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This new restaurant located at Disney Springs in The Landing area is a clear winner. It is open, spacious, bright, and really has the feeling of comfort. It felt so homey and cozy, but also fresh and new. The décor is beautiful and it is so cool to look into the open kitchen. The chairs were very comfortable and felt plush while looking casual at the same time. You could easily dress up for a night out on the town with drinks or wear your shorts and sneakers while taking a break from the parks.
We had a party of 4 for lunch and we all thought the Church Lady Deviled Eggs sounded good. It is 6 full sized eggs so it is easy to share with a larger group. You may be thinking, really deviled eggs? But I assure you these were so, so delicious! The flavoring was just right and the eggs tasted so fresh! These were a winner all around at our table!
My choice for entrée was the Fried Chicken Sandwich. This is a buttermilk-brined for 24 hours and double battered chicken topped with hot sauce, aioli, lettuce, and bread and butter pickles. This was really good! I think the toasted bun just brought it all together so well. It was fresh and filling without weighing you down for a busy day. For a small upcharge I changed the homemade chips for the Iron Skillet Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Cane Sugar, and I must say it was a great choice! These sweet potatoes were just awesome! They are swimming in butter and sugar so don’t think they are a healthy option but get them anyway you will enjoy them!
JAMIE: One of my favorite meals of the entire trip. A+++! I had the same chicken sandwich as Jillian and it was something really special. The long process that goes into making this chicken really does show in every bite. I had the french fries with it and everything came out piping hot and perfectly prepared. I’ll definitely be returning, ASAP.
TARA: LOVED IT! I really enjoyed this lunch and I was excited to try it. I had heard mostly great reviews but was a tad concerned. I had read a few from Southerners that they may fall short on a few items being truly Southern cooking. I definitely did not find this to be the truth – but in fairness I avoided the item that seems to get the bad reviews (green beans). Instead, I had the Chicken Salad and it came with a house dressing that was a mix of ranch and vinaigrette. The dressing was wonderful and very tangy. The salad was fresh and a favorite salad that I get often so I was curious how it stacked up and it came out on top. And just to add to the glowing review of the deviled eggs – they are a must now every time I visit. I am not a huge deviled egg fan but these were definitely special!
CHRIS:For lunch I had the HFK Barbecue Bun sandwich. This was their chopped pork with sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, topped with southern slaw and served on a brioche bun. The pork was perfect, seasoned and cooked just right and served with their sweet and spicy barbecue sauce (which in hind site I wish I asked for an additional side of barbecue it was that good!). In lieu of chips I ordered an additional side of their southern slaw, which lived up to its southern name! Portions were a perfect size for lunch!
The service was great, our waitress was quick to refill our glasses before they were empty, but never hovering around. She was helpful and able to answer all our questions about the menu as well as suggest food choices for us.
This is definitely a great family restaurant or for a night out. The kids menu is small but you could always go with a couple of the sides for kids also. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough and you HAVE to get the deviled eggs!
Ever since I heard of it’s opening in late 2015 I have been dying to get to Disney Springs’ The Ganachery. This is more than just a chocolate shop, it’s a decadent chocolate experience. The Ganachery is a small shop, but packed full of awesome. As soon as you enter you are able to see the chocolatiers creating magic in the kitchen through a giant show window, working on each of the 16 flavors offered here.
Experienced employees wait behind the counter to help you narrow down your choices in chocolate. I decided to go with a box of 6 of the ganache collection, for a cost of $15. There are also boxes of nine for $21, boxes of twelve for $27, boxes of sixteen for $36 or individual pieces of ganache for $3 each. When I was there a few of the chocolate choices were: Chipotle Pepper, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Cinnamon Apple, Egyptian Sea Salt, Caramel, Passion Fruit, Raspberry, Gianduja (hazlenut), Milk Chocolate, Coconut, Vanilla, Peanut Butter and 65% Dark.
Each bite of chocolate was more amazing than the last, but I think my favorite was the Egyptian sea salt! I can’t wait to go back to the Ganachery and try more flavors.
Have you been to The Ganachery? What did you try and what did you think? We’d love to hear!
For our November Dole Whippies girl trip kickoff we started with dinner at one of the newer Disney Springs restaurants. We’d heard a little of the buzz of Morimoto (including from Tara, who’d been lucky enough to try it this past summer!) but were excited to try it ourselves. Morimoto is Japanese master chef Masaharu Morimoto’s first pan-Asian (Japanese, Chinese and Korean) cuisine restaurant featuring open kitchens and 20 foot chandeliers in the 2 story dining room. From the menu you can choose from sushi, dim sum, different meats, noodles/rice, and vegetables. For dinner we each got something of our own, and a few things to share. Here’s our take on the food from Morimoto!
Jamie: I ordered the Kanikama Rangoon- krab meat and cream cheese spring roll, apricot sweet chili sauce. These were like crab rangoon but in a spring roll. They were really good, but the sauce was even better! I could have eaten that sauce on everything. I also shared the Pad Thai (sweet tamarind sauce, stir-fried flat rice noodles, egg, bean sprout, scallion, fried tofu, pickled turnip) with Shannon and it was pretty good. The tofu in it was much better than I expected it to be! Overall I thought the meal was great, and a very good way to kick off our trip!
Jillian: I started with the chicken dumplings, something I will usually order at Chinese restaurants and there were great! Better than your average, but not out of this world. I also had the spicy tuna sushi roll. This was really good! My only wish it that I had ordered two! These are easy to share or have as an appetizer! I really enjoyed this meal! It is a great addition to Disney Springs.
Shannon: I ordered the vegetable Pad Thai. It was delicious! Not the best Pad Thai, I’ve had, but very very good. I am not a fan of tofu in general, but as Jamie said, the tofu in this dish was very enjoyable.
I had wanted an order of egg rolls for an appetizer, but sadly, they were all out for the day. Our server said they make the egg rolls fresh in house and they only make a certain amount per day.
Overall, I thought this restaurant was pretty good. Maybe a bit on the expensive side and not necessarily somewhere I would take my passel of kids, but a good date night place.
Tara: Morimoto is a good option for Disney Springs. This was my second visit there in the past few months and both times found it good. I will say this trip the food was yummy and I enjoyed the food more this visit but the service could have been better. I think this was a one server issue though and not a restaurant issue. I was disappointed they were out of all egg rolls (I mean this is an Asian restaurant in the US – I would think egg rolls would be a staple!) I did have yummy sesame balls though and lived them. I give it overall a solid B.
Recently I visited the Disneyland Resort and had the opportunity to stay in all three of their onsite hotels. In this last installment, I’ll give you my review of the Paradise Pier hotel.
Paradise Pier was previously a different brand of hotel that Disney purchased and put their own spin on. It’s directly across the street from the Grand Californian, and while not far from the parks, is the furthest Disney property from the park gates.
This hotel overlooks Paradise Pier in California Adventure park, hence the name. Of course, that’s only on the one side of the building, and unfortunately my room was on the opposite side. It was still a lovely view of the city.
This hotel has a seaside feel. The rooms were clean and comfortable, but lacked the charm of the Disneyland Hotel and the sophistication of the Grand Californian.
One cute little thing they had off the lobby was a little room for kids to wait while the adults check in to the hotel. There’s a screen for watching Mickey cartoons set inside a replica of a sand castle. Cute little beach chairs made an adorable little room.
This hotel also has club level accommodations and a club level lounge. Unfortunately during my time there the pool area was being renovated. I did see a portion of it and it was your standard hotel pool. Nothing really special.
Overall, this was my least favorite of the three Disneyland resorts. The location isn’t great and there isn’t much of that Disney feel to me. It is the least expensive of the three, however, for the price difference, I think the Disneyland Hotel is a better choice.