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Old 01-26-2014, 11:20 AM   #1
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"Wait, we get free refills?!" A Dec. 2013 dining review! update 6/30 TiW

Welcome to the dining review for my December 2013 trip! I went with my husband and our friend from Norway, who was visiting Disney World for the first time. We'd been to the US once before, but there were still plenty of things he was very surprised about here. One of those is the title for this review... he expressed sheer amazement every time a waiter or waitress brought him another soda without even asking! It's not standard over there but we're so used to it here, and he was so surprised, that it was very humorous.

We had four full days and one half day to spend in the World from Dec. 11-Dec 15th!

Where we Ate:

Earl of Sandwich
Shutters
Be Our Guest (lunch)
Liberty Tree Tavern
Sunshine Seasons
Akershus
Yak and Yeti CS
Rainforest Cafe
ABC Commissary
The Hollywood Brown Derby
Tables in Wonderland Analysis

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I'm Becky, 25 years old, and the big Disney fanatic. In terms of food, I love seafood and pasta, and chocolatey desserts! DH is 24 years old and he's also a foodie like me. We share similar interests in food - he loves seafood as well, but he also really likes a good steak or meat dish. He likes to try unusual things and enjoys items like duck. He is not a chocolate person though and will usually choose a non-chocolate dessert. Martin, 24 years old, is my penpal from Norway. I don't know much about his food interests except that he wasn't too picky and open to trying new things!

I also have a TR I just started if you're interested! http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=50568393

First food review to come soon!

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How fun to get to visit WDW with your penpal! Can't wait to read your dining reviews.
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Welcome, glad to have you!

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It really worked out perfectly - I had my AP so it was the perfect excuse to go back down to the World one more time in 2013!
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:48 PM   #8
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Earl of Sandwich

I guess I should preface this by saying that this was actually the Earl of Sandwich in the Philadelphia airport, not the one in Downtown Disney. But still, the Earl of Sandwich is the Earl of Sandwich, right??

And what was most important to me was the fact that although this one had a limited menu, they still had my favorite sandwich! The Full Montagu (roast beef, turkey, cheddar, swiss, mustard sauce, roma tomatoes, and lettuce):



Delicious as always, I give it a 9 out of 10. The perfect way to start our trip and kill some time while waiting for our delayed flight! The only bummer is that the sandwiches are more expensive here than at Disney, so that's really saying something!

DH got the Earl's Club on whole wheat bread (roast turkey, bacon, swiss, club sauce, tomatoes, and lettuce):



He gave his sandwich an 8 out of 10. I think he's being silly, but he insists it tastes better at Disney

Overall we give this location an 8.5 out of 10. The one at Disney scores higher because the sandwiches are cheaper and they have a larger variety! I also really like the caprese sandwich they have, but it wasn't at the Philly airport location. But still, an Earl of Sandwich is an Earl of Sandwich, and as far as airport food goes I'd definitely pick this over almost anything else!

Full Montagu - $7.49
Earl's Club - $7.39
1 20 oz Diet Pepsi - $1.89

Tax - $1.34

Total: $18.11
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Isn't EOS great! I have never eaten at the one is WDW or DL but do like them here in San Antonio.
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Joining in! The sandwiches look so good!
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:36 PM   #11
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Isn't EOS great! I have never eaten at the one is WDW or DL but do like them here in San Antonio.
It's so great! I hope they build EOS in even more places - I think the only one we have anywhere around here is the one at the airport.

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They were great, you definitely can't beat an EOS sandwich!
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:11 PM   #12
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Shutters

Due to the fact that I want to try every Disney restaurant, and we were staying at Caribbean Beach Resort, I figured this was the perfect time to try out Shutters. I hadn't heard much about it, but food with a tropical/Caribbean twist sounded appealing!

Due to our flight being a bit late we were there past our reservation time, but the place was pretty dead and they had no problem seating us. We were originally a party of three, but because we were delayed my friend that I was meeting up with decided to eat before we got there, so it was just me and DH. We started off with drinks. It had been a long day, we'd left the gloomy winter behind, and we wanted something tropical!

DH went with the Pina Colava, which he thoroughly enjoyed:



I had the Captain banana (spiced rum with coconut and pineapple juice, mixed in with some Crème de Banana):



Yum! This was absolutely delicious. I love banana flavored things and this was just perfect. And the glass was so pretty too!

They also started us out with some rolls and salted butter:



For his meal, DH got the Caribbean Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs (slow cooked in a light curry sauce, mashed yucca and yukon gold potatoes):



He said it was fine, but it didn't surprise him in an way or really impress him. He gave it a 7 out of 10.

I had the Pan Seared Chili Rubbed Mahi Mahi Escabeche (With Jasmine Rice and Cilantro Lime Aioli):



This was also just fine. There was nothing really remarkable about it, and the flavors didn't do much to stand out or impress me. It also wasn't very filling - which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you want, but at the time I was very hungry! I'd give it a 6.5 out of 10.

As we were eating our friend happened to walk by and spot us, so he came and sat down since we were at a 4 top. The waitress didn't even bat an eye at another person joining us and offered to get him food or drink. About ten minutes later one of his friends also came and joined us. We had to laugh about what they might be thinking about the fact that we kept multiplying!

All in all, we weren't super impressed with Shutters. I'd give it an overall 6.5 out of 10. The drinks were good, but the food was mediocre. Maybe if I was staying at the resort and didn't have any other plans I'd eat here again, but I definitely wouldn't go out of my way.

Price breakdown:

Pina Colava - $8.50
Short Ribs - $24.99
Heineken - $6.25
Captain Banana - $8.75
Mahi Mahi - $21.99

Total after TiW discount, with tax and gratuity added on: $72.74

Total saved with TiW: $14.10

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Old 02-03-2014, 04:08 AM   #13
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Great start to your reviews. Free refills are not commonplace here in the UK either so I get your friend's surprise.

I did not know you can get whole wheat bread at EOS, is that just a thing with that particular location or does the DTD EOS offer that option too?

Looking forward to more of your reviews, particularly LTT
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Great start to your reviews. Free refills are not commonplace here in the UK either so I get your friend's surprise.

I did not know you can get whole wheat bread at EOS, is that just a thing with that particular location or does the DTD EOS offer that option too?

Looking forward to more of your reviews, particularly LTT
Thanks! I don't know for certain about the whole wheat bread at the EOS at DTD. I would think since the one in DTD is bigger and has more stuff that they would certainly have it, but we didn't make it on this trip and haven't been in awhile!

I'm looking forward to sharing the LTT review!
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I don't think I've ever read a Shutters review before, sounds like the food was just 'OK" but boy do those cocktails look pretty
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