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MickeysMagicalMiles
04-22-2010, 07:18 AM
I loved my time at Nine Dragons, and it is my favourite restaurant in 'the world'. But it hasn't been reviewed or talked about much, and I think the place is a hidden gem. Do you know of any other hidden treasures on property? Please post as I am always prepared to try the new!

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::w oohoo::woohoo:

Circus181920
04-22-2010, 07:23 AM
My family and I always love going to Sleepy Hollow in MK. I know that several places sell the homemade chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwhiches, but they just seem to make them "the best" here!

Uno Mas
04-22-2010, 08:11 AM
I love Nine Dragons too - we have always been able to walk right up there and get a table regardless of what time of day or year it is. It's always our "fall back" if we can't get in somewhere else because we don't do ADRs. And the new menu is great.

jdisnut
04-22-2010, 08:19 AM
Sometimes I feel like the lone defender of Kouzzina, but I'm proud of it! This place has been ravaged on the boards with posters citing inattentive service and an overly exotic menu.

My family loves Greek and Mediterranean cuisine and adored the food, nor have we ever experienced a bad server there. Not sure why we have been so lucky, but I'm not complaining.

I also enjoy Yak & Yeti in the Animal Kingdom. It's never too crowded, and the restaurant offers well-prepared food in a lovely setting. I like sitting upstairs and watching the world go by in the park below.

RMulieri
04-22-2010, 08:25 AM
We love Marrakesh

goofy4prez
04-22-2010, 08:25 AM
Last January we booked an ADR at Captains Grille in YC as an afterthought. We just wanted to hit DTD our first day and relax back at the resort, go to SAB and eat on the property. We were not expecting much but left loving the place. I even enjoyed the steak here much more than a very well known (and hyped) restaurant in one of the pavillions at Epcot. :goodvibes

CandyMandy
04-22-2010, 08:29 AM
Goofy, you read my mind - while you were posting I was writing the below about the Captain's Grille at the Yacht Club (years ago was called the "Yacht Club Galley.")

This is a wonderful respite for people looking for decent and reasonable table service in the hectic Yacht/Beach environment, where every other dining spot is over-subscribed due to the resort complex being "overbuilt" (facilities were designed to handle two hotels, not them AND a subsequently added DVC resort).

The Grille is overlooked by everyone staying at Beach and a large percentage of those staying at Yacht (which has a heavy conference clientele who generally are eating at catered sessions), so while ADRS are available walk-ups are surprisingly easy here. Menu is not exotic but everything is solid, breakfast offers an abundant buffet and lunch/dinners are a nice mix of (keeping with the New England theme) seafood as well "turf" offerings. Some of this stuff is very well done; the lobster roll available at lunch is actually comparable to what you'd find up in Maine!

http://www.roadfood.com/photos/5880.jpg

boyob13
04-22-2010, 08:29 AM
The Anchors Aweigh sandwich at Columbia Harbour House is the best tuna sandwich ever :upsidedow . I also love how you can get yogurt as a dessert on the DDP rather than the other cakes.

stoudt6
04-22-2010, 08:37 AM
The Anchors Aweigh sandwich at Columbia Harbour House is the best tuna sandwich ever :upsidedow . I also love how you can get yogurt as a dessert on the DDP rather than the other cakes.


Agree with Columbia Harbor House being a a hidden gem. Also feel Bongo's doesn't get the attention it deserves.Maybe because its on the West Side. Would also say Grand Floridian Cafe is right up there with being nice ,but not talked about much. Nice change of pace and Break from MK for a lunch.

DeborahA
04-22-2010, 08:40 AM
I agree with most of the pp on spots--but the one that surprised us the most has been Grand Floridian Cafe. We took a adr as a spur of the moment change of plans. It turned out to have been a delicious supper--steak, and the atmosphere was so nice--beautiful.

FireDancer
04-22-2010, 08:50 AM
Mine isn't so much a hidden gem but I don't see it get a lot of mentions here: The Wave in the contemporary resort.

It is my second favorite place on property after Boma. For anyone who is either health conscious or is wine drinker I think it is a must do.

honeydiane1953
04-22-2010, 09:00 AM
Not a secret anymore THE WAVE is divine

MSLRAC
04-22-2010, 09:07 AM
Mine isn't so much a hidden gem but I don't see it get a lot of mentions here: The Wave in the contemporary resort.

It is my second favorite place on property after Boma. For anyone who is either health conscious or is wine drinker I think it is a must do.

We liked The Wave too and I think it gets overlooked. We were there for lunch at 1 pm and were literally the one of only two groups of people in the dining room. So of coarse we got great service but aside from that, the food was fantastic!

jjatwdw
04-22-2010, 09:09 AM
Garden Grill in Epcot. Really good food and great character interaction.

Missytara
04-22-2010, 09:19 AM
This past year, I discovered the Turf Club at SSR. What a wonderful place; I ate there three times for lunch out on the deck and it was fantastic. :goodvibes

KCMiller
04-22-2010, 09:31 AM
People complain all the time about the CS places at Hollywood Studios, but I love love love Starring Rolls. I guess people forget that it's not just a bakery, it also has really huge sandwiches. There's usually not much of a line, and we go there every trip. They used to have a bagle with cream cheese and smoked salmon platter in the mornings which we loved, but I didn't see it on the last trip.

Columbia Harbour House at MK is a big fave with us, as well, although the clam chowder tasted different the last trip. But still, a solid place, and yummy tuna salad, for a cool change of pace!

And a trip to AK for me wouldn't be complete without stopping for a delicious egg roll at the stand in Aisa - they really hit the stop, and are very reasonably priced!


KC:flower3:

Cptnkirky
04-22-2010, 10:32 AM
Some more popular now then others:

Liberty Tree Tavern
Anti-Gravity in MK (ice cream sundae!!!)
Sleepy Hollow (ice cream sandwich & funnel cake)
Harbor House (tuna)
Cape May Cafe dinner (ohh how I miss you Oreo bon-bons, my fav!!!)
Captains grill (love the sandwich/soup combos)
Garden Grill
Garden Grove in Dolphin
Kaki Gori in Japan EC (flavored ice)
Trails End Restaurant
Turf Club

HunnyJar
04-22-2010, 10:39 AM
I think our picks would be Marrakesh and Garden Grill. Every meal we have had at these restaurants have been wonderful. The same goes for the service. We also love the setting for both restaurants - I can't wait to go back to both restaurants next year! :goodvibes

bluejasmine
04-22-2010, 10:59 AM
We also love Nine Dragons! Although I changed my ADR for my Sept trip b/c they took my fave General Tso entree off the menu! So we replaced it with Maya Grill who by the way has completely changed their menu. Im excited to try it and I hear they even have a guitar player that strolls thru the restaurant, how romantic, especially since its DH and anniversary trip!

Smokeyspawn
04-22-2010, 11:10 AM
Wolfgang Puck Express at DTD was the best meal I had a WDW the first time I went...its a counter service! Now its a must do every time.

crabbygal902
04-22-2010, 11:17 AM
Okay, people...

can we all agree NOT to talk about great The Wave is?? Do you want it getting as popular as a certain Epcot restaurant with cheese soup that you have to get up at the crack of dawn to book exactly 180 days before your vacation? :rotfl2:

Seriously, The Wave is AWESOME. Not exactly a hidden gem anymore, but completely fantastic.

Is Tangierine Cafe considered a hidden gem? It is my favorite CS on property and never seems busy when I'm there.

Chloesmom
04-22-2010, 11:28 AM
I would have to go with Marrakesh. We always have a great meal there with fantastic service. It was one of the few places DD insisted on this trip and I have to agree. The servers are so attentive its almost too much lol... but better too much than too little. Oh and last trip DD got to give the staff a crash source on being diabetic and wearing an insulin pump. They were all very interested when they saw her test her blood sugar. It was very humorous and DD thought it was cool they asked her questions.
I may have to try The Wave this trip.. I have heard nothing but good things about it.

Disney Bunny
04-22-2010, 11:30 AM
Okay, people...

can we all agree NOT to talk about great The Wave is?? Do you want it getting as popular as a certain Epcot restaurant with cheese soup that you have to get up at the crack of dawn to book exactly 180 days before your vacation? :rotfl2:

Seriously, The Wave is AWESOME. Not exactly a hidden gem anymore, but completely fantastic.

Is Tangierine Cafe considered a hidden gem? It is my favorite CS on property and never seems busy when I'm there.

Guess it just depends on the phase of the moon, the time of year, or maybe somebody not showing up for their ADR, but my DD and DSIL went to that certain Epcot restaurant back in October about 1pm and were seated immediately. Go figure. :confused3

Telcogirl
04-22-2010, 12:39 PM
The Anchors Aweigh sandwich at Columbia Harbour House is the best tuna sandwich ever :upsidedow .

I totally agree with you on that one!

goofy4prez
04-22-2010, 12:41 PM
Okay, people...

can we all agree NOT to talk about great The Wave is?? Do you want it getting as popular as a certain Epcot restaurant with cheese soup that you have to get up at the crack of dawn to book exactly 180 days before your vacation? :rotfl2:

Seriously, The Wave is AWESOME. Not exactly a hidden gem anymore, but completely fantastic.

Is Tangierine Cafe considered a hidden gem? It is my favorite CS on property and never seems busy when I'm there.

Here's the difference between the Wave and that certain Epcot restaurant: The Wave lives up to the hype and expectations and the place in Epcot is way over-hyped, over rated, and is only as popular as it is because it's a 1TS restaurant on the DDP (just my opinion).

And I agree with you on the Tangierine Cafe, it is also my favorite cs in all of WDW property.

BayouMickey
04-22-2010, 12:43 PM
Boatwright's at POR

katepass72
04-22-2010, 12:47 PM
Yet another vote for the Wave - have eaten there 3 times (breakfast, lunch and dinner) now and I swear it is fabulous every time. I agree with the other poster . . .let's quit talking about it; don't want the word to get out!!!

All this talk about Grand Floridian Cafe is making me want to try it on this upcoming trip:thumbsup2

AppleSister1
04-22-2010, 01:42 PM
Goofy, you read my mind - while you were posting I was writing the below about the Captain's Grille at the Yacht Club (years ago was called the "Yacht Club Galley.")

This is a wonderful respite for people looking for decent and reasonable table service in the hectic Yacht/Beach environment, where every other dining spot is over-subscribed due to the resort complex being "overbuilt" (facilities were designed to handle two hotels, not them AND a subsequently added DVC resort).

The Grille is overlooked by everyone staying at Beach and a large percentage of those staying at Yacht (which has a heavy conference clientele who generally are eating at catered sessions), so while ADRS are available walk-ups are surprisingly easy here. Menu is not exotic but everything is solid, breakfast offers an abundant buffet and lunch/dinners are a nice mix of (keeping with the New England theme) seafood as well "turf" offerings. Some of this stuff is very well done; the lobster roll available at lunch is actually comparable to what you'd find up in Maine!

http://www.roadfood.com/photos/5880.jpg

OMG, that lobster roll looks amazing!!! I've done Captain's grille for b-fast, but never lunch. I may have to try it next time!

tam626
04-22-2010, 01:52 PM
Great thread & bad news; I am gonna check out the Wave now. ;)

Handbag Lady
04-22-2010, 02:06 PM
I loved my time at Nine Dragons, and it is my favourite restaurant in 'the world'. But it hasn't been reviewed or talked about much, and I think the place is a hidden gem. Do you know of any other hidden treasures on property? Please post as I am always prepared to try the new!

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::w oohoo::woohoo:


SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, don't tell them about Nine Dragons or we won't be able to get in next time.

Move along, there is nothing to see here.... :rolleyes1

terribm
04-22-2010, 02:14 PM
We really enjoyed our dinner at Shutters @ CBR. Very good food and terrific service.

T

jwfla422
04-22-2010, 02:47 PM
...oh and let me just add that the Wave doesn't just have an amazing dinner, but have you tried it for breakfast?? It's hard to believe it's in the same resort as CM!! The Wave's breakfast is awesome and quick!! We were in and out of there in 35 minutes last time and we weren't even rushing and we had plenty of time to "enjoy" the food!:thumbsup2

I also agree with Captain's Grille. Even when it was YCG we loved going there for lunch, just wish they were opened a little later for lunch as I prefer their selections for lunch over the dinner selections.

disneychic
04-22-2010, 03:32 PM
we LOVE the Turf Club too!!!! Service and food are both fantastic!!!

ftwildernessrick
04-22-2010, 03:43 PM
I loved my time at Nine Dragons, and it is my favourite restaurant in 'the world'. But it hasn't been reviewed or talked about much, and I think the place is a hidden gem. Do you know of any other hidden treasures on property? Please post as I am always prepared to try the new!

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::w oohoo::woohoo:

Nine Dragons is one of my favorites, but I wish they would go back to the old family style dinner, where they would bring a sampling of all their entree's, then they would go back aand bring you more of what you wanted.

For lunch (dinner is good also), try Trails End at Fort Wilderness. It is a buffet & they usually have more than listed at lunch, some entree's are changed.

LUNCH
11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Guests ages 10 and over: $16.99; Child (3-9): $9.99
Soup and Salad Bar Only Available

All-You-Can-Eat Buffet includes:
Soup du Jour
Fried Chicken
Seasonable Vegetables
Chili
Mac & Cheese
Pulled Pork
Salad Bar
Sundae Bar
Assorted Desserts


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DINNER
Sunday - Thursday: 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 4:30 - 10 p.m.

Guests ages 10 and over: $20.99; Child (3-9): $11.99
Soup and Salad Bar Only Available

All-You-Can-Eat Buffet includes:
Soup of the day
Chili
Salad Bar
Peel-and-eat shrimp
Smoked Pork Ribs
Fried Chicken
Pasta
Pizza
Selection of Vegetables
Hand-Carved Roasted Meats
Fresh Catch of the day
Housemade Fruit Cobbler Non-alcoholic beverage included
Full service bar also available.


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chocovrdmicears
04-22-2010, 06:34 PM
:ssst::ssst: For me, it's The Plaza. People on the dining plan tend to avoid it because they don't want to *waste* a TS credit on a sandwich....but we LOVE it. The food is excellent (love the hot, crispy steak fries) and the desserts are crazy good. I would spend my TS credit there a millions times over before wasting another one at Tony's.

KELLY
04-22-2010, 07:10 PM
Garden Grill is my favorite place to eat in the world. And I think of the characters as a added bonus.

palavra
04-22-2010, 07:58 PM
Tangierine Cafe in Epcot has wonderful, filling food and a cute place to eat and relax. I really enjoyed the Backlot Express at DHS too. Oh, and our favorite TS by far was Biergarten.

TinkerKell-ey
04-22-2010, 10:23 PM
I couldn't get any first choice ADRs for a late planned trip in Feb. I was trying to make them online and The Garden Grove at the Swan Hotel popped up as a suggestion. They have 3 alternating buffet themes--we were there for Mediterranean night and it was fabulous!! Fun dining room with a huge oak tree in the center with twinkling lights...and Goofy and Pluto were there too. Table side salad served, then you help yourself to the buffet. Good drinks too! I thought we were settling, but found a hidden gem (the place was never more than half full???). We walked around the boardwalk for a while afterward.

2005s4
04-22-2010, 11:21 PM
bongos

Syndrome
04-23-2010, 04:09 PM
Boatwrights at POR! Best prime rib at WDW we have ever had, and for a very reasonable $$$. Better than at that the very popular epcot steak place in Canada for less than half the $$$. :rotfl2:

Also, Columbia Harbour house at MK, tip........eat upstairs for low crowds, and great views out the windows.

1 more...... the Yakitori house at Epcot, great if you want something quick, and very tasty, without the long waits like the other asian restaurants. Very reasonably priced too!

Syndrome

maxiesmom
04-23-2010, 05:45 PM
The Grand Floridian Cafe. We had dinner there before a Mnsshp last October, and the food was very good. My niece loved her salmon, and insists we go back next time we are at WDW.

The wait staff was attentive, but not obnoxiously so. :thumbsup2And the restaurant is very pretty.

FireDancer
04-23-2010, 06:16 PM
bongos

I had a really good meal the time I ate there but I would caution anyone that if they eat there while the band is playing be prepared for a very loud experience. It was hard to even communicate with the rest of our table. We didn't mind but there are others that would hate it.

Nermel9
04-23-2010, 06:21 PM
I agree with everyone who said Captain's Grille...it never gets mentioned and it is VERY good! I had dinner there last November and everything we had was great! And the CM's that work there are very nice! :thumbsup2

ecatesby
04-23-2010, 06:43 PM
Well, I'm definitely going to have to try Nine Dragons now!

We had a great CS meal/lunch in Germany - our super (irrationally) picky kids loved the "hot dogs" and pretzels; we loved the brautwurst and yummy beer! Even the apple turnover was delicious. Limited indoor seating, though. We lucked into a spot - I think someone felt sorry us!

Tinkh
04-23-2010, 07:18 PM
I one trillion percent say The Plaza at MK. Might be in our top 3 faves restaurants on property. Amazing sandwiches, REAL steakfries, to die for deserts and milkshakes, and a daily special like meatloaf. The service is wonderful and it is so adorable in there. Most people do not even realize that there is a TS restaurant there by the ice cream parlor. On our planned July trip we have 2 ADRs there.

Tara
04-23-2010, 07:46 PM
Y'all are so mean for telling people the Captain's Grille is good - DON'T BELIEVE THEM, PEOPLE!!! It's a trap! I heard they use water from Bay Lake in their soup! And they lie, they don't even HAVE a Captain! Chef Mickey's is much better...just pick up the phone and make your ADRs there and we'll forget about all this Captain's Grille nonsense!

:rotfl2:

disneydee6
04-23-2010, 08:00 PM
Some more popular now then others:


Cape May Cafe dinner (ohh how I miss you Oreo bon-bons, my fav!!!)


OMG I think those bon bons are total hidden gems of disney. Besides the mussels, ribs, and other fantastic seafood, those bonbons are heavenly (and we make sure to ALWAYS leave enough room for these!) Considering CMC has delicious food and great service, and the tables are seperate enough that you dont feel on top of other people (hello Chef mickeys!), we always make sure we have an ADR here! I hear so many people rave about the other buffet restaurants, people don't give Cape May enough credit!

People complain all the time about the CS places at Hollywood Studios, but I love love love Starring Rolls. I guess people forget that it's not just a bakery, it also has really huge sandwiches. There's usually not much of a line, and we go there every trip. They used to have a bagle with cream cheese and smoked salmon platter in the mornings which we loved, but I didn't see it on the last trip.



We LOVE starring rolls. As New Yorkers, we live on good bagels, and it is RARE to find bagels in disney! Not that they are amazing, but the place is really good! We get there early, grab a fastpass for a ride, and sit there having our coffee and bagels! Scouting out a table at that place is a whole other ordeal lol.

KTJAY
04-23-2010, 08:04 PM
[QUOTE=disneydee6;36386882]OMG I think those bon bons are total hidden gems of disney. Besides the mussels, ribs, and other fantastic seafood, those bonbons are heavenly (and we make sure to ALWAYS leave enough room for these!) Considering CMC has delicious food and great service, and the tables are seperate enough that you dont feel on top of other people (hello Chef mickeys!), we always make sure we have an ADR here! I hear so many people rave about the other buffet restaurants, people don't give Cape May enough credit!

Love Cape May for breakfast too!! Great character interaction.

r&kmommy
04-23-2010, 08:21 PM
We LOVE Cosmic Ray's in the MK... we go there every trip!! The rotisserie chicken meal is SO filling, and if you're on the dining plan you use a CS credit, but it fills you up like a table service place. Mmmmmm it's so good!

crabbygal902
04-23-2010, 09:05 PM
Y'all are so mean for telling people the Captain's Grille is good - DON'T BELIEVE THEM, PEOPLE!!! It's a trap! I heard they use water from Bay Lake in their soup! And they lie, they don't even HAVE a Captain! Chef Mickey's is much better...just pick up the phone and make your ADRs there and we'll forget about all this Captain's Grille nonsense!

HAHAHAHA!!!!! I just about spit my Coke Zero onto my computer screen! (And I WILL be making Captain's Grille ressies for my next trip....ssshhhh)

RichmondTiggerFan
04-23-2010, 09:26 PM
I couldn't get any first choice ADRs for a late planned trip in Feb. I was trying to make them online and The Garden Grove at the Swan Hotel popped up as a suggestion. They have 3 alternating buffet themes--we were there for Mediterranean night and it was fabulous!! Fun dining room with a huge oak tree in the center with twinkling lights...and Goofy and Pluto were there too. Table side salad served, then you help yourself to the buffet. Good drinks too! I thought we were settling, but found a hidden gem (the place was never more than half full???). We walked around the boardwalk for a while afterward.

Totally agree! The food is excellent and they have different offerings than you find at most WDW character buffets. Also, the atmosphere at the Garden Grove is more upscale and less hectic than at most other WDW character meals. Finally, on Monday & Friday nights, they have the Lion King characters (Timon and Rafiki).

Cookie Princess
04-24-2010, 06:42 AM
I love Grand Floridian Cafe for breakfast and The Wave (shhhhh - steak was better than Le Cellier's;)) for dinner. We also enjoy lunch at The PLaza.

I am now intrigued about these Oreo Bon-Bons that you speak of and will have to make an ADR at Cape May for dinner.