Monday, May 2, 2011

Second Star to the Right and Straight on 'til Morning

Or was it, second door to the right and hurry - I've got to pee!

Yes food and bathroom breaks are a constant as you tour the parks, but if you choose wisely there are some great experiences out there.  And by that I mean the food, the bathrooms are not anything special :) 

OK so here is Chef Ryan's Guide to Disney Food

Yak N' Yedi (Animal Kingdom) - Wonderful menu with Pan Asian cuisine.  Plenty of American favorites if you just want to dip your toes.  We had the lettuce cups as an appetizer.  I ordered the Beef and Broccoli which was excellent, the tempura shrimp is very good, and I also tasted the Miso Salmon with Jasmine Rice.  Everything was great and the meal along with 2 Plum Wines was under $100 which is a great value for Disney.

Hoop d' Do (Ft Wilderness) - I love to talk a good game of cuisine but when push comes to shove this is right up ole' Ryan's alley.  All you can eat Fried Chicken, Ribs, Mashed Potatoes, and Strawberry Shortcake!  Yum!  Shannon hit the Sangria.  It is a dinner theatre so a bit pricey but not too bad at about $225 for 4.

San Angel Inn (Epcot) - A great place to cool off in Epcot!  I had a wonderful crabmeat tostada with chipotle mayo and cilantro.  Shannon, always with an eye for the chic, had a Blood Orange Margarita.

Le Cellier (Epcot) - Our friends to the North should be proud, this is probably the best restaurant in Epcot, perhaps all of Disney!  Do Canadians only eat steak and salmon?  Perhaps not but this is the place to have a big ole' piece of red meat.  It's pricey but worth it!  I love the Gruyere Yukon Gold Potato Au Gratin!  If you are a member of PETA there is free range chicken and a Potato, Leek, and Goat Cheese Quiche. :)

Artist Point (Wilderness Lodge) - A beautiful space located near the spectacular lobby of the Wilderness Lodge and another restaurant that is arguably the best at Disney.  Featuring Pacific Northwest cuisine you will definitely want to try the seafood or perhaps a wild game entree if you like to expirement.  Price is not for the faint of heart with most entrees in the $40+ range but you won't regret at least one splurge!  And you need reservations many months in advance.

*  Note:  Victoria and Alberts in the Grand Floridian is typically considered the best at Disney World but I have never been.  I have also been to Boma - Flavors of Africa at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and it is excellent.

Wolfgang Pucks (Downtown Disney) - Our best QSR experience.  You don't get a Disney meal for under $50 (even fast food).  But this is fairly affordable and healthy.  I like the Chisnois Salad and the Margherita Pizza is to die for.  The brownie however was a big disappointment, all sugary with no big chocolate taste.

Rose and Crown Pub (Epcot) - It is what it is when you eat in England but the atmosphere is nice.  I just went with Potato Leek soup and scavenged fish and chips off others (Shannon and the girls are not heavy eaters).  Bangers and mash sounds like something I might like to do with a Spice girl, but to eat - not so much! Should have gone to Japan for dinner!

Chef Mickey's (Contemporary) - Character meals are expensive and this was about $125 for breakfast but it is much more efficient than seeing characters in the park and less expensive than lunch or dinner.  Breakfast was very good here with all the traditional breakfast items along with Mickey waffles, wonderful fruit, and a great vegetable fritata.  I also enjoyed creating my own Bananas Foster oatmeal!

We also went to La Nouba (Downtown Disney).  The family loved it!  For me a bit pricey to watch a bunch of European mimes jump on trampolines :( 

But then again, nobody ever accused me of being culturified!

So as they say:     One Disney Vacation = About $5K
                            Disney Family Memories = Priceless!

1 comment:

France said...

I've been to Disney on business for a few times, never been to Cellier. Most of us from Montreal do like chicken too! Sacred place is St. Hubert BBQ. Mmmmm.