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We are getting really controversial today folks. We are going to talk about our favorite restaurant (singular) at each park and Disney Springs! Hubby and I are not picky eaters but we do know good food. Yes, I am tooting my own horn here because I’m telling you, if there is one thing we know, it is good food and if we don’t think it is good, we’re going to say so.
There is a lot of great food in Disney, but I’m going to be honest with you , a lot of it is at the resorts and on top of that, there is a lot of just okay or not that great food in Disney as well. As interesting as that is, there are a lot of different opinions regarding what is good and what is a pass but these are what we believe are the top restaurants in the parks and Disney Springs.
Let’s get started!
We’re going to head to Magic Kingdom first. I am writing this, fully knowing that there will be people who disagree with me but, Magic Kingdom is not the food mecca in any way, shape or form of Walt Disney World. In fact, for me, Magic Kingdom has the least desirable food options of any of the parks at Walt Disney World.
That isn’t to say that there aren’t good experiences. Be Our Guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table are dining experiences and in my humble opinion, are not representations of great food. The food isn’t bad; it just isn’t great and unless you are on the dining plan, it is most certainly not worth your hard earned money.
I actually have a difficult time picking my favorite food here and I know for an absolute fact a lot of people will disagree with me but it is what it is. Liberty Tree Tavern. I love me some Thanksgiving nibbles and that is what you will get here.
Liberty Tree Tavern is a family style meal that is all you care to enjoy. So if you care to enjoy more than what they bring you, you do you! The menu starts with salad which is tossed with a house made dressing. I liked the salad. I am a salad lover so I enjoyed it; it wasn’t anything special but it was a tasty start to the meal.
The main course is what they call the Patriot platter. This has three different meats; roasted turkey, pot roast and oven-roasted pork tenderloin. I really enjoyed the turkey and Bryson liked the pork; I don’t love pork.
In addition, you also get veggies, mac and cheese, stuffing and you can request cranberry sauce. It truly is a traditional turkey feast. And we haven’t even gotten to the best part yet. The best part of the meal is dessert. The sticky toffee pudding. It is amazing. We ordered an additional helping; yep, we sure did and it was worth every calorie and minute on the treadmill I did the next morning.
Next up, we’re headed over to Animal Kingdom. To me, this is a really hard one! I love the food at Animal Kingdom and it just keeps getting better. I had to think long and hard about where I would choose here because there is an incredible table service and a really great counter service as well as some fantastic runner ups.
In my opinion, the absolute best food at Animal Kingdom is Satu’li Canteen. This is one of the newest eating spots at Animal Kingdom and is located in Pandora. I chose Satu’li Canteen for several reasons. It’s counter service and is competing with an off the charts two dining credit table service restaurant in Tiffins.
The menu at Satu’li Canteen is healthy and delicious. There are so many different options and numerous sauces and bases for those options. Bases include, greens or rice and you can choose between beef, chicken, fish or tofu with a choice of sauces including an amazing chimichurri. The cheeseburger steamed pods are also great and come with homemade vegetable chips. Be sure to check out the entire menu at Satu’li Canteen and let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Epcot is next; openly known as the food mecca of Walt Disney World! Where to go here? That’s a tough one. This is going to be another controversial one because there are just so many different opinions here. Our favorite is actually one of the lesser known restaurants and one that often gets overlooked! Although there are a number of honorable mentions for me, Restaurant Marrakesh takes it in my opinion. This is authentic and amazing moroccan food and the portions are out of control!
The food is here adventurous for some but is really based on a lot of meat, potatoes, rice and veggies. The spices are earthy and hearty. If you are here on the dining plan, come hungry because as mentioned, the portions are large.
Try something new, get out of your comfort zone and take a flavorful trip to Morocco! In addition, there is live music and belly dancers. It’s truly an experience. Be sure to try some different things in each of the countries because there truly are some wonderful dining and flavor experiences to be had in Epcot World Showcase.
Hollywood Studios is our last park stop. And I certainly did not leave the best for last. Sorry Disney, but at the time of this blog, Hollywood Studios leaves a lot to be desired especially in the dining world. Stay tuned though because with Toy Story Land opening this weekend and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening next year we are likely going to get some great themed restaurants coming down the pipeline and hopefully some amazing food items to go with it.
For now though we are going to go with Sci-Fi Dine in Theater mostly because of the cool experience and theming but the food isn’t bad either. It’s a lot of American style comfort food and who doesn’t love that! There is a wedge salad, burgers galore, pasta and even vegetarian selections like a falafel sandwich! The dessert options are great as well from a cinnamon apple glazed doughnut, a homemade candy bar, and a s’mores brownie.
Last but certainly not least we are going to Disney Springs. Disney Springs holds a different spot for everyone. For me, I don’t enjoy the atmosphere or the people but I love the food! Number 1 spot, hands down, in Disney Springs is….drum roll please… Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’! I have never seen a bad review for this place and the food just seems to keep getting better! When you fry everything and put pounds of butter on it, I think that tends to happen.
Full disclosure, I don’t love fried food. I don’t. I don’t love the feeling of being stuffed or eating unhealthy food but this food is out of this world. Southern comfort food at its finest.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is open for brunch on weekends, lunch and dinner daily. They have a hush puppy benedict with fried chicken tenders and a pimento cheese hollandaise on brunch menu and serve traditional southern goodies like deviled eggs, chicken and biscuits and fried green tomatoes.
The food is amazing. Come hungry, plan to leave full and wear loose fitting clothes. You have been warned.
Well, that does it for this post. Thank you for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.