By Soarin’ Diva
Nestled in Liberty Square of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is a restaurant themed after Colonial America. This restaurant is called Liberty Tree Tavern and is decorated as accurately as possible in New England Colonial style, as well as boasting six different dining rooms. Each room is dedicated to a prominent figure in Colonial American history, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, Paul Revere, John Paul Jones, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. My family was seated in the Jefferson Room, which was beautifully decorated with Colonial décor and portraits featuring Thomas Jefferson.
I want to note up front that Liberty Tree Tavern is Dining Plan friendly and is counted as a table service meal. As it is a table service meal, it is highly recommended that you make reservations for this establishment as soon as the 180 day mark opens up, ESPECIALLY if you plan on dining here on Thanksgiving day, as it is one of the most popular restaurants to dine at on Thanksgiving because to the menu offered. The food is served in what is considered buffet family style. This means that when you are seated, your server will bring platters of food out to your table and you and your party will serve yourselves off the platters brought to you. Don’t worry, even though it is all brought out to you, it is still a buffet, which means it is all you care to eat. You won’t be limited to one platter if you have a big appetite.
Now, let’s get to the important stuff…the menu! When my family dined at Liberty Tree Tavern, we were there for dinner, so we were given the dinner menu. The menu is really just to show you what you will be brought, you won’t have to actually order off of it since it is buffet family style, everything will be brought out for you. The Declaration Salad is brought out first, which is a salad of mixed greens and topped with a house made salad dressing. Their salad plate held more than enough to feed our family of four.
Delicious dinner rolls with butter on the side are served next to the salad as well. Soon, you are presented with the Patriot’s Platter. The Patriot’s Platter is a veritable feast for the taste buds. It featured Pot Roast, Roasted Turkey Breast and Tavern Ham, with side dishes of herb stuffing, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and green beans. There has been a slight menu change since we went, while we were given ham on our platter, now the platter offers the same roasted turkey breast and pot roast, but instead of ham, you are given pork roast. Though it is a different meat option, I’m sure it’s delicious.
If you couldn’t guess from the photo’s, the food was delicious. The meats were so tender they melted in your mouth. I’m not much of a cranberry sauce person, so I confess I didn’t even taste this option, but my husband loved it. One of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes is dressing. I’m from the south, so we enjoy dressing as opposed to stuffing. They are very similar, however, dressing baked in its own container, not stuffed inside the bird. It’s what I have grown up on, and to be honest, most of the time stuffing is just to “moist” for me. The herb stuffing at Liberty Tree Tavern, however, was absolutely delicious. It wasn’t too “moist” in my opinion, it was just right.
Moving on to my youngest son’s favorite dishes, I present to you the macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and green beans. The macaroni was pretty similar to the macaroni you can find in almost any Walt Disney World restaurant, nothing stood out about it, but it was still good. I think my son could have eaten all of the mashed potatoes, leaving none for us. We pretty much have to have a dual with our forks if we want to grab any of the potatoes, he loves them that much. The green beans are also similar to most of the Walt Disney World restaurant green beans, nothing outstanding, but still good.
We’ve discussed the main and side dishes and how good they were, but let’s now move on to the most important part of any meal for me…THE DESSERT! Keeping up the Colonial American theme of the restaurant, the dessert consists of Johnny Appleseed Tart. The Johnny Appleseed Tart is made of sliced apples and dried cranberries baked inside a pastry and served with vanilla ice cream. Now, I know that I said I’m not a fan of cranberry sauce, but I actually happen to be a sucker for any dessert with cranberries cooked into it (I know, I’m strange), so I couldn’t wait to give this a try.
I was already suffering from my gluttonous tendencies before the tart was served, but I wasn’t about to leave without having some. The misery I inflicted on myself by eating even more food was very much worth it. The Johnny Appleseed Tart was delicious too. What else would I expect after enjoying such a wonderful meal? Of course the dessert would be divine as well. Everything served was cooked to perfection and the taste of the food put Liberty Tree Tavern at the top of our favorite Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom table service restaurant’s list.
It’s obvious why this establishment is the most sought after during the Thanksgiving season with such traditional fare. It’s also obvious why people continue to come back to Liberty Tree Tavern. My entire family loved it and we highly recommend you give it a try! Just remember, make sure to make your dining reservation as soon as the 180 day mark opens up to ensure you get your desired day and time.
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