Dining Guide - Recommendations
Here at LaughingPlace.com, we enjoy eating at Walt Disney World at least as much as we enjoy the rides. Below are some of our favorite restaurants. Rebekah and Doobie have also given some of their favorites on the menus (note: Doobie is a vegetarian).:
- Magic Kingdom: Tony's Town Square for
lunch: It can get busy here at dinner time but lunch is often very quiet. A
nice break during a busy day.
Rebekah: I enjoy the Chicken Parmigiana Hero but get some extra tomato sauce as the thick bread is great to dip into it.
Doobie: Usually get one of the pizzas. If necessary, ask them to hold the meat. It's still good.
- Magic Kingdom: Columbia House: Our
favorite of the counter service. It's location is almost hidden away. We
especially like the upstairs seating.
Rebekah: Hearty Veggie Chili & Half Sandwich at a window seat overlooking the guests walking from Fantasyland to Liberty Square.
Doobie: Tasty vegetarian chili.
- Epcot: Nine Dragons: Even on a busy
day, you can almost always eat here for dinner without a reservation. And the
food's pretty good, too.
Rebekah: I've dined frequently on spicy food and tried the Savory Beef in Spicy Broth here. It is the hottest thing I've had but enjoyed it.
- Epcot: Sunshine Seasons: This
relatively new food court at The Land Pavilion in Future World has the best
tasting food of even in-park quick service restaurant in our opinion.
Rebekah: I adore & at times crave the Seared Tuna on Mixed Greens with Sesame Rice Wine Dressing.
Doobie: The Cuban sandwich is vegetarian and tasty. There and many very good grab-and-go items too like mozzarella and tomatoes.
Hollywood Studios: Brown Derby: It's a
little pricey but eating at this replica of a Hollywood original inside the
Studios is worth it.
Rebekah: I love the Cobb Salad without the bacon.
Doobie: The noodle bowl with coconut-crusted tofu. Very large and yummy.
Hollywood Studios: Starring Rolls:
There's a pretty good selection of sandwiches, sweet treats and coffee drinks
here - more than you might expect.
Rebekah: I like to stop by this quick service location for Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese on a tasty Onion bagel.
Doobie: Bagels and cream cheese.
Kingdom: Yak & Yeti: Animal
Kingdom's first sit down restaurant inside the park is not very exotic, but
the food is good and the atmosphere is amazing.
Doobie: My favorites are the Wok-Fried Green Beans, the Mango Pie and the Fried Wontons. The Glacier Water non-alcoholic drink is also very good.
- Downtown Disney Marketplace: Wolfgang Puck
Express: This combination of quickness and quality is, perhaps,
unparalleled at Walt Disney World.
Rebekah: I've enjoyed the Chicken Tortilla Soup & Linguini with Tomato, Basil & Garlic.
Doobie: So many choices but Four Cheese Pizza usually wins
- Downtown Disney Westside: Wolfgang Puck:
If you've got a little more time, go over to the Westside for Puck's full
restaurant. The food is wonderful.
Rebekah: My favorite here is the Macadamia Nut Crusted Breast of Chicken with Papaya Marmalade.
Doobie: Always, always, always the Pumpkin Ravioli
- Pop Century: Everything Pop Food Court: This
is our favorite of the hotel food courts for the variety offered and easy
access. It's also a fun atmosphere.
Rebekah: I like the really big bowl of Chicken Soup. It features long, thick noodles and Asian style seasonings.
Doobie: The vegetarian lasagna has a soy-based meat substitute. A nice treat!
- Coronado Springs: Pepper Market: Pepper
Market's layout is unique at Walt Disney World. While it's quick service, all
food is prepared to order and you can easily go back for more because you
don't pay until you leave.
Rebekah: I'm a big fan of their grilled tuna steak with baked potato but will sometimes order the GIGANTIC taco salad.
Doobie: Either a made-to-order pizza or the Fajitas with veggies instead of the meat.
- Grand Floridian: Grand Floridian Cafe:
Casual dining with good food in one of Walt Disney World's nicest hotels.
Rebekah: They serve my favorite hamburger at Walt Disney World. I think its a combo of the sourdough bun and the beauty of the restaurant that make it great. Their mini-dessert idea is great. Let's you sample several or just one and the Chocolate fondue for two is yummy.
Doobie: The Dip Trio appetizer is great.
- Animal Kingdom Lodge: Jiko: Our
favorite upscale restaurant is Jiko with its unique African flavors and
Rebekah: By far my favorite place to simply relax and be pampered as I eat. The party for the taste buds begins with the appetizers. We order various flatbreads to share. For the main course, I'm partial to the filet mignon served atop exquisite macaroni & cheese. It is the best I've had anywhere -but- there's also the amazing lamb that falls off the bone. The menu changes seasonally but these items have remained so far. For dessert, I order a Chocolate martini with amarula which is an African liqueur made from Marula fruit.
Doobie: What Rebekah said! The Grains, Peas and Vegetables are unique and incredible!
- Animal Kingdom Lodge: Boma: For the
same reason as above, our favorite buffet is Boma. And even better - you can
sample all the interesting foods knowing that if you don't like it, you can
put it aside and get something else. Breakfast here is especially yummy.
Rebekah: I love the Bobotie served at Breakfast. This is combination of corned beef, eggs, cream, potato and onion. At dinner I enjoy the Couscous Marrakesh but always make sure to save room for the Zebra Domes - a chilled dessert featuring chocolate & liqueur.
Doobie: It's a buffet - try it all!
- Epcot: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Character Dining: Unique foods from Norway and princesses. While you only
get one entree, the salads and cold cuts are all-you-can-eat.
Rebekah: So much fun to see all the girls meet the princesses and enjoyed the unique offerings of the Norweigian inspired buffet.
Doobie: It's all about the princesses, but the selection of cheeses are very nice.
- Yacht & Beach Club:
Beaches and Cream: The basics like hamburgers and hot dogs plus many
ice cream related dessert options.
Rebekah: Classic rock 'n' roll tunes play at this soda & ice cream shop. I enjoy its simple hamburger and fries fresh from the griddle but its the ice cream specialties that are the main draw. Grab a group of friends and tackle the Kitchen Sink - 12 scoops of ice cream (several varieties) and every topping in the house covered in a can of whipped cream and a handful of cherries. Each bite is a surprise burst of flavor.
Doobie: Love to get a double veggie burger with onion rings. And if I'm there with a big group - top it off with a Kitchen Sink.