You Can’t Beat Tonga Toast, Can You?!

Hey!  How about a … “Big Kahuna with a smaller version of Tonga Toast instead of pancakes”?  Offered up by one of our readers, that’s an excellent idea!  Don’t you agree?

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When it comes to Tuesday’s Kona Cafe breakfast poll, several comments displayed affection for The Samoan – poached eggs with Hollandaise served over smoked pulled pork hash.

Plus, I clearly underestimated the allure of Macadamia-Pineapple Pancakes.  Fans raved over those, as well.  And, of course, Hawaiian Kona “Maragogype” Press Pot coffee got a lot of love too.

Having said that, when it comes to breakfast, we’re all about the Tonga Toast.  The Big Kahuna ran a close second.  The poll is still open, folks.  If you haven’t voted, go back and register your opinions!

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Now, as for the “signature” adult beverages that can be found at nearby Tambu Lounge, pineapples rule.  Lapu Lapus for everyone!

My favorite response, given that I asked which drink was better, was …

“Depends.  Do you want to continue drinking or only have one drink?  Lapu Lapu is big … and potent!  The Backscratcher isn’t nearly as devious.  Both are yummy, though.”

If you still need to (want to) weigh in with your pick, my friends, stop back to Wednesday’s post.  Lapu Lapu?  Backscratcher?  You choose!  Cheers!

Best Breakfast at Kona Cafe?

Good morning, folks!  Most WDW fans rave about ‘Ohana.  The “flagship” venue of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, it certainly is enjoyable for both breakfast and dinner.

When it comes to the Poly, however, Mrs. All in WDW and I are quite partial to its sister restaurant – Kona Cafe.  For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we always walk away quite happy.

I was looking through some old photos a few days ago, and I stumbled upon our last breakfast at Kona.  I realized … it’s hard to choose from amongst their countless options!

Macadamia-Pineapple Pancakes.  Steak and Eggs.  A straightforward Ham and Cheese Omelet.  All of it is delicious!

Of course, there are two “signature” dishes that seem to stand out above the rest.  What are those, you ask?  Oh, c’mon.  You know!

Imagine banana-stuffed sourdough French toast rolled in cinnamon sugar.  Served with your choice of ham, bacon, or sausage, for $15, it’s Tonga Toast!

This Tonga was actually served at Poly's Quick Service - Captain Cook's - but you get the picture!

This Tonga was actually served at Poly’s Quick Service – Captain Cook’s – but you get the picture!

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Then, check this out.  French toast.  Pancakes topped with pineapple sauce and macadamia nut butter.  Eggs.  Home-fried potatoes.  Add ham, bacon, and sausage?  Wow!  For only $14?!  It really is the Big Kahuna!

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How in The World can we choose between these two?!  Well, that’s what I want you to do today, my friends.  Imagine this … you’re at Kona.  It’s breakfast.  Tonga?  Kahuna?  You choose!

Pan-Asian Noodles Rock!  Let’s Eat Lunch at Kona Cafe!

What can I say?  I really love Kona’s Pan-Asian Noodles.  Seriously, folks, they’re phenomenal.

Of course, as I’ve said many times in the past, it’s their Pan-Asian Noodles with Chicken that I truly adore.  It even made my personal Top 5 WDW meals!

What?!  Yep, it surely did.  Check it out here!  This time around, however, as you’re about to see, I switched it up.

Mrs. All in WDW and I dropped by Kona Cafe on the last day of our most-recent trip to The World.  It’s one of our favorite stops for lunch!

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We kicked it off with beer and sushi.   A decent combination?  Yes?  No?  Well, it worked for me.  A nice hearty IPA and a Lava Roll.  Delish!

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Loaded with tempura shrimp, bay scallops, and spicy mayo, we’d had the roll before.  It was as good as we remembered.

Most always on better behavior than me, Mrs. All in WDW skipped the ale.  She also went the healthy route and enjoyed a Grilled Steak Salad.  She claims that it was just what she wanted.

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Myself, I can’t escape the noodles.  I just can’t.  My entree, this visit, was Pan-Asian Noodles with … Shrimp!

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Equally as delicious as its “feathered” counterpart, it was an unadulterated winner.

My friends, we truly do enjoy our experiences at Kona Cafe much more than we do the near-chaos of its neighbor – ‘Ohana.

I know, a controversial statement, to say the least, but, for us it’s true.  The menu has much more variety, and a table is almost-always available.

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Kona Cafe.  If you can’t acquire a coveted spot at one of ‘Ohana’s tables, consider Kona as an alternative.  You won’t be displeased.

Beware of the Bread Pudding! Dining Recon: Tambu Lounge!

Good morning, my friends!  Welcome to Monday!  I know.  Yuck!  Well, let’s remedy the Monday morning blues and start the week off in our “happy place”, shall we?

A few days ago, I posted this on Facebook … “One of the best lounges on property.  Highly recommend!”

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I was referring to the Polynesian’s Tambu Lounge, of course.  It has always been one of our “must do” spots.

On this trip, we learned a few things, however.  For example, up until 3:30 PM, you can order from Kona Cafe’s menu!  Evidently, that started back in March.

Wanting to take advantage of this, Mrs. All in WDW and I split one of my personal “Top 5” Walt Disney World meals.  Yes, the Pan-Asian Noodles with Chicken!  Delicious!

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We also learned that ‘Ohana opens its doors for dinner at 3:30 PM now!  Well, that was a surprise – to us, at least.  Had we realized it, we might have passed on the noodles!

Mrs. All in WDW and I made the best of it, however.  You see, Tambu has been, for some time, serving late-afternoon and evening Guests ‘Ohana’s phenomenal Bread Pudding.

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Can you believe we haven’t had any of this delectable, fantastic, tremendous, tasty, delicious dessert in years?!  It is as good as we remembered!  Drench it in Bananas-Caramel Sauce, folks!

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As I mentioned, Tambu Lounge has always been a family favorite.  Now that you can get the best of both Kona and ‘Ohana as you relax and recreate your afternoon and evenings away, it’s better than ever!

Like I said above, “One of the best lounges on property.  Highly recommend!”

Bangers, Beef, Chicken, or Fish?! What A Conundrum!

You know, after I published yesterday’s post, I got to thinking … what are my personal favorite WDW meals?

I mean, it’s very clear that I absolutely love the Captain’s Grille’s Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Creamy [Sweet Corn] Risotto.  As I mentioned, I order it every time we visit that little-known, under-appreciated restaurant!

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Then, I started thinking about what other Disney creations I tend to order each time we visit the establishment at which they are offered.

Take Kona Cafe, for example.  Have you ever had their Pan-Asian Noodles with Chicken?  No?  Wok-seared yakisoba noodles.  Vegetables.  Chicken.  Yum!  Yes, I do order it every time!

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How about Epcot’s Rose & Crown Dining Room?  Ever go there?  Thanks to WDW Main Street Podcast’s Doug Davis, this pub’s Bangers and Mash crash my list.

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A few months ago, I wrote a piece entitled “The Three “Faces” of Disney’s Butter Chicken!”  I penned that post with very good reason.  Sanaa’s Butter Chicken is phenomenal.  I can’t get enough of it!

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Hop on a bus and take a short ride over to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, my friends.  Simply the best burger on property, Laguna Bar’s aptly-named Laguna Burger deserves two pics!

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The sweet potato fries are a special order, I’m afraid.  Sadly, they’re not always available.  Just ask!

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But, Bob, it’s just a burger!  Folks, it is that good.  It’s the way in which the patty, itself, is seasoned that makes it so tasty.  Don’t believe me?  Then, please stop by and judge it for yourself!

On this next point, my son and I agree to disagree.  I think he still prefers California Grill, but I’ll say it anyway … Splitsville serves the best sushi in Walt Disney World!

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Oh, OK.  Maybe that is a bit of an extreme declaration.  I’ll tell you one thing … this Volcano Roll, as well as most every other roll this bowling alley makes, is outstanding.  It’s my “go to” order!

Here’s another morsel that I just have to toss into the mix.  Mrs. All in WDW and I find this dish – a small salad of sorts – to be a light and refreshing little “snack”.  Arugula.  Hummus.

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Served at Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill at the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, this Seared Tuna is one of the few dishes I’ve replicated at home!  Absolutely delicious!

So, what do you think, folks.  My list could go on and on, but what are your favorite WDW meals?  Which dishes do you have each and every time you visit Mickey’s world?

Please leave a comment and let us know.  Meanwhile, which of my favorites would you choose?