Thursday, March 15, 2012

Earl of Sandwich: Quite possibly the best dining deal at Disney

A visit to Orlando and Disney World is great. But let's face it, it's not cheap eating three meals a day at Disney World. The breakfast buffet at Chef Mickey. Lunch at Pecos Bill's. Dinner at 50's Prime Time Cafe. Popcorn on Main Street or maybe a turkey leg. How about a Mickey Ice Cream Bar? And don't forget about soft drinks all day long. It ads up.

So how do you still eat all the wonderful delights and save money at Disney? If you happen to fit in a visit to Downtown Disney and the Disney Marketplace in Lake Buena Vista, you'll find one of the best dining deals in all of Disney: Earl of Sandwich.

Granted, there's not a whole lot of Disney magic in the place. It's your basic sandwich shop with some attempt to make it look like the study of some stuffy English Earl - if a fake fireplace, wood ceiling beams, chandeliers and bookshelves somehow lead you to that conclusion. It's no "Be Our Guest" restaurant.

But look, you're here for a cheap lunch, so let's get on with it.

I went with The Original 1762 Sandwich ($5.99) with roast beef, sharp cheddar cheese and horseradish sauce. All in all, a pretty good sandwich for just north of 5 bucks. The quality of the meat and cheese beats a $5 footlong anyday, and the toasted bun was quite nice.

My guest went with the Ham 'n' Swiss Sandwich ($5.99). Same as mine but with ham and Earl's mustard sauce. There was a lot of cheese and it was definately hot. Too hot to eat at first.

Other sandwich selections include: The Earl's Club with turkey, smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato. The All American with turkey, buttermilk ranch, cranberries, cheddar cheese, lettuce and Roma tomatoes. And The Full Montagu with roast beef, turkey, aged Swiss and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and Earl's mustard sauce. All $5.99 and all made fresh.

Kid choices ($3.99) include a PB and J, Pizza Sandwich, Grilled Cheese and a Turkey 'n' Swiss.

I didn't try a salad ($5.99) but they looked wonderful as they were prepared right in front of your eyes. Salads were also available as wraps.

Also being dished were soups ($2.99) and some really great looking desserts. The triple chocolate brownie ($1.99) has my name on it next time.

So, to sum up: You're on a budget. You're hungry. You're at Downtown Disney. You've got 6 bucks. Head to Earl of Sandwich and get your sub on. Just don't expect anything more than a great sandwich.

4 Particles of Pixie Dust out of 5

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