Foodies everywhere love Disney World for the simple fact that there are so many amazing restaurants to choose from and a plethora of different food styles. Our first trip to Disney World was in 2013. My daughter was 7 and my son was 5. We took them to Downtown Disney (that is what it used to be called) and I swore I would never ever go back! It was so crowded you could barley walk. You would be tripping over people, the stores were jam packed and honestly it wasn’t worth it.
In December of 2016 we took another trip to Disney World and my friends kept saying we need to go to Disney Springs. I was all heck no! Been there done that never going again!
She convinced me that it had been completely redone and it no longer had that crowded feeling anymore. We went and it was so much better. The layout was better, the stores are great and the restaurants are amazing! Now we go to Disney Springs multiple times on our trips! Since there are so many great restaurants there where should you eat? Here are some of our favorite restaurants in no particular order.
- The Boathouse– I like this place for it’s atmosphere. Some of the tables look like boats. You can sit and see the water and it was a relaxing meal. I had the Gibsons “Sandwich King” Award winning burger and it was cooked perfectly. My hubby had the Panko-fried Gulf Red Grouper. He can’t exactly get grouper living in the desert so when we are in Florida he eats a lot of it! And we split the truffle fries, you can never go wrong with truffle fries.
- Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza- The Art Lover is my favorite. Their menu describes it as having artichokes, mozzarella, ricotta, chopped garlic and red sauce dollops. I pretty much love everything with artichoke hearts. It would be nice if they had garlic bread there, I’m all about the carbs while we are on vacation!
- Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’- This is just my opinion so don’t shoot the messenger. They are supposed to be known for their fried chicken. I’ve had the fried chicken twice and both Ryan and I found it to be dry. Eeek! But there was plenty of other things on the menu that we thought were very good! The Bunch of Puppies served with pimento cheese and red jalapeno jelly are very good. As are the Church Lady Deviled Eggs, Jasper Board and the Fried Green Tomatoes. The Cedar Key Salad is delicious. When I ordered it I thought Hearts of Palm meant artichoke hearts! It doesn’t however it was very good. If you don’t know what Heart of palms is you can read about it here. I’m not a big fan of cake. I find frosting to be way too sweet for me however the Hummingbird cake is delicious. It’s described at a Pineapple-banana cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and it’s served with vanilla bean frosting. It’s a large serving so the four of us share one piece.
- D-Luxe Burger- If you walk up and there is a huge line here is an insider tip. Just grab yourself a table and place your order through your My Disney Experience App. This way you can skip the line and get your food quicker. Note that this only works if you are NOT using dining credits. If using dining credits you will need to wait in line. You really won’t go wrong with a burger place. You can check out the menu here but I had the Pork Belly Burger which has pork belly, andouille sausage with cheddar, red onion, spicy pepper relish and remoulade sauce. It was delicious. However, I thought I was order a beef burger with pork belly on it and it turns out the pork belly is the burger. Ryan had the El Diablo which is chorizo and a signature blend of beef. We were slightly concerned that it was so pink in the middle but the waiter assured us that it was thoroughly cooked and it was supposed to be that color because of the sausage. The fries are delicious here and you can get a variety of dipping sauces. The milkshakes are top notch. I went with the Chocolate Gelato Shake.
- House of Blues- We ate dinner here for Christmas Eve. We were a party of 7 and our food came out pretty quick. We had the Carolina Mess as an appetiz
er. It’s fries topped with pulled pork, pickled jalapenos, melted cheese and brown gravy. It didn’t last long. For dinner I had the Steak Salad and it was delicious! It was grilled skirt steak, roasted root vegetables, arugula, and crispy onions with chimichurri sauce. You can check out the rest of the menu here.
- Morimoto Asia- This is one of our favorite restaurants and if Ryan was able he would eat here for every meal. The list is long for all the meals we like here. The Rock Shrimp Tempura with a spicy gochujang aioli is a must every single time. The Kakuni Pork Bao are some of my favorites and is a steamed bun, braised pork belly, lettuce and spicy mayo. I always get these as well. Some of our favorite entrees include Mongolian Filet Mignon, Duck Ramen, Morimoto Chicken Fried Rice and the Morimoto Peking Duck for two. If you truly want a food experience splurge for the Japanese Waygu Beef. It is sold for $23 per ounce and there is a 3 ounce minimum. It is worth it. The description on their menu notes it is prepared table side over ishiyaki grilling stone with sansho peppercorn sauce. You will get to see the Certificate of Authenticity. These cows are massaged daily and fed Barley Hops. So what does this mean for you? A piece of meat that melts like butter in your mouth. At least try it once.
- The Polite Pig- We have walked by this restaurant many times on our trips but never went in. We finally made it in on this last trip and it was the ultimate surprise! The very best thing on the menu here are the Crispy Brussel Sprouts with a caramel whisky-caramel sauce. We made a few stops here just for the Brussel sprouts. This may be one of my all time favorite things at Disney. I know what you are thinking, they are just brussle sprouts. Go have them and let me know if you still think they are just Brussel sprouts.
- Rainforest Cafe- I’m not a big fan of this restaurant however our last trip I had the China Island Chicken Salad. It had grilled chicken, potato sticks, sesame seeds, carrots, rice noodles, scallions and china island salad dressing. If you are forced to eat here this salad is really good.
- Sprinkles- They are known for their cupcakes, however, I’ve never had one here. The kids have and they really enjoy them. I really enjoy the milkshakes here! They are a little pricey at $9 for one. I get mine with Peanut butter cup ice cream, hot fudge and whipped cream. It’s like drinking a jar of peanut butter and yes that is a good thing!