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Old 04-06-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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What restaurant was a pleasant surprise for you?

We all know that there are certain restaurants that we avoid for one reason or another, but what restaurant have you eventually tried that turned out to be a great experience?
For us it was Olivia's at OKW. I had heard good things, but always just felt there were more interesting places to try. It wasn't until our third stay at OKW that we finally tried Olivia's for breakfast and it was a great decision! I would say it rivals almost any other breakfast on property!

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Old 04-06-2013, 09:49 PM   #2
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We were in DTD last year, and we opted to try Portobello for lunch as the menu looked intriguing. Turned out it was a great choice. Ambience was good, food was excellent, and the service was some of the best we've had anywhere. We were quite surprised at the quality of the food, and we've vowed to go back at a later date.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:26 PM   #3
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Hollywood Brown Derby was a real surprise I had heard it was good but it was really FANTASTIC!!! Sanaa and Flying Fish were in the same boat for me
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Sanaa! Wasn't sure what to expect....it was fantastic!

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Biergarten. I avoided it for years because I do not like buffets. The first time was a pleasant surprise and repeat visits have not disappointed.
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Tusker House lunch! We really enjoyed it...so glad we ignored some of the bad reviews and checked it out for ourselves.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:35 AM   #7
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DH says Le Cellier and Yak and Yeti, however, I really think it has more to do with not having to eat burgers and fries all the time while at the parks. He then said, "All of them."

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Old 04-07-2013, 12:44 AM   #8
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Lunch at Captain's Grill (YC/BC). Just not a fan of food options at DHS, so we hopped over there. Not busy, VERY YUMMY, and excellent service!
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:48 AM   #9
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Via Napoli... growing up with a mom who cooked the best Italian food, I tend to avoid many Italian restaurants... Via Napoli is now a first night tradition for me.
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Crew's Cup.

Beaches and Cream.

Olivia's as well.

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Old 04-07-2013, 01:41 AM   #11
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The Wave dinner and The Wave breakfast. I know it's been there for a while but we stumbled upon it a few months after it opened for dinner and then went back for breakfast and have made it a "must do" ever since.

Via Napoli was also a pleasant surprise for us as well. Read great things here but still wasn't sure how pizza could be "that" good, well, it was amazing for us.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:08 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by WDWFANCBIIIME View Post
Hollywood Brown Derby was a real surprise I had heard it was good but it was really FANTASTIC!!! Sanaa and Flying Fish were in the same boat for me
I took my kids and my parents to the Brown Derby last summer and we also all had great meals. My dad is still talking about it.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:51 AM   #13
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Sci-Fi...the concept seemed cheesy but the food was great and it was a welcome break for the park.
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Sci Fi was better than we had been led to believe. Reviews were mediocre at best. We finally ate there in December. We both enjoyed the meal and the restaurant itself.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:19 AM   #15
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La Hacienda de San Angel. I booked this on a whim because I wanted to plan a dinner for my final night, and it was a WS restaurant I hadn't tried before. Really enjoyed the tilapia, plus chips, salsas, rice, beans (black beans were really good!), tortillas - and apple empanada w/ice cream for dessert. I would gladly go back.
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