PHOTOS: The Plaza Restaurant Removes Numerous Dinner Offerings in Favor of All-Day Menu at Magic Kingdom

The Plaza Restaurant, known for its turn-of-the-century charm, diner-style sandwiches, and of course, its ice cream, is seeing yet another menu change this year. In December 2018, the restaurant rolled out a number of new Dinner options, including the fan-favorite Kentucky Turkey Hot Brown Sandwich and a Strip Steak served with Cheesy Bacon Twice-Baked Potato. Now, it seems those options have been axed in favor of a more streamlined, All-Day menu, and for what we can only assume are budgetary reasons.

Throughout the menu, you’ll notice the merging of both the old lunch menu and the dinner menu into an odd array of items.

The Wedge Salad has now been veganized. (This took place during the resort-wide rollout of new vegan dishes.) It no longer includes Gorgonzola cheese, and in its place is a vegan ranch dressing. It did, however, go up from $8 to $9 this past year. The Plaza Loaded Fries have survived, but the Tomato Soup is now a mysterious Seasonal Soup. Thankfully, the Lobster Fried Green Tomatoes have remained. (You can read our review on those here.)

There used to be a note on the top of the Entrees list stating that sandwiches came with your choice of Seasonal Vegetables, Homemade Chips, or French Fries. Now, there are barely enough sandwich-style options on the menu to warrant the note. The Strip Steak is now an Herb-marinated steak served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables instead of the twice-baked mashed potatoes. In fact, mashed is the only style of potato you’ll see on the menu now (besides French fries,) in order to better streamline the kitchen. (Starchy vegetables cost money, people.) The Cheese Steak Sandwich, also now comes with––you guessed it––mashed potatoes. The Plaza Burger is now $22 (up from $20) and comes topped with the same brisket that’s used in the Mac & Cheese, which is no longer baked and instead topped with sour cream and jalapeños. A Plaza Club will run you $17. The Lobster Cobb Salad still costs $21, and while avocado isn’t listed in the ingredients, it is still shown in the image, thankfully. The Home-style Meatloaf remains unchanged, save for the presentation on the menu. It used to be served with two fried onion rings on top as garnish, now served plain. (At least they didn’t raise the price. Quite possibly the strangest item to remain on the menu is the Bangers & Mash, the only other plant-based vegan option on the menu besides the Wedge Salad.

Gone is the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich, the Chicken-Strawberry Salad, the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, the Angus Chuck Cheeseburger, the Plant-Based Plaza Burger, and of course, the Kentucky Turkey Hot Brown Sandwich.

All in all, the needless cutting of options here, starting with the macro level of a heavily condensed All-Day menu, to the micro of removing sides and options, rubs many faithful Plaza patrons the wrong way. As with any menu change, it takes a few months, if not a full year to determine whether it “works” or not, so we’ll have to wait and see just how permanent these changes are.

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