Grand Floridian Cafe
Join us in welcoming Emma S. with a review of the Grand Floridian Cafe’s elegant breakfast.
Visitors to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort are certainly not lacking in restaurant options: from character buffets and tea parties to gourmet, multi-course dinners, the Grand has it all when it comes to dining!
With so many eye-catching choices, there’s one little restaurant that can get overlooked. The Grand Floridian Café occupies a charming corner on the ground floor, offers meals all day long, and usually has availability for walk-ups. One morning my brother and I decided to give the breakfast here a try.
As soon as you enter the Grand Floridian Café, you feel any vacation vexations melt away. Lots of spaces around Disney can have that magical effect, but this one seems to be especially calming. The colors are all quiet creams and pastels.
Giant, lace-draped windows line one wall of the restaurant, and the other is filled with quirky rooster sconces and pretty paintings.
With huge displays of fresh flowers and a red rose on each table, this dining room feels like it might be the country cottage of one of your favorite Disney princesses. (The fact that I saw Cinderella’s coach pass by outside not once but twice while we were dining may have reinforced that impression!)
On perusing the menu, you find that the Grand Floridian Café had most of the breakfast standards – omelets, fruit plates, Mickey waffles, and more. I wasn’t quite brave enough to try to the Lobster Eggs Benedict, although it seemed an extremely appropriate breakfast item for a menu at the Grand to have!
Eventually I decided on the Citrus Pancakes ($11.99). They sounded rather unique: “Roasted Pecan and Sun-dried Cranberry Pancakes served with House-made Orange Butter with choice of Bacon or Sausage.”
I was a little nervous about all those flavors and fillings – my usual pancake-of-choice is just good ol’ chocolate chip.
As it turned out there was nothing to worry about; the pecans and cranberries were sprinkled on top rather than mixed in the batter. I really enjoyed the citrus butter and the oranges on top as well – a little bit sweet, a little bit tart, definitely yum.
The pancakes themselves were very nice, light and fluffy, but I thought it was the toppings that made this dish stand out as uniquely delicious.
With the pretty oranges and a dust of powdered sugar, the citrus pancakes get high presentation points too! There was a good amount of food as well – I was just barely able to finish the pancakes without feeling stuffed.
My brother thought about getting the Maple Vanilla French Toast, which he had tried on a previous visit and absolutely loved. It also sounded pretty snazzy: “Challah Bread dipped in Maple and Vanilla-flavored Batter.”
I was hoping he would get it again so I could sneak a bite (what, just a small one! lol.), but alas, he decided to try the buttermilk pancakes ($10.99).
He thought the pancakes were tasty, and we both agreed we really liked the bacon – just the right balance between chewy and crispy.
For a beverage I ordered tea and was brought out a sweet little white tea pot. I love tea in whatever cup it comes in, but somehow pouring it out of a darling tea pot gives it an extra nice flavor!
We really did have a grand breakfast experience at the Grand Floridian Café. Our server was quick and pleasant, the food was delicious, and the surroundings were delightful.
I would love to come back again sometime to try that French toast! It was also nice to have a fancy table service meal at the Grand Floridian for a relatively reasonable cost.
Have you ever started your Disney day at the Grand Floridian Café? Would you go for the Citrus Pancakes or the French Toast? Let us know in the comments!
Emma S. is a writer, photographer, Disney cupcake aficionado, and former Disney cast member. She blogs over at A Pinch of Pixie Dust.