The Animal Kingdom has always been a family favorite of ours and is now a bit hit with those who love the Avatar Movie with the new Land of Pandora.
A good place to eat is the Flame Tree BBQ that is right near the Tough to Be a Bug with fresh fruit, yogurt, baby back ribs, salads, & sandwiches. There use to be a souvenir cup for around $5 that is worth purchasing. It doesn’t come with refills but it’s a great souvenir & you can fill up with water anywhere in the park. Another option is the Pizzafari if you want a quick bite.
A good sit down Asian cuisine is the Yak & Yeti – great décor & ambiance as well as good food. This is a favorite among Disney Foodies. The Yak & Yeti has TWO options for you... a sit down table service menu or a quick counter service menu. Each options serves the same food. Therefore, if you are in a hurry or don't want to pay the table service prices then consider doing the counter service and enjoy the outdoor patio seating.
The Tusker House is a park favorite with a bountiful buffet of African flavors. Lunch & dinner at Tusker is $52 per adult and $32 per child. The buffets are where the dining plan will save you money. With $52 of the $62-ish price per adult being used on one meal you can see that the counter service and snack + refillable drink mug makes it a good value. IF you are not doing Character meals or buffets then the dining plan will not save you money and you could actually spend (and eat) more than necessary.
Another new restaurant is Tiffins but I must warn that it is quite pricey ($35-59 pp). It has seafood like scallops, beef brisket or Vegetarian dishes like Vegetable Curry. Tiffins and Tusker House are part of the River's of Light Dinner package (much like the Fantasmic Dinner packages with premium seating).
View or Download the Animal Kingdom Dining Overview document.
"I'ts a jungle out there - so be careful."