In the old days of Mousebuzz (aka DisneyCentral) there used to be a Rate & Review section which I really liked. I used to sum up my reviews in the Trip Report and then write a longer review in Rate & Review. So, with R&R a thing of the past, I’ll write longer reviews in the Restaurant section and keep my summaries here like “normal.”
We did Tables in Wonderland (20% off meals and alcohol at select restaurants). I love the flexibility of TiW; we did the Disney Dining Plan once, and it just didn’t work for us.
Restaurants are listed in the order we ate. I’m using the old R&R 1-5 Mickey rating scale, but I added in a .5 increment. I’m just including my rating here; I’ll add the rest of the family’s ratings to the detailed review thread. All meals are dinners unless indicated.
Whispering Canyon (2 :mickey:): I always make the same mistake and order the skillet. The rest of WC’s menu is just not that appealing to me. The ribs were very dry and the brisket was rubbery; the chicken and beans were good. The restaurant was very crowded, and the service was very spotty particularly at the end of the meal.
Rose & Crown (1 :mickey:): I’m sorry to say, this is my second 1 rating (Bongo’s Cuban Cafe had the other). What a mess. I’ll go into more details in the detailed review, but the short version is that our reservation was deleted AFTER we checked in and had a beeper in hand. Since we were waiting for an Illuminations table, we just thought it was taking a long time. When we were finally seated (40 minutes after our ADR time, and 50 minutes after checking in), I was told during Illuminations - 25 minutes after ordering - that my appetizer wasn’t currently available and would need 10-15 more minutes. We’ve eaten at the R&C several trips in a row and have never had an issue; this was inexcusable. When I finally did get my Bangers & Mash, it was actually quite good… but there were issues with my family’s food.
Fulton’s Crab House (3.5 :mickey:): I really wanted to like Fulton’s, but it just fell a bit flat with me. Service was very good. My food was good (Crab Cake appetizer, and a Tuna entree), but frankly did not live up to the big bill. Great wine selection.
Artist Point (4 :mickey:); Artist Point is one of my favorite places to eat, but I felt like it was a bit disappointing this year. My mussels were excellent, but my buffalo strip steak was merely good. I will say that Mo’s pork chop was simply outstanding… I wish I would’ve ordered it (but at least I still got some ). Service was very good and friendly. That’s my favorite thing about Artist Point; I find it to be upscale, but very accomodating to everyone.
Ohana (3.5 :mickey:): Very rushed service; the Turkey and Shrimp were good; the pork and steak just okay. I’m not sure what cut of beef they use, but there were some tough pieces. The appetizers and sides were a mixed bag. It was at Ohanas that I had my first Habenero Lime Margarita that was on the standard drink menu we saw at most restaurants; that was very tasty!
Crystal Palace (4 :mickey:): We did the 8:05 breakfast seating, so we got to walk down Main St. before park opening. The kids are less and less into the characters each year, but the characters are still great trying to get them involved. I find Crystal Palace to be a consistently good top-notch buffet; standout items included excellent fresh fruit, the french toast, the smoked pastrami-style salmon, and multiple interesting potato dishes.
LeCellier (5 :mickey:): Great service! My Duck 3 Ways appetizer may have been the best thing that I ate on the trip. I had a veal t-bone that was good, but I would probably not get it again. I ate most of Mag’s Maple Creme Brulee dessert, and it was wonderful. I also ordered a side of Poutin (french fries with brown gravy and cheese curds) which one of my buddies raves about whenever he goes to Canada; um… it tasted like french fries with brown gravy and cheese. I don’t get it. :glare:
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (5 :mickey:): Hoop is one of my very favorite things to do at WDW. It’s more about the entertainment than the food, but I would point out that the ribs were far superior to the Whispering Canyon’s ribs. I don’t know, I just really like the food here and the sangria… of course. The show is always great which amazes me every time… I really thought that I would get tired of it after seeing it once.
Tokyo Dining (5 :mickey:): We had a Noon ADR, the first of the day. We were there early and got to see the welcome demonstration. We love sushi, and thought the food was delicious, the service impeccable, and we loved that the tables were well spaced and even at it’s loudest we could still have a conversation. We shared some rolls for an appetizer, and as normal I ordered the Shinjuko Gozen (a sashimi and tempura combo); excellent. Now, they are even on Tables in Wonderland, so it’s 20% better. :laugh:
Plaza Restaurant (3 :mickey:): On our last day, we realized that we had time for a final lunch so we booked a last minute ADR. This was my first time at the Plaza. It’s great for a quick, tasty meal at the Magic Kingdom, but I guess I’m looking for more than that. I did appreciate the no-sugar added shakes. Our server disappeared for about 10 minutes… perhaps one of our sandwiches required more time? My club was good.
We didn’t do many counter service meals. Breakfast at the resort (we’re DVC so we have a kitchen) and dinner with some snacking worked best for us. There were a few food items outside of sitdown restaurants that deserve mention…
Dole Whip: Mags is addicted to Dole Whip… She managed to get there three times during the trip, and now wants to stay at the Poly since they have a machine on-site.
Mags and I hit Epcot one day by ourselves, and we ate at both Tangierine Cafe and Yakitori House; excellent counter service food!
We also hit the Refreshment Port in the World Showcase; I’d avoid this place. We ordered Empanadas and Tostones. They were simply deep frying pre-packaged frozen food, and it tasted like it.
Territory Lounge… For the first time in many years, Sandy and I got some alone time in the Wilderness Lodge bar on two nights. The service - from Kristin - was just great; so friendly and relaxed. Great drinks too.