Liberty Tree Tavern Dinner

The last time I had dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern was in March 2006 and it was a character meal with Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale in colonial costumes.  That changed back in January 2009 and the characters were removed, however the pre-set all-you-care-to-enjoy platter of food that is served family-style at your table remained pretty much the same.

After being seated our server came to the table to ask what we would like to drink.  Although there were some Specialty Beverages available to order at an extra cost…

…we stuck with drinks which were included in the price of the meal, which at $35 per person was already pretty expensive.

Along with our drink choices of Sprite for my son and iced tea for me, our server brought a plate with 3 rolls and a bowl of honey butter…

These were slightly sweet (even more so once you added honey butter to them) and very good.  I quickly ate one and my son devoured the other two, as we hadn’t eaten since brunch that morning and were very hungry.  We asked for more but unfortunately they had just ran out so instead we were given these…

While these weren’t as good as the first round of rolls, that didn’t stop me from having one and my son ate the other two.  Yes, he had four rolls!  Mostly because he doesn’t eat salad (our first course) and as I said before, we were very hungry.

And speaking of the salad, here is our first course, the Declaration Salad…

Declaration Salad – Tossed Mixed Greens with House-made Dressing

While the salad itself wasn’t too exciting…mostly iceberg lettuce with a few shredded carrots, red onion, and cherry tomatoes added…I really liked the dressing.  I’m pretty sure it was the same slightly sweet honey-shallot vinaigrette that is served on the Colony Salad, my favorite Liberty Tree Tavern lunch entree.  Consequently, I probably ate more salad than I should have, given the fact that we had so much more food coming our way.

And speaking of that, next was this bowl of House-made Macaroni & Cheese…

Unfortunately this was not good.  I would have to say that the basic Kraft Mac & Cheese from a box that my kids used to love when they were little was better than this.

Additional sides were served together on one platter…

In the back of the platter was Herb Stuffing, which was just okay.  I prefer the Stouffer’s stuffing that they used to serve here, as it was a little more seasoned.  This stuffing was pretty bland.  Neither of  us like cranberries so we didn’t eat the cranberry sauce that sat right behind the mashed potatoes.  Unfortunately the cranberry juice spilled over into/underneath  the stuffing and the potatoes…

But we both really liked the unaffected (skin-on) mashed potatoes that we were able to eat from the very top of the pile so we asked for more of these (sans cranberry juice).  I also enjoyed the Green Bean Casserole, which took up about half of this platter of sides…

This was your standard green bean casserole that most everyone has had (often at Thanksgiving) because it is so easy to make.  Canned green beans, mushroom soup, milk and french fried onions are the typical ingredients.  My son won’t eat green beans this way so at least half of these went untouched.

Now for the platter of meats…

 

 

In the last photo, at the top was the Prime Rib, in the middle was the Roasted Turkey Breast, and at the bottom was the Pork Roast.

Let’s begin with the one positive…the Turkey Breast.  It was very good and we both really liked it.  Since there were only two slices of turkey on the platter, we asked for more along with the mashed potatoes.  As for the other two meats, they were pretty bad.  The prime rib was both fatty and stringy.  Even so, it was slightly better than the pork, which tasted and looked pretty weird.  In the past, pork has been advertised as “the other white meat” (to compete in the meat marketplace with poultry), but this pork was a rather unappealing color of grey.   So two strikes out of three for the meat platter.

Our last course was Dessert, pictured from a few different angles (much to my son’s frustration, as the ice cream was quickly melting ;) )…

Johnny Appleseed’s Bread Pudding – Warm Bread Pudding served with an Apple Compote, and topped with Vanilla Creme Anglaise (which tasted pretty much like vanilla ice cream)

This was pretty good, but not nearly as good as Liberty Tree Tavern’s Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake.  The Ooey Gooey is actually one of my all-time favorite Disney World desserts.  I just now pulled up the LTT dinner menu on the official WDW website and guess what???  The bread pudding is gone and the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake is now the dessert that is served at dinner!!  I guess they must have succumbed to the (no doubt) many guest requests for the Ooey Gooey dessert at dinner or the expressions of disappointment due to the lack of it.  I’m not sure why they changed, but I really wish they had done it before my dinner there in December.   :sad1:

So overall, the first batch of rolls, the turkey and the mashed potatoes were very good.  The rest of the food ranged from pretty good to pretty bad.  Therefore I would rate Liberty Tree Tavern for dinner (pre-Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake for dessert) only 3 stars.  However, Liberty Tree is one of my favorite restaurants at Disney World to have lunch and I would give it 5 stars for the several great lunches I’ve had there.  Therefore, my overall average rating for this restaurant would be a 4.  This is slightly higher than the 3 1/2 star rating given to Liberty Tree Tavern by Yelp reviewers, but is the same as given on Trip Advisor.  Also on Trip Advisor, Liberty Tree currently ranks as the #150 best restaurant out of the nearly 3,000 Orlando area restaurants reviewed there, and #58 best restaurant at Walt Disney World.

 

 

 

 

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