The MountainEars is the chronicle of two twenty-something Disney aficionados centrally located in Colorado. This blog will follow their adventures in the 'Land and around the World including what they rode, ate and experienced while visiting their favorite Mouse!
5 For 5: Sit Down Restaurants
Another 5th of the
month means another 5 for 5! This month we are ranking our favorite sit down restaurants!
In full disclosure there are lots of amazing places we have yet to try so our
list cannot be taken as the ultimate authority of where to dine at Disney. With
that said we try to consider not just the food but the overall experience,
service, value and ambiance of the restaurants. Without further ado the
February 5 for 5!
Circle: because it’s elegant, delicious and beautiful - all in one lunch! This restaurant
is located in Disney California Adventure Park.
Cafe: it has a great breakfast and GRRREAT Kona coffee at a great value! You can
get pure Kona coffee in a French press while you eat or you can buy a bag of
the whole beans ($40 last time we checked) which is less of a value but sure
helps curb your Disney withdrawls when you are home brewing a pot! Located in
the Polynesian Resort at WDW.
Park Fare: the food is great for a buffet (which says a lot) and the dinner
characters are hilarious! Remember this? Located at the Grand California Hotel at the
Orleans: it has classic Disneyland Park food down to a tee and it is sure
yummy! Located in Disneyland Park.
Cellier: based on the samplings at the Epcot International Food & Wine
Festival (we have not eaten there yet) this place HAS to be in my top 5!
Yummy beer cheese soup and steak! Located in Epcot at WDW.
1.Kona: I am a
sucker for great breakfast food, a theme you will see repeated in this list and
Kona is my go-to! There are so many great options whether you want a sweet or a
savory breakfast or both – hello Big Kahuna, yum! Kona is located in the
Polynesian Resort at WDW.
2.Sanaa: This restaurant
has it all, except breakfast! The menu is exotic without being intimidating to
a pickier eater such as myself. The food is surprisingly light and fresh for
being heavy on sauces and slow-cooked meats. Sanaa is located at the Animal
Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village and situation right on a savannah where you can
watch zebras, giraffes and other animals as you eat. Amazing!
Circle: I consider this one of the best dining options at all of Disneyland
Resort. While I normally favor all things Land over World there are just too
few outstanding options to really make this cut. Carthay, however, will be a perennial
favorite. The flavors of their food are so bright and I can always find multiple
things on the menu to make my mouth water. Carthay Circle is in Disney
California Adventure Park.
breakfast wins again! I love a good buffet because I can sample as many things
as I want without being tied to one entrée. Boma is the only buffet to make my
list because I know I will always get a great variety of familiar and new foods
and sometimes a new take on a familiar favorite (goat cheese and chive
scrambled eggs!) in a given meal.The
trek over to the Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House is worth it for Boma!
Tavern (lunch): Since Danny decided to make his 5th a place he has
yet to try but can’t stop thinking about I have opted to do the same. By the
time I got to number 5 I was pretty torn. We have been to lots of other places
and eaten some great food but nothing that I would say I would need to do again
like I have with 1-4. I am really excited to try the Liberty Tree Tavern next
time I go to the Magic Kingdom; there is a pot roast with my name on it!