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T-Rex Cafe in Downtown Disney

T-Rex Café, one of the newest restaurants in Downtown Disney, is only the second restaurant in this new chain from the owners of Rainforest Café. We had the pleasure of eating there about six months after its opening and found it to be an enjoyable experience though not a whole lot different from the Rainforest Café which we always enjoy. The décor is very much like its counterpart restaurant only instead of the jungle theme, it caters to the dinosaur lover. The restaurant holds a lot of interest for children (and adults too! ) with its prehistoric habitat featuring life-sized dinosaurs that move and roar – yes, it’s a noisy place but certainly a unique eating experience. They have a great shopping area complete with a one-of-a-kind “Build a Dino” by Build a Bear Workshop. The kids will also enjoy the hands-on area where they can pan for treasures and also learn dinosaur facts on the interactive screens.

The food, though a little pricey (not surprising as you have to take into consideration the novelty of your surroundings), was very good. One of their specialties is rotisserie chicken which you can see cooking in the “Kitchen of Fire” (the kids will enjoy this special viewing area as it is truly surrounded by fire! ) as well as watch the chefs bake pizzas and flatbreads in the wood burning oven.

We ordered the Footprints Flatbread and Dexter’s Dual Dips for our appetizers. The flatbread was topped with 4 cheeses, carmelized onions, chicken and drizzled with a balsamic glaze. The dips included a queso and an artichoke dip served with tortilla chips. Both were very good.

For the main course, my daughter and I decided to share our entrees. I ordered the Omnivore’s Delight salad with grilled chicken and she opted for the Triassic Tortellini. Both were delicious, but we agreed that the salad was probably the best we’ve ever had. It was a huge salad of iceberg lettuce and field greens with really generous portions of sweet pecans, sliced strawberries, craisins, and goat cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I was really pleased because I really love salads with pecans and goat cheese and I’ve never seen such a pile of pecans and so much goat cheese in any salad I’ve had before. I really loved it!

You may be familiar with the Rainforest Café’s famous “Volcano” dessert – lots of chocolate, lots of ice cream, lots of topping, lots of yelling “Volcano! ” and just plain lots – one will feed our family of 5! Well, T-Rex offers their version of this indulgent dessert – the “Chocolate Extinction. ” Make sure you finish off with one of these – it’s fabulous!

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