Are You Serious? More Table Service “Champions”?!

Thanks very much for your Table Service patience and support, thus far, my friends!  I’m going to ask you to stick with me for just one more day.

Today, we’re going to hand out some more “hardware”.  Call this post a “roll call” of champions!  You want to know the best part? You guys already did the work!  Now, you get to take some more credit.

In the “category” of WDW Buffet/Family Style dining options, after crunching through the overall vote totals that we cast in our recent campaigns to name our Resorts and Parks Table Service favorites, I declare the following Top 10:

  1. ‘Ohana – 46 (average votes per round)
  2. Boma – Flavors of Africa – 29.5
  3. The Crystal Palace – 22.8
  4. Tusker House Restaurant – 19.5
  5. Whispering Canyon Cafe – 16.3
  6. Liberty Tree Tavern – 15.3
  7. Chef Mickey’s – 14.0
  8. Biergarten Restaurant – 11.8
  9. The Garden Grill – 10.8
  10. Cape May Cafe – 6.8

Of course, this means that ‘Ohana, once again, wins the title of All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Buffet/Family Style Restaurant!  It did it by a large margin, too.

The Polynesian Resort’s marquee “festival of skewered meat” makes it a habit of winning “trophies” around here, doesn’t it?  Not only has it just repeated as our Buffet/Family Style “champ”, but it also starts its second year as the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Monorail Loop Restaurant!

  1. ‘Ohana – 46
  2. California Grill – 32.8
  3. Kona Cafe – 21.5
  4. Whispering Canyon Cafe – 16.3
  5. Chef Mickey’s – 14.0
  6. Artist Point – 6.0
  7. The Wave … of American Flavors – 5.8
  8. 1900 Park Fare – 5.5
  9. Narcoossee’s – 3.0
  10. Trail’s End Restaurant – 2.8

‘Ohana’s continued dominance is only surprising to me because most of the feedback I get, or see, about the restaurant is on the negative side.

For example, most recently, there was a measure of anxiety over the table service’s decision to exclude skewered chicken as one of its dinner offerings.  It will be interesting to see if our opinions of the restaurant continue to slide.  Will it, then, translate into lower vote totals?  We’ll see.

In closing, let me ask you a question … have I shown you my Beaches Bacon Angus Beef Burger lately?  How about my No Way Jose sundae?

Beef Burger

Jose

I REALLY have to get back to Beaches & Cream Soda Shop.  Especially now that it has become the NEW All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Crescent Lake Table Service Restaurant!

  1. Beaches & Cream Soda Shop – 14.8
  2. Yachtsman Steakhouse – 9.0
  3. Cape May Cafe – 6.8
  4. Flying Fish Cafe – 6.3
  5. Captain’s Grille – 3.8
  6. Todd English’s bluezoo – 1.5
  7. Shula’s Steak House – 1.3
  8. Il Mulino New York Trattoria – 1.0
  9. The Fountain – 0.5
  10. Cabana Bar and Beach Club – 0.5

So, back to that burger and sundae, let me ask you this … if you had a choice between the two, which one would you pick?

Is it the juicy, cheesy deliciousness of the burger that catches your appetite?  Or, would you rather experience the decadence of that chocolate-loaded ice cream?

Leave a comment and let us know!

Skewered by ‘Ohana!

‘Ohana has done it again!

Five months ago, the Polynesian Resort’s “meat-fest” bested quite a cast of competitors to become the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Buffet/Family Style Restaurant. Now, in our most controversial poll to date, it has been crowned “champion” one more time – our Favorite Monorail Loop Restaurant.

Is ‘Ohana the best restaurant in Walt Disney World?  I think most of us – the fans that participated in this week’s voting – would agree that …

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Tables on the Loop! – The Finale

One thing I admitted to when we started this “tourney” the day before yesterday is that this poll was a big “basket of fruit” – comparing apples to oranges to Georgia peaches. Or, more specifically, forcing us to choose between character meals, family-style “meat-fests”, and high-price signature restaurants.

However, from the outset, I felt that, from amongst that vast diversity of choices, there were several very strong contenders for the title. Outside of the four finalists, I thought that the fun and frivolity of Whispering Canyon Cafe … or the marquee appeal of Artist Point and Narcoossee’s had a chance.  But, I really thought that the popularity of Disney’s beloved characters would carry Chef Mickey’s into the finale.

For me, Kona Cafe is the shock. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I love their pan-Asian noodles, but I wasn’t expecting such a strong showing. I mean, you can barely find a seat at Chef Mickey’s.  You can walk up to Kona – pretty much any time – and get a table.

Having said that, the other three members of the Final Four come as no surprise. I think we’re all anxious to see California Grill reborn from the ashes, ‘Ohana is an overwhelming fan favorite, and, well, I’m glad to see Victoria & Albert’s make the last round. If it hadn’t, V&A fans far-and-wide might have torn All in WDW down in revolt!  Ha-ha.

This is all for fun, folks.  VOTE!  Which of these four establishments will become our Favorite Monorail Loop Restaurant?

Yes, the All in WDW family devoured this Cali Grill sushi feast!

Yes, the All in WDW family did devour this Cali Grill sushi feast. We can’t wait for the restaurant to re-open!

Tables on the Loop! – Round 2

Holy smokes! It was the “Great Victoria & Albert’s Controversy of 2013” over on Facebook yesterday! That took me a little by surprise.

While those of you who visit us from Reddit and Twitter were peacefully voting away, some of our good friends from within the “Lines (Touring Plans) group” on Facebook expressed astonishment that the Grand Floridian’s (and, dare I say WDW’s) flagship restaurant, Victoria & Albert’s, was struggling to keep up with Kona Cafe’s vote totals.

Like me, if you’ve been to Victoria & Albert’s, I’m sure you can understand their bewilderment.  It is undoubtedly one of (if not) the most-acclaimed dining experience on property.  But, like any other popularity contest, it isn’t always “the best” that wins.  It is the “favorite”.  Let’s face it, not every American Idol winner was that year’s best singer.  They were the most popular.

Having said that, Victoria & Albert’s lives to fight another day … er, another round.  They just barely held off The Wave to follow Kona Cafe into the Elite Eight!  For you Victoria & Albert’s fans out there … vote, vote, vote!  It’s the only way to push WDW’s prized jewel of cuisine into the finale!

Remember, folks, as we move on, the choices don’t get any more pleasant, and, more important, the groupings don’t get any easier to make.  This time, I paired them so that no restaurant competes against the same restaurant they faced in Round 1.  Please don’t “shoot the messenger”!  Ha-ha!

Vote, vote, vote!  It is Round 2!  The Top 2 from each group move forward to the final vote!

V&A

Tables on the Loop! – Round 1

Since we’re sticking around the monorail loop, I thought it would be a really great idea to stop at one of Disney’s fine “eateries” for dinner. Or, breakfast. Or, lunch. Or, whatever you prefer.

Really, it doesn’t matter. All in WDW has a world-wide reach – now, with people from 71 countries having stopped by for a visit. It has to be dinner somewhere!

You can’t really appreciate just how many Table Service options there are on “the loop” until you try to build them into a tourney-poll. There are loads! Geez, I even had to exclude a few. Did you know that you can order food at Tambu Lounge, for example?

I’m going to warn you now … if you ask me, none of these choices are easy. In other words, this should be a fun but very unpredictable “competition”.

Nonetheless, have at it, folks! VOTE! Let’s crown the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Monorail-Loop Table Service Restaurant!

The Wave