Liberty Tree Tavern
On my latest visit to Walt Disney World, I had the opportunity to return to the Liberty Tree Tavern for lunch. I first visited here back in March, after reading the DFB’s Best Burger’s post, and saw that Liberty Tree was on the list.
The restaurant is very unassuming, and is located in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom. It fits in perfectly with the theme of the land. The Liberty Tree itself has a fascinating story, which I encourage any interested parties to seek out!
The restaurant is organized into multiple different rooms, each of which is themed to a different American historical figure (e.g. Thomas Jefferson, Betsy Ross, George Washington, Ben Franklin, etc).
All of the rooms are cozy, and are filled with random pictures, books, and anything else that is prudent to the person being represented, and consistent with the overall colonial theme.
We chose to begin our meal with the Tavern Fried Cheese, which is code for mozzarella sticks. I mention this because there are some restaurants that I have been to that actually serve a large piece of cheese that is fried, and also call it fried cheese. That is what I was expecting the first time I ordered this appetizer.
That being said, the fried cheese is delicious. So delicious, in fact, that I completely forgot to snap a picture before it was expeditiously gobbled up by my dining partners and me.
The order includes five mozzarella sticks, total (Editor’s Note: the photo above is from before the serving was cut down and they still offered the fried cheese curds as well. The cheese sticks are still the same.). The breading on them is thin and crisp, and they are filled with an abundant amount of delicious cheese.
In my opinion they are a little pricey, but there is no arguing the fact that the fried cheese is delicious.
When we finished the cheese, it was time for entrees! First up was the Colony Salad, which is a grilled chicken salad with dried cranberries, apples, pecans, and applewood smoked cheddar cheese. The salad is served with honey shallot vinaigrette.
This salad has a lot going on, but it really blends well together. I love the different textures, especially the crunch of the pecans and crispiness of the apples. The grilled chicken is fairly standard and not overly seasoned one way or another. The dressing does add a nice sweetness to the salad. I would not call it subtle, but it is definitely not overpowering either. It ends up mixing perfectly with the panoply of flavors that are present here.
Although it is hard to tell in the picture, you really do get a generous portion of chicken. I would almost argue that you do not get enough lettuce to adequately mix all of the toppings.
I chose to partake in The Liberty Boys BLT. When I ordered this, our server proceeded to warn me that the bacon aspect was thick sliced, pork belly-like, bacon. That is what I assumed from the description, but I could see how people might not infer that and be very surprised when this sandwich shows up!
Look at how thick and fatty that “bacon” is! This sandwich was very tasty, but it was hard not to feel guilty eating it, because it was quite fatty. The mushroom mayonnaise spread adds creaminess, and compliments the hint of sweetness that is present in the bread. The caramelized shallots also add to this sweetness.
I did not find the sandwich to be too sweet, but I could see that being a complaint some people might have. One other tip would be to leave the toothpicks in as long as you can. This sandwich falls apart very easily, and I found that out the hard way.
I opted for the fruit cup instead of fries since I knew I would already feel guilty enough eating the thick slices of bacon. I was very pleased with the fruit cup. It was a nice compliment to the BLT, and the fruit was very fresh. Although I must admit, I could have used a little more!
One of my other dining companions decided to go with the Angus Chuck Cheeseburger, which is pictured here with bacon and cheddar cheese. This burger is also offered with mushrooms and provolone.
I actually first went to the Liberty Tree Tavern lunch for this burger back in March, since it was featured in a DFB best burgers post.
I do love a tasty burger, but I often do not get them at Disney because there are so many other options unless they are highly recommended. This burger is definitely outstanding. The flavor is robust, and while I have not had it plain, I think it would be delicious that way (I do not normally order my burgers with cheese).
The fries are crispy, and quite tasty. They are akin to steak fries, but not quite the same. I am not going to say a whole lot about the topping choices for the burger, because they are pretty standard and true to form. Provolone and mushrooms are my preferred choice, and I felt those toppings were nothing out of the ordinary. They are still tasty though!
The next dish we tried was the Freedom Pasta. This was my second time sampling this dish, and it is very rich. I enjoy it, but when they say cream sauce, they mean cream sauce.
The chunks of chicken are very tender, and not seasoned in any particular way. Or, if they are, the cream sauce drowns it out. The mushrooms and vegetables have been very fresh in my experiences with the dish.
My only qualm with this entrée is that the pasta is not what I would call al dente. I find it to be a bit on the overcooked side. I do tend to prefer my pasta to be a little on the stiff side, but I do not think I am being overtly biased here. However, I do believe this is how they intend to serve it and not poor preparation. This probably is not a problem for most, but if you enjoy your pasta truly al dente, I would request it that way.
For dessert, I would be remiss in my duties as a Disney food fan if I did not order the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake. If nothing else, Liberty Tree Tavern lunch is all worth it just for this dessert.
It is a piece of vanilla cake full of toffee chips, and has a caramel sauce drizzled on top of it. Naturally it comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which is a perfect compliment to the warm and indeed gooey cake.
One of the many great things about this dessert is that the toffee and the cake itself share the flavor evenly, while the caramel drizzle adds a nice subtle contrast. It is hard to describe the texture as anything but ooey gooey.
Also, one member of our party chose to order a Patriot’s Punch to drink. On my initial visit, our server offered to include a scoop of vanilla ice cream into the beverage. This is the only way I have experienced this beverage, and it essentially tastes like you are drinking an orange dreamsicle, which I am a huge fan of.
The drink does not come with the ice cream though, so you will have to be sure to ask for it. You also get one of the awesome Liberty Tree Tavern mugs to take home with you! Note that flavors may change for various holidays.
After having two consecutive great meals at the Liberty Tree Tavern, I highly recommend visiting here for lunch. The menu is diverse, with something for all tastes — and it certainly does not hurt that the price point is also pretty reasonable for a table service restaurant.
Liberty Tree is also thematically very immersive, which is really the icing on the cake for what has proven to be a consistently great dining experience.
Joey Beyer is a full time medical student in Illinois, and avid fan of all things Disney and food related. His first visit to Walt Disney World was at the age of two, and he hopes to eventually move to central Florida to be closer to the magic.
What’s your favorite lunch item at Liberty Tree Tavern? Let us know in the comments below! And be sure to check out our Liberty Tree Tavern dinner review here!