Food Review: Lobster Mac & Cheese at Eight Spoon Cafe

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is in the middle of a massive transformation and no part has been left untouched. Today we visit Eight Spoon Cafe, a favorite location on Discovery Island with a new name, new look, and some upgraded menu items to please the soul.

The former “Beastly Kiosk” has been painted with a fresh color scheme and renamed the Eight Spoon Cafe, a tribute to the eight appendaged octopus that adorns the kiosk’s front. The menu now includes two pasta dishes, including what looked like a rather yummy Baked Lobster Mac & Cheese, which we decided to try for lunch.

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Ordering was quick. The dishes are baked in the kiosk but a they’re kept in a warmer to be ready when ordered. Portion size is smaller than the gourmet mac and cheese found at the Magic Kingdom, but then the price is lower too.

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We picked up our Lobster Mac and headed over to the nearby Flame Tree BBQ seating area to dine al fresco while we soaked in some of nature’s beauty.

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By the time I was served it, my dish had probably been sitting in the warmer for just a bit too long. The cheese, while still gooey, had become a bit overcooked and the lobster was tougher than I liked. But there was a rich taste and a good amount of Lobster bits to enjoy.

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Based on the price and portion size I was expecting to be disappointed, however the opposite was true. The richness was enough to give me a feeling that I had already eaten enough. Just ask for one of the freshly baked ones and you’ll be fine. The Eight Spoon Cafe makes for a good alternative order when your friends want to eat at Flame Tree BBQ, but you crave something a little different or for anytime you’re feeling a bit indulgent.

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