Abby's Summer Solo Dining Soirée - Completed 8/28!

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Reviews' started by cbg1027, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. cbg1027

    cbg1027 Florida Girl

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    I just finished a DR, so you know what that means....time for yet another one to start! :lmao:

    I'm Abby, and I love Disney. I also really love food - good food!

    Here I am with a very large cricket I found at AK:
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    I had a short trip to WDW set for June 5-8. Who I was going with kept changing for one reason or another. I thought I was going to have a romantic get away with my DBF, but he had a work emergency at the last minute. Since I had rented DVC points, my reservation was non-refundable, so I made it a solo trip and ate at some places DBF wouldn't have wanted to go. ;)

    I will be reviewing:

    A Snack at The Mara
    Via Napoli Dinner
    Breakfast at The Mara
    50's Prime Time Cafe Lunch
    Citricos Dinner
    Boma Breakfast
    Yak n Yeti Lunch
    Jiko Dinner
    'Dine with an Animal Specialist - An Untamed Lunch at Sanaa'

    I'll be beginning soon - come back and and be ready to drool!
     
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  3. kabuki

    kabuki <font color=green>It's free if you pass out in the

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    I'm in Abby!!!
     
  4. GoofySon'sMom

    GoofySon'sMom DIS Veteran

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    Really enjoyed your last review! I am in for this one! :goodvibes
     
  5. rachel09985

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    Im in! I love your reviews!
     
  6. disneyfav4ever

    disneyfav4ever No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep

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    I can't wait to read your reviews. I go to Disney all the time solo, and I would love to stay at AKL someday, my favorite restaurants are there!
     
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    Looking forward to your reviews.
     
  8. MickeyNicki

    MickeyNicki It is pretty darn sad when a valet picks you out a

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    I am so jealous...what I wouldnt do for a solo trip to WDW!

    I keep asking DH for one and he reminds me I had 2 whole days solo back in June 09 but it just isnt the same.... :lmao:
     
  9. cbg1027

    cbg1027 Florida Girl

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    Welcome aboard Chelsi!

    Thanks for joining in again!

    Welcome back! Thank you!

    Some of my favorites are at AKL too.

    Thanks!

    That was two years ago! You need a solo trip so you can plan plan plan and not have to listen to Todd whine that he 'doesn't feel like _____ cuisine' that day!:rotfl:
     
  10. cbg1027

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    I drove down from Tallahassee in the morning and arrived at AKL around 2pm. I checked in and luckily, not only was my room ready, but I got upgraded to savannah view!:yay:

    I had plans to head to Epcot and knew I was going to Via Napoli for dinner, but I still hadn't eaten lunch, so I stopped in The Mara for a quick bite before heading out.

    The Mara is AKL's counter service location. It's much smaller than the food courts at the value resorts. I wouldn't even call it a food court. There was a line to have a CM take your order, after which they give you a buzzer for when your food is ready. While you wait, you can take your order form up and pay the cashier.

    The menu isn't very large, but they did have some more unique offerings like falafel and roasted chicken. I was wanting something on the lighter side so I had room when the time for pizza came later, so I opted for a Chicken Ceasar Salad and a cup of water:
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    This was a basic counter service ceasar and it wasn't very good. There was way too much dressing, the lettuce was just drowning in it. The dressing wasn't even very good, it was way too creamy and tasted mostly of cheese and salt - no lemon, no anchovy, no pepper. The chicken was really dry and the croutons were soft and lacked any seasonings.

    Overall, a disappointment and not something I would order again. About the only positive thing I can say about the salad was that the lettuce wasn't brown.

    However, I was hungry and needed some energy for park touring, so I wolfed it down.

    I'd have to give Mara another chance at breakfast one morning!

    Grade: D
     
  11. MickeyNicki

    MickeyNicki It is pretty darn sad when a valet picks you out a

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    Dang it, the salad looks good but it must just be the photography :thumbsup2
     
  12. Dis_Yoda

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    I'm in!
     
  13. Mrs. Sojourner

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    Looking forward to reading more. :)
     
  14. Uncle Remus

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    'Dine with an Animal Specialist - An Untamed Lunch at Sanaa'

    That sounds interestin', can't wait to hear all about it.
     
  15. chocolateMinnie

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    Shame about Mara - we are hoping to pop in during our first trip to AKL this year.
     
  16. bigal'sdaughter

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    Hi Abby!
    I'm in! going to AKL for the first time in the fall and have the Via Napoli dinner ressie!.... Thanks for letting me join in. Your reviews are great!
     
  17. dizneeat

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    Abby, I am here too!

    Wow! That salad LOOKS yummy, shame it didn't live up to it's looks. Can't wait for more! :thumbsup2
     
  18. TanzUnited99

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    Hi Abby! I'm joining in on this one as well :goodvibes

    Yay on taking a solo trip - sounds like fun!

    Eek that salad doesn't sound good but it looks good in the pic.
     
  19. Tinker12

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    Joining in!Look forward to your reviews.

    I'm sorry that the salad was not good. It looks amazing though.
     
  20. DisneyGuess

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    I'm so in! popcorn::
     
  21. butiflfeet

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    I am so in for this! A solo trip would be fantastic!
     

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