Dining Recon: Lunch at STK Orlando!

Good November, folks!  Yikes.  November already?!  Mere weeks away from U.S. Thanksgiving and the madness of holiday shopping!  Hard to believe it!

Hey, if you followed me (us?) on Facebook and Twitter over the last week or so, you know that Mrs. All in WDW and I just returned from the “Disney Summit of the Century”.

WDW Main Street Podcast.  All in WDW.  All of us in Orlando at the same time?  Look out!  Even Darth Vader and Kylo Ren ran for cover!

Frivolity ruled the week, but we did do a little bit of “work”.  After all, we knew you were hungry for more of Disney’s delicious food!  Welcome to lunch at STK Orlando!

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My first impression when we walked into STK?  What a beautiful restaurant!  Not Morimoto Asia “beautiful”, mind you.  Very sharply decorated, nonetheless.

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Wanting to keep it casual, Mrs. All in WDW and I sat at the bar.

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The lunch menu was pretty extensive.  From more casual fare – salads and sandwiches – to full price entrees, there were a lot of choices.

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Mrs. All in WDW chose the STK Salad.  Usually served with skirt steak, asian greens, pickled mango, and peanuts, she omitted the last two components.

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As steak salads go, she thought it was quite good.  The salad was finely chopped.  The steak was perfectly prepared, tender, and delicious!

Of course, I had to be different.  Smack dab in the middle of a steakhouse, I chose a Crispy Mahi-Mahi Sandwich.

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Truthfully, I thought it was “Just OK”.  Look, I’m a fan of crispy fish, but, in this case, the breading overpowered the Mahi-Mahi.

In fact, it was as if the fish was encased in a hard Panko shell.  It helped the fish hold up to the bun, to be sure, but it was still way too much.

Of course, one of our biggest takeaways from our visit were the prices.  Take a look back at the menu.  A steak salad for $24.00?  For lunch?  Wow.

In addition, the restaurant was sparsely attended.  We asked the staff how business has been.  They confessed that the “daytime” hours have been light.

Unsurprisingly, STK sees their heaviest traffic at night.  Given the style of venue, I guess that’s to be expected.

Having said that, I couldn’t escape the feeling that they might have a hard time competing in an ever-transforming Disney Springs environment.

How so?  Littered with new dining options, competition is really fierce!  Can STK survive?  Only time will tell.  My friends, stay tuned.  I have a feeling that their “story” is long from over.

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