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Old 09-14-2011, 08:05 AM   #1
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Cool Closed - 2011 WDW Dining Tourney - 3rd Round Voting

This is the 2011 edition of the Dining Tournament. The Intro and prior rounds can be found at these links:

The Introduction and Play-in Round

Round 1 Voting

Round 2 Voting

There were 45 voters in the second round, including a couple newbies, one of which broke our first tie of the tournament. Summaries are below in couplet format (I’ll apologize in advance for some of the poetic license I’m about to take – if you must, please avert your eyes (down to the second post)).

MICKEY BRACKET

(1) California Grill 39
(16) Tony’s Town Square 6

Cali Grill served up some quality sushi, wine and great views
While Tony could only tender doggie bags, spaghetti and juice


(8) Tusker House 32
(9) Kouzzina 13

Mickey, Donald and Daisy’s African Buffet offered more-a
Than the Boardwalk Greek Place founded by Cat Cora


(4) Cinderella’s Royal Table 30
(20) Starring Rolls Café 14

Dining in the castle with princesses for families with young daughters is a must
So, it is not all that surprising that the lowest seed remaining was a bust


(5) Raglan Road 29
(12) Rose & Crown 15

Raglan Road, the home of live music and fresh Guinness Downtown,
Easily got past the Bass Ale and English Food offered up by Rose & Crown


(2) Whispering Canyon Café 41
(15) Cosmic Ray’s 4

Cowboy eatery with Lazy Susan and All You Care to Eat Meats
Handily "eclipses" Sonny and his out of this world beats


(7) Wolfgang Puck Café 37
(10) Il Mulino Trattoria 7

Celebrity Austrian and his two-tiered fancy place (but sadly no flan)
Gets more than five times the votes than its competition from the Swan


(3) Kona Café 34
(14) Shula’s Steak House 11

Strawberry Compote, coriander wings and Tonga Toast
Triple up on the steak house at the Dolphin named after a Coach


(6) Cape May Café 28
(11) Garden Grill 17

Goofy’s buffets at the Beach Club gets the win
Over the Epcot eatery with Chip & Dale that spins


DONALD BRACKET

(1) Boma 35
(17) Ghirardelli 10

The AKL restaurant that features fufu and the famous zebra dome
Sends the Chocolate Shop and Soda Fountain back to its California home


(9) 1900 Park Fare 30
(8) Tokyo Dining 14

Mary Poppins, Alice and the Mad Hatter help 1900 Park Fare
Double up on the Japanese eatery lacking the Hibachi flare


(4) Citricos 26
(13) Hoop Dee Doo 18

The other fine restaurant located at the Grand Flo
Gives Slim and his cronies a big fat heave ho


(5) 50’s Prime Time Café 24
(12) Wolfgang Puck Express 20

The DHS Place with an interesting old school family theme
Gets five more votes the Wolfie’s Downtown Disney “B team”


(2) Le Cellier 36
(18) Casey’s Corner 9

The Canadian cellar famous for filet, beer soup and maple
Easily surpasses the place that just features hot dogs, an American staple


(10) Via Napoli 24
(7) Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater 21

Via Napoli, one of the newest restaurants found in Epcot
Pulls the upset of the DHS eatery playing films with a hairy robot


(3) Chef Mickey’s 25
(14) Akershus 19

Norwegian buffet which can be tough on eaters who are picky
Loses out to the Contemporary buffet hosted by our pal, Mickey


(6) Chefs de France 33
(11) San Angel Inn 12

The less pretentious French restaurant hosted by Remy the Rat
Knocks the Mexican place with Tostitos pretty darn flat


GOOFY BRACKET

(1) Jiko 37
(17) Boulangerie Patisserie 7

Chocolate Croissants and other Pastries offered by the café in France
Can’t possibly beat the premier restaurant at the lodge home to African chants


(8) Sanaa 31
(9) Yachtsman Steakhouse 14

Another AKL eatery with wonderful smells, food and spice
Takes down the Yacht Club steak place by a ratio in excess of twice


(4) Victoria & Albert’s 33
(13) The Wave 12

The uber-fancy restaurant about which Michelin and AAA rave
Has no trouble outscoring the American flavors featured at The Wave


(5) Narcoossee’s 32
(12) Biergarten 13

Narcoossee’s, one of the more fun restaurants to spell
Outlasts the German beer place which does oom pa pa well.


(2) Beaches & Cream 42
(15) Hollywood & Vine 3

This round’s biggest romp was a 39 point win by Beaches & Cream
Over the buffet place at DHS, the park with the show about Mickey’s Dream


(7) Main Street Bakery 34
(10) Mama Melrose 11

Hollywood Studios Italian Place where stars used to meet
Falls fairly easily to the Bake Shop on Main Street


(3) Flying Fish Café 29
(14) Bistro de Paris 15

Boardwalk’s premier restaurant, Flying Fish
Proves victorious over the place with snails in a dish


(6) Columbia Harbour House 24
(11) Flame Tree Barbecue 21

Columbia Harbour House, home to one if by land, two if by sea
Manages to get five more votes than the barbecue joint, Flame Tree


MINNIE BRACKET

(1) Artist Point 35
(16) Aloha Isle 9

The Northwestern-themed restaurant at VWL with the Buffalo Strip
Easily takes care of the juice bar in Adventureland despite its Dole Whip


(8) Earl of Sandwich 24
(9) Teppan Edo 21

Another close matchup as the Japanese place where the food is grilled
Falls just short against the sandwich eatery which always seems to be filled


(4) Crystal Palace 29
(13) Grand Floridian Café 16

The Glass-encased eatery with Pooh and his friends outside Adventureland
Gets many more votes than the lowest tier TS restaurant at the Grand


(5) Liberty Tree Tavern 28
(12) Olivia’s Café 16

The tavern without beer than can be found in Liberty Square
Gets past the spunky place featuring Florida Keys fare


(2) ‘Ohana 38
(15) Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn 7

‘Ohana with its tikis, coconut races and skewered meat
Does not find MK’s burger joint that tough to beat


(10) La Hacienda 23
(7) Tutto Italia 22 OT

This matchup was a classic as we had to head to extra time
That gave me some time to try to come up with a rhyme
Unfortunately, neither La Hacienda or Tutto Italia prove to be
Places that are easy to find a rhyme for like a non-poet like me


(3) Brown Derby 35
(14) Restaurant Marrakesh 10

Hollywood icon and home to the salad named in honor of a Commander
Piles up many more votes than the Moroccan place with a belly dancer
(editor’s note: work with me here on this one, it’s getting late – though my last one is my fave)

(6) Coral Reef 27
(11) Turf Club Bar & Grille 18

Epcot eatery with a signature view of the large aquarium at the Seas
Outraces the horse-y place located out with the SSR Hillbillies
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:07 AM   #2
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Exclamation Round 3 Pairings

Here are the matchups for the third round to see who makes the Sweet 16. A couple of notes:
  • In the Mickey Bracket, we have an all “Café” sub-bracket with all four entrants featuring that word.
  • The Donald Bracket is highlighted by a buffet battle at the top and a “chef” battle at the bottom.
  • There are a bunch of interesting matchups in the Goofy Bracket, including a very tough Jambo vs. Kidani battle and a special Grand Floridian dinner only apostrophe battle.
  • The most interesting matchup in the Minnie Bracket has a couple of MK heavyweights duking it out.

MICKEY BRACKET

(1) California Grill vs. (8) Tusker House
(4) Cinderella’s Royal Table vs. (5) Raglan Road

(2) Whispering Canyon Café vs. (7) Wolfgang Puck Café
(3) Kona Café vs. (6) Cape May Café

DONALD BRACKET

(1) Boma vs. (9) 1900 Park Fare
(4) Citricos vs. (5) 50’s Prime Time Café

(2) Le Cellier vs. (10) Via Napoli
(3) Chef Mickey’s vs. (6) Chefs de France

GOOFY BRACKET

(1) Jiko vs. (8) Sanaa
(4) Victoria & Albert’s vs. (5) Narcoossee’s

(2) Beaches & Cream vs. (7) Main Street Bakery
(3) Flying Fish Café vs. (6) Columbia Harbour House

MINNIE BRACKET

(1) Artist Point vs. (8) Earl of Sandwich
(4) Crystal Palace vs. (5) Liberty Tree Tavern

(2) ‘Ohana vs. (10) La Hacienda 23
(3) Brown Derby vs. (6) Coral Reef


Please vote by replying as in previous rounds and HAVE FUN!
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:15 AM   #3
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MICKEY BRACKET

(1) California Grill vs. (8) Tusker House
(4) Cinderella’s Royal Table vs. (5) Raglan Road

(2) Whispering Canyon Café vs. (7) Wolfgang Puck Café
(3) Kona Café vs. (6) Cape May Café

DONALD BRACKET

(1) Boma vs. (9) 1900 Park Fare
(4) Citricos vs. (5) 50’s Prime Time Café

(2) Le Cellier vs. (10) Via Napoli
(3) Chef Mickey’s vs. (6) Chefs de France

GOOFY BRACKET

(1) Jiko vs. (8) Sanaa
(4) Victoria & Albert’s vs. (5) Narcoossee’s

(2) Beaches & Cream vs. (7) Main Street Bakery
(3) Flying Fish Café vs. (6) Columbia Harbour House

MINNIE BRACKET

(1) Artist Point vs. (8) Earl of Sandwich
(4) Crystal Palace vs. (5) Liberty Tree Tavern

(2) ‘Ohana vs. (10) La Hacienda 23
(3) Brown Derby vs. (6) Coral Reef
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MICKEY BRACKET

(8) Tusker House
(5) Raglan Road

(2) Whispering Canyon Café
(3) Kona Café vs.

DONALD BRACKET

(9) 1900 Park Fare
(5) 50’s Prime Time Café

(2) Le Cellier
(6) Chefs de France

GOOFY BRACKET

(1) Jiko
(5) Narcoossee’s

(7) Main Street Bakery
(3) Flying Fish Café

MINNIE BRACKET

(1) Artist Point
(4) Crystal Palace

(2) ‘Ohana
(3) Coral Reef


I am surprised that there is not more love for Kouzzina. No place has treated us better than they have and the food and drinks are awesome!
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Here we go..........................


MICKEY BRACKET

(1) California Grill
(4) Cinderella’s Royal Table

(2) Whispering Canyon Café
(3) Kona Café

DONALD BRACKET

(9) 1900 Park Fare
(5) 50’s Prime Time Café

(10) Via Napoli
(6) Chefs de France

GOOFY BRACKET

(1) Jiko
(4) Victoria & Albert’s

(2) Beaches & Cream
(3) Flying Fish Café

MINNIE BRACKET

(1) Artist Point
(4) Crystal Palace

(2) ‘Ohana
(3) Brown Derby]
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MICKEY BRACKET

(1) California Grill vs. (8) Tusker House
(4) Cinderella’s Royal Table vs. (5) Raglan Road

(2) Whispering Canyon Café vs. (7) Wolfgang Puck Café
(3) Kona Café vs. (6) Cape May Café

DONALD BRACKET

(1) Boma vs. (9) 1900 Park Fare
(4) Citricos vs. (5) 50’s Prime Time Café

(2) Le Cellier vs. (10) Via Napoli
(3) Chef Mickey’s vs. (6) Chefs de France

GOOFY BRACKET

(1) Jiko vs. (8) Sanaa
(4) Victoria & Albert’s vs. (5) Narcoossee’s

(2) Beaches & Cream vs. (7) Main Street Bakery
(3) Flying Fish Café vs. (6) Columbia Harbour House

MINNIE BRACKET

(1) Artist Point vs. (8) Earl of Sandwich
(4) Crystal Palace vs. (5) Liberty Tree Tavern

(2) ‘Ohana vs. (10) La Hacienda 23
(3) Brown Derby vs. (6) Coral Reef
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MICKEY BRACKET

(1) California Grill
(5) Raglan Road

(2) Whispering Canyon Café
(3) Kona Café

DONALD BRACKET

(1) Boma
(4) Citricos

(2) Le Cellier
(6) Chefs de France

GOOFY BRACKET

(1) Jiko
(4) Victoria & Albert’s

(7) Main Street Bakery
(6) Columbia Harbour House

MINNIE BRACKET

(8) Earl of Sandwich
(4) Crystal Palace

(2) ‘Ohana
(3) Brown Derby
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MICKEY BRACKET

(1) California Grill vs. (8) Tusker House
(4) Cinderella’s Royal Table vs. (5) Raglan Road

(2) Whispering Canyon Café vs. (7) Wolfgang Puck Café
(3) Kona Café vs. (6) Cape May Café

DONALD BRACKET

(1) Boma vs. (9) 1900 Park Fare
(4) Citricos vs. (5) 50’s Prime Time Café

(2) Le Cellier vs. (10) Via Napoli
(3) Chef Mickey’s vs. (6) Chefs de France

GOOFY BRACKET

(1) Jiko vs. (8) Sanaa
(4) Victoria & Albert’s vs. (5) Narcoossee’s

(2) Beaches & Cream vs. (7) Main Street Bakery
(3) Flying Fish Café vs. (6) Columbia Harbour House

MINNIE BRACKET

(1) Artist Point vs. (8) Earl of Sandwich
(4) Crystal Palace vs. (5) Liberty Tree Tavern

(2) ‘Ohana vs. (10) La Hacienda
(3) Brown Derby vs. (6) Coral Reef
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MICKEY BRACKET

(1) California Grill
(4) Cinderella’s Royal Table

(2) Whispering Canyon Café
(3) Kona Café

DONALD BRACKET

(1) Boma
(4) Citricos

(10) Via Napoli
(3) Chef Mickey’s

GOOFY BRACKET

(1) Jiko
(5) Narcoossee’s

(7) Main Street Bakery
(6) Columbia Harbour House

MINNIE BRACKET

(8) Earl of Sandwich
(4) Crystal Palace

(2) ‘Ohana
(6) Coral Reef
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MICKEY BRACKET

(1) California Grill vs. (8) Tusker House
(4) Cinderella’s Royal Table vs. (5) Raglan Road

(2) Whispering Canyon Café vs. (7) Wolfgang Puck Café
(3) Kona Café vs. (6) Cape May Café
WPC simply has better food than WCC.

DONALD BRACKET

(1) Boma vs. (9) 1900 Park Fare
(4) Citricos vs. (5) 50’s Prime Time Café
Boma is #1 buffet. Only problem is to stop eating before you explode -- close call last time! At Citricos the service is excellent but not at all "snooty". In fact you kind of feel like you are slumming it, as all the people going to Victoria & Albert's walk through the front section of Citricos, and where we were seated we could see them all go by.

(2) Le Cellier vs. (10) Via Napoli
(3) Chef Mickey’s vs. (6) Chefs de France
Le Cellier may be overrated but it's still pretty good.
Actually I would have liked to vote for both Le Cellier and Via Napoli, and neither of the Chefs. Suspect I'm not alone in that.

GOOFY BRACKET

(1) Jiko vs. (8) Sanaa
(4) Victoria & Albert’s vs. (5) Narcoossee’s
For some reason I find Sanaa more enjoyable than Jiko, probably the lack of pretense. Narcoossee's is excellent and I'm not interested in dining at the level of V&A's.

(2) Beaches & Cream vs. (7) Main Street Bakery
(3) Flying Fish Café vs. (6) Columbia Harbour House
B&C vs Main Street is a cruel pairing but I have to be faithful to Beach Club.

MINNIE BRACKET

(1) Artist Point vs. (8) Earl of Sandwich
(4) Crystal Palace vs. (5) Liberty Tree Tavern
There are many signature restaurants but only one Earl of Sandwich!
I would prefer LTT for lunch but CP for dinner -- tough choice.

(2) ‘Ohana vs. (10) La Hacienda
(3) Brown Derby vs. (6) Coral Reef
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