Deep-fried and caked in cinnamon sugar = THE most important meal of the day!


They say that breakfast is the most important meal and best way to start your day.

With that logic, breakfast must be the best way to start off a Disney blog as well!

One of my favorite spots for breakfast at WDW (which is actually probably my favorite meal in WDW) is Kona Cafe in the Polynesian. It’s lush, tropical, and home to that deep-fried beauty known as Tonga Toast.

I convinced Wingnut that this would be a wonderful place to start our Disney day based solely on the legend of the Tonga Toast. He was in awe (“wait…it’s FRIED??”), and the reservation was booked soon after.

I too had a plan,  a plan involving some pancakes, pineapples, and macadamia nuts. I had seen way too many pictures of these to not try them for myself.

Wingnut waiting patiently for his sugary fried dough. It has a banana in it. It’s healthy fruit!

Adam @ Kona Cafe, Polynesian

Speaking of healthy fruit, we both had orange juice. I had completely forgotten to tell Wingnut about the Lilikoi juice (which I’m absolutely positive he would have loved) until after we placed our juice orders. He was content with his choice

Pretty soon this arrived at the table

Butter, syrup, strawberry sauce @ Kona Cafe, Polynesian

Syrup, butter, and strawberry sauce for the Tonga Toast. Oooh the giddy anticipation across the table was rising. Wingnut experimentally tasted some of the strawberry sauce on the end of his knife, and declared it delicious. I agreed, although it was a touch sweet for my taste (He loves sugary items – I once gave Wingnut pure cane sugar candies from Epcot, which were some of his favorites, just as a point of reference.)

And then the glorious moment arrived.

Tonga Toast @ Kona Cafe, Polynesian

Wingnut: “It was very good, the ham was very tasty, nicely grilled, and the tonga toast was great, both dips were really tasty although the strawberry definitely won out.”

Along with:

Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes @ Kona Cafe, Polynesian

(I had gotten the pineapple and butter on the side)

WOW these were good! And dense! But tasty! And really, so filling! But just one more bite!

Or, as Wingnut puts it, “your pancakes were chock full o’nuts.”

Now, I can eat pancakes pretty much anytime, anywhere, tons of them. I love pancakes. And I’ve eaten some dense pancakes before, but I was really surprised when I was only able to eat this much of them. (And this was with a bit of effort here, folks.)

Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes, the remnants @ Kona Cafe, Polynesian

These pancakes are PACKED with macadamia nuts! Delicious, but I had to leave a saddening amount behind. The sausage was just regular sausage. Not jam-packed with macadamia nuts, thank goodness!

Tremendously full, I then realized something…we get two beverages with breakfast! (Disclaimer: This was back on the Deluxe Dining Plan circa 2010 – only one beverage with breakfast is allowed nowadays.) I’m going to assume this is typically used for coffee, especially at Kona, but neither Wingnut or I are coffee drinkers.

I do, however, enjoy a nice hot chocolate.

Hot Chocolate @ Kona Cafe, Polynesian

This may not look like much, but it was the best hot chocolate of the trip (this one may have kicked off a hot chocolate with breakfast trend for this traveler). And after I had ordered it, I realized that it would have been a good idea to get it in a to-go cup, as we were pretty much stuffed with pancake and French, er, Tonga toast by then. Just as I thought of this, the server came back, the hot chocolate already in a to-go cup! I praised his brilliance, and we were on our way, deliciousness in tow (I think I was spoiled by the chocolatey drizzle).

So did Kona Cafe live up to our breakfast expectations? Absolutely! AND we got to MK in time to see the opening show, which I hadn’t thought we’d be able to, and hadn’t seen before!


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