ORLANDO-DISNEY AREA FOOD
Does anyone know about glatt kosher food in the Lake Buena Vista area? What does anyone about the service/food/cost in Lower East Side Restaurant? I heard about a place called Kosher Korner?Where is it and what does it have ? What about the cost ,quality and portion size of readily available glatt kosher food in Disney's parks? Thanks.
The meals disney serves are by Weberman's of Miami I believe.
They are prepackaged. and well the quality could be better.
(sometimes if you get a good chef - they come out better)
I have not been to lower east side - there are reviews on Shamash for them
I have not been nor have I heard of Kosher Korner.
I can recommend Ole Gourmet in Fern park - I believe they will deliver
Also depending on how strict you are - you may want to consider Amira's
We were in Disney last month and ate at the Lower East Side twice. It is a sit down meat restaurant located around 10-15 minutes from the parks. The food was fine. One night they offered the full menu which is very extensive and the second night they only offered a buffet and a limited menu. We opted for the limited menu since the buffet seemed too expensive for what they were offering that night. The food was tasty, the people who own the restaurant were nice and service was ok not great, particularly when they got busy. Our bill came to roughly $100 for four of us. They also seemed to offer boxed lunches.
We also ate once in Disney. All of the parks offer meals both with and without reservations. If you don't reserve in advance, each park has one cafeteria (listed on the allearsnet site) where you can order kosher meals. All of the cashiers have the menu, you just have to ask them about the kosher food and they give you the menu. Generally you have a choice between a hamburger, hot dog or corned beef which come with potatoes and a vegetable. They cost around $10 each, I think, and are double wrapped. They also had a desert option. You have to wait around 15 minutes for the food. We found the food to be good, but it may have been that we were quite hungry by the time we ate.
I recall asking for a kosher meal at Disney. The cashier knew that they had them but had to track down the shift supervisor. The shift supervisor then had to direct one of the employees to the freezer where my meal was entombed. It was an OK burger but I wondered a) Are requests for kosher meals so rare that only one person knows where the meals are stored?; and, b) Would a family of six have cleaned them out if they asked for a kosher meal? I also wondered about how long the burger had been in the freezer before my arrival. I didn't go to Disneyworld expecting memorable meals but I had assumed that there are plenty of visitors who keep kosher. Instead, I felt like I was a rarity in the Magic Kingdom.
It just depends- remember the workers rotate so it is possible that the person serving the burgers then goes on to another place in the park and in several months had not had a kosher request.
I've eaten at Lower East Side Kosher - it's typical for a small community trying to please all tastes restaurant. Typically there are things that sound good on the menu and they don't have it that day or that sounded good and weren't, and if you stick to fried food, you're safe. Friends from Miami said that the hasgacha is not recommended, but I have not investigated/gone since then. They do deliver to hotels, so you could brown bag it to disney, but weighing the cost (and having had them cater my meal for my company's event at the Marriott) I'd say having a hot meal of a burger, not having to schlep the meal is nicer.
My recommendation is that you 1.) know which restaurant has the kosher option in each park. Previous posts have covered this. 2.) Don't go at 12 noon. Go early - like 11 or 1130, then it takes 4 or 5 minutes (unless you are a large party and then multiply out the deal).
I had done the pre-pay/preorder thing so we could sit down in a restaurant. The lasagna was good, the brisket was ok. It was just nice to be at a theme restaurant.
The popsicle stands are good options, they list the hecksher on the sign, and I believe last visit I had something cold and pareve.
I've not been to Ole Cafe as it is almost 40 minute drive from the exit for Disney (plus the 30 mins to get to your car!)
I've not tried Noah's Ark to deliver to a hotel yet - but that might be an option, too.
In all due respect moule and cherylp3, the fact that Chabad would not recommend it is not a minus--there are other acceptable certifications other than Chabad.
The current Rav Hamachshir is a Rabbi Spitz and there is a tmidi. Every time I've been there, I've found the supervision to be impeccable.
It's a rather interesting place which doubles as a shule. This is not, in any way to be deemed as a shout-out for their food and pricing, only their reputation for Kashrut.
My Lubovich cousins did not encounter too many problems when they came to visit. The did bring a few dry goods with them in the luggage to start with. They were able to find food and supplies at Walmart (!) and Publix (grocery store chain). The new Whole Foods that just opened in the attractions area (close to Sea World, Universal AND Disney) proved to be a valuable resource-they even found Cholov L'Yisroyel milk! I don't recall from where they ordered their Shabbos meals, but it was pretty tasty (although they opted for mostly sides,salads and gefilte fish). Their hotel had a small microwave oven and refrigerator. After kashering it, they reheated the food and wrapped it all in multiple layers of towels to keep it warm.
It's conference season for my work and I have been in Orlando a lot in the last weeks. I tried Kosher Culinary. It is a restaurant on Universal Blvd right next to the chabad in a strip mall. (handy to send your dear husband to minyan). The place was well decorated and clean but the menu expensive. They had a small grocery area, too. I wasn't too impressed, actually but they've only been open 3 months. Ironically, the next week I had a conference at the Marriott and they were the caterer. (replacing Lower East Side). The catering was PHENOMENAL. I could start another post about how annoying it is to be at a conference and watch everyone eating the great food while you open an airline meal kosher experience, so let's say my expectations were exceeded. Schnitzel was great, food on real plates, with real silverware, wedding-worthy desserts, etc. So I'm confused why the menu items were not so great, but then the catering was excellent.
Ole' Gourmet was also great. I didn't go to the restaurant. I had tried to order kosher food from Lower East side to deliver to the hotel our retreat was at. They dropped the ball and offered no apologies. So I did a quick search and found that Ole Gourmet delivers. I figured with the dairy/falafel menu it wouldn't be good, but it was excellent.
Another odd point, but I saw a press release for a Holiday Inn that was going to have a kosher kitchen, etc. (http://www.pr-inside.com/hotel-on-int...). But we drove there, and no one seemed to know where the kosher food was to be had . Luckily we were minutes from Kosher Culinary and just continued on.
Has anyone been to Holiday Inn that was going to have a kosher kitchen we will be there for New Years it would be nice if we can stay there for Shabbos