Dining Recon: Fish and Chips Throwdown!

Fish and Chips.  “[A] hot dish of English origin, consisting of battered fish, commonly Atlantic cod or haddock, and chips.”  Thank you, Wikipedia!

I have been planning to write this post for quite some time now.  In fact, it took Mrs. All in WDW and I two “research trips” in order to acquire the photos we needed to whet your appetites!

Fish vs. fish.  Epcot vs. Magic Kingdom.  Yorkshire County Fish Shop vs. Columbia Harbour House.  Hmm.  Where, in WDW’s parks, should you go for a phenomenal plate of Fish and Chips?

Should it be the United Kingdom counter service window cleverly attached to Epcot’s Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room?

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Or, should you wander to the back of Mickey’s Magic Kingdom and pay a visit to its beloved and nautically-themed colonial restaurant?

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Truly, my friends, we think the pictures speak for themselves.

When in Walt Disney World, whilst dreaming of perfectly battered, piping hot, incredibly flaky, crisply fried fish, you must remember the word “English”.  To be more blunt, you have to pick Yorkshire!

Oh, yes.  Columbia Harbor House is a well-themed New England colonial venue, but the facts of the matter are that Yorkshire’s product is just better.  It’s hotter, crispier, and flakier.  It’s just plain delicious.

So, if you’re aching for some Walt Disney World Fish and Chips, go to “England”.  You won’t be sorry.  Oh, and here’s a tip … do you want a nice comfortable spot to sit and enjoy your meal?

Well, head into the Rose & Crown Pub and grab a table.  They’ll let you go back out to Yorkshire, grab that delicious lunch or dinner, and enjoy those battered “treasures” with an ice cold beer!

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Dole Whip Domination? Maybe!

Short and sweet today, my friends.  Like yesterday.  Like that Dole Whip you voted through to the next phase of our selection process.  Sweet!

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Between Saturday and Sunday, you afforded 17 more Epcot Food & Wine “masterpieces” a chance at earning a coveted place in your Pre-Festival Top 25.  They are:

  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans – Brazil
  • Potato and Leek Waffle with Beer-braised Beef – Belgium
  • Ricotta & Zucchini Ravioli – Sustainable Chew
  • Yuca Soufflé topped with Griddled Cheese – Dominican Republic
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding – Ireland
  • Seared Sea Scallop – Scotland
  • New England Lobster Roll – Hops & Barley
  • Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips – Africa
  • Cheese Fondue – Cheese Studio
  • Beef Empanada – Patagonia
  • Chocolate-covered Cannoli – Italy
  • Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles – China
  • Chicken Marsala – Italy
  • Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet – France
  • Grilled Beef Skewer – Patagonia
  • Dole Whip – Refreshment Port
  • Baklava – Morocco

Thanks, again, for your participation and support this past weekend, everyone.  Almost 500 votes cast!  Hopefully you’re as excited for this year’s festival as us.  That vote total suggests you are!

Eating Epcot! More Dishes to Devour! VOTE!

Thanks for your support, and votes, yesterday, my friends.  Clearly, the foodies amongst us are ready to dine!

You have passed 9 more culinary masterpieces into the next phase of voting. Namely …

  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans – Brazil
  • Potato and Leek Waffle with Beer-braised Beef – Belgium
  • Ricotta & Zucchini Ravioli – Sustainable Chew
  • Yuca Soufflé topped with Griddled Cheese – Dominican Republic
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding – Ireland
  • Seared Sea Scallop – Scotland
  • New England Lobster Roll – Hops & Barley
  • Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips – Africa
  • Cheese Fondue – Cheese Studio

Today, let’s do it again!

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So, once again, here’s how it works … I present two groups below.  You can vote for up to FOUR dishes in each group!

In other words, please cast up to EIGHT votes today!  The Top 4 in each group will progress forward in our selection process!

Go ahead!  VOTE!

Back to the 3rd Annual Readers’ Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 25! VOTING Continues!

Can you believe it, my friends?  Epcot’s annual food “frenzy” is just a little over a month away!  We wait for it all year, and it’s almost here!  Yahoo!

So.  Where were we?  Oh, yeah.  We were constructing your Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 25, and we’re doing it “All in WDW style” … by way of polls!

To this point, you’ve retained 17 of Epcot’s 80+ culinary creations.  Desserts to “die” for.  Entrees to devour.  To remind you, they are:

  • Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie – Ireland
  • Roasted Pork – Dominican Republic
  • Pork Spareribs – Sustainable Chew
  • Florida Grass-fed Beef Slider – Hops & Barley
  • Battered Shrimp Taco – Mexico
  • Sauerkraut Pierogi with Pork Goulash – Poland
  • Gaoli Beef Slider – China
  • Buttered Chicken – Africa
  • Roasted Verlasso Salmon – Patagonia
  • Kālua Pork Slider – Hawaii
  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp – Australia
  • Belgium Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache – Belgium
  • Seared Venison Loin – New Zealand
  • Loaded Mac n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon – Farm Fresh
  • Korean Barbecue Short Rib – South Korea
  • Cheddar Cheese Soup – Canada
  • Chocolate Cherry Explosion – Desserts & Champagne

These dishes will return in a few weeks to “compete” further for a coveted spot in your Top 25.  For now, however, we need to get back to business!

So, here’s how it works … I present two groups below.  You can vote for up to FOUR dishes in each group!  In other words, please cast up to EIGHT votes today!  The Top 4 in each group will progress forward in our selection process!

Bon appetit!

Hey! You’re Hot Stuff, Mickey!

Don’t you just love it when your neighborhood grocery store gets in on Disney’s action?  Well, an All in WDW “high five” goes out to Kroger.  That is, to our local Kroger, at least.  Check out this stash of treasure!

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From cups to plates and waffle makers to cookie jars, you name it, they got it!  So, what couldn’t I resist?  Can you believe that I’ve never owned a coffee warmer?

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Mrs. All in WDW would tell you that I’ve never poured a cup of coffee that I didn’t let go ice cold.  Well, this little gem hits the spot.  Not only does it keep my coffee warm, it keeps it steaming hot!

Hot.  Just like Mickey!  And, you know what else is “hot”?  This week’s episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast!  Hey!  I’m not just saying that because I’m the guest.

Yes, fans, Doug’s partner, Dennis Conroy, was off on assignment, and I “bought out” the bar for a solo engagement with the eminent Mr. Davis.  All in WDW on WDW Main Street?  Get it right here!