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Old 03-21-2013, 07:41 PM   #31
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Pop and POR - also if you have food allergies these are excellent choices.

now it is definitely more expensive but like Contempo Cafe is also a good choice.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:42 PM   #32
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The complaints about the gratuities at CSR always gets me. The server brings drinks and flatware to the table. Am I one of the only people who don't mind tipping people for their service? The staff at The Pepper Market are always pleasant and very helpful.
I dont mind tipping but its the suggested 18-20% which is standard for bare minimum service. I am doing all the work with getting my food. No one is taking my order or bringing me my food. Why would I tip anything beyond 10%? Just like a buffet. I realize it's only a suggestion, but that part is what gets me.

Also, I manage to get my own drinks and silverware at all other food courts. I'd rather do that at PM than have someone do it for me and tip them. It seems pointless to me, and I hate that you dont have a choice.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:49 PM   #33
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Am I one of the only people who don't mind tipping people for their service? The staff at The Pepper Market are always pleasant and very helpful.
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they are not always helpful - the waitress came took our orders and for the next hour never saw her again.

thank goodness hardily anyone else was there - and management brought the food - but no one brought the drinks.

we got our money back for her tip and the drinks - plus an apologize - then told it would work better when we came back again.

have never taken that chance again - need something to drink.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:57 PM   #34
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How long does it take to walk over to the food court at POR from POFQ? Does one have a better breakfast, or are they both the same?
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:30 PM   #35
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How long does it take to walk over to the food court at POR from POFQ? Does one have a better breakfast, or are they both the same?
A good 10 minute walk from main building to main building. We love the beignets at FQ (only) for breakfast and only choc chip pancakes (kiddos!) at FQ. More variety all around at POR in the food court though. Nice morning stroll!
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:58 PM   #36
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A good 10 minute walk from main building to main building. We love the beignets at FQ (only) for breakfast and only choc chip pancakes (kiddos!) at FQ. More variety all around at POR in the food court though. Nice morning stroll!
Ok, thanks. I was glad to hear people like food courts at both. It is nice to have several choices within walking distance.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:16 PM   #37
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Quick questions for OP:
1. How far are you willing to travel for this meal?? The reason I ask is because everyone is mostly naming places at far-off resorts and without a car it would be tough for you to get there. Not impossible, but tough. If you are renting a car, then it is no issue whatsoever.

2. Why counter-service? There are at least 6 great restaurants and 10+ total restaurants within walking distance of BC and if you're not doing a park that day, I'd try one out with the spare time.

Of course, if you're just looking for a quick, inexpensive meal, my suggestion is Picabu - Its inside the Dolphin - nice and close!
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:19 PM   #38
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Any of the All Stars or POR. POR is the only food court that has a station where you get to pick your own pasta, sauce, and toppings. Very good! They also have a magic cookie bar that is wonderful!
AoA has the pick-your-own-pasta (& salad) station, too.

AoA is my favorite.
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Coronado Springs is a big conference hotel. Lots of business people at meetings there. Thus, more "service" at meals. So tips are required. Just my take on it.
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How long does it take to walk over to the food court at POR from POFQ? Does one have a better breakfast, or are they both the same?
POR has more options and a much larger seating area. We have walked over to POFQ when staying at POR and found the POFQ to be very busy, and we had to eat in the lounge. Also, the walk between POR and POFQ is a good 10 minutes and in direct sunlight on blacktop. We were sweaty doing this walk in September.

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Coronado Springs is a big conference hotel. Lots of business people at meetings there. Thus, more "service" at meals. So tips are required. Just my take on it.
I get the reasoning but I just wish there was a self service option at PM, besides getting it to go. Maybe a separate section or something.
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POR has more options and a much larger seating area. We have walked over to POFQ when staying at POR and found the POFQ to be very busy, and we had to eat in the lounge. Also, the walk between POR and POFQ is a good 10 minutes and in direct sunlight on blacktop. We were sweaty doing this walk in September.


Thanks. Good information to know. It is so hard to guess about these things without seeing it. We are going in June. Not sure how fast I will wilt in the humidity.
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I agree with the others - POR has the very best food court on Disney property. They have everything & it tastes good. Excellent choice!
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Just another agreement here- the POR food court is wonderful.
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Thanks. Good information to know. It is so hard to guess about these things without seeing it. We are going in June. Not sure how fast I will wilt in the humidity.
So true. Our first trip to POR, I had planned on going over to POFQ a few times for breakfast and for a change of scenery at the pool. From reading these boards, I had gotten the impression that the walk between the two resorts was negligible. After we did the walk once, we agreed that it was just long and hot enough where we didn't want to do it again. And we have no problems with walking.
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:39 PM   #45
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Love POR food court. We get breakfast there probably half the time we are at the World. They have the best oatmeal. I know what you are thinking...oatmeal on vaca? Perish the thought. Well, they have 2 sizes, CS and snack size and about 15 toppings, choc chips, bananas, berries of all kinds, granola, nuts, etc. Delish and filling. Use your refillable mug and get the snack size and you'd be surprised what a quick little breakfast it is. You can also do a create your own yogurt parfait.

DD always gets the pasta of some sort. Their sandwiches are pretty good. The french fries can be hit or miss regarding crispiness, but generally we've had good luck at the Riverside Mill. Oh, they have ice cream and milkshakes, too. Check out: http://www.portorleans.org/riversidemill.php
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