Who Wants to Grab Some “Bangers and Beer”?!

Good morning, my friends!  Welcome to “Dining Recon: A Fabulous Lunch at Rose & Crown Dining Room”!

I was talking to Doug Davis of the WDW Main Street Podcast late last week, and he reminded me that Mrs. All in WDW and I are scheduled to meet him (and his better half!) for dinner at Epcot’s Rose & Crown Dining Room in early March.  We can’t wait!

Then, that also reminded me that I still have a lunch to share with you!  It’s not often I visit a Table Service restaurant on my very own, but on this particular day, way back in October, I couldn’t resist!

You know, I’ve been pretty vocal about the fact that, for years, my favorite Disney entree was the Captain’s Grille’s Cabernet Braised Short Rib.  After the restaurant’s closure, I even entered the dish into All in WDW’s Hall of Fame!

The Captain’s delicious Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Sweet Corn Risotto enters the Hall of Fame!

Of course, now that the Captain and its masterpiece have been retired, another culinary delight will need to step to the forefront of my palate’s desire, don’t you think?  Enter the Rose & Crown’s Bangers and Mash!

Doug is right.  For the price – now for $21 – this presentation is still the most cost-effective, best-tasting meal on Disney property!  Traditional English sausage with colcannon potatoes, roasted mushrooms, caramelized onion jam, and red wine demi?  Delicious!

Enjoyed every last bit!

For me, what made this particular lunch so enjoyable, however?  Well, it’s simply because I provided Doug with a running, bite-by-bite commentary (by text) as he diligently hung sheetrock on the job site.  Hey!  He took it with good humor.  I loved the dish’s great taste!

Take it from both Doug and I.  You can’t beat the Rose’s atmosphere.  The beer is always cold and refreshing.  And, whether you go Fish and Chips or Bangers and Mash, you can’t go wrong.  The food is great!

Menu Update: Brunch at Raglan Road!

One of these days, Mrs. All in WDW and I are going to give Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant another chance.  If you remember back, our first visit didn’t meet with much success.

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An insanely popular spot, it’s worth our time, I know.  The problem is … there’s so much competition in Disney Springs now! Morimoto Asia.  Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming.  Frontera Cocina.  The Boathouse!

Of course, one thing that might draw us in is Raglan’s Brunch.  From oatmeal and pancakes to bangers and roast beef, there’s a lot of everything on the menu!

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Folks, have you stopped by Raglan Road for a meal?  What are your thoughts?  How does Raglan compare to the new venues opening up in Disney Springs?  Let us know!

Menu “Recon”: Liberty Inn

I don’t know about you, but it has been a busy, busy week.  In fact, Mrs. All in WDW didn’t even catch up on my posts until yesterday!

She wasn’t entirely pleased.  “The people are going to think all we do is go to Disney to eat, Bob!”

Well, in my defense, the pictures I displayed this week [ here and here ] were taken over the course of several years.  We certainly didn’t eat all of these items on one trip!

To be honest, we probably eat no more food per trip to WDW than any other Disney fan!

Before I move on with today’s “business”, I want to stop back to my appearance on this week’s WDW Main Street Podcast.  I promised to post this picture …

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Proof positive that Dennis Conroy did indeed enjoy a plate of the Rose & Crown’s Bangers and Mash. Delicious, wasn’t it, my friend?

Now, on to my other pal’s favorite … Doug Davis’s beloved [did I just “say” that?] Epcot Quick Service venue – Liberty Inn!

Located on the left side [as you look at the building from the promenade] of the American Adventure Pavilion, Disney bills this restaurant as a salute to American fast-food favorites.

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Looking at the menu, you’ll find quite a wide selection of burgers, ‘dogs’, salads and more.  They even offer a vegetarian “chicken” option.

In addition, although it wouldn’t typically be considered a fast-food choice, you can select Liberty’s New York Strip Steak!  Yum!  [Photo courtesy of Disney’s site.]

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Sporting a ton of choices, and with plenty of seating – both inside and out – I can see why Doug loves Liberty Inn so much!

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Full disclosure, it hasn’t made our target list, as yet, but I can assure you that Mrs. All in WDW and I will find a way to fit this popular stop into our plans in the near future.

What about you, my friends?  Have you been to the Liberty Inn?  Do you like it?  What did you [or would you!] order?  Let us know … below!

Bangers, Beef, Chicken, or Fish?! What A Conundrum!

You know, after I published yesterday’s post, I got to thinking … what are my personal favorite WDW meals?

I mean, it’s very clear that I absolutely love the Captain’s Grille’s Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Creamy [Sweet Corn] Risotto.  As I mentioned, I order it every time we visit that little-known, under-appreciated restaurant!

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Then, I started thinking about what other Disney creations I tend to order each time we visit the establishment at which they are offered.

Take Kona Cafe, for example.  Have you ever had their Pan-Asian Noodles with Chicken?  No?  Wok-seared yakisoba noodles.  Vegetables.  Chicken.  Yum!  Yes, I do order it every time!

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How about Epcot’s Rose & Crown Dining Room?  Ever go there?  Thanks to WDW Main Street Podcast’s Doug Davis, this pub’s Bangers and Mash crash my list.

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A few months ago, I wrote a piece entitled “The Three “Faces” of Disney’s Butter Chicken!”  I penned that post with very good reason.  Sanaa’s Butter Chicken is phenomenal.  I can’t get enough of it!

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Hop on a bus and take a short ride over to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, my friends.  Simply the best burger on property, Laguna Bar’s aptly-named Laguna Burger deserves two pics!

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The sweet potato fries are a special order, I’m afraid.  Sadly, they’re not always available.  Just ask!

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But, Bob, it’s just a burger!  Folks, it is that good.  It’s the way in which the patty, itself, is seasoned that makes it so tasty.  Don’t believe me?  Then, please stop by and judge it for yourself!

On this next point, my son and I agree to disagree.  I think he still prefers California Grill, but I’ll say it anyway … Splitsville serves the best sushi in Walt Disney World!

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Oh, OK.  Maybe that is a bit of an extreme declaration.  I’ll tell you one thing … this Volcano Roll, as well as most every other roll this bowling alley makes, is outstanding.  It’s my “go to” order!

Here’s another morsel that I just have to toss into the mix.  Mrs. All in WDW and I find this dish – a small salad of sorts – to be a light and refreshing little “snack”.  Arugula.  Hummus.

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Served at Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill at the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, this Seared Tuna is one of the few dishes I’ve replicated at home!  Absolutely delicious!

So, what do you think, folks.  My list could go on and on, but what are your favorite WDW meals?  Which dishes do you have each and every time you visit Mickey’s world?

Please leave a comment and let us know.  Meanwhile, which of my favorites would you choose?