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Old 10-05-2012, 04:16 PM   #31
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As a WDW vet, I tend to lean toward table-service restaurants, and for the most part we've been happy. I realize DLR is more counter-service focused, so I was adjusting my expectations. I hope I make the right restaurant choices.

For anyone familiar with WDW, is there anywhere in DLR similar to Sunshine Seasons in Epcot? It's an excellent counter-service place that I wish they'd copy in the other parks.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:20 PM   #32
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As a WDW vet, I tend to lean toward table-service restaurants, and for the most part we've been happy. I realize DLR is more counter-service focused, so I was adjusting my expectations. I hope I make the right restaurant choices.
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What do you have planned currently?
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:07 PM   #33
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I agree with the OP. This last trip I brought my own breakfast and lunch with me. I do love the snacks/sweets, and usually allow myself one per day. Other than that, I think the food isn't all that great.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:09 PM   #34
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For anyone familiar with WDW, is there anywhere in DLR similar to Sunshine Seasons in Epcot? It's an excellent counter-service place that I wish they'd copy in the other parks.
Not really. In my opinion the closest thing would be the wharf at DCA where they have Soups, Salads, Mexican ((really bad Mexican if you ask me), Chinese (which I like but it seems not to liked here on the boards) and a Ghirardelli. I just got back from a 12 day trip to WDW. I must say I got the Bacon Cheese Burger at the Mara a few times and I thought it was fine. We at a a bunch of table service there (Thanks Tables In Wonderland). All were outstanding. Maybe I am not that picky. I don't know. I, overall, like the food at DL as well. Guess I am in the minority.

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Old 10-05-2012, 05:11 PM   #35
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I agree. I find things I like, but overall the food is pretty meh.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:22 PM   #36
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I find it like it better than most large venue food services. I find more things I like at the DLR than most airports (save a few), stadiums, and conferences. I don't think it is quite fair to compare Disneyland to most restaurants since they serve more people in a few hours at Disneyland than my favorite restaurants do in weeks! And let's not even talk about the gross food I was served at my last conference.

There is good food at the Resort and some fine dining, but most of the food is for masses of people, which any caterer will tell you is hard to do well.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:30 PM   #37
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DLR is for those whom their main interest is inside the parks, rides, shows and attractions. The ability to walk between two parks, 3 resorts and DTD can't be matched at WDW. You can do more in less time at DLR.

WDW is for those that prefer longer more relaxing vacations. It's 23+ resorts with their own restaurants along with Epcots are hard to beat. There is far more to do outside the parks, boating, fishing, golfing, water parks etc. to make a long vacation possible.

That said neither is better than the other. We frequent both almost every year but for totally different types of vacations. Love the dining and relaxation of a slower paced vacation at WDW and love the in park atmosphere and ability to do more in less time at DLR. There are some great restaurants at DLR too, just not nearly as many choices as WDW.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:42 PM   #38
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What do you have planned currently?
On my radar:
Bengal BBQ
Blue Bayou
Big Thunder Ranch
Flo's V8
Naples (or Napolini)
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Goofy's Kitchen
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:45 PM   #39
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On my radar:
Bengal BBQ
Blue Bayou
Big Thunder Ranch
Flo's V8
Naples (or Napolini)
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Goofy's Kitchen
Just FYI, BTR has long waits, so be aware. And Flo's is really popular with the large Cars crowds. Just so you can be on top of it.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:19 PM   #40
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Just FYI, BTR has long waits, so be aware. And Flo's is really popular with the large Cars crowds. Just so you can be on top of it.
We always make a reservation and are seated right away.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:28 PM   #41
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Just FYI, BTR has long waits, so be aware. And Flo's is really popular with the large Cars crowds. Just so you can be on top of it.
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We always make a reservation and are seated right away.
Reservations are a good idea for table service and eating in the off times is a great idea for counter service places like Flo's.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:46 PM   #42
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I think you kinda hit a bad run of choices. Everyone I've taken to Hungry Bear has loved it. The chili is good, the cupcake is great so are the onion rings. Bengal BBQ is always great.
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You're spoiled by WDW. WDW has an amazing selection. The customers they serve are different (DL - day visitors, WDW - vacationers). I wish they would bring some of the WDW oferings to DL.
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Hmm, funny. I've heard WDW has better table service but DLR has better quick service. I love the food at DLR, though I will admit I'm not all that impressed with River Belle Terrace. Seems you just had a bad experience. Hopefully next time your choices will have more luck
Me too rmom...and disneyismyheart..not true at all...in fact one of my favs at the wdw parks is Flame Tree at AK and its a CS...and i even ate mexican there and I never eat mexican at the parks and it was a CS and good too...oh and Pecos Bills with their bar fixins is waaaaaaaaay better imo than Taste Pilots...
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:02 PM   #43
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Maybe WDW is just better for food, but DL food is still good

I think I like many other previous posters have found my fav's at the Disneyland Resort.

Cafe Orleans is really good

Storytellers is solid, if unspectacular

and my favorite bargain place in DCA is the Boardwalk Pizza area

Now that being said, our entire family loved the food last year at WDW, certainly it was varied and different, catching the themes of the resorts and locations very well, and certainly eating with the free dining plan also did make the food taste better
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:42 PM   #44
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I agree with most of what everyone is saying. I think maybe 10 or 15 years ago I might have been more in the food target that Disney seems to be aiming for. I think my tastes are snootier than Disney prepares for.
don't understand why you chose mostly counter service in that case? counter service is always going to be more generic tasting and cheaper. Although the Plaza Inn is counter service and it is by no means bland or meh. Did you try Blue Bayou, Cafe New Orleans, Carnation Cafe, The Big thunder Ranch Barbecue, even French Market counter service? Also Rancho Del Zocollo. and in DCA, how about Ariels Grotto, or the new Carthay Circle Theater restaurant. Wine Country Trattoria, The Cove Bar, even Flo's and on the Pacific Wharf both Lucky Fortune Cookery and the clam chowder bread bowls from the Pacific wharf cafe. In the hotels there is Storytellers, and of course Napa Rose. Steakhouse 55 is amazing, even their lounge is excellent. The new Trader Sams is soooo good! what about Catal's, or Tortilla Joes, or Ralph Brennans? all very excellent places to eat. Did you try any of these?
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:00 PM   #45
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I have to say I totally agree, DL food was bland! All the sit down resteraunt tasted or should I say lack of taste the same. For the amount of money we paid, I expected so much more.
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