Disney World For Foodies: 11 Must-Try Dishes To Make You Drool

Disneyworld for foodies: dishes you must try at WDWWhen you think of dining at Walt Disney World, fast food, pizza and turkey legs come to mind. However, if you’re a foodie or simply love eating, think again. The truth is that there are many great restaurants that will blow your mind with their delectable creations.

Here are 11 must-try dishes from my personal list, carefully selected after eating my way around Disney World on several occasions, but most recently during a foodie media trip. If you want to try any, make sure to book your reservations as soon as you have your travel dates ready; these restaurants are quite popular. Just call 407.WDW.DINE or click on Some restaurants will require your credit card as a guarantee, while others will charge you upfront, so ask about the cancellation policy to avoid any surprises if your plans change.

Without further adieu, here are highlights of my Disney dining favorites at the Walt Disney World resort:

  • Sushi while you bowl 1 of 11
    Featuring a full-scale restaurant with two sushi bars, dining shares the spotlight with 30 high-tech bowling lanes at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, located at Downtown Disney West Side. The rolls are fresh, full of flavor and will allow you to take a break from what you would traditionally eat at a bowling lane. Seen here: Super Tuna Roll. (Photo credit: Splitsville)
  • Cupcakes at Be Our Guest 2 of 11
    The newest restaurant at Magic Kingdom is beautiful and worth the wait for lunch if you haven't been able to snag a dinner reservation. When we visited in February, there were no dinner openings until May. Everything we tried at lunch (French Onion soup and Tuna Nicoise salad) was delicious but the true piece de resistance was the chocolate cupcake. It was perfect. Those who tried the strawberry one said the same and my friend Carolyn said the lemon one was heavenly. So, get a cupcake. It is worth every single calorie. Unless you have all three. French-inspired cuisine three years in development will be highlighted when Be Our Guest Restaurant opens in the New Fantasyland. The stylish restaurant will be available for quick-service lunch and table-service dinner. In keeping with those elegantly-themed dinners, select wines and beers will be included on menus. (Photo: Disney)
  • Cobb Salad at The Hollywood Brown Derby 3 of 11
    You might have had Cobb salads before, but trust me, the Hollywood Brown Derby is sinful. It has finely chopped greens, turkey breast, egg, bacon, tomatoes, crumbled bleu cheese, avocado, chives and Cobb dressing. You can order a full size portion or a smaller appetizer one.
  • Meats and cheese platter, Tutto Gusto 4 of 11
    Located in the Italy pavilion in Epcot, Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is a more intimate space adjacent to Tutto Italia Ristorante. Artisanal Italian cheeses are offered, with everything from soft, creamy La Tur to salty-sweet aged Parmigiano Reggiano. Fresh hand-crafted mozzarella is made in bufala and fior di latte styles. Also featured are cured, sliced meats, including prosciutto di Parma, mortadella, sopressata and more. Inspired by an atmospheric Italian wine bar, Tutto Gusto features a small-plate menu.
  • Creme Brulee at The Hollywood Brown Derby 5 of 11
    This creamy dessert with its crunchy caramelized sugar is one of my favorites. It is served with a chocolate-covered biscotti that is a treat in itself. This crème brulee is big enough to share. Or not.
  • Warm Chocolate-Banana Torte at Citricos 6 of 11
    Served with Vanilla Ice Cream and Handcrafted Belgian Couverture Chocolate Crown, the combination of the warm chocolate and the sliced bananas are truly delectable. And go ahead and eat the chocolate crown. It will melt in your mouth.
  • Oak-grilled Filet Mignon at Jiko 7 of 11
    If you like beef, you'll love this oak-grilled version at the African-themed Jiko. Plus, the wine selection from South Africa is outstanding. This award-winning restaurant is located at the Animal Kingdom Resort.
  • Shrimp Tacos at La Hacienda 8 of 11
    If you're looking for traditional Mexican cuisine (as in what you would really eat in Mexico), La Hacienda is a great choice. The "tacos de camarón" were perfectly seasoned, the tortilla was fresh and the portion was more than satisfying.
  • Bread pudding with toasted coconut at Artist Point 9 of 11
    There are many delicious desserts at Artist Point, but there is something special about bread pudding. It's a traditional comfort food and when it is done well, you can't stop eating it. That is exactly the case at this restaurant, which is a favorite of local foodies.
  • Madeira-braised Short ribs at Citricos 10 of 11
    These short ribs are marinated and cooked for hours and they melt in your mouth. The sides are not too shabby either: handmade trofie pasta, Wild Mushroom Ragout, and Truffle Creme Fraiche, Just the aroma of truffles had me drooling.
  • Antipasto at Tutto Gusto 11 of 11
    The delectable small plates at Tutto Gusto, perfect for sharing, include bruschetta di Capri, pizze fritte, polenta funghi e taleggio. You can order a little bit of everything, but make sure to include the white asparagus. If you enjoy Italian wine, the selection is great, too, with hundreds of options.


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