Not Your Every Day “On the Way to Work” Breakfast!

By John Peters

Hi, there!  Long time, no “see”, eh?  Anyway, I’m glad to be back!  Let me present “Dining Recon: Breakfast at The Mara”!

Hey, I recently had a Sunday morning shift over on the train at Animal Kingdom.  Trouble is … that’s when we record the WDW Main Street Podcast!  What to do?

Listen to the show at … Episode 421 – Our Sunday News!

How about recording from the Animal Kingdom Lodge, I thought!  What an awesome idea!  Anyway, instead of stopping at a fast-food joint on the way into work, I decided to eat at The Mara!

For those who don’t know, The Mara is the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s counter service restaurant.  Their bakery opens at 6:00 AM. The kitchen starts serving at 7:00.

Quoting Disney, “Named for a river flowing through Kenya and Tanzania, this savanna-like space serves African stew, pitas, half-chicken dinners and more.”

The Mara is clean, efficient, and offers plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.

For breakfast, the menu includes many traditional items … such as WDW’s infamous Bounty Platter! They also serve a Croissant Sandwich.

They also offer one of my favorite breakfasts on property – the Bobotie Platter.  This dish comes with bobotie (baked egg custard with turkey, peppers, and raisins), chakalaka, and pap.

The chakalaka is the hot stewed tomatoes in the picture above.  The pap is like white grits.  Honestly, it’s non-traditional, but the combination of these three, eaten together, is delicious!  Priced at $7.19, it’s also a good deal!

Fans, the next time your heading over to Animal Kingdom, why not swing by the Animal Kingdom Lodge and have a great, inexpensive breakfast!

WDW Main Street – Episode #361 – Underrated and Overrated Restaurants!

Doug, Dennis, and John gather at the Main Street Pub to discuss five underrated and five overrated WDW restaurants.  Which venues are on their minds?

I’ll say this much … Doug thinks John will be in big trouble after you listen to this episode.  Hey!  I think Dennis is in the same “boat”!  That should tease you into listening!  Catch the show at …

WDW Main Street – Episode #361 – Underrated and Overrated Restaurants!

WDW Breakfast and Dinner Buffets? What Say You?!

Good morning, folks!  Happy Sunday!  Hey, I’d like to take a few minutes to pop back to last week’s mini-series of polls.

Wait.  You didn’t catch them?  Hah!  You still have a chance to weigh in with your opinions.  Let me tell you, if you’re a Boma – or a WDW buffet – fan, you’ll want to do just that!

Find the polls at:  Wow! The Love for Boma Continues!

So.  What say you?  Well, first off, whether for breakfast or dinner, the vast majority of you have been to Boma.  Well over 65%!  Of those of you that have been, you overwhelmingly prefer dinner.

To see a representation of Boma’s dinner buffet, go to:  Dining Recon: Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma!

Interestingly, those that have not yet visited for either of the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s festivals of food are most enticed by the prospect of dining on their breakfast.

To get another look at Boma’s breakfast buffet, re-visit: Breakfast at Boma! Take our Word! It’s the Best!

When I asked you to choose a breakfast buffet from among a wide variety of WDW options, your responses surprised me somewhat.  How so?

Maybe it was because we had already been focusing on Boma, but it was your #1 choice.  I can’t agree more!  Great minds think alike!

What shocked me, however, was that Tusker House finished in 2nd.  Honestly, I had expected venues like ‘Ohana, 1900 Park Fare, and Chef Mickey’s to register much better showings.  Hey!  They’re always packed!

I’ve been moaning about Disney turning Trattoria al Forno into a character breakfast for months now.  As empty-nesters, it’s not our “thing”.  Pleasantly, I’m thinking that most of you can feel my pain.  Why?

When it came to Disney characters, the vast majority of you reported that you can “take them or leave them”.  Some, like us, want to avoid them altogether!  Less than 20% called characters a “must have”.

Finally, I tossed you one head-to-head match-up that was of special interest to me.  Dinner buffets.  Boma v. ‘Ohana.

I’m pleased but a bit shocked.  Again, maybe the result is skewed by the fact that we featured Boma this week, but, of the two, you prefer Boma!  Well done!

Frankly, I’ve never been quite sure I understand the massive popularity of ‘Ohana.  Sure, the “show” is entertaining, but we haven’t always found the food quality to be Disney-level outstanding.

For me, though, this is the most important point … in comparison to Boma, ‘Ohana simply lacks options and variety.  We’d choose Boma first every time!

There you have it, my friends.  Now.  Let’s see those ‘Ohana ADRs get switched over to Boma.  Trust me.  You won’t be sorry!

Before & After: Bread Service at Sanaa!

More Animal Kingdom Lodge, Bob?  Sure!  Why not?  Now that we’re stuffed with Boma’s buffet, let’s hop over to Kidani Village!

Let’s see some hands.  Who, out there, adores Sanaa’s infamous bread service?  One, two, three, four …

OK.  I guess that there are a lot of us!  One of the most popular “appetizers” on Disney property, Sanaa’s Indian-style Bread Service is fantastic.

As advertised, you get your choice of five breads – Traditional Naan, Garlic-Ginger Naan, Spiced Naan, Onion Kucha, or Paneer Paratha.

Truthfully, you can pick five of the same, if you’d like.  We usually choose a combination of any of the three naan.

Then, you’re served your choice of three accompaniments.  Actually, for a small up-charge you can order them all.  That’s what we’d recommend you do, In fact!

They are – Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Mango Chutney, Tomato-Date Jam, Tamarind Chutney, Coriander Chuntey, Garlic Pickle, Red Chile Sambal, or Spicy Jalapeño-Lime Pickle.

So, if you’re a fan, you know all of that already.  What might you not know?  Well, it appears that the presentation has changed somewhat.

Courtesy of one of All in WDW’s readers – Ashley – here’s what she received, shown with Lamb Kefta Sliders, on her visit to Sanaa last week.  Quite a different picture in comparison to the one above, yes?

Closer shot of sliders.

Fortunately, my friends, Ashley reports that, appearances aside, the quality of the service was up to its normal standards.

Boy, that’s a big relief!  This bread is some of the best there is anywhere!  If you get a chance to dine at Sanaa, folks, their bread service is a “must do”.  Trust us.  You won’t be disappointed!

Wow! The Love for Boma Continues [Polls]!

Phenomenal response, my friends!  Wow!  Not only has last Saturday’s tribute to Breakfast at Boma attracted a flabbergasting number of readers, your comments have poured in by the dozens!

So, when I said, take our word … Boma’s breakfast is the best buffet on all of Walt Disney World’s property, how did you respond?  Here’s a sample …

“Agreed.  Probably my favorite breakfast place at WDW.”  “Easily the best breakfast value in Disney.  “25 bucks is a great price.”

Or, “I have enjoyed their breakfast, I think twice now.  It is so awesome.  They have an amazing dinner buffet as well.  Boma is now one of my favorite buffets.  On each trip, I have to go to Boma now!”

And, “We’ve done Boma breakfast buffet twice.  There is so much variety!  Be sure to try the Jungle Juice and Kenyan Press-pot Coffee!”

How about, “I definitely agree, it’s our absolute favorite!”  “We love the food here.”  “I tried it for the first time in November, and loved it!  For $25, definitely the best buffet.”

Then, “Best buffet breakfast at WDW.”  “It is awesome.  We have eaten there for both breakfast and dinner.  I’m partial, though, as I have a very good Disney Cast Member friend that is a waiter there!”

Finally, “I love breakfast (and dinner) at Boma!!!”  “We have an ADR there on Tuesday morning!”  “This breakfast would serve as a great dinner.”

Stunning!  What an out-pouring of love!  You know, with the exception of the great crab legs at Beach Club’s Cape May Cafe, Mrs. All in WDW and I have always preferred Boma over any other Disney buffet.

Whether it be for their fabulous breakfast or their phenomenal dinner, Animal Kingdom Lodge’s festivals of food always tops our list of to-do’s.

How about you, folks?  Please take a few seconds to respond to the series of polls below.  In comparison to a spot like Polynesian’s ‘Ohana, we think that Boma is quite underappreciated.  What say you?