On the night before we were set to leave Orlando, we decided to eat Puerto Rican food at Puerto Rico’s Cafe in Kissimmee, Florida. We like to get authentic Puerto Rican food and we remember it being great when we visited years before.
Puerto Rico’s Cafe is very unassuming and it is decorated how you would see a home decorated in Puerto Rico. The food was what you would expect to come out of a Puerto Rican kitchen.
We started out with Acapurrias and Empanadas. The Acapurrias were meat-stuffed, deep-fried fritters. Empanadas are little pockets stuffed with meat or cheese. My son Jackson actually ate the Cheese Empanada because we told him it was a grilled cheese and it worked. He said it was delicious and I did like the Empanadas better than the Acapurrias. I’ve helped my dad make empanadas and they are a great handheld food, and now we know we can make them for Jackson and he will actually eat them.
Acapurria and Empanada
For my entree, I decided on the Mofungo Relleno con Pollo or Stuffed Mofongo with Chicken. Mofongo is made from fried plantains and stuffed with meat, seafood or chicken that is formed into ball. I’ve had Mofongo in Puerto Rico and the fried plantains were made into a cup and filled with meat. Now, I like it both ways. TK had Mofongo Relleno con Mariscos or with shrimp. The meat, chicken or seafood is always flavorful and tender. It is made and served seconds after, so it is piping hot. The Mofongo was paired with a bowl of chicken broth, but I only tasted it to make sure it was broth and didn’t actually eat it.
Stuffed Mofongo with Chicken
TK said his Mofongo Relleno con Mariscos was delicious and he still remembers how good it was.
Stuffed Mofongo with Shrimp
If you are looking for a place with delicious food where you don’t need to deal with the tourist crowd, Puerto Rico’s Cafe will satisfy your appetite and curiosity.
Puerto Rico’s Cafe, 507 W. Vine St., Kissimmee, FL, 407.847.6399
As you may already know, I’ve been to a Walt Disney theme park 14 times in my life; 13 trips to Walt Disney World in Florida and one trip to Disneyland in California. Each time I go, it is a necessity that I eat my favorite foods and try some new items that I just might add to my list of menu items to revisit. Fortunately for you, I keep track of what I love and what others love in order to share these delights with you.
Nutella Waffle Sandwich
To keep up, I will break down the information a little bit for you. I mean, you need to know exactly how and where to get them, if you need them.
Each listing will look like this: Food/Drink Item – Location Name, Area of Park (if there is one), Park or Resort, WDW (Walt Disney World) or DL (Disneyland).
Red items have been eaten by me and the other items are still waiting to be eaten, and there are plenty.
My Must Eat or Drink at Disney List:
- Tipsy Duck – Joy of Tea, China, Epcot, WDW
- Lobster Roll – Crew’s Cup, Yacht Club, WDW
- No Way Jose – Beaches & Cream, Beach Club, WDW
- Dole Whip Float – Aloha Isle, Adventureland, Magic Kingdom, WDW
- Naan Bread Service – Sanaa, Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village, WDW
- Zebra Dome – Boma, Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House, WDW
- Profiteroles au Chocolate – Chefs de France, France, Epcot, WDW
- Crab Legs – Cape May Cafe, Beach Club, WDW
- Minnie’s Bake Shop Cookies – Any Resort Souvenir Shop, WDW
- Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich – Trilobites, Dinoland U.S.A., Animal Kingdom, WDW
- Nutella Waffle Sandwich – Sleepy Hollow, Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom, WDW
- Brioche French Toast – Flo’s V8, Cars Land, California Adventure, DL
- Beignets – Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, Port Orleans-French Quarter, WDW
- Jolly Holiday Combo – Jolly Holiday Cafe, Main Street U.S.A., DL
- Cheese Fondue – Territory Lounge, Wilderness Lodge, WDW
- Peanut Butter Sandwich – Pooh Corner, Critter Country, DL
- Pulled Pork Nachos – Tambu Lounge, Polynesian Resort, WDW
- Butterfinger Cupcake – Starring Rolls Cafe, Hollywood Studios, WDW
- Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake – Liberty Tree Tavern, Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom, WDW
- Peanut Butter, Banana and Candied Bacon Pie – Boardwalk Bakery, Boardwalk Resort, WDW
- Grapefruit Cake – Hollywood Brown Derby, Hollywood Studios, WDW
- Mickey Pretzel – Various theme park pretzel stands, WDW
- Strawberry Shortcake – Sunshine Seasons, The Land, Epcot, WDW
- School Bread – Norway, Epcot, WDW
- Grey Stuff Cupcake – Be Our Guest, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom, WDW
- Berry Cream Puff – Kringla Bakery, Norway, Epcot, WDW
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake – 50’s Prime Time Cafe, Hollywood Studios, WDW
- Frozen Hot Chocolate – Hilton Bonnet Creek (a good neighbor hotel that is not on property), WDW
- All American Sundae – Plaza Ice Cream, Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom, WDW
- Ice Cream Martini – L’Artisan des Glaces, France, Epcot, WDW
- Gold Rush – Ghirardelli, Downtown Disney Marketplace, WDW
- Viking Mousse – Kringla Bakery, Norway, Epcot, WDW
- Cookie Bottom Sundae – Ghirardelli, Downtown Disney Marketplace, WDW
- Peanut Butter Heaven – Pooh Corner, Critter Country, DL
- Bananas Foster Bread Pudding – Ohana, Polynesian Resort, WDW
- Rocky Road Brownie Mousse – Smokehouse (Food & Wine Festival), Epcot, WDW
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake – Contempo Cafe, Contemporary Resort, WDW
- Filet Mignon with Macaroni and Cheese – Jiko, Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House, WDW
- Sticky Wings – Kona Cafe, Polynesian Resort, WDW
- Cronut – Refreshment Port, Future World, Epcot, WDW
- Apple Pie – Carnation Cafe, Main Street U.S.A., DL
- Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich – L’Artisan des Glaces, France, Epcot, WDW
- Monte Cristo Sandwich – Blue Bayou Restaurant, New Orleans Square, DL
- Grand Marnier Orange Slush – France, Epcot, WDW
- Lobster Nachos – Cove Bar, Paradise Pier, California Adventure, DL
- Pommes Frites – Cafe Orleans, New Orleans Square, DL
- Cinnamon Roll – Main Street Bakery, Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom, WDW
- Pretzel Bites with Cheese Sauce – Troubadour Tavern, Fantasyland, DL
- Cinnamon Roll French Toast – Carnation Cafe, Main Street U.S.A., DL
- Peanut Butter Brownie Sandwich – Earl of Sandwich, Downtown Disney Marketplace, WDW
- Margherita Pizza – Via Napoli, Italy, Epcot, WDW
- Shrimp & Grits – Boatwright’s, Port Orleans Resort, WDW
- French Onion Soup – Chefs de France, France, Epcot, WDW
- Macaroni & Cheese – Yachtsman Steakhouse, Yacht Club, WDW
- Almond Crusted Cheesecake – Narcoosee’s, Grand Floridian, WDW
- Bread Pudding – Raglan Road, Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, WDW
- Bailey’s and Jack Daniel’s Mousse – Coral Reef, Living Seas, Epcot, WDW
- Spicy Kazan Roll – California Grill, Contemporary Resort, WDW
- Chocolate Melange – Blue Zoo, Dolphin Hotel, WDW
- Pumpkin Beignets – Mint Julep Bar, New Orleans Square, DL
So, there are my first 60 items that need to be eaten on your next trip to a Disney theme park. Did I forget one of your favorites? Do you need to know about an item because it sounds so good? Let me know in the comments.
We travel to Walt Disney World every other year and love it every time. This year, I wasn’t able to go (since I went in November 2013), but some of my family did and they had an enjoyable meal at the California Grill in the Contemporary Resort.
The California Grill is one of the best places to get sushi in Walt Disney World and it is a great place to watch the Wishes fireworks show, other than Main Street in Magic Kingdom, of course. The restaurant pipes the music from Wishes through every night so that you can watch and listen to the show from your table. They also have an extensive wine and cocktail list.
So, without further ado, here’s some food from the California Grill …
Pork Two Ways
Spanish Seafood Pilaf
Bell & Evans Chicken
Three Meat Signature Meatballs and
Chocolate Pudding Cake
Warm Homemade Fritters
Seasonal “Backyard” Tasting
Now, my family will know that I am not fibbing when I tell them that the California Grill is delicious. They know for themselves, and so should you.
California Grill, 4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL, 407-939-3463
Vanilla with Buttercream Cupcake
Recently, my family took a trip to Orlando, FL, and, unfortunately, I was not with them. But, I was updating them on the location of the Yum Yum Truck for a couple of days. On the final day, they found it and bought themselves some cupcakes. Luckily for me, two cupcakes made the trip back to Long Island, and I am glad they did.
One of the cupcakes was their Peanut Butter Choco-rama and it was delicious. Sometimes gourmet cupcakes lose that sweetness we are nostalgic for from the birthday cupcakes we enjoyed in elementary school. Well, this cupcake made me reminisce. The cake tastes just like you remember and the icing is creamy and full of peanut butter. The other cupcake was their Vanilla with Buttercream, and even though I wasn’t completely in love, it was a lot better than the vanilla cupcakes I have had from some gourmet shops.
Next time you are in Orlando and need a break from the delicious desserts of Walt Disney World (even though I don’t know how this could happen) or are in Kissimmee, find out where the Yum Yum Truck is and go buy a cupcake or two. They even have vegan and gluten-free varieties.
Check their website to survey their weekly schedule, follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook to get your cupcake fix. I know I will be when I get to Florida in 2013 and I already have the kind I want picked out (Hootenanny Harvest Apple).
Yum Yum Truck, Orlando, FL, 407-494-9336