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Old 10-05-2012, 12:27 PM   #1
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Just back. SO fun but DL food sucks!!

Just got back on Monday. Luckily avoided the bad heat. Most noteable, even over WDW, is that DL food is so bad. There is very little variation between restaurants and its all very bland.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:29 PM   #2
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Oh my! Do you mind sharing some of the places you ate at? The food is one of things I get most excited about at DL!!
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:38 PM   #3
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Can't agree with you more! This is one of the reasons my husband won't go to Disneyland.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:47 PM   #4
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It's taken us awhile, but we've finally found some food at DL that we enjoyed a lot. Our first couple trips there - we couldn't agree with you more!

Some of our favorites...

Flo's V8 Cafe - the food has been good and a large portion! We were able to share the dinner.

Fiddler Fifer and Practical Cafe - aside from being the first place on Disney property to have Starbucks - their sandwiches are really good too!

Plaza Inn - for dinner their chicken dinner is really good - a good bargain too and definitely enough to split

Jolly Holiday Cafe - I enjoyed the ham and cheese quiche - which came with a salad with a choice of dressings - I believe there were a couple of different, interesting vinaigrette dressings to choose from.

Paradise Garden Grill - DH had the Mediterranean skewers that he thought were really good!

River Belle Terrace - the fresh carved sandwiches are really good - and I usually pick up bacon wrapped asparagus spears from next door (Bengal Barbecue) to go with it!

It's not the varied choices from EPCOT - but you should give it another chance
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:48 PM   #5
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A rundown of places you ate and the issues you had would help. We did our research before our last trip and the times we actually did eat at DL we were generally satisfied or at least had our expectations properly set so we wouldn't be let down (cough, Blue Bayou, cough). To be honest, I think it's a disservice to others around here to make such a blanket statement without backing it up.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:09 PM   #6
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Ate at
River Belle Terrace. Dry & bland. Poor selection. Roast beef sandwich
Flo's V 8. Ok. Dd wasn't liking the food. Pork and mashed potatoes. Best part was the roll.
Cocina Cucamonga Mexican grill. Very bland and dry. Some sort of quesadilla and rice.
Taste pilots grill. Ok. Shared a burger & loaded fries with Dh

Best meal was at Downtown Disney La Brea Bakery. Excellent Caesar salad and panini. Very good. I made dinner ressies there only because we spent so much time at lunch looking for something decent. We walked to the restaraunts & looked at menus & even what people were getting at Hungry Bear, Pinocchio's, Bengal BBQ, Tomorrowland Terrace (def WDW is better), Golden Horseshoe, Stage door cafe. Walked to Plaza inn but it was only 11 & the less-than-nice woman yelled from maybe 10 ft away "Not open come back at 12!"

It is as if one truck drops off food & they just divide it between the restaurants. Same old & blah. Even the table service ones are like "that's it?".
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:32 PM   #7
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Ate at
River Belle Terrace. Dry & bland. Poor selection. Roast beef sandwich
Flo's V 8. Ok. Dd wasn't liking the food. Pork and mashed potatoes. Best part was the roll.
Cocina Cucamonga Mexican grill. Very bland and dry. Some sort of quesadilla and rice.
Taste pilots grill. Ok. Shared a burger & loaded fries with Dh

Best meal was at Downtown Disney La Brea Bakery. Excellent Caesar salad and panini. Very good. I made dinner ressies there only because we spent so much time at lunch looking for something decent. We walked to the restaraunts & looked at menus & even what people were getting at Hungry Bear, Pinocchio's, Bengal BBQ, Tomorrowland Terrace (def WDW is better), Golden Horseshoe, Stage door cafe. Walked to Plaza inn but it was only 11 & the less-than-nice woman yelled from maybe 10 ft away "Not open come back at 12!"

It is as if one truck drops off food & they just divide it between the restaurants. Same old & blah. Even the table service ones are like "that's it?".
I think you kinda hit a bad run of choices. Everyone I've taken to Hungry Bear has loved it. The chili is good, the cupcake is great so are the onion rings. Bengal BBQ is always great. And Golden Horseshoe is not bad for snacks.

I think you're right about Cocina and Taste Pilots, so maybe next time try Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta for a DCA choice. And I enjoyed my breakfast at Flos.

I like Riverbelle Terrace. But that was just maybe me. Sounds like you were more into counter services. But I have to say, WDW had some pretty poor counter services. The only two I've tried and liked were Sunshine Seasons and Flame Tree BBQ.

Other good counter services at DL include Rancho del Zocalo, French Market, Paradise Garden Grill and the little Red Corn Dog stand. I've wanted to try the hot dogs at Coke Corner, but have yet to (so that might also be a good choice).

I honestly won't go down to the Wharf on DCA because it seems like a glorified food court and I know Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill are awesome.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:43 PM   #8
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I think you kinda hit a bad run of choices. Everyone I've taken to Hungry Bear has loved it.
We had pretty mixed results at the Hungry Bear, enough so that it's not on our list for our next trip. Mostly the food was not very fresh (though when it was fresh, it was quite good). We are curious about the new menu (fried green tomato sandwich!), but are wary due to previous tepid meals.

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I honestly won't go down to the Wharf on DCA because it seems like a glorified food court and I know Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill are awesome.
We actually found the Wharf food very good, especially the noodle/rice stand (and they have beer + margaritas). in 2009 we considered the Warf the best counter service in DCA or DL (but not DTD). I'm not sure how the menu changes this year will affect that rating. We also missed a number of counter service restaurants that year due to construction (and our own lack of knowledge).
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:30 PM   #9
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DLR is for those whom their main interest is inside the parks, rides, shows and attractions. The ability to walk between two parks, 3 resorts and DTD can't be matched at WDW. You can do more in less time at DLR.

WDW is for those that prefer longer more relaxing vacations. It's 23+ resorts with their own restaurants along with Epcots are hard to beat. There is far more to do outside the parks, boating, fishing, golfing, water parks etc. to make a long vacation possible.

That said neither is better than the other. We frequent both almost every year but for totally different types of vacations. Love the dining and relaxation of a slower paced vacation at WDW and love the in park atmosphere and ability to do more in less time at DLR. There are some great restaurants at DLR too, just not nearly as many choices as WDW.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:01 PM   #10
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had no bad food at all
fav places we ate at this trip was tasty pilots the ribs are to die for. My son wanted them too so we ate there twice

golden horse shoe and stage door cafe best place i can get what we like and not pay over 25.

we ate at rfc and had good food with left overs for a day of lunchs.
then we also had plaza inn chr meal food was good as norm there.

I didnt like flos food it didnt appeal to me or my fam at all we did stop for water three times tho.

I hope you have better luck with food next time. Just have to find some good things and try not be to picky as far as ive noticed most all i got was seasoned fine for us
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:18 PM   #11
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I'm sorry. I love the food at DL. When we were there in June we ate at The Blue Bayou which was OUTSTANDING (expensive but wonderful!) We also ate a Flo's and we all liked it. The atmosphere of Flo's is great.

In 2011 we had the WOC picnic lunch and that wasn't very good. But everything else we've had there has been great! The cookies, the ice cream, pretzels, Red's Apple Freeze at the Cozy Cone was super delish.

I think DL has much better food than WDW. But, it's been 10 years since I've been to WDW. We are going again in June of 2013 so, I will compare then.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:51 PM   #12
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I agree with FlyingBelle! Not everything is amazing, but I like many of the things she mentioned. I agree that if you go to Tomorrowland Terrace or something for a generic burger, you'll be disappointed, but there are a lot of things I love. I also go often and have had time to try many of the offerings. Don't write it off entirely! Guessing you just didn't have time to give everything a try.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:57 PM   #13
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Oh man. Paradise Grill...I'm drooling just thinking about it
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Oh man. Paradise Grill...I'm drooling just thinking about it
I loved Paradise Grill. That and Flo's were my favorite.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:06 PM   #15
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I find the food at :

Cafe Orleans
The Plaza Inn

Pacific Wharf Cafe
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Flo's to be very good, and large portions.. enough to share most times.

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