04 July 2011

ADD: Top 5 All-American Dishes at Magic Kingdom

Average Disney Dude: Top 5 All-American Disney Dishes
by Aljon Go

Happy Independence Day! This month's Top 5 list covers some of my favorite All-American inspired Disney dishes found at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort. You'll also uncover some of the origins of these iconic dishes. Hungry yet? You will be in a few seconds. Let's begin!

#5 Grilled Reuben, Plaza Restaurant

The origin of the Ruben sandwich has a few conflicting accounts. Reuben Kulakofsky, a Lithuanian-born grocer from Omaha, Nebraska, was the inventor, perhaps as part of a group effort by members of Kulakofsky's weekly poker game held in the Blackstone Hotel from around 1920 through 1935. The participants, who nicknamed themselves "the committee", included the hotel's owner, Charles Schimmel. The sandwich first gained local fame when Schimmel put it on the Blackstone's lunch menu, and its fame spread when a former employee of the hotel won a national contest with the recipe. Other accounts hold that the reuben's creator was Arnold Reuben, the German owner of the once-famous, now defunct Reuben's Delicatessen in New York, who, according to an interview with Craig Claiborne, invented the "Reuben special" around 1914.

#4 Corn Dog Bites - Casey's Corner

There is some debate as to the exact origins of the corn dog; they appeared in some ways in the US by the 1920s, and were popularized nationally in the 1940s. A US patent filed in 1927, granted in 1929, for a Combined Dipping, Cooking, and Article Holding Apparatus, describes corn dogs, among other fried food impaled on a stick. Pick up a cup of tasty Corn Dog Nuggets at Casey's and feel like kid again!

#3 Funnel Cake - Sleepy Hollow

Funnel cake was made popular in America at carnivals, fairs, sporting events, and seaside resorts. Funnel cakes were originally associated with the Pennsylvania Dutch region. At Sleepy Hollow you can get them dusted with powdered sugar or cinnamon or topped with strawberries and whipped cream. They are so good, you could loose your head over it!

#2 Apple Crisp - Liberty Tree Tavern

Apple crisp is a relatively new invention. The earliest reference to apple crisp in print occurs in 1924, with a recipe in the Everybody's Cook Book: A Comprehensive Manual of Home Cookery by Isabel Ely Lord. Despite its relatively recent invention, apple crisp or crumble has become an American and British tradition especially during the fall season or Autumn when apples are plentiful.

#1 1/3 lb. Angus Cheeseburger - Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Texas historian Frank X. Tolbert attributes the American hamburger to Fletcher Davis of Athens, Texas. Davis is believed to have sold hamburgers at his café at 115 Tyler Street in Athens, Texas in the late 1880s, then brought them to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. It's a good thing that Fletcher shared the burger with the rest of the world. Arguably the most popular burger at Walt Disney World, the 1/3 lb. Angust burger is juicy topped with bacon and American cheese. For a bit more add onion rings and BBQ sauce for Southwest flair.

There were so many to cover in all the parks I thought this time I would concentrate on one park. What All-American dishes do you like at the Disney Parks? Feel free to leave a comment. In the meantime, keep it real.

Thanks for reading!

Aljon Go is a musician and blogger that loves Disney and food! He is also a co-host of the "WDW Tiki Room" and "WDW After Dark shows on the Sorcerer Radio Network where he is also the station manager. Follow him on Twitter @WDWTikiRoom and @JediMouseketeer! Visit his blog at jedimouseketeer.blogspot.com.


  1. The burger at Pecos Bill's and the Funnel cakes are two of my most favorite things in the Magic Kingdom. We haven't yet expreienced Casey's yet, but hopefully on our next trip! Great list!

  2. Thanks Beth! I really wanted to do a Top 10 list including some popular food from other parks and resorts, however I'll be saving that for another list. Happy 4th!

  3. What a great list. I love Average Disney Dude. LOL We usually don't get funnel cakes at Disney because we live in PA Dutch Country and have them available a lot. We need to try those corn dog bites - my 5 year old son would love them. We ate at Pecos Bill's last trip - yummy burgers!


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