80% Discount on Disney World Restaurant Gift Certificates — Limited Time


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Great news! Restaurant.com is offering an 80% discount on many Disney World and Orlando Restaurant gift certificates purchased through September 7th. This means you can get $25 gift certificates for $2 each! Simply use code RDCSale in the discount code box at check-out.

You can see details about Restaurant.com and check out which Disney World-area restaurants are included in the program on our Restaurant.com gift certificate program page.

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Disney World Bread Pudding Poll

Bread pudding is a ubiquitous dessert in Disney World. You can find versions of it on nearly every buffet restaurant menu (Boma’s and Crystal Palace’s are well-loved!), a counter-service version exists at the Main Street Bakery, savory versions have been found at Le Cellier and Cinderella’s Royal Table, and you could claim that Rose and Crown’s Sticky Toffee Pudding fits the bill.

But there are some spectacularly sweet, official bread pudding options at three of Disney World’s popular table-service restaurants.

It’s these three that I’m going to stick with today, and usually I can give you my clear favorite; but when it comes to these, I think it’s time for a poll. After having eaten each one of these desserts over the past year, I can’t make up my mind as to which I like best — I honestly can’t wait to dig into each one of them again!

So I’m hoping you’ll join in and cast your vote for a favorite. Let us know in the comments why you made your choice, and if you have another bread pudding version that you would [Read more…]

Best Disney World Restaurants Not on the Disney Dining Plan

As you know, Kim L. is our behind-the-scenes manager here at the Disney Food Blog, a Disney World Moms Panelist, and a blogger! You’ll begin to see her name more and more in that little author line! Learn more about her on our staff and contributors page! Here, she discusses her top choices for Disney World restaurants not on the Disney Dining Plan!

UPDATE 4/2012: The restaurants at the Swan and Dolphin Resort are not yet on the Dining Plan, but the others — T-Rex, Rainforest Cafe, Portobello, Fulton’s, Paradiso 37, Wolfgang Puck Cafe The Dining Room, and House of Blues, should now be on the Dining Plan!

Lots of guests want to know the top restaurants when dining with the Disney Dining Plan, but since those restaurants seem to fill up more and more quickly these days, we’ve also been getting requests for recommendations on restaurants not included in the Dining Plan. Here are my picks for the best table service locations that do not participate in the DDP! ;-)

Top 5 Restaurants Not on the Disney Dining Plan, for Adults

Portobello
For guests craving a casual meal with value, Portobello at Downtown Disney dishes out hearty Italian fare. Choose from a value dinner menu, wood-burning oven pizzas, signature sandwiches plus a meatball and beer bar!

AJ recommends the Bucatini!

House of Blues
Got late night munchies at Downtown Disney? House of Blues is open til 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights! The southern-inspired menu includes a large variety of sandwiches and seafood such as Creole Jambalaya. To soothe your soul, look for [Read more…]

Review: House of Blues Orlando

Update: As we reported earlier, House of Blues in Orlando is now serving the new Crossroads Menu.

At long last, I finally made it over to the West Side of Disney World’s Downtown Disney to have my FIRST EVER meal at House of Blues! I can’t wait to hear your comments about this place!

Atmosphere

The House of Blues is all about atmosphere. Eating there is like being plunged into the middle of a museum. According to the official House of Blues website, here’s the backstory:

The House of Blues grew out of founder Isaac Tigrett’s love for the unique American art form known as the “the Blues,” Weaned on this music during his early childhood in Tennessee, one of Isaac’s goals was to introduce the world to the music of the rural south, including the Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Roots-abed Rock & Roll.

The Blues is translated throughout the restaurant — inside and out — via fascinating, and sometimes extremely powerful, artwork.

The “grounds” of the restaurant surround a huge porch, and are peppered with found-object sculptures, mosaics, and [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up ‘n’ More: March 27, 2011

Honey Lemon Cupcake Topped with Edible Glitter & A Chocolate Bee

I have a LOT to share with you today, so bear with me! We’ll start with Disney news, then head over to the e-Book update, and finally, the round-up!

Disney Food News

Here are a few of the fun newsy things that happened this week:

In other news, don’t forget to join me on the WDW Today monthly live show, where you can call in with your questions and comments. The special guest will be yours truly! Tune in tonight, Sunday, March 27, at 8:00 pm Eastern time!

DFB Guide Reviews!

And after a week at WDW filled with fun (and food!), I look forward to sharing lots of restaurant reviews and photos with you guys! Best of all, positive reviews on our e-Book, The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, continue to pour in. If you are undecided about purchasing the book, check out these insights:

The Round-Up!

WDW For Grown-Ups shares a delicious glimpse of the tempting caramel work done by a Karamell Küche cast member. My insight? I want to enjoy the fruits of their labor on my next visit!

Main Street Gazette zeroes in on a fun menu item in the Magic Kingdom that not many folks even know is there!

Watch Me Eat stops by Orlando’s House of Blues restaurant in Downtown Disney for some Cajun cuisine.

Cookie Madness reviews a voyage on the Disney Dream and gives the cookies served on Castaway Cay a thumbs up!

Food and Drink Digital reminds us to check our produce aisle for a new line of Disney fruits and veggies. Disney Consumer Products calls them “new and refreshed Disney-branded products that capitalize on synergistic promotional opportunities tied to Disney entertainment content and beloved characters.” Yum.

Whew! And that’s all she wrote! See ya next week!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 31, 2010

Disney Halloween Decor...Featuring Caramel Apples

Happy Halloween! Don’t forget to check out some of the many spooky and fun treats found in Disney Parks:
Halloween Cupcakes in Disney Parks
Disneyland Halloween treats
Disney World Halloween Treats
Even MORE Halloween Treats in Disney Parks

And here are some of our favorite Disney food posts from around the web:

Watch Me Eat heads to WDW’s House of Blues for the Gospel Brunch!

Disney Parks Blog showcases an incredible Halloween Wedding Cake!

Main Street Gazette tempts us with a trip to Karamell Kuche!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World makes Sweet Potato Puree with Mango BBQ sauce from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Theme Park Mom comments on La Hacienda de San Angel’s decor!

Wine-Girl.net reviews the Disney World Downtown Disney Portobello Meatball Bar.

Scott Joseph Orlando Scott Joseph also takes us to La Hacienda de San Angel with his expert review.

Everything WDW reveals the 2011 date for the Wine and Dine run!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: June 13, 2010

Wow! Lots of Disney food news popping up this week! Here are few of our favorite stories:

Also, I want to remind you to check out two new Disney Food Blog additions:

  • Our Disney Food Blog newsletter is ready to go — sign up here to have fun Disney Food news, info, tips, and photos to be delivered to your inbox straight from DBF headquarters!
  • The Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza flickr group is up and running! If you’re a flickr member, come join us and add your pics to the pool!

And now — on to the round-up!

Laura and Jeanine’s Salute to All things Disney but Mostly Disneyland has a great look at some of the World of Color picnic options.

Touring Plans Blog has an awesome post about dining in Disney with special diet needs.

The Disney Chick makes sweet bread from Kona Cafe in Disney’s Polynesian Resort!

The “World” According to Jack takes us to Tokyo Disneyland’s Club 33!!! It KILLS me that there are no food pics in this post, Jack. ;-)

Zannaland has her interview of Raglan Road’s Chef Kevin Dundon up this week!

Disney Every Day reviews Disney World’s House of Blues! Yum!

Main St Gazette heads to the Studio Catering Company in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

DF ’82 shares the menu from Hakuna Matata counter-service restaurant in Disneyland Paris. Frites Hakuna, anyone?

Chip and Co features their favorite Quick Service locations in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney Parks Blog showcases the opening of Disney California Adventure’s Wine Country Trattoria.

Also, check out a couple of guest blog posts I did this week (about Disney Food, of course!). Thanks to Anna and Grey for their hospitality:

Cookie Madness allowed me to showcase my amateur baking skills on this Artist Point Berry Cobbler!

Solo Friendly let me create an itinerary for my dream day traveling solo to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Finally, I know it’s NOT Disney, but…it’s cool…

Scott Joseph Orlando reviews The Three Broomsticks in Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Mother’s Day at Disney World and Disneyland

Celebrate YOUR Mrs. Incredible

Wondering how to celebrate Mom’s Day during your trip to a Disney Park? Here are a few options that have come across our path…

Walt Disney World Mother’s Day Brunch
Where: Epcot® – Living Seas Salon (Located on the 2nd floor of The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion)
When: Sunday, May 9, 2010. First seating is at 10:30am; second seating is at 2:00pm
Price: $95.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

Details and Menu below — Click the Image for a Larger Version

Come celebrate mom with an “Under the Sea Garden” Brunch at the Living Seas Salon. This breathtaking hideaway is one of the most unique locations for private events at the Walt Disney World® Resort. The venue allows you the opportunity to get up close with over 3,000 varieties of sea life in the 5.7 million gallon aquarium. This is definitely an event to make mom feel special, and one she’ll always remember!

For reservations, e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed. The event is limited to 108 Guests per seating.

Disneyland Mother’s Day Royal Buffet with Cinderella and the Disney Princesses
Where: Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel
When: May 9, 2010; 10:00am – 3:00pm
Price: Adults (10 and over): $69.00, Children (under 10): $18.99 Prices do not include tax and gratuity: a 15% service charge (gratuity) and 8.75% tax will be added.

This Mother’s Day, join Cinderella and her princess friends for a Royal Buffet. Mom can enjoy the royal treatment with spectacular entrées, tempting side dishes and delectable desserts. In addition to a delicious brunch buffet, you can enjoy live musical entertainment and a meet-and-greet opportunity with Cinderella and her princess friends.

The menu is scheduled to include a selection of brunch items fit for a queen, such as beautiful spring salads, artisan cheeses, smoked and chilled seafood, cured meats, traditional breakfast selections, seasonal fresh fish and free-range chicken. In addition, have your brunch customized [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland Adds New Restaurants

Tables in Wonderland Membership Card

Tables in Wonderland Membership Card

Just got an email specifying new restaurants being added as of January 2010 to the Tables in Wonderland discount program!

Epcot®: Tokyo Dining Location Only (Not Teppan Edo)

Disney’s BoardWalk Resort: Kouzzina by Cat Cora (formerly Spoodles)

Disney’s Wide World of Sports: ESPN® Sports Cafe

DOWNTOWN DISNEY® Marketplace: Fulton’s Crab House

DOWNTOWN DISNEY® Pleasure Island: Portobello

DOWNTOWN DISNEY® West Side: House of Blues®, Wolfgang Puck® Cafe

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort: Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Kimonos, Shula’s Steak House, Todd English’s bluezoo

For more information about Tables in Wonderland and for a full list of participating restaurants, visit our Tables in Wonderland Reference Page.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 10, 2010

Eat hereBefore I launch into the round-up, here are a few quick reminders about some big food news reported this week:

Now, off we go to the round-up! Plenty of good Disney food writing this week, including some great news items:

StitchKingdom reports that the Cantina de San Angel refurbishment is underway.

WDWMagic has a photo gallery of the Cantina refurb walls, and also has photos of pizzeria construction in Italy.

WDWNewsToday shares photos of the Crystal Palace refurb and a dry Splash Mountain at Disney World!

Imaginerding has the second of two posts in its Restaurantosaurus Book Update.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets shares photos and info about a 1967 LP titled New Year’s Eve at Disneyland, presented by Pepsi-Cola.

MagicCityMayhem posted a twitpic of the new Give A Day. Get A Disney Day. souvenir popcorn buckets at Disney World. You can find Magic City Mayhem here.

The Disney Blog has new about the eggs at House of Blues Restaurants, including Downtown Disney Orlando.

Everything WDW considers the merits of the Disney Dining Plan.

Main St. Gazette visits WDW’s Cinderella’s Royal Table.

A Walt Disney World Career celebrates dining at 50% of WDW’s table service restaurants. I shall have to go add up my own experiences and see if I’m even close!

Orlando Sentinel’s Daily Disney shares the recipe for Tony’s Town Square’s Tomato Dip with Goat Cheese.

Finally, here’s one I missed a while back (sorry!). Magical Kingdoms Disney Blog shares a review of Free Dining in Disneyland Resort Paris.

Thanks for sharing all of your news, thoughts, and insights about Disney food! Have a great week!