Ale & Compass Restaurant

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: A True Hidden Gem!

As I searched for breakfast reservations for our trip back in 2021, I panicked when I realized a bunch of our favorite breakfast spots were not open. As I did some research, I discovered Ale & Compass at the Yacht Club, and am I glad that I did! This place is fantastic, and we all enjoyed our food and the atmosphere. Check out my review for Ale & Compass Restaurant!

Ale & Compass – Location, Atmosphere, and Theming

Ale & Compass Restaurant - Yacht Club

Ale & Compass is located on the first floor of the Yacht Club, just off the lobby. The setting is coastal and meant to feel like dining in an Eastern Seaboard Lighthouse. Above all else, it certainly is incredibly laid back, quiet, and relaxing. The food is described as New England “comfort food” and classic seafood dishes.

Bonus points in the location category, because the Yacht Club is located in the BEST location on property. Since the Beach Club, the Yacht Club, the Boardwalk Inn, and even Swan and Dolphin, are all walkable, these hotels really do feel like one big resort. As a result, you can easily walk to each one and enjoy all the restaurants each has to offer. In fact, the entire reason we ended up with reservations here was that we were staying at the Boardwalk and spending the day at Epcot, which meant we could easily just walk the entire day. Second bonus points: the cost. This was our least expensive meal and involved the most amount of people (7) over 10 days.

The Food

Alright, so we got down to the brass tacks, let’s get into what really matters: THE FOOD. We have only been here for breakfast, so I’m going to focus on just that meal.

Ale & Compass Restaurant offers a breakfast buffet. For $23, you get a buffet of seasonal fruit, assorted yogurt parfaits, assorted breakfast pastries, house-made granola, cheddar biscuits and country gravy, and warm cinnamon rolls. But wait, there’s more! In addition to the buffet, the $23 also includes a choice of a main entree! That right there is the absolute BEST value in all of Walt Disney World! Coffee, tea, juice, or soft drink is also included.

Ale & Compass Restaurant – the Entrees
Ale & Compass
Crab Cake Benedict
Ale & Compass Salted Caramel Apple French Toast
Salted Caramel Apple French Toast
Dark Chocolate Waffle
Dark Chocolate Waffle
Breakfast Protein Bowl
Breakfast Protein Bowl

The entrees are FANTASTIC. I’ll just say that. With a menu consisting of 10 main entrees, including vegetarian and plant-based options, and great variety, there is something for every type of eater. There was not a crumb left on any of our plates, either!

Ale & COmpass – Food Allergies
gluten free American Breakfast

Since , I have celiac, I have to order from the allergy menu. And because of this, I usually speak to a chef. If I have dined somewhere before, so that I feel totally comfortable, I just order. But this was my first visit to Ale & Compass, so I met with the chef.

Following our talk, I opted for the American breakfast, a simple eggs and bacon, with a side of fruit. And, to my immense delight and surprise, I WAS OFFERED GLUTEN FREE TOAST!! And since my daughter only eats plain waffles, I ate my toast with all the goodies meant for her dark chocolate waffles! This was light and fantastic, and helped make this one of my new favorites!

So, to recap….location? Great. Atmosphere? Great. Food? FANTASTIC. Value? THE BEST. You’ve got to add this to your list! Have you dined here? Let me know!

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Steakhouse 71

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Located just off the main lobby in the Contemporary Resort, Steakhouse 71 is the newest restaurant at Walt Disney World. It is a table service restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and advanced dining reservations are strongly recommended. This restaurant replaced The Wave…of American Flavors, but I have to be completely honest and say, you’re not gonna miss that! Steakhouse 71 might be my new favorite restaurant! I say might be because “recency bias.”

The restaurant was named in honor of 1971, the year Walt Disney World opened, and it is decorated in lots of nostalgic photos and memorabilia.

When you enter the restaurant, there is a lounge with 2 large seating areas, to the right and behind the host stand. The dining rooms are to the left, and they are absolutely beautiful. There is a nice mixture of tables and booths, and the decor is very tasteful, and, like the recent Contemporary refurbishments, the back wall features artwork by Mary Blair.

We have only had breakfast, so I’m going to stick to that for now, but I am dying to try lunch and dinner! The first thing I want to mention about breakfast are the bottomless mimosas. Yes, BOTTOMLESS mimosas. For $19, you can have all the mimosas your little heart desires. Have two of you that want to drink mimosas? Order one and share!

The menu offers a variety of breakfast classics and Walt Disney’s favorites, at surprisingly affordable prices. There are allergy menus available and, as always, make sure that you talk with a chef about your allergy needs and menu requests!

Up first, the gluten free Steakhouse 71 Feast. This is on the allergy menu as safe for gluten/wheat, peanut/tree nut, shellfish, and soy allergies, and you get ALL OF THIS FOOD for only $20. This has Eggs Benedict, bacon, sausage, Mickey-shaped waffle, bacon-cheddar grits, breakfast potatoes, and fresh fruit. The highlight, for me, was the Eggs Benedict, with a gluten free english muffin. Definitely not something you can eat everyday at a restaurant with a gluten allergy! It was amazing! The only thing I could do without are the grits, but I’m just not a grits person!

Up next, the Western Omelette, with ham, onions, peppers, and cheddar, served with breakfast potatoes. Look at how perfect that cheese looks on there! Super tasty!

And not to be denied every want and need she has, the kid ordered one of everything on the menu. She wanted bacon and eggs, Mickey waffles, and fruit. And that’s exactly what our wonderful server brought for her, and he creatively charged us for the meal that would cost us the least amount of money. THE MAGIC OF DISNEY!

This was hands down one of our very favorite breakfasts we’ve ever had at Walt Disney World, and we will most definitely dine here again. Contact me today to book your vacation and ask me about making reservations of Steakhouse 71!

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Trattoria al Forno

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For #TastyThursday, let’s take a look at Trattoria al Forno. This delicious, Italian-style restaurant is tucked into the Boardwalk Inn, right next to AbracadaBar, and serves breakfast and dinner. You can also order To-Go via the My Disney Experience app, and you will order from the same menu. This is a great option for people that may still not be comfortable with dining in a crowded restaurant, but want a tasty meal while on vacation!

This delicious location has both indoor seating and outdoor patio seating. The atmosphere is great, with the open-air kitchen offering a unique chance to watch the chefs preparing the food. In addition to the regular menus, there are plenty of food allergy options available, and the waitstaff is quite knowledgeable about what is and is not available for several different allergies. As always, if you are unsure, ask to speak to a chef!

As you can see, there are TONS of different breakfast options available, and it is not just the same old breakfast food you can find at every other Walt Disney World restaurant.

Start with a pastry assortment, perfect for sharing with the table, as well coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks, and an assortment of cocktails!

Peach Bellini

For my celiac-self, I ordered the oak-grilled steak and eggs. It came out by itself, separate from all the other food, marked with the food allergy-safe toothpick. It is sunny-side-up eggs, delicious breakfast potatoes, GLUTEN FREE crispy onion straws, and Hollandaise sauce, all piled up on a cooked-to-order steak. It is, indeed, as delicious as it looks!

The kid ordered her very favorite tower of pancakes. She always gets them made-to-order, which, for her, is super plain. With a side of crispy bacon. It usually comes with powdered sugar and a fruit compote.

Husband enjoyed a nice caprese omelet, mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and breakfast potatoes, and he chose bacon. He said it was quite delicious and light, which is what he likes to eat on big park days.

My mom got the Sunrise Breakfast Pizza. It was scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, bell peppers, and cheese. It was quite delicious, but this could easily feed two or even more people. It was HUGE!

Trattoria is one of our absolute favorites and we try to go each trip. Have you dined here before? What’s your favorite dish?

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Ale & Compass Restaurant

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On our trip this month, we tried to do new things that we had never done before, and this lead to us having brunch at Ale & Compass. It’s safe to say, this is now one of our favorites!

Located at the Yacht Club, this restaurant is BEAUTIFUL. Since we stayed at the Boardwalk, it was just a short walk for us, but you could also get here via the Skyliner (a short walk from the EPCOT station), or use busing from Disney Springs or another park, and, of course, Uber or Lyft. It is just to the right of the entrance to the Lobby, of course right next to Ale & Compass Lounge. We were seated inside and our server was quick with the drink orders! As with other Disney restaurants, there were no menus handed out and you have to scan a QR code to access the menu. Honestly, I much prefer this method. It’s much faster, it’s cleaner, and it’s SO MUCH more sanitary. I hope this is a change that sticks around.

They were very accommodating with food allergies, and the menu was clearly marked by Top 8. If you’re uncomfortable or have multiple and/or rare allergies, I always recommend speaking directly with a chef. Celiac is fairly simple, and I’ve yet to run into a problem. I usually only ask for a chef when I have a special request at this point. They offer the normal beverages, coffee, tea, juices, water, and soft drinks, plus morning cocktails.

We were able to basically order the entire menu. First off, I had a classic breakfast of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast, and I ordered this because gluten-free toast is NEVER an option outside of my own kitchen. Simple, classic, and delicious. I also ordered a side of fruit and I was pleasantly surprised that it seemed to be fresh fruit and not the soggy pre-cut mix you get at a lot of restaurants with breakfast fruit. The berries were particularly delicious!

We were able to basically order the entire menu. First off, I had a classic breakfast of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast, and I ordered this because gluten free toast is NEVER an option outside of my own kitchen. Simple, classic, and delicious. I also ordered a side of fruit and I was pleasantly surprised that it seemed to be fresh fruit and not the soggy pre-cut mix you get at a lot of restaurants with breakfast fruit. The berries were particularly delicious!

My daughter chose dark chocolate waffles with cherry compote and espresso mascarpone cream with bacon. Since she is a “plain, please,” person, I happily ate the mascarpone cream and it was AMAZING. She loved the waffles and scarfed them down!!

Husband dined on crab cakes benedict and he said they were delicious, but not quite as delicious as the crab cake at BOATHOUSE. Who can argue with that, though? My niece had the plant-based protein bowl, and my cousin dined on the caramel apple stuffed French toast. Everyone absolutely loved their meals and we definitely plan to return!!

Have you dined here before? What did you think?!?!? Ready to book your vacation? Contact me today!!

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Chip ‘n Dale’s Harvest Feast at The Garden Grill

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This Tasty Thursday takes us to the Garden Grill in the Land Pavilion at EPCOT. Not only is this my favorite pavilion, this is one of my favorite restaurants! Let’s explore it together, shall we?

Currently, Garden Grill is open for lunch and dinner. I’m hopeful that SOME DAY we will see the return of the delicious breakfast, but apparently not quite yet. The restaurant is open 11:30am-8:30pm. So yes, if EPCOT is closing at 9:00pm and you get the last dining reservation, you will exit to an empty park, so if you want those incredible pictures, I highly recommend a late dinner!

So the Garden Grill is a rotating restaurant, and during your meal, you will likely rotate one whole revolution around the Living with the Land ride. You’ll go through the Rainforest, farmhouse, thunderstorm, sandstorm, and prairie, and dine on some of the fruit and vegetables grown in the Land. The restaurant is all-you-care-to-enjoy Family Style, and you will be socially distanced visited by Chip, Dale, Mickey, and Pluto.

For all my food-loving friends, this place serves up some good ol all-American comfort food. You’ll start out with dinner rolls and salad (with allergy-friendly rolls available for my fellow food allergy diners), then the main dishes. You will get all-you-care-to-enjoy chimichurri steak, turkey and gravy, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. For diners with food allergies, you will get your own platter, just slightly different, with steak, turkey, rice pilaf, and seasonal vegetables. And everyone will get berry shortcake for dessert. That’s right, EVERYONE. This location actually allergy-friendly shortcake, so you won’t have to watch everyone else eat dessert while you stare into your sad, tiny dish of sorbet.

You can get soft drinks, coffee, tea, water, beer, wine, and a specialty cocktail which is quite tasty. I highly recommend the Garden Grill! Have you ever dined here? Need help planning your vacation? Contact me today!

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Date Night Dinners

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All the BEST Restaurants to Visit for Your Date Night Dinner at Walt Disney World!

So you’re at Disney World, either with your kids or without your kids or you don’t have kids, whatever the situation, it’s just you and your special someone. And you want to have a date night. It’s not a lost cause, because Disney is NOT just for kids! There are plenty of great options for date night dinners!

However, what do you do with your kids? Now, for parents traveling with extended family, like grandparents or aunts and uncles, you may not think twice about going out for a dinner just yourselves. But not everyone has that option. FEAR NOT! Try Kids Nite Out!

But back to why you’re here, THE FOOD! Here are some of the best restaurants for date night at Walt Disney World!

High-End, Fine and Signature Dining

date night dinners at disney

Believe it or not, there are restaurants at Walt Disney World that are so fancy they actually have dress codes and age limits. So we’ll start there!

The California Grill – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Date Night Dinners - Watch Disney's Enchantment from the California Grill

Located on the 15th floor of the Contemporary, and accessed via private elevator, this is by far the most popular of date night dinners. It’s probably the view of the Magic Kingdom and the fireworks. While not personally my cup of tea, I can absolutely understand the appeal.

The cuisine is California-themed and they also feature over 300 wines, most from California, for guests 21 and over. This is a hard-to-get reservation, so be prepared. You MIGHT not get one! But don’t give up! People cancel reservations all the time. Also, there is a dress code. Learn more about Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Victoria & Albert’s – The Grand Floridian
Date Night Dinners - Victoria & Albert's New Menu

Photo: Disney

Coming back with a brand new look and delicious new menu, Victoria & Albert’s, at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, is the fanciest of fancy locations for your date night dinner.

It is incredibly expensive (like $295 per person expensive), hard to get into (and there is a $100 cancellation fee if you cancel within 5 days of your reservation), and it has a formal/semi-formal dress code. Despite ALL of this, it is completely popular. Advanced Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance, and you’re going to need them!

Narcoosee’s – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
disney grand floridian

Located on the “coast” of the Grand Floridian, this surf-and-turf specialty restaurant offers spectacular views of Disney’s Enchantment, but with a romantic seaside setting. Featuring not only fresh seafood from local sources and around the world, but also land fare, like filet mignon.

This is another hard-to-get reservation and another location with a dress code.

Signature Dining for Regular People

If you’re looking for a date night dinner that won’t break the bank or require you to pack a ballgown, there are plenty of amazing options available to you!

The Boathouse – Disney Springs
Date Night Dinners - The BOATHOUSE

A night at Disney Springs deserves a stop at the Boathouse. The great food and drinks are tough to beat. This is an incredibly popular restaurant so reservations are a must! I make absolutely no secret that this is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World. Absolutely love it.

Additionally, being in Disney Springs adds to the Date Night milieu! Want to cap the date night with an unforgettable event? Take a ride in an Amphicar or take flight in the Aerophile!

Le Cellier – EPCOT, World Showcase

Located in the Canada Pavilion in EPCOT, this is for SURE one of my personal favorites, if only for the maple creme brulee. Le Cellier specializes in regional Canadian cuisine, including steaks, fresh seafood, cheesy poutine, and Canadian beer. Oh, and delicious creme brulee. Did I mention the creme brulee?

It should come as no surprise when I say, reservations are incredibly hard to get. But it is totally worth it. Can’t get a reservation? Guess what? It’s time for Food & Wine, so get the filet at the Canada booth!

Sanaa – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
date night dinners

Sanaa is located at Animal Kingdom Lodge and offers African and Indian cooking with a view of the animals on the Savannah. People FLOCK here (get it?) just for the bread service. Enjoy the animals grazing the savannah prior to your reservation time, as an added bonus to your date night dinner!

Sanaa is great for all diets, but it is also a favorite stop for vegans and vegetarians. It is a family-friendly restaurant but there is a personal, romantic feeling to the dining area, especially at night.

Chefs De France – EPCOT, World Showcase
chefs de france date night

Time to head back to World Showcase to dine in the France Pavilion at Chefs De France. Dine on seasonal French Cuisine and sip on the Imported French Wines and Champagne! Don’t forget to finish off with the creme brulee or the tarte au chocolat! With the Eiffel Tower, it’s quite the romantic date night dinner setting!

The Hollywood Brown Derby – Hollywood Studios, Hollywood Boulevard
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If your date night includes a trip to Batuu, make sure to first dine at the Hollywood Brown Derby. Inspired by the original Brown Derby, you will dine on California cuisine! Try the famous Cobb Salad, named after the original owner of the Brown Derby, Bob Cobb, or the absolutely AMAZING burger, and finish up with the grapefruit sponge cake!

Tiffins – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
tiffins at disney's animal kingdom

Does your date night involve visiting Pandora? Tiffins is the place for you! Inspired by Africa and Asia, this dining location offers a delicious stop with great food and great views. Tiffins is another location known for it’s bread service, but if you can’t get into the restaurant for your date night dinner, try Nomad Lounge, located right next door, instead!

La Hacienda de San Angel – EPCOT, World Showcase
watch Disney's Harmonious

Want to cap a night at EPCOT with a front-row seat for the all-new Harmonious? Try to get a reservation about an hour and a half before the scheduled fireworks show at La Hacienda and ask to sit at the windows! Located in the Mexico Pavilion on the waterfront, this delicious Mexican restaurant is PERFECT for your date night dinners!

What is your favorite Date Night Dinner at Disney? Did yours make my list? Let me know! When you’re ready to book your next Walt Disney World Vacation, I’m ready to help! Contact me today to talk about your upcoming vacation!

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Mama Melrose Ristorante Italiano

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Let’s talk Mama Melrose! Located deep in the back of Hollywood Studios, outside the exit of MuppetVision3D, you’ll find an Italian Restaurant that seems….out of place. Well, it’s tucked in the back for a reason, and that reason is BACK STORY!!! You all know how much I love a back story! So here we go!!

Mama Melrose was initially built to be part of the Muppet Studios area that never materialized. There was supposed to be a restaurant called “The Great Gonzo’s Pizza Pandemonium Parlor” run by Gonzo and his best rat buddy Rizzo. Swedish Chef would serve as the head chef and guests would get to watch him cooking in the kitchen from the dining area. Meals would then be delivered to the tables by Rat Waiters, just like in Muppets Take Manhattan.

Of course, this all died with Jim Henson in 1990. So instead, Imagineers decided to design and build another Italian restaurant in its place. At first, they considered paying homage to Annette Funicello but eventually landed on a new character, who would come to be known as Mama Melrose.

As the story goes, years ago, an optimistic young Sicilian girl sailed to America to make it as an actress in Hollywood, but only ever got to play stand-in for actresses named Gina, Sophia, or Anna. While she waited, she cooked for her fellow extras, using her father’s Sicilian recipes with a little Californian flavor mixed in. She was so kind she generously fed her fellow starving actors. Her cooking was so good, she decided to start feeding everyone. She set up a little restaurant on a studio backlot with a Little Italy/NYC-themed set out front, complete with a totally hip painting of Mona Lisa and red, white, and green pennants (like the Italian flag). Studio Executives nicknamed her “Mama Melrose.”

Mama and her friends converted an old warehouse on the backlot that had previously stored film equipment into the family restaurant we know today. But they didn’t have a lot of money and that is why it still has an industrial feel to it. Not having any money leftover, Mama decorated the space with whatever she had. This is why the decor is so varied, from Italian items to movie posters to whatever. She did what she could. The floorboards are worn in places from the weight of the heavy equipment they had to move out. It also became a popular hangout for Hollywood celebrities, and their photos are found hanging on the walls.

And that’s the story of Mama Melrose! Pretty cool, huh? I mean, not as cool as a Muppet-themed restaurant would have been, but ya get what ya get, right? So once you get your table (which will be either table or booth or a mix of the two) you’ll walk through the open kitchen that you can still see into even though it isn’t Swedish Chef. There are two indoor dining rooms but no patio or outdoor seating areas. If you look closely at the walls, you’ll notice crayon graffiti. It is completely acceptable to write on the walls here. Who knew? Leave your mark!!

The food is your standard Italian fare. Is it the most spectacular thing you’ll ever eat? Of course not. Is it good? You bet. The appetizers can be a meal all by themselves. My favorite order is Mama’s Caesar Salad and a flatbread pizza, both appetizers. As someone with Celiac Disease, I don’t like to eat at Italian restaurants. Not for any reason other than it’s just not the same. But that isn’t the case at Walt Disney World. Not only is the food really good, but the chefs also go out of their way to make sure your dining experience is safe for you. As always, ask to speak to the chef before ordering if you have food allergies.

Have you dined at Mama Melrose? What did you think?

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Hollywood Studios Presents Places to Dine

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You may be picking up on a theme here, but I really like food. Today, let’s take a look at Hollywood Studios and all the food it has to offer.

Mama Melrose

We’ll start at Mama Melrose, which, in my whole family’s opinion, is the best dining available at Hollywood Studios. No disrespect to the Brown Derby, but Mama’s has something for everyone. Pizza, pasta, chicken tenders, adult beverages, ice cream, you name it.

Located near the exit to MuppetVision 3D and the Christmas Shoppe, Mama Melrose is a table service restaurant that serves lunch and dinner.

Cons: the lobby area is quite small, so it gets quite crowded. Also, even with a reservation, it gets pretty busy, so you may still end up waiting a long time for your table.

Pros: the food is fantastic. Sure, it’s not anything special, it’s just really good Italian food. We like to double up on appetizers, which saves a boatload of money. Personal favorites include Caesar salad, flatbread pizzas, and tiramisu. BONUS: if and when Fantasmic returns, keep an eye out for the Fantasmic Dining Package. You get a full meal plus center stage seating for Fantasmic without having to wait in the standby line for hours.

Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater

Sci-Fi offers possibly the most unique dining experience in all of Walt Disney World. You can dine in “cars,” as if you’re at a drive-in movie theater. The front of the room features a really big movie screen that plays commercials and old science fiction movie clips. The food is not the draw here, though it is pretty good classic American food, but you have to try some of the drinks! You can also get vegan and vegetarian entrees here.

Cons: It is dark so it’s kind of hard to see the menu. And the cars-seating can make it pretty hard to talk to the people not sitting on the bench with you.

Pros: It’s a really fun experience and the food is great. Kids will love the cars and the movie while eating on great kid staples like chicken tenders and burgers. Bonus: great milkshakes.

Hollywood Brown Derby

Head back to 1920s Hollywood for this classic replica. Enjoy the sights and sounds, including caricatures of celebrities hanging on the wall.

Cons: CHA-CHING. This place is not cheap.

Pros: There is something for every type of eater, from hot dogs to filet to the famous Cobb Salad. Personal recommendation: get The Brown Derby Signature Burger.

Woody’s Lunchbox

Use mobile ordering and head back to Toy Story Land to eat at Woody’s Lunchbox.

Cons: Not a ton of seating and the wait times can be long, even with mobile ordering.

Pros: TOTCHOS!!! Tots+chili+fritos=awesome-ness. Plus the price is fantastic. The location is great, too, right in front of Alien Swirling Saucers, next to the bathrooms and the pathway to Batuu.

Ronto Roasters

Speaking of Batuu, head to Ronto Roasters and enjoy a nice Ronto Wrap. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this is a fun, unique, totally Star Wars themed dining location, accepting mobile ordering.

Cons: Not a lot of options, so may not be good for super picky eaters.

Pros: vegan and vegetarian options available plus a unique setting Star Wars lovers are going to fall in love with.

Honorable Mentions

  1. Hollywood and Vine – table service, character dining
  2. 50s Prime Time Cafe – table service, themed dining, great milkshakes
  3. Docking Bay 7 – quick service, mobile ordering, Galaxy’s Edge
  4. Hollywood Scoops – quick service, ice cream delicious-ness
  5. Rosie’s All-American Cafe – quick service, American staples

Where is your favorite place to eat in Hollywood Studios? Did it make the list? Ready to book your family’s vacation? Contact me today!!!

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Kona Cafe Breakfast

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I don’t know if that’s true, but I know that it’s my favorite meal of the day. Sweet, savory, and COFFEE collide to make everything better. One of the most excellent places to have breakfast is the Polynesian Resort. Unfortunately, Ohana is currently still closed, but you can get your noms on at Kona Cafe! Kona Cafe is known for it’s Tonga Toast.

My husband requests it every time he comes to Disney World with us. He says it’s the most amazing breakfast food on earth. For those of you with allergies, it is listed on the allergy menu as safe for fish/shellfish and peanut/tree nut allergies. That means my celiac self has never had it, but I’ve heard rumblings in the allergy community that you can request it directly from a chef, and they will make it for you. Same thing with making gluten-free macadamia nut pancakes. I will try it on my next trip and report back!

For my allergy meal, I had the eggs any style, with ham and potatoes, and I may have said “and can I please get some Mickey waffles, too?” and batted my eyes at them. I will not confirm or deny. I have also ordered the fruit plate, which was absolutely perfect on a hot summer day in Central Florida. I do recommend you attempt to eat a pineapple here. It really fits in with the Hawaiian theming. And pineapple is delicious!!

My daughter had pancakes that she said were delicious but not as good as mine because they didn’t have chocolate chips. She was able to order off of the kids menu even though she is technically older than “kid” by Disney standards. Which brings into question: if there’s nothing I like on the menu can I order off the kid’s menu? The answer is yes, but in certain scenarios, they may charge you an adult price and/or bring you an adult portion. Always ask your server.

Kona Cafe accepts advanced dining reservations, and they are strongly recommended. If you can’t get a reservation right away, keep checking! People cancel reservations and change reservations constantly. If you still can’t find a recommendation, check the My Disney Experience app and see if there is space available to join the walk up list. I promise, you won’t forget it!

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