Showing posts with label Dining. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dining. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Cozy Dog Drive In

Mik in Front of Cozy Dog Drive In

Date of Visit: June 18, 2024

When planning Mik’s 30th birthday trip, we had considered doing some Route 66 things. Originally it was something we were going to do towards the end of the trip when we went from Anaheim to Chicago, but we ended up starting the trip from Chicago (it was a change we made about a week before the trip to allow Dad and I to make a quick weekend detour to go to see the ceremony for mom’s uncle being inducted into the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame). When planning the trip, Mik ended up only wanting to do Pops in Oklahoma. The first rest area we stopped at in Illinois, though, had info on Route 66 attractions in Illinois and Dad suggested we stop at some of them. Mik could not be convinced to stop at the Man with a Giant Hot Dog statue or World’s Largest Catsup Bottle, but he was up for having an early lunch at the Cozy Dog Drive in…once I told him it was no farther off the route than stopping somewhere else for lunch. 

Cozy Dog souvenir display

With it being called a drive in, we thought it be similar to Sonic, but it actually has seating inside and a drive through. Eating inside was definitely the right choice as they have Route 66 decor and information including Route 66 books you can you look through while you’re there.

Mik rolled up to booth table

Mik found the booth tables perfect for him to roll up to. I little hard for Dad and I to get in and out without moving Mik, but once all in it was good. There are also regular tables that you can pull chairs away from to roll under.

Table with chairs

Mik eating corn dog

Mik, of course, had to have a corn dog.

Mik eating chili cheese dog

He also had a chili cheese dog.

Cheese on a stick

I enjoyed the cheese on a stick and we all shared the fries, which were Mik's favorite style of fries.

Cozy Dog Cola in bottle

To drink, Mik had the Cozy Dog cola and I had the Cozy Dog root beer.

Cozy Dog root beer in bottle


Mik said the bathroom was good as they were just one person style rooms that are spacious versus bathrooms with stalls that even the accessible one frequently is not big enough for a wheelchair and helper.

entrance to Cozy Dog Drive In with Route 66 Roadside Attraction sign

Cozy Dog Drive In ended up being a great early lunch stop. We got there around 10:30am and there was pretty much no one there. By the time we left probably half the tables were in use and the drive through line was around the building almost to where we were parked. 

Mik and Kjersti in front of Cozy Dog Drive In Sign

Destination Info:
Cozy Dog Drive In
2934 S 6th St
Springfield, IL 62703

Route 66 Springfield, Illinois sign at Cozy Dog Drive In

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Ole Red Orlando

Date of Visit: December 13, 2023

I had been wanting to check out Ole Red the past several trips to Orlando and this trip we finally got around to it. We went for lunch, which turned out good with it being pretty much empty. However, it did end up meaning no live music, although they do play music videos on the screen above the stage.

For the starters, we had the Fried Pickles and the Southern Fried Cheese Curds. We enjoyed them both, but I really liked the Fried Pickles.

For the meal, Mik had the Honey Bee Hot Chicken & Waffles, which was enough for him to take home for dinner later. I had the Some Beach Fish Sandwich. Mom and Dad both had the Bluetick and Ahi Tuna burgers. It was all good other than we were not fans of the tots.

For dessert between the four of us we tried all 3 of the mason jar desserts, which included Banana Pudding, a Seasonal Cheesecake (white chocolate and cranberry), and Blake's Choice (peppermint mousse that day).The were all good, but probably the Banana Pudding was the favorite.

Overall we really enjoyed dining here and probably would do again. So often restaurants have the tables too close together to be able to get to the tables without people having to get out of their chairs and push them in and the table legs make it so Mik cannot roll up close. So it was a plus that neither of these things were issues here. It may be different when there are actually people here, but they did seem to purposely have the low top tables set up to be accessible when they were choosing were to seat us at one of the tables in front of the stage as the areas on the sides of the stage had more tables including high bar style areas.

Destination Info:

Ole Red Orlando
8417 International Dr
Orlando, Fl 32819

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Walt Disney World: Epcot - Coral Reef Restaurant

Date of Visit: January 16, 2020

We decided to try the Coral Reef Restaurant this trip as we'd thought the aquarium aspect would be fun, especially since the five-year-old loves aquariums. It also appealed to us that it wasn't a fixed priced like the character dining and we could eat only some courses if we preferred instead of feeling like we have to get the most for our money and making sure we're hungry enough for all the courses at the fixed priced dining.

We were immediately disappointed in the restaurant as they tried to sit us at two separate tables. Not only did we want to eat all together, but the way the tables are was difficult and crowded for the wheelchair.

Luckily, when we asked if we could sit more all together at the booths they were fine with that. That at least allowed Mik to roll up to the table more comfortable. However, it was two rather large tables that we still basically ended up feeling like we were dining as two entirely separate groups rather than as one.

The main disappointing thing, though, was the restaurant has a stepped tier design and the only accessible seating is in the back area farthest from the aquarium. Thus, we really couldn't enjoy the whole point of the restaurant, especially Mik as he ended up with his back to the aquarium, although that was our choice and probably the reason they didn't try to seat our group with a wheelchair where we decided to sit. Honestly, though, the view did seem better from the booths than the initial tables they tried to seat us at as we were farther from the wave wall and could somewhat see over it. Really though if that wave wall was just more level with the tables or a clear barrier if they want it higher for safety reasons, then it would have been better.

Overall we did enjoy the food, but there is so much different cuisines to enjoy at Epcot that it seemed a waste in the end since we didn't end up with an aquarium view experience as part of the dining as we had expected. The fact that the restaurant was very empty did make it a nice relaxing break in our day, though.

Destination Info:
Coral Reef Restaurant
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Disney Wonder Panama Canal Eastbound Cruise: Day 14 - Mardi Gras Dinner @ Tiana’s Place

Date of Visit: November 21, 2019

Our final night was the Mardi Gras  night. We had been looking forward to it fir the beignets all trip. Having our table next to the stage, though, ended up making Mik really dislike this night as it was much louder than the other theme night here. We were at least able to get done with dessert just in time for me to take him out right before the real Mardi Gras part started.

For his appetizer, Mik had the Boudin Sausage Fritters, which he ended up not liking.

The Herb Brioche beard service was his favorite other than the pretzel bread the one night.

He had Jame’s Roasted Pork Tenderloin for his main course.

For dessert, he originally was going to just get beignets, but then he saw the New Orleans Bananas Foster Sundae. Thus, we both ended up with a sundae and split an order of beignets.

Disney Wonder Panama Canal Eastbound Cruise: Day 13 - Animation Dinner at Animator’s Palate

Date of Visit: November 20, 2019

Our last dinner in Animator’s was the night you get to draw a character that then appears in a show on the screens.

Mik didn’t mind drawing a character this time, but he did not like that “Be Our Guest” part of the dinner. He used to like it or at least not mind it, but he has grown to dislike the song because we have the “Be Our Guest” dishes and I’ve been known to sing it and even ask Alexa to play it when serving him food at home.

Mik had the Sesame Crusted Tuna Sashimi appetizer.

He also had the Lobster Bisque soup.

For his main course, he had the Chicken Schnitzel.

For dessert, he had the Very Cherry Chocolate Sundae.

Disney Wonder Panama Canal Eastbound Cruise: Day 12 - Captain’s Gala Dinner at Triton’s

Date of Visit: November 19, 2019

Our last dinner in Triton’s this cruise was the Captain’s Gala menu.

Mik had the Oysters Rockefeller on the Half Shell for his appetizer.

For his main course, he had the Pan-Seared Venison Medallions.

For dessert, he had the Chocolate Lava Cake.

Disney Wonder Panama Canal Eastbound Cruise: Day 11 - Dinner at Tiana’s Place

Date of Visit: November 18, 2019

No idea what the theme was this night, but the dessert ended up being one of our favorites.

Mik has the North Atlantic Lobster Ravioli for his first appetizer.

He also had the Chicken “Bastela” appetizer.

For his main course, he had the Braised Center Cut Osso Buco “Milanese.”

For dessert, we all enjoyed the Peanut Butter Fudge Pie.

Disney Wonder Panama Canal Eastbound Cruise: Day 10 - Frozen Dinner at Animator’s Palate

Date of Visit: November 17, 2019

We happened to get a great dining rotation this cruise as Animator’s was fun to be in for the theme nights. For the Frozen dinner, there were different images from Frozen shown throughout the dinner.

During the dinner, they gave everyone light up snowflake necklaces.

For his appetizer, Mik had the Duke of Weselton’s Favorites (meats and cheese plate).

As his entree, Mik had the Lobster Ravioli.

He had the Oaken Warm Apple Pudding Cake for dessert.

Disney Wonder Panama Canal Eastbound Cruise: Day 9 - Panama Canal Dinner at Triton’s

Date of Visit: November 16, 2019

The dinner for the day we went through the Panama Canal was Panama cuisine themed.

This was one of the two nights Mik got a drink at dinner instead of the lounge. He enjoyed the non-alcoholic Donald Delight (vanilla ice cream, orange passion juice, and strawberry puree).

For his appetizer, Mik had the Warm Cheddar Cheese and Applewood Smoked Bacon Tartlet.

We all had the Baked Lobster Tail “Gatun” for our main course.

For dessert, Mik had the Warm Churros and was tempted to say, “Yes,” when our server asked if he wanted more, but he was too full.

Disney Wonder Panama Canal Eastbound Cruise: Day 8 - World of Flavour Dinner at Tiana’s Place

Date of Visit: November 15, 2019

Mik had the Argentinian Empanadas for his appetizer.

We enjoyed that this night’s bread service included soft pretzel sticks.

For his entree, Mik had USA Prime Rib of Beef.

He had the Irish Warm Guinness Pudding for dessert.