The Wave....of American Flavors Review

Want to know a hidden gem at Walt Disney World? I am reluctant to share it, but I think the word is getting out on a fantastic restaurant that is easy to score a last minute reservation to. I mean, yay, my favorite restaurant is getting the love it deserves, but boo, I don't want it to become so popular that it becomes difficult to get a reservation here. 

The Wave courtesy of CL Photographs FLICKR

Located in the Contemporary Resort in the back corner of the lobby, The Wave keeps with the modernist theme of the resort. Walk through the tunnel to check in, and it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Magic Kingdom, just minutes away. 
We always make dinner reservations here, although, breakfast is reported to be equally as good, offering both a buffet, and a full menu. 
The Wave is unique in that it offers local, sustainable food, changing up the menu seasonally. This means that if there was something you really loved one trip, it may not be there the next time, but there is sure to be something just as good!
Dinner begins with bread service, and they have one of my favorites in all of Walt Disney World. Delicious multigrain bread is served with butter sprinkled with coarse pink sea salt. The salt adds a nice texture, along with its flavor. 
We all ordered different items off the menu, but my family was far too quick to dig in to let me take pictures! 

The only picture of food I could get was my own!

I had the Beef Tenderloin topped with crispy shallots and a vidalia onion glaze, which came with loaded mashed potatoes and green beans. The steak was cooked a perfect rare, and the glaze and crispy shallots complimented it perfectly. The green beans were fantastically cooked and seasoned, and the potatoes....can we just take a moment to wax poetic about them? I love potatoes in all forms, but these mashed potatoes, they were spectacular! I could have just eaten a bowl of them on their own for dinner, they were that good. 

Evan had the Seared Gnocchi, again, an incredible choice, and Rob had the sustainable pan seared fish of the day. I almost forced him to trade with me because I liked it so much, but I didn't want to give up those damn potatoes. 

Dessert at The Wave is fun. They offer flights so you have have a few tastes of different desserts. In addition to the one pictured below, they also offered a Chocolate Flight, and a Seasonal Flight when were there. Evan wasn't feeling any of the flights, so he asked for the kids dessert instead, which was a create your own sundae. 

American Flavors Trio From Left to Right: Coconut Panna Cotta with Passion Fruit Drizzle and Boba, Smore's Cake, and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Mousse and Caramelized Pineapple

Kids Create your own Sundae
Overall, this was a stunning meal for a single dining credit! The food was wonderful, the waitstaff knowledgeable and attentive, and as a bonus, they have a good selection of wine and organic beer. I love escaping to The Wave for a quiet break from the parks, plus, it is so easy to get to the Magic Kingdom when dinner is done. A quick walk or ride on the monorail, and you are back at the park!

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