Dining Recon: Beach Club Marketplace

Hello, all!  Have you missed me?  Well, now that our relocation to Kentucky has come to an end, I’ll try to find a bit more time to share some of the WDW content I’ve been storing up since early in the year.  I’ll really try!

First up … let’s grab a cheap lunch at Beach Club Marketplace!  On our past few trips, Mrs. All in WDW and I made a conscious attempt to do Disney “Quick Service-style”.  We found one of our new favorite lunches last March.

Leaving it to Disney, these could be gone by now, but I do know that they were still being served in July.  If you’re looking for a quick sandwich, why not try the Marketplace’s Spicy Italian Sandwich?

At the time, it cost a relatively inexpensive $8.49.  It was a delicious bargain in my opinion as it was loaded with Italian meats and Provolone Cheese.  Most important, the giardiniera relish that adorned the sandwich added a phenomenal taste.

Of course, you might want to take a “healthier” course to reach dining satisfaction, eh?  Mrs. All in WDW can lead you the way with her choice – Smoked Turkey & Brie.  Equally reasonable, at the same price, here it is …

This sandwich was very reminiscent of a beloved one we used to be able to buy over at BoardWalk Bakery.  Served on Multigrain Bread, the turkey is adorned with Apple, Brie Cheese, Dijonnaise Mayo, and Dijon Mustard.  Mrs. All in WDW was very glad to have found it!

Like us, maybe you discard Quick Service options like Beach Club Marketplace from your list of attractive dining options.  From a price and satisfaction standpoint, however, places like Marketplace can fit the bill.  In the cases of these sandwiches, we can’t recommend them more highly.  Hopefully – months later – they’re still there!

Enjoy Christmas Decorations at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts … with ResortTV1!

Greetings, folks!  If you caught last Monday’s post, you’d know that Mrs. All in WDW and I just love Disney’s epic holiday gingerbread “creations”.

For example, did you catch a glimpse of the Grand Floridian’s marquee “house”?  No?  Well, catch it here …

Take a Tour of the Grand Floridian Resort’s Gingerbread House … with ResortTV1!

Today, we’d encourage you to rejoin Josh of ResortTV1 as he gives us a detailed look at more of Disney’s delicious delights.

First, please gaze upon the Beach Club’s carousel.  Then, take a  a “tour” of the Yacht Club’s Christmas village!  Enjoy it all by clicking on the picture below!

The Captain Bids Us a Fond Farewell … While the Compass Entices Us with a Menu!

It had to happen sooner or later, didn’t it, folks?  The Yacht Club’s displaced Captain’s Grille – the undeniable Walt Disney World hidden gem that had taken up residence in Ariel’s at Disney’s Beach Club Resort – is now closed.

Before we move on, let’s take once last glimpse at this esteemed venue in one of its very last days of relocation …

Fortunately, we shot those pics on a visit that we made in late August.  We were paying our final respects, as it were.  Poor Captain.  You really were so under-appreciated.

When we were in WDW a few weeks ago, Mrs. All in WDW and I stopped over to Yacht Club to check on the status of the skipper’s soon-to-be-opened replacement – Ale & Compass Restaurant.  Alas, nothing but construction walls … still.

Frankly, I thought we had a chance to catch their Opening Day!  When we made the aforementioned visit to the Captain, two Cast Members told us that Ale could be open as early as the middle of October!

Maybe the Compass will open sometime later this month, but, in the meantime, their initial menus can be found on Disney’s web site.

Click here to view Ale’s dinner menu!

For those who are interested, no breakfast buffet is listed, by the way.  Doug Davis, for one, will be very disappointed.

For my part, Ale’s dinner menu confirmed my worst fears.  My friends, the Captain’s delicious Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Sweet Corn Risotto is history.

How incredibly sad.  Replaced by Smoked Short Ribs with Vegetable Mash, what was once the very best dish on Disney property is now nothing more than Entry #4 in All in WDW’s Hall of Fame.

That’s right.  This dish was that good!  It joins Maelstrom, Off Kilter, and Wishes in our personal annals of WDW history!  Yahoo!

Having said all of that, Ale’s menu is still quite interesting.  Chowder, savory pies, a clambake.  I’m sure it will all be very tasty.  Hey, even the short ribs sound enticing.  Maybe they’ll sub me in some risotto for that mash?

Frankly, even with that unique sweet corn risotto, a smoked dish just won’t be quite the same as the Captain’s cabernet-braised masterpiece.  I’ll still give it a chance, though!  I promise, I’ll have an open mind, and I’ll try it … at some point.

Meanwhile, let’s take one last look, shall we?  Behold, my former favorite Disney dish!  A new “Hall-of-Famer”, as it were.  Yes, everyone, in late August, I did get a chance to say farewell to it, as well.  Feast on this beast!

WDW Main Street – Episode #315 – Our “Perfect” WDW Christmas Days!

Doug, Dennis, and I gather together in the Main Street Pub to “plan” our ideal way to spend Christmas Day in The World!

In what resorts did we choose to stay?  Where will we eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner?  Disney Springs might be in line to see a lot of our business!

We even have an imaginary “unlimited FastPass+”.  What three attractions will we use it to enjoy over and over again?  Listen to the show find out!

WDW Main Street – Episode #315 – Our “Perfect” WDW Christmas Days!

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Dining Recon: Cape May Cafe … presented by John Peters!

Almost every family that visits Walt Disney World more than once has their favorite restaurant.  It’s the place that is the first ADR that you make … the place that you will eat at even if your budget is really tight.

For our family, that place is Cape May Cafe.  Located in Disney’s Beach Club Resort, it offers a character breakfast buffet as well as a dinner seafood buffet.

Vintage Photo - circa 2008

Vintage Photo – circa 2008

This review will be of our most recent dinner.  It took place during our November trip and was on our twentieth wedding anniversary.  What better place to dine?

Cape May is centrally located in the Beach Club.  It’s a short walk from any of the Boardwalk area resorts and also only a short walk or quick boat ride from Epcot’s International Gateway.

We arrived for our 7:45 reservations around 7:30.  After a short wait, we were seated around 7:40.   A tip is to wait for a booth.  Sitting at a table in the middle of a buffet can get a bit tedious!

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Cape May 4

My wife makes no apologies.  She is here to eat crab legs!  My son tries the clams, mussels, and a couple of other items.  Then, he tackles the crab legs!  I, however, in my quest for dining diversity, try a bit of everything!

The menu usually consists of several cold salads, cold shrimp, a selection of cheeses, a couple of soups, steamed corn, potatoes, clams, mussels, Hand-carved Strip Loin, fried cod, Fried Clam Strips, and crab legs.

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The salads were tasty but unremarkable.  The Chilled Peel-n-Eat Shrimp were done spot on and easy to peel.  I found the cheese board to be particularly good.  I made a couple of trips just to get cheese!

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The strip was done to a very nice medium and went very well with their horseradish sauce.  Note: they sometimes have prime rib!

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Their fried cod and clams were both good but nothing special.   The Steamed Mussels were really delicious.  They are served in a garlic tomato sauce described as a Tomato Sambuca Broth.

There are buckets on the buffet line, so you can make a steamer with clams, corn, and potatoes if you wish.  The main event, though, are those crab legs!

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I’ve tried a couple of local buffets that advertise all-you-can-eat crab legs.  The crab legs served by those places are generally small and, for the most part, not done correctly.

Cape May has several steamers right in the middle of the buffet, ensuring fresh crab almost every time you head up to the table.  The legs are perfectly steamed and nicely sized.

Many, many, many, plates later, I did try several of Cape May’s desserts.  Their caramel flan with fresh berries and Boston cream pie are my favorites.  My son had at least eight servings of the flan!  He’s 17 and can get away with it!

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Assorted Desserts.

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Assorted Desserts.

There are a couple of other noteworthy things I’d like to add.  They do have a child’s buffet with pizza, Fried Cod Nuggets, and a couple of other items, for example.

There is butcher paper placed on your dining table, so you can use the crayons they give you to “decorate”!

I’m not a wine drinker, but I did notice a couple of custom mixed drinks.  As a beer guy, I usually take the chance, here, to get a couple of Sam Adams on draft.

This time, however, I took notice of an offering of beers I hadn’t tried before.  I ended up drinking two Session Black Lagers.  They were dark but balanced the crab legs very nicely.

In conclusion, folks, this is a seafood buffet.  If you don’t like fish or shellfish, don’t bother.  The roast, and a lot of the other non-seafood items, can be found on buffets more to your liking.

If you do like – or, love – seafood (particularly shellfish), however, by all means, put Cape May on your next ADR list!

A travel agent, and an Orlando native, John is the Florida correspondent for the WDW Main Street Podcast.  He’s a regular contributor to the show.  John can also be found as the co-host of The Weekly Pint Podcast.  Find him on Twitter @beersolo.