Dining Recon: Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill!

Howdy, folks!  How’s it goin’?  The topic of Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill came up during a recent episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast.  I believe it happened during my last appearance …

Episode 467 – It’s Food & Wine 2018!

Yes, we were chatting about this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Lots of great cuisine being offered this year, but one of the items – Hops and Barley’s New England Lobster Roll is a particularly beloved fan favorite.

Problem is … at $8 per serving, a lot of critics (myself included) have tapped this dish as nowhere near worth the price.  Oh, it is tasty, don’t get me wrong.  It’s also typically quite small.  Take a look …

2016’s “loaded?” Lobster Roll

In comparison, there are much better values to be found on WDW property.  For example, take a trip over to the Magic Kingdom.  Many fans rave about Columbia Harbour House’s Lobster Roll.

Myself?  Well, I prefer … you guessed it … the recipe served up by Hurricane Hanna’s.  Delivered on Parker House Bread with Citrus Mayonnaise and accompanied by French Fries or Apple Slaw, their Seafood Roll is a feast!

If you take a close look, it is presented as three attached rolls.  Three!  Plus, loaded with lobster, scallops, and more than half-a-dozen shrimp, it is utterly delicious!  Wow!

Do you want to know the best part?  $11.79!  What?!  Think about it this way … Hops & Barley’s version is all lobster.  However, even if it was loaded with this much seafood, wouldn’t it have to cost two to three times Hanna’s price?

For my money, folks, I’d pass on Food & Wine (never thought I’d say that!) and walk over to Disney’s Beach & Yacht Club.  Visit Hanna.  Pull up a stool at the bar, chat with their friendly bartenders, and grab a seafood feast!  You won’t be sorry that you did!

Cruisin’ with the DVC?

Pull up your bar stools, folks!  The WDW Main Street Podcast presents another special guest!

Melissa joins John and Doug once again to discuss all of the exciting news coming from David’s Vacation Club Rentals!  What do they have going on these days?  Check it out at …

Episode 471 – Cruising With David’s Vacation Club Rentals!

In addition to all of that, the group covers a special Disney cruise!  Plus, Melissa was kind enough to give us a trip report!  Did she like STK Orlando at Disney Springs?  What was her opinion of Toy Story Land?

So, grab yourself a cold beverage, Pub-dwellers, sit back, relax, and enjoy another jam-packed episode!

The 2018 All in WDW Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Top 20!

The “party” is finally here, my friends!  Delicious entrees.  Refreshing beverages.  Yes, the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicks off today!

Of course, as I mentioned on our special Festival Preview episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast, I’ll regrettably have to miss out on this year’s fun.  It makes me very sad.

Episode 467 – It’s Food & Wine 2018!

That’s right, folks.  No food pics coming from me this year.  For those, check out the Disney Food Blog.  They do a great job of serving up Epcot’s delectable fare.

2017’s Roasted Irish Sausage!

In the meantime, after seven straight years of festival attendance, I’ve sampled a lot of Food & Wine’s best … and worst.  I can’t let this unfortunate year slip by without posting my personal recommendations.

So .. if I had been able to attend this year’s “bash”, what would I have tried?  Well, here it is … the 2018 All in WDW Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Top 20!

  1. Roasted Irish Sausage – Ireland
  2. Roasted Pork Wings – Flavors from Fire
  3. Spice-crusted Verlasso Salmon – Active Eats
  4. Seared Scallops – Coastal Eats
  5. New Brunswick Slider – Hops & Barley
  6. Lump Crab Cake – Coastal Eats
  7. Brazilian Seafood Stew – Brazil
  8. Lamb Meatball – New Zealand
  9. Xi’an Pancake with Beef – China
  10. Seafood Salad – Spain
  11. Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak – Flavors from Fire
  12. Spanish-style Paella – Spain
  13. Bloody Mary Seafood Cocktail – The Festival Center Wine Shop
  14. Kalua Pork Slider – Hawai’i
  15. Ropa Vieja Empanada – Islands of the Caribbean
  16. Beer-braised Beef – Belgium
  17. Short Rib Tostada – Mexico
  18. Beer-braised Beef – France
  19. Jerk-spiced Chicken Lollipop – Islands of the Caribbean
  20. Shrimp Quesadilla – Mexico

Honorable Mentions

  • Le Cellier Beef Filet Mignon – Canada
  • Korma Chicken – India
  • Crispy Pork Belly – Brazil
  • Beef Brisket Poutine – Refreshment Port
  • Pasta Gratin – Germany

2017’s Seared Scallops from Active Eats!

Dining Recon: Liberty Inn at Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion!

Long known as his very-favorite Quick Service on Walt Disney World property, Doug Davis of the WDW Mainstreet Podcast cannot wait to go back to visit the Liberty Inn at Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion.  He’s told me so … many, many times!

Well, not to worry, Doug.  Are you craving a Macaroni & Cheese All-Beef Foot Long Hot Dog?  Topped with Macaroni and Cheese and Bacon and served with French Fries or Apple Slices, you can get a sneak preview in ResortTV1’s presentation of …

Liberty Inn at Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion Review

Check it out, folks!  Join Jenna and friends as they present a short but very sweet 5-minute glimpse of this much-maligned Disney Dining alternative.  Do they suggest that you grab a taste of “liberty”?  Hey!  Watch the video to find out!

More Food & Wine Coverage! What “Sounds” Delicious?!

The Festival is upon us, my friends!  Have you seen the menus?  No?  Then, to see every delectable morsel, pop back to …

2018’s Festival of Food is About to Begin! Catch These Epcot Food & Wine Entree and Dessert Menus!

Hint – if I have highlighted an item in ‘blue’, then you can consider it on my personal list of recommendations for 2018.  If you’re going to be able to go “devour” the festival, then please use those suggestions as a guide!

In the meantime, please pull up your bar stools at the WDW Main Street Pub.  Join John, Doug, and myself as we cover all of these menus in great detail!

Which booths do we think will “rule” the party?  Which get “discarded” out of hand?  Who is going this year?  Who is not?  Find out that and much, much more at …

Episode 467 – It’s Food & Wine 2018!

Sadly, 2017’s All in WDW “Champion” – Hops & Barley’s Smoked Beef Brisket – won’t be on the menu this year.  Let’s show the “champ” some love, shall we?