Best steak on kids menu. TS

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  1. Torinate

    Torinate Earning My Ears

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    Hi there.

    My 9 year old son's favorite meal is steak. Bar none.

    What TS restaurants offer this. Not signature dining though.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. sharonabe

    sharonabe DIS Veteran

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    I can't attest to either being "the best," but the only 1 TS places I can even think of that have steak on kids' menu are Teppan Edo in EP Japan, and Be Our Guest for dinner.
     
  4. Torinate

    Torinate Earning My Ears

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    I'm getting more and more disappointed each time I search the kids menus!

    My son is 9. He is all done with shaped chicken nuggets and mac and cheese!

    He would like a nice meal. Even a nice chicken breast... Steak is his absolute favourite! We were last at Disney 3 years ago and didn't have this problem at all. He had steak twice that trip - good steaks too. Of course, Le Cellier was regular table service then.

    I'd like him to at least have a great steak dinner once while there! Considering upgrading him to an adult, but at another $100 I think i'll pass - 4 night only!. Not quite sure what were getting with the kids plan - paying a lot for a little now. Great for 5 yr olds, brutal for a 9 yr old.

    Asking for any help with this...

    I shouldn't have to trade my steak with him and eat his mac and cheese for him to get a decent meal...
     
  5. Torinate

    Torinate Earning My Ears

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    Be Our Guest is booked every night we're there... Guess it's popular...
     
  6. WDWFANCBIIIME

    WDWFANCBIIIME DIS Veteran

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    My little brothers 9 - 10 say the best steaks are at:

    Flying Fish
    Jiko
    California Grill
    Shula's
    One Liked Le Cellier one Did not

    They also like Ohana sometimes depends on the night
     
  7. rlovew

    rlovew Moderator Moderator

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    The kids plan is very cheap- if you want your child to eat better food then you should pay the $100 to upgrade him to an adult. With all the meals for less than $20 a day you shouldn't expect much at Disney prices. What you are saying is I want my child to eat like an adult but pay child prices and Disney doesn't offer that except if you are doing buffets (where they child can eat from anywhere).
     
  8. Haygar2

    Haygar2 Mouseketeer

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    I'm sure you know this, but if you upgrade him for the dining plan, you have to upgrade his park tickets as well. We wish we would have upgraded our son last year. He is a really good eater and was very disappointed. We even ate at Hollywood Brown Derby and they didn't have much variety. I figured they would have steak. Nope. Desserts were very disappointing also. We (myself, my husband, & my 13 year old daughter) would have a choice of fabulous desserts. He would get yogurt or plain vanilla ice cream. He wouldn't eat it. He would share mine. Price is definitely different for our next trip. We added a day, upgraded resorts, and he is now a Disney adult. I would have upgraded him anyway.
     
  9. Mickey'sApprentice

    Mickey'sApprentice Shamelessly demand, it works bette

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    For the most part, the dining plan is usually just a convenience.

    Forego the dining plan and go where you want to go and order what you want to order. We have gone before on the dining plan and ordered the more expensive items and got a lot of desserts. We have gone without the dining plan, ordered less expensive entrees, and rarely bought dessert.

    Keep in mind that everybody in your party either has to be on the dining plan or not be on the dining plan.

    Another option would be to leave your child off your room reservation, purchase his ticket as if he were staying off property and buy his food out of pocket. I'm not sure if this would be considered unethical since the charge on the room would not change. On second thought I guess it would be unethical to do that, but one of the more minor offenses I've seen proposed here on the DIS.
     
  10. disney1990

    disney1990 <font color=royalblue>Wow, it make my heart skip a

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    My children and grandchildren were never "into" kids meals. They ate more like adults. That said, try a walk up for Be Our Guest. They have some good kids meals available.
     
  11. Torinate

    Torinate Earning My Ears

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    Actually, what i'm saying is, the kids menus at Disney are horrible and need a complete remake. The mere fact that a 4 year old chooses from the same menu as a 9 year old is absurd! There should definitely be an "in between" type plan. Sure, increase the price for it! Split the difference between the kids and the adults. A 9 year old will not eat like an adult. But they will eat 3 or 4 times more than that 4 year old! A 9 year old is beyond star shaped processed chicken nuggets and mac and cheese.

    I shouldn't have to upgrade to an adult. But if I do, I should certainly not have to pay for increased park tickets too! As a consumer who is paying out of pocket for this, I should have that right. Because a person would enjoy a better meal and is willing to pay for that, what right does anyone or any entity have is now saying that the person is older in age? Should have used thinking when I was 18 and going in to bars... "But I will pay for the drink so make me 19". Why is there not an in-between level?

    I agree. You're absolutely right! Don't expect much from the Disney Dining Kids plan.

    Lol.. I would LOVE to find a bargain from Disney! But moreover, we are paying for the experience. I'm ok with that. I am not one that likes to be taken advantage of however.

    Yes, my frustration cup runneth over...

    I have searched this problem on this board and it is extremely evident and rampant.

    I apologize to those I may have offended by my candid responses and enthusiastic answers.

    After all is said and done, I just want my son to have a good meal. Disney, is that too much to ask?
     
  12. Art 1

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    I don't see it as a big deal I guess, a good kids meal is called and adult meal. When my son was to the point he no longer wanted kids meals he ordered off the adult menu. I think maybe you are over thinking it all. :thumbsup2
     
  13. jennylyn_b

    jennylyn_b Disney Fan for Life :)

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    I order my child what she wants. I don't care which menu it comes from. That's why we don't do the ddp. It doesn't work for everyone. If it doesn't work for your family consider OOP.

    However the following have steak as option on the kids menu. I just did a simple search for steak on wdwinfo.com:
    Les Chefs
    grand Floridian Cafe
    'Ohana
    Raglan Road
    Portobello
    Fultons
    The Wave
    Be Our Guest
    Rose and crown

    This excludes signatures as you said you didn't want those. There are plenty of places that offer items for kids other than Mac n cheese and nuggets. Disney does offer choices from nuggets to more adventurous kids items, you just have to look at all menus.
     
  14. darkwing818

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    I agree; when our 2 DDs didn't see anything they liked on the kids menu, they just ordered off the regular menu. This went for any restaurant not just Disney. As a family we really enjoy the steaks at the Flying Fish restaurant. ::yes::
     
  15. MSLRAC

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    OP, since you're paying for the DDP, have you done a cost analysis? You might be better off if you drop the DDP and pay out of pocket? That way your DS can order whatever he wants from the adult or kids menu.
     
  16. Love Tink

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    I don't know which restaurants you are considering, but I don't think my kids have ever had nuggets or macaroni at any table service restaurant. Definitely at counter service, but not at a sit-down meal.

    I have a 9 year old who is also a huge steak fan and he got steak at a couple of places on our last trip (I think Raglan Road was his favorite.) He also had meatloaf, lamb, gourmet pizza and two or three kinds of fish.
     
  17. Music City Mama

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    My DS had the kids' steak at BOG and it wasn't good. Mine was good, but his had a lot of gristle -- it was just a lower quality/cut of beef. I don't even think Le Cellier's kids' steak is that good. If your son likes steak a lot, I don't think he'll be that impressed with kids' steaks at Disney.
     
  18. Deb & Bill

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    If you are not getting free dining, instead of buying the dining plan, put the money on a Disney Gift Card and pay for your meals with that. Then your son can get what he likes. And you can eat what you like.
     
  19. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    I'd say that all depends on the child. My oldest niece at age 9 ate like a bird. Her brother could put away a ton of food when he was 9.

    What you are finding out is that the dining plan does not work for everyone. Every family is different when it comes to what they like to eat and how much they eat. Btw, if all you are finding on kids menus is chicken nuggets and mac and cheese you need to keep looking. Disney does offer more than that, but you have to seek it out.

    I think you should save yourself the stress and upgrade your child. It is a bit more, but if he eats like an adult he will be much happier, which means you will be much happier.
     
  20. Torinate

    Torinate Earning My Ears

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    Thank you to everyone with their ideas and suggestions.

    We greatly appreciate the guidance!

    As for the dining plan, yes, I've done the cost analysis and we come out fairly close, although still paying more for the plan. We do like the convenience - pay up front, plan your days, etc. I know this could be achieved with a Disney card too - an idea we never thought of. I think the plan also ensures that we take the time for a nice meal - rather than just have something QS and on the go. We need that - to slow down and enjoy things...

    Overthinking this... well, unfortunately, yes, you are probably 100% correct! In my profession, I tend to be the "thinking devil's advocate". It negatively carries over into my own personal venues.

    I just want him to come away from the whole experience saying "WOW!"

    I will post our selections and let the populous here have a look to let me know of any poor or lower choices.

    Here's what we have so far: Please chime in!

    Still looking for Downtown Disney - thinking (as other have mentioned) either Portobello, or Raglan Road.

    So far - Mama Melrose
    Boatwrights
    Teppan Edo

    These can all be changed - definitely open to ideas and suggestions!
     
  21. cgattis

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    My son's favorite kids meal steak was BOG; I tasted it and agreed. His Le Cellier steak was pathetic considering that's their specialty. It would be nice if they'd just do a small cut of good meat instead of giving the kids the really inferior cuts.
     

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