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If you were the big swinging [insert your own euphemism here] at BGW, what kind of food would you introduce to each hamlet?

My picks:

England
  • Bangers and Mash (Similar to the sausage platter in Germany, but with mashed potatoes & gravy)
  • Malt Vinegar for the Fish & Chips
  • Heinz Baked Beans as a side dish

Scotland
Yeah, let's not go there. It's fine the way it is.

Ireland
BRING BACK THE GIANT BAKED POTATOES!!!!!! Thank you!

France
  • Crepes w/assorted toppings & whipped cream
  • French toast w/powdered sugar & maple syrup
  • Escargot (Just kidding)
  • Boulliabaise soup in a bread bowl.
  • and for crying out loud...WHERE ARE THE CROISSANTS???
  • AND GET RID OF THE NACHOS & CHURROS!!! This is FRANCE, not Mexico!

New France
Trappers does the job nicely, but adding these as side dishes would be outstanding
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Green bean casserole
  • Cornbread

Oktoberfest
Keep the current fare, but add these to the menu:
  • Schnitzel w/noodles (And yes, that was a slight nod to Sound of Music)
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • BIGGER cups of beer, please!!

Italy
One word......LASAGNA!!! They can make TWO kinds, one w/meat and one to satisfy the veggie people. And don't skimp on the cheese or there'll be issues...lol


I'm sure I can think of some others, but I'd love to hear what ya'll have to think about improvements to the menus at each place.
 
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I love Bangers and Mash! And it is Gluten free! I would like to ask for G-Free pasta in Italy. It is the only country I cannot eat in with my friends. Except for the salad... I am out of luck.
 
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Oh my God...I completely missed one. POUTINE!! Hey, if they're gonna stick Canada in there, just add Poutine to the menu! Ought to be easier than a $5 hooker to do this! They already sell french fries everywhere....Just add cheese curds and gravy on top of the fries! Or for the uninitiated, just add melted cheese sauce on top of them! Guaranteed money with that idea!!

Damn, I'm good. BGW should hire me right now. I'll make the bean counters happier...
 
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Doesn't Ristorante della Piazza sell lasagna already though?
Anyways, gingerbread cookies would be nice to have full time because they made really good ones at CT. Also, bangers and mash, as you guys said, would be a great addition to the Squire's Grille.

France needs a bakery, that's all there is to it. Cafe Lulu I could see getting expanded into a bakery because it could offer so much more than just typical theme park foods (turkey legs, nachos, etc.). But it's gotta happen. I see Cafe Lulu as the place because it really reminds you of a streetside French bakery in Aquitaine.
 
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France used to have pastries. Back in the day... and flowers, and actual items from France. It would be nice to have them bring back a little of that flavor. However, the new Le Belle Maison gift shop is a marvelous step in that direction.
 
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Gavin, they do sell "Walkers" shortbread cookies in Scotland's Tweedside; but not homemade. That would be nice. However, grabbing a coffee in England and a shortbread cookie in Tweedside- take it over to that shady quiet area by Loch Ness where you can see Nessie go in the tunnel to relax is highly recommended. :)
 
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Jack, no there's no Lasagna in Italy. None. Zip.

It's outrageous. HOW can they not serve Lasagna but can serve Eggplant Parmesan? I don't get it.
 
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IndyRacingNut said:
Jack, no there's no Lasagna in Italy. None. Zip.

It's outrageous. HOW can they not serve Lasagna but can serve Eggplant Parmesan? I don't get it.

Wow that's pretty sad. I swore they did but I guess not. Oh wait, just checked chickenking's pictures, you're right. But Ristorante is mediocre anyways. And the prices there? Please...
 
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I can't recall if they ever DID sell Lasagna there....They might have at some early point in Italy's life at BGW, but I'm not 100% certain.

Regardless. They can do it again. Serve up a 4sq inch portion w/2 breadsticks for $7.99 and people will line up out the door. With the capability I know they have w/the equipment they use to cook their food in there, they can easily crank out hundreds of portions a day for less than 90% of actual selling price point. It's not that hard to make large quantities of lasagna, nor is it hard to keep it in freezer storage until it's needed to bake.

You listening, BGW??? Bring back Lasagna NOW!! Drop the Eggplant Parmesan!!!

Okay, rant over. lol
 
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They serve lasagna in Italy at Christmas...I agree it should be there year-round. And Trapper's has mac and cheese--it looks really good and tastes like nothing much. They also have cornbread in that skillet at the beginning of the line.

I love Indy's food ideas.
 
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Here are some items I'd love to see -

Italy

• A seasonal soup would be nice for early Spring, late Fall and Christmastown when the temps drop. Something like a Minestrone, Pasta e Fagioli or a Basil Tortellini soup.

• More pasta varieties. As many that are out there the park has very few choices!

• More Italian desserts like Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Crostata, Zeppola and Semifreddo would be great!

England

• I'd love to see Beef Wellington but that would be too expensive because of the difficulty and time consumption used in making it. A Steak & Ale pie would be good too. I wouldn't want them to serve faggots though because those are nasty!

• For desserts they can serve Sticky Toffee Pudding and Banoffee Pie!!!

Germany

• Hendl - a roasted chicken dish from Bavaria. This would be nice since poultry dishes are practically non-existent in Das Festhaus (I'm not including the turkey sandwiches served there).

• Knödel - German potato dumplings.

• Gaisburger Marsch - beef stew with vegetables.

France

• They need to open a patisserie and sell authentic french desserts and pastries!

• As far as savory foods go there is just too much to choose from. The park should just hire chef Joël Robuchon and let him create a menu! I'll be fine with anything he makes! :)

Ireland

• Agree with bringing back the giant potatoes!!!

• Desserts - anything made with Bailey's Irish Cream.

That's all I have for now. If I think of anything else I'll add to this post!
 
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To revisit Scotland's Pigs In a Kilt foodstand....How can they have plaid as their theme on the sign and NOT have waffle fries??
They already sell them in New France. Would only take a stroke of a pen to sign off on selling them in Scotland as well, right?

How about adding chili and/or cheese as a topping for those waffle fries?

BOOM! Another culinary idea from Indy. :) You're welcome.
 
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Maybe you should give Franz a call; he is VP of Culinary ;) I think you guys have very god ideas for culinary options but remember, nothing too fancy some guests go to the park and they just want to eat regular burgers and fries or something generically American.
 
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