Dinner at the Grand Floridian –
The building style coupled with the older vehicles on display really gave a sense of 1920’s Victorian seaside resorts. Which I believe is what it’s supposed to be – so, you know, good job Disney.
Before I get to the food – a quick comment for any disabled readers: They do not warn you of the LONG trek to the back of the complex to the restaruant when making reservations here. Be aware, if you normally require a scooter for long distances, bring it here – as the parking is nowhere nearby (the restaurant is set on a lake and literally there is no parking near it).
Shortly after being seated the electric parade on the water started. The sea serpent was my favorite, and I love that you can see the castle all lit in pink behind him.
Me: Prince Edward Island Mussels Parsley-Pastis Broth and Garlic Toast
Chris: Shrimp and Crab Chowder
Mom: Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
Dad: Fried Oysters Rockefeller
I was off my game – we hadn’t expected lunch to be quite as light on the stomach, so by now we were hungry enough that it was a few bites in before Chris went “Augh! Photos!”
The mussels were tasty – but nothing more spectacular than I’ve made at home for myself. The chowder Chris thought was good, but again nothing outstanding.
I got the Magical Star Cocktail which I did not like at ALL and only paid for because I wanted the cube (oh how disappointed I was, to learn later that I could have asked for the cube in any drink I wanted – what a waste of alcohol!).
Dinner: Chris and Dad got the Grilled Filet Mignon, Mom got the Surf and Turf and I got the Crab-crusted Mahi Mahi.
There is no Mahi Mahi photo – as I sent this back. Honestly – it takes a LOT for me to send a dish back. I’ve been known to leave a plate barely touched and get fast food on the way home because I hate handling it when a dish just isn’t my taste – prepared incorrectly is one thing, but just “I didn’t like it” is so delicate a situation.
I decided instead to get the Surf & Turf – but without the demi-glace. Chris declared the steak much tastier than his with the sauce and since the lobster tail was quite substantial, I shared most of my steak with him.
Finally desserts: Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse Dome for Chris and Dad, Gelato Sampler (swapping a cappuccino for a 2nd chocolate) for me, Almond Crusted Cheesecake for Mom.
The dome was very good – nice and creamy – but the fronds of chocolate sticking off it made me think of a skeleton hand! My gelato was tasty, if a bit plain.
The food here too was overall disappointing – and I wouldn’t come back with or without the dining plan. By the way – if you ever forget (because it was gross and you didn’t really drink it) to put down enough cash for the drink and out of habit just put in enough for the tip and you’re on the DDP – note that they’ll just bill it to your room. *whistles* Y’know. So I’ve heard.
On the drive “home” to Coronado we saw:
Little did we know how accurate that imagery was…
NEXT: Animal Kingdom