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Old 10-14-2010, 10:50 AM   #91
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Thanks for the reviews thus far, Abby. They're great! We'll be in the World in a few months for Christmas week and then I'll be spending my Spring break there as well. So excited. We've done many restaurants that you've reviewed-- and I agree with you completely. We will also be doing a few of the restaurants that you reviewed. Thank you so much!
Thanks for reading! I'll be there a bit before Christmas. Great season to go!

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There's only a few more to go, but I actually have another trip I need to start a review on. My grandma says it's a sign that I 'go too often' if I can't even finish one DR before I make my next trip. 'Go too often'....ha, as if that were possible!
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Oh ABBY! Why did I open this thread! Now I have to go change my January Narcoosee's for Citricos...and the online system is not back yet.

Sorry to see that negative review of Narcoosee's...but in general I sure do agree with your reviews of places we've both been so I'll take your word for N. not being worth the signature status & go with Citricos. When they get the system working again

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Oh ABBY! Why did I open this thread! Now I have to go change my January Narcoosee's for Citricos...and the online system is not back yet.

Sorry to see that negative review of Narcoosee's...but in general I sure do agree with your reviews of places we've both been so I'll take your word for N. not being worth the signature status & go with Citricos. When they get the system working again

See ya in November at the Ditch!
LOL Sorry you have to change your plans Cathy, but trust me, you won't regret it! And don't worry about having to wait to make an ADR, Citricos is an easy to get in to, and usually at the time you want, even close to the date!

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Old 10-17-2010, 01:58 AM   #96
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Mmmmm...Ice Cream and Chocolate

When I go to Disney I follow the "RD Morning and Afternoon Nap/Rest/Swim" schedule. So the next day during our afternoon downtime we decided to take advantage of the boat service at POFQ, where we were staying, and just cruise to DTD for the heck of it.

If you're staying at POR or POFQ I would highly recommend taking the boat ride on the Sassagoula River, even if you don't have anywhere to go. It was a relaxing interlude to our day.

The only part that may not suit everyone is that you are forced to get off and wait for the next boat to re-board for the return trip. So while we waited at DTD for the next boat, I started to smell something delicious. I quickly realized it was the baking waffle cone smell from Ghirardelli! So of course we had to just 'take a look'.

OK Looking accomplished....


Well, looking lead to ordering.

Mark went for the The Domingo - Banana Hot Fudge Sundae - vanilla ice cream surrounded by bananas, topped with hot fudge, whipped cream, chopped almonds and a cherry.


I was feeling more nutty, so I went with The Gold Rush - Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sundae - Vanilla ice cream with freshly homemade hot fudge and melted peanut butter throughout. Topped with whipped cream, chopped almonds, a cherry and Ghirardelli Squares milk chocolate.


We made a huge mistake ordering two of these - they are HUGE! With prices to match ($8.50 and $7.95 with an upcharge for the waffle bowls). I seriously think three people could share one of these not-so-little beauties.

So how were they? OK, but I had a few complaints about them. The vanilla cream was just run of the mill artificially flavored dreck and that ruins the rest of the sundae for me. The waffle bowl is a deliciously freshly made, quality creation. The peanut butter was great. The hot fudge is amazing - and you get to choose milk or dark! The other part I really hated was the absurd amount of whipped cream they put on it. I cannot tell you how much I LOATHE fake whipped cream. If it has more than 2 ingredients (cream and sugar) then KEEP IT AWAY FROM ME! Call me a snob, but I hate the taste and texture of guar gum and hydrogenated oils in my whipped cream. I should have thought to ask for my sundae without whipped cream, but it slipped my mind.
So when I stopped at a trash can to scrape off the dreck, I lost my chopped nuts in the process.

Cruising back down the river with our ice cream was very fun though, even if it wasn't the best ice cream.

So my verdict on Ghirardelli? If you like bad ice cream and whipped cream from a can, this place will make you very happy. If you don't, then this place will make you moderately happy. Next time I'll just have dark chocolate fudge and peanut butter sauce on a banana in a waffle bowl.

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Old 10-25-2010, 02:44 AM   #97
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Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

SFFF is the food court at POFQ. Since we stayed there for part of our trip, we ate breakfast there a couple a mornings.

The theme of the place is a parade float assembly workshop. Some of the 'float' pieces hanging from the ceiling look awfully creepy though! So if you go, keep looking at eye level and down.

The place is a lot smaller than the value resort food courts, but the concept is the same - different bays serving different groups of food where you collect your items and then get in line to pay at a separate register area.

Mark chose the Bounty Platter - scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and a biscuit.


He didn't have anything great to say about it, but nothing negative either.

We got an order of Beignets to share:


I have never had a beignet before, so I don't know what they're supposed to be like. But I thought these were awful! They were squares of hollow dough, with the walls being thin, but dense, chewy, and pretty tasteless. It was like tough, way too chewy sheets of plain dough topped with powdered sugar. Maybe we just got a bad batch? I don't think Mark liked them either - what you see in the photo is what was left when both of us were finished with them.

I had a Ham and Cheese Omelet, served with breakfast potatoes.


The omelet was just OK. For some reason I was expect the ham to be in slices, not cubes, and the texture of the omelet with the cubed ham was not appealing to me. The potatoes were not good that morning - as you can see in the pictures, the edges were burnt, but the insides were undercooked! How does that happen? Heat was too high maybe?

So overall, SFFF was somewhat of a miss for me. If I stay at POFQ again, I would give it another go, but otherwise I have no desire to try it again.

4 out of 10.
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Glad you picked back up with the reviews....they're awesome!
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Great reviews! I love all the details!
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:05 AM   #102
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Lunch with the Fishies

We had lunch at Coral Reef on our last park day. Our ADR was for noon and we waited about 5 minutes to be seated.

The restaurant has a 3 tiers of seating, in a stadium style so ALMOST every seat will have a view of the tanks.



Unfortunately, we were led to one of the few not-so-prime tables. It was on the top level, at the very far left end. Sitting on the right side of the table, I could not see the tanks without turning 90 or more degrees, so that was kind of a bummer.

They start you off with a basket of rolls and some butter at Coral Reef:


These were ok, but nothing to write home about. Our butter was as hard as a rock so we couldn't even use it. It turned out not be an issue for me later though...

Mark took a look at the wine list and went with a glass of Chianti. I just had a Coke.

Most of the items we ordered are no longer on the menu, so I don't have great descriptions.

We decided to share an appetizer. It was Seared Shrimp on Saffron Risotto dish:


Sorry, I committed a Disney Food Porn Faux-pas - we took a few bites before taking a photo!
Anyways, this was a really excellent dish! There were 4 perfectly cooked seared shrimp with minimal seasoning, atop a bed of creamy-sweet saffron risotto, with some bits of grilled vegetables. This is no longer on the menu, but if they bring it back I would HIGHLY suggest it. I used the rolls to sop up some of that saffron flavored oil on the plate and it was quite tasty. I'd call it licking the plate without being impolite.

For his entree, Mark ordered the Pan-seared Tilapia on a bed of salad greens with a Warm Bacon Vinaigrette.


I didn't taste this, but Mark ate all of the fish and pronounced it tasty. No sign that he touched any of the greens.

I went for the Caesar Salad and added Shrimp:


This was a major bust. The shrimp were rubbery and over-steamed. There was no seasoning on them at all. The croutons were really undercooked - hard on outside but not crisped all the way through, so they just tasted like stale bread. But the worst part was the dressing. It was the most disgusting excuse for Caesar dressing I have ever come across. It had the consistency or mayonnaise and was quite similar in flavor - but yellow and with some Parmesan cheese and pepper in it. No trace of lemon juice, no anchovy flavor...and the texture was of a thick glop. How the same restaurant put out that amazing appetizer and then sends me this monstrosity is bewildering.

We decided to skip dessert, unless you count Mark's second glass of Chianti.

So Coral Reef earns a 'just ok' review from me. I might try it again one day since I know they're capable of turning out something worth going for...but am very, very afraid of another dish like that salad.

5 out of 10.
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we had an awful experience at Coral Reef too, Bad service and Bad food (I got the caeser salad and my son chicken was undercook)...and my husband fish was not fresh and he took one bit...server never came back to our table until 45 mins later and he said would you like dessert and we said can we please have our check...he asked why we did not eat our meal and we told him. So he brought out dessert for us and he said its on the house...We went to Sunshine to feed our son a lunch b/c he was hunger...When we went to Sunshine my husband said we should have gone here first. He asked me what the disboard said about the place I said it was 50% love it and 50% don't like it. I said I thought it would be nice for our son to see the tank while we ate (he loves going to acquriums) but we were seated so far from the tank and he couldn't see where he was sitting.
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:38 AM   #104
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Our Last Supper...Le Cellier

For our goodbye to Disney dinner, I managed to snag us the coveted 7:00pm dinner ADR at Le Cellier.

We showed up a few minutes early and waited about 15 minutes to be seated. We were led to a four top table near the center of the room. The interior is very pretty, and true to its name, looks like a wine cellar. I love the wood beam ceilings and stone walls.



Our server greeted us promptly and introduced herself as "Jess from Yellowknife". She was very cute and bubbly and I loved her accent!

While we were perusing the menu, Jess brought us out a basket of the famous Le Cellier bread - soft pretzel sticks, along with two other kinds we never touched. That pretzel bread is soooo good. I could just eat a meal of that!





I had a really hard time deciding what to order. I had tried the Cheddar Cheese Soup at F & W festival before and loved it, but I wasn't feeling like eating a heavy appetizer and meat that night. So I went with the Tomato Stack appetizer, with caramelized onions, cucumber, blue cheese, and yuzu vinaigrette:


This was a really excellent way to start the meal. The tomatoes were nice and ripe, the caramelized onions were sweet, the cucumber light, the blue cheese pungent, and the yuzu vinagrette is a great finish. It's very unexpected with a tomato dish and provided a sweet, tart, and citrusy finish. It really hit the spot for me.

Mark didn't order and appetizer, but started with a glass of Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon. Sorry, I didn't get a photo, but I guess you guys know what red wine looks like.

For our entrees, Mark went with the Salt-crusted Prime Rib - with Roasted Yukon Potatoes finished with au jus and horseradish cream sauce.


He ordered the prime rib medium-well, but when the plate came out the juices were still red. He cut in to it and it was almost raw inside. (Looked yummy to me ) but it was definitely not cooked how he ordered it. Jess from Yellowknife was by our table again quickly to check on things and had the dish promptly replaced in about 10 minutes with one that was cooked the correct medium-well.

I tasted this and it had a lot of fat on it. If you found some of the meat, it was good, but nothing spectacular. Mark seemed pretty pleased by it though.

I went with the Mushroom Filet Mignon - with wild mushroom risotto, white truffle and an herb butter sauce.


(Hey I just noticed - there's a hidden Mickey in that photo! )

The smell of truffle coming off of this dish was intoxicating. It was so earthy and pungent! My steak was cooked a perfect medium-rare, just as I had ordered it. The meat was good, but again, nothing to really write home about. I don't have any complaints about this dish, but nor did it really wow me. It was like a filet you would get at an Outback Steakhouse on a good day. The risotto was nicely done, very creamy and tasty, but this is a very heavy dish and I didn't finish all of it.

For dessert, Mark went with another glass of Cabernet.

I knew months in advance what I was getting though - Maple Creme Brulee!


This was VERY tasty! The top was nicely bruleed, not undercooked or burnt, and had a satisfying crack when hit with the spoon. The inside was a bit more pudding-textured than I would have liked, but the taste was awesome. I love maple, and I love creme brulee...so it would have been pretty hard for me to not like this dish.

So, do I agree with the Le Cellier hype? Not really. It's a good meal, in a nice, setting, with great service, but amazing steaks? Umm, no. I would, however, return again - but not order any steaks. I love the cheese soup, and the appetizer and dessert were quite good. Next time, I will have an appetizer, cheese soup and pretzel bread as an entree, and a dessert. I think if you want a truly great steak at Disney, you really have to go to a signature.

7 out of 10.
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Goodbye Disney Breakfast at 'Ohana

Well we had a last supper at Disney, so the next morning it was time for our last breakfast! What better way to say goodbye than with Mickey and some friends? So off we headed to 'Ohana for a little breakfast, island style.

We had a 10:30am ADR and when we arrived a bit before the place was packed. Several parties were waiting and the place was hopping! To be expected anytime at 'Ohana I suppose. I think since we're only a party of two and don't have to wait for a huge table to open up, we usually don't end up sitting around too long. Our buzzer started going off about 10 minutes after we checked in.

At 'Ohana, they take your photo (just of your party, no characters involved) and then try to sell it to you while you're eating. But since I knew we weren't going to by it, i was able to convince them we didn't need to have the photo taken.

We were led down the entrance of the restaurant by one of the seaters.




We were sat at a nice four top table in a good location...somewhat in the middle of the restaurant, and close to the windows where we had a pretty nice view across the Seven Seas Lagoon:




On the way to our table, the seater picked up a basket of the Welcome Bread. I think one was a pineapple coconut and the other was like somewhat like a cinnamon roll.


Our server, excuse me, our 'cousin', came over and introduced herself and got drink orders. Mark got some coffee and I went with the POG juice - pineapple, orange, and guava!



I love a good juice, and this sure beats the Minute Maid OJ from the food courts!

Before any food arrived, an old friend, decked out in his best Hawaiian shirt, stopped by to say hello.





Just the guy you want to see at a character meal!

At 'Ohana, the food is served family style, so there's no buffet to get up and go to, and no ordering to be done. You just sit, and they bring you out a skillet and a plate of fruit:




In the skillet, they serve scrambled eggs, pork sausage links, bacon, potatoes and biscuits.

The fruit plate (sorry no photo) had watermelon, grapes, honeydew, and pineapple.

They also have people going around with baskets of Mickey Waffles, so you can get a few of those at a time too.



Every now and then at 'Ohana, they have characters lead a parade around the restaurant:




After the parade a dog came around visit.


I have to say Pluto was the best character I've ever seen at a meal. He was really taking his time with each table and acting like a real dog. It was super cute.



Getting a little close to the lens there puppy!


Ok now, stop trying to slobber on the camera Pluto!


He was a lot of fun!

Lilo and Stitch are at 'Ohana breakfast too, but I didn't take any photos of them because I'm not a fan. Lilo made it by our table, but we managed to pay our bill and escape when Stitch was only two tables away from us. Phew!

I loved 'Ohana for atmosphere, setting, and character interaction. But the food was just OK. I probably won't be returning any time in the near future because I prefer somewhere with great food. But I see why this a such a favorite for so many people and do highly suggest it for kids, or people who have done most of the other character breakfasts.

6.5 out of 10

That's it for this review! Thanks for reading and make sure to check out my next one - Solo Eats and Newbie Treats (link in my signature)!
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