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Dinner at Grand Floridian Cafe

I was recently able to enjoy breakfast at the Grand Floridian Cafe, making another dent in my dining experiences at the restaurant at the Grand Floridian Resort. After having to make some reservation changes for a party of 10, we managed to swing a dinner reservation here. I apologize for the photo quality (or lack thereof); I was having some camera setting issues and needed to fall back on the ol’ iPhone, but I managed to resolve the issue. So let’s just right in!

grand-floridian-cafe-bread-serviceBread service

Matt was looking at the appetizers and decided on starting with the Pan-seared Scallops, which are served with Bacon-laced Arugula, Spinach, and Fennel Meyer Lemon Butter Emulsion.

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The portion consists of two scallops, which were nicely cooked. My favorite part, however, was all the good stuff underneath. It was a bit smoky from the bacon with a nice hit of salt, while the greens still retained their brightness. We’d certainly order these again.

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For his entree, Matt ordered the Orecchiette Pasta, served with Grilled Chicken, Prosciutto, Peas, and Asiago Cream Sauce. He noted the dish was a bit on the salty side, but otherwise he liked it. I don’t think he enjoyed it enough to order it again, however.

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I’m not especially big on pasta, and between the sauce and the prosciutto, there was indeed a bit salty. Perhaps this would make a better side than a main course. Some more peas would have been nice as well.

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I had been craving a burger, so opted for the Grand Floridian Burger, an Angus Chuck Burger with Butter-poached Lobster, Red Onion Marmalade, and Arugula on a Brioche Bun with Chips. Matt’s interest in this burger was piqued by the Red Onion Marmalade.

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There was a good portion of lobster on the burger, which was was all tail meat and I imagine was Florida lobster. While texturally it was cooked nicely, it didn’t taste like it was poached in butter. After a couple bits of burger and lobster, I ended up eating the lobster off the burger as the two flavors and textures didn’t work for me.

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There was a plentiful amount of arugula, some of which I removed. The marmalade was really fantastic and brought an unexpected sweetness to the burger, and the burger was cooked pretty close to the medium-rare I requested. I ended up bringing half of the burger home.

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The chips were a bit hit and miss. Some had a good crunch, while others were on the soft side, and some had a lot of salt on them.

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Here are some of the items our fellow diners ordered:

grand-floridian-cafe-pan-roasted-chicken-breast-green-beans-ricePan-roasted Chicken Breast: Normally comes with Chef’s Seasonal Risotto and Chicken Jus, modified for a special diet with no Chicken Jus and added Green Beans and Rice

grand-floridian-cafe-shrimp-and-gritsShrimp and Grits: Jumbo Shrimp with Chorizo and Fennel served on top of Creamy Mascarpone Cheese Grits

grand-floridian-cafe-kids-meaty-macaroniKids’ Meaty Macaroni

grand-floridian-cafe-kids-chicken-nuggets-and-friesKids’ Chicken Nuggets and Fries

grand-floridian-cafe-dessert-samplerDessert Sampler (display): Fresh Berry Tart, Boston Cream Pie, Key Lime Tart, Lemon Cheesecake

Matt decided he wanted dessert, and the small portions were a perfect end to the meal. The desserts on the sampler ($10.99) can be purchased individually for $3.49 each, and I think it’s a fair price for the size. Matt liked everything about the Boston Cream Pie: Vanilla Chiffon Cake with Vanilla Custard and topped with a Dark Chocolate Glaze. I had a bite and though it was pretty good, but my favorite part was the dark chocolate since I like the slight bitterness of it.

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Here are the menus from our visit:

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Overall, our dinner and experience at Grand Floridian Cafe was very good. Our server was great handling our large party and anticipated our needs without rushing us. The Pan-seared Scallops and the Grand Floridian Burger were stand-outs for us, and we wouldn’t hesitate to order either dish again. Everyone in our party seemed pleased by their dishes as well. I look forward to our next visit to try some more menu items and revisit some new favorites as well.

Have you enjoyed dinner at Grand Floridian Cafe? What do you like to order?

Breakfast at Grand Floridian Cafe

It’s been several years since I’ve had a meal at the Grand Floridian Cafe in the Grand Floridian Resort. Our last visit was for lunch was back in 2011! Since I’d never been there for breakfast, I booked a reservation for myself while Matt played golf and before I met up with family of family at Magic Kingdom. I was immediately seated upon arrival at a window table for two near the back of the restaurant.

I decided to kick my meal off with a Florida Sunshine, which features Peach Schnapps, Chambord, Skyy Vodka, and a splash of Orange and Cranberry Juices. The cocktail was well-mixed, and while I could taste a bit of the booze, it wasn’t overbearing and it had a nice balance with the juices. I liked that it wasn’t overly sweet and had a good balance with the tartness of the cranberry juice. It’s a good, fruity, and relatively safe breakfast cocktail.

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If you’ve been reading our breakfast posts for a while, you’ll know that Matt’s the one to order pancakes – not me (though the Sweet Potato Pancakes on the breakfast buffet at The Wave are delicious). The Citrus Pancakes are topped with Roasted Pecans and Sun-dried Cranberries and served with House-made Orange Butter. They also come topped with mandarin oranges, drizzled with syrup, and sprinkled with powdered sugar. The meal comes with your choice of Bacon or Sausage, of which I chose bacon.

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Mouse Bites for May 27, 2012

This week on Eating WDW:

Blue Ridge Pork Sandwich from Big River Grille

We enjoyed a relaxing lunch at Big River Grille & Brewing Works.

We gave a slice of cheese pizza a try from the BoardWalk Pizza Window.

I broke up with Paradiso 37. Well, maybe we’ll just be “on a break” for avery extended period of time!

We discussed the Importance of Consistency in Disney Food.

The UK pavilion brought us a Nestle Aero candy bar showdown.

We made a quick trip to Downtown Orlando’s Whitewood Mediterranean Grill.

And now for your Grand Circle Tour around the Disney Blogosphere!

English Bulldog from Rose & Crown in Epcot’s UK

Kat‘s news at Drinking Disney made my Mondays a LOT happier: La Cava del Tequila’s Margarita Monday Special Now Any Margarita for $10.00!

Brenda at Disney Food Report checks out Breakfast at the Grand Floridian Cafe

Main Street Gazette‘s Ryan samples some Pub grub at Rose & Crown in the UK.

Andy of Eating and Drinking around the World wraps up a recent visit with WDW Odds & Ends.

Rounding out the tour are these posts from Disney Parks Blog:

Mouse Bites for March 4, 2012

This past week has brought some fantastic posts along with it! I love seeing a review about a Disney fan favorite on a blog that typically stays away from the tourist areas (thanks, Tasty Chomps!). I’ll wrangle eatingwdw’s posts for the week, but be sure to check out everyone else on the Grand Circle Tour!

This week on Eating WDW:

Beignets

Beignets were a delicious way to welcome the week.

Lip Smackers brought a lot of us back to a simpler time…

Is anyone going to hit up Big River’s Tapping Party?

The Steak, Egg, and Cheese Quesadilla at Old Port Royale has potential, but needs work.

Goofy’s Candy Co. Character Sweet and Sour Candy is a must miss.

Riverside Mill’s Chipotle-Barbecue Cheeseburger brought smoky heat to a Disney burger.

Better than a postcard, you can always mail a coconut from WDW!

Minute Maid Light Pomegranate Lemonade. If you’ve tried it, what do you think of it?

And now for your Grand Circle Tour around the Disney Blogosphere!

Caramel Corn from Karamell-Küche

Michael at Progress City USA reintroduces the Citrus Swirl from the Sunshine Tree Terrace.

Tasty Chomps checks out one of my faves in Downtown Disney, the Earl of Sandwich. I need to try the Italian; I love capicola and mortadella!

The Japan Hospitality Kiosk, err, Sake Shack, features a review of the Orange Sake Cocktail thanks to our friends at Drinking Disney. And be sure to stop by Pop Gallery at Downtown Disney for some gorgeous art; especially the works by Jasmine Becket-Griffith!

Over at The Dragyn’s Lair, Dana makes Rosa Regale Jell-O!

Bob over at Everything Walt Disney World has been busy! He’s bringing us some reviews from Bongos Cuban Cafe and Grand Floridian Cafe. Matt and I have visited both. Be sure to check out our reviews for Bongos and Grand Floridian Cafe! Christina explores Karamell-Küche at Everything Walt Disney World.

Diane at Disney Food Report sweeps us away to Aulani for a review of ‘AMA ‘AMA.

Are you missing Food & Wine Festival as much as we are? Ryan takes us back with a few wines he picked up during the festival at Main Street Gazette.

Disney Parks Blog covered the Midnight Snack over at Disneyland during One More Disney Day. They also brought up some Hot Dogs around WDW property that have been around for quite some time now. May I especially advise against the Macaroni and Cheese with Truffle Oil dog at the Studios?

Mouse Bites for February 12, 2012

What a week! It’s been hectic, and there are no signs of slowing down anytime in the near future! With the NFL season over, we’re looking forward to the fast approaching March Madness of college hoops and the MLB waking up, all while continuing to cheer on our boys in the NHL. There’s never a dull moment in our house! Time for our recap of the week!

This week on Eating WDW:

We enjoyed a NY Giants cupcake and celebrated in the Magic Kingdom with Eli Manning!

We had an impressive lunch at The Turf Club Bar and Grill over at Saratoga Springs.

Kicking off our Sweet Treats mini countdown was out #4 football-shaped cookie from Main Street Confectionery. Our #3 was the always awesome Reese’s Pieces Coated Mickey Rice Krispy Treat! Yum!

My friend Shalon and I had an awesome dinner at Paradiso 37.

Got a hangover? Here’s my cure from the parks!

And now for your Grand Circle Tour around the Disney Blogosphere!

Ryan at Main Street Gazette reminds me of how I have to get back to Grand Floridian Cafe for The Grand Sandwich.

Adam & Andrew of Disney Hipster Blog enjoyed a Kirin while scoping out some Pomsticks in Germany.

Drinking Disney  highlights Matt’s favorite pub, the Rose & Crown, and inform us of Portobello’s Beer Dinner.

While we’re talking drinks, be sure to download the Beers & Ears Walt Disney World Beer List app, brought to you by the Beers & Ears crew.

At Everything Walt Disney World, Bob takes us to Casey’s Corner and Yachtsman Steakhouse.

Shelly of On the Go in MCO reminds us of the Code of Conduct when we’re at Tortuga Tavern.

Disney Parks Blog shares Valentine’s Day treats from the parks. They also announce Earl of Sandwich is coming to Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort. Foodie kids, rejoice! Magic Kingdom is stepping up to the plate with their options for kids 3-9 years old. Vegetarians are also getting some love at Disneyland Resort.