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  • CSC
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    Re: Big Thunder BBQ Yay or Nay?

    Originally posted by Yzma's_Apprentice View Post
    I was impressed, but only because of the low quality of food throughout the rest of the park. The items served were eatable, but certainly nothing that would win a contest. The chicken and ribs are NOT BBQed they are baked with BBQ sauce on them... that matters when you clam to be a BBQ place...
    That was my biggest beef with the place, nothing was BBQ'd or even grilled but just smothered with BBQ sauce. Like my dad used to tell me - if you go to a bbq joint and there isn't smoke billowing out of it, it ain't no good.

    You want real BBQ near the resort, I'm 10 miles away and will feed your family real BBQ for way less than $25 per person

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  • Cowboy Jim
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    Adults are $19.99 for lunch, $24.99 for dinner (starts at 4 pm), drinks are a separate charge of $2.99, but it is also all you can drink.

    Children 3-9 are $9.99 for lunch or dinner, and their drinks are included.

    Under 3 are free.

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  • junebugtraveler
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    Does anyone know the prices?? Children's prices?? Adult???? Is lunch the same price as Dinner?? Are they both all you can eat?? Spending Christmas day at DL. Any idea how busy DL will be???

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  • scrappydawg
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    It's overpriced, but what restaurant at the resort isn't?

    Overall the food is very tasty, especially the ribs and cole slaw, and the entertainment is great.

    I highly recommend it.

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  • kburford
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    Originally posted by Cowboy Jim View Post
    So, one of you ask for the vegetarian skewers. Then ask for more if you want. The vegetarian skewers have mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, tofu, squash, and red potatoes, and they are very tasty (I often eat there with a friend who orders them, and we do share a bit). Just ask for what you want - and don't be surprised, you'll get it with a smile.

    yum, thanks!!

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  • Cowboy Jim
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    Originally posted by kburford View Post
    first, i've eaten there i think 3 times with my boyfriend. the food is good...not great. but we like it so we splurge sometimes and make it our one meal of the day by having it mid afternoon as our lunch/dinner. (and you can ask for a box and pack up what's left and eat it later) i love the beans and coleslaw, the cornbread and ribs are yummy, and i do not like the chicken...like someone else said - it's not barbequed, so it has a rubbery texture IMO. at dinner you get sausage and corn in addition. the sausage is really great.

    i think someone asked on the first pg...you pay after the meal now since everything is not included in the price (pay extra for drinks and dessert).

    and i have a question...
    i know there are vegetarian options...are they veggie skewers or what? i forget. aaand if we asked for them in addition to the meat options do you think they would give it to us? say like substitute the chicken with the veggies but still get the ribs???? maybe thats wrong since i'm not a vegetarian...but i like bbq veggies!
    So, one of you ask for the vegetarian skewers. Then ask for more if you want. The vegetarian skewers have mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, tofu, squash, and red potatoes, and they are very tasty (I often eat there with a friend who orders them, and we do share a bit). Just ask for what you want - and don't be surprised, you'll get it with a smile.

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  • kburford
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    first, i've eaten there i think 3 times with my boyfriend. the food is good...not great. but we like it so we splurge sometimes and make it our one meal of the day by having it mid afternoon as our lunch/dinner. (and you can ask for a box and pack up what's left and eat it later) i love the beans and coleslaw, the cornbread and ribs are yummy, and i do not like the chicken...like someone else said - it's not barbequed, so it has a rubbery texture IMO. at dinner you get sausage and corn in addition. the sausage is really great.

    i think someone asked on the first pg...you pay after the meal now since everything is not included in the price (pay extra for drinks and dessert).

    and i have a question...
    i know there are vegetarian options...are they veggie skewers or what? i forget. aaand if we asked for them in addition to the meat options do you think they would give it to us? say like substitute the chicken with the veggies but still get the ribs???? maybe thats wrong since i'm not a vegetarian...but i like bbq veggies!

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  • jcruise86
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    Make sure there will be entertainment during your meal. The restaurant opens before the entertainers begin.

    If they seat you in the sun on a hot day, politely insist on being moved to a spot in the shade.

    I think it's still over-priced, but on crowded days it is a nice place to hang out for 90 minutes to escape crowds in a pleasant, laid-back atmosphere.

    The chicken tastes very good, but they could use another veggie to go with the coleslaw and baked beans. They used to have corn on the cob wheels.

    Remember your AP discount.

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  • ThanksRichard
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    My friend and I had dinner there on the 4th of July and thought it was absolutely delicious! We showed up and let them know we were there (we had a reservation) and then waited a little bit to be seated. Woody walked by and posed for the camera. They took us in, seated us, brought us our drinks in mason jars and let us know how the food was served. They brought us out a basket of cornbread, a bowl of beans, slaw, a bucket with sausage, chicken, and ribs, and a bowl of corn on the cob wheels. we thought it was absolutely delicious. While we thought the entertainment was a tad bit corny...we definitely enjoyed it. It lived up to our expectations for a 4th of July BBQ meal and left us too full for dessert. After seeing the above pics of the Cone Cakes...i wish i had saved room!

    Didn't take any pictures before we started eating (we were that famished) ... but here are some pics we took during our meal:











    don't mind our friend Stick Stickley...he came along for the ride and enjoyed his meal too
    Last edited by ThanksRichard; 09-17-2010, 06:25 PM. Reason: oops

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  • Fukai
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    Seems kinda natural that they'd serve BBQ'd goat considering the location.

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  • bespinally
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    Loved it. I just went there 8-21 with my family and it was really fun and lots of good food for a more reasonable price than say Ariels Grotto....

    Nice music nice environment, free refills on cold sodas in a cold mason jar....great beans and cornbread, slaw with no mayo, and they even made vegetarian grilled skewers for my family at no extra charge!!!!


    Really nice waitress....still yet its probably hit or miss as with all disney dining, so good luck.

    aloha
    cedar
    PS dont forget to check out the thunder ranch petting zoo after lunch for a leisurely walk.

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  • UFO
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    Since you have never been there, it's really quite simple: Just do it! Just go! Make up your own mind if you think it's "worth it". We can:thumbup: all tell you about what we prefer, but only you can decide what's right for you.

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  • phi1215
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    The little corn bread loaves were cute and yummy!

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  • Gone2Disneyland
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    A bunch of friend and I went there this past summer for my first time and loved it! Each item comes in its own bucket or bowl, and I only took a shot of my first plate.

    Big Thunder Ranch, June 19, 2010 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    I'm looking forward to going again. Personally, I'm not sure I'd go myself for an all-you-can-eat place at this price. As a group we definitely had a great time together and with the local entertainment. I also love the earlier post about the cone cake. Gotta consider trying that out on a future visit!

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  • Yzma's_Apprentice
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    Originally posted by GummiBears_Rock View Post
    ok yeah i'm also debating whether to go or not just because i saw this thread, i'm trying to win my bf over with Disneyland and trying to show him why i love it so much, and i know he's a meat lover, but the prices are ridonkulous for 2 young people paying with our own money
    The food will certainly not win anyone over...

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  • GummiBears_Rock
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    ok yeah i'm also debating whether to go or not just because i saw this thread, i'm trying to win my bf over with Disneyland and trying to show him why i love it so much, and i know he's a meat lover, but the prices are ridonkulous for 2 young people paying with our own money

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  • Yzma's_Apprentice
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    I was impressed, but only because of the low quality of food throughout the rest of the park. The items served were eatable, but certainly nothing that would win a contest. The chicken and ribs are NOT BBQed they are baked with BBQ sauce on them... that matters when you clam to be a BBQ place...

    BUT the slaw and beans are fine, and the BBQ sauce they do use is not bad. As with most D-land places to eat, it is more about the ambiance and entertainment than the food.

    Go to experience it, but don't worry about living the rest of your life without it.

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  • Disneymike
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    Originally posted by painted windows View Post
    It's pretty pricey but I'm sure it's worth it with all the food you can get. I recall it being $25 per person. My friends and I went there over the summer and the person that seated us said that the server was going to give us a menu. The sever told us that it's all you can eat BBQ and he almost left without telling us the price till we stopped him. When he told us the price I was a little pissed off and felt that he was trying to sucker us into eating the meal before we knew the price. I was I was on a major budget so we left the park to eat somewhere cheap.

    I'm sure its a great place to eat if your willing to spend the money on it. The food sure did look tasty.
    Have they changed the seating procedure? The last time I ate there, you had to pay first at the entrance where the menu's were then wait for someone to seat you.

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  • JB1
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    Nay. Bland and dry food. If the food were amazing, then the price could be justified, but as it stands, I will pay about the same and eat at the Plaza Inn or pay a little more and eat at the Blue Bayou.

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  • loveforfamily
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    Originally posted by Disneyland4Eva View Post
    Yep.I'm sold also when I go in November I am definitely going to Big Thunder BBQ.I am going to be a solo traveler and will most likely do lunch here.Do you think I should make a reservation or on a weekday afternoon do you think there should be plenty of seating?
    I would say make the reservation just to be on the safe side...you never know with Disneyland how crowds will be..

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