The good thing about living in Orlando is that you can play tourist any time you want. We like to go to the theme parks—yes, all of them. One of our favorite parks is Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I love the safari, but I think my husband likes to go because of the Rainforest Cafe. The Rainforest Cafe is located at 505 N. Rainforest Road at the Disney Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando and at 1676 East Buena Vista Drive in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Rainforest is a Landry’s restaurant (they own T-Rex Cafe, too). If you join the Landry’s Select Club, you can earn points for dining at one of their many restaurants. As you can guess, we’re a member of the Landry’s Select club (check them out at (http://www.landrysselect.com/), and we like to use our points for discounted meals at Rainforest Cafe.
Rainforest Cafe offers a unique dining experience for everyone. The restaurant recreates a tropical rainforest complete with animals, vegetation, and sea life. Every 15 minutes or so, the elephants and monkeys get a little riled up, but the real entertainment is about every 30 minutes when the rainforest comes to life. The sounds of the jungle—the trumpets of the elephants, the chattering of monkeys, and the squawking of large colorful birds—provide engaging entertainment for all.
In addition to lunch and dinner, Rainforest serves breakfast. We stopped in at the Animal Kingdom location and had breakfast. We both ordered omelets, but the pancakes and eggs benedict were awfully tempting. I had a vegetable omelet, but you could order just about anything you wanted. The omelets were rather large and were served with potatoes and toast. it was more than enough food for the price. The menu offers a range of appetizers such as Raging Thunder Buffalo Wings, Lava Nachos, spinach and artichoke dip, and chicken tenders. The coconut shrimp is awesome, and so is the queso. Another good choice is the salads. Try one of the China Island, Jungle Cobb, or Calypso salads. Add a cup of Seaside Clam Chowder for an extra treat. Can’t leave without one of the speciality bar drinks, too. I tried the July 4th margarita—strawberry puree, traditional margarita, and blue agave—layered in one huge glass. One is probably enough for most of us. You can also order pizza and pasta; beef, pork, and chicken dishes; burgers; sandwiches; seafood, and tempting desserts. We usually dine at the Rainforest when my husband wants a burger. He swears they make the best burgers in Orlando. He usually orders the Rainforest Burger (rare, if possible), and I try something different most of the time. Unfortunately, we never have room for dessert, but the peanut butter pie and chocolate diablo are in my sights.
There’s a kids menu, too, complete with character speciality drinks. When you’re finished eating, you can stroll over to the Rainforest shop and pick up rainforest animals, apparel, tableware, and a wealth of themed merchandise. The Rainforest Cafe is one of the things you must do while in Orlando. You’ll be pleasantly entertained and well-feed.
Reviewed by Sherry