Around here, we believe there’s no better restaurant recommendation than the one we get from another Disney fan. So, in our quest to provide the very best information about Disney restaurants, we’ve created the DFB Choice Awards!
Over 500 readers sent in their nominations, and thousands have voted for the top nominees to create this list of Disney Food Blog readers’ choice restaurants and food items.
Thanks to all who submitted nominations and voted for the 2010 DFB Choice Awards!
Best Disney Table Service Restaurant — Le Cellier Steakhouse
Le Cellier Steakhouse, in Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase, offers great steaks, hearty side dishes, incredible wines, and some top-notch desserts. It comes up time and time again as a favorite of DFB readers, and the place consistently books up 6 months in advance. In 2011, dinner here will be changed to a “signature” meal, meaning it will offer a slightly higher-end menu and cost 2 Disney Dining Plan credits as opposed to the 1 for lunch.
Best Disney Quick-Service Restaurant — Sunshine Seasons
Sunshine Seasons in Disney World’s Epcot Future World has two things going for it — great variety and great quality! With stations featuring Asian food, Sandwiches and Bakery, Soup and Salad, Grilled items, and “Grab & Go” items, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to try the strawberry shortcake!
Best Disney Snack — Dole Whip
Available in pineapple and vanilla versions (and even orange swirl once in a while!), dole whip non-dairy treats are cool, refreshing, and — even better — low-cal!
You can find dole whips and dole whip floats in three locations in Disney World and in Disneyland’s Adventureland.
Best Disney Steakhouse — Le Cellier Steakhouse
Another win for Le Cellier Steakhouse! This time beating out Disney World’s Yachtsman Steakhouse and Disneyland’s Steakhouse 55 for this title!
Our favorite steak at Le Cellier is the filet with mushroom risotto — a tender cut done extremely well. I’ve ordered this steak multiple times and have always been pleased. Plus, the mushroom risotto is outstanding (I recommend ordering it as a side if it doesn’t come with your meal)!
Best Disney Seafood Restaurant — Flying Fish Cafe
Disney World’s Flying Fish Cafe is truly one of my favorite restaurants, so I’m so excited to have this in the list of DFB Choice Award winners!
Featuring seafood dishes that change seasonally (with a specialty of potato-wrapped snapper), innovative side dishes, and some great dishes for land-lubbers like me, the whimsical decor and incredible service of this restaurant makes Flying Fish an all-around winner.
Best Disney Restaurant for Vegetarians — Boma
Always a top-rated Disney World restaurant, Boma, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, is a buffet with variety that doesn’t quit. Dishes inspired by African flavors, spices, and cooking techniques are offered here, giving everyone a little something new to try.
Flavorful, vegetarian items abound on the dinner buffet, including delicious soups, salads, fresh fruit, desserts, and African specialties. The breakfast buffet is just as good! Book early, though — this one fills up fast!
Best Service in a Disney Table-Service Restaurant — Victoria and Albert’s
Disney World’s top restaurant (5-diamond rated!) has unmatchable service. At Victoria and Albert’s, each table is taken care of by two servers, and the multi-course meal is something you’re sure to remember fondly for years. Have something you particularly enjoy? Let your server know; maybe that menu item will be a part of your next course!
Best Kids’ Menu at a Disney Restaurant — Chef Mickey’s Restaurant
One of the best places to guarantee your little one autographs from Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy, Chef Mickey’s Restaurant offers breakfast and dinner buffets (sometimes lunch during busy seasons) with specialty items everyone loves. Pluto’s blintzes are a favorite for breakfast and Mickey’s cheesy potatoes have had guests asking for the recipe for years. For the kiddos, the buffets offer Mickey waffles, all kinds of cereals, donuts, rice krispy treats, and pizzas — among other kid-food favorites!
Twirl your napkin and cheer along with your favorite Disney characters at Chef Mickey’s!
Best Disney Breakfast — Kona Cafe
Found at Disney World’s Polynesian Resort, Kona Cafe is a casual dining restaurant that packs a punch for breakfast! Guest favorites like Tonga Toast and the Big Kahuna breakfast bring Polynesian flavors to the table in mouth-watering packages. The best part? This restaurant often doesn’t book up too fast, so it’s a good bet for a last-minute trip. Don’t let that be a guarantee, though — we always recommend making reservations as early as possible.
Best Disney Character Meal — Crystal Palace
Narrowly beating out Chef Mickey’s and Tusker House, Crystal Palace in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets packed with several guest favorites. The addition of rarely seen 100 Acre Wood friends like Pooh Bear, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore makes this location a true winner! (Try the puffed french toast — it’s my favorite!)
Best Eat-While-You-Walk Item — Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar
Mickey Premium Bars are the quintessential Disney experience. A chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bar in the shape of everyone’s favorite mouse, these can be found in every Disney theme park and resort! No matter where you are, you’re not far from a Mickey Bar!
Thanks to everyone who voted for making their views known! Hopefully this helps everyone planning trips for 2011 to book restaurants and grab snacks loved by other Disney fans. Looking forward to seeing who wins next year!
Just as a reminder: These nominees and winners were chosen via thousands of votes by Disney Food Blog readers. If your favorite didn’t make it into the top spot, don’t forget to nominate it again next year!