We were exhausted after many days in the Disney parks - we're really getting too old to go but still love it. We'd never been to Downtown Disney before and my husband who loves Cuban food wanted us to try Bongos. I'd read some mixed reviews on-line, but he really wanted to go so off we went.
Of course we got off at the wrong bus stop and had to walk a long way to find it. "Just look for the big pineapple," someone said. Finally, we saw it and went in to ask about getting a meal. The interior looks 1950s Havana - very modern. We didn't have a reservation which is unusual for us but hoped for the best. The gal at the desk gave us the usual buzzer and we went outside to sit in a secluded area on very comfortable seats off the main street in front of the restaurant.
A bartender came out and asked us what we wanted. As I said we were really tired so we decided to get some old-timey drinks, i.e. Perfect Manhattan and an Old Fashioned - both made with Jack Daniels. The bartender brought out what were probably the best drinks we have ever had. He said he normally gave out plastic cups to people out in the patio area, but since we ordered these drinks, he knew he had to give us the right glasses, etc. He was a very charming person.
Well, we sat on that patio and watched the passerbys. The drinks were strong and good. We started to unwind and bought two more. They were pricey but worth every cent. We had a wonderful time just sitting, talking and watching in the comfortable alcove we'd chosen.
When the buzzer did sound we opted to eat outside in the back of the restaurant along the water (near the big balloon which was very pretty in the darkening sky). We ate two of the specialties. Food portions were quite large so we took leftovers back to our hotel and had them the next day for breakfast. My husband had wanted a Cuban sandwich but they only serve them before 4pm so if you want one, make sure you go for lunch instead.
The food was excellent, the view was spectacular, the waiters were charming. It was the most romantic evening we spent while in Orlando.
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