Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is home to Territory Lounge. The comfortable, dimly lit lounge houses a uniquely American collection of memorabilia and art. From the framed snow shoes and ancient tools, it’s a reminder of the great explorers who mapped the unknown frontiers of early America.
What is really special here is the food. A unique and delicious menu full of big flavors. Grab a glass of wine, and join us for our first installment of Lounge Dwellers -
The Lounge’s menu read so well, it lured us away from neighboring Artist Point. Our natural Foodie instinct swarmed us as we realized for 1/10 the price of a signature dining experience, we could sample everything on the Lounge menu.
Because we were so enamored with the charcuterie and cheese board, we neglected to photograph it when it was served. Instead, we can share the after-math of our relentless attack on its bounty. The plate included bison sausage, venison sausage, and liverworst. The charcuterie was paired with a blue cheese, smoky gouda, a ‘drunken’ goat cheese. Cranberry mustard and crostini rounded it out.
Here’s the deal: We both love tuna. In fact, if we were on a boat fishing for Yellowfin, likely only scraps would make it back to shore. Territory Lounge offers a lightly seared tuna, crusted in sesame and chilies. The seaweed salad under the fish was light and tangy, a nice counterpoint to the spice. We often don’t find anything to write in the minus column when it comes to tuna. Here, we did. The spice crust overwhelms the delicate flavor of the tuna.
Perhaps my favorite aesthetic was the roof. It showcases an elaborate recreation of Lewis and Clark’s map. Don’t neglect to look up.
The all-American snack is perfected here. Homemade potato chips with a trio of dips. A truffle aioli, blue cheese and gooseberry/honey. Each dip packs a wallop, so the small ramekins were perfectly portioned.
This is what happens when you’ve spent enough money at Territory Lounge. Our brilliant server was kind enough to allow us to order a dessert from the Artist Point menu. Honey ‘cigars’, Orange cream, berry coulis. Perfect. I am not as much of a sweet enthusiast as my wife. Usually I decide to enjoy a scotch. Here, I picked the Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey – an inadvertent, but flawless pairing with the dessert.
The Lounge Dwellers Rates Territory Lounge
- Highlight – Service and Charcuterie plate
- Dimlight – Pulled Pork buns lacked the flavor and freshness of the rest of menu.
- Atmosphere – 8/10
- Food - 8/10
- Comfortable Rank – 7/10
- Service - 10/10
- Over-all - 8/10