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JerseyDisneyGirl
11-27-2010, 10:40 PM
What are some of your favorite, but less popular places?. We always hear about Ohana, CRT, CM, etc...What restaurants do you like that tend to fly under the radar?

Belle5
11-27-2010, 11:21 PM
Sanaa, The Wave, and in the past I have said GFC and Kona (but not so much at the present).

carrie6466
11-28-2010, 11:36 AM
We really liked the Plaza at MK for lunch and Kona for breakfast.

Stephen121795
11-28-2010, 03:37 PM
We had a great time at Teppan Edo at EPCOT Japan and my kids are very picky.

youalleverybody
11-28-2010, 04:03 PM
Our family (me, DH, 5 kids) was there last month. Unanimously, our favorite meal of the whole trip was our lunch at Biergarten in Germany. Our server was top notch, and we all loved the food. One son is very picky and he ate a ton. In fact, he stayed at the table eating while the other four went to dance to the band.

winterman
11-28-2010, 04:03 PM
The Turf Club.

:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

Disneyfreak616
11-28-2010, 04:07 PM
Olivia's Cafe at OKW. Also, Sanaa at Kidani Village is soooo good! There are views of the savannah right next to some of the tables, and the atmosphere is SO COOL. Kona Cafe at the Poly is a favorite. :) Paradiso 37 at DTD...not on the DDP but very affordable and deeelicious! :)

Disneyfreak508
11-28-2010, 04:11 PM
The Turf Club at Saratoga Springs. It really is a hidden gem at WDW. It probably is my favorite restaurant to eat at in all of WDW, the meal is FANTASTIC! :love: especially if you're on the DDP, because last time I checked it's only 1 credit, and you can get like.. the best prime rib you'll ever eat in your life. AHH soo good :cloud9:

Disneyfreak616
11-28-2010, 04:19 PM
The Turf Club at Saratoga Springs. It really is a hidden gem at WDW. It probably is my favorite restaurant to eat at in all of WDW, the meal is FANTASTIC! :love: especially if you're on the DDP, because last time I checked it's only 1 credit, and you can get like.. the best prime rib you'll ever eat in your life. AHH soo good :cloud9:

like....reallyy?? hahaha. but yeahhh i really gotta try this place!

mickey916
11-28-2010, 05:05 PM
We loved Beaches & Cream. The service was excellent and the burgers delicious! (We loved the kitchen sink too)...In fact my husband made me change our last night dinner's ADR for Chefs de France to a lunch ADR so we could leave Epcot and go back to B&C for dinner again. Unfortunately we were so full from our Chefs lunch that all we had room for was No Way Joses for dinner....

*NikkiBell*
11-28-2010, 06:35 PM
Olivia's at OKW. EXCELLENT all the way around!

jen42002
11-28-2010, 10:20 PM
Breakfast at Kouzzina! YUM!

vicki_c
11-28-2010, 10:54 PM
Artist Point @ the WL - that's a restaurant that I don't think gets enough attention, out of the signatures (and I will get back there someday!).

summerlady
11-28-2010, 11:00 PM
Boatwrights at POR. We ate there in 2008 and it wasn't anything to write home about, not great but not terrible either. Earlier this month we had an ADR in Epcot at 8 p.m. but we were back at POFQ late that afternoon and we all were just too worn out to want to go back to Epcot that night. I canceled that reservation and got one for Boatwrights instead, not expecting a great meal but something close by that we could walk to, nice walk along the river. Wow! I and my family were so very impressed! The food was fab, beef medallions with expertly cooked asparagus and "mac and cheese" (more like Alfredo sauce); pork chop with cheesy grits, and prime rib. The cornbread and whipped butter was outstanding as was the pecan pie we all ordered for dessert, which none of us were able to eat due to being stuffed so asked to have boxed, I ate mine for breakfast the next morning. The Lynchburg Lemonade that I had ordered knocked my socks off and DD was able to get a smoothie as her drink (on the DDP). Our server was prompt and attentive without hovering over us. Surprisingly, at least to me, was that this was our favorite meal during our vacation. The only drawback was that we ate during the time when there's a show going on in the lounge area and the restaurant was pretty noisy. Definitely going to plan on dinner there again.

PoohsFan1
11-29-2010, 01:01 AM
Artist Point @ the WL - that's a restaurant that I don't think gets enough attention, out of the signatures (and I will get back there someday!).

I have to agree with this. We really love our meals there when we go, plus the service has always been outstanding. It is my DD9's favorite signature restaurant.

goofy4prez
11-29-2010, 08:38 AM
For me, a nice kept secret is the Captains Grill at the YC. It is not overly themed, which is a nice break from all the over the top Disney theming (which I love). The service has always been excellent for us, and the food is very good. :thumbsup2

purpliequeen
11-29-2010, 10:53 AM
Beaches & Cream, Teppan Edo, and the restaurant in Morocco (if you are on the Disney Dining Plan- the 1 TS credit gets a lot of value here).

Faldred
11-29-2010, 12:09 PM
Combing my personal favorites with DW's, our top three (in order) were (all for dinner):

1. Wolfgang Puck Cafe
2. Kona Cafe
3. Rose & Crown

lblume91
11-30-2010, 10:20 AM
We really liked Garden Grill (a quiet character meal!) & Boatwright's. We ended up there by default one night when we were too tired to make the journey to Cape May Cafe. We were very pleasantly surprised.

tluvstink
11-30-2010, 11:06 AM
We had dinner at GFC last week and it was great! We all loved the food and atmosphere. The service was a little slow but I think our server was doing the best she could.

My DD13 had the rib eye and she let me have a bite. It was one of the best steaks I've ever had! I had the pasta with shrimp and that was delicious too. I would not hesitate to go back.:thumbsup2

Terri

disney dharling
11-30-2010, 11:34 AM
Yak & Yeti at AK was one of the best meals of our trip.

lovetheduck
11-30-2010, 12:43 PM
Kouzzina and Kona

cbg1027
11-30-2010, 02:09 PM
Sanaa is excellent - food, ambience, view, easy to get an ADR for...what more could you ask for?

LuvLuvLuv
11-30-2010, 02:25 PM
shhh don't tell these restaurants or good or everyone will want to eat there!

these are my hidden gems:

1. captain's grille!
2. nine dragons
3. san angel inn

Eliza32
11-30-2010, 02:31 PM
Olivias gets my vote too. Nice relaxed atmosphere (we go in September every time), attentive but not over-the-top servers and lovely food (and on DDP if you're lucky enough!!)

engle
11-30-2010, 03:20 PM
Crew's Cup Lounge at Yacht Club. You can even order many items off of the Yachtsman Steakhouse menu. The lobster bisque is FANTASTIC...the best you've ever had. The burgers and salads are also wonderful...and the service has always been great. Not a great spot for kids but for adults only, without an ADR especially, awesome.

NJMermaid
11-30-2010, 07:12 PM
Fabulous fish, dessert trio and smoothie(no alcohol for me that night), salad with avocado and grapefruit, great server

nice vibe to the restaurant, cool decor, excellent experience

wdwpirates
07-01-2011, 12:19 PM
I'd have to go with Kona for any meal. We like it especially for lunch....it's a quick boat ride from MK and a nice break from the park in the middle of the day.

LuluLovesDisney
07-01-2011, 05:55 PM
Kona
The Wave
The Plaza
Artist Point
Any Swan/Dolphin restaurant, but esp. Bluezoo!

DonaldDoleWhip
07-01-2011, 06:00 PM
Artist Point @ the WL - that's a restaurant that I don't think gets enough attention, out of the signatures (and I will get back there someday!).
Completely agree with Artist Point. It's at the top of my list of signatures, and I almost always love the food there. Love the relaxing atmosphere, too.

Aurora in blue
07-01-2011, 09:00 PM
Another vote for The Turf Club at SSR. The meal was the best in our trip.
Our steaks were better than the ones we had at Le Cellier. Dessert was awesome too.

NOLA_Tink
07-02-2011, 09:24 AM
Breakfast at Rainforest Cafe in Animal Kingdom! I know RFC isn't a "secret," but the place is always empty for breakfast. They have the most amazing breakfast pizza & it's HUGE. I also like the oversized mugs of coffee. This has been one of my favorite WDW breakfasts for years.

KTJAY
07-02-2011, 09:54 AM
Cape May for bfast or dinner.:goodvibes

Princess Steph
07-10-2011, 08:47 PM
Thanks for all the input!