Hold on right here! I am not so sure about this whole death bit. I mean, eating at the Liberty Tree Tavern is a highlight of this foodie’s day. However, I’m not going to put ANY meal up against the likes of serious things like liberty. I am pretty certain that Patrick Henry would not find the humor in this play on words of his famous quote from 1775 regarding the Revolutionary War. But then again, he had never eaten at the Liberty Tree Tavern for lunch, had he?
Note: Liberty Tree Tavern is slated to go down for an extended refurb from July to November.
Location: Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Meals: Lunch (11:30-3:00) and Dinner (4:00 – varies with park closing)
Reservations: Highly encouraged
Accepts: Disney Dining Plan (1 credit), Tables in Wonderland
What to Expect
The Liberty Tree Tavern is an 18th century home, with low exposed ceiling beams, colonial period art adorning the walls, and dark wood tables. It is divided into different rooms reflecting famous figures from the Revolutionary period such as Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. The servers are all dressed in colonial style outfits.
Upon arrival check in at the desk and if available, grab a seat by the fireplace and wait for your name to be called. There is a small bench and table here with crayons and coloring papers to keep the young ones (or kids at heart like ourselves) busy while they wait. While in this area, be sure to look around for Hidden Mickeys! Soon the town crier will call your party by saying something to the likes of “…the Farkas family of the territory of Ohio”, and you will be seated.
Bring on the Food
Lunch at the Liberty Tree is seriously one of my favorite places to nosh while in the Magic Kingdom, possibly on all of park property. Unlike their dinner menu, which is the Patriot’s Platter and served family style, the lunch menu has a nice variety of individual options. I eat family style every day of the week when at home. When I go out to eat, I don’t want to “pass the potatoes” per see. I want my own portions of food on my own plate.
Whether you are hungry for salad, pasta, a cheeseburger, or for much heavier faire such as pot roast or the traditional turkey dinner, the Liberty Tree has something for you. We have eaten here before and don’t have a bad thing to say about any of our previous selections (the crab and lobster dip is heavenly). On this particular day I ordered the Colony Salad and my husband got the Pilgrim’s Feast, which is the traditional turkey dinner. It seemed to take a little longer than normal for our food to arrive, but in the meanwhile our waitress was sure to keep our iced teas refilled, and we made idle chit chat with the couple beside us.
The Pilgrim’s Feast ($16.99) was as tasty as it normally is. The sliced turkey was moist and “real”, not that turkey loaf stuff you can buy in the frozen section of the grocery store. The mashed potatoes and gravy was lump free, just the way we like them. The green beans were cooked perfectly, not lightly steamed and not cooked to mush. The portion size is average. You certainly didn’t walk away hungry, but there was not any left on my husband’s plate either. Everything was warm and didn’t appear to have sat under heat lamps in the kitchen. Another A+ meal selection at the Liberty Tree.
My entrée ended up not being one of my favorites, but still ranking pretty high. The Colony Salad ($14.99) consists of field greens, dried cranberries, apples, pecans, cheddar, grilled chicken and a honey-shallot vinaigrette. The taste of the salad was good, as everything paired together nicely in the bowl. The problem for me was the temperature. As expected, the salad itself was cool. The surprising part on my behalf was that the chicken was refrigerator cool as well. I like my chicken warm, even when on my salad. I ended up pushing the chicken to the side and thoroughly enjoying the rest of the salad.
We ended the meal with the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake ($7.49), one of our favorites here. This vanilla cake has a toffee filling, caramel sauce, and a large mound of vanilla ice cream on the top. It is very decadent and can satisfy even the largest of sweet tooth in your bunch. You should plan on sharing with at least one other person in your party. Although it is lick the plate clean scrumptious, it is just too large to eat by yourself after you have just had a very satisfying meal.
Overall, it was another recommendable lunch at the Liberty Tree Tavern. The décor fits perfectly in the early American Liberty Square location. The cast members are all friendly and attentive. The menu allows for different palates to be satisfied. The portion sizes are not skimpy, and in relation to the price, are spot on. The quality of the food has not disappointed this couple as of yet, and we will continue to frequent the location on each of our visits.
What has been your lunch experience at the Liberty Tree? Do you have a favorite menu selection? I’d love to hear about it.