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Old 05-17-2008, 12:48 AM   #16
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Raglan Road and B&C

Thanks for all your kind replies!! The cake was delicious and chocolaty; I'm glad everyone seems to appreciate it, because there'll be a LOT of chocolate cake in this review! (Um, though not in today's... an anomaly, I assure you...)

Ok, back to the FOOD!

My original plan was for us to grab a bite in the room, then hit MGM (er... DHS...) at around 11 or so. Because we got so worn out wandering around the airport the day before, we decided to sleep in until about 11, and then hit Raglan Road for lunch to make up for missing our dinner ADR the previous evening.

We hopped the boat from SSR to DTD, which is a really nice ride if you've never done it. We had a captain, Frank, who was "earning his ears," and a few days later we had him as our captain for his first ever solo trip. *sniff* We were so proud!

Anyway. Raglan Road is super-duper quiet at lunch, and we were seated at a table that would've been very uncomfortable at a more crowded time - one of those half booth, half table tables, and it was practically on top of the table next to it. Since the entire row was empty, it was fine.

Since I'd heard good things about the burger here, and since I'm a bit of a burger fanatic, that's what I ordered (with the tomato chutney on the side)...



Mike got the fish and chips...



He gave me one of his pieces of fish (there were two), and I gave him half of my burger, so we each enjoyed both entrees. Mike got lucky, because even though I ordered my burger medium, it was actually medium well, much more to his taste.

Despite being overcooked, the burger was still flavorful and juicy. Great bun, fantastic cheese, good Irish-style ("real," according to Mike) bacon. We both loved the chips - Mike said they were more like traditional chips than American fries. We chomped them.

Mike's fish was, to me, a little bland. The menu says it's beer-battered, but it really doesn't taste that way. The batter has very little flavor at all. It was good, but nothing to write home about.

For dessert, we of course got the bread pudding...



Mike had never had bread pudding before, so it took some convincing to steer him away from the chocolate desserts on the menu. He really loved it, especially once we added the creme anglaise and the butterscotch sauce. The butterscotch was a little sweet for me, so I added it in moderation, but overall - very great bread pudding! I liked that the raisins were only on the top and bottom, so I could easily pick them out. I don't like my bread pudding with a lot of fruit 'n' such.

Overall: really liked Raglan Road, and we returned later in the trip because my mom was dying to try the bread pudding!

Our plan was to stay at MGM (argh! DHS!!) for Fantasmic! and maybe some EMH, but we were still tired, and Mike is getting over being sick, so that hit him kinda hard. We decided to take the boat (Mike *loved* the Disney boats) to BC and eat at Beaches and Cream. All I had to say was "giant ice cream sundaes" and Mike was sold.

We started splitting a bowl of chicken noodle soup, which I forgot to take a pic of until we'd started eating. It looks a lil messy...



I love the chicken noodle soup here. Mike thought it was more like stew, and not the chicken noodle soup he was expecting, which apparently meant just noodles in chicken broth. He liked it, but not as much as I did. I think our waitress thought we were *just* splitting chicken noodle soup, because she threw our straws at us and was sorta... short. Eh.

Anyway... I got the burger (again)...



*sigh* It doesn't look like much, does it? It wasn't. Beaches and Cream used to be one of my favorite places to get a burger, but the burgers have really gone downhill. I ordered it medium rare and it was medium well. I asked for no pickle on the plate, and while there was none, the bottom bun tasted like pickle, so obviously there had been one at some point (ok, that might sound picky, but for someone who doesn't like the taste of pickle, there's a *reason* I say no pickle!! Pickle juice taints everything it touches). I didn't finish it. I did enjoy the fries, though.

Mike ordered the roast beef sub, because I told him it was like a cheesesteak.



He'd never had a cheesesteak before, and he kept thinking it was just a steak with cheese on it. Obviously this sandwich corrected that impression, and he really enjoyed it. I wish I'd ordered it!

We also split an order of onion rings, which I forgot to take a pic of until we'd eaten some of them...



Onion rings. What can I say? They were hot and crispy. Good with salt.

For dessert we got the Fudge Mud Slide. Mike was in heaven. Side note: also his first Oreo.



I only ate about a fourth of this, and Mike polished off the rest. He was seriously one happy camper.

Things we learned today: Mike likes bread pudding, cheesesteaks, and Oreos.
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Old 05-17-2008, 01:46 AM   #17
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Thanks for the reviews. I am following along.

As for the Beaches & Cream burger. How disappointing! I was looking forward to eating there again Sept. But, that patty looks so different, from the past burgers, I will skip it. It just seems disney, just does not know when to leave a good thing alone.
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Great reviews so far! What's that dark thing on the top of the bun at the center, on the burger from Raglan Road? Every picture I've seen of their burger seems to have a dark thing on the center of the bun like that, and I can't figure out what it is.
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:30 AM   #19
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Congratulations!!!

Nice job on the reviews so far! I'm not a big fan of bread pudding but we end up ordering some every time we eat at Raglan Road because it's so good. I could do without the butterscotch sauce myself (I agree, it's too sweet) but I'll take the Creme Anglaise!!

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Mmmm....great pictures! We also loved the bread pudding at Raglan Road!
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I've been contemplating a meal at B & C, and that roast beef sub looks GREAT!
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Thanks for the reviews. I am following along.

As for the Beaches & Cream burger. How disappointing! I was looking forward to eating there again Sept. But, that patty looks so different, from the past burgers, I will skip it. It just seems disney, just does not know when to leave a good thing alone.
The burgers at Beaches and Cream used to be much better. We were told once, a couple of trips ago, that they used to grind their meat fresh, but they don't anymore. This burger tasted like it not only hadn't been ground fresh, but also like it was just a frozen patty thrown on the grill.

Having said that, tho, Mike's cheesesteak was good, and later we went back and got hot dogs that we enjoyed a lot. Also, of course, there's the ice cream!


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Great reviews so far! What's that dark thing on the top of the bun at the center, on the burger from Raglan Road? Every picture I've seen of their burger seems to have a dark thing on the center of the bun like that, and I can't figure out what it is.
I think the dark thing is a bit of caramelized onion. I'm not 100% sure, but it tasted sweet and that's what it looked like. It didn't add a huge amount of flavor, really, and it actually pretty much fell off when I cut the burger in half. Also, when we went back later (and got burgers...) it wasn't on either of our buns.

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Congratulations!!!

Nice job on the reviews so far! I'm not a big fan of bread pudding but we end up ordering some every time we eat at Raglan Road because it's so good. I could do without the butterscotch sauce myself (I agree, it's too sweet) but I'll take the Creme Anglaise!!

Looking forward to more.
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Mike was wild about the butterscotch sauce, so I had to restrain him from a full-out pour; he had to content himself with dipping. Bread pudding is good when it's *good* (as it is at Raglan Road), but it's really easy to mess up... we'll see not-so-good bread pudding in a later review.

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Mmmm....great pictures! We also loved the bread pudding at Raglan Road!
Thanks! It's so yummy.

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I've been contemplating a meal at B & C, and that roast beef sub looks GREAT!
He really liked it, so much that he ordered it again. I took a bite (just one, that's all he'd give up!), and it was mighty tasty. It normally comes with peppers, onions, and shrooms, but Mike skipped those. Also, the second time he ordered it the waitress brought au jus for him to dip it into.

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Kona, Turf Club returns, and HOW much for a slurpee!??!

Thanks again for all the comments and feedback!

On to the eats...

I made an ADR for Kona at 12:55 because Mike had seen the white chocolate cheesecake on the menu. If it's one thing Mike likes more than chocolate, it's white chocolate. I'm used to having a car at Disney, so even though I *know* the snags that can occur in resort-to-resort transportation, I'm not very experienced in dealing with them. I'd talked to my mom the night before, and without really thinking clearly, she suggested we take a bus from SSR to MK, then the bus to the Poly. Of course I realized no bus runs from MK to the Poly, and for some reason I got anti-monorail (dude, it smells like pee...), so I thought we'd just hop the first non-MK bus and then head from there to the Poly. Again, my plans... they were flawed.

The first non-MK bus was Epcot, and not only am I not experienced with resort-to-resort travel, but I'm even *less* experienced with the transportation options at the front of Epcot, since I usually stay at either BC or BW. The kindly bus driver informed us (after I asked her once we arrived at Epcot) that I had to take the monorail to the TTC, then switch monorails to get to the Poly. Also, of course, you have to go through bag inspection at Epcot to even get on the monorail there. *le sigh*

While transportation isn't my forte (clearly), I AM familiar with the fact that it's WAY shorter to walk to the Poly from the TTC than try to catch the monorail (esp since the line was a MILE long b/c they were having monorail issues), so that's what we did. Unfortunately it was about 500 degrees, so we sweated our way to Kona and were about 15 minutes late for our ADR. Luckily they seated us without an issue, and soon we were enjoying the cool air of the Polynesian lobby and I was sipping one of these...



A strawberry smoothie. A bit sweet, but delicious, especially after our hot trek along asphalt paths to get there.

We both ordered burgers (yeah, again!). They were the same, except mine had swiss and Mike's had cheddar. His was medium well and mine was medium rare.



Miracle of miracles, my burger actually *was* medium rare this time!! It was the first time so far my burger had actually been cooked the way I wanted it. Now only if they'd toasted that bun... I guess a girl can't have everything. It was still yum, juicy and fresh-tasting.

For dessert, of course, we had...



White chocolate cheesecake. I say "we," but actually it was really more Mike's, since I was still sipping on my smoothie. I had a couple of bites, and it was creamy and delicious. He really enjoyed it, and kept talking about it the whole trip - though he couldn't remember the name "Kona Cafe."

Overall: Despite transportation woes (my fault), Kona was good as always. Unfortunately due to the heat and how much food we ate, we were too tired/full/lazy to walk around the Poly like we planned and take pics. Plus my camera battery died. This trip was sort of a comedy of errors...

I hadn't made a dinner ADR for us, because I figured we'd just do CS or wing it. We enjoyed our Turf Club dinner so much that Mike suggested we make an ADR to eat there again, so I said sure. We requested a table outside when we made the ADR, but the hostess led us straight to the same table in the back corner of the restaurant where we'd sat two nights before. We looked at each other, and I immediately asked her if we could sit outside. She said no problem, and took us to a table on the terrace.

We had a nice view of DTD, and it was a really lovely night. We started with onion rings with 3 dips...



Ok. If I had any one problem with the Turf Club, it would be that they didn't really describe things well on the menu. It just said "onion rings with 3 dips." I supposed we should have asked *what* three dips, because they turned out to be lime mustard, mango ketchup, and red pepper ranch. Neither of us will touch mustard, Mike doesn't like mango (and neither of us like ketchup), and neither of us like ranch. I though the mango ketchup was actually pretty good; it didn't taste much like ketchup. The red pepper ranch wasn't bad, but still had a bit too much of that "ranch" taste that I don't like. Mike didn't like the dips at all. The onion rings themselves were good.

We both got burgers. Mike got his with fries, and I got mine with the Turf Club potatoes.



So good. Burger cooked perfectly medium rare; great smokey bacon; that excellent sourdough herbed bun. The potatoes were good, cheesy and peppery, though a little greasier than I would've liked. Mike, of course, devoured his second Turf Club burger and was very happy indeed.

We decided to skip dessert and head to Ghirradelli's at DTD instead. We hopped the boat (yay, way to make Mike happy!) and walked over there. Unfortunately it was closed for rehab! Agh!! Saddened, we made our way to Goofy's Candy Co in search of sweets.



Wowza. Mike stood in line and got a triple chocolate cookie and some other chocolate filled brownie while I got one of those slushie things in the build a cup. Ok. Wow. I'm a dope. That thing cost $8.52!!! EIGHT dollars and FIFTY-TWO cents!!! And the slushie wasn't that good. And there wasn't that much of it!! I'm still complaining about it. In case you can't tell. We ate the cookie and brownie the next night; Mike liked them, but I thought they were a bit sweet.

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Lots of burgers, the RR one looked the best to me though

The cheesecake at Kona looked delicious as did the B&C sundae
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Have enjoyed reading your reviews. Will be looking for more.
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Great start! I hope there's lots more desserts to come.
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I am enjoying the reviews. It looks like you are having a great time.
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You must love burgers as much as you say! They all look so good. So do all of your desserts.
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