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?

Breakfast at Boma! Take our Word [and TONS OF Photos]! It’s the Best!

Good morning, my friends!  How are you?  No April “fools” jokes coming from my way.  That’s just silly nonsense.  You know what isn’t “nonsense”, though?  Boma’s breakfast.  It’s got variety.  It’s unique.  It’s simply delicious!

Hey!  Boma sports more variety and originality than you can imagine, I tell you.  It’s one of the best breakfast buffet options on property.  I’m convinced of it!

Having said that, I have to be honest with you.  I’ve never found it easy to write posts about WDW’s buffets.  There’s just so much food!  There’s so much that can be said.  How can you possibly do them justice?

That being the case, I’ll let this avalanche of pictures tell the story.  Folks, take a close look at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma.  An utterly reasonable $25 (for adults) gets you a veritable feast!  Enjoy!

LOTS of seating and great decor!

Phenomenal open kitchen!

As we go on to the food, here are some of my very favorite breakfast items on property!

French Toast Bread Pudding with Pecan Praline Sauce!

Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and Goat Cheese!

Served here with Corned Beef, they are BOTH delicious!

The “menu” includes carved meats.

There are plenty of breads and pastries.

Mrs. All in WDW was especially fond of the Smoked Salmon!

Of course, there is plenty of “standard” fare!

Pancakes, waffles, and biscuits!

The Corned Beef was worth a second helping!

Finally, shouldn’t everyone end breakfast with a Mickey Waffle?

Dining Recon: Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma!

Hello, folks!  Are you hungry?  really hungry?  Then, a good ole’ Disney buffet is what you need!  And, Boma?  It’s the best!

You know, I find it incredibly difficult to write dining reviews for buffets.  Why?  Too much food.  Too many people!

Seriously.  I don’t feel I can do justice to the breadth of options offered by a place like Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma.

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First, there are way too many delectable options available to catch them all on “film!  Second, there are simply too many people “in the way” of taking a bunch of pictures!

As an alternative, I think the easiest thing to do is to bring you, All in WDW’s Disney dining fanatics, a small slice of … steak!  As well as a selection of other delicious morsels, of course.

Let’s dine, shall we!  We’re going to “fine dine” tonight, in fact.  I started with soup.  Let’s taste Tunisian Seafood Stew!

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Loaded with scallops and shrimp, this dish was phenomenal.  If it weren’t for the rest of the buffet, I’d have had another dish … and another!

Next?  Coconut Curry Chicken Stew.  I’d had it before.  It’s quite enjoyable, actually.  To be honest, though, I wished I had, indeed, grabbed another bowl of seafood-laden “deliciousness”.

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You have to have salad before dinner, right?  OK.  How about Lentils and Hearts of Palm Salad with Goat Cheese, Chives, and Almonds (pictured on the left)?

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No?  Well, it was tasty, but the Shrimp Cous Cous Salad (pictured at top) was outstanding!  I highly recommend it!

Wait!  What was that piece of fish that snuck onto my plate?  Hmmm.  That was a piece of Orange Almond Emulsion Crusted Salmon.  Tasty.  Definitely worth a try!

In my mind, my entrees were Boma’s Slow-roasted Pork Ribs and African Carved Strip Loin!  Oh!  And, lest I forget … liberally ladle some Boma Mustard onto the beef.  It’s excellent!

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You know what I was by this time, my friends?  Stuffed!  But, wait, Bob!  What about dessert?

Uh, Zebra Domes!  You betcha!  Two domes, a piece of Orange Almond Cheesecake (pictured top right), and Oreo Mousse (pictured top left)?  Wow!  OK.  Now, I’m really stuffed!

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Fans, I can’t recommend Boma enough.  What you’ve seen here, today, only scratches the surface.

The choices are too numerous to list.  The tastes are too good to describe.  You have to visit Boma at least once.  If you’re like us, you’ll go back again and again and again!