Spent a grueling 12 hours in the park. Ate breakfast at the rental and packed lunches so that we could go, go, go. We had 7:00 pm reservations at Emerils in City Walk-the "only" time available. We got there and the place was empty, maybe two tables occupied, a handful a people at the bar. We were immediately seated….next to the kitchen door. It was wide open and you could smell that commercial kitchen smell. Not only that the view was not of the chefs, etc, it was the clean up section complete with barrels for trash and bins for dirty dishes. We were given menu's and before we could ask to be moved two in our party noticed that the menu seemed very different than the one on line. There wasnt an entree for under $35, most averaged in the mid $50's. Tasting menu seemed a value in comparison at $65. With two kids in tow however we realized that this was quickly going to turn into a $350+ meal so we decided it wasn't worth it especially considering we were exhausted and weary. Plus after paying the price to get in the park with all the nickel and dime upgrades we were done and knew our money would be wasted. So we left and ended up next door at PastaMore.
Pastamore was serviceable at best but what it lost in cuisine it more than made up with the service. Two in our party had pretty basic pasta dishes, I had the special pizza of the day (two kinds of mushrooms with "buffalo" mozzarella), kids has lasagna, another adult had short rib risotto. Our server was friendly, efficient and funny. The chef came by our table, sat and talked to the kids for a while. They loved that. Prices were reasonable. Nothing special but it was an easy way to end the day. Anything else would have been wasted on us, we were exhausted!!
Thursday: Magic Kingdom
Breakfast at home and packed lunches again. Dinner was the "spirit of aloha" dinner show at the Polynesian. Food was mediocre at best but plentiful-which the men and kids appreciated after another grueling day in the parks. Kids loved the coconut rolls and chicken. Desserts were warm cookies and chocolate mousse. Show was hokey and dated. A perfect stereotypical Disney ending!
Friday: Hollywood Studios/Epcot
A quick breakfast at DD and lunch at the "ABC Commissary" which I passed on for some fruit and yogurt at a nearby stand. The rest of group had burgers and fries. Considering they all come from a central kitchen everyone loved them, especially the fries which were crispy, hot and just the right amount of saltiness.
After exhausting everything there (loved star wars and the indi show!) it was a quick trip over to Epcot to try to get fast passes for soaring (gone!) We took a short tour of Norway and Germany. We had amazing caramels in Germany. Grabbed some Dole whips with spiced rum on our way to dinner at Kouzzina located at Boardwalk resort, which was a huge success.
We all split a baked goat cheese appetizer which was creamy and delicious. Topped with roasted red peppers, dotted with artichokes heart and olives it was a great start to the meal. This was followed by a plate of crispy calamari, a tasting of hummus, whipped feta and olive tapenade all served with warm pita. Two had the spicy seafood stew which was huge winner to both the adult and kid who had them. Our son had the sampler of lamb sliders, cinnamon chicken and greek lasagna. He loved the burger, thought the lasagna was good but too rich and didn't care for the chicken. My husband had the full serving of lasagna and agreed it was great but really too rich for the portion size. I had the spicy shrimp and hummus app as my main course and it was perfectly cooked with just the right amount of spice. The last dish was the pork tenderloin which was declared "amazing". We all shared a side of roasted brussel sprouts which were great as well. Service was quick, if not a little rushed but all and all a great meal and worth the slightly higher price tag than some other Disney places.
Tomorrow we are off to Lego Land and then another 2 mores days of Disney. We have reservations in Japan at Epcot and Raglan Road in DT Disney. No idea what tomorrow holds near Lego Land-should be interesting to find out. Hoping we can find a place for good cuban sandwiches nearby or along the way…