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8 Foodie-Approved Dishes That Will Completely Change How You View Food at Walt Disney World

7. Charcuterie Plate – Nomad Lounge, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Nomad Lounge sign

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It’s astonishingly easy to miss the happy place which is Animal Kingdom’s Nomad Lounge. Tucked next to Tiffin’s, one could easily assume the lounge is simply a bar for guests waiting to sit in the restaurant. While Nomad Lounge does offer a quality menu of alcoholic beverages, where they really shine is in their other eclectic offerings, from press pot coffee to chili-strawberry and vanilla-crema churros.

One of the most highly-praised items on the menu is their charcuterie plate. This is by no means your local wine bar’s meat and cheese plate. The plate’s smoked and cured meats vary seasonally according to the choice of the chef, but a few of the delicacies that have been featured before include Ethiopian-coffee smoked pork terrine, wagyu bologna, and duck pastrami. Disney experts and foodies consistently rave that it’s one of their favorite quick bites at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This is definitely one for adventurous souls, but those who have tried it can’t go on enough about it!

8. Tonga Toast – Kona Café, Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Tonga Toast at Kona Cafe

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While the majority of our explorations of standout Disney dishes have focused on savory foods (even the Liquid Nitro Almond Truffle isn’t overpoweringly sweet), there is one super-sugary longtime-favorite that definitely deserves a place on this list.

The Polynesian Resort’s famous Tonga Toast.

At first description, Tonga Toast sounds like something a culinary mad scientist (or a kid) came up with: super-thick French Toast stuffed with bananas, coated with cinnamon-sugar, and deep fried with a dollop of strawberry compote. It should be an inedible sugar bomb, a complete mushy mess fit only for a state fair.

It’s not. Kona Café’s Tonga Toast tastes absolutely divine, standing leagues above any of the other breakfast offerings in the Most Magical Place on Earth. Instead of exploding into mush, Tonga Toast balances perfect notes of sweetness from the sugar and bananas with the crispy fried exterior. The soft interior of the French toast balances things out into a dessert-for-breakfast masterpiece. Many people go so far as to say it’s the best thing they ever ate at Walt Disney World. On your next visit, stop by Kona Café (or Captain Cook’s) and try some with a hot French Press of Kona coffee. You will definitely gain some pounds, but you’ll do it with a smile on your face!

What are some dishes you’ve tried at Walt Disney World that completely changed your view of theme park food?

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