Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Brown Derby Restaurant, Disney Hollywood Studios #disneydining

The Brown Derby was fantastic. I love the old Hollywood feel of the restaurant and the food is really delicious. I never really thought that Disney World was a place where I could go get gourmet food. You always think about the rides and the fun but never the food.

Tom and I are foodies. Mainly, because I watch way too much Food Network TV. I realized that there was a whole wide world of food I was missing out on. So a few years ago, I decided that finding good food was a must. The first part of my foodie education was to learn to cook more gourmet food. I started replicating recipes I saw on TV and reading a lot of cookbooks. That has worked because I have become quite a good cook.

Although, I am a good cook, I am not a great chef. So there are times we want a gourmet meal by a real chef. When we lived in Santa Fe, we always had good food available. We would also always head over to Vegas, so we started visiting celebrity chef restaurants to get a great meal. We were hooked. Sure, you can spend a lot of money for a good meal but every so often you have to. So now, when we vacation we are always on the hunt for fantastic food.

What I found at Disney this trip is that, for a foodie like me, I can actually get my gourmet fix right here on Disney property. Next time we come, I am going to convince Tom that we need to do a foodie dinner or two or three. As a celebrity chef groupie, I would love to visit Cat Cora's restaurant Kouzzina on Disney's Boardwalk. I also almost died when I saw Todd English has a restaurant here as well! I need to go to to bluezoo at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. I am a huge Todd English fan!

I digress. Below is the food at the Brown Derby! YUMMY!

Andoullie Crusted Prawn over Black Diamond Cheddar Grits, Wilted Greens and Ancho Chilies. 

Blue Lump Crab Spring Rolls, Snow Crab Claw with an Asian Slaw and Miso Aioli

Crispy Phyllo Napeleon of Bleu Affinee, Wild Mushroom Duxelles, Grilled Portobello, 
Golden Chanterelles and a Fig Reduction

"Famous Cobb Salad" ~ chopped greens, turkey breast, bacon, egg, tomatoes, crumbled bleu cheese, avocados, chives and Cobb dressing

OMG! Love! 

Charred-Glazed Filet of Beef with a Wine reduction, topped with a Cabernet and Roasted Shallot Butter, over White Truffle Oil Wild Forest Mushroom Mashed Potatoes, 
Sauteed Haricot Verts and Golden Beets

I almost got the chicken dish but the Cabernet and roasted shallot butter was calling my name. I think the White Truffle Oil potatoes also tipped the scales. The dish was delicious. There was a subtle hint of white truffle in the potatoes and the flavored butter really made the taste of the beef come out. Yum!

I never had grapefruit cake but I am glad I had this one. There was a subtle taste of the tart grapefruit and the cake was moist and tasty. It was sweet but not too sweet. It was fantastic. 

I loved this!! Chocolate Mousse for my birthday was perfect! 

Disclosure: I’m was invited to attend this all-expenses paid trip by Disney. Thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and are based on my experiences.


  1. dang, that all looks amazing! I am not a foodie in the fact that I cook like a great person but I do love the art of EATING! They made it look easy too.


  2. I love WDW! We live about an hour away and usually get annual passes. Awesome shots!

  3. In all our times going to WDW we've never actually eaten at The Brown Derby - now I really want to! Must make it a priority on our next trip :)

  4. Great review, the Brown Derby is somewhat of a hidden gem at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Now I'm hungry.....