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Old 11-15-2012, 06:56 PM   #1
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It tastes like bacon! An anniversary DR from Mr.&Mrs. Roma: COMPLETE

Bonjour everyone!

DH and I just got back from a one week trip to the World (and the dark side!) where we celebrated the one year anniversary of 11/11/11... otherwise known as the day we got married .

Now before we get this dining report rolling I thought I would give you a wee bit of background about the two of us.

Me: Twenty-something, third visit to WDW. I LOVE planning trips and DH tells me I should have been a travel agent instead of going to college . I also love WDW and have greatly enjoyed learning more about it over my last few months on the Dis. A great number of my dining choices were influenced by these boards, so thanks folks ! I try to eat pretty healthy at home, and don't typically eat a whole lot of meat or ever order dessert. Those behaviors fly completely out the window on vacation though. Be prepared to see me take down multiple meats and desserts in a single day on this trip. My favorite restaurant at WDW is (currently) Artist Point, and my favorite snack is a Mickey Rice Krispy treat (dipped in chocolate and coated in mini M&Ms of course).

Mr. Roma: Also twenty-something, and also on his third trip to the world. However, he was with rookies on his previous trips and barely saw anything!! So it was up to me to give him the realllll tour, if you know what I mean. He loves to eat anything, except brussels sprouts. He also does not particularly care for chocolate or ice cream , which means he doesn't always feel like sharing with me. However, he made some pretty big exceptions on this trip so I'm grateful! His favorite restaurant as of this trip is Artist Point and his favorite snack is a churro. Yep, he gets them everywhere and loves them everywhere. WDW was no exception.

This trip was actually Mr. Roma's idea seeing as he shot down my original suggestion of going to WDW for our honeymoon. We ended up going to Europe instead - which I'm definitely not complaining about! However, I still really wanted to go to WDW together so I was a little bummed that we might not get to go for a while. Imagine my joy then when back in June Mr. Roma suggested we go to WDW for our one-year anniversary! I told him he didn't even have to ask .

Lastly, Mr. Roma got really involved in the dining review process towards the end of the trip and made up his own rankings and reviews. As a result I'll let him do the reviewing for his items!

Now on with the show!

It took from June all the way until the second-to-last day of our trip to get all the ADRs I wanted at the right times, but I finally succeeded! Here is our dining line up (and where I'll add the links later).


Day 1:
Louie's Italian Restaurant @ Universal Studios
Churro @ Universal Studios
Raglan Road

Day 2:
Dole Whip
Liberty Tree Tavern
Be Our Guest
MVMCP Snacks

Day3:
Butterbeers and the Three Broomsticks @ Islands of Adventure
Pumpkin Tart & Cauldron Cake from Honeydukes
Artist Point

Day 4:
Chef Mickey's
Beach Club Marketplace
California Grill

Day 5:
Le Cellier
Food & Wine booths
Rose & Crown Pub

Day 6:
Jalapeño cream cheese pretzel
Kona Cafe
Earl of Sandwich
Mickey Rice Krispy Treat
Boma

Day 7:
Churro @ Hollywood Studios
50's Prime Time Cafe
Starring Rolls cupcake
Popcorn @ Fantasmic
Beaches & Cream

** Note: Because I was participating in the live reviews I ended up taking all of the pictures with my iPhone, so I apologize for the poor quality of some of the pictures!
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:12 PM   #2
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:22 PM   #9
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Louie's Italian Restaurant @ Universal Studios

Louie's Italian Restaurant



Just in case anyone was wondering about our breakfast on departure day, our flight didn't leave until 9:40 so we had plenty of time to eat at home. If I'm remembering correctly, I had an egg and a slice of bacon on top of a bagel thin. Knowing Mr. Roma he probably didn't eat anything.

Our flight got into Sanford at 11:15 and we were in our rental car and on the road by 11:40. We decided to spend our first half day in Florida at Universal, and by the time we arrived and got into the park we were famished. I had read ahead of time about CS at Universal and the options didn't look good. It seemed like the consensus was Louie's Italian Restaurant in the New York area was the best of the worst, and since I knew we wouldn't be having a whole lot of pizza on this trip, I figured we had nothing to lose going there.

The lines inside were long (it was roughly 1:00 PM at this point) but seemed manageable. Unfortunately the laws of nature dictate that no matter what line I choose, it will end up being the slow line because something will go wrong with the person in front of me. Sure enough, there were a host of communication issues between the non-English speakers, who could not understand why they weren't allowed to get an entire pizza on their Universal meal plan, and the CMs attempting to man the line. Even with the one CM speaking fluent Spanish, the gentleman in front of me could not grasp that he could only have two pieces of pizza with his meal plan. He ended up barging away in a huff, but his tantrum caused us to endure another 10 minutes in line…

We chose to split the "meal deal," which was any slice of pizza (we choose pepperoni because it was the more expensive of the three) and a small Caesar salad. We also got an additional slice of cheese. We paid $10.91, which included a 10% savings with our AAA card.




I took out half my pizza before I realized that I was supposed to be doing a dining report . The pizza looks worse than it actually tasted. It wasn't amazing but it wasn't bad either. Since we were starving, it served its primary purpose of making sure we didn't pass out from low blood sugar. The Caesar salad was actually made fresh in a big bowl along the line. It could have done with less dressing, but the lettuce was crisp and it tasted like a Caesar salad should taste. I'd probably try somewhere else in the Studios next time, but if you're wanting pizza this isn't any worse than anything you could get a home.

And here is what Mr. Roma thought:



The counter service at Louie's was about what you would expect. Overall, just average but in no way disappointing.

The line was long, and the service was slow. The menu was simple - cheese, pepperoni or veggie, with a few other options like a grilled chicken salad and spaghetti and meatballs.

We shared two slices - one pepperoni and one cheese. We also had a side Caeser salad. Again, everything was to be expected. None of it blew you away, but none of it left you disappointed. The crust could have had more flavor, but the pizza was served hot and served its purpose. The same with the salad - it could have been better, but served its purpose.

Overall, this was your typical over-the-counter pizza service. It was about what you could expect in any run of the mill shopping mall. I wouldn't recommend it, but I wouldn't tell people to avoid it either.

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Old 11-20-2012, 10:33 AM   #12
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Churro @ Universal Studios

Universal Studios Churro



A couple of hours after we had lunch Mr. Roma was getting very hungry again and started asking for a churro. There are quite a few carts around US and it seemed as if almost all of them carried churros. We decided to get one from the cart directly in front of the Rip it, Rock it coaster. Unfortunately none of the carts take AAA cards so no discount here. It cost $3.19

This was your standard churro. Not as big as the one we would have later in Hollywood Studios, but still a big enough size for us to share comfortably. My only real complaint is that it could have been hotter, but that is a rare occurrence in general.


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The churro we bought at Universal Studios was good. It could have been warmer, but it was crunchy and sweet. It more than served its purpose. The worst thing about buying a churro at Universal was that it wasn’t fresh fried. You know it was probably just warmed in the microwave and put in the hot box until it was bought. Nonetheless, I’ll probably buy another one when we return.
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Raglan Road

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Our first real Disney meal was at Raglan Road. Our ADR was for 8:15 and we arrived at Downtown Disney around 8:00. The place was absolutely mobbed! For whatever reason I was not anticipating having to circle around the parking lot for 10 minutes before we were able to finagle getting a space. There were multiple cars weaving in and out of lanes attempting to stake out spots and I was starting to get very worried that we were going to be late for our ADR. When we finally got a spot and made it up to the restaurant, it too was mobbed. I had to pass through a throng of people to get to the check in desk, where I ended up being behind a couple who had a reservation for much later but were insisting they be seated sooner. Like I said the place was packed so I wasn't sure how this was going to be accomplished. They got a buzzer anyway and were told they would likely be facing an hour or more wait. I checked in right at 8:15 and thanked my lucky stars we had an ADR. However, this ended up being our longest wait of the entire trip. The minutes started to roll by and before I knew it was 8:35. The couple who had demanded to be seated earlier was now back at the check in desk making a fuss over not being seated. It seemed like the management had no desire to deal with people intent on making a scene in front of everyone, so they were seated within minutes. We, however, continued to wait. After thirty minutes of waiting I went back up to the desk and asked what was going on. We had walked around a little bit and watched some of the Celtic dancing outside, but the cold and our hunger were starting to get the best of us. The poor girl didn't seem to have any idea but assured me that we were next in line for a table for two. Shortly after that our buzzer went off and we were seated on a high top table next to a pillar just outside of the dancing circle. It put us right in the flow of traffic and made seeing the entertainment difficult but I was just so happy to finally be seated that I didn't care.

Our server, Joe, was friendly but a little preoccupied. I cant really blame him though seeing how overrun the restaurant was. He took our drink orders (a Coke for Mr. Roma and a Diet Coke for me) and then brought out the:


Irish soda bread with Guinness reduction.

This is one of those items that Ive read about frequently on the Dis but had never really gotten the impression that people particularly enjoyed it. Therefore, I had tempered my expectations about its taste - especially since I typically prefer butter over oils on my bread. My first bite, however, was a complete surprise. The slightly nutty and earthy tasting bread paired with the sweet reduction was excellent. We had to stop ourselves from eating the entire basket before our appetizer arrived, and not just because we were completely famished from our long wait. Mr. Roma says he completely forgot about this bread but he ate plenty that night and remarked on how good it was so don't take his forgetfulness as a sign of disapproval .

After a short wait our appetizers arrived. We ordered the:

Dalkey Duo - Battered cocktail sausages with a Dalkey mustard dipping sauce.


These clearly came to us right out of the fryer because they were smoldering hot and crispy. The sausage was smoky with just a hint of spice, while the mustard added a nice kick. I enjoyed eating them both with and without the sauce - and may or may not have dipped one in the Guinness reduction as well. We would definitely order these again.

For our main courses, I ordered the:


Pork Vienna Breaded and seared pork Schnitzel with fried egg and chips

I had never had pork Vienna before and I'm not exactly sure what possessed me that evening to order this, but I'm glad I did. The portion was way above and beyond anything I could consume on my own since it took over the entire plate. I knew right off the bat that I would only be able to finish roughly a third, so I shifted the egg over to the third I planned to eat and got to work! The pork was warm and plentiful they definitely didn't attempt to skimp on the meat by over breading and frying. The egg was warm and added to what I like to call the homey taste of the dish . The fries were also hot and crispy, but I did my best to limit my intake of them seeing as how much we had eat and still had to eat.

Mr. Roma ordered:

Keen eye for the Shepherds Pie - We give the traditional Shepherds Pie a little makeover with our contemporary twist to this favorite dish.

I had warned him ahead of time that this variation of Shepherds Pie wouldn't be what he was typically used to (and not just because he thinks it requires way more vegetables, haha). Nevertheless, he seemed to enjoy it. I took a bite and thought it was good but I preferred my dish. Then again I am not a big fan of large amounts of ground beef so my reaction can mostly be attributed to personal taste.

After all that food we were starting to feel the bulge - but I knew we couldn't leave Raglan without dessert. I had been debating whether or not we would actually get the bread pudding, seeing as neither of us particularly care for it, but in the end we went ahead and decided to take the plunge. So many fellow DISers couldn't be wrong& right?

First the dessert menu:

And then the final act




Gers Bread & Butter Pudding Like no other pudding you have ever tried. Believe us.

First let me say that looks are very deceiving in these pictures. There is WAY more pudding than meets the eye. This is evidenced by what the plate looked like after we scooped it out and poured the sauce on top


Mind you there is still well over a fourth of the pudding left in the cup because we didn't take it all out!

I can sum up how I felt about this pudding with the statement that I certainly believe whoever is talking to me on the Raglan Road menu - that pudding was like nothing I had ever tried. Unlike the bread pudding I have been exposed to in the past, wherein the bread is usually spongy and flavorless, the bread in this pudding was the star of the show. It was very warm, but still retained its shape, leaving you with a little pillow of creamy fluff in your mouth. I couldn't even tell you which sauce I preferred because we poured them both on top at the same time, and I honestly could have eaten the bread by itself, but they served as a nice backdrop and accentuated the flavors of the already sweet tasting bread.

Unfortunately our stomachs were too full to keep going and we had to leave this behind


Remember there is still plenty left in the cup! This was so delicious but also so filling. This bread could seriously be a meal by itself.

We both really enjoyed our food despite the long wait to be seated and will definitely return in the future, although maybe not until we try some other places first. Mr. Roma commented that he thought the live band that night was particularly good and we loved the dancers and atmosphere in the room. Our total cost was $80.00 with tip.



Mr. Roma says:

Our first real meal on the trip was Raglan Road at Downtown Disney. It had been a long day. I left home without eating breakfast, and the Louie's pizza and churro had barely kept me going until our dinner reservation.

The wait at Raglan Road was long. We had reservations, but still had to wait about 30 minutes for our table. We looked through the gift shop and watched a dance performance outside to pass the time. After waiting, we were really hungry and really ready to eat.

Unfortunately, we had to sit at a tall table. We had an obstructed view of the live band that was on stage, but the music was good. The restaurant was full and the atmosphere was inviting. Our server was a little too friendly, but he did his job well enough.

Before I go any further, I have to point out that Raglan Road had the best Coke of any place we ate during the entire trip. I know it seems silly, but this was just the right mix of fizz and syrup. I probably drank three glasses.

Our appetizer was the fried sausages, which were served piping hot with a Dijon mustard dip. This was a great way to start the meal. We had to make ourselves stop eating the sausages which really were delicious. They weren't too spicy, but had just enough kick to remind you what you were eating on the way down.

For dinner, I had the Shepherds pie. It was served as a molded mound, with mashed potatoes. It was very good. There was plenty of flavor, it wasn't dry and the potatoes were very creamy. I have had better pie, but I think I probably think of Shepherds pie as having more vegetables. This only had beef and carrots. My wife tells me I have the wrong impression of what Shepherds pie actually is, so Ill work off that assumption.

The best part of the meal was undoubtedly the dessert. The bread pudding was incredible. It was warm and soft. There was absolutely nothing to complain about.

I was very happy with the meal, overall. I expect well return here after we've tried some of the other restaurants. The overall experience might have been perfect, but the wait time and sometimes overly friendly server knocked it off by a few points.


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Oh, how I love Raglan Road! Just made an ADR for our trip in January. Can't wait.

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Oh, Mr Roma, I don't think this is silly at all. I go to McDonalds sometimes JUST for their Coke. It's the perfect amount of carbonation for me. I can judge a place on that.
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