REVIEW: Lobster Cobb Salad, Home-Style Meatloaf, and Cheesesteak Sandwich from the New All-Day Menu at The Plaza Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom
If you’ve been following our monitoring of menu changes across property, one of the recent changes affected one of our go-to restaurants at the Magic Kingdom: The Plaza Restaurant. The restaurant recently switched to an all-day menu in lieu of its traditional Lunch and Dinner menus, eliminating many fan favorite food items and making slight recipe and presentation changes to remaining dishes. In light of these changes, we decided to take a walk down Main Street, U.S.A. and try some of the new items.
Here’s a look at the Dessert Menu, which includes Cakes & Shakes and Ice Cream & Sundaes. We’re pleased to see that the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Milk Shakes still remain. You’ll notice some new plant-based desserts, like the Dark Chocolate Banana Bread with Soy Milk Frozen Dessert. (The Plaza stocks a variety of soy- and rice-based ice creams for vegan guests.)
The Plaza Restaurant Kids’ Menu (Sponsored by Cuties)
Here’s a look at the Kids’ Menu. It’s interesting to note the Cuties branding, which is likely one of the first times we’ve seen such prominent branding on a kids’ menu on property.
The Plaza Restaurant All-Day Menu Review
With so many favorites gone from the menu, we opted for some new dishes, plus some that slightly changed in terms of presentation and plating, like the meatloaf, which no longer comes with delicious onion rings.
Lobster Cobb Salad – $21.00
Mixed Greens, Tender Lobster, Hard-boiled Egg, Smoked Bacon, and White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Disney describes this on their menu as mixed greens, tender lobster, hard-boiled egg, smoked bacon, and white balsamic vinaigrette.
The first thing we all noticed is that the salad was vastly underdressed. They couldn’t even throw a full egg on there. There are plenty of mixed greens on the salad, but as for the other ingredients, not so much.
I would describe this salad as having six delicious “first bites”, but then after that, you’re stuck with a bunch of undressed, dry, tasteless mixed greens from the standard bag at the grocery store. When we did get all the ingredients in those first few bites, they all worked well together, but for $21.00, I’m not sure it’s worth that price.
Home-style Meatloaf – $22.00
Hearty Slices of Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, and Seasonal Vegetables
This “hearty sliced” meatloaf is served with mashed potatoes and seasoned vegetables.
Meatloaf is one of those food items that everyone has a different take on. Someone in our lives made us meatloaf, we enjoyed it, and decided that is the way meatloaf should taste. With that being said, there were three of us who tried this and thought “not too bad” which, for meatloaf, is high praise.
There is really nothing special that makes this meatloaf stand out. The gravy on top tasted good and complimented the meatloaf well. The mashed potatoes were well-seasoned and cooked just right. A full bite of the meatloaf, gravy and mashed potatoes (because everyone knows thats how you are supposed to eat it) was actually quite delicious. The green beans, like everything else on this dish, were also good. I hate using “good” as a descriptor, but there are really no bells and whistles to this dish… just a good ol’ fashioned meatloaf like you would expect back home. If you are craving something that reminds you of your childhood, this is right up your alley.
Cheese Steak Sandwich – $19.00
Shaved Beef, Peppers, Onions, and Provolone Cheese
The menu describes this as “shaved beef, peppers, onions, and provolone cheese.” Of the three items we tried tonight, this was a huge favorite. The bread was soft and just the right size for the proper meat-to-bread ratio.
The shaved beef was hot, well-seasoned, and shaved just like any iconic sandwich you would grab in Philadelphia. The peppers and onions were cooked nicely and were not overbearing. They elevated the sandwich, but did not steal the show. Lastly, the melted provolone was prevalent throughout the sandwich and made every bite a tasty one. The highest praise I can give an item here at the Plaza is saying “I would order this again”, and for this sandwich… we absolutely would.
When you come to eat at the Plaza, you come for the warm and fuzzy feeling of comfort food right on main street, and you get a pretty simple menu that leaves you satisfied, but not exactly running to tell your friends and family how amazing your meal was. The best thing this restaurant has going for it (besides its location) is that a lot of the dishes have a nostalgia factor. Whether it’s a memory from your childhood, or a version of something you had at Disney when you were a kid, it’s warm comforting food.
Do you have a favorite food item from the Plaza? What do you think of the new All-Day Menu? Let us know in the comments below!