Happy Wednesday, friends! If you're new around here, I'm Megan and I love Disney food more than the average person. One of my personal Disney goals is to eat at every Walt Disney World restaurant! I've been to quite a few, and this fall I'm going to check a few more off of my list, like California Grill, and Skipper Canteen! But today is all about my top five table service restaurants inside the Walt Disney World Parks. I've already done a post about my top 5 table service restaurants outside of the parks, and my top 10 quick services at WDW (inside and outside of the parks, so if you haven't read those, be sure to check them out!
1. Be Our Guest (Dinner Only)
I love Be Our Guest for lunch, and I love that it's considered a quick service despite having to book a dining reservation. But dinner in Beast's Castle is really something special. There are three dining rooms, the West Wing, the Ballroom, and the Rose Gallery. In the West Wing you see the portrait of Prince Adam/ Beast, the Enchanted Rose, and all sorts of other things. The Ballroom is just beautiful, with it's painted ceiling, and windows that show snow falling outside! Then in the Rose Gallery there is a giant music box of Belle and Beast dancing.
Let's talk about food for a second, because that's obviously the reason you're here. I had the lamb, and it was super good! If you like lamb, I would definitely suggest getting it. One of my friends got the pork chop, and I usually don't like pork chops, but this was awesome! It was juicy, and cooked really well. The side of mac and cheese was one of the best I've had at Disney! The prices aren't that bad, because the portions are HUGE! You could easily share 90 percent of the dishes on the menu with another person, get an appetizer to split, and be full.
Don't forget to try the Grey Stuff. It's delicious!
2. Hollywood Brown Derby
Technically, I'm going to be talking about the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge, which is considered a bar, but they have a great menu, they don't require a reservation, and the portions are big enough to make a meal. I've been here a few times now, and each time I love it even more. This is an outside space, with about twelve tables, but they turn over pretty quickly, so you shouldn't have to wait long. You get a great view of Hollywood Studios, from the Great Movie Ride, the courtyard, and down Hollywood Boulevard!
I would definitely suggest getting the cobb salad. For $9, it's a great deal, because it's pretty big, and it's just dang good! I love it because sometimes walking around the parks I don't want to eat a heavy meal, but I do want something filling, and this does the trick. Their shrimp and grits are also some of the best shrimp and grits I've ever had, and I live in the south, the land of shrimp and grits!
You cannot skip drinks here! They have an awesome bar tender, who makes some really great drinks. They have a decent margarita flight, but let's be honest, if you want an awesome margarita head over to La Cava Del Tequila at Epcot! The grapefruit cake martini is something really special though! If you like grapefruit, you'll love this. It has red grapefruit vodka, vanilla vodka, cream, an a vanilla wafer rim! Talk about delicious!
3. The Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace is one of the places my fam jam and I have been going to eat since I was small. Over 20 years later, I still love it, and the food is consistently good. This is a character buffet, so if that isn't your thing, just skip down to the next place! I totally get it. The characters are all from Winnie the Pooh, so during your meal you'll meet Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.
We've eaten here for lunch and dinner, and love both. Lunch is going to be a little bit less expensive, and the options for food are different at both meals, so look at the menus before making a decision. If you want my top protip for Crystal Palace it's to get the first lunch seating, last lunch seating, or first dinner seating. This will allow you to get food from the previous meal, so you can try more things and decide if you might want to try Crystal Palace for breakfast, if you haven't before, but you already made an 11:00 lunch reservation!
4. Spice Road Table
Located in the Morocco pavilion at Epcot, Spice Road Table is one of my favorite spots at Epcot to stop and grab a bite to eat. I love this place because it's table service, but does not require a reservation like most other table service restaurants at the park, and they usually always have a table. Part of their seating is inside and part of it is outside, and if you want a great view of World Showcase definitely sit outside near the lagoon! If you time your meal right you can watch Illuminations from here, and not have to get one of those fancy dinner packages, just some awesome plates of food at a great location.
If you love middle-eastern and Mediterranean food, you'll really enjoy Spice Road Table. The thing here is everything is small plates that are meant to be shared between two or three people, so you get to try more things. I would definitely suggest bringing a few friends and trying some of my favorite small plates: the Moroccan lamb sausage, calamari, hummus and olives, harissa chicken roll (also available during Food and Wine Festival!), and the brie fondue. All of these dishes are around $10 and are well worth the price!
5. Rose and Crown
Last, but certainly not least, because I'm not about picking favorites here, especially when it comes to food, is Rose and Crown, the pub/restaurant in the UK pavilion at Epcot! I love going into the bar and getting a Pimm's Cup, but when it's really nice out and I'm headed to Epcot, I love making a reservation for Rose and Crown, going to check in early, and letting them know I would like to sit outside on their covered patio. This place also has a fabulous view of World Showcase and paired with a beer, your Epcot day really can't get much better.
Rose and Crown's lunch and dinner menus differ a little bit, but honestly, lunch is awesome there, and a great way to start your journey touring World Showcase. I've been to England, Wales, and Ireland, and I can tell you from personal experience that many of the dishes on the menu are almost exact replicas of what you would get in the UK.
My favorite appetizer on their menu is the Scotch Egg. It's a boiled egg, with sausage wrapped around it, then fried. It's so good, you have to try one! Rose and Crown also has a great cheese plate, if you're into trying cheese from different places. You can't go wrong with fish and chips, especially when they taste just like the ones I had in Wales. My dad really likes the sheppards pie! If you're into sharing, get a side of bubble and squeak. It's potatoes, cabbage, and bacon all mixed up and delivered to your table for you to devour because it's so good!
Well friends, that's it for my Top Five Table Service Restaurants Inside the Parks! If you love something that I didn't list, let me know in the comments.
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