Lunch Assessment: Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom

Liberty Tree Tavern is a desk service restaurant in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, serving conventional American consolation meals. On this evaluate, we’ll concentrate on the a la carte lunch menu, share meals images, how this compares to different WDW eating choices, and in addition supply ideas on the All-You-Can-Eat Invoice of Fare.

For starters, Liberty Tree Tavern participates within the Disney Eating Plan as a one credit score desk service meal. It additionally accepts the Tables in Wonderland card for a 20% low cost. Liberty Tree Tavern shouldn’t be worth on the Disney Eating Plan (click on to see high eating places for maximizing your bang for buck on the Eating Plan). It’s not a horrible worth, both–extra center of the highway, particularly the a la carte lunch menu.

We’ve been a bit robust on Walt Disney World eating places serving indulgent consolation meals. One other fashionable Magic Kingdom location, Tony’s City Sq. Restaurant, earned scathing criticism. Extra just lately, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano at DHS was the topic of a not-so-positive evaluate. Whereas each are Italian eating places, they’re related in nature to Liberty Tree Tavern. Nevertheless, in contrast to each, we totally take pleasure in Liberty Tree Tavern. This restaurant is superb at what it does…

Whereas these aforementioned opinions would possibly recommend in any other case, I’m a complete sucker for responsible pleasure delicacies. I really like consolation meals, and actively embrace the occasional meals coma. What I’m not a sucker for is paying premium costs for meals that style like they had been sourced from the frozen meals part of Publix.

Fortunately, Liberty Tree Tavern doesn’t endure from this downside. Its menu is sort of a smorgasbord of things you might discover in your desk at Thanksgiving, and identical to these, most of those dishes may go as one thing home-cooked by grandma. Maybe that’s all you have to find out about Liberty Tree Tavern?

By way of theme, Liberty Tree Tavern is stable. As with Liberty Sq. itself, it appears like colonial period America, very like what you’d discover in Williamsburg, Virginia. Upon nearer inspection, you’ll discover a treasure trove of particulars, together with eating rooms that every pay homage to a distinct Founding Father of the USA.

It’s loads like close by Columbia Harbour Home, which I completely love. Each have inviting and homey sensibilities, and their base design is calming. As with the second ground of Columbia Harbour Home, Liberty Tree Tavern could possibly be the right place for decompressing and enjoyable after a protracted day in Magic Kingdom.

It could possibly be, however that’s by no means been the case for us. In each expertise we’ve had at Liberty Tree Tavern, it’s packed and loud. The foyer is normally bursting on the seams, and fills your entire restaurant with noise. It’s nonetheless good by way of environment, and that is hardly criticism of the restaurant itself…it simply is what it’s.

Sometime, we actually must dine at Liberty Tree Tavern throughout an enormous storm or guide the final seating and linger till it’s truly peaceable. I’m sure that second-floor Columbia Harbour Home vibe exists right here, it’s only a matter of timing. Gorging myself on the Patriot’s Platter then having fun with my meals coma in peace sounds blissful.

Transferring on to this meal, we opted for lunch and had been joined by Josh of easyWDW and Tom of WDWNT. They needed to attempt among the new appetizers and desserts that had simply debuted, in order that was the agenda.

We began with the Lobster Fritters: “Fried Lobster and Candy Corn Fritters with Grilled Lemon Aïoli.”

As may in all probability be anticipated, these had been mild on the lobster and heaving on the corn fritter. Nonetheless, they had been good, particularly when accompanied by the aioli. There was simply sufficient lobster current to provide the sense that they weren’t simply breading, and the candy corn taste labored nicely with the creamy aioli. I’d undoubtedly order these once more; I don’t assume Sarah would.

Subsequent, the Traveler’s Loaded Tavern Fries: “Crisp Fries, Creamy Beer-Cheese Sauce, Home-smoked Pastrami, and Pickled Crimson Onion.”

These had been successful. The beer cheese was incredible, and labored excellently with the pastrami. High quality substances throughout, however a small portion for the value. We’d each order these once more, however the Lobster Fritters could be my first selection.

For her entree, Sarah ordered the Revolutionary Meatloaf: “Plant-based Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Root Greens, and Mushroom Gravy.”

That is supposedly made utilizing Not possible Burger, and that will take a look at by way of taste. It had that smoky taste that (I assume) works nicely in a burger, however maybe not fairly as a lot in a meatloaf. It was nonetheless good, only a tad sudden as in comparison with the conventional dense and semi-sweet and tangy taste of meatloaf. The greens, potatoes, and gravy had been all good. Regardless of seeming a bit ‘off’ as in comparison with regular meatloaf, Sarah would order it once more.

Right here’s the Portobello Pot Roast: “Hearty Mushrooms, Roasted Root Greens, and Brown Gravy.”

This can be a sharp distinction to the Revolutionary Meatloaf. Right here, you’re getting roughly the identical dish, besides with extra mushrooms and no Not possible Burger. These patties aren’t low cost, and these mushrooms are nothing particular, so that you’d anticipate the Revolutionary Meatloaf to be a bit dearer. Not the case, as that is inexplicably $three extra. It’s not horrible, however there’s actually no motive to order this over the Revolutionary Meatloaf.

For my entree, I ordered the BELL Burger: “Applewood-smoked Bacon, Cheddar, Poached Egg, Lettuce, and Lobster.”

That’s what a $25 burger at Walt Disney World appears to be like like. I bear in mind the nice ‘ole days…round 5 years in the past…when Carthay Circle Restaurant did the unprecedented and unthinkable by introducing a $20 gourmand burger. Disneyland locals misplaced their minds, contending that a burger ought to by no means value $20. It was (and nonetheless is) an distinctive burger, but that worth was (and nonetheless is) tough to abdomen. These days, $20+ burgers appear to be the norm reasonably than the exception at Disney desk service eating places.

It’s topped with bacon and lobster, so there’s at the least some justification for the excessive value. Personally, I believed the burger patty itself was adequate to face by itself, and located that the lobster didn’t add a lot.

On the contrary, I ended up eradicating many of the lobster and consuming that by itself after a few bites of the burger, as a result of it was just too giant to eat all the pieces collectively. I’m a powerful proponent of novelty burgers at Walt Disney World counter service eating places, as these toppings masks subpar beef. Right here, the meat is great.

I don’t remorse ordering this and located the separate parts to be stable. Nevertheless, if a burger is what you’re within the temper for, I’d advocate choosing the (cheaper) common Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger.

Subsequent, Our Tavern Keeper’s Favourite: “Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, and Backyard Greens.”

It’s these top-of-menu entrees (pot roast, turkey pot pie, and carved turkey) which can be in Liberty Tree Tavern’s wheelhouse. Iconic objects that ship precisely what you need and barely disappoint. This pot roast was good–tender with simply the correct quantity of fattiness to ship the right taste. The meat doesn’t even want that mushroom gravy, but it surely definitely doesn’t harm. Extremely beneficial.

This brings us to the family-style all-you-can-eat Invoice of Fare Patriot’s Platter that’s out there on the lunch menu and your unique possibility at dinner. If I had the selection, that is completely what I’d order. The Invoice of Fare is a precise re-creation of the primary Thanksgiving feast, proper all the way down to the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake and Coca-Cola.

At the moment, this Invoice of Fare prices $38 and contains Roasted Turkey Breast, Pot Roast, and Oven-roasted Pork with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Greens, Herb Stuffing, and Home-made Macaroni and Cheese. Given menu costs, that is price about $24. Nevertheless, that is all-you-can-eat, so we may in all probability bump that quantity up a bit.

The Invoice of Fare additionally features a drink, which we’ll worth at $four and the Declaration Salad, which we’ll worth at $zero (solely a idiot eats salad when bottomless meat is on the menu). Add to that a trio of desserts, together with the enduring Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake, which we’ll say are price $12 whole. By our conservative estimates, that’s $40 price of meals–and presumably far more in the event you’re an enormous eater.

Extra importantly, the Invoice of Fare provides you decisions and suppleness. Let’s say the pot roast isn’t your jam or the turkey breast is atypically dry. Merely pivot to the oven-roasted pork, mashed potatoes, and mac & cheese. Or eat extra Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake. “In the event you can dream it, you are able to do it.”

Oh, as for the brand new desserts at Liberty Tree Tavern, we ordered the Blueberry Citrus Fritters, Cherry-Almond Tart, and Boston Cream Whoopie Pie.

None of those had been dangerous, however in addition they weren’t something particular. It felt prison ordering these when the enduring Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake is proper there, however such is the character of running a blog. You usually don’t order what you need. Anyway, get that and don’t trouble with any of those.

General, our meal was a bit hit and miss, however we anticipated that given what we “had” to order. In the event you go in to a meal at Liberty Tree Tavern realizing that is American consolation meals and follow the menu’s highlights (and even order that vegan Revolutionary Meatloaf), you’re unlikely to be disillusioned. I’d nonetheless choose Skipper Canteen or Be Our Visitor Restaurant for dinner over this, however I acknowledge these are “controversial” decisions (and the latter could not even be an ADR possibility). Liberty Tree Tavern shouldn’t be the objectively-best desk service restaurant at Magic Kingdom and it’s arguably a bit overpriced for what it’s, but it surely’s nonetheless a really satisfying eating expertise that constantly delivers with tried and true favorites which can be unlikely to disappoint.

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