So you’re looking for a break from the theme parks or you have an off day. You know all of the favorites – Chef Mickey’s, Ohana, etc. etc. Well, today we’re going to off the beaten path to talk about some of the lesser known options that are still worth going to:
1. Boma. Yes this is my #1 choice! Whether it’s breakfast with their caramel pecan bread pudding, their African specialties, made to order omelets, or POG juice, it’s worth a little detour before your Animal Kingdom park day or on an off date for a later breakfast/brunch. If you’re paying out of pocket for your meals, it’s a great value for the quality of food you receive. If you’re not big breakfast eaters, dinner is also a fantastic meal! It’s a little more unique in menu, but don’t let that scare your picky eaters away. There are basics like mac and cheese, chicken fingers, and pasta as well as fruit and bread. For those looking for a unique experience with a bit of African and Indian flair, this is some of the best food on Disney property. If you’re lucky you can try their ribs (which go quickly but some of the best flavor I’ve ever tasted). You’ll likely also see prime rib, unique soups and salads and to end your meal the famous zebra domes which were worth the wait after all of these years of us hemming and hawing over taking the trek out of the way.
2. Landscape of Flavors. This quick service location at Art of Animation is better than your average “food court” food. For families with younger kiddos, it’s a great little detour to see all of the recognizable Disney characters around the resort, especially their version of radiator springs. Sandwiches, made to order pasta, smoothies (which are a snack credit!!!), and other unique options for lunch and dinner, it’s a really fun location with great food.
3. Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory. Another location off the beaten path at Port Orleans French Quarter. Their beignets are to die and 3 are a snack credit. If you’re looking for a little bit of exploration on an off day or some time at Downtown Disney, hop a boat down the river and make a stop at this New Orleans inspired restaurant. It’s quaint and cozy.
4. Beaches and Cream. A great detour on a Hollywood Studios or Epcot day or a day you just want to explore the Boardwalk area (or use your free mini golf coupon). It’s a small location (only about 10 tables in the whole place), but good burgers with a fun 50s atmosphere (plus FLAVORED cokes)! Desserts are to die for – great ice cream concoctions that we’ll keep going back for again and again. A great location to embarrass a family member for a birthday. Because it’s a small location, they can do a little more.
5. Whispering Canyon Cafe. This restaurant seems to make a top list every time I talk about dining. It’s a family favorite! Just a relaxing boat ride away from Magic Kingdom at the quiet and beautiful Wilderness Lodge, this restaurant mixes food AND fun for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If dinner options aren’t available, grab lunch! The menu is a bit different but the fun and style of food are both tasty. Play along with some of the fun or just watch from the sidelines while others get involved in the silliness. If you do grab a dinner reservation, get the dinner skillet. It’s the only thing to get is the skillet (all you can eat). You also have bottomless milkshakes which is included as a drink if you’re using a dining plan.