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Coronado Springs Resort Dining

Exploring 500 years of culinary traditions from Mayan natives to aristocrats of Colonial Mexico to cattle barons of the American Southwest is the mission of the two restaurants in Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.

Maya Grill, Pepper Market and Francisco's Lounge trace their heritage directly to one of Mexico City's most famous restaurants, the historic San Angel Inn. The restaurants offer Walt Disney World visitors the widest choice of favorite food and drink in dining rooms that replicate the architecture and atmosphere of each culture. In all, they can accommodate 840 guests at one sitting, including attractive outdoor dining.

Directing the operation is Richard D. Debler who joined Disney in 1982 at age 23 at Mexico Showcase's San Angel Inn Restaurante at Epcot. His father and sister still run the original San Angel Inn in Mexico.

Pepper Market

At Pepper Market, guests can assemble their own meal at nine food and drink stations. Patrons are escorted to tables upon arrival in the 420-seat dining area and given a handy ticket that allows them to collect whatever they wish to eat or drink from each station where attendants stamp their receipt so payment can be made at the end of the meal.

This provides fast and efficient service and a complete choice for each member of the family. Despite its fast-service system, the restaurant uses real china, stainless dinnerware and cloth napkins.

The nine stations include a grill serving fresh cooked eggs, hash browns, bacon and other items for breakfast -- hamburgers, french fries, rotisserie chicken or assorted fish at lunch and dinner.

Pizza and pasta stations give guests an opportunity to observe as chefs toss freshly made pasta with a variety of sauces or watch while their pizza is prepared with individually selected toppings and baked on the spot. The Stir Fry Stand offers a variety of vegetables, mashed potatoes, rice and soups. Mexican specialties are featured at still another stop where corn- or wheat-flour tortillas are toasted fresh on a hot Comal cooking surface while, nearby, chicken and beef are grilled on a special grooved griddle. Tex-Mex specialties are also among the offerings plus a salsa bar with at least a dozen different salsa sauces. In the morning, the Mexican station offers egg burritos, frijoles and olla' -- large beans cooked whole in an earthen pot.

The Beverage Bar provides a wide variety of Latin American coffees in regular or espresso style plus soft drinks, fresh fruit drinks and more.

At still another stand, the aroma of freshly baking bread fills the Panderia, an open bakery where tables are piled high, each with a different variety of breads and pastries -- sour dough, white or farmers whole grain loaves, Danish rolls, English muffins, fresh fruit tarts and layered sponge cake covered with a special Natilla (a favorite Mexican custard sauce).

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Maya Grill

This restaurant serves a variety of flame-roasted meat, fish and poultry from its wood-burning open grill. Featured in several menu items are mouth-watering Mayan native seasonings, including the rare Achiote, blended with sour orange and onions to provide a delicate flavor and a golden color to the meat.

Beyond Mexico, specialties more associated with Caribbean islands include sweet fried plantain, yucca fries and fruits such as papaya, carambolo and mangos.

A third major menu group comes from the ranchos of the American Southwest with thick T-bone steaks, pork and lamb. Maya Grill seats 220 diners. Serving hosts and hostesses wear costumes in desert tan and gold to complete the decor.

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Rix Lounge

Rix Lounge, offering an upscale nighttime experience with house music, specialty drinks, tapas-style appetizers and rotating entertainment. The 300-seat, 5,000 sq. ft. venue has a Mediterranean-inspired atmosphere.

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Cafe Rix

Grab a quick bite to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Purchase a refillable mug, available at the Pepper Market and La Tienda, to enjoy unlimited hot and cold beverages throughout your stay.

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