratin:


As you can see from his post, he loved it!! In fact, we were all very pleased with our steaks.

And now for the desserts! This was the only restaurant where almost all of us ordered something different.

Aunt #1 and I had the Maple Creme Brulee:


We both loved this! It's very sweet, but not rich sweet. It was simply perfect. My favorite dessert of the trip.

Mom had the seasonal sorbet:


It was raspberry, and had what looks like spun sugar on top. It came with some chocolate. Mom enjoyed it, but it was a little too sweet for her. I'm assuming this was the "diabetic" option on the menu.

Aunt #2 had the Chocolate Moose, wrapped to go:


I never did get her opinion on this, so maybe my uncle can hop in, hint hint ;) I was tempted to order this, because it's just so cute.

My cousin ordered the S'more:


Now I'm assuming she liked this, but she also ate half of my uncle's dessert. We think it's the cheescake with raspberry compote, but we can't remember! So if this looks familiar to anyone, please chime in:


Both he and my cousin liked it, whatever it was!

So, as you can see, we loved Le Cellier. Our server was the best we had on the trip, and the food was top notch. It seems that Le Cellier is a place you either love or hate. I've read reviews on both sides of the spectrum... luckily our experience was a positive one.

And so ends my first dining review. It's been a blast! I hope that my posts were helpful and maybe even enjoyable... and I hope that I get the opportunity to do this again someday!

05-17-2010, 11:24 PM
Very enjoyable!! :goodvibes

I will think of you in September when i get my dole whip with orange ice cream ;)

05-17-2010, 11:35 PM
Very enjoyable!! :goodvibes

I will think of you in September when i get my dole whip with orange ice cream ;)

I always love to leave a lasting impression! :thumbsup2

Seriously, though, glad you enjoyed the reviews, and I hope you love the orange Dole whip as much as I did! :goodvibes