CHH often gets a bad wrap. Be it the bad fish smell often associated with the restaurant, the somewhat cramped interior, or the strange bottleneck created going into Fantasyland. Poor Harbour House always takes the blame. Well, I'm here to stick up for the little guy. These are a few reasons why CHH is my favorite WDW counter service restaurant.
more after the jump...
First and foremost, this place has phenomenal themeing. Everywhere you look you can find wonderful artifacts relating to the sea, ships, and other nautical nonsense. There is also a loose theme woven throughout related to whaling. For what its worth, this is the only time that killing whales should be used as a decor theme. :/
From the wonderful mermaid mastheads located above the counter, to the shadowboxes displaying various knots, this place is a virtual goldmine of extensive Disney themeing. If a restaurant doesn't have great themeing what is it good for? oh...
Big reason why we visit the Harbour House.
One of my favorite paintings in the restaurant...or in the Magic Kingdom for that matter.
A restaurant cannot survive on looks alone. Luckily for us CHH has plenty of wonderful things to eat. Both being vegetarians, Adam and I have no trouble at all here. Though it's well known as a fish restaurant...evident by the smell, (think of the smell as more themeing.) there are many other options.
We both LOVE LOVE LOVE the lighthouse sandwich! This sandwich is a delightful concoction of hummus, broccoli slaw, and tomato on fantastically rough multigrain bread. Though it usually comes with a side of Disney branded potato chips, you can indeed get a side of steamed fresh broccoli. This option allows you to have a splendid, relatively guilt free lunch. (in the Magic Kingdom!!!!!!)
We often split the sandwich and a bowl of vegetarian chili. The chili is filled with the usual vegetables and beans....but someone had the inspired idea to add mushrooms, corn, and olives. Brilliant.
the magical lighthouse sandwich.
In addition to the great themeing and great food, the Columbia Harbour House also has a fantastic location. Directly across from the Haunted Mansion, and bordering Fantasyland CHH has the ideal location for your fun to full ratio. I suggest dodging in here just before your spin around the mansion, or visit It's A Small World and let the food settle in your stomach for a bit.