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The Wave of American Flavors – new breakfast buffet

Capone’s Dinner Show’s buffet isn’t open for breakfast, but now another Orlando restaurant is! The Wave of American Flavors restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort has recently added a breakfast buffet.  The buffet consists of classic American favorites like pancakes, bacon, hash browns, quiche, etc.  They also serve several egg creations, Omega Berry Smoothies, and make-your-own muesli, which is a mixture of cereal flakes and rolled oats with dried fruit and nuts, eaten with milk.

The Wave…of American Flavors also serves a great lunch with a variety of options including Florida Rock Shrimp, burgers, salads and sandwiches.  Their dinners combine American fare with world flavors for some spectacular culinary treats, along with trendy cocktails.

The price for the new breakfast buffet is $18.49 and $10.99 for ages 3-9.  And, you can make a reservation by calling 407-939-3463 or clicking here.  So, if you’re visiting Disney, the breakfast buffet will get your energy going so you can enjoy the parks!

Spotlight: Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot

The Coral Reef Restaurant is located at The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion at Epcot theme park. This Orlando, Florida restaurant is best known for its stunning underwater views of the Caribbean Coral Reef.  Art deco tables and booths face a tank full of 85 species of tropical fish, sharks, rays and sea turtles.  You may even catch scuba divers swimming with them.  Be sure to ask for a table down front for the best view.

Appetizers include crab cakes, creamy lobster soup, and steamed mussels.  Entrees have plenty of seafood options including lobster ravioli, seared Scottish Salmon, and Grilled Mahi Mahi.  However, this is not a ‘seafood’ only restaurant, and non-seafood lovers have their choices of Grilled New York strip Steak, Roasted Pork Tenderloin, and Seared Chicken Breast. The kids menu includes cheese pizza, grilled chicken, and grilled fish of the day.  Visit the website for full menu.

As with most of the Disney restaurants, you can make reservations up to 180 days in advance, the restaurant is non-smoking, and the food is pricey.

While at Epcot, be sure to check out the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, running now through May 15th.  Of course, Epcot admission is required to eat at the Coral Reef, so if you are not visiting Epcot, be sure to check out Capone’s Dinner and Show for a fabulous, entertaining evening!

$$$, casual dress, Seafood and American  cuisine, full bar, reservations recommended, call 407-939-3463, lunch and dinner
: Epcot’s Living Seas Pavilion
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32856
11:30am – 9pm
Service Type: Full Service
Price Range: entrees from $36 to $59.99

Spotlight: Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville

Enjoy a ‘visit to the islands’ and get yourself a famous ‘cheeseburger in paradise’ at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Universal Orlando CityWalk.  (Theme park admission is NOT required to enjoy CityWalk.)  This popular restaurant provides a laid-back atmosphere with indoor or outdoor seating, live music nightly, and a “Parakeet Beach” area for the little ones to enjoy.  The relaxing island attitude, with Buffet music playing is the atmosphere here.  The décor was inspired by Jimmy Buffet’s favorite waterfront concerts, and its 3 bars were themed to Buffet fans.  The Volcano Bar, the Land Shark Bar, and the 12 Volt Bar are all themed around Jimmy Buffett songs. The Volcano Bar is a fan favorite, complete with a giant exploding volcano that erupts periodically. Guess what is erupts with?  Margaritas, of course!

Along with the many varieties of award-winning margaritas and frozen concoctions, the menu features a combination of Caribbean and Key West cuisine.  Offerings include Conch Fritters, Jamaica Mistaica Wings, Corn and Crab Chowder, Bayou Shrimp Pasta, Jimmy’s Jammin’ Jambalaya, Calypso Mahi Mahi, Key Lime Pie, and, of course, the extremely popular Cheeseburger in Paradise®.  Click here for menu.

There are plenty of seating options – inside, outside, balcony, bar. The staff is friendly, the service and food good, and the staff is great about allowing healthier substitutions for things like French fries.  Right next to Margaritaville is the Lone Palm Airport, featuring Jimmy Buffett’s very own seaplane, the Hemisphere Dancer. This outdoor lounge and tiki bar serves a variety of drinks and quick eats under the wing of the plane.  You can also purchase merchandise at the Smuggler’s Hold store.  You can find Jimmy Buffet books and CDs, as well as hats, apparel, beach bags, magnets, decals, signs and wall hangings.

A few other fun facts: They hold the world record for the largest margarita ever made!  (Wonder how you volunteer to help them drink that.) Also, back in 1999, Radio Margaritaville premiered with the opening of the restaurant.  The show is still broadcast here Wednesday through Sunday.   And while it has been a number of years since Jimmy Buffet himself stopped by, members of the Coral Reefers usually swing through a few times a year.
There is live entertainment nightly starting at 10:00pm with a $7.00 cover charge (includes tax).

$-$$, casual dress, Caribbean cuisine, full bar, Priority seating is offered as an alternative to reservations, call 407-224-2155, lunch and dinner
: Universal Orlando CityWalk, 6000 Universal Boulevard, Suite 704, Orlando, FL 32819, (407)224-2155
11:30am – 2:00am
Service Type: Full Service
Price Range: entrees from $10 to $25
Participating Movie and Meal Deal Location: Yes

Spotlight: Mythos Restaurant at Islands of Adventure

Mythos Restaurant at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure was named the world’s best theme park restaurant for six years running.  And, they just won again at the 2011 Foodie Awards.  This unique restaurant is located in the area of the lost city of Atlantis, and is one of only 2 full-service restaurants inside the park.  The exterior of towering rock formations with carved ancient figures, and cascading waterfalls set the mood for this dining experience.  Inside, you’ll enjoy the cavernous interior in what appears to be an enchanted cave, the walls of which morph from rocky surfaces to mystical faces and even into voluptuous bodies.  And, there’s an outdoor seating area with a spectacular view of the park’s sea and islands.

The menu consists of an eclectic assortment of food, ranging from hamburgers to sushi.  The gourmet cuisine includes blueberry and pistachio crusted grilled pork, cedar planked Bay of Fundy salmon, and imported pasta. Mouth-watering desserts and a full wine list are also available, as well as a separate children’s menu.  A full-service lunch is served daily.  The food is great, prices reasonable, and atmosphere pleasant.

Universal does offer a dining pass deal, which allows guests to enter the park to dine at the restaurant without paying for admission.   Here’s how it works: go to the guest services window and tell them you’d like to dine at Mythos. They’ll ask for a photo id and a credit card. They’ll ring up a charge ticket for the full park admission and give you a pass to enter the park and go to the restaurant. When you’re finished, you present the pass and proof that you purchased a meal at Mythos and they tear up your credit slip.   They give you about 2 ½ hours.  So, that’s a great way to enjoy the restaurant even if you are not visiting the theme park, enjoy!

$-$$, casual dress, contemporary cuisine, full bar, Reservations suggested, open daily for lunch and Pre-early bird dinner until 4:00
Service Type: Full Service
Price Range: From $10 to $18
Reservations accepted: Call Universal’s Islands of Adventure Reservations at 407-224-4012.


Spotlight: Victoria & Albert’s restaurant

The elegant Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offers a unique dinner menu each night. Both the restaurant and the resort itself inspire romance. This upscale restaurant offers exquisite cuisine as well as ambiance. You’ll enjoy a 2 – 3 hour dining experience of a 7-course meal, with a gentle harp playing in the background. They have received the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award for 10 years running, as well as Zagat’s National Top Ten Restaurants Award, along with their award-winning wine cellar.

The menu is prepared daily based upon fresh ingredients, and includes a wide variety of items, which may include Ocala Rabbit, Smoked Niman Ranch Lamb, Elk Tenderloin, or Australian Kobe Beef. You are sure to find something unique and pleasing to your pallet. Valet Parking is available at no additional cost. And, they do not allow small children; they must be over age 10.

There are 3 dining options to choose from, and proper attire must be worn (see website for specific details). Dining options:

  • Victoria & Albert’s Dining Room: Menu Prix Fixe begins at $125.00 per Guest. Wine Pairings from $60.00 per Guest. (Pricing does not include tax and gratuity.)
  • Queen Victoria’s Room: Menu Prix Fixe begins at $200.00 per Guest. Wine Pairings from $95.00 per Guest. (Pricing does not include tax and gratuity.)
  • Chef’s Table: Menu Prix Fixe begins at $200.00 per Guest. Wine Pairings from $95.00 per Guest. (Pricing does not include tax and gratuity.)

$$$$, dress code applies, American cuisine, reservations required (book online or call 407-939-3862 up to 180 in advance), full bar, dinner nightly
(Note: guests must be 10 years of age or older)
4401 Floridian Way, Orlando, FL 32836, (407) 939-3463
Signature Dining
Prix Fixe menu
Price Level:
$$$$ (over $60)