Dining Recon: Cape May Cafe … presented by John Peters!

Almost every family that visits Walt Disney World more than once has their favorite restaurant.  It’s the place that is the first ADR that you make … the place that you will eat at even if your budget is really tight.

For our family, that place is Cape May Cafe.  Located in Disney’s Beach Club Resort, it offers a character breakfast buffet as well as a dinner seafood buffet.

Vintage Photo - circa 2008

Vintage Photo – circa 2008

This review will be of our most recent dinner.  It took place during our November trip and was on our twentieth wedding anniversary.  What better place to dine?

Cape May is centrally located in the Beach Club.  It’s a short walk from any of the Boardwalk area resorts and also only a short walk or quick boat ride from Epcot’s International Gateway.

We arrived for our 7:45 reservations around 7:30.  After a short wait, we were seated around 7:40.   A tip is to wait for a booth.  Sitting at a table in the middle of a buffet can get a bit tedious!

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Cape May 4

My wife makes no apologies.  She is here to eat crab legs!  My son tries the clams, mussels, and a couple of other items.  Then, he tackles the crab legs!  I, however, in my quest for dining diversity, try a bit of everything!

The menu usually consists of several cold salads, cold shrimp, a selection of cheeses, a couple of soups, steamed corn, potatoes, clams, mussels, Hand-carved Strip Loin, fried cod, Fried Clam Strips, and crab legs.

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The salads were tasty but unremarkable.  The Chilled Peel-n-Eat Shrimp were done spot on and easy to peel.  I found the cheese board to be particularly good.  I made a couple of trips just to get cheese!

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The strip was done to a very nice medium and went very well with their horseradish sauce.  Note: they sometimes have prime rib!

Cape May 7

Their fried cod and clams were both good but nothing special.   The Steamed Mussels were really delicious.  They are served in a garlic tomato sauce described as a Tomato Sambuca Broth.

There are buckets on the buffet line, so you can make a steamer with clams, corn, and potatoes if you wish.  The main event, though, are those crab legs!

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I’ve tried a couple of local buffets that advertise all-you-can-eat crab legs.  The crab legs served by those places are generally small and, for the most part, not done correctly.

Cape May has several steamers right in the middle of the buffet, ensuring fresh crab almost every time you head up to the table.  The legs are perfectly steamed and nicely sized.

Many, many, many, plates later, I did try several of Cape May’s desserts.  Their caramel flan with fresh berries and Boston cream pie are my favorites.  My son had at least eight servings of the flan!  He’s 17 and can get away with it!

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Assorted Desserts.

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Assorted Desserts.

There are a couple of other noteworthy things I’d like to add.  They do have a child’s buffet with pizza, Fried Cod Nuggets, and a couple of other items, for example.

There is butcher paper placed on your dining table, so you can use the crayons they give you to “decorate”!

I’m not a wine drinker, but I did notice a couple of custom mixed drinks.  As a beer guy, I usually take the chance, here, to get a couple of Sam Adams on draft.

This time, however, I took notice of an offering of beers I hadn’t tried before.  I ended up drinking two Session Black Lagers.  They were dark but balanced the crab legs very nicely.

In conclusion, folks, this is a seafood buffet.  If you don’t like fish or shellfish, don’t bother.  The roast, and a lot of the other non-seafood items, can be found on buffets more to your liking.

If you do like – or, love – seafood (particularly shellfish), however, by all means, put Cape May on your next ADR list!

A travel agent, and an Orlando native, John is the Florida correspondent for the WDW Main Street Podcast.  He’s a regular contributor to the show.  John can also be found as the co-host of The Weekly Pint Podcast.  Find him on Twitter @beersolo.

WDW Main Street – Episode #310 – Our Sunday News … and MK Dining Poll Results!

The Main Street Pub is full again today, folks!  The whole gang is on board!  Join us as we discuss this week’s notable news.

Which one of us goes into a rant over Disney’s “Express Transportation ticket” option?  Which one of us thinks the idea of turning a park icon into a Death Star is ridiculous?

Finally, what do we all think about Be Our Guest Restaurant being elected Favorite WDW Fans’ Table Service?  Listen to find out!

WDW Main Street – Episode #310 – Our Sunday News … and MK Dining Poll Results!


Enamored with the Beast’s Enchanted Castle

First of all, as I did yesterday, I must start with heartfelt thanks.  Your response to this week’s series of polls was overwhelming.

In the end, we achieved our goal in unequivocal fashion.  With a landslide win, Be Our Guest Restaurant is the WDW Fans’ Favorite Magic Kingdom Table Service Restaurant.


So.  What do you think, folks?  No, really.  Whether in the comments on this post or on social media, please tell us why Belle and the Beast won your favor.

The reason I’m asking is this – I saw very little feedback regarding Be Our Guest over the past two days.  What I did see, though, was negative.  Such as …

“I think Be Our Guest is nice and all, but my last time there left a bad taste.” – and – “Our last time at Be Our Guest wasn’t good either.  Food bad.  Three long, hot lines.”

On the other hand, as I mentioned yesterday, there was an outpouring of love for Skipper Canteen.  Sadly, that culminated in a first-round elimination.  Wow.

Clearly, my friends, Be Our Guest fans rule a very strong majority.  Why, however, be so silent in delivering the enchanted castle its victory?


You can be sure that the guys and I will be delving into the results of this “tournament” on the next episode of WDW Main Street.

Let me add your voice to that “party”!  Leave your comments!  In the meantime, Beast?  Belle?  Rejoice!  You are our Magic Kingdom “champion”!

“Magical” Table Service Restaurants! VOTE in the Finale!

Wow!  Simply phenomenal!  Wait.  Actually, that’s a huge understatement.  Your response to yesterday’s first round of voting was “phenomenal” at 9 AM!

By the time the last vote was cast, late last night, the level of your support was way beyond phenomenal.  You “owned it”!  You turned out, folks, and you let your voices be heard!

Where does that leave us?  Well, four of our Table Service venues have been cast out of this little “competition”.  On the other hand, four final, and very worthy, restaurants remain.

Which will emerge victorious?  Which will be named the WDW Fans’ Favorite Magic Kingdom Table Service Restaurant?



Before we get to today’s finale, what were some of your comments yesterday?  Here’s a small sample:

“Magic Kingdom has table service?”  Uh, yeah, that’s saying something, isn’t it?  Pair that with … “Sadly, I usually head to ‘Ohana or anywhere in Epcot when at Magic Kingdom.”

I have to be honest, Mrs. All in WDW and I feel the same way.  Our go to for lunch after a morning in the park is Kona Cafe or The Wave.

Alternatively, we might land at Tambu Lounge and dine on a lunch from Captain Cook’s.  Or, we might lounge at the Contemporary’s Outer Rim while grabbing a meal from Contempo Cafe.

Back to your thoughts, Skipper Canteen got a surprising amount of love!  “Liberty Tree is beating Skipper Canteen? What?!”

“Skipper Canteen is 100% the best, but it gets overlooked for lack of chicken tenders.”  – and – “Skipper’s was so good.  I didn’t think I would like it.  I loved it!”

Our take?  Mrs. All in WDW and I gave the skipper a shot some time back.  As you’d expect, the theme is outstanding.  The food?  It was OK.

Sadly, the voters weren’t as convinced as the recommendations suggested.  The canteen didn’t make it past Liberty Tree Tavern and Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Oh, well.  Let’s get back to business!  What’s our task today, my friends?  Below, I present you with our “Final Four”.  Select your ONE favorite.  It’s as simple as that!

Like yesterday, however, please don’t sit on the sidelines.  Don’t feel that you can’t make a selection because you’ve never been to any of these spots.

Think like this … if you had to try one of these for the very first time, which one would you choose?  Got it!  Yes?  Well, then, VOTE!

Choose Your “Favorite Magic Kingdom Table Service”! VOTE!

Good day, Disney fans!   Welcome to All in WDW – home of the WDW Main Street Podcast!   Oh, and welcome to Disney’s Magic Kingdom!

If you’ve been following along the last few weeks, you’ve seen us “take on” the Table Services at both the Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

With groundswells of voting support powered by you – our readers and listeners – Tusker House Restaurant and 50’s Prime Time Café won your favor as WDW Fans’ Favorites!

Can you repeat that phenomenal turnout?  Will you fight your way to the voting booths to cast your ballots for your beloved Magic Kingdom dining venues?  Let’s see!

The Castle

Today, we enter Round 1 of a two-day “tournament” to crown the WDW Fans’ Favorite Magic Kingdom Table Service Restaurant!

What’s your job?  Below, I present you with two groups of four restaurants, each.  In each group, select your ONE favorite.  In other words, please cast TWO votes today.

Hey!  And, if you don’t feel you can make a choice because you’ve never been to some of these spots, please don’t sit on the “sidelines”!

Ask yourself this question … if you had to try one of these restaurants for the very first time, which ones would you choose from among the four in each group!

Or, do you want our advice?  Listen to Doug, Dennis, John, and I seed the various culinary establishments!  Which do we think merit the “championship”?  Listen to find out!

WDW Main Street – Episode #309 – Our Weekly News … and Magic Kingdom Dining!

It’s as simple as that, folks.  VOTE!  The two highest vote-getters in each group will move on to tomorrow’s “grand” finale of “Final Four”.  So, go ahead.  VOTE!