Another vote for Cafe Orleans, expecially if you want the Monte Cristo and can't make it to the Blue Bayou for lunch. BB is great for atmosphere, (the cookie boat is awsome as well) but is much more expensive. As far as the Monte Cristo goes, portions in both places are huge. The sandwich is identical, at BB it comes with potatoes and a wedge salad, at Cafe Orleans it comes with some grapes. My family of 4 usually orders 2 and an order of the garlic fries and splits it 4 ways and everyone always leaves full.
In DCA, the Pacific Wharf Cafe serves up some great bread bowl chowders. They have them in NOS as well but there are more choices at Pacific Wharf Cafe.
Oh, and there is also the House of Blues in DTD.
DL does lack high end choices but there are some great food choices at DL, just not nearly as many as WDW.
My personal favorite place to eat at the resort (besides Club 33) is the Storytellers Cafe located inside the Grand Californian Hotel. I only recommend doing the buffet if you're going to do breakfast there. If it's dinner time, Storytellers is one of my favorite places to get grilled salmon (don't get the salmon salad for lunch - you'll be disappointed).
I have to agree with Storytellers. I had the dinner buffet last week, which was a little pricey, but the food was excellent. I especially loved the halibut. Everything was delicious though, and the dessert section was amazing!!
It's totally worth it for a nice, semi-fancy dinner.
Another vote for Storytellers. The Grand Californian is spectacular in and of itself, and I thought that what you get for your money at Storytellers is excellent. We actually prefer it to the Blue Bayou!
~Carnation Cafe is my favorite breakfast spot, though you can't go wrong any time of day there, everything I have ever had is wonderful...(My breakfast favorite is the croisant benadict, so yummy)
~Storytellers has a wonderful breakfast buffet, and I like the dinner buffet as well. You can also order off the menu rather than the buffet there. (The Nebraska Corn chowder is AMAZING)
~Blue Bayou, still my favorite atmoshpere in the park, but pricey. If budget is a concern you could go for dessert only.
~I personaly love French market (Fried chicken with red beans and rice) particulary if the musicians are playing outside.
~Cafe orleans I like too (hmm, I think I like NOS the best... )
in DCA I love the Trattoria....yummy!
I havn't tried it yet, but my parents and brother all tried Catel this summer, after their rave reviews it is on my must try next trip list (they are huge foodies, all of them, so I totaly trust their opinions)
those are my favorites...
there are a ton of good places to eat all over both parks, DTD, and the hotels.
blue bayou is a def yay!!! if ur willing to spend the money... the BB is one of those have to experience if only once sort of things... I could def go for its wedge salad, monte christo, and creme brûlée trio. yummmy!