I love Disney food and often find myself defending it to non-fans, but not everything is worthy of praise. Case in point, these five culprits.
1. Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel at the Lunching Pad in the Magic Kingdom. At $4.29, this pretzel is a good use of your snack credit. Unfortunately, that’s where the praise ends. These tasteless, leaden pretzels should be taken out during the Electrical Water Pageant and umceremoniously dumped into the Seven Seas Lagoon.
2. The Caesar Salad with Chicken from Pinocchio Village Haus in the Magic Kingdom. Think you can’t mess up a Caesar salad? Think again. While it looks like the safest thing in Pinocchio Village Haus (easily the worst quick-service location on property), the acidic, overly-fishy dressing on this salad makes it a pass.
3. Orange Chicken with Steamed Rice from the Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot. Ahh, the World Showcase. Who doesn’t love it? You can get a lot of great food there, right. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in the China pavilion. The Lotus Blossom Cafe makes your local mall food court’s Chinese food look gourmet. Until I tried this entrée, I was under the belief that it was pretty much impossible to mess up the holy trinity of fried, salty, and sweet. I was wrong.
4. Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf at Wolfgang Puck Express in Downtown Disney. I usually sing the praises of Wolfgang Puck Express and for good reason: It’s easily the best use of your quick-service credits, with healthy, innovative food in a setting that feels more like a table-service restaurant. Sadly, the bacon wrapped meatloaf is an exception to an otherwise terrific menu. A dried-out hockey puck surrounded by bacon that tastes like,well, nothing really, this dish comes covered in a port wine sauce that’s sickeningly sweet. Granted, I was playing with fire by ordering meatloaf in a restaurant (it’s rarely good away from home), but this place comes so highly recommended, I took a chance. Lesson learned. I’ll stick with the swoon-worthy roast chicken.
5. Oak-fired Filet of Beef at the California Grill. This is my favorite restaurant on property, but the menu has gotten a little tired of late. While other restaurants have kept up with the times, the California Grill continues to rest on its laurels, based in part on its location–at the top of the Contemporary Resort with gorgeous views of the Magic Kingdom and the Seven Seas Lagoon. The Oak fired filet has been on the menu for years, always with a heavy dousing of teriyaki barbecue sauce. I’m of the belief that a good cut of beef doesn’t need much than a little bit of seasoning and this sauce is way too much of a good thing. How difficult would it be to add a different accompaniment, maybe even just a compound butter? Fortunately, this restaurant is scheduled to be refurbished later this year, with perhaps a new menu added as well. One can only hope.
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