Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 23, 2011

Whew! Just back from the Disney Dream Christening Cruise and excited to share the details with you this week!

Stay up to date with all of our coverage on our Disney Dream Dine Around page! We’ll be chatting about the food on the ship and on Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, so stay tuned…

And now, on to the round-up!

DisZine commemorates a Disneyland Chef — one we’ll be spotlighting in our own interview soon!

Loving this Disneymoon 2010 photo of reader/contributor Melissa Sue wearing her Disney Food Blog sweatshirt at the Contemporary Resort! Woo!!! (You can get your own at zazzle.com/disneyfoodblog.)

WDW Today Podcast has two dining podcasts that we love (I wonder why?!). Check out Disney restaurants for first timers and the Disney Dream Cruise Dining preview.

Devin from Disney Professional Internship Spring 2011 has an awesome California Grill review! I love the pic of that yummy ravioli!

All Ears Net showcases a new test breakfast buffet at the Wave in Disney’s Contemporary resort!

Caribbean Beach Designer Burger

Main Street Gazette samples two of Disney World’s brand new “designer” burgers!!

Pooh’s Travels shares some amazing food photos from Tokyo Disney‘s Christmas celebrations. I love this tinkerbell dessert!

Mouse Junkies has something to say about bloody marys in Disney World!

BritMick shares their thoughts on the Disney Dining Plan for two people.

DF ’82 takes us to Last Chance Cafe in Disneyland Paris. (Are those CHICKEN WINGS?!?)

Paradiso 37 Photos

Pinvestigator Cody, as many Disney fans know him, writes the Global Disney Pinvestigation blog and recently had the chance to dine at Disney’s newest restaurant, Paradiso 37 in Downtown Disney. He was kind enough to share with Disney Food Blog readers his mouth-watering pics of the meal!

Macaroni and Cheese Balls

Macaroni and Cheese Balls

Tacos

Tacos

Burger and French Fries

Burger and French Fries

Beef and Cheese Quesadilla

Beef and Cheese Quesadilla

Ice Cream Cone Dessert

Ice Cream Cone Dessert

This restaurant, operated by E-Brands, opened last month in Downtown Disney. Its tagline, “Street Foods of the Americas,” indicates this new venue’s menu, which includes items from the 37 countries of North, South, and Central America. But it’s the tequila bar that’s exciting a lot of foodies; Paradiso 37 features more than 50 kinds of tequila and 10 signature frozen margaritas.

Tower Bars

Tower Bars

Live entertainment is offered Sunday – Thursday 6pm to 11:30pm, and Friday and Saturday 6pm to 12:30am. For reservations please call 407-934-3700.

The Three Best Burgers in Disney World

A lot of people think that the only thing to eat in Disney World is burgers. In fact, I hear lots of folks lament that they couldn’t exist solely on all that junk food, and that’s one of the big reasons why they don’t vacation in Disney World.

Well, lucky for us, there is a variety of food (both high- and low-brow) to eat in Disney World. But I have to admit, they can and do make some pretty mean burgers! While they’re pretty much good everywhere, there are a few places that stick out in my mind.

Three Best Burgers in Walt Disney World

Here’s a quick look at my top three:

Le Cellier Entrance

Le Cellier Entrance

1. Le Cellier Grilled Angus Chuck Burger: You might have to sell your firstborn to actually get a reservation at Le Cellier, but once you’re in you can get this yummy burger for just $12.49. Le Cellier is deservedly known as a steakhouse, and someone at your table should absolutely order the famous Filet with Mushroom Risotto; but if you like burgers, this is a grand opportunity.

Le Cellier Burger

Le Cellier Burger

What makes this one so good is the Black Diamond Cheddar melted on top. The cheese has a strength to it and the flavor will knock you out. Definitely worth a try.

Note, however, that this is only available at lunchtime at Le Cellier.

Grilled Angus Chuck Burger topped with house-made onion ketchup and your choice of cheddar or blue cheese $12.49

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

2. Liberty Tree Tavern Angus Chuck Cheeseburger: Another one that’s only available at lunchtime, the Liberty Tree burger is one of those unexpected surprises. While I’d been a die-hard pasta fan there for awhile, I tried the burger one day and was so impressed I had to split it with the rest of the table.

Liberty Tree Tavern Burger

Liberty Tree Tavern Burger

Thinking it was a fluke, I ordered the burger several more times after that initial visit and have been wow-ed every time. You know how you’ve got that great hometown diner or restaurant that you keep going back to? This is what Liberty Tree Tavern lunch has become for me.

And, please, get the fries.

Angus Chuck Cheeseburger topped with bacon and cheddar or mushrooms and provolone, served with fresh fruit or tavern fries $11.99

3. Beaches and Cream Cheeseburger: And finally, the Beaches and Cream burger! While this one’s pretty flat, pretty thin, and pretty standard, the Beaches and Cream burger wins a mention for being an authentic burger in an authentic diner.

Beaches and Cream

Beaches and Cream

You just don’t get more nostalgic than this.

Compliment the masterpiece on a plastic plate with some big ol’ greasy onion rings, or the lightly seasoned fries that are always perfectly crispy at Beaches and Cream. (You have the option to order fresh fruit as a substitute for the fries.) And don’t forget to save room for the malted milkshake, banana split, or Kitchen Sink for dessert!

Cheeseburger – – A juicy beef patty served on a fresh baked bun. Single $8.99; Double $11.49

Now, Let’s Eat!
Hopefully this little beef-based culinary tour has whet your appetite for some delicious burgers at Disney World.

Beaches and Cream Burger (photo (c) Brett Young)

Beaches and Cream Burger (photo (c) Brett Young)

While WDW may be the land of junk food, don’t write it off as a stereotype too quickly! Judge for yourself.

If you know of a “best burger” that I’ve missed, let me know about it in the comments section below!

Getting It Your Way

Disney is on a customization kick. You can get customized t-shirts, customized park tickets, customized dining plans…you can even customize your Mickey Ear Hats now!

So this is why I insist I should be able to customize my meals as well! I’m one of those picky eaters who never orders directly off the menu. I’m always adding here, substituting there…it’s likely very annoying, yet oddly commonplace for the restaurant waitstaff to have to deal with vacationers like me.

The Perfect Sundae

The Perfect Sundae

But Disney CMs overall are well-trained to endure crazies like myself, and make me feel entirely comfortable to customize my meals willy-nilly. One of my favorite places to do this is Beaches and Cream, where they’ll gladly create for me my very own dessert creation! This is a ginormous brownie topped with ice cream, hot fudge, and peanut butter. C’mon. You know you want it!

Beaches and Cream Counter

Beaches and Cream Counter

Beaches and Cream is located at Disney’s Beach Club resort, in the Epcot resort area. There are only a few tables in this ice cream parlor (which also serves burgers, hot dogs, and the like), and they don’t take reservations, so arrive during off-hours to cut your wait. Open 11am-11pm.

And don’t forget to order the famous Kitchen Sink, made with every flavor of ice cream, topping, and candy they have in the joint and topped with a whole can of whipped cream!

Kitchen Sink (c Rough Guides)

Kitchen Sink (c Rough Guides)

Butterscotch Sundae

Butterscotch Sundae

“Book Early” Series: Le Cellier

Le Cellier

Le Cellier

Lots of folks just glide right by the large, wrought-iron gate leading to the beautiful replica of Vancouver’s Victoria Gardens in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion. They figure it’s just a garden, of which there are MANY in Disney World, so why stop to gawk when you could move on to Soarin’?

Breadsticks

Breadsticks

Le Cellier, that’s why. French for “the cellar,” Le Cellier is the Canada Pavilion’s table-service steakhouse restaurant that’s known for its filet with mushroom risotto,

Cheddar Cheese Soup

Cheddar Cheese Soup

cheddar cheese and Moosehead Beer soup, and delicious breads. Le Cellier has been on top for a while now, and quality and service haven’t seemed to suffer for the many years I’ve been dining there. It’s dark, cellar-like dining room provides plenty of cover for Disney big-wigs who have been rumored to hold business meetings on the premises.

Sausage and Corn Polenta

Sausage and Corn Polenta

Le Cellier is part of our “Book Early” Series, because it’s practically impossible to get a dinner reservation here, and only slightly more possible to get a lunch reservation.

Filet with Mushroom Risotto

Filet with Mushroom Risotto

The place is booked solid six months in
advance, and, in my opinion, Le Cellier could easily pay an extra cast member full-time wages to turn away potential walk-in diners.

When you do get a seat, indulge in that Cheddar Cheese soup, the new sausage and corn appetizer, and the lovely filet mignon (though we like the good ol’ burger, served with black diamond cheddar, just as much). If you still have room

Burger and Fries

Burger and Fries

for dessert the maple creme brulee is wonderful, but I tend to grab the seasonal cobbler most of the time!