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Old 10-27-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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Just got back home. Thanks to everyone on this board for all of the help & reviews of the Disney restaurants. All and all, we were happy. Here's a summary:

Best TS meals: Ragland Rd & The Wave, followed by Yak & Yeti. Ragland Road was a last minute addition after cancelling lunch at Kona Cafe and having TS credits to burn...so we ate there last night. It was wonderful! I got the special, which was scallops au gratin, while DH got the steak. He commented that it wasn't the best cut of meat he's ever had, but he thought the glaze was quite good, as were the mashed potatoes. I thought the scallops were great. DD got the kids cheeseburger, which we took a bite of and it was quite good as well - definitely much better than the typical kid fare. The bread pudding for dessert was outstanding! We also got the strawberry & apple crumble, which was good, but again, that bread pudding was great. The atmosphere was terrific, our waiter was top notch...we'd DEFINITELY go back there again and highly recommend it to others.

We ate at The Wave on Thurs PM. DH got the seared fish of the day, which was grouper. I got the same dish on our last visit almost 4 years ago, but I don't remember the exact fish. Anyway, he thought the grouper was a little 'fishy'....we live on the gulf coast, so we eat grouper fairly regularly. I got the beef tenderloin (typically I'm the chicken/seafood eater, while DH is the steak guy), and it was great. I shared some with DH and he commented that it was really good. I also like how The Wave has the trio for desserts. Just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, but not too much. DD got the kids pizza, but was WAY impressed with the kids sundae, as well as the candle on top for her birthday after the waitress noticed her birthday pin (nice touch when I didn't add it on our ADR). Again, this was our second visit to The Wave after eating there on our last trip almost 4 years ago. I've read some mixed reviews for it, but DH & I really like it, alot. I'd give Ragland Rd the slight edge for best overall meal, but I really think The Wave is a hidden gem that either people don't take the time to try, or don't even know it exist on the bottom floor of the CR.

Yak & Yeti was a good meal too with great service. The fried wontons for dessert were incredible, and a HUGE portion...we could have easily have only eaten on skewer, but they were so good, we both ate a good part of the second skewer :-).

Okay/average TS: 1900 Fare & Crystal Palace character meals... As expected, they are typical buffet meals. Nothing incredibly fantastic, but nothing awful either. The stepmother & stepsisters at 1900 Fare are fun, and CP is a beautiful restaurant - a nice break while at MK.

Biggest disappointment: 'Ohana breakfast. DD loved the characters, but the food left alot to be desired. The bread & juice was pretty good, the waffles were great, but the skillet was 'blah' at best. I don't think I would bother with doing it again. If we were to do another character breakfast, I think I'd try Chef Mickey's or Tusker House next time.

QS meals: Earl of Sandwich & Wolfgang Puck Express were great in DTD. In MK we went to Columbia House and tried the lobster rolls. DH has spent alot of time in the NE, and he said while they weren't as good as what you get up there, we both agreed it was pretty good for theme park food - better than the typical fare. We also ate at Pecos Bill's, which was fine, and in Epcot ate at Sunshine Seasons, which was probably above average.

Overall, we were pretty happy with our meals. Again, 'Ohana's breakfast was probably the biggest disappointment, and Ragland Road & The Wave were the highlights.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:43 PM   #2
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Thank you for your reviews. We are doing Ohana breakfast for the first time on our next trip. I've heard mixed reviews but I'm curious to try for myself.

Columbia Harbor House is another one we plan to try this time too. Is the menu the same for both lunch and dinner?
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Thanks for the reviews! We love CHH and will be trying Yak & Yeti for the first time on our next trip, have heard many good things about it, can't wait to try the dessert wontons! We love CP for breakfast before the park opens..
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Columbia Harbor House is another one we plan to try this time too. Is the menu the same for both lunch and dinner?
I think the menu is the same. We were going to eat there for dinner on Sun PM, but we got there right at 5pm, and they were closing! I assume because it was a MNSSHP night. We weren't staying for the party, but wanted to grab a bite to eat before leaving the park. So if you happen to be there on a party evening, just be aware that they close early.
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I forgot! We also ate at Via Napoli in EPCOT. It was really good as well. If we weren't on the meal plan, I'm not so sure we would have paid out of pocket for it....the pizza was great, don't get me wrong, but I think our bill was around $118...not sure I could pay $118 for pizza (granted, DH & I each had a drink on the tab too, plus we probably wouldn't have ordered dessert if not on the DP, so OOP, we probably could have walked out of there for alot less...). All of the wait staff were Italian, which added a nice touch of authenticity. We asked our waitress for her suggestion for pizza, and liked the one she picked better than the one we selected.
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Just got back home. Thanks to everyone on this board for all of the help & reviews of the Disney restaurants. All and all, we were happy. Here's a summary:

Best TS meals: Ragland Rd & The Wave, followed by Yak & Yeti. Ragland Road was a last minute addition after cancelling lunch at Kona Cafe and having TS credits to burn...so we ate there last night. It was wonderful! I got the special, which was scallops au gratin, while DH got the steak. He commented that it wasn't the best cut of meat he's ever had, but he thought the glaze was quite good, as were the mashed potatoes. I thought the scallops were great. DD got the kids cheeseburger, which we took a bite of and it was quite good as well - definitely much better than the typical kid fare. The bread pudding for dessert was outstanding! We also got the strawberry & apple crumble, which was good, but again, that bread pudding was great. The atmosphere was terrific, our waiter was top notch...we'd DEFINITELY go back there again and highly recommend it to others.

We ate at The Wave on Thurs PM. DH got the seared fish of the day, which was grouper. I got the same dish on our last visit almost 4 years ago, but I don't remember the exact fish. Anyway, he thought the grouper was a little 'fishy'....we live on the gulf coast, so we eat grouper fairly regularly. I got the beef tenderloin (typically I'm the chicken/seafood eater, while DH is the steak guy), and it was great. I shared some with DH and he commented that it was really good. I also like how The Wave has the trio for desserts. Just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, but not too much. DD got the kids pizza, but was WAY impressed with the kids sundae, as well as the candle on top for her birthday after the waitress noticed her birthday pin (nice touch when I didn't add it on our ADR). Again, this was our second visit to The Wave after eating there on our last trip almost 4 years ago. I've read some mixed reviews for it, but DH & I really like it, alot. I'd give Ragland Rd the slight edge for best overall meal, but I really think The Wave is a hidden gem that either people don't take the time to try, or don't even know it exist on the bottom floor of the CR.

Yak & Yeti was a good meal too with great service. The fried wontons for dessert were incredible, and a HUGE portion...we could have easily have only eaten on skewer, but they were so good, we both ate a good part of the second skewer :-).

Okay/average TS: 1900 Fare & Crystal Palace character meals... As expected, they are typical buffet meals. Nothing incredibly fantastic, but nothing awful either. The stepmother & stepsisters at 1900 Fare are fun, and CP is a beautiful restaurant - a nice break while at MK.

Biggest disappointment: 'Ohana breakfast. DD loved the characters, but the food left alot to be desired. The bread & juice was pretty good, the waffles were great, but the skillet was 'blah' at best. I don't think I would bother with doing it again. If we were to do another character breakfast, I think I'd try Chef Mickey's or Tusker House next time.

QS meals: Earl of Sandwich & Wolfgang Puck Express were great in DTD. In MK we went to Columbia House and tried the lobster rolls. DH has spent alot of time in the NE, and he said while they weren't as good as what you get up there, we both agreed it was pretty good for theme park food - better than the typical fare. We also ate at Pecos Bill's, which was fine, and in Epcot ate at Sunshine Seasons, which was probably above average.

Overall, we were pretty happy with our meals. Again, 'Ohana's breakfast was probably the biggest disappointment, and Ragland Road & The Wave were the highlights.
Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review. I'm sorry you didn't have a good meal at 'Ohana- we aren't fans ourselves. But we found dinner to be a lot worse than breakfast.

Definitely try Chef Mickey's- one of our favourites. We never miss it. Way better than 'Ohana IMHO

Glad to hear you liked Wolfgang Puck Express and Earl of Sandwich- we are considering these for our next trip and it is always encouraging to get good reports of it.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:02 PM   #7
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'Ohana seems to get a lot of bad reviews. If it weren't that it's the only place we can meet Lilo, I think I would skip it. But Lilo is a favorite around here.
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