Dining Reviews from the World

Laura is my guest blogger.  Her and her husband celebrated their anniversary at Disney and she agreed to write up her reviews from her trip.  She is a mom of three girls but got to take this trip with just her husband.  Thanks Laura for sharing!

We barely made our morning reservation to Kona thanks to the complete disaster with Magical Express, but so glad we did! IMG_8792Service was a bit slow and my diet coke sat empty most of the meal, but food was great. Zach got the Big Kahuna and really enjoyed it. I got the Samoa and it was fantastic! It was filling but didn’t make me feel stuffed. We were very pleased with the portion sizes and the flavor was out of this world. I highly recommend this restaurant!

Dinner was at Ohana—the restaurant I have been trying to nail down a reservation for for all of our trips. I was expecting an amazing meal and I was not disappointed! Our favorites from the meal were the salad, noodles and shrimp! Ok, the bread pudding*** was pretty awesome (as was everything else) but we could have eaten a ton of shrimp and nothing else and left happy! We are big shrimp lovers and we both agree that those were the best shrimp we have EVER had bar none. Absolutely amazing! We will definitely be back! ***We are huge fans of the Bread and Butter pudding at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney and tho Ohana’s was out of this world amazing, Raglan Roast still wins. You MUST try it!

Saturday was our anniversary and we started the day at Whispering Canyon for breakfast. I had the pulled pork sandwich and Zach got the all you can eat skillet. He was pretty disappointed with his choice–the eggs were not that great and the gravy for the biscuits was seriously just a watery tasteless liquid and wasn’t edible. The Mickey waffle was great and we had a great time overall. The atmosphere was fun and I wouldn’t be opposed to returning but we would be sticking to what we know is good to eat!

We were pretty full from breakfast all day and were too full to go eat a big steak dinner at Le Cellier and we skipped it. We had a lighter dinner at the quick service place in Japan at Epcot–Katsura Grill. I had California rolls which were fantastic and Zach had the teriyaki chicken and veggies. He said it was average but not terrible and just light enough to satisfy us. We ended up closing down MK that night until 2am and I needed food about midnight and opted for a peanut butter and jelly uncrustable from Pecos Bills–about the only place open! It was fantastic since I haven’t had one in years due to the girls peanut allergies!

We slept in the next morning and had an early lunch at Kona Cafe at the Poly. We had some steamed pork buns which were good but have had better at Shiki Sushi in Durham. For the main meal I had the Polynesian Plate Lunch–Pan fried chicken with coconut and mango sauces. It was very good–cooked perfectly and very tasty. My only critic would be it was very sweet and needed some salt or cilantro–something–to cut the sweet. Zach had the Pan-Asian noodles with shrimp. He liked the dish just ok. It was a good portion and filling but there were no real “veggies” in the bowl–just stalks from broccoli and the chopped ends off other greens. Basically all the parts no one really eats. That was very disappointing…but the noodles were good, the sauce was good and the shrimp was good.

For dinner we headed to Artist Point at Fort Wilderness and this meal was OUTSTANDING. We started out with the Jumbo Lump Crabcake and WOAH. This was an explosion of flavor. The best crab cake we have ever had. It wasn’t fishy at all and was seasoned to perfection. The fish was fresh and perfect. I opted for the Cedar Plank Salmon for dinner and was so happy with my choice. It was the tastiest piece of salmon I have ever had and it was cooked to perfection. Everything on the plate was amazing. Zach got the Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo and it was equally awesome. The flavors were out of this world and I would highly recommend this place for anyone wanting a truly special dining experience. We had the strawberry cheese cake for dessert and that we could have skipped. It was good and unlike any cheesecake I have ever had, but it was just a tad too rich after a rich meal and I was wishing I would have just skipped that part. 🙂

Monday we headed over to Epcot first thing and as soon as the World Showcase opened we headed for food. We are big fans of the La Cantina de San Angel and this time instead of our typical taco plate we tried the Pollo Cascabel and it was fantastic! So glad we branched out and had something new. We grabbed some treats from the caramel store in Germany and headed back to the Poly.

We chilled out for a while, had another Dole Whip (seriously, how can you NOT staying there?!) and before our bus left for the airport we had a late lunch at Captain Cook’s. I had the Aloha Pork Sandwich. That was very good but it definitely could have used some sort of sauce on it to make it a bit more moist. Zach had the Big Kahuna sandwich and he would have loved every bit if it didn’t end up having surprise mayo on it. The homemade chips were out of this world and I definitely wished I had opted for them vs the slaw (which was also very tasty).

All in all, a good dining trip. Ohana, Kona and Artist Point made good (if not great) impressions and we will be returning for sure. Our only regret was not getting to stop by Trader Sam’s! I totally spaced it was now open and we would have eaten there before heading to MK on Sat. vs our meal in Japan. Epic fail on our part but we know for next time to stop by to try it out!

We also discovered the amazing cookies–peanut butter chocolate chip to be specific–behind the counter at the confectionery in MK. We got one on our way out about 2am and immediately wanted ALL OF THEM. They are huge, soft and irresistible. We headed over to the bakery the day we left just to go grab cookies to take home! We had to skip the PB ones this time but the white chocolate chip have been just as delicious. Next time I’m trying a cake pop or a rice krispy treat!