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Disney bound need dining recs for all food types and price levels

My fiancee and I found a really good deal for a six night stay at a Disney resort with the Magic My Way package with dining (Not dining plus). We don't plan on having a car rental and would be staying probably at the Orleans resort. What are restaurants in the area (in and out of the park) that are worth going to? I've seen mixed reviews on here about Bluezoo by Todd English (in general I'm not impressed with him though there are restaurant.com coupons for it). Is Il Mulino good? I know about Victoria and Alberts as the place in Disney though it would be two dining credits. Is Fulton's crab house any good? I don't know what we'd be able to get to easily without a car and without spending a lot on cabs. I hear Texas De Brazil is good if you want a lot of meat. What are the suggestions of the board? We are not frequent travelers to the area due to the cost of a trip and so not to miss places would be good too. Only 2 requests.. NOT spicy and not mexican/latin fare.

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Texas De Brazil
5259 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819

Victoria and Albert's
, Orlando, FL 32830

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  1. Definitely do La Luce at the Hilton Bonnet Creek - although "on property" it is not served by Disney transportation, but it is a cheap cab fare there and IMO the best dining option on Disney property besides V&A. Other options I recommend are California Grill, and the 2 places at the Animal Kingdom Lodge - Sanaa and Jiko. If you HAVE to eat in the parks, then the French places at Epcot is good but overpriced, plus the new Naples pizzeria is again good but high. At Downtown Disney, the best of the medicore lot is Portobello for Italian - especially the meatball bar or Raglan Road if drinking is a little more important than food

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    California Grill
    Disneys Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

    Portobello
    , Orlando, FL 32830

    1. texas de brazil is good for lots of meat...my wife and i like going there at least once...during an orlando trip..

      allears.net also has great tips for planning a disney trip....

      and we usually stay at port orleans also...

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      1. re: srsone

        as far as dining in disney...boatwrights at port orleans is good..
        we liked cat coras kouzzina at the boardwalk...
        both wolfgang pucks at downtown..
        ghiaradelli at downtown..
        the fries at the cookes of dublin stand outside raglan road...always a great snack...
        the dole whip in disneyworld..one of only 2 places in the usa u can get them...great snack on a hot day...

        1. re: srsone

          Thanks for the tips. Yeah I say disney because I doubt we will take a cab to get off the property for much of anything. My fiancee already informed me she wants a meal with the characters and I only remember the Ohana breakfast buffet as being huge but great. Though Crystal Palace and Circa 1900 seem intriguiging. I hear good things about Flying Fish. I am familiar with both allears and mouse savers though they are both a little out of date in some cases. I was last at Disney in 1999 and my fiancee was last there in probably '96. I have always thought about liking the kitsch of TV Diner place in Hollywood Studios though I know it is not the best for food. I know from allears that Albert and Victoria's is suppose to be the top of the top and would need reservations pretty quickly. I already plan to go to Ghiradelli... How could I pass that up?! I do remember a nice French Place in Epcot tucked into a place near their Eiffel tower. You have to go up a spiral staircase.

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          Ohana
          1600 Seven Seas Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

          Flying Fish
          Disneys Boardwalk Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            If you're looking for a character meal with good food, the restaurant in Norway might be a good pick. The food is truly interesting and you get to have your picture taken with princesses.

            www.RonaGindin.com

        2. Who would have thought that in place whose reason for existence is promotion of a rodent (the one named Mickey) that there is civilized restaurant worth going out of your way for. My wife and I were in Orlando last week for family matters and found Anatolia (through a Chowhound reference). It is Turkish and was crowded, go on the early side if you dont have a reservation. It is west of, but not far from, the north end of the I-Drive area. It has terrific grape leaves, seasoned differently then the more common Greek type. The appetizer variety plate is worth while, and enough for a entree. The shrimp dishes are great, generally they are lightly grilled, but not dry. The menu is big on lamb. All meats come in kebob style, and many in casserole style with tomatoe base. The lamb caserole was a very generous serving (enough for two), while the meat was very good it was underseasoned. The Turkish bread (lash ?) is worth trying and goes well with everything. The desserts are of enormous servings, one is enough for four people.

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          Anatolia Mediterranean Seafood & Grill, Turkish Restaurant
          7600 Dr Phillips Blvd #108, Orlando, FL 32819

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          1. re: essenessen

            Thanks but I don't think we will be leaving the Disney area. Though will take that suggestion into consideration...

            Out of Disney area where would I find the best ________

            Rona - I was thinking the Crystal palace since my fiancee likes the Pooh characters.

            1. re: burgeoningfoodie

              Crystal Palace gets good reviews. I've never eaten there so I can't say one way or the other. My impression is that it's a good value but the food isn't particularly interesting -- but that doesn't mean it's not good. The restaurant is probably loads of fun since Pooh and his friends are so lovable.

              www.RonaGindin.com

              1. re: Rona Gindin

                Rona you hit the nail on the head with this without ever being there. I haven't been in years but its your stand food for a decent price. Lunch buffet is all I've ever been too, not sure what dinner service is like.

          2. Try not to miss the Moroccan restaurant at Epcot. Went there on a friends rec. Saw on the food network that the king of Morocco sent his chef and staff to set the place up. Eat like the king.

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            1. re: phantomdoc

              I'll second the Moroccan restaurant. We've had good experiences with the counter service part of it.

              1. re: beachmouse

                Went to Disney in June and the only restaurant that was able to accommodate the (12) of us was Restaurant Marrakesh. I couldn't have been happier as I had no interest in eating anywhere else. I am of Greek descent and the food was delicious. The only part of the meal that I didn't enjoy as much as the rest, was dessert. Arabic desserts and coffee are flavored with rose water and I prefer honey. Should I return, the Moroccan restaurant would again be my first choice.

                1. re: foodie0529

                  Good to know. There will only be two of us however and we've been told multiple times to book sooner rather than later (but thats a general rule of thumb). I think we want to get an idea of our own plans first and I've been tasked with restaurant selection... big mistake as I'll choose everything but this is what I'm leaning towards as far as table dining

                  Boma
                  Crystal Palace
                  Artist Point
                  A&V (maybe last night as something special)
                  Flying Fish
                  50's Cafe
                  Ghirardelli chocolate shop

                  Maybes are
                  Coral Reef
                  Brown Derby
                  California Grill
                  Beaches and Cream
                  Bluezoo
                  Chefs de France

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                  California Grill
                  Disneys Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

                  Artist Point
                  901 Timberline Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

                  Flying Fish
                  Disneys Boardwalk Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    Boma - buffet but a good one - also good fro breakfast
                    Crystal Palace - only for a character meal - we prefer either Chef Mickey's or O'Hana for character meals - all the same basic food but better experience for us, although not in-park
                    Artist Point - used to be great, not really much of a stand-out anymore
                    A&V (maybe last night as something special) - it's actually V&A, highly recommend but very formal and a long long meal
                    Flying Fish - IMO, overrated, but others seem to love it
                    50's Cafe - our fav for eating at the Studios, get dessert
                    Ghirardelli chocolate shop - eh

                    Coral Reef - great view - overpriced and bland
                    Brown Derby - a decent option if you have to eat in park
                    California Grill - still very good
                    Beaches and Cream - get the kitchen sink sundae
                    Bluezoo - better than Flying Fish
                    Chefs de France - a good option for Epcot - I'd do Via Napoli in Italy instead though

                    You're missing Jiko and Sanaa, two of the better on property options. Replace Artist's Point with one of them.

                    The Portebello Meatball Bar at Downtown Disney is alright as well

                    1. re: YosemiteSam

                      Before I booked our ADR's I checked out this website:
                      www.allears.net
                      Reviews and menus for all restaurants and resorts on Disney property. I found lots of really good information and made excellant choices. I would definately go to the Biergarten and Chef's de France in Epcot. We also ate at the Moroccan place for lunch and really enjoyed the lamb. Kaki Gori in the Japanese Pavillian in Epcot has the best snow cones I have ever had.

                      1. re: smithareeny

                        I know of allears and have been using them as well :-)

                        Sanaa I believe is the African with an Indian twist (or vice versa) don'tt hink my SO would be up for that she is not bit on too many bold flavors and I figure with BOMA being a buffet if you don't like something you don't feel so inclined to eat it.. and the opposite if you do.

                        I chose Crystal Palace based on the characters it had and what my SO said were her favorites.. Hadn't heard that Artist Point has gone downhill, but will keep that in mind.. Maybe Narcossee or Citricos instead? V&A I know is formal and what 2-4 hours if you DON'T get the chef's table. Well I was debating between Flying Fish and Fulton and Kouzzina and Fulton's got bad reviews, and Kouzzina in comparison to Flying Fish seemed to be hit or miss. Of course nothing is written in stone with any of these options.. I've wanted to eat at the 50s cafe just for the kitsch since it first appeared in the early/mid 90s. I heard Ghirardelli was great for a snack...

                        Coral Reef I have heard exactly whats been said .. unique environment bland food. Brown Derby seemed pretty solid so I may stick with that. May La Cellier but SO isn't a bit Red Meat person. Is California Grill the only sure bet at that resort? I don't think me and 5 of my friends could finish off the Kitchen Sink at Beaches...

                        How would you compare food and experience between Portobello and Raglan Road?

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                        California Grill
                        Disneys Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

                        Portobello
                        , Orlando, FL 32830

                        Artist Point
                        901 Timberline Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

                        Flying Fish
                        Disneys Boardwalk Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

                        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                          The best food a Raglan Road is the Guinness. J/K, it is good solid Irish food, but as an Irishman I will say we're not known for our cuisine. It is a great time though and a beautiful space.

                          So for a real meal I'd do Portobello but for a snack with beer and great music, then Raglan.

                          Have you looked at Jiko in the Animal Kingdom Lodge? It's South African but those flavors are mild and delicious. It's a real hidden gem. I don't recommend any of the Grand Floridian places other than V&A.

                          Can I talk you into maybe checking at La Luce a the Hilton on property? Best option and GREAT GREAT food. A cheap cab ride is all it'll cost ya....

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                          Portobello
                          , Orlando, FL 32830

                          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                            Scratch Chefs de France. It isn't bad, but Bistro de Paris is so much better. Pricy, but worth it. If you go for the prix fixe, I would skip the wine pairing. Honestly I would eat in Bistro De Paris before Victoria and Alberts but that is just because V&A's is too over the top stuffy for me personally. BDP is, by the way, the place you mention remembering in france. I mean, details aren't right (time makes fools of us all) but it is the only place that fits. You will find it just around back of Chefs De France.

                            I wasn't super impressed with Citrico's, but haven't eaten there recently. Artists Pointe is kind of Dead to me because my ex wife works in that resort, and well, I like to avoid her, but, since you don't have that problem, I would give it a whirl if the menu looks good to you.

                            Brown Derby. Great. Tasty food. It isn't pushing any culinary boundries, but then it is trying to replicate a restaurant that was at it's height of popularity in the mid '30's. There isn't anything wrong with that, it's just about expectations.

                            Ghiradelli is really a snack place, I wouldn't make it a destination for a meal. As much as people hate on Bongo's I love the papas rellenas at the outdoor counter. Eat upstairs if you go to Pucks. Their sushi isn't a crime against food, but it isn't like to wow anyone, so skip it unless you need an on property fix (and even then, the front half of Mitsukoshi in EPCOT is a better bet).

                            California Grill is great. In my opinion, if you love food, and you won't be coming back often, eat here. Food is superb. Modern American cuisine, pleasant service, bit noisy. I don't care at all about the fireworks show (though you might) the food alone is reason enough to keep me going there.

                            Don't feel bad about the kitchen sink, seven friends and I also couldn't finish it.

                            As far as portobello, and raglan, I can only give you generic input (because I haven't eaten there). One is Italian, one is an Irish Pub. At one you will have pasta dishes, at the other, I would expect pub classics like scotch eggs, and probablly corned beef. Bangers and mash... basically the generic perception of what pub food in Ireland is like (and because we lump both countries together, we throw in stuff from the UK as well). Up to you if you want to go to either place, but I wouldn't consider them worth a trip just for the meal.

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                            California Grill
                            Disneys Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

                            Victoria and Albert's
                            , Orlando, FL 32830

                            Chefs De France
                            , Orlando, FL 32830

                            1. re: Goannaman

                              Thanks for the suggestions.. THis is what we've got booked

                              Brown Derby (for Fantasmic package)
                              Bistro De Paris
                              Flying Fish
                              V&A
                              Jiko
                              and Crystal Palace for b'fast on our last day (figure if we fill up we won't have to eat much later on)... We will probably snack a long the way based on the things I've seen and read about things like Zebra Domes and well I love me a bakery so both the places in France and Norway and the newly opened Karamel place in Germany are going to be on my list.. and then there are the Sundaes you can get from places like Ghirardelli.. I'd say the iceballs in japan but someone said they are now like typical snow cones..

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                              Flying Fish
                              Disneys Boardwalk Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

                              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                You might want to lower the Karamel shop expectations a bit. It seems pretty much run of the mill Disney Candy shop. I've walked through once, but to be honest it was a madhouse. Love the candy store near the German Wine place (same building closer to the biergarten) which has packaged German Candy, and some awesome cookies.

                                The bakery in France has excellent strawberry mousse. The bakery in Norway has a ham and cheese sandwich that I want to go eat right now.

                                Hope you have a great time. I never have lost my love for the parks, and I have lived in the area and been going my whole life.