Friday, October 17, 2014

Top 10 Meals at Walt Disney World

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Top 10 Meals at Walt Disney World
by: Brittany DiCologero

10. Honey Sesame Chicken at Nine Dragons
Nine Dragons, the Chinese restaurant located in Epcot’s World Showcase, is my favorite restaurant (anywhere) for honey sesame chicken. The chicken is served with white rice, and is the perfect lunch or dinner while spending a day in Epcot. This restaurant is fairly underrated (I assume many guests don’t want to eat food similar to their local Chinese restaurants) however the honey sesame chicken here is one of my favorite meals. As an added bonus, this restaurant does not usually get booked solid with reservations, so if you’re looking for a walk-in in Epcot, this is a great place to go. (The honey sesame chicken costs $16.99.)

9. Wild Mushroom Flatbread at Mama Melrose’s
This is a very affordable dinner option, located in Hollywood Studios at a cost of $12.99. The Wild Mushroom Flatbread is described on the restaurant’s menu as: “Roasted Cremini and Button Mushrooms with a Garlic-Shallot Spread and finished with Balsamic Reduction.” This is a great change from ordinary pizza, and makes for a greater value compared to other dinner entrees in the parks.

8. California Combination Roll at the California Grill
If you’re in Walt Disney World, and looking for a sampler of sushi, head over to the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort. At $24.00, this meal includes jumbo lump crab, avocado, cucumber, and shrimp tempura. Be sure to make reservations here during the fireworks!

7. “Bunny Chow and Falafel” at Jiko – The Cooking Place
Jiko, located at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, is home to one of my favorite vegetarian dishes at Walt Disney World. The “bunny chow and falafel” includes curried vegetables, naan bread, mango ketchup, Harissa mustard, and chickpea lentil cake, with cilantro yogurt and olive tapenade. With curry and falafel options being slim at the parks and resorts, it is no surprise that this menu item made the list. (This dinner entrée costs $28.00.)

6. Oak Grilled Maine Diver Scallops at the Flying Fish Café
The Flying Fish Café, located at the Boardwalk, is home to one of my favorite seafood dishes in Walt Disney World. The oak grilled scallops here are served with Ratatouille vegetables, olives, artichokes, and Romano and Mascarpone-laced risotto. In addition to this being one of my restaurants for seafood at Walt Disney World, the location here is great because it is right on the Boardwalk where there is plenty of shopping and entertainment for before or after your meal. (This dinner entrée costs $35.00.)

5. Cedar Plank-roasted King Salmon at Artist Point
Artist Point, at the Wilderness Lodge, has what in my opinion is the best salmon at Walt Disney World. If you’re looking for a nice meal in the Magic Kingdom area, the Wilderness Lodge is a good side trip from the parks and monorail resorts. This salmon is served with cauliflower, spinach, a lemon-butter sauce, Applewood-smoked bacon jam, and short rib strudel. (This dinner entrée costs $35.00.)

4. Le Cellier Mushroom Filet Mignon at Le Cellier Steakhouse
This meal is my top pick for a filet mignon dish at Walt Disney World. A point of contention among Disney fans, where some think that Le Cellier is the best restaurant they’ve ever been to, and others don’t quite understand the hype, I’ve run a sort of middle ground in my love for this entrée. At $43.00, this is an extremely expensive dish, but for a special occasion, or a once per trip dinner, I think it is definitely worth going to Le Cellier. The risotto served with the filet mignon is the best I’ve ever had, and while the steak is also delicious, this meal is not complete without an order Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, made with Moosehead beer and bacon.

3. Vanilla Laced French Toast at the Grand Floridian Café
This meal, at the Grand Floridian Café, is my top breakfast pick at Walt Disney World. This dish includes Brioche French toast, dipped in vanilla batter, and is served with your choice of either bacon or sausage. At $11.99, it’s extremely reasonably priced as far as Disney restaurants go, and is a good alternative if you’re looking to try something other than Kona Café’s Tonga Toast. As a side note, Tonga Toast (French toast stuffed with bananas and rolled in cinnamon sugar) is also delicious if you’re looking to cure a French toast fix in Walt Disney World.

2. Pan Asian Noodles with Shrimp at Kona Café
Kona Café, at the Polynesian Resort is home to my favorite noodle dish on Disney property. I love noodles, however I don’t love when the veggies in the dish are soggy or not as fresh as I would like them to be. The noodles at Kona Café don’t have any of these problems, and the flavor of the noodles, combined with the veggies and shrimp make this a perfect meal, with a reasonable price tag at $18.99 (For $17.99, you can order the same dish with tofu or chicken instead of shrimp.)

1. Grilled New York Strip Steak and Fried Fish at the Rose and Crown Dining Room
This meal, located in Epcot’s World Showcase at the U.K. pavilion, is my top pick for the best meal in Walt Disney World. This dinner entrée includes the New York strip steak and fried fish in addition to Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables with a red wine sauce. This is a restaurant where every menu item is delicious, and I would have a tough time choosing between the steak and fish, so this entrée is perfect for my indecisiveness. That being said, this is the most expensive option on the menu at $30.99, and is a lot of food. Don’t plan on being able to finish this meal yourself, your best bet here is to share with someone in your party, or plan to take some of your meal to go.

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