Welcome to those of you joining me from Focused on the Magic and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the Final stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month, we are sharing our favorite outside-the-parks restaurants with you.
Originally, when I heard what our topic was going to be for this month, I thought I’d approach it from the perspective that tomorrow is my birthday, and I’d share which restaurant I’d like to go for my special birthday dinner (if I was lucky enough to actually be at Walt Disney World). Honestly, I’m not even sure what restaurant I would have picked. Maybe ‘Ohana (which I’ve shared about previously, here).
But, when I shared this month’s topic with my oldest daughter, Ashley, this morning, she said “Duh! Earl of Sandwich!” And I had to admit, she has a good point. When I said, “That’s not even a sit-down restaurant,” and she replied with “Who cares?! We love that place!” I knew she was right. We do love it!
And, I am quite certain that if we were at Walt Disney World right now, looking for an outside-the-parks place to eat lunch or supper – because we didn’t have anything pre-planned – we’d be heading over to Downtown Disney to eat at Earl. The following picture is compliments of my friend Jennifer from The Disney Babies Blog:
What would we order?
Well, that’s a good question! One of the things that I love about Earl of Sandwich is how varied their menu is. They truly do have something for everyone! One of my favorite sources for Disney Menus is AllEars.Net - they always keep their menus up-to-date, which I really appreciate. You can see a current Earl of Sandwich menu here. You can also get more information about Earl of Sandwich and their menu items by visiting their website.
I know, without a doubt, that my daughter Gracie would opt for the Pizza Sandwich from the kids menu. This is the girl who normally won’t eat sandwiches – she likes the “inside” but not the bread. But, there’s something special about Earl’s Pizza Sandwich. It’s toasted, it’s round and sealed around the edges, and it’s filled with yummy-ness. Gracie ate every bite of it (and that’s really saying something!) At the price of only $3.99, it’s well worth it! [I should interject here and say that I've tried to recreate this sandwich for her at home, using a George Foreman grill - she won't touch my version with a 10-foot pole - she says it's just not the same!]
We also love the soups they serve. My personal favorite is the Wisconsin Cheddar (delicious!) and Ian loves the Chicken Noodle. A regular-sized bowl costs $3.99, but you can get a smaller cup for only $2.99 (I recommend getting the small so you can get something else to go with it).
While the rest of my family would pass up the salads, I’m quite fond of them. I love the variety! My personal favorite is the Asian salad (made with romaine, grilled chicken, Chinese cabbage, mandarin oranges, almonds, wontons and Pan Asian dressing). The salads cost $5.99 and are a good size – plenty for a full meal. Here’s a picture of the Chicken Caesar Salad, compliments of my good friends over at Mousekateerz:
But, as the restaurant name suggests, Earl is well-known for his sandwiches! My daughter Ashley loves the Cannonballs (meatballs, mozzarella and parmesan cheese and marinara sauce). Brian often ops for the Original 1762 (fresh roasted beef, cheddar and creamy horseradish sauce). And one of my personal favorites is the All-American (roast turkey, buttermilk ranch, cranberries, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and roma tomato) which my friend Jackie from Delightfully Disney captured on camera:
All sandwiches cost $5.99. All are served fresh, made-to-order, on homemade artisan bread. If you’re looking for a good, inexpensive dining experience, my family would like to recommend Earl of Sandwich.
And now, I’m very hungry for Earl of Sandwich.
How about you? What is your favorite outside-the-parks Disney restaurant? Where would you be eating lunch – or supper – if you were at Walt Disney World today?
Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Orange this month. Our next loop will be in April with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.
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1st Stop ~ Disney on Wheels
2nd Stop ~ A Glass Slipper Vacation
3rd Stop ~ Your Highway in the Sky
4th Stop ~ Focused on the Magic
Final Stop ~ Heidi’s Head (*you are here!)