Dining Recon: Phins! New Lobby Bar at the Dolphin Resort!

My friends, daytime adult refreshment options at Crescent Lake will never be the same!   Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Resort has raised the bar [pun very much intended]!

Phins.  Offering a wide selection of cocktails, beer, wine, and food, it is the centerpiece of the resort’s many brand new refurbishments and additions.

We’ll show you a refurbished room, as well as Dolphin’s new Quick Service option – Fuel – in the coming days, but, first, let’s take a look at the Dolphin’s new lobby and … Phins!

A beautiful “new” lobby!

The Dolphin’s old – very small – lobby bar is history!

Some shots of Phins!

Up to this point, folks, your best Crescent Lake alternatives for grabbing an adult beverage were places like ESPN Club or Crew’s Cup Lounge.  If you wanted to be outside, then establishments like Cabana Bar and Hurricane Hanna’s could fit the bill.

With the opening of Phins, you have another place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty vacation refreshment.  For instance, they serve the Swan & Dolphin’s signature Pale Ale – Phins & Feathers – on draft!

In addition, the drinks – especially their daily Happy Hour punch – are very tasty.  A different recipe each day, here’s their Pomegranate Mint Julep!

We found this to be quite unique … the Phins Bloody Mary “bar” opens every Sunday at 10 AM.  Check out the descriptions, though.  Each of these specialty versions are inspired by Swan & Dolphin’s signature restaurants!

I’m definitely going for the Hail Mary next trip!  Filet, lobster, and shrimp?  What?!

Finally, the bar’s food really hits the spot.  Prepared and served from the hotel’s Room Service kitchen, the menu isn’t large, but it is still packed with enticing dishes!

Mrs. All in WDW and I shared three items.  The dish that caught her interest the most, was Phins’ Hummus Trio.  Served with small “chips” of naan bread, we were partial to the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.

Was tough to fit this presentation into one picture frame!

I, of course, couldn’t deny two of my favorite preparations – Pork Belly Bao and, you guessed it, Lamb Meatballs!

Yum! Lamb Meatballs!

Not quite as delicious as Food & Wine’s New Zealand version, the meatballs were still very good.  Mrs. All in WDW really loved the veggies bathed in the dish’s pork tomato sauce.

Steamed buns.  Pork belly.  Winner!  I loved them!  Plus, Mrs. All in WDW kindly gave me the “lion’s share”!  Also served as a “trio”, there was plenty of flavor to enjoy!

My friends, we had a great evening at Phins.  The staff was friendly.  The drinks are refreshing.  The food is quite tasty.  When next on Crescent Lake, please stop by the Dolphin and try Phins!  You might find that you’ll love it as well!

You Can’t Beat Tonga Toast, Can You?!

Hey!  How about a … “Big Kahuna with a smaller version of Tonga Toast instead of pancakes”?  Offered up by one of our readers, that’s an excellent idea!  Don’t you agree?

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When it comes to Tuesday’s Kona Cafe breakfast poll, several comments displayed affection for The Samoan – poached eggs with Hollandaise served over smoked pulled pork hash.

Plus, I clearly underestimated the allure of Macadamia-Pineapple Pancakes.  Fans raved over those, as well.  And, of course, Hawaiian Kona “Maragogype” Press Pot coffee got a lot of love too.

Having said that, when it comes to breakfast, we’re all about the Tonga Toast.  The Big Kahuna ran a close second.  The poll is still open, folks.  If you haven’t voted, go back and register your opinions!

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Now, as for the “signature” adult beverages that can be found at nearby Tambu Lounge, pineapples rule.  Lapu Lapus for everyone!

My favorite response, given that I asked which drink was better, was …

“Depends.  Do you want to continue drinking or only have one drink?  Lapu Lapu is big … and potent!  The Backscratcher isn’t nearly as devious.  Both are yummy, though.”

If you still need to (want to) weigh in with your pick, my friends, stop back to Wednesday’s post.  Lapu Lapu?  Backscratcher?  You choose!  Cheers!

Best Signature Drink at Polynesian’s Tambu Lounge?

Let’s stick around the Polynesian for another day, OK.  Let’s see a show of hands.  Who else – other than Mrs. All in WDW and I – loves Tambu Lounge?

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Hah!  I see you all out there!  Great lounge, isn’t it?  Whether you simply stop by for a quick refreshment or are waiting for your ADR at nearby ‘Ohana, it’s a very fun spot!

Reminiscing about good times at Tambu got me to thinking about Disney’s “signature” drinks.  Each resort seems to have their own special “creations”, eh?  Tambu is no different.

Bacardi Superior Rum, Myers’s Original Dark Rum, and Passion Fruit Juice.  Top that with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and add a Bamboo Backscratcher!

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Now, that’s a cocktail, folks.  Hey!  The backscratcher is a “take home” souvenir.  We have three of them!  Do you have any?

Myers’s Original Dark Rum and Tropical Fruit Juices topped with Goslings 151 Rum!  Serve it up in a fresh Pineapple and you have an infamous Lapu Lapu!

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Same “challenge” as yesterday … how in The World can we choose between these two?!  Well, that’s what I want you to do today, my friends.  Backscratcher.  Lapu Lapu.  You choose!