Friday, September 26, 2014

Foodie Friday: Grand Floridian Café

I recently traveled to Walt Disney World with my husband, son, daughter and mother.  We knew that traveling in July would be both hot and humid.  We decided to book some of our meals 180 days out and keep some days flexible.   When we were on property we decided to try a few restaurants that we hadn’t booked six months out.  One place that we added to our plans for table service was the Grand Floridian Café.  We took a launch from the Magic Kingdom and the restaurant is in the rear of the main building of the Grand Floridian.

I wasn’t sure what to expect on the menu.  The restaurant was quiet, clean and bright.   The waiter we had was amazing.  He had that typical Disney charm where he was efficient and spent time speaking with our seven year old daughter and nine year old son.  I am someone who decides what she is going to eat before entering the restaurant.  Making reservations late in the trip forced me to decide when I was seated at the table.  The menu had several different options.  After taking our drink order, the waiter told us that the onion soup was better than the one at Be Our Guest and the French restaurant.   I enjoy French onion soup although the weather was not ideal for a hot soup.  I decided to try it and I was happy I did.  The soup was delicious and the melted cheese was a perfect companion to the soup soaked bread. 

For dinner, I then ordered the Grand Floridian Burger.   This is an Angus burger topped with buttered lobster, a red onion marmalade and arugula.  It is served on a brioche bun with homemade chips.  I don’t think it will appear on anyone’s diet plan but I do not regret one bite.  The combinations of flavors although not traditional, were delicious.  My husband doesn’t even eat lobster (even though we are New Englanders) and he figured he would give it a try.  He enjoyed every bite as well.  The kids went with their typical non-adventurous option of pizza although the kids menu did feature some healthy options for younger diners.

With such a filling soup and meal, dessert was certainly not a necessary option.  With two courses that were so delicious behind us, it seemed like a shame not to try it out.  We opted for the chocolate fondue.  A bowl of heated dark chocolate was delivered with cut up pieces of bananas, strawberries, pineapple and marshmallows.  It was a perfect way to finish a wonderful meal.

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a quieter option that isn’t rushed.  It was cool and comfortable in the restaurant and the food was delicious.  It is definitely a place I would visit again for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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