Is there anything more American than apple pie...and Disney?
A true homegrown original that inspires visitors from all over the globe, Walt Disney World is a great place to celebrate diverse cultures, but it's fun to remember that it's great for being an American original, too!
With lots of fun summer holidays around the corner, we thought we'd take a look at some delicious foods that are the best of the best when it comes to down home fare. So just in time for Father's Day and 4th of July, we celebrate the best All-American Eats at Disney World!
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The Angus Chuck Cheeseburger at Liberty Tree Tavern
Just in time for barbecue season, nothing fits the bill quite like digging into a juicy hamburger! Anytime I'm looking for a fantastic burger while at Disney World, my first stop is always Liberty Tree Tavern for lunch. Once there, I order the Angus Chuck Cheeseburger. You can get this fantastic sandwich with either bacon and cheddar cheese or mushrooms and provolone. Personally, I never pass up the bacon/cheddar combo! And don't forget to save room for Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake for dessert. If you didn't have a chance to make your Advance Dining Reservations and Liberty Tree Tavern is booked, then head to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Frontierland. There, you'll find their amazing Angus Cheeseburger topped with bacon, onion rings, and barbecue sauce. And if that's not enough for you, hit the fixins' bar to add even more toppings!
Fried Chicken at 50s Prime Time Cafe
If Dad's favorite dish is fried chicken, then head over to 50s Prime Time Cafe in Disney's Hollywood Studios. This is a great spot to grab a meal in a setting that's guaranteed to remind him of the "good old days." You'll have to hear about how he walked 5 miles -- uphill both ways and in the snow -- to school, but that's okay. There, you can order Aunt Liz's Golden Fried Chicken which comes with a heaping helping of mashed potatoes and gravy as well as southern greens. Or, if all of that comfort food makes for a hard decision, he can have a Sampling of Mom's Favorite Recipes, which includes fried chicken, pot roast, and meatloaf!
Hot Dogs at Casey's Corner
A crack of the bat and some nostalgia: if hot dogs and baseball are what you're after, then Casey's Corner in Magic Kingdom is the place for you. Located right on Main Street U.S.A. -- Disney's quintessential nod to vintage America -- Casey's features a menu of hot dogs, corn dog nuggets, and fries. Personally, I make a pilgrimage to the shop at least once each visit for some Corn Dog Nuggets and Plastic Cheese! Once you have your food, you can grab a spot to eat on the bleacher-style benches and watch old cartoons and film footage, or head outside for a beautiful view of Cinderella's Castle. And don't forget the Cracker Jacks!
Apple-Caramel Pie at Whispering Canyon Cafe
What dad doesn't love a good pie? And since we're seeking out homestyle eats and treats, we can't think of a better choice than apple. My favorite apple pie in all of Disney World can be found at Whispering Canyon Cafe. Located in the lobby of Disney's Wilderness Lodge, this casual table service spot is known for enormous portions and a rowdy good time. (Go ahead. Ask for some ketchup!) But be sure to save room for dessert, and order the Caramel Apple Pie. Fresh apple filling, topped with streusel and drizzled with caramel sauce, is garnished with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for absolute apple pie perfection. If you'd like a treat with the flavors of this yummy dessert, but something a little different, then try a Werther's Apple Pie Caramel Apple from Epcot's Karamell Küche. A jumbo granny smith apple is enrobed in rich Werther's caramel before it's dipped in white chocolate. It's then dusted with a combination of brown sugar and pie crust crumbs for a truly beautiful treat! And since these are huge, there's enough to share with the whole family.
If it's an ice cream treat that you're after, the good news is that you can find it just about anywhere! But what would a trip to Disney be without a Premium Ice Cream Mickey Bar? Smooth, creamy vanilla ice cream covered in a thin layer of chocolate is the perfect dessert on a hot summer day, and it's a fun race to the finish -- see if you can eat it before it drips down your arm! When it comes to celebrating fun, summer, Dad, and good times, we think there's no better place to seek out foods that celebrate the red, white, and blue than Disney World. Whether you're looking for cookout favorites, or you're after a sweet that reminds you of picnics from days gone by, you'll have no trouble finding great foods that celebrate warm weather eating.
BIO: AJ Wolfe is the owner and executive editor of The Disney Food Blog, a website covering all things food and drink in Walt Disney theme parks, resorts, and cruise ships. Check out the updated edition of her best-selling e-Book -- The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013 -- for in-depth advice on Disney World dining! The Disney Food Blog is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company.