‘Ohana Breakfast

I hadn’t had breakfast at ‘Ohana in about 10 years so when a reservation became available (even if it was at 7:45 in the morning!), I went for it.

 

I was seated soon after checking in and it wasn’t long before my small 2-top table was filled with food.   But first the server took my beverage order.  I asked for both coffee and…

 

I don’t recall if they had special name for this here, but it was the same POG juice (Passion fruit, orange, and guava juice) that is now offered at many of the Disney restaurants.

As for the food, it is served family-style at ‘Ohana (aka brought to your table on platters), just like at the Garden Grill character breakfast I had attended two days earlier.  Therefore, I will be comparing these two similar breakfast experiences, starting with what was listed on the menu as Assorted Breakfast Breads…

 

One of these rolls was their pineapple and coconut flavored Welcome bread and the other was just iced cinnamon and raisin bread.  Neither were anything special, and not anywhere close to as good as the delicious sticky bun that was served at Garden Grill.  So I took a bite from each and then pushed them aside to save room for (hopefully) something better…like maybe the platter of Seasonal Fruit.

 

This was similar to the fruit bowl served at Garden Grill except this one had just a few raspberries in place of the many strawberries, red grapes, and blueberries that were a part of the Garden Grill fruit mix.  Since strawberries and red grapes are favorites of mine, I preferred the Garden Grill fruit bowl over this one.

 

And now for the main course…

 

First thing I must say regarding this platter is that the temperature of the food on it ranged from cold to barely warm.  Now moving on to compare the included items one by one to those served at Garden Grill.  Both this platter and and the one at Garden Grill had scrambled eggs, but the ones at GG were served a bit warmer so they were slightly better.  Also GG gets bonus points for serving a really good jalapeno-key lime salsa as an optional condiment for the eggs.  Both restaurants also had bacon, but again the Garden Grill bacon was better.  This bacon was pretty limp and rather cold.  One difference was that the ‘Ohana platter had two sausage links instead of the thick-cut slices of ham.  Though I would normally prefer sausage over ham,  in this case the Garden Grill ham was the winner.  Another difference was the potatoes, ‘Ohana served fried potatoes that were not very warm and not nearly as tasty as the tater tots served by Garden Grill.  Also, there was a plain biscuit (again it was cold) included on the ‘Ohana platter that wasn’t at Garden Grill.  And that just leaves the waffles…both platters included two.  But instead of two Mickey waffles, ‘Ohana had one Mickey and one Stitch…

 

I prefer Mickey waffles, but that’s probably just because I’m not really a fan of Stitch.  If my eyes were closed when eating them, they would probably taste the same.  So anyway, the ‘Ohana vs. Garden Grill waffles would probably be a tie if it weren’t for the chocolate-hazelnut sauce that Garden Grill offers in addition to the usual waffle topping of maple syrup…

So if you are a fan of Nutella (this sauce was like liquid Nutella) then this tips the scale in Garden Grill’s favor.

Food-wise Garden Grill was hands down the winner for me.  The service was also better at Garden Grill.  So that just leaves the characters.  Both have Mickey.  While at Garden Grill he was in his farmer attire, here at ‘Ohana he looks like this…

 

 

Both also had Pluto, which were identical (including their camera pose) except that ‘Ohana’s was wearing a lei…

 

But while Garden Grill has the chipmunks (Chip & Dale) as their hosts, the ‘Ohana breakfast features Lilo…

 

…and Stitch.

 

Btw, apparently Stitch is considered the star of this show because he worked the room with his own PhotoPass photographer…who would only take your photo with Stitch and not with any of the other characters.

Anyway, being a solo adult diner the characters did not spend a lot of time at my table at either Garden Grill or ‘Ohana…which is fine with me.  But at both locations the characters seemed to interact well with families seated nearby.  So I guess in the category of character interaction, the two restaurants were pretty much equal from what I experienced and saw.

So overall, if the food is a priority to you when choosing a character meal, I would definitely recommend Garden Grill.   But if it’s all about the characters for you, then I guess it all depends on your preference…Lilo & Stitch vs. Chip & Dale.

 

 

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