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Looking at Hollywood & Vine

When it comes to dining anywhere on Walt Disney World, the most important factor for me is the food.  Atmopshere, theme and other aspects of the meal are nice, but at the end of the day, I go to a restaurant because of the food I'll be eating so when I chose to have breakfast at Hollywood & Vine last weekend, I was looking forward to a meal that I would enjoy.  And after eating there, I can safely say I definitely got found what I was looking for.

Bringing my 10 month old daughter, we thought breakfast at Hollywood & Vine would be a great fit since the adults could indulge in a great Disney breakfast while my daughter is entertained by the Disney Junior characters.  Breakfast and Lunch features "Play and Dine", where characters from The Little Einsteins, Hand Manny and Special Agent Oso come say hello at your table.  Between the fact that these characters are geared towards toddlers and we had a late breakfast (10am), we experienced one of the best character interactions ever. 

The restaurant was perhaps half full so the time between characters was pretty small and we quickly found ourselves seeing characters stop by our table quite regularly.  If you've ever been to a character meal and lamented the amount of time you have to wait to meet a character, then Hollywood & Vine is perfect for you.  By the time 10:45-11am rolled around, the restaurant was nearly empty and my daughter got some great one-on-one time with the characters.

I mentioned earlier that I go to a restaurant for the food and Hollywood & Vine didn't disappoint.  Because we had a late breakfast reservation, we were able to enjoy breakfast and lunch (lunch is served at 11:30am) for the price of breakfast.  Breakfast had some terrific options to choose from and I found the buffet to have a lot of variety to it.  By far the best item on the buffet was the potato casserole, which was basically potato au gratin on steroids.  Great consistency and wonderful taste.  It's the sort of item I could have eaten on its own and been happy.

Among the other good breakfast options were Mickey waffles (can you ever go wrong with these?), biscuits and gravy and cheesy grits.  I was a little disappointed there wasn't any french toast but I really found the breakfast selection to be a great value.

Moving onto lunch, there was a lot of selection as well to choose from.  The meatballs in marinara sauce were quite tasty and I'm convinced that the Brown Ale Braised Beef Ribs are basically just the 50's Prime Time Cafe pot roast with a different type of beef.  

I had probably eaten too much potato casserole so I wasn't able to really indulge myself in the lunch options, but I did save just enough room to try the pumpkin mousse.  I should mention I'm a sucker for anything with pumpkin in it and this sounded too good to pass up.  While it wasn't my favorite pumpkin flavored dessert ever, it was better than I was expecting and it was "garnished" with gummy worms.  Brilliant!

I left Hollywood & Vine happy (and heavier) and would definitely recommend it as a great buffet choice.  Like so many Disney World restaurants, the price is more than it probably should be but I did feel the meal and experience here were worth it.  If you have toddlers it's a no brainer.  If you just want a good buffet meal, Hollywood & Vine is still a good choice and will be somewhere I will definitely be bringing my daughter back to....for her sake, of course.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 by