Best Disney World Restaurants for Fish Fry

With Lent on the horizon — and with a few questions from readers recently about where to get a great fish fry in Disney World — I knew that now would be the perfect time to check out the best places to find that golden battered goodness at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Let’s check out some of the best fried fish in Disney World

Best Disney World Restaurants for a Fish Fry

United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot

You can’t go wrong for fish and chips in the delicacy’s home pavilion in Epcot.

Fish and Chips from Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Whether you take a load off at the Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room or grab some fried food to go from Yorkshire County Fish Shop, you’re in for a mild but authentic taste of one of England’s best exports.

While you’re there, enjoy a beer and a performance by The British Revolution or the Pub’s Hat Lady.

Cookes of Dublin and Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

If you find yourself in need of a fish fix while you’re “Downtown,” head over to the Pleasure Island District for two authentic and delicious options. The One & One at Cookes of Dublin is one of our favorites on property.

Cooked to order and served piping hot, the fish is flaky and tender.

Fish and Chips from Cooke’s of Dublin

But if you have the time for a slower meal, you may want to consider the famous beer battered fish and chips on the lunch menu at Raglan Road Irish Pub right next door.

Columbia Harbour House in Magic Kingdom

Here in Liberty Square, you can enjoy a counter service battered fish basket with broccoli, apples, or French fries at Columbia Harbour House counter service restaurant. The proportion of breading to fish is perfect, and the fish isn’t too oily.

Fried Chicken and Fish at Columbia Harbour House

Fried Chicken and Fish at Columbia Harbour House (photo from Kelly Amey via the DFB Flickr Group) 

Citricos at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

For a slightly more upscale take on the English classic, take a monorail ride to the Grand Floridian and pull up a chair at Citricos. There, you should order the melt-in-your-mouth pan-fried Florida black grouper, which gets [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 10, 2013

Who’s gearing up for Valentine’s Day? Disney, that’s who!

True Love Week starts in Disney Parks tomorrow!

If you’re planning to be in the parks this week, you’ll find plenty of decorated treats and eats celebrating the holiday. And Disney World and Disneyland are both offering some great specialty romantic dinners!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Disney Dining News

In the news this week…

We’ve got additional food news, including restaurant closures, Mardi Gras at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney Anaheim, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other 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!

Our Facebook Friend Lynda shared this photo of specialty Mardi Gras cupcakes from the French Market Restaurant in Disneyland. “Both Mardi Gras cupcakes were great. Front cupcake is Red Velvet. Back cupcake is Chocolate Raspberry. Break open the chocolate dome and you have a nice surprise of chocolate mousse.”

Mardi Gras Cupcakes.

And here’s an awesome Star Wars Valentine’s Yoda Gift from Target sent to us by Reader Jon.

Yoda Plush and Valentine Conversation Hearts!

The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013

This week we celebrated the grand launch of The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013 e-Book! This valuable resource is fully updated for 2013 visits, and is now available for purchase and download to help you make the most of your dining opportunities while in Disney World.

The fully updated DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013 e-Book is an instantly downloadable PDF guide, featuring over 400 full-color pages of photographs, information, and advice about our favorite things — food and dining in Walt Disney World.

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

For our Grand Launch Sale, use code: 2013 to get a $4 discount for a limited time!

If you purchased the 2012 Guide and would like to purchase the 2013 Guide, we’ve got a special discount for repeat purchasers. Email me here to get a limited-time, one-use, exclusive discount code to purchase the 2013 Guide at a $6 discount. Please include the email address you used to purchase the 2012 Guide in the body of your email.

Three Great e-Books: Over 30% Off!

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On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups goes to Epcot’s Via Napoli for Aqua Fresca.

Yesterland takes a look at the history of the Corn Dog Castle in Disney California Adventure.

AllEars shares an unexpected imagineering marvel at Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom.

DisneyCaribbeanBeach.com shares the new menu from Shutters at this tropical Disney World resort!

Designing Disney tours Pizzeria Bella Notte restaurant at Disneyland Paris.

Running at Disney enjoys breakfast at the BoardWalk Inn’s Kouzzina, including allergen-free waffles!

Main Street Gazette stops by the new Boulangerie Patisserie les Halles in Epcot’s France pavilion.

Orange County Register reports on Disney California Adventure’s Lunar New Year treat — Boudin sourdough loaf in the shape of a snake.




News and Review: Introducing ‘Host the Roast’ at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant (Plus New Desserts!)

We recently gave you all the details about Raglan Road’s brand new Rollicking Raglan Sunday Brunch.

And today, we’re back with more great news from our favorite Irish pub in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney!

Raglan Road debuted their awesome new “Host the Roast!” feast on February 3rd, and it’s available every Sunday going forward.

Created to honor the custom of Sunday Irish lunch, “Host the Roast!” is a full traditional meal, centered around premium signature roasts. And this is an option that’s priced for groups of six, which means this should definitely be on your list for your next family reunion in Disney World. (Note that if you’re not interested in Hosting the Roast while you’re there, you can always stop into Raglan Road on Sunday to enjoy the Sunday Brunch!)

Master Chef Kevin Dundon

Are you intrigued? I was! Guests can choose from several roasts, but you need to book at least 48 hours in advance!:

The Roast Rib of Beef, Yorkshire pudding, horseradish cream and rosemary jus, Balsamic glazed carrots, Green beans, roasties and pomme au gratin plus family style dessert.   $55 per person

Beef Rib Roast -- Up Close

The Roast Pork loin, pork crackling, cider port jus, apple sauce & apple chutney, Balsamic glazed carrots, Green beans, roasties and pomme au gratin plus family style dessert.   $47 per person

The Roast Leg of New Zealand Lamb, stuffed with sage & onion, mint sauce and red wine jus, Balsamic glazed carrots, Green beans, roasties and pomme au gratin plus family style dessert.   $45 per person

The Roast lemon thyme Chicken, Bread sauce, red wine jus and a family style Chicken & Wild Mushroom Pie with Balsamic glazed carrots, Green beans, roasties and pomme au gratin plus family style dessert.   $35 per person

All roasts include a family-style dessert! Choices are:
Gran Marnier Fruit & Custard Trifle or Baked Strawberry & Apple Crumble (gluten free option available)

But enough talking — time to see some pics!

How to “Host The Roast!”

So here’s how it all works: you book your “roast” with Raglan Road (at least 48 hours in advance), then show up at the correct time on Sunday afternoon. And the fun begins!

The roast is carved table-side (very fun), so the carving cart is wheeled out to the head of your table.

Carving Cart

Next, servers bring out an enormous cart laden with the roast and all the trimmings. At our gathering, we were fortunate to have two different roasts: the Beef Standing Rib Roast and the Bone-In Pork Roast.

Each roast is accompanied by many of the same items, but there are a few differences in side dishes and sauces (see the menu listing above for details). Horseradish Cream and Rosemary Jus perfectly accented the beef roast and its side dishes.

Beef Standing Rib Roast Host the Roast Platter

The Pork Roast comes with a [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Raglan Road’s Wild Forest Mushroom Chowder

A great (and sometimes under the radar) place to dine — or just grab a drink with friends — is Raglan Road in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney.

We shared lots of delicious details from our first experience with Raglan Road’s brand new Rollicking Raglan Sunday Brunch in our recent review. But I found a recipe for another fantastic Raglan menu item and I couldn’t wait to share it with you, too.

Let’s take a stroll over to the pub and check out what I know you’re going to be making for dinner this weekend! After all, you can cheat on your diet a little bit on the weekends, right?? ;-)

Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

On a recent visit to Raglan Road, I ordered Master Chef Kevin Dundon‘s Wild Forest Mushroom Chowder.

Usually, the soups here are delicious, but this one was out of this world. With the richness of the soup, the mushroom flavor here is more of an essence and isn’t overpowering — definitely my favorite kind of mushroom soup. ;-)

But it IS rich — the butter and cream make sure of that, so this is an ideal winter soup for those nights when all you want to do is curl up on the couch with a warm bowl of something awesome.

Wild Forest Mushroom Chowder

And as a bonus, [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 27, 2013

Great news for those of you heading to Disney World during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival this year!!

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Angel Food Cake with Macerated Berries

The Festival has more for us Disney Food Fans than it ever had before! Twelve food marketplaces will be debuting this year, featuring fun tapas-sized eats like you’d find at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Be sure to check out this post for the Flower and Garden Festival menu, food photos, marketplace themes, and more!

Disney Dining News

The latest scoop on Disney food…

We’ve got additional food news, including Wine Dinner at Artist Point, restaurant closures, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other 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!

Via Twitter, @tforrester shares these comments: “this breakfast panini @ Sunshine Seasons is 1 of my favorite things”.

Breakfast Panini

DFB Reader Ros sent us this cupcake alert – a Minnie Mouse cupcake shirt!

Minnie Cupcake Shirt

Coming Soon…!!

We know that lots of you have been eagerly awaiting our 2013 Edition of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, and we’re excited to say it’s COMING SOON! This week, in fact!!

We’ve been working hard on this edition all year, and it’s our biggest and best, yet! This e-Book features:

  • over 400 pages of up-to-date, critical information about Disney Dining;
  • more full color photos;
  • widely expanded restaurant reviews for every single Disney restaurant, kiosk, bar, and lounge on property;
  • specific details and advice on dining planning;
  • and lots more.

Expect the Grand Launch — along with a great discount and some awesome e-Book bundle deals — to come your way later this week!

On to the Round-Up

Mickey Fix highlights a Storm Trooper M&M candy dispenser.

DisZine announces a Super Bowl Party at Splitsville in Downtown Disney Orlando.

WESH shares budgeting tips for Disney dining. Courtesy of the DFB!

AllEars shares food, fun, and family at ‘Ohana in the Polynesian Resort.

Gorillas Don’t Blog shares circa 1996 photos from the Carnation Ice Cream Parlor in Disneyland.

Conde Nast Traveler discovers the Dole Whip!

OC Weekly stops by Disneyland’s Earl of Sandwich.

Have a great Sunday! See ya tomorrow!

 

Review: The NEW Sunday Brunch at Raglan Road Pub in Disney World

Sweet news out of Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant!

We were thrilled late last year to bring you the news that they would begin serving Sunday brunch after the new year. After all, we here at Disney Food Blog have enjoyed both lunch and dinner at the authentic Irish pub immensely.

Later in the week, we will be bringing you more exciting news from Raglan Road about another fun meal option for Sunday dinner. But today, we’re excited to bring you the first look at all the delicious dishes we sampled at a recent media event celebrating the launch of The Rollicking Raglan Sunday Brunch.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere here is lots of fun. The pub really is an “Irish” Pub: some of the features were actually built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando for assembly.

Raglan Road -- Outside

The hostess stand is directly before you as you enter, and to the left, you’ll spy the pub patio, a great place to people watch during the mild Florida winter — or anytime of the year.

Entrance Foyer

You’ll want to check out the gift shop as well during your visit. Here you’ll find a wonderful stock of Raglan Road merchandise, but you’ll also find items that celebrate Ireland.

I keep promising myself that I’ll buy some of the beautiful sterling silver jewelry one of these days!

Gift Shop

There’s a reason that Raglan Road appears to be so authentic — it is. The bars and much of the interior woodwork came from churches and pubs in Ireland. The beautiful bars are more than 100 years old!

One of the Two Bars

The small platform in the center of the room becomes a [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 9, 2012

I had a great time reporting live from Walt Disney World this past week. Are you ready to dig into all the new treats in New Fantasyland?

New Fantasyland

Disney Dining News

Here’s some of the tempting Disney Dining news this week…

  • New Fantasyland is now open in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom! Check out some of the fun eats and treats you can find this weekend!
  • Starbucks will debut in Disneyland Park in 2013 at the Market House on Main Street USA.
  • Splitsville will open in Orlando’s Downtown Disney on December 19th. Stay tuned for a review of the food this week!
  • Raglan Road in Disney World’s Downtown Disney announces a new Celtic Brunch, holiday meals, and more!
  • Tables in Wonderland, the Disney World dining discount program, has increased its price in 2012.

We’ve got additional food news, including Tables in Wonderland December Event at The Wave, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

DFB Reader Finds

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

On a recent trip to the Disneyland Resort, Disney Dad Bernie Edwards saw these gorgeous candy canes at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure. While they’re likely not THE candy canes, they’re still a fabulous holiday treat!

Trolley Treats Candy Canes

Venessa/neomi_buttons exclaims “Making A.J. proud during Food and Wine Festival!!” with a tray for “teeny foods”.

Food and Wine Tray

DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2012 e-Book

Don’t forget to grab your DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2012 e-Book before heading to Disney World this holiday season!

The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2012 e-Book features 230 pages of information, including NEW events and holiday happenings; over 200 photos; and an informative FAQ section. It includes:

  • Detailed descriptions and photos of all holiday events and activities happening at the parks and resorts this year!
  • A fully comprehensive holiday dining section with listings of holiday snacks, treats, meals, and menu items offered this year.
  • A clickable 3-Month Schedule of Holiday Events so you can see at-a-glance what looks interesting to you.
  • Our recommendations on ways to SAVE while you’re in Disney World this holiday season.
  • And more!

As always, we’ve made this guide instantly downloadable for your convenience. It’s easily installed on your mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

We want to celebrate the holidays with a bargain – get $3 off the purchase price for the e-Book TODAY! Order your copy now for only $11.95 (regularly $14.95). To secure the discount, use code HOLIDAY at the check-out. Click here to get your copy.

And if you want another GREAT deal, snap up our DFB Holiday Bundle! This includes the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays AND our original DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2012! With a 100% 30-day, money-back guarantee on all of our guides, you have nothing to lose! :-)

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for GrownUps takes date night to Disney’s Yacht Club resort.

Daveland shares vintage and modern food photos from Disneyland, including Walt with a tuna boat salad.

Main Street Gazette samples gourmet caramels in Disney World.

Disney by Mark takes my advice and dines at Yak ‘n Yeti with a window view of the Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade.

AllEars.Net stops by Raglan Road at Downtown Disney Orlando.

Disney Parks Blog shares a video of Dancing With The Stars pros waltzing inside Be Our Guest. Of course, Belle and the Beast join in!

New Celtic Brunch — and more! — at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney’s Raglan Road has announced a new Sunday brunch, holiday eats at Christmas, New Year’s Eve fun, and more!

New Raglan Road Celtic Brunch Menu and Hours

Raglan Road is now offering a swanky Celtic Sunday Brunch from 11am until 3pm!

It’s the perfect mix of breakfast and lunch tastes created by Master Chef Kevin Dundon. Brunch menu options will include traditional Full Irish breakfast, Eggs Benedict, Oatmeal, Smoked Salmon Omelet, and much more.

On Sunday afternoon, live entertainment from the Irish Dancers will be featured from Noon until 3:30pm.

Dancing Podium and Live Music Stage

Raglan Road Christmas Menu

For a memorable Christmas day, dine at Raglan Road! The holiday menu will feature a roast turkey dinner.

In addition to a delicious Bunratty Mead glazed turkey, trimmings will include [Read more…]

What’s Your Favorite Disney Burger?

It’s usually my job to smash though the stereotype that theme parks only serve burgers and fries, but today…it’s time to embrace it! We’re going to talk burgers, all! Are ya ready to share your favorites?

It’s time to update our “best burgers in Disney World” list, and we think there are some seriously unexpected meat-and-bun creations that go far beyond what you would expect from a theme park burger. Let’s take a look at some of the most notable in the bunch.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, though! I’d love to hear your favorites in the comments below!

Favorite Disney Burgers

Picnic Burger at Sci-Fi Dine-In

UPDATE: Please note that the Picnic Burger is not currently being served at Sci-Fi-Dine-In Restaurant, but they often feature a specialty burger on the menu in addition to the Build-Your-Own Burger. 

The All American Picnic Burger is a flame-broiled Angus burger patty topped with…wait until you hear this…a grilled hot dog! On top of this, you get sauerkraut, sautéed onions, ketchup, mustard, and a pickle spear! Yep — this one is HUGE…and messy!

Served at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it’s a picnic on a plate. Go ahead and indulge!

Picnic Burger

Beaches and Cream Burger

The simple Beaches and Cream Burger made our very first “Best Burgers” list way back when, and now their upgraded Bacon and Blue version has made our list again!

Beaches and Cream is your spot for comforting food, including malted milkshakes, chicken noodle soup, awesome ice cream sundaes, and Angus cheeseburgers.

Bacon and Blue Burger at Beaches and Cream

Surf and Surf “Burger” at Landscape of Flavors

This is probably the newest on the list, and hails from Art of Animation Resort’s Landscape of Flavors!

Not technically a burger, the Surf and Surf is actually a Crab Cake topped with fried popcorn shrimp, tomato, lettuce, and Cajun remoulade on a brioche bun. There are plenty of other great burgers to choose from at this new counter-service stop, though, so [Read more…]

Disney Food for Families: Getting Kids to Try New Foods at Walt Disney World

It’s no secret that my daughter Louisa is more than a little produce averse. There was a period of about four years when NO fruit or vegetable crossed her lips, and even now at age 12 she still has to be cajoled into having more than a bite or two of something as innocuous as sweet potato or banana.

Frozen bananas, a gateway fruit.

So you can imagine my surprise when, on a recent trip to the Animal Kingdom’s Yak & Yeti restaurant, she consumed nearly the entire plate of wok-fried green beans we had ordered for the table. It was one of those parenting moments where you hold your breath and move slowly so as to avoid breaking the spell.

Yak & Yeti wok-fried green beans. My hero!

Those Yak & Yeti yummies didn’t turn Louisa into an inveterate bean eater, but she is now occasionally willing to nibble on a tempura string bean if we’re out for Japanese. Based on our prior track record with legumes, I’m going to count that solidly in the win column.

The Theme Park Food Effect

What was it about the Yak & Yeti beans that made Louisa such a fan? Yes, they were quite tasty, and yes, the green part was handily obfuscated by a crunchy, yumtastic fried breading coating; but we had tried similar ploys in the past to no avail. My theory is that the Yak & Yeti beans were flavored by the spice of (cue the orchestra) The Theme Park Food Effect.

Much like campers will say that meals eaten on the trail are the BEST, you know that their experience is colored by the fact that their senses are overwhelmed and they’re starving from an [Read more…]