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Sending Pictures of Food to Chef Adam: May 2023

Food from Disney Resorts like Vero and Hilton Head - along with WDW

The pictures and food reviews continued and Chef Adam welcomed my semi-blurry, not so professional images into his mobile feed. For those not familiar with this game, take a look at my March 2023 article that describes my entire process of sending images of our meals to my good friend Chef Adam.

The Edison

  • Resort: Walt Disney World
  • Park: Disney Springs
  • Date: 5/26/2023 – Dinner

Our last trip to Walt Disney World had us exploring Raglan Road at Disney Springs and we enjoyed the trip to Disney Springs so much that we planned for it again. This time, we would try somewhere new and a place I knew very little about: The Edison. And it turns out I didn’t pay much attention in school because I knew just as much about the restaurant as I did the inventor…almost nothing.

The design and decor of the restaurant was pretty cool. I’m not sure if steampunk is the correct use, but it’s close enough. I wasn’t tremendously hungry and almost had a bit of a stomach ache going into the meal, so I won’t judge too harshly.

We decided to order The Edison Burger – which cost us $25. The kids burger was $17…and also came with a cookie…so it’s tough to say what the better deal was. The rest of the family ended up ordering a Caesar Salad, Grilled Cheese, and a Fried Chicken Sandwich. They received some bonus points for giving us a 15% discount for being DVC members. The bill came out to just under $100.

Overall thoughts…not my favorite place in the world. But then again, I wasn’t feeling so great so maybe we will give it a second try.

Teppan Edo

  • Resort: Walt Disney World
  • Park: Epcot
  • Land: Japan – World Showcase
  • Date: 5/27/2023 – Dinner

I’ve shopped beneath and walked by the building a million times, but had no clue that Teppan Edo was hibachi. Back home in West Virginia, we love ordering hibachi. I’m a bit over the novelty and presentation of the chefs, but the food is always amazing.

Was there much difference than our local hibachi joint (known as Fusion)…no, not really. I think there might have been a Mickey Mouse joke included in the presentation, but overall, I would have been fine sitting at a table and having the food served without watching it prepared.

This trip was just a family of four, as my 16-year-old was hanging out with his girlfriend somewhere else in the park. Hibachi isn’t cheap in the Ohio Valley and this is Walt Disney World. Even with two “kids” meals, we ended up paying over $120 – with the tip included.

Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe

  • Resort: Walt Disney World
  • Park: Epcot
  • Land: Norway – World Showcase
  • Date: 5/27/2023 – Snack

My wife is usually the Norway lover. She hits up Frozen Ever After and buys some new Laila perfume each trip. I, on the other hand, have decided that the bakery is where I need to stop (I’m also a fan of the Stave Church – but that’s besides the point).

The bakery has some unique offerings, but also some tried and true classics. On this trip, we decided to get two giant cinnamon rolls, School Bread (my favorite), Norwegian Kringla (pretzel-shaped pastry), and what was called “Worlds Best Cake” on my receipt. In total, we spent $30 on snacks…and it was well worth it.

The Plaza Restaurant

  • Resort: Walt Disney World
  • Park: Magic Kingdom
  • Land: Main Street USA
  • Date: 5/28/2023 – Lunch

If you don’t know, Main Street USA is my absolute favorite land in all of Walt Disney World. With that being said, The Plaza Restaurant is also one of my places to eat. The food, it’s okay. But the atmosphere…it’s what I love. Okay, the food is actually a lot better than okay. I’ve actually enjoyed myself every time we’ve dined.

For this occasion, we tried a BLT salad, kids burger, kids chicken strips, and the Main Street Burger. I say we tried…because I often get all leftovers and clean the plates.

This trip, we also had some great treats. On this occasion, we is actually just the kids.

The meal was just under $80, so not so bad for a sit-down in the Magic Kingdom.

Roundup Rodeo BBQ

  • Resort: Walt Disney World
  • Park: Hollywood Studios
  • Land: Toy Story Land
  • Date: 5/28/2023 – Dinner

It’s not often we get to eat at a brand new restaurant at Walt Disney World. I mean, we try new places to us, but this BBQ joint was new to everyone. Our friends dined there about a month earlier and said the atmosphere was great but the food was “fine”. I went in with an open mind and I have to agree with them. It was great when the loudspeaker would say that Andy’s coming and everyone would freeze. The decorations were great. The food, truth be told, I loved most of the appetizers or whatever you call the food that comes before the BBQ.

It almost felt like we were cheating because we had someone with gluten sensitivity and also a nut allergy – so they brought out extras. The salad was amazing. The rolls were fantastic. I’m sure the BBQ is great also, but it’s not my favorite type of food.

I did eat A LOT – but we paid A LOT. Since the place was new, they took zero discounts. So our AP and DVC was not used. For our family and this all-you-can-enjoy buffet, we forked out over $150…which is not something I care-to-enjoy.

Wind and Waves Market

  • Resort: Vero Beach
  • Date: 5/28/2023 – Lunch

If you thought we were just sticking to Walt Disney World, you had another thing coming. I send Chef Adam pictures from any and all Disney resorts. This trip had us taking a mid-week break and headed to one of my favorite places – Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

Vero really has one place to eat on property – Wind and Waves. There’s the market and then the grill. The market is quick service and priced much like the quick services around the park. We decided to take a break from the pool and picked up some Chicken Strips, Corn Dog Nuggets, and a Buffalo chicken strips. The meal came out to just over $40 and was exactly what we needed for a midday break.

Wind and Waves Grill

  • Resort: Vero Beach
  • Date: 5/28/2023 – Dinner

On the other side of the marketplace (I imagine they share a kitchen) is the Wind and Waves Grill. This is the go-to location for those staying on property and we’ve managed to eat there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout our various stays in Vero. This trip, we decided on dinner and all tried something new.

Lauren went for the Roasted Half Chicken for $26. I went for the bargain $18 Woodfire Buffalo Chicken Pizza…and when I say bargain, it was fantastic and worth every penny. The kids, well, my daughter decided on a kids steak. The boys both went for Mac n’ Cheese, with the oldest asking for double the portion.

Again, the food is always fantastic and the bill is better than most places at WDW. We ended up paying around $80 for the entire meal.

Wind and Waves Grill

  • Resort: Vero Beach
  • Date: 5/30/2023 – Dinner

It shouldn’t be a surprise – considering it’s the only sit-down place to eat dinner – that we went back the following day.

This time, we went for slightly different meals. We tried kids grilled chicken, the Filet Mignon (sharing with my steak hungry daughter), kids steak, Deluxe Burger, and a different variation of the Woodfire Pizza. This time it was Quatro Fromaggi, which was topped with various cheeses. This went to my teenage son, but I was sure to give it a few tastes.

Again, great meal. This time the steaks made it a bit more expensive. With our DVC discount (10%), we paid around $100.

Jungle Skippers Canteen

  • Resort: Walt Disney World
  • Park: Magic Kingdom
  • Land: Adventureland
  • Date: 5/31/2023 – Lunch

It’s been a while since we visited a sleeper (in my opinion) known as Skippers Canteen. I really enjoy the environment and often love the servers. This time we had a server named Adam that was fantastic. He told just enough jokes but we ended up chatting with him about various things like his pet cat. Great service and the food was very good – as always.

I tend to get the Dan Dan Noodles – and not just because I like saying it. We ended up getting Steak and more Steak. We also ended up with some chicken. We were down one 16-year-old son, so the bill was only for four and I appreciated the slight break (even though we gave him money for food – so I guess we really didn’t save money). The meal came out to around $90 with a 20% AP discount.


  • Resort: Walt Disney World
  • Park: Epcot
  • Land: Germany – World Showcase
  • Date: 6/1/2023 – Lunch

If you think we took advantage of my son being with his girlfriend to book a pretty pricey all-you-care-to-enjoy lunch…you would be right. We’ve always wanted to try Biergarten but we weren’t really sure if we would like the German food and didn’t want to cough up nearly $50 per person. We managed to bite the bullet and we were really happy we did. The food was quite amazing. Even our 6-year-old was a fan of most of the food. The fact they had pretzel bread, that was probably enough. I just hope he ate his $27 worth.

Tide Me Over

  • Resort: Hilton Head Resort
  • Date: 6/2/2023 – Lunch

Yes, we did it. We went to Vero and Hilton Head in one trip. That’s two remote Disney Vacation Club resorts. Only if we could have figured out a way to get to Aulani…

This was our first time visiting Disney’s Hilton Head and we were kind of shocked they didn’t have a sit-down restaurant like Vero. Instead, there was a quick service that had outside dining – which worked just fine for what we needed.

We ended up getting a Club Sandwich (something I often crave), Coconut shrimp, and a hot dog.

The food was priced like quick service, so we ended up getting out of there paying just over $50 – with a DVC 10% discount.

More Trips Coming in 2023

That wrapped up the trip in May/June – with a lot of new places checked off of our list…and some new inspirations to Chef Adam. We have some exciting trips coming up for the rest of the year…with some exciting meals to share with the chef.

Eric Hersey

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