Main Street Bakery is a hidden treasure
Main Street Bakery is a hidden treasure

Main Street Bakery

Melting through the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida last week, all we wanted was a quick bite and drink, no lines, and decent food. After by-passing all the lines at the usual places, we stumbled upon the Main Street Bakery.

“Magical”! No lines, air-conditioned and cool, tables to spare, a bathroom (gasp), and tomato and mozzarella on foccaccia. Tons of fudgy gigantic brownies, iced this-and-that, cupcakes, sugar cookies, and other pleasantries made the bakery much more desirable than that dumb old castle anyday.  And yes, the dining plan is included — double bonus.

Icing on the cake: the parade was going by and we could see it without even leaving our seats.  Take that, tired, sweaty, cranky kids…! 

This place is definitely a hidden treasure, a cozy respite from which you can escape the madness of the park outside, if only to wash down a gargantuan brownie…and a diet coke…of course!

Yatchsman Steakhouse

Located in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, the Yachtsman Steakhouse features succulent steak, amazing seafood, a tasty and varied children’s menu and dessert choices too decadent to resist.  The atmosphere is warm and relaxing, with lots of space between tables and airy views of the Yacht Club Resort pool.  Dinner prices start at $36, worth every hard-earned penny.

Tutto Italia Ristorante

One word: Yum.  Visit this superb eatery, situated in Italy, Epcot, in the off-hours, and you will not only avoid the hideous lines, but you will also have the good fortune to enjoy the best Italian food in Orlando, hands-down.  The kind waitstaff is adorably accented, thanking you and taking your order in broken English, or full-on Italian (if the mood strikes them).  The handmade pasta is refreshingly “lite” as far as pasta goes, and the bolognese sauce is rich and flavorful.  Fresh mozzarella is a staple used in many of their fine salads, and the dessert offerings are what you’d expect: cannolis, pastries, berries, gelato.  There are many vegetarian dishes and a pleasant childrens’ menu rounds off the selections at Tutto Italia Ristorante. 

Editor’s note: In the interest of being fair to Disney, this article has been edited to exclude previously negative information that was in dispute.

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