September 15, 2012

Be Our Guest Restaurant

One of the things that you don't really know about me is how much I love food.  I shared a few recipes in last Sunday's post for football season, but that was just scratching the surface for my love of all things food - recipes, grocery stores, cooking magazines, Williams-Sonoma, cookbooks, restaurants, bake ware, Le Creuset, etc. etc. etc.  I think you get the idea!

One of the things that I decidedly don't love about Disney is the historical (see, I get that they're improving) lack of good, diverse food selections.  Now I'm not asking for a rack of lamb with fresh mint jam here people.  How about a sandwich with some cool veggies or some fun sauces?  Maybe a gourmet flat bread pizza?  You see, I'm working with you here.  I know you have to feed a bunch of people in a short amount of time.  I realize this is a theme park geared toward children.  But unless you wanted to spend every meal in a resort restaurant or at EPCOT, you were in trouble if you were looking for something semi-gourmet...or healthy!

I'll share another of my secrets with you before I get into the meat of this post...I love Paris.  Seriously, love it.  Sometimes when I'm frustrated about life, I look at flights to CDG.  You know, for the weekend.  Yes, I realize that's completely ridiculous and impractical...I don't actually buy a plane ticket, silly!
My dear friend and I in the city of lights.  Hey Rick Steves, we love you too!
My most favorite thing about Paris is the food.  The markets, the bistros, the wine stores...the PATISSERIES!  Je  l'adore!
Stunning produce from the South of France in the Bastille Markets
Miles (ok, not really) of cookies at a bakery in Montmartre
So based on the fact that you now know that I 1) love food and 2) love Paris, you can imagine my gleeful squeals when I heard that MK was opening a French-influenced restaurant as part of the Fantasyland expansion.  I've spent a fair bit of time perusing the Be Our Guest restaurant menus and reading all the hype, including the latest news about serving alcohol at MK.  A few details immediately piqued my interest - 3 dining areas that all exhibit key elements of Beauty and the Beast; all meals are served on china (swoon!); and French-inspired food with wine pairings!

Let's talk about what I would pick off their menu for my ideal meal...this sounds like fun!
Lunch: French Onion Soup; Croque Monsieur OR Braised Pork in Coq au Vin style; Triple Chocolate Cupcake
Dinner: Cured Meats and Sausages; Pan-seared Salmon on Leek Fondue; Chocolate Cream Puff
Maybe a little Veuve Cliquot to top off a celebratory meal?  I might be salivating now...

And now for all of the nitnoid details...
* Location: Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland
* Dining Format: Lunch is quick and casual, while dinner is table service
* Price: $15-$35.99
* Dining Plan: Accepted - quick-service for lunch and table service for dinner
* Reservations: Call 407-WDW-DINE or online here.

We are all ready to hit Be Our Guest during marathon weekend.  Are you heading there?  What menu items are getting you excited?

P.S. That gorgeous brunette in the photo with me in Paris is Jamie.  She likes running (we ran a 5k together, remember?)  I know deep down she desperately wants to run a half marathon but she's not confident enough to pull the trigger.  I think the 5th anniversary Princess Half Marathon is the perfect race for her, don't you?  How about some peer pressure here to nudge her along?!


  1. I have that exact same picture from the bakery in Montmarte! I am totally with you on the French cuisine but I tend to lean towards the pastries. When I went to Paris last year, I had to get a fresh croissant every day. Nothing tasted so good! Oh I do miss them. I wonder if Disney can recreate one here. No such luck anywhere else stateside yet. :)

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  3. Wendy - So great, right?! Because I'm crazy, I do know that European butter is different than traditional American butter (2% greater in fat), so that could have something to do with the croissant differences. When I'm in Paris, I have a 2 pastry per day minimum...lucky for all the walking or I would roll home! -Christine