Friday, July 11, 2014

Foodie Friday: Fine Dining at Citricos

I have to admit, after running around park hopping I like to go back to my resort and get showered and changed for a nice dinner every now and again. Our last trip was no exception. I was with my friend Christa and my middle son, Dennis. His favorite signature restaurant is Citricos and she had never been there so I got us an ADR. At this Signature Dining experience, guests are asked to adhere to the dress code and we had packed plenty of dresses and bow ties.

 I always have high expectations at a nice place on property. The three of us were seated right by the window this time, which proved to be part of our evening’s entertainment. Someone was having a sweet 16 and we could see the guests’ parade past us in their evening wear! I felt like we were at a high society fashion show. And we were the host commentators liking all of their fancy choices.

 I love sitting by the window.

The style and design of the restaurant provide a great environment. You pay a premium, because it is at the Grand Floridian. It is far from being the cheapest table service you'll find at Disney, but in my opinion the extra you will pay is worthwhile and it was great value for the money. We were not on the Disney Dining Plan but I did use my Tables in Wonderland discount.

The olive bread they provided was fresh and tasty. We were hungry but didn’t want to fill up on the bread. They offer fresh, seasonal ingredients that influence their changing menu. They didn’t have my son’s favorite entrée on the menu but when he asked they agreed to cook it for him specially. Our server was Larry and he was nice without being intrusive. The service was very attentive and he was more than willing to accommodate every request. I have allergies so the chef came out to speak to us. I love that Disney does that.

We didn’t feel rushed to make our decision, but we knew just what we wanted. My son got the braised veal shank served with roasted elephant garlic-smashed Yukon gold potatoes and rainbow carrots. Christa selected the Ashely Farms Chicken Breast. I ordered the oak-grilled rib-eye filet of beef, but I asked for the set up from another entrée. All three choices were delicious.
Oak-grilled Rib-eye filet of beef

Braised Veal Shank


Citricos has one on my favorite desserts on property so we made sure we had room to split one. The warm chocolate-banana torte with vanilla ice cream and handcrafted Belgium chocolate crown is fit for royalty. It is exceptional! Sharing was a good idea leaving us feeling comfortably full without leaving food on the plate.   

  Chocolate-Banana Torte

If you don’t want to go to dinner, or your budget or time does not allow, I always suggest that you go to a signature restaurant for dessert or appetizers. I highly recommend Citricos if you're looking for a special night out. An added bonus of eating at the Grand Floridian is that you can stroll around the beautiful hotel and grounds after you eat. You can also hop on the monorail and head into the Magic Kingdom and enjoy Extra Magic Hours like we did or watch Wishes from their dock.

Advance reservations are highly recommended. *
You can call (407) WDW-DINE or book on line up to 180 days before your visit. (Editor's Note: Addicted to Mickey is a full service travel agency specializing in Disney Travel. We would love to make all your dining reservations for you as part of our no-cost concierge services! Please contact us for a  free no-obligation quote!)

* A credit card is required to hold a reservation at all Disney table service restaurants. There is a $10 per person charge if your party does not arrive as scheduled, or if you cancel within 24 hours of your reservation.

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