The Omni Orlando Championsgate resort, which is just down I-4 from Walt Disney World, is gearing up for the holidays. Trevi’s, the on-site Italian restaurant, changed things up a bit with a massive Thanksgiving buffet feast, and the sumptuous holiday brunch/lunch/dinner returns on Christmas Day. Meanwhile, there’s a full slate of holiday activities for guests, from decorating Santa hats to a 3-D gingerbread project to a candy cane scavenger hunt.
Even if you’re not stayed at the Omni, you can head over for the Christmas buffet. The resort is just two exits down from World Drive on I-4, making it convenient for anyone staying in the Disney area or at the resorts by the other Orlando attractions. It’s also a big draw for locals like myself, as I had the pleasure of enjoying the Thanksgiving buffet at Trevi’s this year. Click the slideshow accompanying this article to see the never ending feast for yourself. I opted for brunch because I was intrigued by the breakfast items (stone ground Florida grits bar…cinnamon pancakes…mmmm), but the lunch/dinner options were appetizing too. Some of the highlights:
- Made to order eggs Benedict: I’m an eggs Benedict fan but usually avoid it on buffets because I like the yoke runny. At the Trevi’s buffet, your eggs Benedict is cooked up right before your eyes. And speaking of made to order…
- Pasta and risotto bar: I love a good risotto, and the brunch featured freshly made pasta and risotto with your choice of accompaniments.
- Butternut squash soup: I’m s sucker for soups, especially of the creamy variety, so this was a must-taste for me. I loved the addition of candied pecans as an optional topper.
- Freshly carved turkey: The turkey was moist and delicious and made me feel like I was properly observing the holiday, even though I chose plenty of other options that likely weren’t on the original pilgrims’ table. However, I have to give a special shout-out to the gravy. Restaurant gravy is often “generic,” but this a hearty home style version.
- Caesar salad: The restaurants at the Omni all use the freshest ingredients, and this was very evident in the flavorful Caesar salad. I also recommend checking out the freshly made salsas.
- Cheese tray: I’m a cheese addict, and I particularly enjoy goat cheese, so the cheese tray was a must-do at the buffet.
- Seafood bar: Every upscale buffet needs a seafood bar, and Trevi’s was right on the mark. Options like shrimp, crab, and lox ensured that seafood lovers were well taken care of.
- Amazing pumpkin pie: Although I’d admit to sampling several of the desserts, I had to go with traditional and grab a slice of pumpkin pie, too. The pumpkin pie at Trevi’s wasn’t the bland version served up at most restaurants. It was spicy and not overly sweet, delighting my adult palate.
- Cronuts: As I mentioned, I tried some of the other desserts, too. After all, how could I pass up freshly made cronuts with Nutella on the side? I also added some fresh blueberries as an alternate topping.
The Christmas Day menu is similar. Go here to see it and be prepared to drool. If it tempts you to dine at Trevi’s on December 25, it’s only $49.95 for adults and $15 for kids up to age 12. As you’ll see by the photos, that’s a small price to pay for a sumptuous meal with something to please everyone in the family.
The Omni also has its Destinación Chile running through December 31. Go here to learn more about it or jump here for a slideshow of the resort itself.