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Old 01-30-2013, 08:17 AM   #1
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If you could choose 5

What 5 restaurants would you choose for dinner?

3 children, 2 adults. My husband is a pretty bland eater. No dining plan.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:49 AM   #2
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Here are my suggestions:

-BOG lunch or dinner
-Via Napoli for the amazing pizza. If you want pasta, Tutto. If you wanna see Remy, then go to Chefs/France. All 3 restaurants are great.
-Crystal Palace or Tusker House breakfast. Both great!
-Plaza lunch, yummy food. Pretty cheap too!
-At Downtown Disney I normally suggest WGPE cause its heaven, but since youre paying OOP i'll suggest Earl of Sandwich. Its cheap (its a quick service). If you want a sit down restaurant thou, i'd suggest TRex. Very fun atmosphere, and yummy food.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:51 AM   #3
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dad who would not like fancy foods.., children...
I would pick some buffets...that way the kids get their food without having to wait...plain dad can get just about anything he wants from the buffets..

Crystal palace...great food and the kids (any age) would enjoy it..

Biergarten....good food and music entertainment is awesome..

Hollywood and Vine buffet.. Fantasmic Pkg good choices..

O'Hana..good food and even kids would like it

T-Rex or Rainforest Cafe would entertain the kiddos too..

LTT...very traditional American Food...
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:18 AM   #4
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kouzzina, rose and crown, citricos, kona, ohana
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:15 AM   #5
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kouzzina, rose and crown, citricos, kona, ohana
For a bland eater, I dont think these are good choices to be honest. Theyre not bad, but not great options in a case like this. But I guess it all depends on the type of food he likes.

I agree with the PP re: picking buffets. Thats a safe choice for everyone. But it can be pricey. Ordering from a menu is cheaper and usually better quality food.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:31 AM   #6
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I would start off with Sci-Fi at Hollywood Studios. Very run-of-the-mill food here with burgers. sandwiches, wings, and ribs, but I really like it. It is a family favorite for me, my husband, our daughter, my parents, and my sister. The theme in here is top notch and, at least in my opinion, the absolute best theming on property. It's very fun for the kids and adults.

Biergarten would also be a good choice. It is in the German pavilion at Epcot and is a buffet so it would be likely that everyone would find something that they like. The band makes for a very fun atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to get up and dance. I'm sure you children would love that. And, does your husband like beer? You can purchase it in a liter glass here. That's pretty fun. Make sure to try both the apple strudel and the Bavarian cheesecake as both are quite good.

Crystal Palace is a great choice at the Magic Kingdom. I would likely go for Breakfast, but any meal is good here. Also a buffet, so again, everyone can find something that they like. It is character dining with Winnie the Pooh and friends.

Garden Grill at Epcot might also be a good choice. It is all served family style so there is no getting up to get more food, but still all-you-can-eat. The food is very fresh as much of it is grown right there at The Land pavilion. You will have beef, fish, and turkey with various vegetables, a salad, rolls with homemmade maple butter, and a dessert. The kiddos get their own meal with chicken, macaroni and cheese, and a vegetable of some sort, but they are welcome to eat the adult food, as well. This is also character dining with Chip, Dale, Mickey, and Pluto and the set up is such that they will visit your table multiple times while you dine.

And finally, might I suggest 50's Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios? The menu consists of homecooking and is very good. But, the best part is all of the antics that go on. You sit at a table that looks like you are in a 1950's kitchen and your waitress is your mom/cousin/aunt. She will remind you to keep your elbows off the table and to eat all of your vegetables. As long as you have a good sense of humor, it is a good time. However, if you are the kind of person who doesn't enjoy these antics, this might not be the right place for you. Try the peanut butter and jelly shake or the smores!
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:35 AM   #7
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:49 PM   #8
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Hollywood and Vine buffet.. Fantasmic Pkg good choices..
If we make a reservation here for dinner at 5:15 do we automatically get the Fantasmic package as can't find a way online to specify this is what we want or a way to "add it".
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:54 PM   #9
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If we make a reservation here for dinner at 5:15 do we automatically get the Fantasmic package as can't find a way online to specify this is what we want or a way to "add it".
No, you will need to specifically book a Fatasmic Dining Package. It is separate from Hollywood & Vine on the Disney dining board. Go here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/ And put in the date for which you want the reservation. I also like to choose dinner so I get a later meal, but that is your choice. Then, make sure to select Dining Events in the "Dining Experience" drop down. This should bring up things like Candlelight Processional, Citricos wine tasting, and Fantasmic Dining. Click on Fantasmic Dining and it will tell you times for all 3 restaurants that are still available for Fantasmic Dining. Choose one, enter your credit card info, and you are booked.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:11 PM   #10
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I love these sorts of threads!!!

As of this moment my top 5 would be:

'Ohana
Raglan Road
Cape May Cafe
Sanaa
Mama Melrose
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:28 PM   #11
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Crystal Palace Breakfast
Tusker House Dinner
La Hacienda
Grand Floridan Cafe
O'hana
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:48 AM   #12
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1) We prefer
. . . fine food
. . . excellent, top notch service
. . . innovative dishes with flair and quality
. . . overall great value
. . . relaxed and soothing dining atmosphere
. . . behaved and somewhat quiet patrons

2) The only sit-down restaurants, besides V&A, we patronize at WDW (in order)
. . . Sanaa - Animal Kingdom Villas Resort
. . . Artist Point - Wilderness Lodge Resort
. . . Citricos - Grand Floridian Resort
. . . Shula's Steakhouse - Dolphin Resort
. . . Il Mulino - Swan Resort
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:21 AM   #13
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Via Napoli
Yatchmans steakhouse
Rainforest cafe
Il Mulino
Artist point

Outside of Epcot, we don't eat in the parks.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:40 AM   #14
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What 5 restaurants would you choose for dinner?

3 children, 2 adults. My husband is a pretty bland eater. No dining plan.
What are you looking for in your meals? Something uniquely "Disney" in the experience? Delicious food? Fun atmosphere? Good value? How you answer these questions would definitely influence how my family would answer this question.

When we go to WDW, we are generally looking for things that we can't find at home or most other places where we travel. That said, our top 5 picks would be HDDR, 'Ohana (dinner), Via Napoli, Biergarten, and Cinderella's Royal Table (we haven't yet tried Be Our Guest, because we haven't been to WDW since it opened).

I have to add that for FOOD alone, the only one above that would make our list of top 5 would be Via Napoli. We have also had spectacular meals at Yachtsman's Steakhouse, Artist Point, Citricos and California Grill...if it's food you're looking for.
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We are same as you...2 adults, 3 children (our 1yo has not accompanied us yet). Hubby is fairly picky. Our top 5 dinners have been...

'Ohana
Boma
Hollywood Brown Derby
Yachtsman Steakhouse
Biergarten

We have always done the DxDDP but this next trip our oldest will be an "adult" so we are not doing the meal plan at all. She will want to order from the kids menu at all non-buffet restaurants. Because no DDP we are not doing any signature restaurants this time and we are doing fewer TS overall, but we are trying 4 new locations for dinner - Raglan Road, Via Napoli, 50s Prime Time and Be Our Guest.
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