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Old 02-26-2012, 12:57 AM   #1
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We're back & better than ever - Complete!

Last time (over half a year ago), during what felt like a joyfully endless summer, we enjoyed numerous meals across WDW. There were a few disappointments (such as The Wave, California Grill, and Narcoossee's) but also some pleasant surprises (Captain's Grille) and highlight meals (especially Artist Point, Jiko, Yachtsman, Citricos, and Flying Fish).

Well, things have changed a bit since then. While I've always seen myself as a foodie, I've become more adventurous than ever. I've started to enjoy foods I used to actively dislike (oysters, a variety of cheeses, eel, etc) and I'm excited to see how my broader food attitudes will impact the WDW dining experience.

We ended up eating at some of our favorite places, such as Artist Point and Yachtsman Steakhouse. We also had meals at quite a few other restaurants, and overall we weren't disappointed. The food was great in both March and May, and I'm looking forward to sharing it all with you!

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Old 02-26-2012, 09:38 AM   #3
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Can't wait to hear all about it - have a fantastic trip :
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:38 AM   #4
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Definitely looking forward to another of your reviews!
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:28 AM   #5
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Wonderful! I'm happy to hear you're going back and will be doing more food reviews. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your last reviews. Have a great time!
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:24 PM   #6
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Looking forward to your new reviews.
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YAY! Have a wonderful trip and yummy meals!
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Can't wait to hear all about it - have a fantastic trip :
Thanks so much! I'm really excited to be go back and try some new things.

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Glad you're here! I also can't wait for your next set of reviews - your proposed restaurant list looked awesome.

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Wonderful! I'm happy to hear you're going back and will be doing more food reviews. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your last reviews. Have a great time!
Thanks so much! I'm really happy you enjoyed my past reviews, and I can't wait to start another round.

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Thanks for reading! I know there's going to be some amazing food ahead.

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Thanks so much! Just about a week and a half to go.
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I was THRILLED to get on the board tonight and see that DonaldDoleWhip was heading back to the "world". I can't tell you how much I will be looking forward to your reviews!
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:05 AM   #10
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I was THRILLED to get on the board tonight and see that DonaldDoleWhip was heading back to the "world". I can't tell you how much I will be looking forward to your reviews!
Thanks so much! I'm really excited about this upcoming trip, and I just know a lot of the food will be worth sharing.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:15 AM   #11
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Glad you're here! I also can't wait for your next set of reviews - your proposed restaurant list looked awesome.
Course there have been a few changes made! Today is my ADR day and the system is down! As soon as I can make them, I will post our (I hope) final list!
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Looking forward to your reviews!

We just returned from our trip and while there had to make the tough decision between our first time at Cali Grill (which everyone recommended to me) or Artist Point. I listened to the masses even though I really wanted to try AP and I have to say, I was disappointed with Cali Grill.

I knew the atmosphere wouldn't be the same, but the noise coupled with the swarms of children (I'm not kidding when I say they were running full speed back and forth through the restaurant) and the lack of enforcement of the dress code all left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. The food was good, but not great (I was brought out the completely wrong first course and my Husband's entree was just warm).

We decided to skip dessert and head over to the Territory Lounge instead and order dessert from the AP menu and if the dessert was an idication of what the apps and main courses would have been like, I'm really bummed we missed it. The Berry Cobbler I had was hands-down the best dessert of the trip!

Live and learn! We won't boycott CG, but next time I'm sticking with my gut and we'll heading to AP .
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I really enjoyed your last report and very much looking forward to this one beginning!
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:45 PM   #15
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Course there have been a few changes made! Today is my ADR day and the system is down! As soon as I can make them, I will post our (I hope) final list!
The changes looked great - I think you have a solid balance of signature and non-signature meals.

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Thanks so much - I haven't been this excited about a dining review in quite a while.

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Looking forward to your reviews!

We just returned from our trip and while there had to make the tough decision between our first time at Cali Grill (which everyone recommended to me) or Artist Point. I listened to the masses even though I really wanted to try AP and I have to say, I was disappointed with Cali Grill.

I knew the atmosphere wouldn't be the same, but the noise coupled with the swarms of children (I'm not kidding when I say they were running full speed back and forth through the restaurant) and the lack of enforcement of the dress code all left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. The food was good, but not great (I was brought out the completely wrong first course and my Husband's entree was just warm).

We decided to skip dessert and head over to the Territory Lounge instead and order dessert from the AP menu and if the dessert was an idication of what the apps and main courses would have been like, I'm really bummed we missed it. The Berry Cobbler I had was hands-down the best dessert of the trip!

Live and learn! We won't boycott CG, but next time I'm sticking with my gut and we'll heading to AP .
Aw, sorry that California Grill wasn't amazing for you either. The rumors of a renovation sparked our interest in trying it again, and we've enjoyed many of our past meals there. Plus, in order to mitigate the risk, I'll probably just stick to some things that sound really great (such as a few appetizers) in lieu of a mediocre $40 entree. And hopefully Artist Point will be as great for you as it usually is for us.

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Thanks so much - hopefully the days will fly by really quickly!
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