My two daughters and I recently had dinner at The Garden Grill, located in The Land pavilion in Epcot.
The Garden Grill is a character meal, and probably one of the better ones. It’s not as noisy and hectic as, say, Chef Mickey’s, and since it’s not a buffet meal, you don’t risk missing a character while you’re getting food (like I did at the Crystal Palace).
The “stars” of Garden Grill are Chip and Dale, who I absolutely love, and who visit the tables separately.
In addition to Chip and Dale, you also get to meet Mickey Mouse (in farmer overalls, which is kinda fun) and Pluto.
In addition to the other characters, the other thing that makes Garden Grill really fun is that it’s a revolving restaurant — and not only does it revolve, but you get to see inside The Land attraction (which we had just ridden before we ate).
So the whole experience at Garden Grill is very fun and unique, between always seeing one of the characters coming around the circle heading toward your table and different scenery every couple of minutes.
Okay, so the restaurant is fun, but how is the food?
It’s okay. It’s definitely not the best meal I’ve eaten at Disney World, but it certainly isn’t bad. I particularly liked the salad and rolls with maple butter that came out right away. Also, it’s a kind of cool when they bring out the meal, which is plenty of food and a nice variety — mac and cheese, turkey with dressing and cranberry sauce, fish, beef, and mashed potatoes. You can have them bring out more if finish something, but we had more than enough to eat on the first round.
Oh, and here’s an interesting point: Rebecca was concerned about all the food that must go to waste in a restaurant like this, and so we asked the waiter about it. He told us that they have huge vats that they scrape all the leftovers into, and then they get sent … uh, somewhere, and fed as slop to pigs. So we were really glad to hear that the excess food still went to good use.