Walt Disney World & World Travels

Yummy Yummy Yummy – Hollywood Brown Derby

Posted on: May 28, 2009

Hollywood Brown Derby

Sunday 11/30

This is probably our favorite restaurant and has become a 1st night tradition for us.

We had a 7pm Advanced Dining Reservation at Hollywood Brown Derby.   After riding a few rides & avoiding as many raindrops as possible we made our way to Hollywood Brown Derby, starving & anticipating a wonderful meal. We were not disappointed!

We started with cocktails: DH ordered the Manhattan (just seems like the kind of drink you should have here)

I couldn’t decide what I wanted.  Our server Laura suggested the Pumpkin martini but I wasn’t real sure about that (especially before dinner) I asked how the Candy Cane martini was and she said “awful!” She said that while it sounded like a good idea, in reality it looks and tastes like Pepto Bismol. 

I decided to go with her other suggestion of the Hollywood.
It took awhile for my drink to come. Laura informed us that they had a new bartender that night and he was still getting used to things.  She admitted that my drink was the 3rd attempt and she still wasn’t sure it was quite right. It tasted fine to me, but I was pretty sure it had a lot more Chambord in it than it was supposed to.   I don’t remember what else was in it, but it was Yummy!
We started with the Cobb Salad. This is why DH loves  Hollywood Brown Derby.

What can I say other than I’m glad the kids don’t like it.  It was wonderful as always.

The rolls were warm, crusty on the outside & soft on the inside. Delicious  Butter is served as a slab on a plate. DS “embellished” his:

DH & I both had the Grilled Atlantic Salmon on soft mascarpone polenta with gorgonzola, balsamic glaze and Sicillan olive tapenade.  I’ve had this several times now and it’s always incredible.   The salmon is good enough that they can cook/serve it medium rare or even rare.   The marscapone polenta is creamy goodness with bits of gorgonzola to add a little bite to it. The olive tapenade is good, but I prefer black olives to green. For those that like green olives, you’d probably think the tapenade was to die for.

DD had the Roasted Sterling Silver Pork Rib Chop with mustard spaetzle, white cheddar, rainbow chard, vinegar onions and pan juices. She fell in love with the pork at Hollywood Brown Derby last December. It’s been a little different each time since, but she’s loved every last bite of it. The pork was melt in your mouth, cut it with a butter knife tender. She probably wouldn’t eat most of the sides on their own, but said they worked really well together. 

DS had his usual, what he calls “the best hotdog on property”

It’s an all beef hot dog, served with chips. Laura told DS he could have french fries instead, even recommending them because the chips are a “healthy” chip. He gladly took her recommendation. 

We were pretty full, but couldn’t miss out on dessert. DH & DD ordered the famous Grapefruit cake, I changed things up and tried the Pumpkin cheesecake with pumpkin seed brittle. DS had the Hidden Treasure from the kids menu.

They love this, light and fluffy with a bit of tartness from the grapefruit.

DD had this last year, so I had to try it this time. OMG this was good!!! The pumpkin seed brittle was incredible (and was covered in chocolate on the back of it  ) The cheesecake was just pumpkin, cinamonny nutmeg creamy goodness.

DS’s Hidden Treasures: Vanilla ice cream, Oreo cookie crumbles and gummy snakes with a Tollhouse cookie

We had coffee with dessert and DH decided it was time for me to try Port, so we shared a glass of the Fereira 10 year Port. It was good, very sweet but very strong. I’m glad we shared it because I’m not sure I could have drank the whole glass by myself.

Using our Disney Dining Experience/Tables in Wonderland discount dinner (including tax & 18% gratuity) came to $176.12. Since Laura was so good (I love a server that will tell you the truth) we did bump the tip up a little.

a family pic from our dinner at HBD



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