Thursday, April 24, 2008

Liberty Tree Tavern Review

Day 2 - Liberty Tree Tavern

This was our first full day in the parks and probably our longest since EMH kept MK open until 3 a.m. Well, we tried to burn the midnight oil, but we hit a wall by 1 a.m.

I also forgot to mention in my first post that this DH's first time eating TS on property. And for those who didn't know, it was also our honeymoon trip.

We had dinner ressies at Liberty Tree Tavern for 7 p.m. So after enjoying a mid-day nap at the hotel, we made our way back for dinner. We were welcomed to quite a large line of families at the entry way, but were kindly escorted inside since we had ADRs.

The lobby, with all of its revolution-era kitchen equipment and furniture, is fun to look at. I enjoyed just taking pictures of the light fixtures. From the waiting area, you can see a second floor landing that leads to the restrooms. Flanking both sides are two large dining rooms, mostly filled with large groups of families.

LTT serves up family-style fare. A pre-fixe menu includes family favorites like a tossed mixed green salad with a house strawberry vinaigrette, roast turkey, carved beef, pork in a honey glaze, green beans, mashed potatoes, Stouffer's macaroni and cheese, stuffing, and an apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

I think the triptophan in the turkey led to us hitting our early wall during EMH, but at the time, it tasted just like Mom's on Thanksgiving. The gravy that accompanied the turkey was smooth and didn't taste like it came from a jar.

But, my favorite was actually the beef. Tender, done to a perfect medium, with a little au jus. It paried great with the mashed potatoes and the green beans.

The only let down, not to LTT's fault, is the Stouffer's Mac & Cheese. DH and I used to LOVE Stouffer's frozen entrees as a special weekend treat, but they recently changed their recipe sans trans fat. It just isn't the same leaving a grainy cheese texture that rivals fake, or no-fat cheese. Plus, you can't get a good brown crust with the new recipe. If you're a mac & cheese purist, I'd pass on it.

The dessert was a traditional apple cobbler with ice cream. Nothing special. But the characters, like Minnie, Goofy, Chip & Dale made the experience more special and probably enhanced the food.

If you're looking for a good way to meet some of the big name characters, I'd suggest LTT. Especially since they're wearing Colonial-era clothing that you can't see elsewhere in the parks.

Up next: Le Cellier....

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