It’s Review Day at Disney With Me! I’m trying not to only do restaurants but BOY there are plenty of restaurants at WDW to review. (By the way, did anyone see my Boma review before WordPress ate it? I’m not kidding, it’s GONE. I’m peeved, it was an early post but a GOOD one. Anyway.) So today I thought I’d do a counter service restaurant, so as to get a little bit of variety in.
I had researched our dining options in Animal Kingdom in advance to try to figure out what would probably be the most family-pleasing, budget-friendly, and still thoroughly delicious place to grab quick food. I chose the Flame Tree Barbeque (or as you plebes would spell it, Barbecue, but I like my fancy-pants spelling better and will stick with it, unofficial or not), because first of all, “flame” and “barbeque” in the same cluster of words makes me drool. I have no clue why. It just sounds so… so… flamey. And barbequed. It’s funny, because I’m not a meat fanatic and I’m not even that big on actual BBQs but… somehow that combo hits all the right spots in my brain to make me REALLY crave it.
Uh, but I digress (I think this is one of those “don’t type hungry” moments). I picked this counter service restaurant out because they had a good variety of options and I was definitely looking for something non-pizza, and because the reviews on it were consistently very good. After reading the menu at AllEars.net, I was doubly sure I had picked the right place. Chicken? Pork sandwich? Ribs? I am a ribs fanatic so they had me at “hello”. (Ironic spoiler alert: I did not actually order the ribs. Go figure.) The kids’ menu was good, because although my children both love mac and cheese, it’s ubiquitous at WDW and I wanted someplace with OTHER options. Same deal with chicken nuggets. So the baked drumstick and the hot dog were music to my ears.
So what we ended up with was a drumstick for my daughter, a 1/2 chicken for me, 1/2 ribs for my husband, and my 1 1/2 year old son shared my chicken. My daughter didn’t finish her chicken, but that was pretty standard for her at the time. My husband said the ribs were very good, and I tried a bit so I know it’s true. I loved the chicken. I ’bout died over it. Oh wow. I know I said I’m a rib fanatic but I’m glad I got the chicken. (Yes, you can get a rib/chicken combo; I didn’t because I have a weird thing about getting something different from what the hubs gets.) It did not cost that much, and I had a hard time finishing it because it was so large. There was no problem giving my son some without me feeling short changed. Also, the beans and coleslaw that came with it were GOOD. I don’t consider myself a big fan of coleslaw, but when it’s GOOD, I really like it. This was some good slaw. Beans aren’t all that hard to get right, so I don’t have a lot to say there. 😉 Funny thing: I don’t remember having dessert. I’m pretty sure we did but I have NO idea. According to the menu, the desserts are mousse, and I just don’t remember having any mousse. Chalk this up to a poor memory and not to it being underwhelming, okay? *G*
We also got two conservation pins, one for each kid, and a beautiful outdoor seating area with birds wandering around on all sides. I don’t have any pics of my own to share so rather than nip off with someone else’s, here are the results of a Google Image search for you to enjoy! (That chicken. I’m dying here.)
If ever in Animal Kingdom, this is my first and most vehement recommendation for a dining location. Good food, good location and good prices. I didn’t try the chicken salad but based on the quality of the food we did have, I’m willing to bet it’s great. I have yet to read a bad review of this restaurant. 🙂 Admittedly, it is not the ideal place for a vegetarian to dine, but other than that – go! Enjoy!