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Old 01-11-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Please recommend 2 TS meals (no character or buffet)

We are traveling in late Apr for 7 nights and will mostly eat CS or offsite dinners but we'd like to do 2 sit down dinners, we aren't on DDP but so long as DH and I can stay under $45/plate without drinks I'm happy, we'll save $ the other days lol... I have been looking over menus and am already overwhelmed with choices! Plus with only 2 reservations I don't want to waste one on something mediocre. Any can't miss restaurants that you like to plan for? Last trip we did all offsite and CS and while it was fine I don't remember anything we ate yk?

We don't want to do character dining or buffets and would prefer the least loud/crazy (My oldest is autistic so he is sensitive to excessive noise) but I don't expect silence by any means, just normal restaurant level noise the only one of us picky is my oldest but the younger 3 eat any and everything, love seafood, veggies, meat, exotic spices etc.

Anything you'd recommend we try this trip? Thanks so much!!!
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:37 PM   #2
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How about Sanaa over at AKLodge/Kidani Village? They have some unique offerings, and you can easily stay under that $45 per adult. I believe you can also see the animals on the savannah from the restaurant.

Schedule this on your AK day and then hang around after dinner to watch the animals some more.

Another option would be any of the restaurants over in the Boardwalk area. Yachtsman Steak House, Captain's Grill, Kouzzina. After dinner, enjoy the activities on the Boardwalk.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:51 PM   #3
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Our favorite restaurant is 'Ohana. It isn't a buffet, but it is served family style. It is similar to a Brazilian steak house where they serve grilled carved meat--all you can eat shrimp, steak, pork, chicken, plus they have pot stickers, salads, noodles, and bread. They'll happily serve (at no added charge) an alternate kid's meal if they are picky and don't like the carved meat (mac-n-cheese, hamburger, hot dog, etc.). If that doesn't sound appealing, how about Teppan Edo? It's a Japanese hibachi style restaurant. I also agree that Sanaa at the AKL (at Kidani village, not the main Jambo house) would be a good choice. The food tends to be spicey, but they have milder options for kids.
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Ohana is hands down our favorite restaurant. Dinner is sooooo yummy!!!

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Old 01-11-2013, 08:02 PM   #5
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How about Sanaa over at AKLodge/Kidani Village? They have some unique offerings, and you can easily stay under that $45 per adult. I believe you can also see the animals on the savannah from the restaurant.

Schedule this on your AK day and then hang around after dinner to watch the animals some more.

Another option would be any of the restaurants over in the Boardwalk area. Yachtsman Steak House, Captain's Grill, Kouzzina. After dinner, enjoy the activities on the Boardwalk.
I agree with Sanaa. Try for a 5pm or 5:30pm ADR. Those are relatively easy times to be able to ask for a window seat. It will also still be light out so you would get a great view of the animals while you dine-they are really close up! Prices are reasonable too.

Are you only looking for dinner, or are you considering other meals? If so, Kona Cafe and Boma both have terrific breakfast menus. For lunch I like the Sci-Fi or 50's Prime Time Cafe or Liberty Tree Tavern. All reasonably priced & nicely themed as well.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:34 AM   #6
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Dinner. Non-character, non-buffet, non-screaming.

In AK, how about Yak&Yeti TS? Ask to sit upstairs for a quieter experience. Good food, very extensive menu, fantastic theming. In Epcot, if you like Japanese food, skip Teppan Edo (noise level with multiple tables can be chaotic) and look at Tokyo Dining instead. You can get teppanyaki style food there, just not cooked on your tabletop, but they have a lot more choices too. If Japanese is too 'out there', then Tutto Italia or Via Napoli. At the resorts Ohana is very good but the entertainer who gets the little ones up to play games might be a bit too loud for your oldest. The Signatures are mostly all wonderful but very pricey - but how about Hoop De Doo? It is expensive but has very good non-exotic food, a really fun family-friendly show, and the price includes adult beverages for you and DH.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:40 AM   #7
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The two best meals that my fiance and I had on our October trip were at House of Blues in DTD and The Wave at the contemporary resort. A very close third was Mama Melrose in DHS. I found the prices to be very reasonable and the food was exceptional. House of Blues we had the shrimp and grits, and the jambalaya...both were amazing and our favorite meals of the trip; however, this was the noisest of the three restaurants. At the wave we had a seafood pasta with a spicy tomato sauce, and some kind of beef (not mine, hah), but he was bugging me the rest of the trip if we could go back to the wave for dinner again, everything was amazing, plus we loved the dessert trios! And at Mama Melrose I had the campanelle pasta with shrimp and the panna cotta, and he had the osso bucco with tiramisu and everything was delicious. Good luck!

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Old 01-12-2013, 10:23 AM   #8
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Whispering canyon is really good if you like BBQ
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:40 PM   #9
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I recommend Le Cellier in Canada at Epcot
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I would avoid whispering canyon. That place is loud!

For a good sensory break I suggest brown derby or le cellier. Both dimly lit and quiet and great food!
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:07 PM   #11
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Sanaa would be my choice as well. Not only is the menu interesting and the food great, but it is well within your price range and has a quiet, relaxing atmosphere.

Regarding TS lunch; What park will you be at that day? I think most TS restaurants in the parks may be too much stimulation for your son. Brown Derby is probably the best but I find it overrated. Maybe Le Cellier but it's impossible to get.

You might have better luck going to an Monorail resort for a mid-day break, and trying Kona or maybe the Wave (I have never been to the Wave so I can't address the noise level). Oh! The Grand Floridian Cafe is supposed to have good food and be quiet and calm. I have never been but I have poked my head in and found it to be very cheery and pleasant. Also, it is well within the budget.

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The Grand Floridian Cafe in the Grand Floridian Resort. There is nothing cafe about it, it is a very beautiful restaurant! And the food is good as well. Tasty steaks and chicken, and the dessert sampler is yummy.

It is fancy but not too fancy. And not stuffy.
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Two for Sanaa! My nephews (10 and 12) love it and request it on every trip. Seeing the animals is awesome and it's not too crazy in there.

Some other thoughts (one was Kona, but you have that already!)

* I agree on Coral Reef. Quiet (but not too quiet) and awesome fish tank!

* Chef's de France. Nephews enjoy this one.

* Yak and Yet in AK. We enjoy this one as well.

* Hollywood Brown Derby. Very peaceful break from the park but it is pricey and 2 TS, I believe.

* La Hacienda in Mexico in Epcot. We did this for dinner and enjoyed it very much. It sits right on the lake and we timed it so we were there for Illuminations. Not everyone is near the window, so you may have to stand up to see, and when I was there, they didn't pipe the music in.

Or San Angel Inn here - it's inside the pavillion and the boat ride goes by. Dark, but nice atmosphere. Sometimes the Mariachi band is playing, fyi.

* Tokyo Dining in Epcot.

* Boatwrights at POR. I haven't tried it but strolled over and looked at the menu. Looks good and I hear good things about it on this board!

I feel like Ohana, WCC and Teppan Edo have a lot going on for a kid with sensory issues. Even Le Cellier can feel crowded and loud to me.
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Via Napoli is a really good choice.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:03 PM   #15
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The only 2TS credit restaurant we've been to that wasn't character was Le Cellier. We really enjoyed it!
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