Wow! Now, We Have 400 Reasons to Celebrate!

What a milestone we celebrate today, folks!  With this post, the WDW Main Street Podcast celebrates its 400th episode!

Wow!  400?!  Are you kidding me?  Who can talk that much for that long?  Um, the answer to that question will reveal itself to you in just a few seconds.

Naturally, I didn’t personally participate in all 400 shows.  Not even close.  Neither has John Peters, for that matter.  Even our retired colleague – Dennis Conroy – came on board well after the podcast was born.

Who can talk that much for that long?  The show’s founder and host, of course.  Yes, it is Doug Davis who has that incredible “gift of gab”.

Doug and I at Laguna Bar!

Main Street was his brain-child.  He’s hosted or co-hosted every single episode.  In truth, it is Doug that deserves all the credit for this feat!  Congratulations, Doug!  What a phenomenal accomplishment!

My friends, join John and myself, as we congratulate Doug.  Attend our little party.  Step into the WDW Main Street Pub and listen to …

Episode #400 – 400 Reasons to Celebrate!

Wait! Did Someone Say Free Chocolate?

By John Peters

If you’ve been to Disney Springs, you probably know this trick – stop by Ghirardelli and pick up your free sample of chocolate!  You did know that, I hope!  If not, there’s your “tip for the day”!

Anyway, did you realize that during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Disney gives away those very same samples in their Festival Center?  Yes, they surely do!

Head over there, folks, and go to the back of the Festival Center.  There’s a small Ghirardelli shop on site.  They pass out the samples!

The coolest part about that place, though, is the dioramas that are on display.  They are all made of chocolate and candy.  Better yet, they mostly feature Disney themes!

This year, Ghirardelli is featuring the likes of Moana, Beauty & the Beast, and Pandora.  It’s a nice, cool way to spend a couple of minutes and grab a taste of great chocolate!  Check it out!

Which Four WDW Table Services Engage in “Menu Battles”? Check it out!

“Menu battles”?  Huh?  Bob, what in The World are “menu battles”?  Um, great question, my friends.  There is only one way to discover the answer to that quite perplexing question!

Join Doug, John, and I at the Main Street Pub as we engage in a little game of “menu battles”!  John and I are on the “hot seat” as four anonymous WDW Table Services step up to compete!

Will we guess which restaurants are offering up their menus?  Which spots will win their match-ups?  We think you’ll be quite surprised by the results!  Check it out at …

Episode #397 – Menu Battles!

A Mixed Bag of Nuts! Podcasts, Polls and a Trio of Pals!

Speaking of “nuts”, my friends, I got the chance to visit the WDW Main Street Pub again yesterday.  Chatting and ranting with Doug Davis and Dennis Conroy is always good fun.

Including my epic meltdown over the latest news regarding the Coronado Springs expansion project, catch yesterday’s show at …

Episode 385 – Our Weekly News!

Then, pop back and listen to our last two episodes where the boys tackle retired attractions as well as last week’s Disney news!  Find them at …

Episode #384 – Retired Attractions!

Episode #383 – Our Weekly News!

Myself, Doug, and Dennis enjoying a few beers at Coronado Springs’ “pub” – Laguna Bar.

By the way, yesterday’s Food & Wine poll is still open, folks.  If you missed out, please select your entrees at …

Four Entrees Have Passed Your Test! Which Dishes Will Be Next? VOTE!

The Top 4 “winners” of that vote will join Saturday’s victors in your WDW Fans’ Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 20!  What are those four dishes, you ask?  Behold!

  • Grilled Beef Skewer – Patagonia
  • Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce – Flavors from Fire – NEW!
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Braised Beef – France
  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp – Australia

Finally, if you are willing to rank Epcot’s delights, please send me an email at bob@allinwdw.com.  Jump on board, everyone!  You voted for Epcot’s delicacies.  Now, put them in order!

Underrated WDW Restaurants? Here’s Our Take!

Like I said yesterday, the WDW Main Street crew recorded a phenomenal show a few weeks back called …

Episode #361 – Underrated and Overrated Restaurants!

Please go back and listen.  They did a great job and stirred up a lot of conversation!

Of course, I felt the need to weigh in with our opinions, so, in my last post, I covered our overrated spots.  Take a look back.

Same as the Main Street boys, I ruffled quite a few feathers!  Hey!  There are a lot of Raglan Road and ‘Ohana fans out there!

Now that I’ve stirred you up with our “critiques”, however, let’s go to a more positive place.  Let’s talk Underrated WDW Restaurants!

Captain’s Grille –

I have to start here.  Why?  Well, I’ve said it over and over … the Captain serves my very favorite dish on property – Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Sweet Corn Risotto.

Look at it!  It’s as good as anything on property, folks!  Trust me!

Due to refurbishments, Captain’s Grille has been relocated, until this Fall, to a temporary home in Ariel’s at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.  Great news, though, everyone.  The short rib is on the menu!

Whispering Canyon –

On the show, the guys talked about Walt Disney World BBQ, but I didn’t hear reference to this wonderful feast!  Much better than ‘Ohana, by the way.

Mrs. All in WDW and I have visited “the canyon” countless times over the last few years.  It’s very good!

Look.  We don’t profess to be BBQ experts, but I have to say … this feast is as good as any BBQ we’ve had.  Fall off the bone ribs.  Tender pork.  Great smoked sausage.  Worth a visit!

Splitsville –

I know.  I know.  A bowling alley?  I’ve written about Splitsville many times since it opened.  I swear the sushi is the best I have ever had on property.

Splitsville’s Volcano Roll is exceptional!

In fact, whether it’s sushi, a burger, or a pizza, this up-scale alley serves it all.  And, it’s all delicious!

Kona Cafe –

Mrs. All in WDW summarized it best … “I didn’t like Kona in the beginning. But, now, I’m happy to go there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.”

For my part, I’d much rather have a more peaceful, enjoyable experience choosing from amongst the variety of items on Kona’s menu …

Their Pan-Asian Noodles with Chicken is phenomenal!

… as opposed to enduring the crushing throng that descends on ‘Ohana twice a day.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant –

This’ll make Doug Davis smile.  We really enjoy the Animal Kingdom’s Yak & Yeti.  Yes, Doug.  You did steer us right once again!

We highly recommend the Yeti’s Firecracker Shrimp as well as …

… their delicious Fried Wontons!

For both appetizers and meals, we’ve found this spot to be a great place for Mrs. All in WDW and I to take a quick break … or to meet up with friends!

That’s it!  These five venues are our Most Underrated WDW Restaurants!  What do you think?

Hey!  How about you?  What are your Overrated and Underrated WDW dining establishments?  Keep the conversation going, and let us all know!