Liberty Tree Tavern

Lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern has been a must-do for me since I discovered their Colony Salad and Oooey Gooey Toffee Cake back in March 2013.  Ever since that visit I have returned to Liberty Tree for this delicious lunch combo on nearly every trip, with only two exceptions (once when they were closed for refurbishment in Oct. 2015 and then again in Dec. 2016 when I made the mistake of having dinner there instead…before they started serving the Oooey Gooey for dessert at dinner.

So having missed out on both of my LTT favorites on my last trip, lunch here was one of the first meals I scheduled for this trip.  And so I met up with my friends, Paula & Hunter, for an early lunch there at 11:00 (the opening time of the restaurant).

We were the first party to be seated in the Ben Franklin room…

This was a great location and since no other guests were seated in this room for much of our lunch, it made for a very quiet, private meal…which is a rarity when you are sitting in the middle of a theme park, especially when that theme park is Magic Kingdom!

Here was their Lunch menu as of Oct. 28, 2017…

In addition to their A la Carte menu, they also serve the “All-You-Care-To-Enjoy” Patriot’s Platter that is their only option at dinner.

Though their A la Carte lunch menu is pretty limited, it is a little better than it was on my last lunch at Liberty Tree in Oct. 2016…

As you can see, in 2016 they had cut their A la Carte lunch menu down to just three entrée options, so I was happy to see that they had added back two of their previous a la carte menu favorites, the pot roast and the fish & chips.

Just like last year, we ordered this for our shared appetizer…

Sweet Corn Fritters with House-made Pepper Jelly

And another view…

And just like last year, these were very good!

Now on to our entrée choices, starting with Hunter who was hungry for an old entrée favorite that didn’t make it back on to the lunch menu.  So he asked our server if it was possible to have this and his request was granted…

Roasted Turkey Breast served with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Herb Stuffing, Green Beans, and Cranberry Sauce

This was basically the Patriot’s Platter minus the Declaration Salad and two other meats (pot roast and pork roast).  He even got the side of Macaroni & Cheese that normally comes with the platter…

Hunter said his turkey dinner was delicious but the mac ‘n’ cheese was mediocre.  Paula agreed with him about the mac ‘n’ cheese, saying it was pretty overcooked.

And speaking of Paula, she too is a fan of the Colony Salad so that is what she ordered…

Colony Salad with Grilled Chicken, Washington Apples, Sweet Pecans, Applewood-smoked Cheddar and Dried Cranberries tossed with Field Greens in a Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette

Paula said, “I love the Colony Salad.  It was good as always and since I ordered the dressing on the side it wasn’t flooded.”

As for me, I really wanted to have the Colony Salad again.  But I always get the salad (last time here for lunch Paula and I shared the salad, as it is huge), so I decided that I would better fulfill by duties as a Disney food blogger by trying something different…

Tavern Battered Fish and Chips served with House-made Tarter Sauce and Lemon

 

And a closer look…

While the fish was good, for me it was the fries (aka chips) that were the star of this entrée.  They were crispy on the outside but soft inside.  However, even though I loved the French fries,  the Colony Salad is still my favorite LTT entrée.

So I was beginning to feel a cold coming on and not feeling very well, plus I was pretty full.  But after forgoing the Colony Salad there was no way I was letting another year go by without having my much-loved…

Oooey Gooey Toffee Cake – Vanilla Cake with Gooey Toffee Filling, Caramel Sauce, and Vanilla Ice Cream

Thankfully Paula loves this too so she helped me eat this delicious but sinfully sweet and rich dessert.  As of this trip (when I added another to my list), I have 4 favorite WDW desserts.  The Oooey Gooey Toffee Cake is definitely one of these, as is the No Way Jose Sundae from Beaches & Cream (which I had had a few days earlier).  So what are the other two???  You will just have to keep reading my trip report to find out.

So that just leaves the ratings, which I was surprised to see were only 4 stars from both Yelp and Trip Advisor reviewers.  I would disagree with them and rate Liberty Tree Tavern at least 4 1/2 stars.  However, though only receiving a 4 star rating on Trip Advisor, Liberty Tree did rank #128 best of the nearly 3,000 Orlando area restaurants reviewed there and #47 of the more than 300 places located in the Disney World area.

 

 

 

 

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