The Mara

On the second morning of my 3 night stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House I headed to the their quick service restaurant, The Mara, in search of breakfast.

Here was their posted Breakfast menu…

And the menu with pictures…

A bigger photo of the #1 Bounty Platter…

 

But before making my choice from this menu, I took a look at some of their breakfast pastry options like Cinnamon Rolls

Orange, Cranberry & Walnut Muffins for $3.29…

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Croissants for $3.69…

Plain Croissants and Cream Cheese Danish

Also Apple Danish

Banana Nut Bread for $3.79…

And an assortment of Bagels for $3.29…

 

But I stuck with my plan to try one of the Hot Entrees from their Breakfast Menu…

Breakfast Flatbread with Sausage Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Tomatoes, and Cheddar 

I took my flatbread (which was served in a box) to the back of the dining room and found a table along this colorful wall…

And a little closer view of my flatbread…

 

 

I was surprised to see “tomatoes” in the description for this because I don’t remember there being any on my flatbread and I don’t see any in any of my photos.  Regardless though, I really enjoyed this.  The sausage gravy (which takes the place of the sauce that is normally on a flatbread) was very tasty and the crust held up well to the toppings…wasn’t either soggy or tough and chewy.

Also, though I just had regular coffee with my flatbread, they did have other options here like Café Latte, Espresso, Cappuccino and a Strawberry Lemonade or Jungle Juice Slushy served with a Mickey Straw

Here is a (not very good) photo of the dispensers for their Frozen drinks…

Jungle Juice is another name for POG (Passion Fruit, Orange, Guava) Juice.

Now for a bonus review.  On the following day, I had some time to kill at the resort while waiting for my Magical Express bus pickup.  I went back to The Mara, this time focusing on some of the sweet treats in their refrigerated display cases.

Sweet treats like these cupcakes…

Spiced Pina Colada Cupcake

Though I associate Pina Coladas with rum, this cupcake did not contain any alcohol.

Another cupcake choice offered here was the…

Zebra Cupcake

This was a chocolate cupcake with vanilla cream filling.

There were of course Zebra Domes

These are the same “Disney famous” coffee-kahlua flavored Zebra Domes that are served at Boma’s dinner buffet.  They sell them in a package of 4 for $4.29 (or at least that was the price in November 2017).

Then there were some desserts that weren’t pre-packaged in their regular display cases.  Besides the usual assortment of cookies, they also these Pecan Tarts for $4.99…

Candy Bar Brownies for $4.19…

And the famous Peanut Butter Brownies for $4.19…

FYI: Both The Mara’s Peanut Butter Brownie and Candy Bar Brownie were listed among the BEST DISNEY WORLD BROWNIES on the Disney Food Blog.

So what did I choose?

I had them place my Peanut Butter Brownie in a to-go container and I took it home with me to share with my husband.  When we ate it the next day it was very good.  The brownie bottom was moist and chocolatey and when combined with the creamy peanut butter frosting it made for a rich but delicious dessert.

Oh, and in case you are curious, I also took a photo of The Mara’s Lunch/Dinner Menu as of November 2017…

And that just leaves the ratings and rankings.  Based on the two items I tried I would give The Mara a rating of at least 4, maybe even 4 1/2.  So I was a little surprised to see that Yelp reviewers have given The Mara only 3 1/2 stars.  It did though fare a bit better with Trip Advisor reviewers, who gave it 4 stars and ranked it #517 of the more than 3,000 Orlando area restaurants reviewed there.  Narrowing it to just the Disney World area restaurants it comes in at #158.

 

 

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