Happy Friday everyone! Thanks to a long vacation and a stomach bug I caught, this week sort of only has Friday in it for me… But that doesn’t make the weekend any less welcome! I have lots of errands on the docket this weekend, including my first grocery shopping trip for Whole30, and hopefully shooting some blog outfits for the upcoming weeks, so it will be nice to get back into a routine finally.
One of the things I most look forward to about traveling is the food. While my mom could write an entire guide book to Disney World, my dad really only cares about where we eat. Having taken me under his wing as his foodie apprentice, I hope to have gained some of his knowledge and foresight and brought them with me onto other trips.
Today I just wanted to share a few of my favorite meals and restaurants with you, with a few honorable mentions of years past included in the mix!
I’ve mentioned that one of Papa Hum’s catchphrases is “there’s nothing in *insert tourist location here* that resembles a restaurant!” Well the Magic Kingdom is no exception to this steadfast rule of his. Usually we wind up leaving the park to eat at one of the nearby hotels, the Grand Floridian Cafe, the California Grill, or the Kona Cafe. Being there one New Year’s Eve, however, we weren’t willing to risk not getting back into the park to leave. So we wound up trying out the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen (above) for some bold and exotic jungle cuisine (I also highly recommend the Punch Line Punch). For dinner we visited Tony’s Town Square, where you absolutely should not leave without trying the Chocolate-Hazelnut Budino!
The restaurant scene in Disney Springs is by no means lacking, and we would have needed an additional week to try them all! Since I never met a nautical restaurant I didn’t love, we made sure to go to The Boathouse, while delighted everyone with their A+ service (seriously, A+ for the entire staff) and their classic American seafood. I had a burger with jalapeño havarti, spicy mayo, and fresh peppers served with some truffle fries and lemon aioli, which anyone who eats out with me can attest to being right up my alley. Dessert was key lime pie in a mason jar, but our three celiac family members were over the moon with their gluten free chocolate brownie!
Being big fans of the Frontera Grill, we also made sure to check out Frontera Cocina, Rick Bayless’ newest Frontera restaurant. You definitely can’t go wrong with chicken tacos and the coconut lime cuatro leches.
The best part of Epcot is definitely snacking your way around the world. Between chocolate hazelnut beignets in France and apple strudel in Germany, there’s really no need to have two sit down meals while you’re here! We did have quite a large meal at the San Angel Inn in Mexico that satisfied our wide range of eaters!
In Hollywood Studios I went for some comfort food with the chicken pot pie at the 50s Prime Time Cafe, then went with a decadent salmon dish for dinner at the Hollywood Brown Derby (being the inventor of the Cobb salad, my mom said hers was absolutely amazing!)
Animal Kingdom was the real star of our culinary show. We ate lunch at Yak & Yeti where I had the most amazing chicken tikka masala, followed by a superb pineapple upside down cake. My dad had a flavorful and filling salmon dish that he talked about for the rest of the day!
We then ventured over to the Animal Kingdom Lodge (my favorite Disney hotel!) and into Jiko, my dad’s favorite restaurant. We were still pretty full from our Yak & Yeti lunch, so in lieu of entrees we ordered some smaller plates, salads and flatbreads, after sharing the incredible Taste of Africa, a selection of African breads and sauces that will really rock your world.