It’s a WDW Main Street Extravaganza! Paddlefish Week on the Podcast!

Hi, folks!  It has been a busy, busy week in the “real world” for the All in WDW clan.  Therefore, I’m totally behind on pubbing this week’s podcasts!

As things turned out, however, it truly did turn into “Paddlefish Week” both here, on the web site, and on the show!

I was very pleased to see your response to my “Dining Recon” entitled Disney Springs’ New “Crown Jewel” – Paddlefish!  It definitely does include dozens of pics.  Check it out!

Then, if your response wasn’t already overwhelming, much to my pleasure, Paddlefish, themselves, got into the act!

Entitled “See why All in WDW named Paddlefish “Disney Spring’s new Crown Jewel”, they posted our article on their Facebook page!  Wow!  Thanks, ‘fish!

And, that wasn’t all!  I joined the gang “live” from our drive back from Orlando to Atlanta to rave about our two fantastic experiences.  Hear it on …

WDW Main Street – Episode #336 – Our Weekly News!

Finally, Doug and Dennis dig deeper into the restaurant’s menu on our mid-week episode …

WDW Main Street – Episode #337 – Paddlefish!

You’ve read what I thought about this great new restaurant.  You can even hear it “live” on the Sunday show.  What do they think of the new menu?  Check them out!

Disney Springs’ New “Crown Jewel” – Paddlefish [Dozens of Pics!]

Hey, folks!  There’s a new “star” in “downtown”, and it’s name is Paddlefish!

Whilst in Disney last week, Mrs. All in WDW and I took the opportunity to visit Disney Springs’ new “crown jewel”, not once but, twice!

Yes, my friends, the restaurant is that good.  First things first, though.  The staff is fantastic!  Shout out to Peter behind the bar!  Great guy!

In fact, the Executive Chef – Mark Boor – actually took the time to visit with us and serve us lunch on our second visit!

Paddlefish, to our two experiences, is a class operation, everyone.  Let’s take a look at the decor … and scenery!

1st Floor Bar!

2nd Floor Bar!

3rd Floor Bar!

Hang in there with me, folks!  The restaurant is huge, so the pics I have for you go on without end … it seems!

Outdoor Bar … open in the evenings!

Open just one month, exactly, on the day of our second visit, Chef Boor expressed great pride in the restaurant and its team.  In addition, he is very proud of Paddlefish’s menus …

Lunch Menu. Click on the picture to expand!

Dinner Menu. Click on the picture to expand!

Seafood Boils! Click on the picture to expand!

We told him that we were really impressed with their unique presentation of, what they call, Point Judith Calamari.

It is served with shishito (sweet) peppers and starfruit – both of which are battered and fried.  He explained that ‘everyone does calamari’.  He wanted Paddlefish’s version to stand out as being ‘different’.

If that’s not enough, here is an example of how serious Chef Boor, and Paddlefish, are about quality … on our first visit, we asked about the restaurant’s ‘Catch of the Day’.

Catch of the Day! Click on the picture to expand!

We were told that there was no ‘catch’ that day.  The chef didn’t approve of the quality of fish that their vendor had delivered.

And, what about the food?  What did we eat?  Well, I have to confess … we didn’t sample these two “gems”.  We snuck pictures from unsuspecting Guests!

The Bloody Mary is made with King crab, jumbo shrimp, and candied Neuske’s bacon.  Gotta love loaded cocktails. Don’t you agree?

This Tower includes Dutch Harbor King crab, jumbo Gulf shrimp, market fresh oysters, lump crab ceviche, and Ahi tuna poke.  It’s a feast!

For us, though, we dined on two separate occasions.  First, for dinner, we shared two appetizers (including the, aforementioned, calamari) and one entree.  All were fantastic!

Paddlefish’s version of a Bacon & Egg is made of braised Kurobuta pork belly and a panko-crusted 5-minute egg.

Mrs. All in WDW wasn’t too sure that it was a great idea to select it when I ordered it, but, after sampling her half, she agreed that it was utterly phenomenal!

Having been filled up on the two apps, we decided to share Paddlefish’s Jambalaya as our meal.  It was a bunch of Gulf shrimp, Andouille, chicken, and crawfish “goodness”.  Delicious!

All of that wasn’t enough for us, though.  Three days later, we were compelled to stop back for lunch!  We selected separate meals for each of us that day, however.

Mrs. All in WDW enjoyed the Half Chicken.  Served with a Carolina mop sauce, edamame bacon succotash, creole mustard, and pickled watermelon, she loved it!

I, on the other hand, stayed with seafood.  Their Faroe Island Salmon, served with heirloom beets and kohlrabi-green apple salad, was outstanding.  It was of the best pieces of salmon I have ever had, and the slaw tasted great!

Fans, I don’t know what to tell you other than Paddlefish is worth all that time we waited for its arrival.  It opened several months later than originally planned, but it opened in an epic fashion!

It provides an absolutely beautiful setting.  It serves original and delicious food.  What more can you ask for?  Take it from us, schedule your ADRs today!

Dining Recon: Breakfast at The Wave … of American Flavors!

Lately, Mrs. All in WDW and I have become really big fans of Disney breakfasts.  Yeah, if you’ve been following my most-recent posts, you know that already.  Take a look …

Grand Floridian Cafe

Pepper Market

Captain’s Grille

What brought that on, however?  Well, we’ve discovered that if we head off to a resort for a mid to late morning ADR, we can pretty much cut lunch entirely out of our schedule!

Think about it.  Breakfast at 10 to 11 AM.  Dinner at 4 to 5 PM.  Less calories.  Less money!  Perfect!

Anyway, in the breakfast-seeking spirit, we visited the Contemporary Resort’s The Wave … of American Flavors on our last trip.

It was a really good thing we stopped in, too, because I was able to acquire the answer to the question I posed in yesterday’s post.  What cheese fits best in a shrimp omelet?

The answer?  Well, we will see that in a minute.  First?  Let’s start our day with a Bay Lake Bloody Mary!

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And, Organic Colombian Press Pot Coffee!

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Both delicious!  But, what’s on the menu, eh?  Hmm.  A Breakfast Buffet!  Citrus-scented Brioche French Toast.  Very enticing choices!

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I have to admit … I was sorely tempted to try the Wave Signature Sweet Potato Pancakes.  Have any of you?  How are they?  I’d love to know!

When it came down to it, the Florida Rock Shrimp Omelet had to be my choice.  After all, you saw my recipe.  It was a wreck!  I clearly needed a lesson from the “pros”!

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So, what cheese fits best in a shrimp omelet?  The Wave’s “design” includes avocado and pepper jack cheese!  That’s it!  Pepper jack!

Before you spout skepticism, my friends, let me tell you this.  The omelet was phenomenal!  Absolutely fantastic!

Accompanied by a lovely and well-loaded Fresh Fruit Plate, that Mrs. All in WDW and I shared, this was one of the best breakfasts I have ever had on property!

The Wave … of American Flavors, folks.  We highly recommend it be one of your choices for breakfast!  Sure, you can choose their buffet, but their shrimp omelet is a definite winner!  Yum!

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Beverage Recon: “Breakfast” at Dawa Bar

Good morning, Walt Disney World fans!  Happy Saturday!

You know, until recently, I wasn’t all that big of a Bloody Mary fan.  That’s an odd statement to start a Disney-related post off with, I know.

You see, I do like to enjoy a vodka martini now and then, but how did I use to react if someone added “tomato juice” into the mix?  Yuck!

Then, we had “breakfast” at Dawa Bar.  Hah!  Right about now, you’re thinking … “Breakfast”?!  When did Dawa start serving breakfast?

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If you’re familiar with this “hang out”, then you know that it’s a very small bar that attaches to the outside of Animal Kingdom’s “meat feast” – Tusker House.

Dawa is a great place to wait for your seat at Tusker.  As we found out, it’s also an excellent place to escape the cold on an early Spring day.

What?!  How can that be, Bob?  Look at your own picture!  You can plainly see that Dawa is an outdoor bar!

Well, there’s where “breakfast” comes in … er, a liquid “breakfast.  Yes, Mrs. All in WDW and I – fresh off an ice-cold ride on Kilimanjaro Safari – needed a bit of “antifreeze”!

What did we find at Dawa Bar?  A smorgasbord of Bloody Marys, of course!  Take a look!

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We ordered the African Bloody Mary …

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I mean, really.  Who can pass on a drink garnished with a huge slice of crispy candied Nueske’s bacon?

We also bought a Dawa Bloody Mary.  I was enticed by both its cheese-stuffed olive as well as its prosciutto.

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Both drinks were delicious, but we, by far, preferred – and would highly recommend – the African Bloody Mary.

So.  Did Dawa convince me to become a Bloody Mary fan?  Um, yes, in fact, it did!  Especially if those cocktails are mixed and served in the place “Where Dreams Come True”!

See you later, folks!

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