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Old 04-24-2013, 01:53 AM   #16
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Well, even though I have never been to ESPN, the Big River Grill was so bad, I would say go with ESPN....

If it were me, I'd got to Epcot and have some quick service in the World Showcase [if park admission was not an issue]...

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Old 04-24-2013, 05:24 AM   #17
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DH loves the burgers (and the beer) at BRG. We were at ESPN this past November (he wanted to see the Giants game) and it was fine but still favored Big River.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:29 AM   #18
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We have enjoyed them both.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:54 AM   #19
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Was planning on going to ESPN for Lunch but I came across Big River Grille?? Any thoughts on who has Better Food??
*For us* we like Big River Grille. In fact as DVC owners at BCV, it's a must-do every trip for us. We don't set foot in ESPN. ( I guess not because of the food though, but because we're not into the "sports bars" feel there )
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:34 AM   #20
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Big River Grille. It is great too if you can get outdoor seating right on the Boardwalk.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:19 AM   #21
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*For us* we like Big River Grille. In fact as DVC owners at BCV, it's a must-do every trip for us. We don't set foot in ESPN. ( I guess not because of the food though, but because we're not into the "sports bars" feel there )
We enjoy sports bars, but there is nothing for my vegetarian DD to eat at the ESPN Club. We went with some friends in December and we had to beg for plain pasta for my DD. Honestly, it was "touch and go" whether they would do it for us and then they charged us $15 for the pleasure . We are owners at BWV and I don't think we'll be back there unless there is a game we want to watch. Big River Grill, OTOH, has plenty for my DD to eat and more than just burgers, wings and fries for my DH and I. Given the choice again, I would choose Big River.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:15 PM   #22
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We enjoy sports bars, but there is nothing for my vegetarian DD to eat at the ESPN Club. We went with some friends in December and we had to beg for plain pasta for my DD. Honestly, it was "touch and go" whether they would do it for us and then they charged us $15 for the pleasure . We are owners at BWV and I don't think we'll be back there unless there is a game we want to watch. Big River Grill, OTOH, has plenty for my DD to eat and more than just burgers, wings and fries for my DH and I. Given the choice again, I would choose Big River.
This is a good point on variety. When we go, we are always a big group. Ranging in age from anywhere between 5-65. Everyone finds something there they like. And as someone else mentioned, seating right on the boardwalk cannot be beat!
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We like ESPN. Good food and a fun atmosphere if there's a good sporting event on. You also don't need an ADR.
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We like ESPN. Good food and a fun atmosphere if there's a good sporting event on. You also don't need an ADR.
No ADRs needed for Big River Grille... Most we have ever waited for a table was like 10 mins... The buzzers work in the shop next door too.
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No ADRs needed for Big River Grille... Most we have ever waited for a table was like 10 mins... The buzzers work in the shop next door too.
Actually, Big River Grille doesn't even take ADRs. At least that's what I was told a month or so ago.
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It can depend on the day of the week. If sporting events like football or sports playoffs are going on, it will probably be less crowded at Big River.
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We really liked The Big River Grille. The hazelnut nchicken was fantastic!
I love that too. But w/o the sauce. IMO ESPN is a place with decent food and you can hang around for a while. BRG is a place with pretty good food ( love the nachos) but I feel like it is a more eat and leave place. Not that I have ever felt like I was rushed out exactly, but at ESPN with the TVs I just feel like I can linger if I want to. We go to both just about every time! The menu is bigger at ESPN. But not necessarily better! Neither place takes reservations but if you get a BR rewards card you can get front of the line priority seating. Plus birthday rewards.
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Actually, Big River Grille doesn't even take ADRs. At least that's what I was told a month or so ago.
No, but on the actual day, you can call ahead and make reservations.
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No, but on the actual day, you can call ahead and make reservations.
That's good to know. Thanks for the info.
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We've done both and we are okay with them. We prefer the outdoor seating and the Red Rocket Ale at Big River Grille. The kids meals are really good too. ESPN is a little busier and can be noisy and distracting with all the giant TV screens. I think the food is fine, but nothing special or different from what you can get anywhere. At least at BRG there's some atmosphere there. It's one of our favorite things to do at dusk, either dinner or drinks and snacks. Yacht and Beach Club are just getting lit up across the water, Spaceship Earth is off on the horizon, and the fun lights are strung all across the Boardwalk. Makes me wish I was sitting there right now.
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