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Dining at Non Disney Restaurants
Some people like to have most of their meals in Disney restaurants to keep the magic but they should consider other places such as the ones in Downtown Disney, the Crossroads Shopping Center or other locations. These usually have the same theming as Disney but can be less expensive.
I have tried to list some locations where you can get good food as well as being competively priced.
Counter Service / Take-Out
In Downtown Disney if you have a Take Out there are many places to sit and enjoy the view along the lake, this is a good option on a day when the weather is pleasant which it usually is in Florida.
The Earl of Sandwich prices its high-quality, substantial hot sandwiches at around $6 and meal-sized salads and wraps at the same price. Children or even adults if they are not too hungry can quite easily share a hot sandwich. Desserts and side dishes are also reasonably priced. Breakfast sandwiches are only $2. 45. Drinks are a little pricey but often we find we already have a drink with us as we have been wandering around.
Another good place for reasonably priced sandwiches is Panera Bread, they have many branches so probably best to check for your nearest one on line.
Full-Service and Buffet Meals
Be sure to either have a discount book or individual money off vouchers in your car with you. Tourist Information offices are a good place to get discount vouchers.
If you are looking for a full breakfast or for burgers and shakes try Steak and Shake. They have good shakes made with real ice cream for under $2. 50; full meals with burger, shake and two sides for under $8. 00; and breakfasts for around $5. 00 We always enjoy the 50' s diner-style here.
Cheap it is posh it is not! That is Cicis Pizza Buffet. Last time we were there it was $5. 49 for adults, $3. 49 for children under 10, plus drinks. The pizza is ok and you can have as much as you want I am not a great pizza lover but the girls enjoy it.
Sweet Tomatoes at the Crossroads Centre is well worth a visit. Lunch is about $9 and dinner $10. You can choose from a huge salad bar plus an all-you-can-eat buffet including soups, plus muffins, foccacia bread, healthy desserts of frozen yogurt and fruit.
We love Bahama Breeze which is Caribbean-inspired food in a casual, tropical atmosphere. They are open for lunch and dinner, it is really popular so if possible “call ahead” before you visit.
If you fancy a more up market dining experience go to Seasons 52 for an adult’s night out at a reasonable price. They have a very casual elegant atmosphere with great food. There is a great seasonal menu with low calorie dishes.
Finally if you want your “meat fix” try Texas de Brazil. They serve great meat brought to your table on skewers it is a good experience though quite pricey.
These are just a few ideas for dining away from the Disney restaurants.
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