Showing posts with label counter service. Show all posts
Showing posts with label counter service. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Flame Tree BBQ in Animal Kingdom

My very favorite counter service in all of Disney World is the Flame Tree BBQ found in Animal Kingdom Park.  It's located on Discovery Island, right between the bridge to Asia and the entrance to Dino-land.
Why is it my favorite?  Well, there are two main reasons:  Food and Atmosphere.
First - the food.  It is simply delicious.  My favorite thing to get is the pulled pork sandwich.  (You can get all the extra sauce you'd like at the condiment stations that are placed around the seating areas)  It comes with a side of coleslaw.  I am not a fan of any coleslaw, but my husband says it's really good.  Sometimes I'll even split this sandwich with my youngest - it's a pretty big serving.

(by the way, that liquid on my plate?  That is where one of my girls spilled some coke.  We are always stylin' here at Keys to the Magic Travel)
With some menu options, you'll get baked beans as your side.  We usually purchase one side of fries and one side of onion rings to share amongst the four of us.  And those onion rings.  Yum just does not seem to state strongly enough as to how good these are!
Another favorite menu item is the ribs.  I really like that they are smoked with a dry rub and then you add your preferred volume of sauce.  We tend to like ours as is!  (You do get wet wipes with your meal too in case you like lots of sauce.)
 And then sometimes my youngest prefers to get a kids hotdog meal instead of splitting a sandwich with me.  I don't protest too much.
Dessert offerings might be the only thing lacking at the Flame tree.  There are two options - a key lime mousse and a chocolate mousse.  I have never tried the key lime.  But the chocolate is okay.  
I think the bigger issue is that in the heat of this place, no one wants to eat pudding that has been sitting on the table while you finish your bbq.  If you are not on the dining plan, I'd skip dessert entirely and have a Mickey bar later in the day.

Food - check (amazing!)

Atmosphere:  Flame tree has atmosphere in spades.  It's all outdoor seating - but it's really not a problem, even on the warmest of days (well...except for your pudding).  There are quite a few covered pavilions with ceiling fans (and those condiment stations).  The vegetation is lush, and there is seating tucked away along pathways - with lots of shaded areas.    Those pathways wind around to a large pool/fountain with lots of shade and a cool breeze coming off the lake.  There are lots of native birds - like egrets - some of which can be a bit bothersome as they hope for a snack. 

And by that fountain - well, you can get the most amazing view.
So...what about you?  Do you have a favorite counter service restaurant?  What do you like to order at Flame Tree BBQ?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sleepy Hollow Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom - a review

The Sleepy Hollow restaurant is located just off the hub in Liberty Square.  It's a counter service location with outdoor seating.  If you are on the dining plan, you can get a couple of snacks here - but there are some options not on the plan that are well worth trying:  Waffle sandwiches!

The waffle sandwiches at Sleepy Hollow are pretty new to the menu - and I was excited about trying them out during our visit this summer.

First up is the Sweet and Spicy Chicken waffle ($6.99).  This is a fried chicken breast that has a sweet and spicy Asian flavor; it's topped with slaw and arugla - all sitting on a huge, full size waffle.  The best way to eat this is like a burrito - and to share.  Did I mention that it's huge?  And.  It's kinda messy - so eating it while walking is probably not the best of ideas.

What's the spicy level?  I am such a wimp when it comes to spice.  I could taste the heat - but it didn't make me extra thirsty or make me feel like I needed to fan my tongue!  Also, I don't like coleslaw - and the slaw on this sandwich could not be further from your typical side of coleslaw for your afternoon barbeque.  More like some type of Asian slaw - and added a nice crunch to the sandwich.  This sandwich is only available from 11 - 5 - and it's not on the dining plan. 

Next: the Nutella and Fresh Fruit waffle sandwich ($5.59)  Another huge full size waffle, spread with nutella and heaped with fresh fruit - bananas, strawberries, and blue berries.  Again - huge, messy, not meant for walking - and definitely meant to be shared!  This sandwich is available all day - and not on the dining plan.

And because my youngest decided that she didn't want either sandwich, we got her a waffle with strawberries.

Unfortunately, we both thought they'd be fresh strawberries instead of ones in syrup.  The waffle was good - eaten around the edges!

We got all three of these goodies at one time - and it was WAY too much food for four people.  One would have been plenty and filling!

Overall - we loved our waffle sandwiches (and the regular waffle - just not the strawberry part).  Be sure to find a nice shady spot to sit and eat - you'll even have a great view of Cinderella's castle.

So...what about you?  Have you ever had a waffle sandwich before?  Is this something you'd like to try?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Boulangerie Patisserie (aka the Bakery in France): a review

When we go to Epcot, our favorite thing to do is not to ride rides.  Or meet characters.  Or try on kimonos.  Our favorite thing to do is to eat.  And one of our favorite places to stop is at the Boulangerie Patisserie (or as we call it, the bakery in France).  This gem is behind the main restaurant (Les Chefs de France) and next to the movie - "Impressions de France" (now, y'all be sure to say it with your finest southern accent!).

The bakery itself is rather small - you walk through - and there is only room for a single file line - with bakery cases on either side - both sides of the cases are the same.  You'll have a lovely French person to take your order and then you'll pay at the end of the line.  They do have a few main course items that are outstanding - quiche, a toasted ham and cheese (it's fabulous!) - and something else that I cannot recall. 

But.  We come for the desserts.  Let me explain my philosophy on desserts.  It's rather simple.  Chocolate is dessert.  Fruit is not dessert.  No matter how much sugar you use to dress it up, fruit is not dessert.  However.  And this is a big however.  My favorite dessert at the bakery is the Strawberry Tart.  I know.  I am a contradiction.  But.  There it is.

Isn't it gorgeous?  Beautiful glazed strawberries.  Over a pudding type filling.  In a shortbread crust.  You have to be uncouth and eat it with your hands.  And then be sure to send me an email to thank me for sending you there.

Another fabulous thing about coming to the bakery is to make everyone in your group get a different pastry so that you can try them all (while continuing to take big bites of your strawberry tart):

There is creme brulee

Chocolate cake

Some sort of almond croissant

An apple tart

The absolutely amazing, coming in second place after the Strawberry Tart - the Napoleon

And tied with the Napoleon is the Sacristain (it's a pastry with a slim vanilla filling, chocolate chips and a sugar glaze - kinda like a souped up chocolate croissant and lots, lots better)

Seating for this restaurant is very limited.  There are a few tables just outside, there are a few tables in the back of the (air conditioned!) gift shop right at the exit of the bakery.  And there are a number of benches where you could take your pastries all around the France pavilion.  But...there are some exciting changes coming - the bakery is going to have a massive expansion - including the addition of a second story (yippee for more seating!) and a 3000 square foot kitchen so that they can prepare fresh bread and sandwiches all day.  The expansion does not have a date yet - but I am excited for it to happen.

So...what about you?  Which pastry do you want to have?