Sunday, July 7, 2013

Disney Dining on a budget at Grand Floridian Cafe

Nestled deep in the heart of the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is a very overlooked dining option that offers more bang for the average Grand Floridian buck.  

The Grand Floridian Cafe offers an environment with beautiful presentation of food that is cooked to perfection.  I will include pricing during the time of our visit:  July 6, 2013.  

Our meal started with a "Grand Colada" which is a tropical blend of Myer's Original Dark Rum, Coconut & Pineapple topped with Blue Curacao.  Price our visit:  $9.75

We decided to try an Appetizer and we decided on the Cheese Plate.  This included:  Truffle, Tremor, Reypenaer, Gouda and St. Pete's Select Blue Cheese with assorted accoutrements & sesame crackers.  We did enjoy our Cheese Plate, but you must have a taste for very sharp cheese flavors.  As much as I enjoyed it, I would say that it's not for everyone.  Price:  $11.99.
Our dinner choices included the Grand Floridian Burger for me.  I would not normally select a burger at such  a fancy dining estabishment, but the lobster intrigued me.  The Grand Floridian Burger includes:  Angus Chuck Burger, topped with Butter Poached Lobster with Red Onion Marmalade, Crispy Prosciutto & Arugula on a Brioche Bun + chips.  There was no "fishy" taste to this burger, it totally tasted like Angus Beef & I truly enjoyed this meal.  The chips even came in their own beautiful glass cone:  both food taste and presentation were nice for a burger at the Grand Floridian!  Price:  $17.99.

My husband chose the "Shrimp and Grits" --  being from New York originally, grits are not a common taste, so we were both treading on new things.  I even tasted them (as I was raised in North Carolina) and can tell you the grits here are "different" than the southern style that you may think of.  I am not usually a fan of grits, but LOVED his meal.  I would totally choose this:  Jumbo Shrimp with Chorizo & Fennel served on top of creamy Masearpone Cheese Grits.  What wonderful flavors!  Price $19.99.

We really thought about getting the

entire Dessert Tray to sample all of their spectacular desserts (right),but we did decide on only our top two.  Brian had the Lemon Cheesecake and I had the solid Dark Chocolate Mickey Mouse...he was absolutely TOO CUTE to pass up!  Honestly, if you have a family, the dessert tray is only $10.99 as of our visit.  Mickey was $4.99 & the Lemon Cheesecake was $3.49.  

Our total price was around $72 for an appetizer, alcoholic drink, 2 entrees & 2 desserts...which is really good for 2 adults at the Grand Floridian.  Prices here seem reasonable but the environment is just as special as the more expensive options.

This was a wonderful date, without spending the amount you would "expect" from the Grand Floridian.  I hope you ENJOY!  Please post if you have eaten here.  Did you enjoy the Grand Floridian Cafe?  Did you celebrate anything special or eat something yummy?  I welcome your comments.  We had a wonderful time & I hope you did too...or maybe you plan to soon.  I hope you enjoy!  

 Maybe you'll even enjoy a nice piano or band performance as you come into your meal.  The only thing to note is that if it's your first time driving to the Grand Floridian, it looks like you're exiting the resort as you park.  You must cross Floridian Way in order to enter the regular Grand Floridian Guest Parking.  Have no fear, you are in the right place.  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your evening at GF with your hubby!! It's a beautiful place, and a little out of our budget to stay there, but so nice to visit and have a special evening!