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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    Naples and Jazz kitchen. The burger at the Jazz kitchen they have at lunch is fricken awesome!!!!!

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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    Jazz Kitchen for table service, Earl of Sandwich for counter service.

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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by gtsouthard View Post
    i vote for Espn zone. tasty!
    Also great if you're a sports fanatic and just CAN'T miss any of the game. Even the bathrooms have TVs showing sports.

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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    Everyone will have their favorite, but let me add one more vote for Catal. VERY expensive (Napa Rose and Carthay Circle expensive...), but we (party of 5) ate there last Thursday for the first time, and we all had outstanding meals and had outstanding service.

    Two nights before, we had our first meal at Carthay Circle (I know, not DTD) and that meal was excellent as well, but I would have to say that Catal is on a par with anything I have had at Napa Rose and now Cathay Circle.

    I have also eaten at Ralph Brennan's (several times) and it has been OK, but it is a cut or two below Catal, IMHO. Naples is also good for what it is, but I don't know that I would call it fine dining. I do love their oven fired pizza.

    Having said that, I am also a big fan of The Earl of Sandwich, which is on the exact opposite end of the price spectrum as Catal.

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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    Thank you everyone. I am getting so excited about my trip in May and I am a huge foodie so I like to get opinions on where to eat.

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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by calsig31 View Post
    I will have to second this. Catal is my favorite place there. It's always fun on a hot summer night to eat on the patio, sipping a scotch and listen to the atmosphere of Downtown Disney below you. In the winter, it is great to get that table right in front of the fireplace.
    I would agree that Catal is one of the best places to eat in DTD. However, it also has the highest prices of the places to eat.

    I would rate Jazz Kitchen as the second best location followed by Naples.

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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    From what I've been reading maybe I need to give Naples another shot. We ate there for the first and last time in the fall of 2001 and the food was very sub par. We're big fans of Italian food, and we were less than impressed with our experience at Naples, but based on everyone else's experience perhaps it was just a bad night.

    I've also never had a chance to eat at Catal, the price point has always been a bit intimidating, but perhaps I'll find a time to splurge and give it a go.

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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    A little more walking gets you to Napa Rose.
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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    A little more walking gets you to Napa Rose.
    Follow sediment. Or follow his advice. Just on this one thing.

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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    1) Naples
    2) Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
    3) Catal

    Overrated: ESPN Zone (fun but food is just OK) and Rainforest Cafe (again fun - and crowded - atmosphere but once you seen it a couple of times the food is kind of middle of the pack type stuff)
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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    House of Blues and ESPN zone are my favorites. Actually didn't used to be a big sports person and would have never gone into ESPN but I started to get a little more into sports in the past year, went there for my last vacation and was not only in awe at all the screens in there, the food and service was really great!

    I'll probably never go to a Rainforest Cafe again. As cute as the ambiance is, the food has always been very bland and forgettable and just too pricey for what you get. I agree it's a cute place to take kids but since I don't have any there's really no point for me.

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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    I enjoy Earl of Sandwich and ESPN Zone.

    I also like Rainforest Cafe but it is overpriced. Same for Jazz Kitchen, really delicious food but a complete rip off.

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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    I have yet to try the Jazz Kitchen. I keep hearing great things about it though. As far as my experiences, ESPN Zone and House of Blues are pretty good. For an affordable lunch, Earl of Sandwich is awesome. The Holiday sandwich.... mmmmm.... :-P

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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    Okay, so as far as food goes I could LIVE off of the beignets at jazz kitchen! And their dipping sauces are to die for...for some reason their beignets tast better to me than Disneylands! Anyone else agree?

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    Re: Best place to eat Downtown Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by DreamsofColor View Post
    I have yet to try the Jazz Kitchen. I keep hearing great things about it though. As far as my experiences, ESPN Zone and House of Blues are pretty good. For an affordable lunch, Earl of Sandwich is awesome. The Holiday sandwich.... mmmmm.... :-P
    Had the Holiday Sandwich last Tuesday and I can confirm, it was AWESOME. Earl of Sandwich has become my favorite DTD place thanks to it's big menu and low prices. One thing you have to look out for is lunch/dinner rushes. It can get super crowded, and they've actually run out of pagers before. They don't have a loudspeaker system for calling out names either, so a crazy amount of people cluster around the counter and wait for their name to be called.

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