Guest Review: Lunch at Disney’s Hollywood Brown Derby

Join us in welcoming Claire Gregory as a DFB guest reviewer.

She brings us to the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World.

Let’s do lunch…

This signature restaurant celebrates the golden age of Hollywood. And since it’s inside a theme park, there’s no need to dress up!

Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room

Here are some pictures from my recent lunch at Hollywood Brown Derby.

First up: Butternut Squash Soup. Very nice!

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Then three words that make me smile — Venison Osso Bucco — and it was good as it sounds or even better.

Venison Osso Bucco

Venison Osso Bucco

Followed by pick your own dessert.

Dessert Menu

Dessert Menu

You can pick whatever you want you, so my three choices were: [Read more…]

What NOT to Eat at the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Can you believe it? We are nearing the halfway point of the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival already!

Welcome to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Welcome to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

So far, we’ve shown you delicious dishes — both brand new options and returning favorites — that are featured at the International Marketplaces located around World Showcase. But I’m thinking that leaves another question:

What are some of the items that we would definitely cross off the list?

Of course, in a perfect world, where there would be unlimited time, money, and stomach space, I know you’d gladly try everything on offer. But here in reality, those dollars (and Disney Dining Plan snack credits) must be spent wisely.

So while we’ve told you several dishes and beverages that we don’t think you should miss at this year’s Festival, today, I thought we’d run down the list of items that we plan to cross off. Because, well, something’s gotta give. :-) I’ll also give you some suggestions for what we’d get in place of these items.

Ghirardelli Sundae at Fife & Drum

In the past, Fife & Drum Tavern in the America Pavilion has had Festival success with extra menu additions like the Frozen Red Stag Lemonade. (That one proved to be so popular, it was added to the menu permanently.)

But while the Ice Cream Sundae with Ghirardelli Chocolate Sauce on the menu this year is good, it’s not “skip another awesome menu item” good.

The sundae is Vanilla Soft Serve with a few pumps of Ghirardelli Chocolate Sauce. There are way more tempting options all over World Showcase.

Ice Cream Sundae

Ice Cream Sundae Made with Ghirardelli Chocolate Sauce

Instead, why not go for a frozen treat with international flair? Skip the soft serve, and go for some Kaki Gori at the permanent Japan stand, Kabuki Cafe.

Guylian Seashell Truffles at the Desserts & Champagne Marketplace

So, here’s where we make a bit of a confession. If there were one booth I’d outright skip at the Festival it would probably be Desserts & Champagne.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with it. It’s just that I find so many more compelling options circling World Showcase Lagoon. Case in point: one of the menu items here is Guylian Seashell Truffles. This is not a dish. This is something that the Cast Member takes out of the box and hands to me.

Guylian Belgian Chocolate Seashell Truffles

Guylian Belgian Chocolate Seashell Truffles

Sure, they’re only $1.75. But they can be bought at the grocery store…and when we are Food and Wine Festival-ing, we are definitely passing on this in lieu of more exotic fare.

If you’re looking for a truly satisfying chocolate dish, head to the Ireland Marketplace and try the amazing Warm Chocolate Pudding with Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Custard, which is more than worth the price difference.

Dole Squish’Ems at Refreshment Port

If you want to stop at the Refreshment Port for a Croissant Doughnut, we are totally on board with that.

But one featured Festival food we will not be making time or money for is the Dole Squish’Em. The prepackaged, applesauce-based snack may be a big hit with the preschool crowd.

Dole Fruit Squish Ems

Dole Fruit Squish’Ems

But unless you’re under 3 (or you really, really like flavored applesauce), we wouldn’t worry about checking this box off your passport. If you’re looking for a fruit fix, the [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 16, 2014

Hope your week has been snow-rific, all!!

Souvenir Tiki-Tankard

Souvenir Tiki-Tankard

We’ve been walking the parks in Orlando finding the latest and greatest goodies and news items so you can anticipate your next Disney World visit even more than you already are… .

Sunshine Tree Terrace continues to surprise us with souvenir options (Orange Bird!) — like the new Tiki-tankard that we shared with our readers this week.

Cheers to this Magic Kingdom sweet spot!

We have even more Disney Food scoop, just follow the links below!

Disney Food News

  • We tried the Italian Spiced Roasted Corn on the Cob at Disney World’s Liberty Square Market!
  • Check out the latest innovation at The Hollywood Brown Derby: choose your own dessert trio!
  • Grab a souvenir Tiki-Tankard at Sunshine Tree Terrace in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!
  • Spice Road Table has added Mix Grill Skewers to its menu. Plus, some dishes have been renamed (from our studying of the descriptions, though, not much has changed).
Spice Road Menu Update

Spice Road Menu Update

Of course, there’s more! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including a wine tasting at Martha’s Vineyard at the Beach Club, restaurant closures, and more!

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

Facebook friend Patti shared her Kobe burger from Big River Grille & Brewing Works at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn: “Kobe burger at Big River Grill was one of the best things about our trip last week. Cooked just right and so good we skipped our usual Beaches and Cream burger.”

Kobe Burger

This hilarious photo is from Tokyo DisneySea! Thanks for sharing, Christian! Sometimes, photo backgrounds make all the difference, don’t they? ;-D

Little Green Men Dumplings

Little Green Men Dumplings

We love your Disney food finds; send more!

The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2014 e-Book Grand Launch

The fully updated DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2014 e-Book is an instantly downloadable PDF guide, featuring over 450 full-color pages of photographs, information, and advice about our favorite subjects — food and dining in Walt Disney World.


It’s guaranteed to help you navigate your way to delicious dining on your next trip! And if you’re ready to get yours now, head on over to to pick it up!!

For our Grand Launch Sale, use code: 2014 to get a $4 discount for a limited time! And at the end of this post, we have details on even more savings!

While our 2013 Guide was extensive, Disney World is always updating menus, prices, and other dining info. And we’re always finding new things to tell you about! So we’ve updated our 2014 edition with brand new details and more exclusive info!

Here Are Just Some Of What You Get With Our 2014 Guide:

  • Over 450 Pages of Disney Dining and Planning information, tips, reviews, and recommendations!
  • An in-depth Disney Dining Restaurant Reviews section, covering all Disney restaurants, food kiosks, bars, and lounges
  • An updated Disney Dining Plan section and price analysis for 2014
  • NEW Disney food and restaurant photos
  • An updated Disney Snacks chapter, including our list of dozens of must-try snacks AND our Top 11 Must-Have Snacks for 2014.
  • An updated section on birthday parties and specialty cakes in Disney World
  • A comprehensive, 10-page chapter of What’s New in Disney World in 2014, including new restaurants, menu updates, and more
  • Details about how the My Magic+ Planning System and FastPass+ will affect your vacation planning
  • Our picks for the 11 Great Snacks you must try this year
  • Scavenger Hunts, Trivia, and Top 5 List updates
  • Bingo Cards
  • Updates on all pertinent facts such as dining hours, prices, resources, phone numbers, and restaurant closures/openings
  • All new restaurant additions, closures, refurbishments, and added dining experiences
  • And much more!

But, of course we’re offering a discount for our Grand Launch week!! Again, to celebrate the launch and to thank you for your support of the blog, we’ll be offering the Guide for $4 off its standard rate for a limited time! Order your copy now at and use code: [Read more…]

News! Choose-Your-Dessert-Trio at Disney’s Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant

Thanks to facebook friend Terri Mabry Pendleton for sending along the fun news (and pics!) about Disney’s Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant’s latest piece of awesomeness.

You know how lots of Disney restaurants are doing dessert trios these days? Like, here are three little desserts instead of one big dessert? And you know how there’s always one or two desserts on that plate that you don’t really care about, but there’s one that you REALLY want to try?!?

Problem solved, say the Hollywood Brown Derby pastry chefs. CHOOSE WHICH ONES YOU WANT ON YOUR TRIO!!!!

Brown Derby Dessert Trio Menu Choices

Brown Derby Dessert Trio Menu Choices

Terri obvi made some killer choices: Bluberry Crumble (YUM!), Mini Grapefruit Cake, and…um…something chocolate, maybe? ;-D

Brown Derby Dessert Trio

Brown Derby Dessert Trio

And our friend Mealtrip chose some deliciousness, too!! Check out the Banana Toffee Cake on Cocoa Crunch and Strawberry Pearls in the middle!

Banana Toffee Cake on Cocoa Crunch and Strawberry Pearls

Banana Toffee Cake on Cocoa Crunch and Strawberry Pearls

Either way, I [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Favorites Now at Downtown Disney!

Update: These kiosks may only be open during the evenings.

We’ve got some very cool news for you today!

For those of you who enjoyed the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, bestselling kiosk menu items are now available from temporary kiosks at Downtown Disney!

You’ll find the kiosks in the courtyard in front of Fulton’s Crab House.

Open in the evenings throughout the holiday season, favorite menu items such as Argentina’s Grilled Beef Skewer and Hawai’i’s Pork Slider are being served. The two booths — Amuse Bouche, and Cheese & Sweets — are an innovative way to feed hungry guests during the seasonal crowds.

Let’s take a look at the menus — and of course, we’ve included food photos!

Amuse Bouche Menu

Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree – 5.00

Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée

Shrimp Ceviche, Fried Plantains, and Cilantro 4.25

Florida Shrimp Ceviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables, Fried Plantains and Cilantro

Pork Slider with Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise 3.25

Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

Samuel Adams Seasonal Beers 6.00
Bud Light 5.75
Stella Artois 6.75
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider 6.75
Champagne 7.04
Wines 7.04

Cheese and Sweets Menu

[Read more…]

Dessert Menu Changes at Sanaa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Sanaa, the table-service restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village, features an African- and Indian-inspired menu, delicious food, and gorgeous savanna (read: Zebra! Giraffe!) views.

While many of us don’t need any further enticement to return to Sanaa, there’s a new dessert on the menu that looks delicious!

Check out the Banana Kulfi Sundae with warm chocolate sauce, strawberries, and spiced cashews for $5.49. Looks amazing, right? I hope I get to try it soon.

Sanaa Dessert

Dessert at Sanaa

Also note that the Chai Cream is no longer available as a single-serving option; however it remains part of the Dessert trio, which includes [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Lunch at Tangaroa Terrace

Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers chimes in with her review of the brand new Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel!

Since the day it opened, I’ve been wanting to check out Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel.  I had been by to take a peek, but had not had a chance to dine there.  After the guest review posted here on The Disney Food Blog, I was so bummed to hear of a not so stellar experience, that I just didn’t make it a priority.

Restaurant Signage

And then I got an invite from a friend to meet her and her little ones for lunch… I am happy to report that I had a completely different experience and guess what? I absolutely LOVED it. Yes, LOVED in all caps.

Atmosphere and Ordering

We headed over for lunch about 1:30.  The first thing I noticed is that there were zero people there.  We walked through the empty patio seating area to the front doors without passing one person.  My guess is that most guests were still in the parks and that there are still a lot of people who have no idea that this place even exists.

Empty Patio Seating

Ordering is simple, walk up to the kiosk, choose which type of menu you’d like to take a peek at, and [Read more…]

Disney Food Trend: Trios

Obviously Disney’s keen on the fact that most of us can’t make up our minds about what we want to try in their restaurants! They’ve slowly, but surely, started introducing ways for us to sample a little bit of everything — even when we’re not at a buffet.

Trios of dishes — small portions of three menu items served together as one dish — are popping up everywhere, from casual to signature dining. And while these used to be relegated to the dessert menu, we’re now seeing trios pop up in the appetizer and entree sections of the menu. Here are a few examples…

Appetizer Trios
Epcot’s Le Cellier put a trio of appetizers front and center on its menu a while ago, giving guests an opportunity to sample three of their most beloved apps: Cheddar Cheese Soup, Lump Crab, and the Tomato Stack.

Le Cellier Lunch Menu Appetizer Trio

Sanaa, in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, has followed suit with trios of salads and appetizers. The one below includes [Read more…]