Published: August 25, 2014 at 11:58 AMPlaza Inn is fantastic. The Fried Chicken is top notch and the restaurant is lovely.
Published: August 25, 2014 at 12:02 PMGlad to see the Paradise Garden Grill made the cut, though I must admit I'm surprised to see it described as "popular." When we ate there, staffers were walking around with picture menus trying to drum up business. It took us 20 minutes or so to eat, and we didn't see another customer (which is insane, because the food was ridiculously good).
Published: August 25, 2014 at 1:27 PMI probably should have been more clear on the Paradise Garden bit. The seating area is popular -- it seems as though I'm always walking around with my tray, trying to find a table. (Mariachi bands usually play at mealtimes.) But, yeah, the wait at the counter to order and get my food is always brief. I'd highly recommend, still.
Published: August 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM1, 2, and 10 are also nice because they have self-service free refills on drinks. :)
One other thing to note - 10/Rancho del Zocalo is the only one on the list (and the only in-park quick service excluding Starbucks) to have brewed iced tea, and they have free refills on it. :)
Published: August 25, 2014 at 4:37 PMParadise Garden Grill gets bonus points for being part of the thoroughly awesome Viva Navidad! holiday celebration. The special menu items are quite tasty and unique and the street party is probably one of the best productions Disney has put on in a long time.
Published: August 26, 2014 at 5:14 AMBengal BBQ wasn't included. It's by far the most affordable, and possibly healthiest place to eat in the whole resort. The veggie skewers with huge chunks of squash and potato are amazing, as are the $3ish meat skewers. You can eat well as a family of four at this place for well under $30.
Published: August 26, 2014 at 5:18 AMWhat about Bengal BBQ? Probably the most affordable and healthiest place to eat in either park. The veggie BBQ skewers have huge chunks of squash and potatoes. The chicken and beef skewers are delicious and cost less than $4 each. Plus they have both breadsticks (which aren't a highlight) as well as Mickey pretzels. You can eat well with a family of four for under $30. This place is at the top of my list.