Downtown Disney Dining | #100DaysOfDisney – Day 86 | Tasty Tuesday

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Welcome to Day 86 of 100 Days of Disney here on The Purple Pumpkin Blog! Be sure to check out all of the other posts in this series, and if you would like to share your own Disney blog posts or pictures, make sure you check out our #100DaysOfDisney Link Party!

It’s another Tuesday during #100DaysOfDisney so it’s time for Disney Tasty Tuesday!

World-class restaurants, dazzling entertainment and unique shops line the waterfront at Downtown Disney area. Shop in the world’s largest Disney store, dine amid life-size prehistoric creatures, bowl a game at the 30-lane alley and more. This fun-filled district includes Downtown Disney West Side, Downtown Disney Marketplace and Pleasure Island. Parking and admission to Downtown Disney area are complimentary. Walt Disney World

On every visit to Orlando, we spend at least one day in Downtown Disney, along with a few other visits for food, or to just hang out. I thought today I would share some of the dining options that are available. Having counted them up on the Disney website, it would seem that there about 35 of them in all!

Our very first Disney dining experience on our first trip to Orlando, was at Downtown Disney when we went to Paradiso 37 for our second wedding anniversary.

Paradiso 37

Take a culinary tour of North, Central and South America at this waterfront spot at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island.

We shared nachos, the boy had a cheeseburger, hubs had fish tacos and I had surf and turf (which was lush!) The service was really rushed, which was a shame for our first ever taste of Disney dining. I would like to go back here one day – I bet in the evening it’s quite a lively place. Plus who wouldn’t want to try some shots from the tequila tower?!

We grabbed a sandwich at Earl of Sandwich on that first visit to Orlando too – we needed something to keep us going with all the shopping we were doing!

Earl Of Sandwich

John Montagu invented the sandwich in 1762; his descendants perfected it! Try the signature roast beef sandwich on hearth-baked bread or any of number of hot or cold gourmet sandwiches. Soups, salads, wraps and desserts are also served.

On our second trip to Orlando, we once again dined in Downtown Disney. We booked to go to the Gospel Brunch at House of Blues which was pretty awesome, we met with our American friends, and the food was delicious!

House Of Blues Gospel Brunch

Listen to the joyous music of top gospel groups as you feast on all-you-care-to-eat Southern-style fare. The buffet includes such favorites as chicken jambalaya and BBQ chicken, as well as scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, bread pudding and made-to-order omelets.

As well as the Sunday Gospel Brunch, there is also Crossroads at House of Blues, a restaurant which serves traditional Southern food and international favourites. On Fridays and Saturdays, the atmosphere livens up with blues bands playing live. And there is now The Smokehouse, a quick service window where you can buy pulled pork, smoked turkey legs and beer. Something new for us to try!

We also tried out Bongos Cuban Cafe on our previous trip, which was expensive, but the food was so, so good! We shared a couple of platters full of Cuban food, and we are booked to go back there this year – looking forward to it!

Bongos Cuban Cafe

Created by music superstar Gloria Estefan and her producer husband Emilio, this vibrant restaurant is a mosaic of colors and flavors set against infectious music and a celebratory spirit. You’ll feel you’ve been transplanted to a Miami hotspot—if not Havana itself.

Before I carry on with this post to show you some more photographs that I’ve taken of dining locations in Downtown Disney, here is a list of all the [current] places you can grab a bite…

AMC® Downtown Disney 24 Dine-In Theatres
Bongos Cuban Café™
Bongos Cuban Café™ Express
Cookes of Dublin
Crossroads at House of Blues®
The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck® Grand Cafe
Downtown Snow Company
Earl of Sandwich®
The Express at Wolfgang Puck® Grand Cafe
Food Truck – Fantasy Fare
Food Truck – Namaste Cafe
Food Truck – Superstar Catering
Food Truck – World showcase of Flavors
Forty Thirst Street Express
The Front Porch
Fulton’s Crab House
Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop
  Häagen-Dazs® at Downtown Disney® West Side
Lava Lounge
Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas
Planet Hollywood®
Portobello Country Italian Trattoria
Raglan Road™ Irish Pub and Restaurant
Rainforest Cafe® at Downtown Disney Marketplace
The Smokehouse
Splitsville Luxury Lanes™
STARBUCKS® at Downtown Disney Marketplace
STARBUCKS® at Downtown Disney West Side
Wetzel’s Pretzels®
Wetzel’s Pretzels® at Downtown Disney® West Side
Wolfgang Puck® Express at Downtown Disney Marketplace
Wolfgang Puck® Grand Cafe


Have you dined at Downtown Disney?
Day 86 of #100DaysOfDisney is done – 14 to go!
Come back tomorrow for another Disney related blog post!

Posts in the #100DaysOfDisney Series…
Disney Make It Monday | Tasty Tuesday | Wednesday Around The World | Theme Park Thursday | Disney Fashion Friday & Disney Merchandise | Saturday Night at the Disney Movies | Disney Sunday Sounds

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