It’s late. I haven’t written my Friday Five blog yet. Hmm… what would be easy to write about this late in the day? How about two of my favorite subjects: food and Walt Disney World? This week’s Friday Five linkup is a “free topic,” so let’s do this! Don’t forget to check out linkup hosts Courtney from Eat, Pray, Run DC and Mar from Mar on the Run to read what they are blogging about on this “free topic” Friday. I’m going to focus on my top five places to dine at Walt Disney World.
1. Raglan Road Irish Pub This Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) restaurant has been one of our family favorites for years. We dined at Raglan Road after the 2009 and 2010 Walt Disney World Half Marathons. Wearing our medals, we sipped Irish beer and noshed on fish and chips. Those are just two of the Irish specialties on the menu, which is pretty extensive and will please most everyone. From burgers, to stew, to shepherd’s pie. I have not had a bad meal here. Oh, and there is plenty of entertainment. Musicians and dancers take to the stage every hour. Dinner and a show? What’s not to love?!
2. 50’s Prime Time Cafe Miss your grandmother’s cooking? You can get your fix here. 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios takes you back to the fabulous 50’s for some home cooking, Disney style. You literally dine in a retro kitchen. And with dishes like pot roast and fried chicken, you will be transported back in time. The wait staff treat you like family. Meaning they’ll tell you to take your elbows off the table, and you have to be excused to use the restroom. Just like at home!
3. Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar We happened upon this little gem on an impromptu trip to Epcot. There was no time to make advance dining reservations and we conveniently stumbled upon the Wine Cellar. This is the bar and lounge for Tutto Italia, a table service restaurant in the Italy section of World Showcase. The Wine Cellar is first come, first serve and has a very relaxed vibe. It boasts more than 200 varieties of wine, meats and cheeses and small plates. That is exactly what we ordered. A wine flight, some prosciutto di parma and asiago? Yes, please! Hallie got a small plate of spaghetti and meatballs. We were all happy! If you can’t make reservations at one of the many sit down restaurants at Epcot, check out this place!
4. Wolfgang Puck Express We have dined at this Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) counter service restaurant many, many times. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, this is one of your best bets for counter service fare. In fact, we enjoy it more than the nearby Wolfgang Puck table service restaurant. It is basically the same food, although the menu is not as extensive. And less expensive. You order and pay at the counter. The servers bring your dishes to you on real dishes with real silverware (a nice touch for counter service). The food is good. It has a pretty nice wine and beer selection, too. I have a tradition of eating Wolfgang’s spaghetti bolognese the night before a big runDisney race!
5. Kona Cafe Full disclosure. We have only dined here once. But two simple words put it on my top five Walt Disney World restaurants list: tonga toast. This classic restaurant inside Disney’s Polynesian Resort serves Hawaiian inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner. I had heard about the famous tonga toast for years. I honestly can say it is one of the best things I have ever eaten. Ever. Caramelized bananas stuffed inside a sourdough bread French toast that is coated in cinnamon sugar. Add a cup of French press Kona coffee and I thought I was in foodie heaven! Brett and Hallie enjoyed their meals, too. But I can’t even remember what they ordered. I was all consumed with the tonga toast and could not concentrate on anything else. We are going back here soon. Can. Not. Wait!
So that’s my current five favorite places to dine at Walt Disney World. Is there anywhere you must eat when you visit WDW? Let me know in the comments below.