I loooooooove appetizer platters. Give me a way to sample everything on the menu at once and I’m there. (I know. You’re so surprised to discover that about me, right?) Seriously, though, appetizer platters are a good way to give food-loving families a little taste of everything, and to give picky eaters a better shot of finding something they’ll enjoy as well. They bring peace and harmony wherever they go, and this is why we always have to order them when available.
So, going through my photos the other day, I realized that I’ve had three such delights in the past few months! This sampling covers three distinct food themes — Irish at Raglan Road, California Cuisine at Napa Rose, and Italian at Portobello — so I thought it’d be especially interesting…
Appetiser D’Lirrah for Two: Raglan Road Pub, Downtown Disney, Disney World
At Raglan Road, amidst the stained glass, live Irish music and dancing, and imported bars (yep — they imported the actual wooden bars themselves from Ireland), you’ve got some incredible, authentic Irish food with a modern twist designed by Celebrity Master Chef Kevin Dundon).
Located in the Downtown Disney district of Walt Disney World, Raglan Road offers a great spot to while away an evening on some imported beer, keen cocktails, or incredible food — including this piece of foodie decadence called the Appetiser D’Lirrah for Two.
The ribs were absolutely my favorite part — I’m pretty sure I had to battle my husband for the last one — and the battered sausages and scallops in the “forest” of forks were a fun addition to the plate. By the way, the thing in the bowl to the right is another battered sausage that didn’t fit into the “forest.” 😉
Sizzling Beach Rock Appetizer: Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Resort, Disneyland
Napa Rose is Disneyland Resort’s premier restaurant, and under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Andrew Sutton, the menu is an ever-evolving wonder of fresh new tastes.
The Beach Rock Appetizer came highly recommended by trusted Disneyland fans, so we knew we had to try it — and it is impressive.
Again, the ribs came out on top for me, but the shrimp and chicken were incredible as well. This was the perfect way to begin our evening at Napa Rose. By the way, the beach rock does come to the table sizzling a bit — and it’s sitting on a bed of sea salt. Pretty Zen, eh?
Crostini Sampler: Portobello, Downtown Disney, Disney World
has greatly improved over the past year or so and now offers some delicious, rustic dishes and appetizers. The desserts are pretty outstanding, too, but we’ll cover that another day!
While we’re not huge crostini lovers, we really wanted to sample this Misti platter, which included meats and cheeses in addition to the two types of crostini.
While the prosciutto and cheeses were delicious and definitely whet my appetite for my pasta entree, the Winter Park honey crostini with ricotta cheese was out of this world. A truly delicious way to start the meal!
What are your favorite appetizers?
Do you have favorite shareable appetizers, or just favorite appetizers in general? I’d love to hear your suggestions in our comments section below (always ready to add “must-eat” items to my next trip plan)! 🙂