|The Grand Canyon Concourse, from the loading area of the monorail.|
Unfortunately, you can't see Chef Mickey's from here. Its on the other side of the wall with the big mural on it.
|A closer view of the big mural. This piece of artwork is almost seven stories tall.|
|A view of the little mural.|
characters showing up all the time, and the background music is a bit loud and intrusive, and there's a lot of noise. Unlike T-Rex, though, which was similarly noisy and busy, the sound in Chef Mickey's wasn't overwhelming. I'm guessing its just better acoustics.
The restaurant itself is wide open and brightly lit, with cheerful decorations. There is no part of this restaurant that doesn't have easy access to the buffet line, and there's no congestion points where people might have a hard time navigating past his fellow diners.
|The dining room. Wide open, doesn't feel crowded, and is tastefully decorated.|
Our table was surprisingly small for a party of four, and it was dominated by the napkin dispenser, salt, pepper, sugar/sweeterer cup, and condiment bin. But it wasn't unworkable. Our server, a really nice, personable guy named Nabil, was on the ball. Before we even had sat down he had everyone's orange juice glasses filled and was offering coffee (despite my general dislike for the swill-disguised-as-coffee Disney serves at their restaurant, I had a cup) to those who wanted it. Aaron specifically had to ask for a soda, as it didn't seem to occur to Nabil that anyone would want anything else to drink, but given the orange juice and the coffee, he barely touched the thing.
|The four of us, at our table. It was small.|
That's the buffet line behind us.
|The amazing Nabil, waiter supreme.|
So far, Nabil has been the most skilled, efficient, and friendly server in the entire tour.
Seriously, when you go, ask if this man is working, and if he is, demand to be seated at one of his tables.
The buffet had a wide variety of breakfast foods to offer. An impressive variety of foods, if I were to be honest. There were four or five different kinds of fruit, including bananas, apples, oranges, grapefruit, little tangerine slices, grapes, pineapple, and two different kinds of melon), as well as several in mixed fruit salads. There was yogurt (blueberry). Bacon. Sausage in both link and crumble form. Scrambled eggs. Croissants. Hash with turkey, hash with sausage, and hash with corned beef. Dilled salmon with capers. A breakfast pizza. Biscuits and sausage gravy. French toast. Cottage cheese. Raisin bread. Sticky buns. Grits. Freshly-made waffles (shaped like Mickey Mouse, no less). Ham. Freshly-made pancakes. Hash browns in patty form. English muffins. Two different types of quiche. Hash browns in a creamy cheese sauce. Blintzes. Rice crispy treats. Donut holes. Cinammon buns. Oatmeal. And four different types of cold cereal.
|Fruit, fruit, and more fruit. Plus yogurt, cottage cheese, and salmon.|
|The rest of the fruit/salad line.|
|A breakfast pizza, hash brown patties, and french toast.|
|Croissants and english muffins.|
|Quiche, more quiche, sausage, more sausage, ham, and bacon.|
|Yet another quiche, plus sausage and gravy. Sticky buns to the right.|
|Blintzes with either blueberry or cherry sauce.|
|Rice crispy treats, cinammon buns, and raisin bread.|
|Fresh fruit, rice crispy treats, and donut holes.|
|See! Told you!|
I've got to be honest and tell you that for all the variety, the quality of the food was pretty basic. I'm not saying it was bad (at least not overall). But what I am saying is that there wasn't anything special about it. If you've been to any Shoney's or Golden Corral for their breakfast buffet, all you have to do is imagine yourself surrounded by Disney decor and characters while you're eating there and you've pretty much arrived at the heart of Chef Mickey's.
There were some high spots, of course. The Mickey waffles were fresh made right in front of you, as were the pancakes. Those creamy hash browns with the cheese sauce were just fantastic. The Italian sausage hash (substituting the sausage for corned beef, and including
|Aaron's birthday cupcake.|
Jared sucked his up like a vacuum cleaner sucks up dust and I had no chance to take a picture of it.
|Jared with Donald Duck.|
|Aaron and Jared with Goofy.|
|Aaron and Jared with Mickey Mouse.|
|Aaron, Jared, and myself with Pluto.|
|Mom, Aaron, and Jared with Minnie Mouse.|
Now for the bad news.
I'll give Chef Mickey's breakfast buffet three stars. If you've got kids and are looking for a fun experience with the characters, go for it. If you don't have kids? There are probably better (or at least less expensive) places to go for the same food. Like Golden Corral.
The tour will be coming back to Chef Mickey's at a later date, for the dinner buffet.
Next up: The Grand Floridian Cafe, at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.