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Discussion in 'Restaurants, Dining, Dining Plans' started by ukwdwnut, Sep 29, 2011.

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    as you know i really want to stay onsite for a few nights next trip.

    so what are your favourite onsite restaurants, and your least favourite restaurants and why!!
     
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    Well, you know one of my all time favorites is Beach Club's Cape May dinner buffet. I love it because I love shellfish, and because it's truly a buffet that has something for everyone, beef, pasta, chicken, mash, ribs, lovely vegetable choices, and fabulous desserts. :yes:

    I like Yachtsmans Steakhouse for beef, of course although it has changed over the years... it still is a nice place to go.

    For a non-fancy lunch we like to go to Bongo's walk up window for a cuban sandwich and pappas (mashed potato done up lovely!). Also, we like Cooke's of Dublin (walk up at Raglan Road) for fish and chips. Quite nicely done, and fresh.

    Oh, and we really like most of the walk up counter service places in EPCOT. There is a huge variety there, and everyone can choose from what they like throughout the countries.

    Germany and Morocco are really fun places to eat dinner (or lunch) as they have entertainment. :yes:

    We avoid House of Blues (absolutely inedible the last time we went, won't be returning) Planet Hollywood (nothing to recommend it for us, loud, expensive and poor service) and Prime Time 50's Cafe in DHS (because of the scary interaction with the servers!!! :eek: ).

    Hope that helps a bit Mick!

    Might be best to start eliminating places based on what the menu has to offer? If you don't like what's on the menu it's an easy miss then, yeah?
     
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    thanks tink. that gives me an insight on a few. yes i think i should start looking at menus, then asking for the experiences of each ressy. got to be easier that way. thanks
     
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    OH! Forgot to mention Sunshine Season's Food Fair in EPCOT (In future world). It's a GREAT place with a huge variety of things. Not crazy prices either. Good for any meal of the day. :yes:

    Remember too, Mick that you find your best value (and sorry to say, best food) offsite now. Have a meal or two onsite, everyone likes a bit of Disney Dinner Magic, but for real budget help, plan on eating offsite for the most part.

    Not sure how you feel about bringing in your own food (to the Disney parks) but that's perfectly reasonable, and a great way to have a decent lunch without breaking the bank!
     
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    ok thanks tink will look at those you mentioned.

    i was only thinking of eating onsite while we stayed onsite. im planning on 2 weeks in orlando, one week at the parks, then a week seeing the sites. take in an airboat ride, a riverboat cruise on the st johns river which is highly recommend to me by my uncle. then any other places of interest i can find out about. then a week on the gulf coast at cape coral in a newly build friend villa hopefully :)
     
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    Mick our favorite on-site TS restaurants are JIKO, Yachtsman Steak House, Artist Point and California Grill.

    QS - Casey's, Tangierine Cafe, or as Tink says just about any walk up in EPCOT.
     
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    thanks john

    ive heard a lot of good things about jiko's so thats a very good possibility, will have a look at the menu and if its ok i'll add it to my itinery spreadsheet :D
     
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    My pick - Yachtsman or Flying Fish

    (Le Cellier is also *still* a favorite, even with the recent decline.)

    Jon loves Germany (for the beer, mostly) and Flying Fish for the food

    Andrew loves Chefs de France for the Grilled Cheese

    Baleigh - well she's an odd one - she once ate only a sandpail full of snowcone at Ohana's, three papercup full's of pickle chips at Epcot, and the Kitchen Sink at Beaches & Cream - so she's a bit of a loose cannon
     
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    Awww Mick...

    Ya gotta go to the 50's Prime Time at DHS! :yes:

    You haven't lived till your server tells you to get your elbows off the table and eat all your vegetables or you'll get to go stand in the corner. :ROFL:

    Besides, the desert menu on the Viewmaster is almost worth the trip!

    Tom :)macwave:... beat me, kick me, make me write bad checks!)
     
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    I agree with Tink... Cape May is DELICIOUS!!!

    We also really enjoyed Sana'a which isnt mentioned often, but we loved the atmosphere, the views of the animals and the food :)

    Bistro de Paris has been one of our best meals at Disney too :)
     
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    ahhhh so thats the one, well im giving that the widest berth you will ever see then :lol:

    thanks for the suggestions so far people, keep em coming :)
     
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    Ooh, ooh, ooh, thanks for the reminder Becca. Yes Mick Flying Fish at BW is wonderful.
     
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    ...and still *fairly* easy to get reservations for.

    Just keep in mind, if using the DDP, it's two credits.
     
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    OHANAS, TEPPEND EDO and Yachtsman are my 3 faves.
     
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    ok thx for the info guys. for the DDP do you need to stay onsite a min of a week?

    thx BH
     
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    No you don't need to stay onsite for a minimum of a week for DDP. We used it for a weekend... won't do it again, but we did it once.

    Be very thorough in your evaluation of its worth. If you are paying rack rate for the room to get free dining, you may end up being better off with a decent room rate discount and purchasing your meals out of pocket.
     
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    tbh tink i think id just pay out of pocket and be done with it.

    where/how do you get room discounts?
     
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    Well, I'm not the best one to ask that as I usually use points, but I know they offer discounts from time to time.

    Sometimes they are holiday related, sometimes they are for FL residents only, sometimes they are Annual Pass related... sometimes they are connected to AAA.

    I'd say a good travel agent would be able to help.

    Some people rent DVC points from a DVC member and stay at deluxes (all DVC resorts are deluxe resorts) that way... I've not done that, but know of folks who have done so with good results.
     

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