There’s a lot of great food at Disney World, but some foods have achieved such cult-status, they’re “must dos.” Here’s a top ten list of Disney’s must do foods:
1. A Dole Whip. If there’s one treat that the Magic Kingdom is known for, it’s the iconic Dole Whip, a soft-serve pineapple-flavored frozen treat. Get it alone or as a float. Added bonus: This is one treat vegans can enjoy.
2. The turkey leg. You can argue about this much-maligned snack all you want, but the brisk sales of these smoked turkey legs don’t lie: It’s one of the most popular treats in the parks. Grab one and channel your inner Henry VIII. Just don’t, you know, invade France.
3. Grand Marinier Slushie. Okay, say you do invade France. Don’t forget to get one of these located at a kiosk in the French pavilion in Epcot. A light, orange taste, not very heavy on the alcohol.
4. Zebra Domes. You can find these little cakes at Animal Kingdom Lodge in two locations, Boma and at the Mara (a quick service location). They’re filled with chocolate ganache and Amarula, which is a light tasting, fruity liquor made from the fruit of the African Marula tree. They’re covered with a white-chocolate coating and drizzled with dark chocolate, which gives them their “zebra” look.
5. Dinner at Ohana. It’s a meat-ateria: Shrimp, beef, and chicken, as much of it as you can eat. Served on skewers that are brought to your table, you’ll also sample Asian-themed sides and their famous bread with macadamia nut butter. The restaurant can get a little loud, but like most Disney restaurants, it’s very kid-friendly.
6. The mushroom filet at Le Cellier. If you’ve ever tried to get an advanced dining reservation at Le Cellier, you know it’s the toughtest table to get in all of Disney World. This steak is part of the reason why. You can argue that there are better steaks available on property (I would), but none have the following that this mushroom-covered steak has. Shown below, it’s served with rissoto, but it’s also featured with potatoes. Lunch costs one table-service credit on the Disney dining plan; dinner will set you back two credits.
7. Smoky portobella mushroom soup at Artist Point. This excellent signature restaurant is a sleeper, located in the Wilderness Lodge. This is great news for those who plan trips on short-notice, because it’s easy to get in without a reservation. Sample Pacific Northwest fare like grilled buffalo, fresh salmon and an almost-famous berry cobbler, but make sure you start out your meal with the creamy, smoky mushroom soup. It is quite simply the best soup I’ve ever had.
8. The sushi at California Grill. Almost too pretty to eat, California Grill has one of the top sushi chefs in the country. Vegetarians take note: It’s not on the menu, but you can get a vegetarian version of this that’s beyond delicious and very easy on the wallet.
9. The fried chicken at Trails End Buffet. Wildly popular, this buffet is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has lots of homestyle, family-friendly food. Leave the hectic pace behind over at the Magic Kingdom and take a relaxing boat ride over the Ft. Wilderness; you don’t need to be a guest to use this form of transportation. You can enjoy the peaceful surroundings and eat ’till your heart’s content.
10. Tonga Toast at Kona Cafe. Located in the Polynesian Resort, few foods at Disney World have the kind of following that Tonga Toast has. It’s dusted with cinnamon sugar and filled with banannas and served with a side of strawberry compote. You can also get this breakfast treat at Captain Cook’s, the Poly’s quick service location.