It is a great time to be a Walt Disney World Fan, and an even greater time to be a Disney Food Fan! There has been a truly dizzying array of really unique, inventive food to come down the pike over the last year, and we can’t wait to hear what YOU think about it.
Since we are all about the eats in these parts, I thought I’d give you my two cents on the 5 Things You’ve Gotta Try at Walt Disney World in 2013 — Food Edition! Let’s do it!
If you haven’t had the chance to stop by Tutto Gusto, the new wine bar that opened in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion last summer, I heartily recommend you get there, asap!
This alluring, intimate spot has enjoyed lots of business since opening — I often find it full to the max when I visit! (Luckily, I snapped this pic on an early day!)
Following on the heels of the success enjoyed by its Mexican cousin, La Cava del Tequila, Tutto Gusto adds even more eats. Not only can you find an extraordinary assortment of Italian wines and beers, but there is also a wonderful menu of small bites to choose from.
Even non-wine drinkers can find plenty to love about this spot, which feels like it was just transported to Florida from Italy. Italian Cheese and Sausages? Sign me up!
Stop in for a glass, some cheese, or even heavier pasta or panini options. The full menu from Tutto Italia next door is available here, too!
Or grab a fabulous dessert and a glass of Moscato. You won’t be disappointed.
Territory Lounge Eats
When I need a break from the hubbub of the parks, one of my favorite places to relax and grab fantastic snacks is the Territory Lounge in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Seldom crowded and always friendly (and cool!) I always leave this spot wanting to return as soon as possible.
With a small but incredible menu of fancy bar food, everything that I’ve tried here has been top-notch. My favorite? A mouth-watering Sharp Cheddar Beer Fondue served with a variety of breads and fruit for dipping. Heaven. (And now you are craving it, too. You’re welcome.)
Note that you can also get the fan favorite Artist Point Berry Cobbler in here, too! For delicious noshing and Moosehead on draught, Territory Lounge can’t be beat.
The Gray Stuff and a Glass of Beer at Be Our Guest Restaurant
When plans to build Be Our Guest Restaurant were first announced, people speculated about the setting…and whether or not Lumiere would serenade guests…and what the menu might be like. But my first question?
When will we finally get to try The Grey Stuff??
If you’re familiar at all with the song “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast (and I know you are), then you know just what I’m talking about. And I was beyond thrilled when I got to try The Grey Stuff at my very first dinner at Be Our Guest!
This silky cookies-and-cream panna cotta is not to be missed! Since it’s only brought tableside when you’re celebrating, I heartily recommend that you have a birthday or anniversary, toute de suite!
And when it was announced last year that Be Our Guest would serve a selection of beer and wine befitting its French menu, some balked, and some cheered. But almost everyone agreed that you couldn’t have a serious French restaurant without a wine menu.
So, for the sake of novelty and if you imbibe, we suggest that you order a glass of wine or beer with your dinner at Be Our Guest as well.
I mean, those were Champagne corks popping in the song, remember?
Bowling at Splitsville
Over-the-top fun is the name of the game at Walt Disney World — it’s a playground for kids and grownups alike that’s unparalleled anywhere else. So wouldn’t you expect a bit more if Disney announces that it’s building a bowling alley?
But then, Splitsville Luxury Lanes isn’t your father’s bowling alley.
From the enormous posh interior, to the upscale pub grub, this newest recreational venue, located in Downtown Disney Westside, is sure to please every single member of your group with bowling, billiards, dancing, drinking, and dining.
Don’t forget, even if you have the kiddos with you, there are family-friendly locations to bowl even in the evenings!
With a menu created by Food & Wine Magazine notable Chef Tim Cushman, your pizza (and sushi, and sliders, and more!) never tasted so good.
Cheesy Pesto Bread at Landscape of Flavors
Another big milestone that we waited for in 2012 was the opening of the brand spankin’ new Art of Animation Resort. The first value resort to offer nearly all of their rooms as suites, Disney finally utilized the land that was once earmarked for the second half of Pop Century Resort.
When the first phase of the resort opened last spring, one of the biggest news makers was the incredible Landscape of Flavors food court. And from my very first peek, I was intrigued by the Cheesy Pesto Bread. I quickly put it on my must try list.
And. With. Good. Reason. This is amazing stuff and an amazing value. Which is pretty much the nexus of Disney food euphoria.
No matter where you are staying, you still need to pencil in a trip over to Landscape of Flavors. The Cheesy Pesto Bread (and just about everything else on the menu at Landscape of Flavors) is THAT good.
Well, that’s my list of just a few of the things that you must try in 2013. Of course, don’t forget that pork shank at Gaston’s, Starbucks at Main Street Bakery, and the new Les Halles Bakery in France!
Sigh… if I had to cover everything you’ve gotta do in 2013, you’d be reading for days! Just keep an eye on DFB for the latest…
What are your must-have Disney foods for 2013? Leave a comment and let us know!