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!

Is Disney Vacation Club a Good Purchase? You’ve Got the Questions? We’ve Got the Answers!

You’ve got the questions?  We’ve got the answers!  Pull up your stools with John and Doug as they spend an evening in the WDW Main Street Pub answering listener questions!

What are their favorite Walt Disney World memories?  Do they think that DVC is a good purchase?  There’s that and much, much more, folks!  So, step into the pub, order a cold beverage, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Episode 473 – Listener Questions!

Want to Rent DVC? Here’s How!

Happy Saturday, my friends!  Have you ever thought about renting a room at a DVC resort?  Wouldn’t it be great to snag a few nights at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa?  Or, any of the other fine DVC resorts on WDW property?  Well, listen up, then!

Melissa Mullett joins John and Doug to discuss all of the great options you have for renting DVC with David’s Vacation Club Rentals.  Their Director of Operations, Melissa also gives us a trip report from her most recent stay at Disney’s Old Key West Resort!  Hear it all at …

Episode 443 – David’s Vacation Club Rentals!

A Tale of Two Short Ribs … A Before and After Story!

OK.  I’ll admit it.  To call this a “before and after” episode is a bit misleading.  After all, the Yacht Club’s Ale & Compass Restaurant has only been open for six months or so.  To date, they’ve only served one version of short ribs.

No.  Those of you who know me will clearly understand where this piece is coming from … I had an obsession with the Captain’s Grille’s Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Creamy [Sweet Corn] Risotto.  Look at it!

Simply phenomenally delicious, my friends, for years, this was my absolute favorite meal on Disney property!  Of course, as the Compass replaced the Captain, so, also, did a new short rib replace my beloved, “hall-of-fame” caliber cabernet-braised delight.

What does the Ale & Compass have to offer, then?  Well, on our most-recent trip to “The World”, Mrs. All in WDW and I met some dear friends there for dinner.  Wanting to give Ale’s offering a chance, I ordered their Smoked Short Ribs.

Served with a Roasted Vegetable Mash and Barbecue Demi, I have to admit that they were good.  Were they cabernet-caliber?  No.  The Captain’s recipe was an A+.  This version was, at best, a B.

Having said that, the ribs were fork tender.  They tasted quite good.  Where the dish lost me, however, was with the “side”.  Laced with roasted Brussels sprouts within, the vegetable mash was acceptable but paled in comparison to the Captain’s luxurious risotto.

What’s my conclusion, you ask?  I said it a few weeks ago, I was very disappointed when Disney decided to close Captain’s Grille.  But, even I have to admit that WDW notched a ‘home run’ with the Ale & Compass refurbishment.

When it comes to their food, if you’re a fan of short ribs, I’d recommend you give Ale’s dish a try.  For myself, it had a tough act to follow.  In the days of the Captain, I would order nothing but the short rib.  At Ale, I’ll give some of their many other menu items a try.

Hey! Let’s Stroll Over to Disney Springs!

Happy Friday, my friends!  Hey!  Have you taken this walk?  Well, if you haven’t, you should.  The sights.  The sounds.  It’s a beautiful stroll!

Please join Josh Nelson of ResortTV1 as he takes a relaxing walk all of the way from Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort to the Marketplace at Disney Springs.  His 4K presentation boasts astounding views!  Click on the picture, below, to access to video!

Then, later today – at 6 PM Eastern, in fact – come back to YouTube and join Josh and Jenna as they present their weekly Live Stream from “somewhere” in Walt Disney World!  Are you missing the “magic”?  Let ResortTV1 give you a glimpse of “home”  Find them at …

ResortTV1 on YouTube!