From Donald Duck to Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck's Grand Cafe Downtown Disney Walt Disney World® Resort 482 East Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, Florid...

Wolfgang Puck's Grand Cafe

Downtown Disney

Walt Disney World® Resort

482 East Buena Vista Drive

Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830

Alright, before I begin to drool, let me tell you about Wolfgang Puck's restaurant in Downtown Disney.

I guess I'm a lucky girl; I always seem to order the best item on the menu. But Wolfgang Puck's Grand Cafe exceeded my expectations. I don't want to elaborate on the atmosphere and ambiance of the place right now--all of that was such a blur because my friends and I were so famished from swimming, basking in the sun, and wandering, like four tots, through every toy shop in the park. Sooner or later, we had to take a grub detour.

I will tell you that if you're looking for a family-friendly eatery that isn't swarming with sweaty Chip and Dales (and no, we're not talking about the male revue), then check out this place.

Wolfgang Puck's Cafe also serves a variety of moderately-portioned traditional dishes (i.e. spaghetti with meatballs, margherita pizza with fresh basil and mozzarella) and more avant-garde ones (i.e. the Smoked Salmon Pizza with Dill Cream, or the Tuna Tartare, as written on the menu: "Avocado salad and sashimi grade ahi tuna with wonton chips") to satisfy everyone in your party.

Word to the wise: if you're with a group of friends and don't know what to order (this is the conundrum in which everything on the menu entices you), pick one dinner item you think you'll enjoy, then decide on an entree all of you can share as an appetizer. We ordered the pumpkin ravioli just so we could each taste one bite before our individual dinners came.

These ravioli were dressed with a brown butter sauce and anointed with a port wine glaze. A sprinkle of toasted pigniolis (pine nuts), crispy, pan-seared sage leaves, and a shaving of aged parmesan cheese added a sharp, savory flavor to the sweetness of the filling (in which I could taste a dash of brown sugar, a few chopped golden raisins and a lightly spicy, musky flavor of nutmeg).

Okay, $17.95 may sound like a lot for an appetizer, but when you're on vacation and it costs, at Sea World for example, $4.50 for a 3-inch Shamu ice cream on a stick, you owe it to yourself to splurge at dinnertime.

If you're watching calories, you might want to try the vegetable napoleon ($14.95): a round trifle consisting of a sliced portabello mushroom cap, a roasted red pepper, and a thick slice of fire-roasted zucchini. It's garnished with (optional) crispy potato sticks and drizzled with a balsamic reduction and extra-virgin olive oil that would knock off Cinderella's other slipper.

For protein, I requested a layer of grilled chicken, which only cost a few dollars more.

Isn't that lovely?

Seriously, if you go to Downtown Disney anytime soon, stop by this place.

Note: I am talking about the Cafe, not The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck's, which has a separate menu of three and four-course meals, and is significantly more expensive. I did not eat in the Dining Room, so I have no idea what that food is like. Sorry!

For more information on the Grand Cafe, check out this menu website.

If you're interested in The Dining Room, click here.

;) Holly


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