Memories and Mudslides!

Short and sweet to start this fine week, my friends.  Literally!  Short and sweet.

Not only have Mrs. All in WDW and I not been to The World for quite some time, it is probably going to be a few more months before we pass under Disney’s welcoming gates.

The Western gate. One of the most gorgeous sights in ANY world.

Of course, that fact is causing me to wax nostalgic.  Good food, beautiful sights, and refreshing drinks.  Naturally, all that longing leads me to … Laguna Bar!

Behold!  Good food …

The “legendary” Laguna Burger. I swear it’s one of the BEST burgers on property. Normally comes with your choice of chips, but you can request fries at an upcharge.

Beautiful sights …

Refreshing drinks …

Modelo is one of my favorite “Disney beers”.  I only drink it when I’m relaxing at Laguna Bar!

Finally, we make it to the “sweet”.  It’s out of the ordinary for us to enjoy a “dessert drink”, but Laguna’s Mudslide is pretty darn good!

I dearly hope that our beloved bar on the “shore” of Lago Dorado survives the resort’s on-going re-imagineering.  I guess that only time will tell.

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Did you “vote” in this weekend’s Disney Springs restaurant poll, folks?  If not, please go back and weigh in with your opinion.  Results will post tomorrow!

What’s the Best (Most Enticing) New Restaurant in Disney Springs?!  VOTE!

Dining Recon: Planet Hollywood Observatory!

My friends, visiting Planet Hollywood Observatory on a Saturday night was an experience.  How so?  Let’s just say it was bedlam!

OK.  So, maybe that’s a little bit harsh, but the place, itself, is huge.  The crowd?  It seemed even larger!

Some time back, Mrs. All in WDW and I had the chance to meet up with some dear friends for dinner.  Let me tell you, we all had Guy Fieri’s burgers on our minds.

Before we get to those, however, let’s take a look at what little I was able to grab of Hollywood’s massive decor …

And, how about those burgers?  Well, salivate over these …

Featuring Grilled Pastrami, I couldn’t resist trying The Mayor of Flavortown.

Ever a healthier eater than me, Mrs. All in WDW selected the Cajun Chicken.

Also healthy, one of our friends chose the Tatted Up Turkey.

The best choice, however, was Guy’s award-winning Bacon Mac-n-Cheese. GREAT burger!

What were our verdicts?  Frankly, we all decided that Observatory merits at least one visit.  Our conclusion, though, was that the experience wasn’t worth enduring the semi-controlled chaos.

The burgers?  They were definitely good.  They weren’t “Earth-shattering”, though.  Tasty, for sure, but not really overly remarkable.  Sorry, Guy.

Ultimately, with all of the new venues that Disney Springs has to offer these days, Planet Hollywood wouldn’t be at the top of our list of recommendations.

Our suggestion?  Visit once … just for the experience.  After that?  Go somewhere else – Paddlefish, The BOATHOUSE, Morimoto Asia, etc.

Dining Recon: Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas

Good Monday, my friends!  One restaurant that has gotten a bit lost in the Disney Springs “avalanche” of new dining venues is Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas.

Located in The Landing, it offers Guests a 37-country culinary tour of North, Central, and South America.  It also delivers stunning views, bright colors, and a lively night-time bar scene!

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Paradiso boasts a bar stocked with over 50 kinds of tequila!  In addition, at 29 degrees, it claims to serve the “World’s Coldest Beer”!  Sounds fantastic, eh?

Well, our podcast partner, Dennis Conroy, and his family got a chance to enjoy this “paradise” on their last trip to The World.  What says he?

“I had the Paradiso 37 Burger.  It was cooked as ordered (medium-well) and hot.

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The roll had a nice crust on the outside and was soft on the inside.  The fries were nice and hot, too.  No complaints at all with the burger!

One of my dinner companions had the Grilled Chilean Salmon and said it was delicious!

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To be honest, I couldn’t tell you what anyone else said about their meals because the music was painfully loud!”

Well, folks, it sounds like the food is pretty darn good!  The atmosphere, however, might be full of a little bit too much life.

How will Paradiso 37 compete with all of the new “jewels” that Disney is sprinkling around the Springs?  Only time will tell!

Visit Michael Symon’s “Bar Symon”!

Every once in a very great while, I have to indulge myself with a post that has nothing to do with Disney.  But, wait!  Doesn’t Michael Symon have a tie to Disney?

He surely does!  After all, he and his buddies have had an influence on the last two Epcot International Food & Wine Festivals!  Of course, I’m referring to his show – The Chew.

Although I was (very vocally) not a fan of The Chew’s Food & Wine efforts over the last two years, I am still a big fan of Chef Symon.  Hey!  Us Cleveland boys have to stick together!

Anyway, take my advice, if you ever visit C-Town, drop by Michael Symon’s flagship restaurant – Lola Bistro.  The Beef Cheek Pierogi are other-worldly and are a very strong “Must-Do”!

In the meantime, I have another place for you to visit – if you pop through the Pittsburgh or Washington Dulles International airports, that is.

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Offering a break from busy airport travel, “meet” Bar Symon!  From award-winning burgers to potato and cheese pierogi with kielbasa, it’s provides another “have to have it” meal.

I got the chance to grab lunch at the Pittsburgh restaurant while on a trip several weeks back.  From a delicious Great Lakes Brewing Company Beer to Chef’s great burgers and fries, I’d visit again and again!  Delicious!

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Menu Update: Beaches & Cream Soda Shop!

Good morning, my friends!  How have you been?  It has been a very busy week, let me tell you.  But, we’re back, and we’re ready to dive into more of WDW’s cuisine!

Hey!  Here’s a spoiler for you … some Food & Wine “fun and games” might be in our very near future!  Please stay tuned!  If you’re a Food & Wine Festival fan, you’ll have a blast!

In meantime, let’s make a quick visit to the Beach Club Resort’s infamous ice cream shop – Beaches & Cream Soda Shop!

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Served with cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a freshly-baked bun, Beaches & Cream’s iconic Angus Beef Burger is generally recognized as the best burger on Disney property!

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I’ve had it … back in 2013.  Check out this post for a full review!  At the time, it was served as a Bacon Angus Beef Burger, however.  It definitely was a delicious burger!

At a 2013 price of $13.99, though, a lot of readers told me that they felt it was way overpriced … for a simple burger.  Well, jump forward three years, folks.

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Beaches’ current “recipe” omits the bacon … and, now, costs $16.00!  Wow!  Talk about an expensive burger!  It better be phenomenal!

So, my question for you is this … where do you stand with regard to this much-talked-about delight?

Respond to the poll, below, and let us know!  Does Beaches’ burger get a “thumbs up”?  Or, would you take a “pass”?