There’s Always Room for More at Biergarten

Fun, family, entertainment, pretzel bread, and beer! Those are the things that come to mind when you think of Disney World’s Biergarten Restaurant! It’s one of those restaurants that’s almost sure to put a smile on your face.

Atmosphere
The unassuming facade — and massive wooden door — of this Epcot Germany restaurant don’t begin to describe what you’ll find once you walk inside.

Oktoberfest at Biergarten

A soaring ceiling covers an auditorium of a restaurant, where long wooden tables surround a stage where just about anything can happen, including lederhosen!

Themed to represent a community square in a small village in Germany, the decor will automatically transport you to a different place. And in the main stage area, you’ll be treated to some wonderful authentic Alpine entertainment! Feel free to cut a rug on the [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 12, 2010

Only a week left before my trip to WDW. There will be lots of updates of course, but for now, let’s go over the news…

Of course, as we count down to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, be sure to check out our helpful guide!

And now, on to the Round-Up!

What Now Kathie?! shares her updated recipe of Le Cellier’s Cheddar Cheese Soup!

Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily offer up the Frito Kid in acrylic paints!

Caribbean Beach Resort Fan Site and members from its facebook page offer a tribute to the Banana Cabana Pool Bar!

Main St. Gazette offers tips for touring the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Nightmare Before Christmas Gingerbread Artwork (c)Disney

Disneyland Resort Paris held a very special cookie decorating contest… (thanks to Stitch Kingdom for the heads up)

The Contemporary Resort Fan Page gives an overview of lunch at the Contemporary Resort.

Disney Parks Blog showcases the Haunted Mansion’s Halloween Holiday Gingerbread House!

Pee Dee Foodie remembers the day Tigger took his hat at Crystal Palace.

Touring Plans‘ blogger Caroline Baggerly anticipates her run and gives tips regarding the Wine and Dine Half-Marathon in Disney World.

Two Boos Who Eat offers a personal review of the 2010 Disneyland Food and Wine Festival.

Tom Bricker gave me permission to show this awesome time-lapse Beaches and Cream Kitchen Sink video! Enjoy:

Announcing the NINTH DisMarks Disney Blog Carnival!

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This is one of the biggest Disney Blog Carnivals, yet, chock full of incredible Disney blog posts and articles (including one of mine)! If your weather is getting a bit cooler, now is the perfect time to relax with a cup of coffee and a few new Disney blogs in the Ninth Edition of the Disney Blog Carnival! Every week the Carnival includes a few new bloggers and several fan favorites, so there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy. Head on over and give them a few comments!

Topics this week include a WDW bathroom photo blog, an editorial on the problems guests are seeing in Disney World, the 101 on holiday events at Disney, a look at the unique aspects of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and lots more! :-)

Have more time? Check out the past editions, too! Here are links to the first , second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth carnivals.

Just head over to DisMarks to see dozens of articles about Disney from your favorite new and veteran Disney bloggers :-)

I think it’s the [Read more…]

More Sneak Peek Tasting Photos from the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Just wanted to share a couple more tasting photos from the upcoming Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic, being held on October 8-9, 2010!

You’ll recall earlier this week when we spoke with Tony Porcellini, Swan and Dolphin’s Director of Food and Beverage, and got a sneak peek into the Classic — including what guests will discover when touring the tasting booths and taking part in the Wine Blending seminar at the event.

Today, we have a few more sneak peek photos from the tasting booths — tried and true favorites from Shula’s Steak House and Il Mulino New York Trattoria! [Read more…]

Raglan Road Review

Disney World’s Raglan Road Pub offers guests a wealth of Irish charm and classic dishes with a contemporary twist. I know that sounds like a pamphlet, but it’s pretty much whatcha get! You’ll find this spot in Downtown Disney, right next to Cooke’s of Dublin, so you’ll be surrounded by Little Ireland as soon as you get there.

Atmosphere
Raglan Road is rarely quiet in the evenings. You’ll want to come here when you’re ready to have a bit of fun, indulge in some delicious food, and enjoy the raucous goings-on around you. That’s not to say you’ll feel as though you’ve wandered into a frat party; even though Raglan Road is on Pleasure Island, the feeling here is of a decidedly more upscale, slightly tipsy cocktail party vs. the final night of Rush Week.

Raglan Road Main Dining Room

Upon entering the restaurant, the massive expanse of polished wood will surely be the main draw for your eye. Although this place is easily the size of four or five pubs back in Ireland, the decor remains similar — wood paneling, flooring, bars, tables, and booths; brass fixtures; old world feel. What’s different here is the soaring ceiling and cupola, edged by beautiful stained glass panes that make you feel like you’re sitting inside a sunset when you visit at dusk.
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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Grape Getaway Prices Drop by $300

Great news for those who have yet to book the Grape Getaway, a brand new four-day exclusive vacation package for Disney-loving foodies!

Yep — the prices have gone down by $300 per person!

To find out more about the event, including the full itinerary, check out our Grape Getaway Page.

For more information on the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, click here!

Review: Disneyland’s French Market

On a beautiful Southern California day, there’s no better way relax in the afternoon than to sit outside, listen to a jovial jazz trio, munch on some incredible eats, and “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!” And that’s exactly what you can do if you choose to dine at Disneyland’s French Market.

Disneyland's French Market

Atmosphere
Nestled in the heart of New Orleans Square, French Market is what I like to refer to as “counter-service with style!” With an outdoor “courtyard” seating area capped on one end by the stage where jazz trios perform and on the other end by the Mint Julep Bar and delicious food served as artfully as entrees you’d get at any moderately-priced table-service restaurant, this place clearly doesn’t fit under the standard “counter-service” moniker.

Royal Street Bachelors

Mint Julep Bar

A staple in Disneyland since the opening of New Orleans Square in 1966, French Market these days works like a cafeteria inside. Guests wind their trays around the stations, past the old clock, and to the register by the doors. Entree options are limited, but offer quite a bit of freshly prepared food.

French Market Queue

French Market Clock

Once you’ve taken in all of the decor inside, it’s time to head out and dig in…

Eats
The French Market menu is more in-depth than most counter-service restaurants in Disney parks. There are some incredible choices, and we had to stand there and stare for a while before making our final decisions!

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I finally settled on the baked four-cheese pasta and vegetable gratin (vegetarian!), with Cheddar, Gouda, Provolone, and Asiago; shiitake mushrooms; and cauliflower baked with pasta under a crumbly, buttery breadcrumb crust. This came with roasted vegetables and cheddar cornbread. My husband had the Roast Beef Royale with Cognac Peppercorn Jus, smashed potatoes, vegetables, and cheddar cornbread.

(See? I told you this isn’t your normal counter-service.)

Both entrees were HUGE and ab-so-lute-ly delicious. The creamy, decadence of the four-cheese pasta made me feel like I should have spent $40 for the meal at least. It was delectable and so rich that there was no way I could possibly have finished it. And while my husband is a roast beef fan in general, he pronounced this the best he’d had in quite some time.

I’ve got on my calendar a post titled “Disney World vs. Disneyland: Counter-Service,” which seems to be a no-brainer at this point. But wait until you SEE these entrees…

Four Chees Pasta and Vegetable Gratin with Vegetables and Cornbread

Roast Beef Royale with Smashed Potatoes, Vegetables, and Cheddar Cornbread

Can you believe — NO paper plates?

And the cornbread — throughout Disneyland — is just incredible. Disneyland cornbread has always gone down in history, and still does.

Cheddar Cornbread

And, of course, there are other options along the line as well, including some delicious desserts, fresh salads and fruit, and some healthy chicken-and-rice kids’ meals.

Fresh Fruit

Salads

Dixieland Cajun Chicken Salad Entree

Kids Meals

Desserts

Of course, we had to try the famous Disneyland non-alcoholic Mint Julep as well! I’ll admit: not my favorite thing in the world, but I don’t tend to like sweet OR minty drinks, so…

Mint Julep

Overall
Disneyland’s French Market is always one of the park’s most oft-recommended counter-service eateries, and it’s clear why it’s stayed at the top of so many lists. The absolutely incredible food coupled with the relaxed atmosphere of the outdoor seating and entertainment makes this spot an oasis in the park.

That said, I suggest that you don’t try to navigate this place during mealtimes on crowded days! A relaxing atmosphere can quickly become hectic when you’ve got hundreds of park guests eyeing your hard-won table! Of course, this is a standard suggestion in any theme park — eat at weird times and you’re all set!

What are your thoughts and/or menu suggestions from French Market? Do you think it deserves its great reputation? Let us know in the comments section below!

Paradiso 37 Menu Changes

Reader Ellen D. and her son headed over to Downtown Disney’s Paradiso 37 recently and sent back a few photos of the restaurant’s new menus. Ellen also sent along photos and reviews of their entrees and dessert (yay!). By the way, if you’d like to read our full review of Paradiso 37, you can find it here! Here we go!

Paradiso 37

Eats
First off, the food! Ellen wasn’t a huge fan of the Citrus-Barbecued Pork Ribs, saying the spice rub was extremely strong.

Citrus Barbecue Pork Ribs with Slaw

This veg entree was created on-the-fly, she says. “The new menu doesn’t have any vegetarian entrees (the previous one did). Our server offered me this. First impression, [Read more…]