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Old 10-18-2013, 02:25 PM   #76
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Both meals look delicious!!!

Awesome that Zach liked the CS place so much first try!

That ice cream sounds like it was perfect!!!!
Yes, I'm so glad he liked it! I'm not a big fan of Asian food, so I'm glad he got a chance to have some!!

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Wow - that was quite a glowing review for the CS at Japan. May have to try it at some point!!!

The tacos look and sound delicious. Mmmmmm

I am SO mad that we missed trying the new ice cream place in France. Our Epcot time was minimal this trip for some reason, and I just totally forgot about it.
Yeah, he really liked it! Tacos were perfect!
I just happened to try the ice cream in June and knew I had to make a point of coming back for it in September!

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I really like the Katsura Grill, especially the outdoor seating area! That's great that they were able to put Zach's meal in a 'to go' box - I'll have to remember that for future trips

I cannot wait to try the new icecream cafť in France.. I'm thinking it could be an essential pre-race fuel before the half marathon in January?

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Yeah, I wasn't sure if they were going to be able to make the food "to go" since it's Disney and not a "real world" quick place, but I was pleasantly surprised!
I can't think of a better pre-race meal!

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Both meals look very tasty and it was great you could eat them together
Yes! Zach was a trooper carrying the hot bag all the way to Mexico, but I'm so glad he did!

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thank you so much for all your great reviews and photos..I love them all..nothing like looking at food porn while thinking of a six month wait for our next Disney trip...can hardly wait..
Thanks again
Thanks for reading!! Nothing gets me more excited for a Disney trip than reading dining reviews, so I totally understand!
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:26 PM   #77
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I must apologize in advance-- this is one of the meals for which I do not have pictures of everything consumed! We had a 7:30 p.m. ADR at La Hacienda de San Angel! After checking in at 7:15, we were seated exactly at 7:15.

We had already eaten lunch here during the day, so there were no surprises, but this restaurant is very pretty! The view of the lake is amazing. We had to meet up with some friends, but we would have had the most amazing view of Illuminations from our table! We were two tables over from the window in the back room (closest to La Cantina).

This is a pretty terrible pic, but I thought the menus were really nice looking. Very sturdy!


Since it was a Mexican restaurant, I just HAD to have a margarita! I ordered the Rosita (which makes me giggle, because it makes me think of Friends!)


This was good. It was clearly made of high quality tequila, but it was a touch too floral for me personally. I think next time Iíll still with a regular margarita. It was very pretty, though!

We were pretty hungry, so we chowed down on the chips:

Iím pretty sure these are the same chips that are served at the CS, which is fine. They were hot and salty, and the salsas were very fresh tasting. I usually donít like smoky undertones, but for some reason, I really like this red salsa!

I unfortunately do not have any pictures of our entree, but we ordered the La Hacienda Paradilla, with steak (decent quality, cooked more than I would like), chorizo (SO GOOD-- lovely burnt smokiness on the outside, soft on the inside), chicken al pastor (sweet initially with a spicy aftertaste. Very complex and interesting flavor), corn with cheese sauce (a sprinkling of cayenne made this sweet dish spicy), and grilled veggies (al dente, perfectly cooked.) We didnít try the beans or tortillas, but overall we were VERY pleased with this dish!

We ordered the same thing for dessert, the apple empanada:

The puff pastry didnít have much flavor, but the caramel was DELICIOUS, as was the ice cream. The apples were perfectly reduced.
This meal gets a solid 8. Food and atmosphere were both very nice. Weíd definitely return, but probably in a few trips. There are too many good restaurants in Epcot!
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:39 PM   #79
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Great write ups!

On a side note Zach reminds of Syler from the show Heros.

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Great write ups!

On a side note Zach reminds of Syler from the show Heros.

Me too! And his name is Zach. Funny!

I'm enjoying the dining reviews very much. Thanks a lot for all the details and great photos.
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It was a Mexican food kinda day it looks like!! I love that La Hacienda offers indoor seating - especially welcome during those hot months. I'm a corn tortilla lover but I could see eating the guts out of the taco with a little squirt of lime juice. Your lunches look great.

I'm not into florally flavored drinks either so that margarita may not have fit my tastes either. I like the chips/salsa at La Hacienda. I know what you mean about the red salsa being smoky. I liked it but I preferred the green salsa.

Ohhhh nutella flavored ice cream.... sounds good.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:39 PM   #82
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Well, that review just totally confirmed my desire to try La Hacienda! YUMMY!!!!
It was SO good-- food, atmosphere, everything!

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Great write ups!

On a side note Zach reminds of Syler from the show Heros.

Thank you! And hahaha-- he gets that a lot!!

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Me too! And his name is Zach. Funny!

I'm enjoying the dining reviews very much. Thanks a lot for all the details and great photos.
It is such a coincidence lol. Many people have told him that Zachary Quinto is his celebrity doppelganger!
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It was a Mexican food kinda day it looks like!! I love that La Hacienda offers indoor seating - especially welcome during those hot months. I'm a corn tortilla lover but I could see eating the guts out of the taco with a little squirt of lime juice. Your lunches look great.

I'm not into florally flavored drinks either so that margarita may not have fit my tastes either. I like the chips/salsa at La Hacienda. I know what you mean about the red salsa being smoky. I liked it but I preferred the green salsa.

Ohhhh nutella flavored ice cream.... sounds good.
Haha, it was! I didn't even mind eating so much Mexican because dinner and lunch were so different. Equally tasty, though!
Yeah, I think you have to realllly like floral drinks to like the Rosita. The green salsa was good, too.
That ice cream was perfect!
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:09 PM   #83
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I really need to try La Hacienda!!
I agree, so many good place to eat in Epcot, it's hard to try all of them in one trip!! Haha

Those menus look adorable and like they are sturdy!
Meals sound yummy! I'm not a huge fan of spicy food, but I'm sure I'd find somethin good there.
Desert looked yummy too!
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:51 PM   #84
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I really need to try La Hacienda!!
I agree, so many good place to eat in Epcot, it's hard to try all of them in one trip!! Haha

Those menus look adorable and like they are sturdy!
Meals sound yummy! I'm not a huge fan of spicy food, but I'm sure I'd find somethin good there.
Desert looked yummy too!
First world problems-- too many good restaurants in Epcot!!! I didn't think the food was that spicy, actually. And the service was great, I'm sure they'd alter anything to your taste.
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Haha def first world problems!

I'm putting it on my list to try!!!!!
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:25 AM   #86
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My next review is going to be very short, as I totally forgot to take pictures! We had lunch at Sunshine Seasons on our final full day in Disney (wahhh!). We had eaten here our last trip and loved it-- would it hold up this time? Unfortunately, noÖ

We both ordered the Mongolian beef, Zach with rice, me with the noodles. My first complaint comes with the reduction in portion--you used to get two sides at the Asian station! I had previously ordered the noodles AND stir fried veggies, which were crisp and delicious and made me feel ďhealthy.Ē We both found the beef very sweet, like sickeningly so. Also, there was that intense corn starchy gloopiness that comes along with poorly done Asian sauces. Zach thought his rice was okay, but no where near as fresh and google as the rice at Yakitori House. The noodles were just okay, too.

Sunshine Seasons gets a 4 from both of us. Weíll stick to WS CS options from now on.


And here we come to our final review :-( Technically, this was not our last meal, as we had breakfast the following morning at Roaring Fork. (Hereís a quick review of that: Decent. Would go there again the next time we stay at Wilderness Lodge. Pancakes and waffles were fluffy. Sausage was a bit greasy.) However, it was our final night at Disney, which is always sad!

As we like to spend our last night in the MK, we made a 6:05 ADR at Tonyís Town Square. This place typically gets so-so reviews, which you wouldnít know from the lobby when we arrived ten minutes before our ADR It was PACKED!


This is the only ADR where we were seated way after our ADR-- we werenít seated until 6:30. Crazy! We were lead to a corner and my first impression of the restaurant was that it was pretty and casual:


Our waitress was nice enough. We didnít need to long to look at the menu, and quickly ordered. Not five minutes after we placed our order, our food came out. Augh.

Zach had the spaghetti with meat sauce and sausage:

I should explain something. We are kind of snobs when it comes to Italian food. When you live in the tristate, as we do, you expect good pizza/pasta wherever you go. Not to mention, Zachís family is Italian and weíre a big fan of Sunday dinner-- Zach makes a big old pot of sauce, which we eat with pasta and bread. Itís wonderful (and lately, has been accompanied by an episodes of The Sopranos!). HOWEVER, while we know good Italian food, we can certainly eat less authentic/more sweet sauces. Thus, Zach thought this was decent.

I had the cannelloni, which is stuffed with cheese and meat, with red sauce and alfredo poured on top:

Can you see how dry those edges are?? I mean obviously, with how quickly our food came out, both dishes were sitting under a heat lamp. It seems like mine was definitely there for longer, however! If I had to use one word to describe this dish, it would be dry: The pasta was dry, as was the filling. Every bite had to be smothered in sauce, which was unfortunate, because the red sauce was a bit too sweet for my liking. I did very much like the alfredo however. I remember reading in someoneís review (not sure whose) that their husband or son got the chicken parm, but with alfredo sauce only. If we go back to Tonyís I think Iíll definitely do that-- not only will I get more of that garlicky, creamy alfredo sauce, but since itís a custom order, I can guarantee itíll be freshly made!

We both got the chocolate hazelnut cake for dessert:

I thought again, this was incredibly dry with no discernable hazelnut taste. Zach says he didnít think it was dry and he enjoyed it.

Zach and I diverge pretty greatly in Tonyís. Heíd give it a solid 6-- he did enjoy both the entree and dessert. Iíd stick it closer to a 3; pretty much the only thing I realllly liked was that alfredo sauce. That being said, since Zach was a fan and MK restaurants are so limited (already been to BOG and LTT and donít feel like returning in the near future. No desire to try the Plaza, CRT, or CP), I can imagine trying Tonyís again. Like I said, Iíd definitely order something different, however!!

Annnnnd that brings us to the end of our reviews! I really enjoyed sharing with you all. Please stick around for a wrap-up post, which will contain rankings, our favorite courses, etc.
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Tony 's is hit or miss sometimes. We haven't been for a while, but last time (whatever I had) was pretty good. LoL

Sad this is almost over ( except for your wrap up!)
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Tony 's is hit or miss sometimes. We haven't been for a while, but last time (whatever I had) was pretty good. LoL

Sad this is almost over ( except for your wrap up!)
That's why I'm willing to give Tony's another try-- I have heard of people loving certain things!
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Wrap-Up Post!!

First I want to say thank you to everyone who read and commented on my DR! This is my favorite section of the DIS and I love reading others’ reviews, so I hope mine were somewhat enjoyable!

This post is going to be kind of a hodgepodge of info. If you have any questions about anything, please let me know!


Favorite Snack:
Zach: Upside down caramel macchiato at Main Street Bakery, Magic Kingdom
He’s so happy to get his favorite Starbucks treat in Disney now!

Kylie: Hazelnut ice cream in a waffle cone at L’Artisan de Glaces, Epcot
This was refreshing and had the perfect flavor. A must-do from now on!


Favorite Counter Service Entree:
Zach: Feast at Three Broomsticks, Islands of Adventure (Universal)
The portion was huge for the price and everything tasted fresh and well-seasoned.

Kylie: Pork nachos at Captain Cook’s, the Poly
The scallops at Cooke’s of Dublin a very close runner up, but I loved the uniqueness of this dish, how it fit the theme of the Poly, and all of the contrasting flavors.


Least Favorite Counter Service Entree:
Zach: Mongolian beef at Sunshine Seasons, Epcot
Kylie: Mongolian beef at Sunshine Seasons, Epcot
Way too sweet/processed tasting.

Favorite Counter Service Dessert:
Zach: Chocolate cake at Pecos Bill, Magic Kingdom
We both love these rich, moist little cakes!

Kylie: Dole Whip at Captain Cook’s, the Poly
Yum! I love that I was able to get a Dole Whip without using a snack credit!


Least Favorite Counter Service Dessert:
Zach: Chocolate chip cookie at Cooke’s of Dublin, Downtown Disney
Kylie: Chocolate chip cookie at Cooke’s of Dublin, Downtown Disney
To be fair, we didn’t eat these. However, anything that completely soaks a paper bag to the point of translucence in the span of 20 minutes can’t be good!


Favorite Counter Service, Overall:
Zach: Three Broomsticks, Islands of Adventure (Universal)
He loved his food and the great atmosphere. A total home-run.

Kylie: Captain Cook’s, the Poly
I hate to be repetitive, but I really enjoyed myself here! The food was fantastic, the theming was nice, and I love visiting the Poly!


Least Favorite Counter Service, Overall:
Zach:
Sunshine Seasons, Epcot
Kylie: Sunshine Seasons, Epcot
The cutting back to one side, plus the poor food quality has bumped this to the bottom of list. The ample AC’d seating is pretty much the only plus.


Favorite Table Service Entree:
Zach:
Pork from the carvery at Biergarten, Epcot
The carver gave Zach his favorite part of a roast-- the crispy end bit. It was crackly, salty, and delicious!

Kylie: Sauerbraten at Biergarten, Epcot
This was just delicious. Super tender with a great, rich sauce.


Least Favorite Table Service Entree:
Zach:
Serious Steak at Raglan Road, Downtown Disney
He says that while cooked to order, this steak was dry and of poor quality.

Kylie: Cannelloni at Tony’s Town Square, Magic Kingdom.
This was incredible dry and clearly under a heat lamp for too long. Ick.


Favorite Table Service Side:
Zach: Chorizo at La Hacienda, Epcot
I’m not sure if these count as a side dish necessarily, but that’s what he says. He loved them!

Kylie: Truffle mac and cheese at Yachtsman Steakhouse, Yacht Club
I only wish I could have finished this deliciousness. Super creamy, with pungent cheeses, the perfect textural different with the fried onions, and just enough truffle oil. Honorable mention goes to the truffle fries from the same meal!


Least Favorite Table Service Side:
Zach: Mashed potatoes at Raglan Road, Downtown Disney
These had a weird texture/taste.

Kylie: Spatzle at Biergarten, Epcot
These just taste mushy and flavorless to me-- I don’t know what I’m missing, as I know a lot of people love them.


Favorite Table Service Dessert:
Zach:
Chocolate trio at Yachtsman Steakhouse, Yacht Club
He loves desserts with peanuts or peanut butter and this was great, although not as good as the chocolate trio he had here in 2009. Honorable mention goes to the almond cake at Raglan Road.

Kylie: Bread pudding at Raglan Road, Downtown Disney
This put my previous favorite Disney dessert, Ohana's bread pudding, to shame. So rich and delicious!


Least Favorite Table Service Dessert:
Zach: Cupcake at Be Our Guest, Magic Kingdom
This was just sort of blah. Not special in any way, although not bad. Zach got lucky and really loved most of his desserts!

Kylie: Chocolate hazelnut cake at Tony’s Town Square, Magic Kingdom
Dry with no real hazelnut taste.

Favorite Table Service, Overall:
Zach:
Biergarten, Epcot
Kylie: Biergarten, Epcot
Pretty much everything about this meal was perfect.


Least Favorite Table Service, Overall:
Zach: Raglan Road, Downtown Disney
Zach wasn’t a fan of the service or food beyond the dessert or appetizer

Kylie: Tony’s Town Square
The long wait for a table, plus the dry food made this meal pretty eh in my book.


Best Drink:
Zach: Butterbeer at a kiosk in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adenture
This is a butterscotch-y, cream soda like drink that’s super delicious and nowhere near as sweet at LeFou’s Brew!

Kylie: Hog’s Head Brew at Hog’s Head Pub, Islands of Adventure
This was super hard! I loved both flights I got (Biergarten & Raglan Road), but this beer gets its for its uniqueness. The fact that I can only get it in the WWoHP makes it extra-special. It was so delicious!


Best Service:
Zach: Sandra at Biergarten-- she was super sweet and great at refilling his coffee without him even needing to ask.
Kylie: Stewart at Trout Pass Bar-- I didn’t cover this here, but we stopped at Trout Pass for drinks twice. Stewart was the most delightful Brit who made an AMAZING grand margarita. He was so much fun to talk to!

Best Morsel Eaten:
Zach: Dalkey Duo at Raglan Road, Downtown Disney
This was an OOP appetizer and totally worth the expense. The batter was peppery and crispy, and the sausages were piping hot and perfectly cooked through. (Zach didn’t eat the Dalkey mustard, but I dipped the sausages in it and it was delicious!!)

Kylie: Nudel gratin at Biergarten, Epcot
It’s a struggle between this and the mac and cheese at Yachtsman, but this was soooo good! The perfect comfort food!


Counter Service, Ranked by Zach:
1. Three Broomsticks
2. Katsura Grill
3. Cooke’s of Dublin
4. Pecos Bill
5. Captain Cook’s
6. Pizza Planet
7. Sunshine Seasons


Counter Service, Ranked by Kylie:
1. Captain Cook’s
2. Cooke’s of Dublin
3. La Cantina de San Angel
4. Pecos Bill
5. Three Broomsticks
6. Pizza Planet
7. Sunshine Seasons


Table Service, Ranked by Zach:
1. Biergarten
2. Yachtsman Steakhouse (based on food only!)
3. Be Our Guest
4. La Hacienda de San Angel
5. Tony’s Town Square
6. Raglan Road


Table Service, Ranked by Kylie:
1. Biergarten
2. Yachtsman Steakhouse (again, based on food ONLY!)
3. La Hacienda de San Angel
4. Raglan Road
5. Be Our Guest
6. Tony’s Town Square


Definite Repeats: Biergarten!
Maybe Repeats: La Hacienda de San Angel, Tony’s Town Square
Never Again (or not for a really, really, really long time!): Yachtsman Steakhouse, Be Our Guest

Annnnd that’s it, folks! Thank you all so much for reading!

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Really enjoyed your food report - this is the first one I've read!

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