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Old 08-12-2012, 11:22 AM   #1
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10 days of dining with pictures and reviews!

This will be our first dining review. Bear with me as I learn to navigate posting pictures and hopefully adding useful links.

We spent 10 nights in WDW in April and managed to photograph lots of yummy food! Disclaimer: most food pics were taken after a few bites had been taken. We just got so excited by the tasty treats we were about to consume!

About me and DP: 33 and 34, both mostly vegetarian but we eat almost all seafood. We are accustomed to sharing items and aren't the biggest of eaters. Originally we had thought we'd purchase the deluxe dining plan only so all would be paid for in advance, thinking this way we'd always order exactly what we wanted regardless of price. Instead we realized this would be WAY TOO MUCH FOOD for us, so we chose to go a la carte, and I made a rule: order whatever we wanted whenever we wanted and pay no attention to price. We added it all up, and choosing not to use the dining plan actually saved us hundreds of dollars. There would have been no way we could have eaten all the food on the deluxe dining plan, and I absolutely hate wasting food. We are so pleased to know we made the right choice by skipping the dining plan.

Coming up, the first review...Port Orleans Riverside Food Court

Riverside Mill Dinner
Tusker House Breakfast
Animal Kingdom Snack http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45807264
Sanaa Dinner http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45812351
Riverside Mill Breakfast http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45814059
Fulton's Lunch http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45814246
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain Snack http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45814348
Riverside Mill Dinner http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45814414
Beach Club Marketplace Breakfast http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45823346
Starring Rolls Lunch http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45824457
Hollywood Studios Snacks http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45824457
Tangierine Cafe Dinner http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45824706
Wishes Dessert Party http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45824706
Snack and Sunshine Seasons Lunch http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45825109
La Hacienda Dinner http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45825736
Columbia Harbour House Lunch and MK Snacks http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45828604
Pinocchio's Village Haus Dinner http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45836157
Kouzzina Breakfast http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45836315
San Angel Inn Dinner and Morocco Slushie http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45836423
Pastries from Boulangerie Patisserie http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45836668
School Bread and Rose and Crown Lunch http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45836704
Epcot Snack and Beach Club Marketplace Dinner http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45836941
Tony's Town Square Lunch and LTT Snack/Dessert http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45837054
Kona Cafe Dinner http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45846816
Les Chefs de France Lunch
Cape May Clambake
Departure Day Last Bites

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Old 08-12-2012, 11:42 AM   #2
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Riverside Mill Review

This was our arrival night. It was nearly midnight by the time we checked in. We were both hungry but also knew our options would be limited so late. We were pleasantly surprised that the Riverside Mill food court was still open, and that most windows were still functioning. The Mill features lots of choices, but most are not vegetarian. Being food court type fare, seafood options were somewhat limited also. I was asking questions about the soup, and I had my first opportunity to speak with a "chef." She was very nice, but informed me that pretty much every food item anywhere at WDW is not vegetarian, unless it is titled as such. She suggested the create your own salad window for us. Don't get me wrong, we like salad, but not all vegetarians want to eat salad all day long every day. After travelling all day long, I was in the mood for something warm. We decided to use the create your own pasta bar. Unfortunately, the first pasta we were presented with was full of chicken, even though the person who made it was aware of all my talks with the "chef" about the fact that we don't eat meat. It wasn't a big deal; I returned the pasta and the made my order correctly the second time, right after tossing the first pasta dish into the trash (did I mention I hate wasting food?) Here is a picture of our order made correctly:

A yummy treat of create your own pasta made with the cream sauce, shrimp, mushrooms, penne pasta, peas and onions, with parmesan cheese on top. This was very good pasta, especially to have come from a quick walk-up window type place. The garlic bread on the side was exceptionally old and I could barely bite into it.

We shared this as well as some fresh veggies and dip:


The veggies and dip were fine. We chose to eat in our room and loved sitting at our little New Orleans style table.

Overall, we enjoyed this very much and wouldn't mind eating the create your own pasta again.

Overall impression of the Riverside Mill is that the food was very satisfying, very affordable. One complaint is that they need to refrain from putting some version of pork product in every soup they offer.

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Old 08-12-2012, 12:22 PM   #3
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great start the pasta dish looks yummy
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Great start! Those noodles look awesome! Can't wait
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I have never had much success with the make your own pasta, it is always mushy for me. Yours does look really good though. May reconsider trying it again at some point.

Looking forward to the rest of your reviews!
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I have never had much success with the make your own pasta, it is always mushy for me. Yours does look really good though. May reconsider trying it again at some point.

Looking forward to the rest of your reviews!
That is too bad. This was definitely not too soft; the pasta was actually al dente and the sauce and veggies were nice and soft!
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The pasta at riverside always looks yummy! Looking forward to the rest of your reviews
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Looking forward to this! We're vegetarian and my DH occasionally eats seafood on vacation, so this will be helpful for our upcoming trip.
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Nice start! Its too bad that your first pasta dish was made incorrectly but it looks like the final product was tasty
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Always glad to read any reviews that have a lot of vegetarian items!
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Always glad to read any reviews that have a lot of vegetarian items!
Thanks for joining in! There are certainly lots of vegetarian (and pescatarian) food pictures and reviews to come!
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The next morning, we were up early and planning to head to DTD. We wanted a light breakfast so stopped off at Riverside Mill for a quick light bite. We had also decided to purchase a resort mug, as I wanted it for the souvenir and also thought it would be worth the price for as much diet coke as we will drink in a week.

Here is the picture of our sorry looking breakfast. The fruit was ok, and we shared a granola bar that we'd packed from home.

Next up, Fulton's Crab House in DTD!
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Yum! Great reviews!
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Can't wait to hear about Fultons. The reviews haven't been great lately and I used to love it there!
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:09 PM   #15
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After enjoying the morning at DTD, we were famished and ready for one ADR I'd booked in spite of some less than stellar reviews. After some confusion at the podium as well as continued confusion while we were escorted to our table, we finally reached a nice table upstairs with a lovely water view. We then waited for our server...and waited some more...and some more. Finally, she arrived, and I must say, I felt very sorry for her. She seemed completely overwhelmed and looked like she was trying very hard.

We placed our orders and she brought us our beverages (mine in a dirty glass covered in globs of old, dried crusty food). Since she dropped it so quickly and then was gone, I couldn't even ask for a new beverage in a clean glass.

We started our meal with the portabella mushroom fries.

Not fries at all, but they were good. They were certainly heavy on the grease, but the tangy mustard sauce they were served with helped to balance things out.

Here is another view. Yum! We enjoyed these, even though we waited about 30 minutes for them to arrive.

We still hadn't seen our server again, and after sitting for another half hour or so, we were served our lunches.

For the main course, my DP chose the fish tacos. This photo was taken after she had already eaten one whole taco; it was originally served with three.

She enjoyed this and said the tacos were overall satisfying and nicely seasoned.

I ordered the dungeness crab leg meal from the dinner menu. Now I love dungeness crab legs, but we don't have a lot of opportunities in Denver to enjoy them, so I was especially excited to try these.


Unfortunately, they proved very disappointing. (Again, I had eaten a few bites, but the portion was pretty much as you see it here, as was the plating.) The presentation was not great, and there were some dry, plain boiled potatoes rolling around on the plate with my crab legs. The crab itself was very dry and seemed overcooked or old. Probably both.

When it came time to pay the bill (and by now we had seen our server who had checked in once during the now 2 hours we had been here), there was no improvement in the experience. She took forever to deliver our check and after we handed her our credit card, she disappeared and was gone another 20 minutes.

The whole experience was disappointing, and we don't feel like we need to eat here again. We should have heeded the warnings we read here on the dis boards.

Another important tidbit of information-Fulton's is docked on the water at DTD, and if you dine here on a blustery day as we did, you will likely feel the ship rocking back and forth. This gave me the slightest bit of a queasy feeling during the first part of our meal, but I seemed to get more used to it as the meal progressed.
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