REVIEW: Revolutionary New Lunch Menu Debuts at Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic Kingdom
With its serene setting and solid menu, it’s no surprise that Liberty Tree Tavern is a regular on the WDWNT rotation of Magic Kingdom lunches. A few months ago, they introduced weekly specials, of which we got to sample a fantastic Chicken Pot Pie. One of those weekly specials was a burger topped with lobster, and it appears to have made a comeback as well. In short, those weekly specials were just a test for this menu change that is now implemented, so don’t expect to be ordering off menu. Let’s do lunch at the hearth of democracy: the Liberty Tree Tavern!
Liberty Tree Tavern – Lunch Menu
Traditional Boston Brown Bread – $9.00
Don’t worry, they still offer the complimentary bread, but you can add this massive loaf if you wish. Honestly, it’s not very good. Also, I don’t know how you could order this with less than 4 guests at the table. Even four guests won’t finish it, but at least they’d make a big enough dent in the thing to feel alright about the $9 lost. That being said, I don’t know who is enjoying this thing. The house-made Apple Butter Spread does little to enhance the dry, strange flavor of the loaf. What makes this really odd is how much better this bread is in another dish…
Smoked Pastrami Hash – $12.00
This is weird as it is less hash and more pieces of pastrami thrown onto potato pancakes. It’s actually not bad as all of the components had a good flavor, but I don’t know that it is worth $12.00. It is really tiny, but the few bites you get combining all of the ingredients come together quite nicely. It could probably use more than the world’s two tiniest dabs of whole-grain mustard, though.
Tavern Cheese Dip – $10.00
As bad as the bread was in its other iteration, once it is “griddled” and combined with a cheese dip, it becomes an entirely different dish. Throwing the bread on a griddle brings out a sweetness that pairs so perfectly with the dip. This is all accomplished with less than one-third of the portion size of the loaf. This is the ultimate comfort food option in all of Magic Kingdom table service and may be worth the trip alone.
The BELL Burger – $25.00
Disney must be getting some sort of a deal on lobster now, because between this and the Plaza Restaurant breakfast, they are loading heaps and chunks of the higher-priced seafood onto dishes. Sadly, the quality of the burger itself detracts from everything else going on. It was a near flavorless meat patty that shouldn’t be served at a sit-down restaurant. All of the toppings and the bun were enjoyable, but you can’t just eat the toppings. The steak fries are our french fry preference, so we’ll probably opt for them as a side with most dishes.
Lobster Roll – $24.00
A lobster roll isn’t the first thing I would order here, but I’m glad I tried it. Again, we have a dish LOADED with lobster chunks. It’s a sizable sandwich, full of flavor, well complimented with fried clam strips and a lemon caper aioli on a crispy bun. I would have a hard time picking another entree here as a seafood fan. Highly recommended.
Turkey Pot Pie – $22.00
The turkey pot pie is another winner, covered with three soft, flaky biscuits that burst with flavor when paired in a bite with the soup underneath.
As with most Magic Kingdom restaurants, we have some hits and some misses, but I would come back for some griddled bread and a lobster roll or turkey pot pie. The Liberty Tree Tavern is a pleasant atmosphere for a little escape from the crowds and you can always find something on the menu that will please everyone.