Your Top-Rated Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Restaurants

first_imgShare This!I’m back with more results from our recent Disney World dining survey. Today we’re looking at your top-rated Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios restaurants. (Here are the best Magic Kingdom restaurants, and here are Epcot’s best restaurants.) Like those earlier posts, today’s analysis is based on more than 122,000 Disney World dining surveys we received in 2016.The Best Animal Kingdom RestaurantsLet’s start with the park’s quick-service restaurants. As before, restaurants in green are significantly better than average, while restaurants in red are significantly worse than average: Animal Kingdom Quick Service Restaurants Harambe Market58189.2 Royal Anandapur Tea Company11295.5 Dawa Bar19294.8 Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery20087.5 Tune In Lounge10788.8 Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks7991.1 Fairfax Fare32886.2 Anaheim Produce14891.9 Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano76987.5 Nomad Lounge10797.2% RestaurantNumber of SurveysThumbs-Up % Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes68590.9 All of the Studios’ table service restaurants are rated below the average for all Walt Disney World restaurants. I think Hollywood Brown Derby is better than average – its Pork Three Ways is fantastic. I also think the prices keep the ratings down.I’ll be headed back to the Studios over the next month, getting ready to start updating the Unofficial Guide for 2018. In the comments below, let me know what your favorite restaurant and thing to eat is in the park. I’ll give them a try and report back.Want to let us know your picks? Take our user survey where we ask about every aspect of your trip. ABC Commissary1,04776.5 Tusker House1,51692.7 RestaurantNumber of SurveysThumbs-Up % Trolley Car Cafe Starbucks24993.6 Hollywood Studios Table Service Restaurants 50’s Prime Time Cafe1,36488.4 I’m disappointed in PizzaRizzo. Disney (rightfully) closed the old Pizza Planet in the same location, ostensibly to freshen up the concept and get ready for Toy Story Land and Star Wars crowds when they start to arrive in 2018 and 2019, respectively. The decor changed, but the low-quality pizza stayed exactly the same.Remember that Disney had $2.5 billion in profits in its most recent three-month quarter. Management has the money to make better food. They choose not to.The best place to get a quick meal at the park is the Starbucks on Hollywood Boulevard.Here’s the Studios’ table service restaurants: RestaurantNumber of SurveysThumbs-Up % Yak & Yeti79992.1 Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant1,25086.2 Catalina Eddie’s15784.1 If you’ve not been to Nomad Lounge, try it before the Pandora crowds arrive in May.  Every one of our reviewers (including me) thinks highly of Tiffins. The drinks are vastly different than what you see around Disney property, the small-plate appetizers are interesting, and the drink flavors and alcohol are all in balance.Tiffins’ Wagyu Strip Loin and Braised Short RibWe’ve done a number of reviews of Tiffins, the park’s newest table service restaurant, all of them positive. The food is substantially better than anything you’d find in, say, the Magic Kingdom, and as good as anything you’ll get at Epcot or the Studios.As for the rest of the Animal Kingdom’s sit-down places, almost all of them are better than average. The one exception is the Rainforest Cafe, which does much worse than average almost every year. The menu is simply too big and too diverse for the kitchen to do any of it well. Your best bet is to stick with something simple, like a hamburger, or just wait to eat until you get back to your hotel.The Best Hollywood Studios RestaurantsIf you want to know the state of food service at Hollywood Studios, consider these two things:Disney closed the two highest-rated restaurants in the park, and replaced them with nothing.The park has as many open restaurants rated “much worse than average” as above average. Hollywood Studios Quick Service Restaurants RestaurantNumber of SurveysThumbs-Up % Eight Spoon Cafe3375.8 Mean = 89.7, sdev=6.1 PizzaRizzo (new)7380.8 Flame Tree Barbecue1,42594.9 Tamu Tamu Refreshments Photo courtesy of Disney (c)Tamu Tamu Refreshments serves Dole Whip floats, which is not coincidentally the substance that scientists feed laboratory mice to test addiction. (I’m, like, 99% sure on that.) Also doing well is the Harambe Fruit Market, wedged between Kilimanjaro Safaris and some gift shops. It’s got a good selection of chilled fruits, probably very refreshing on hot days.Two of my personal favorites, Flame Tree Barbecue and Royal Anandapur Tea Company, also do well. Flame Tree’s seating has been expanded over the past year, with lovely views of either its own multi-level terraces, or the waterfront where Rivers of Light plays at night.Harambe Market comes in at about average for the park. I think the food quality here is better than the rating shows. The original ordering system, where you had to go to multiple windows to order different foods, may have been dragging down Harambe’s ratings. On my last visit, you could order most items from more windows. We’ll see if that helps.At the bottom of the Animal Kingdom’s counter-service restaurants are Pizzafari and the Eight Spoon Cafe. Pizzafari may be the worst pizza in Walt Disney World, and that’s saying something. The crust is too doughy and often feels undercooked. The culinary statement made by the sauce and toppings is that the cooks hate what their lives have become.I’m not sure why the Eight Spoon Cafe’s mac-and-cheese-based menu is rated so low.  The one time I’ve tried it, it wasn’t terrible. If you’ve sampled it, leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.Here’s the Animal Kingdom’s table service ratings chart: Writer’s Stop (closed)26995.2 Harambe Fruit Market18297.2 Starring Rolls Cafe (closed)74094.6 Pizzafari49879.7 Rosie’s All-American Cafe17882.0 Restaurantosaurus51086.9 Sweet Spells16894.0 Mean = 89.7, sdev=6.1 Tamu Tamu Refreshments25197.6 Mean = 89.7, sdev=6.1 Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream10890.7 Backlot Express97084.6 Studio Catering Co. (closed)5076.0 Zuri’s Sweet Shop12795.3 Tiffins19492.8 Hollywood Brown Derby72787.8 Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner20175.6 Rainforest Cafe55883.2 Hollywood & Vine1,24179.5 Animal Kingdom  Table Service Restaurants Mean = 89.7, sdev=6.1last_img read more

Victolero takes blame for Magnolia loss to San Miguel

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