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Old 09-23-2012, 07:45 PM   #916
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Flare Up at Flame Tree

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Prior to this trip, I had only been to the Flame Tree once. The experience wasn’t great, but again, it had more to do with my family than the restaurant itself. From reviews on the DIS, I knew I wanted to try it out.

Unfortunately, I didn’t pay attention to exactly where the restaurant was located. I thought it was in Africa. So after a long, hot walk from Asia to Africa, not finding the place we were looking for, we finally consulted a map and discovered that the Flame Tree was on Discovery Island.

Everyone was pretty grumpy at this point. Nate was an extremely picky eater at the time, and the only thing that appealed to him was fruit. I don’t even remember what the rest of us ordered.


On subsequent trips, my family has dined at Tamu Tamu (aka “The Restaurant that Guests forgot” since nobody ever talks about the place).

I was excited to try out the Flame Tree again. I knew that there was seating that overlooked Everest. How cool is that? Teens love BBQ. What could go wrong???











There was a fairly long line for placing lunch orders. I told one of the other chaperones exactly what I wanted, I grabbed everybody’s bags and backpacks and I reserved tables by the water with an incredible view. An added bonus was that the space was covered, and the sky was looking dark, so I was very pleased with our spot.









One of the issues with the location was to that our seats were to the right and down a set of stairs, so I was afraid that the first few people in our group wouldn’t be able to find me, and I didn’t really want to leave our stuff unattended. Finally, after a long while, I saw a couple of kids in our group and I directed them to our area. Then I went to alert the others where to find us.

On the way, I saw a couple of subgroups of our group sitting elsewhere. I told them that I had seating for everyone in another area, but they refused to move and join us. My son was in one of these groups.

Once again, I was getting agitated that we were all separated. Granted, we were all at the same restaurant, but the seating areas are on different levels and it was impossible to see the others from where we were.

A minor flare-up, mostly internal on my part, but that perhaps is the worst kind of all.

I heard rumbles of thunder in the distance and that just intensified my frustration that the others weren’t listening to me.

Let it rain on them! Serves them right!

But the rain didn’t come.


How was the food?








So-so. I debated between the ribs and the pulled pork sandwich. The ribs were really fatty and the portion was too big. I hate leaving food behind, I am a compulsive finisher, but I did have ribs leftover. The ice in my ice tea had melted by the time I started drinking. The beans and coleslaw were fine, I think. The chocolate mousse was good, but a little melty when it was time for dessert.

Overall, another meal that did not live up to my expectations.

But my view, however, was spectacular!




Next up: A Teen Reduces Me To Tears



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Old 09-23-2012, 08:38 PM   #917
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Great pics again! I would be really frustrated with the seating situation too. I hope the teen that reduces you to tears is not your son.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:32 PM   #918
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I've been in that situation as a chaperone where one group sits separately from the rest. I was frustrated too.

I've eaten at Flame Tree, but I never saw that pool of water, love those pics!

And I think you sat where we did because I remember being covered and having that view of EE.
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Beautiful pics of your seating view.

I think the experience didn't stand a chance once you had to break out the map to find the place. With teens, you make one false move and everything after can be doomed.

The meal looked good. It is always frustrating when ribs don't live up to how good they look. Beans however, are always reliable. (I'm sure there is a joke to be inserted here, but it is too early in the morning to come up with one.)
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I think its hard to get good ribs. Sorry that weren't all that great. It's been years since I've eaten there, mostly because its always hot when I visit Disney world and I ate to eat outside in the heat (yet we did in June, go figure).

I had no idea you could find tables with such a remarkable view of Everest (probably because the last time I ate there was pre-Everest ). You got some great pictures and now I want to visit, if for no other reason than to take pictures.

Don't blame you for getting frustrated when you tried so hard to get good seating and the kids go and do their own thing. ugh!
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All caught up again! I cannot even begin to imagine how frustrating it would be to try to lead such a large group (of mostly teenagers)! I think you should have jumped back on a plane to Orlando when you made it back home!

Anxious to hear the story behind what reduces you to tears... and a bit surprised it took this long!
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Wow! Dee! You were able to snag some really good seats at Flame Tree BBQ. Too bad some of the folks decided to sit in other areas and tht it was a little stressful for you. I think it's the mother hen in us wanting to make sure that all of our chicks are gathered around.

It's been a while since we've eaten at Flame Tree. It's not because it isn't good food, it's because I can't make myself eat a hot meal out in the heat. I need air conditioning!
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:06 PM   #923
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I've never eaten at Flame Tree because my family doesn't eat pork and that seems like the best stuff on the menu (although not based on your report!).
Sorry it was yet another frustrating experience for you.

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Ugh, that stresses me out when folks get spread out like that and have differing agendas. I really liked the food there but it was HUGE. Bummer that they were too fatty. I agree on the portion size, ridiculously huge. Although for once Jeff didn't complain about it being too small.

Pretty spot for lunch though!
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Great pics again! I would be really frustrated with the seating situation too. I hope the teen that reduces you to tears is not your son.
You will be relieved to know that it was not my son who was the source of my waterworks.


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I've been in that situation as a chaperone where one group sits separately from the rest. I was frustrated too.

I've eaten at Flame Tree, but I never saw that pool of water, love those pics!

And I think you sat where we did because I remember being covered and having that view of EE.
I love the seating at the Flame Tree. So peaceful and zen. Or at least it should have been.


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Beautiful pics of your seating view.

I think the experience didn't stand a chance once you had to break out the map to find the place. With teens, you make one false move and everything after can be doomed.

The meal looked good. It is always frustrating when ribs don't live up to how good they look. Beans however, are always reliable. (I'm sure there is a joke to be inserted here, but it is too early in the morning to come up with one.)
The view was the best part of the lunch. The food was good. Not great, but good.

Maybe we could work in a joke using my title (Flare up at Flame Tree), incorporating the beans, but then again, maybe we shouldn't!


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I think its hard to get good ribs. Sorry that weren't all that great. It's been years since I've eaten there, mostly because its always hot when I visit Disney world and I ate to eat outside in the heat (yet we did in June, go figure).

I had no idea you could find tables with such a remarkable view of Everest (probably because the last time I ate there was pre-Everest ). You got some great pictures and now I want to visit, if for no other reason than to take pictures.

Don't blame you for getting frustrated when you tried so hard to get good seating and the kids go and do their own thing. ugh!
It really was hot, even under the protective covering! Definitely did not make the meal appetizing.

The view from our tables was awesome! Too bad not everyone in our group enjoyed it, though.


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All caught up again! I cannot even begin to imagine how frustrating it would be to try to lead such a large group (of mostly teenagers)! I think you should have jumped back on a plane to Orlando when you made it back home!

Anxious to hear the story behind what reduces you to tears... and a bit surprised it took this long!
Now there's a great suggestion!!! I did feel like a do over was in order.

Your comment about it taking so long for the crying to start made me laugh!


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Wow! Dee! You were able to snag some really good seats at Flame Tree BBQ. Too bad some of the folks decided to sit in other areas and tht it was a little stressful for you. I think it's the mother hen in us wanting to make sure that all of our chicks are gathered around.

It's been a while since we've eaten at Flame Tree. It's not because it isn't good food, it's because I can't make myself eat a hot meal out in the heat. I need air conditioning!
I was very proud of myself for getting those great seats and I was excited to share them with everyone. Which turned out to be about half of our group.

Apparently, I have been taking this whole "chaperoning" thing a bit too seriously.

I was hoping I was going to have a really spectacular meal that would redeem the restaurant for us, but that wasn't the case. I thik we will stick with Tamu Tamu in the future.


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I've never eaten at Flame Tree because my family doesn't eat pork and that seems like the best stuff on the menu (although not based on your report!).
Sorry it was yet another frustrating experience for you.

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Is there someplace you usually eat at in AK? I know Tom prefers sit down places to quick service in most cases.

The menu at Flame Tree is mostly pork. There is a roast chicken, but again, not a light meal!


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Ugh, that stresses me out when folks get spread out like that and have differing agendas. I really liked the food there but it was HUGE. Bummer that they were too fatty. I agree on the portion size, ridiculously huge. Although for once Jeff didn't complain about it being too small.

Pretty spot for lunch though!
The seating we had at the Flame Tree is probably the best view while dining in the park. This would be a great place to share a meal! Since my stomach was in knots from all of the stress, it really added to my inability to finish my meal.
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[SIZE="3"] What could go wrong???
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I (correctly) sensed some foreshadowing here! It's so frustrating when things don't go the way we have them worked out in our head.

You did get some great pics of EE though. It's a really pretty dining area!
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Oh Dee... I am sorry Flame Tree did not leave up to your expectations. I love ribs so I never have left overs when I go there. And the fact that they are fatty only add to my "Disney indulgence. One thing I learned is NOT to book a table service meal on AK day. I am never hungry at night after eating Flame Tree for lunch.

I doNt care about their dessert either. On our most recent trip we got stopped at the exit of AK and asked to fill up a survey about the food we had eaten that day. Our only complaint: Flame Tree needs decent desserts.

Can't wait to read more.
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Loved your comment Dee - let it rain on them! Sorry the ribs disappointed. The last time we got ribs there they were a bit on the fatty side as well... hmmm. Oh, and we sat exactly where you had saved tables. I think it is the farthest eating area for the place but what a view!

I'm already hoping the next installment turned out different...
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This last trip we ate at Pizzafari. I know it gets its share of criticism but I like it. Plenty of indoor seating. Bright colors. I had a really yummy sandwich there.
We've eaten at Rainforest plenty of times, too. The kids menu is extensive and the salads are huge and good.

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I (correctly) sensed some foreshadowing here! It's so frustrating when things don't go the way we have them worked out in our head.

You did get some great pics of EE though. It's a really pretty dining area!
I was experiencing a serious case of "Planner's Pout" on this trip. As much as I tried not to picture how the trip should go, it is an occupational hazard of a Disney Commando.

The dining area at Flame Tree is beautiful!


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Oh Dee... I am sorry Flame Tree did not leave up to your expectations. I love ribs so I never have left overs when I go there. And the fact that they are fatty only add to my "Disney indulgence. One thing I learned is NOT to book a table service meal on AK day. I am never hungry at night after eating Flame Tree for lunch.

I doNt care about their dessert either. On our most recent trip we got stopped at the exit of AK and asked to fill up a survey about the food we had eaten that day. Our only complaint: Flame Tree needs decent desserts.

Can't wait to read more.
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I was really hoping I would like Flame Tree, but I'm not sure if I will be able to lure my family to Flame Tree on future trips based on my review.

The chocolate mousse was ok, but from reports I have read here, and from what I recall from our meal in 2008, the Key lime dessert is nasty.

We enjoy Tamu Tamu-they have yummy flatbread sandwiches (tuna, turkey) and my boys get burgers I think. You can get a milkshake for dessert.


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Loved your comment Dee - let it rain on them! Sorry the ribs disappointed. The last time we got ribs there they were a bit on the fatty side as well... hmmm. Oh, and we sat exactly where you had saved tables. I think it is the farthest eating area for the place but what a view!

I'm already hoping the next installment turned out different...
Yeah, things are starting to quickly unravel at this point. I am an extremely tolerant, patient person, but the early mornings and late nights were starting to catch up with everyone.

The amazing view of EE is not quite enough of a tipping point for me to encourage a return to the restaurant. I think Nate had a good meal, though. I believe he ordered the pulled pork sandwich and enjoyed it.


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This last trip we ate at Pizzafari. I know it gets its share of criticism but I like it. Plenty of indoor seating. Bright colors. I had a really yummy sandwich there.
We've eaten at Rainforest plenty of times, too. The kids menu is extensive and the salads are huge and good.

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We haven't been to Pizzafari or Restaurantasaurus. Haven't tried the Yak & Yeti Counter Service either. At least there are a lot of choices. Nate is the only fussy eater in our crew, and he is really starting to come around and expand his palate, so we don't have trouble finding something we like wherever we end up.
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