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Old 07-26-2020, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default Favorite WDW Restaurants

What are my favorite WDW TS restaurants? What are yours?

Typically answering this question is a matter of extended imaginative evaluation and difficult choices. However some time ago I created a spreadsheet on which I've recorded all my table service meals from 2001 to the present. (I didn't start going regularly until 2001.)

So now I can just look to see which I've dined at the most. It's not quite the same as which I like best, but at least it's objective.

21 Sci-Fi Dine-In
16 Kona Cafe
14 Cape May
14 Olivia’s Cafe
13 Beaches & Cream
13 Boma
12 Garden Grill
11 Be Our Guest
10 Raglan Road

Sci-Fi is a special case to say the least.
While the food isn't that great, I go there for two reasons.

One is of course the video, which contains several scenes that remind me of my childhood. I first saw the scene with all the Mars creatures when I was 5 or 6 and was completely hysterical with laughter!

The other is that it's the only place at WDW (or any place else I know) where I can get an Oreo Milkshake. It's typically the only milkshake(s) I have anywhere! Sadly in recent years they've cheapened it from using Oreo crumbs to using Oreo dust. (seriously!) Still it's the only game in town in this regard.

Also since I am typically a solo guest, it's easy to get in without a reservation. There are always cars with 3-4 guests which have room in their back seat for a hitchhiker! But if your party is more than 2, you really should make a reservation!
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Old 07-26-2020, 02:52 PM   #2
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Interesting list!!
For Cape May do you typically do breakfast or dinner??
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Old 07-26-2020, 03:01 PM   #3
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Interesting list!!
For Cape May do you typically do breakfast or dinner??
Always dinner, and in recent years I've made a reservation for arrival day as I'm usually staying at BCV.

I always eat breakfast in my room, as I'm a dedicated rope-dropper, and I get more-than-enough to eat at Disney as is.
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Old 07-26-2020, 06:17 PM   #4
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SciFi
Liberty Tree TVern
Kona Cafe
Plaza Inn

They finally removed the performing monkeys in the SciFi .
St.Louis Zoo 1950s My childhood

Anyway recent changes is forcing me to try other restaurants.
Pizza Rizzo is not that bad plus side salad for reasonable price on Disney property. Just went to Chef Art Smiths Homecoming today
Disney Springs very crowded at 10:30 this morning ;surprised.
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bluezoo
Jiko
Cal Grill
Flying Fish (really nice after the makeover)
Boathouse (bar/dock only for drinks/snacks)
Jock's Hangar Bar (drinks/snacks)
Trader Sam's

I'm very much a spreadsheet guy, but this is not something I track since it all comes on one final bill. so I couldn't tell you number on this (but I can tell you how many AA Qualifying Miles I earned last year )

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bluezoo
Jiko
Cal Grill
Flying Fish (really nice after the makeover)
Boathouse (bar/dock only for drinks/snacks)
Jock's Hangar Bar (drinks/snacks)
Trader Sam's

I'm very much a spreadsheet guy, but this is not something I track since it all comes on one final bill. so I couldn't tell you number on this (but I can tell you how many AA Qualifying Miles I earned last year )

Cheers.
bluezoo and Flying Fish are great, and Boathouse has become a favorite in the last few years. If I were doing quality instead of numbers, at least two of these would be in my top 5.
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bluezoo and Flying Fish are great, and Boathouse has become a favorite in the last few years. If I were doing quality instead of numbers, at least two of these would be in my top 5.
So, what you're saying is that you eat more frequently at places you don't like as much. You must have kids
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Old 07-26-2020, 07:19 PM   #8
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I had saved three and a half years worth of folios from our stays. Your message prompted me to do a quick spreadsheet.

Based on quantity:

Geyser Point
Olivia's
Trattoria al Forno
Narcoossee's

The first three are a result of poor planning on my part since they are where we stay and easy to get into at the last minute.

We also love:

The Flying Fish
The Boathouse
Topolino's
and of course V&A
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Old 07-26-2020, 07:56 PM   #9
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For the food...

Le Cellier
Boathouse
Yak and Yeti
Olivia's

For the atmosphere and/or fun...

Grand Floridian Cafe
Hoop-de-doo
Liberty Tree Tavern
50's Prime Time Cafe
The Plaza
and so many others...
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I love the responses!
Made me go back to our "documentation" (old photos of trips, lol).
Most are of:
Chef Mickey's (to be fair, we have kids)
Beaches and Cream
Olivia's (when shrimp and grits was a regular thing on the menu)

Most of the others we have only done once or twice at most. We typically only eat out a couple times per trip.
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