Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Restaurantosaurus
It’s the End of the World As We Know It, and I Feel…….FULL: A Restaurantosaurus Review
If you ask anyone to name my favorite thing in the world to do, they would probably say……..sleep. But, if you asked them my SECOND favorite thing to do, they would probably say EAT. So, it should be of little surprise that we take our Disney World feeding itinerary very seriously.
There are no shortage of food options spread across the parks and resorts and those choices can be a little bit overwhelming at times. They can also add up in price if you don’t sprinkle in some of the more affordable options, or “quick-serve” restaurants, to go with the more high-end “signature” dining experiences that are offered.
Lower pricing does not always mean you are going to get a lesser experience, however. You just need to do your research or, in the case of the restaurant I’m covering today, stumble upon it completely by accident. The quick-service spot I’m referring to is Restaurantosaurus located in the Dinoland area (naturally) of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.
I had heard of Restaurantosaurus before, and had even dined there on my honeymoon. Seven years removed from that event, I had not retained that memory and had to be reminded by my better half. As mentioned previously, the reason it became a dining option on our latest trip was completely by chance and not at all based on my previous experience there. In reality, I was researching the song “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” for an unrelated reason and read the tidbit that it was played in regular rotation at Restaurantosaurus. I thought this was pretty clever considering what happened to the dinosaurs (spoiler: they didn’t make it). This information led me to seek out its menu and the rest is history.
The restaurant is decked out in Jurassic style décor with dinosaur-themed books on the shelves, faux artifacts, and even dinosaur bones. Well, fake ones anyway. The menu itself consists of “American” food choices such as an angus bacon cheeseburger, the chili cheese dog, and chicken nuggets for the kids. For this visit, however, this carnivore joined his herbivore wife in choosing the “Vegetarian Black Bean Burger”, served with French fries, to quench my hunger.
While you’re likely to find some tastier options elsewhere, you’re also going to be paying a lot more money. The black bean burger not only hit the spot, but at $13.49 it also did not break the bank. And I don’t want to minimize how good this meal was. Just because it wasn’t my favorite meal on property does not mean I wasn’t quite satisfied. Of course, there is one MAJOR plus to eating an entrée at Restaurantosaurus that puts it over the top in terms of both food and cost: the fixings bar. You can spruce up your meal with unlimited choices of guacamole, bleu cheese, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, jalapenos, pickles, and others. I have even heard stories of parents bringing bags of chips for their kids and making them flourish with toppings from this bar. While that’s not something I would endorse or recommend, you have to appreciate the creativity of their thriftiness.
To summarize, if you miss eating at Restaurantosaurus, it won’t necessarily be the “end of the world as you know it”, but you will be missing a pretty great meal, in well-themed restaurant, at an affordable price and you might just be sending yourself back to the Stone Age.