We’re prowling the colorful streets of Disneyland Resort, where we spotted some Galaxy’s Edge characters out and about, ate some alien mac and cheese, and found a few new merch items. And did we mention guests can now park on the Cars level of the Pixar Pals Parking Structure? Here’s What’s New at Disneyland Resort!
The Polite Pig is a modern BBQ joint in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs. Its proprietors are local celebrities of the food scene in central Florida, but my visits haven’t been universally excellent despite the Pig’s positive reception in Disney springs.
But The Polite Pig is more than just smoked meats. On my recent visit, I went for some of the Market Sides and Shareables (a/k/a appetizers). [Read more…]
It’s time to head to Flavortown with another visit to Guy Fieri-helmed Chicken Guy! in Disney Springs. This quick service spot arrived on the scene last August, and we thought it was great and affordably-priced.
But honestly, over the past year it’s become a must-do for me on my Disney trips. I can’t stay away!
I love just about everything here — sandwiches, tenders, fries, mac and cheese, sauces…
OK, I’m particularly drawn to the sauces…as you can see. But don’t worry: you can get more than Buffalo. I just don’t.
Walt Disney World’s Land Pavilion is home to one of our go-to quick service spots in Epcot’s Future World — Sunshine Seasons — but upstairs from Living with the Land is one of my favorite underrated character meals: Garden Grill. It’s here, in a rotating restaurant, that diners meet Disney character friends, dine on some really great grub, and get a bird’s eye view of the attraction below. It’s truly one-of-a-kind.
Remember, at Garden Grill, always ask for a booth versus a table. I just think they’re more fun, plus your view of the Livin’ With The Land attraction scenes below is much better with a booth!
Garden Grill Characters
Before we get into the food, let’s say hello to some friends. Garden Grill is home to Farmer Mickey who always looks sharp in his overalls and plaid!
It’s time to Get Your Ears On at Award Wieners in Disney California Adventure Park — and this time, it’s gonna get cheesy! As it should when we’re celebrating Mickey and Minnie Mouse, right? Award Wieners has two options: A Cheesy Celebration and More Cheese Please!
Yeah, we’re definitely into this! A Cheesy Celebration is a cheddar sausage link smothered in macaroni and cheese, salsa verde, crumbled cheese puffs, and cheese curds. [Read more…]
In the pantheon of inspired restaurants at Walt Disney World, Jiko — The Cooking Place has been at the top and at the bottom for me over the past few years. I’ve had excellent meals there, and I’ve had ho-hum meals there. So let’s see how this one turns out!
This Signature table service spot is located on the lower level of Animal Kingdom Lodge, across from Boma, the resort’s popular African- and Indian-inspired buffet. (Incidentally, if you’re looking for AKL’s quick service restaurant, The Mara, you’ll also access that through the lower level, too.)
Jiko has been a guest favorite for years. The menu is a celebration of the many and varied food traditions of the African continent, employing high-end ingredients and traditional African components to create a unique (in Disney World anyway) dining experience for guests.
And while Jiko’s menu features a selection of meat dishes (you’ll see several examples below), vegan and vegetarian diners may be offered a variety of choices on a separate menu, so be sure to ask.
We’ll be the first to admit we love the new tater tot based menu at Friar’s Nook in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, but as much as we enjoy the tots, we were missing this location’s Mac and Cheese — and many of you told us you missed it too!
We have good — no, make that GREAT — news for you! Mac and Cheese dishes are back at Friar’s Nook — and with a tater tot twist.
We couldn’t stop ourselves, before we knew it we had these new Mac and Cheese items in our hands!
Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort is a truly larger-than-life hotel with a food court that’s big on color and unique dishes.
In the pantheon of character meals at Walt Disney World, there’s only one where you can dine with big, fluffy friends straight out of the Hundred Acre Wood — and in a classic Magic Kingdom location: Crystal Palace!
Truth be told, we’ve had a bit of a roller coaster relationship with Crystal Palace over the years. Some visits have been good (like this lunch four years ago and like breakfast here back when you could get into the nearly-empty park!), and one was particularly awful (dinner at the end of the night = icky buffet remnants…I didn’t even do a post about it).
But the opportunity to dine with Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, and Tigger is pretty much a Disney World rite of passage and something that every Disney fan should do at least once. And dining in the Crystal Palace — a gorgeous building that’s been a mainstay since Magic Kingdom opened in 1971 — is a lovely experience.
But what about the food — arguably the most important aspect of any restaurant? It’s standard, but acceptable on most visits, with breakfast having, perhaps, the most interesting options with Pooh’s Breakfast Lasagna and Puffed French Toast being crowd favorites. And so I returned recently, for lunch this time, to see how things are going.
Disney food friends, this is an urgent message — an urgent PIZZA message for those visiting Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom between now and September 5! You must make your way to Pinocchio Village Haus for a truly awesome flatbread that a cast member tells me will only be available until next week!
The Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Flatbread is the flatbread of the month at Pinnochio Village Haus. It starts with a crispy flatbread crust and is topped with sour cream, macaroni and cheese, three cheese blend, chives, and crumbled bacon bits!
This is a seriously delicious — and seriously filling — flatbread that combines some of my favorite things! The sour cream is an inspired choice of “sauce” that gives the whole thing a tangy, addictive quality (as if the three cheese blend and bacon weren’t irresistible enough!). But even if you’re not a huge Sour Cream fan, the whole thing blends together so well that it won’t stand out to you.
The macaroni and cheese is made with soft elbow noodles that contrast with the crispy crust (baked to golden brown!) and the chewy bacon bits.
The whole thing is basically a savory delight, complete with the bright green chives which provide a welcome, fresh respite from the intensely (ahhh-mazingly) salty, cheesy flatbread.
This one is SO. GOOD.! I’m bummed that this seasonal flatbread will be gone on September 5 because it’s something I would totally get again and again if it was a permanent part of the menu. Here’s hoping it’s popular enough to become a recurring special addition!
What’s your dream flatbread combo? Tell us in the comments!