Average Disney Dude: Top 5 All-American Disney Dishes
by Aljon Go
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 CornerThere 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 HollowFunnel 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 TavernApple 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
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.