Disclaimer: I’m the least picky eater I know. I like nearly all foods. I shy away from fried foods as they tend not to agree with me (although I think they taste great), I’m not eating tuna-noodle-casserole or black licorice – not really a problem since I can’t think of a single person I know who would happen to accidentally serve those to me should I be a guest in their home. I suppose, actually, under those circumstances, I’d give the consumption of my personal culinary kryptonite my best try so as not to be considered rude. My mom taught me better than that. And back to the point of this post.
Disney Dining – Try This Not That
Let’s assume for the purposes of today’s sharing-of-Disney-advice that we’re all adults. I’m talking to you as a grownup, not to those of you trying to please little ones with park food, okay?
- Try the Roasted Pork Shank (NOT the Turkey Leg) – What they have in common: fatty, roasted, savory meaty goodness. What the Pork Shank has over the Turkey Leg is that it’s texture is better, its seasoning is more delicious, and Gaston’s Tavern (Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland) is far superior in atmosphere than anyplace offering the Turkey Leg. You’ll still feel like Medieval royalty, don’t fret.
- Try the Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel (NOT the plain Mickey Pretzel) – Oh, stop it! Mickey is cute and iconic and delicious, I’ll give you that. The Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel is just SO much better (and unique versus what I can get in my local mall’s food court). If you like a little spice in your snack, this one’s for you.
- Try Italy or France for Ice Cream (NOT the ubiquitous ice cream cart) – I’m not saying you should go an entire Disney vacay without a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar or your beloved Dole Whip. I’m just saying, give the “Gelati” gelato stand in Epcot World Showcase’s Italy Pavilion a try (our favorite: Espresso Gelato “Affogato”). Or the L’Artisan de Glaces shop in France – YUM! The beauty of these more exotic frozen treat options is that they have something for everyone. You will not be disappointed.
- Try Yachtsman Steakhouse (NOT Le Cellier) – Both are beef-lovers’ hot spots in the Epcot area. Yachtsman’s is a short walk from Epcot via the International Gateway (a.k.a. the backdoor) at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Le Cellier is in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion. The problem with Le Cellier is that it’s overcrowded and overrated (our opinion, which is heartbreaking since in the early years, this was a must-do for us). For the price, Yachtsman’s menu, atmosphere, and service are superior. Both restaurants are considered “Signature Dining” locations – so if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, they’ll cost you TWO Table Service credits.
- Try Il Mulino (at The Swan) (NOT any other Italian restaurant on Disney property). We loved everything about this place and can’t wait to go back. It’s not Disney-owned, but IS easy to get to – and worth the effort and the price. You can read my full review here, but let me just say – if you’re looking for a casual, grown-up evening out without pressure to eat quickly and leave and you want delicious food, great service, and a complimentary swig of limoncello to top off your meal…this is the place for you.
What are your best suggestions for an eat-this-not-that Disney food or restaurant? Would you choose Kona Café over ‘Ohana? Sanaa over Jiko or Yak-n-Yeti? School Bread over a Croissant Doughnut? Tell me! I’m 92 days away from needing to know!