Published: November 22, 2010 at 4:11 PMI'm glad to hear the HBD hasn't plunged in quality as so many have complained about other Disney dining venues -- must be the "signature" designation keeping the menu sound and the dishes top-notch. Thanks for the review, and I'm looking forward to my own opportunity to re-sample their fare in just over two weeks...
Published: November 22, 2010 at 6:16 PMI really like dining at the HBD, but I must say I am disappointed with the signature Grapefruit Cake dessert.
This dessert has changed recipes at least twice in the last 7 years. The cake used to be very moist. Now it is dry to very dry.
The old recipe icing was absolutely delicious and the new version isn't completely bad, but again, the original recipe was much better. We too thought the icing on the back of the cake was very dry. It almost seems like another type of cake wrapped around as an outter layer.
The dried grapefruit is a nice garnish, but the older version had bits of fresh grapefruit and it really paired well with the icing.
All in all, it seems like the original recipe of this dessert was money and we cannot understand why it was changed. Ask any of the tenured wait staff and they will agree.
Overall, the dishes at HBD are excellent and it is a shame it doesn't rank higher in the best theme park restaurant category each year. On a hot Florida day you can walk into The HBD from the simmering asphalt and it feels like you are in another part of the world. It really is a Disney gem!
Published: November 22, 2010 at 9:39 PMHBD is one of my family's favorites as well. I have always had excellent food and service at this place.
The only complaint that I have is that the menu is a bit restrictive at times. We are not big fish eaters.
Dessert is delicious there!
Published: November 23, 2010 at 9:46 AMHaving eaten there twice as "Final Day of Vacation Treats", I loved the HBD. The service was impeccable. While being attentive, it wasn't overpowering or pushy. That's a trait that most outside the park restaurants can't claim. The HBD food was wonderful. There wasn't a single complaint out of my party. We used the Disney Dining Plan and then paid for the wine and gratuity. The meal was worth every penny!
We also enjoyed receiving the table-side phone calls from Goofy. I don't know if they still do that, but it was a lot fun!
Published: November 23, 2010 at 10:17 AMI'd still pick Mythos over Hollywood Brown Derby for value, but I enjoy the wider range of ambitious options at HBD.
To clarify on the Grapefruit Cake, it's far from the best dessert I've ever had, but I found the flavor mix unique enough to recommend this as a dessert pick when dining here. I always prefer to try something that you can't find everywhere else. But, yeah, they need to do something about that lousy outer icing.
Published: November 23, 2010 at 12:30 PMWe've yet to try this one. We always thought it was somewhat of a waste to have such a beautiful dining room packed with homely guests, like us. I'd feel uncomfortable in a nice restaurant dressed the way I was.
Published: November 23, 2010 at 11:28 PMbrown derby destroys all other in-theme park restaurants. Mythos is mediocre at best. If u want a good sit down in universal go to the completely ignored lombards seafood in Universal studios, great food at a very good price, try the crab cake sandwich.
Published: November 24, 2010 at 7:10 AMMy wife LOVES this place and we eat there every time we go to DHS!! On our last trip celebrating our anniversary, they brought out free champaign for a toast and a cake for us to celebrate with our kids. The service is always impeccable and the steak filet is one of the best at Disney anywhere. We have NEVER had a bad time or meal here and I highly reccommend this place.
Published: November 24, 2010 at 1:57 PMIt is hands down my favorite restaurant - anywhere! The Cobb Salad is so amazing that I can't NOT get it!!! My mouth waters just thinking of it. Maybe I'll branch out the next time I go, but maybe not!