Guest Review: Maya Grill at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

It’s an out-of-the-way restaurant that you might have overlooked, so join guest author Rebecca Dolan with a review of Maya Grill at the Coronado Springs Resort in Walt Disney World!

Maya Grill has never been high on my priority list. Even after all these years of Disney trips, I always figured why go to Maya Grill when I can get my Mexican fix at Epcot’s San Angel Inn? Well, I finally broke down and took the plunge, and San Angel is still the way to go.

Atmosphere

As the signature restaurant of the Spanish-colonial inspired Coronado Springs Resort, Maya Grill evokes the cities of the ancient Maya. You’ll find it towards the back of the main building – just head left off the entryway and continue past the Pepper Market.

Maya Grill Sign

The restaurant is centered on a stylized Maya pyramid, under which bubbles a fountain.

Tables around Pyramid

Tables around Pyramid

The walls are decorated with artistic representations of Maya life. Try to get a table near one of the large windows overlooking the hotel’s central lagoon.

Dining Area

Dining Area

Wall Art

Wall Art

Tables by the window could offer a view

Tables by the window could offer a view

I was surprised to encounter a wait when I arrived at the hostess desk, as Maya Grill isn’t exactly one of Disney World’s most in-demand restaurants. Luckily, I’d made a reservation, despite assuming I wouldn’t need one. So, you might find it worthwhile to make one just in case.

Once seated, my companions and I found the restaurant too loud for our taste. The live entertainment, a gentleman singing and playing the guitar with other canned instruments, was deafening and we strained to hear our conversation. So, this is not the place to go for a quiet evening.

Eats

As was expected, the meal started with a basket of chips and salsa. The chips were thick and sturdy, perfect for getting a big scoop of dip without any breakage.

Chips and salsa while you peruse the menu

Chips and salsa while you peruse the menu

The menu consists of pretty typical Mexican fare, like nachos, tacos, chimichangas, and fajitas. There’s a small but clearly marked vegetarian section, and the abundant gluten free options were interspersed but highlighted throughout the whole menu. My non-spicy-food-eating grandmother appreciated the “North of the Border” section of the menu, which offered simpler fare.

Menu

Menu

First up was the queso fundido appetizer, served with flour tortillas for scooping. Unlike the liquid-y chile con queso you’re probably used to, queso fundido is more like the middle of a mozzarella stick: stringy, gooey and most easily eaten with a fork or plucked with a bit of tortilla. Though a bit salty, it’s hard to go wrong with a big bowl of cheese.

Queso fundito and accompanying tortillas for scooping

Queso fundito and accompanying tortillas for scooping

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Review: Fried Ice Cream at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

I don’t know about you, but the first time I tried fried ice cream at my local “Mexican” restaurant, I was completely smitten. How do you deep fry something frozen without ending up with a big mess? Fascinating!

And now it’s time to re-review the version found in Disney World… .

BoardWalk on a Cloudy Day

For a while, you could order this yummo treat at the Funnel Cake Kiosk in Epcot’s America Pavilion. Sadly, that’s no longer an option.

But I’m happy to report that you still can find it elsewhere! When I spied this favorite dessert o’ mine on the BoardWalk while I was en route hither and yon, I knew I had to return and see if it held a candle to my fond memories.

Atmosphere

If you’re looking for fried ice cream at the BoardWalk, you will find it — of course — at their Funnel Cake Stand. Makes sense, yes? I mean, they have a fryer. So really, they might as well put some ice cream in it.

Tasty Sensations Funnel Cake Stand

If you haven’t had the pleasure of strolling the BoardWalk and having a snack (or two) or a drink (or two), I highly recommend it. During the day, it’s pretty quiet while most folks are in the parks.

More BoardWalk

So many temptations, so little time. Ready to check out the ice cream? Me too!

Eats

There aren’t a lot of surprises on the menu here. (I mean, if you don’t count the [Read more…]

What’s Your Favorite New-To-You Disney Food?

We’ve all experienced it — that moment when you first bite into something you’ve never had before…and realize you now have a new favorite food to add to your list of must-eats! I’ve had that experience multiple times in the past year, and thought it might be fun to trade stories with you guys.

First up, and probably my very favorite, is that completely-pre-processed-and-I-know-it fried ice cream at the American pavilion in Epcot stand on the Boardwalk! I mean, come on. Melty ice cream goodness covered in crunchies, fried, and drowned in dark chocolate syrup?! GIMB! (Translation — Get In My Belly!)

Fried Ice Cream Close Up

Next, I’ve got to give the spotlight to the Disneyland hand-dipped corn dog. I know this isn’t a “new” item at all, but it’s new to me this year, and I’m in love.

Corn bread just tastes better in Disneyland — at least I think so — and when you wrap it fresh around a savory hot dog and stick a few fries on the side, it’s like heaven in a basket. You may have [Read more…]

Things I Learned at the Funnel Cake Stand

Yep — there’s a lot to learn from a walk through Epcot…

1. Ice Cream Can Look A Lot Like Butter.

So, I was wandering through Epcot when I caught sight of this.

Some guy (who turned out to be very nice) was holding this as he waited in line at the turkey leg stand in the America Pavilion. I thought it was a funnel cake with a huge slab of butter on it. No kidding. I was so intrigued that I [Read more…]