Happy Wednesday, friends! I'm really excited about today's post because I get to talk about food, and I love food, especially Disney food. There's nothing like landing a reservation for your favorite restaurant, or getting corn dog nuggets from Casey's and enjoying them on the hub grass. Today I'm going to be talking about my top five underrated table service restaurants at Walt Disney World! These are in no particular order, because I'm not about picking favorites. The thing with these places is that they have great food, but are rarely ever a fight to the death for a reservation like Be Our Guest, and many times you can get in without a reservation if you just want to try something new on a whim!
1. Kona Cafe: Disney's Polynesian Village
There's something really special about going into the Poly and knowing you have some of Disney's best dining options at your fingertips, from bars like Trader Sam's, an amazing quick service in Captain Cook's and a great family style buffet in O'Hana! But the hidden gem among all of these is Kona Cafe. Located on the second floor of the main lobby, Kona is a bit out of the way, and subtle compared to it's older sister O'Hana down the way. But the food is so so good! Kona is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and all three meals are amazing. At breakfast you can get the famed Tonga Toast, which is french toast, stuffed with bananas, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. This is going to be big enough to share, and will keep you on a sugar high through at least dinner time.
2. Whispering Canyon: Disney's Wilderness Lodge
When people talk about Wilderness Lodge on of the first places that comes to mind for me is Whispering Canyon. This interactive dining experience is not to be missed. There are no characters here, but the waitstaff are characters themselves. While Whispering Canyon does serve breakfast and dinner, I love going here for breakfast before a day at Magic Kingdom. My favorite thing on the menu is the banana bread french toast and cheese grits! Talk about yum! And when all of that is paired with coffee, silly antics, and kids running around on stick horses it's hard not to have fun here.
3. Sanaa: Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Sanaa is gaining popularity within the Disney community because of it's amazing bread service offered at lunch and dinner, but it's still far from being as popular as California Grill. I love Sanaa because of the location. One whole wall at the restaurant is windows facing the savanna at the lodge. So while you're eating giraffes, zebras and other wildlife will just be walking by like it's no big deal, but when a zebra looks right at you, let me tell you friend, it's a big deal! Now back to this bread service. I was just telling my mom last night that if I could, all I would eat was bread. I just really love carbs. Sanaa's bread service is so special! You get to pick three different types of bread all made in house, and nine different dips and spreads to try them all! Talk about yum!
4. Morimoto Asia: Disney Springs
The only Disney Springs restaurant to make my list is Morimoto Asia. I've eaten here more times than I care to say because it's just so dang delicious, and my goal is to try everything on the menu! Morimota Asia is open for lunch, dinner, and late night. One of my favorite parts about this restaurant is that head chef and owner Masaharu Morimoto will stop in pretty frequently to greet guests and cook! But let's not forget about the food. I love the takes on Asian cuisine here. Everything from the ribs, to the pad thai is amazing! Even the pickiest of eaters will find something they love!
5. Spice Road Table: Epcot
Spice Road Table is one of those places many people don't even notice on their World Tour around World Showcase. It's right next to the lagoon in the Morocco pavilion, but it's a place I want to stop at every time I'm at Epcot. The service style is small plates, but when you get a few it's plenty for a meal! The menu is diverse and adventurous, which is great! The harissa chicken roll and lamb sausage are both awesome and well worth the trip inside this restaurant. I would suggest asking for a table next to the water if there are any available. The view can't be beat, and the noise level goes down dramatically being away from the main walkway of World Showcase, which make this the perfect place to relax at Epcot!
Well friends, that's it for this week's Walt Disney World Wednesday! Have you ever eaten at any of these restaurants before? Let me know in the comments which one's your favorite, or if you love something different!
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