Saturday, April 7, 2012

Restaurant Review: Flame Tree Barbeque

Wow!  April is upon is!  How on earth did this happen?  Wasn't Christmas just yesterday?

Well, April is the birth month of Disney's Animal Kingdom, so I thought that this month, I would write exclusively about the park that is not so popular amongst the Disney fandom.  This is going to be a test for me, because, I too, am one who doesn't particularly spend a lot of time at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

To start off the celebration for Disney's Animal Kingdom, I thought we'd take a look at one of the best quick service restaurants, not just at this park, but among all the parks in my opinion...Flame Tree Barbeque.  This quick service dining location has some of the best views to go along with their delicious food, which makes it a must stop whenever I go to Disney's Animal Kingdom.  The dining location can be found in Discovery Island and overlooks the Discovery River in many locations. 

First, we need to talk about the food and as the name suggests, this place is certainly famous for the BBQ!  While the menu is a tad limited (what Disney counter service restaurant isn't?) there is certainly not a chicken finger, burger, or pizza to be found here!  Instead, it's all unique offerings that are quite yummy.

They have 1/2 a slab of ribs, 1/2 of a chicken, (or you can do the combo of both ribs and chicken) and a delicious pork sandwich.  Looking for something a little on the "healthier" side...try the barbeque chicken salad.  Plus, they even have a fruit plate!  To round out the offerings, they finish the menu off with a smoked turkey sandwich.  Add on top of that, the perk that their portions are HUGE here and the cost averages about $8 per makes this place a great value, in my eyes. 

It's often very hard to eat a whole meal here myself, but I love the food so much, that I'll get a kids chicken drumstick.  It comes with carrots and grapes and a drink.  Now, I'll readily admit, the chicken drumstick has become noticeably smaller over the course of the past few years.  It almost looks like a slightly larger chicken if you have kids, you may want to consider getting the 1/2 of a chicken and passing the drumstick off to them, either giving them 2 or saving the money on their meal and splitting your sides with them, because trust me, you'll have more than plenty for yourself! 

Now, let's talk scenery here!  This place has it in spades!  There is no indoor beware!  You will be sitting outside.  However, there are some great shaded areas in the back.  (There is plenty of seating here if you come up on the restaurant and it looks packed, just keep'll find a spot eventually.)  The back has some of the best views because it overlooks the water...and in the distance, you'll see the great forbidden mountain...Expedition Everest.

One word of warning...beware of the ducks.  Because people feed them, the ducks know there's good eats to be found.  So, they will often come up to you while you're eating.  However, what that also means is they are liable to try to eat you.  I've had a duck bite me and a friend of mine in Walt Disney World....with here being one of the locations.  So, just a friendly reminder....the ducks may look hungry...but don't feed them!  They will attack!

Flame Tree Barbeque is one of those restaurants at WDW that will have you wanting to come back time and time again.  Or at least it does me.  What about you?  Do you like to dine at Flame Tree or have you never tried the deliciousness that is this restaurant?  What's your favorite thing to eat here?  Make sure to share in the comments section or let me know on our Facebook page!

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1 comment:

Rachel E. Moniz said...

FLame Tree is a must-do each time I'm at AK.
Great post, Rikki!