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!

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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 …

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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!

Welcome to Disney’s Restaurant of the Year?!

Good morning, folks.  OK, so maybe I should re-title this post “Welcome to All in WDW’s Disney Restaurant of the Year”!  After all, what follows is merely my humble opinion.

When I look back at where the All in WDW family dined in 2015, there are a few WDW experiences that really stand out.

For example, worlds “collided” when Mrs. All in WDW and I got the chance to share a phenomenal dinner with Dennis Conroy of the WDW Main Street Podcast and his family.

Where did we have this fantastic meal?  Well, let’s just say that plenty of Bangers and Mash were enjoyed.  Gotta love Rose & Crown.  Right, Dennis?

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But, is this All in WDW’s restaurant of the year?  No.  Close, but not quite.

One place that we haven’t gotten to for dinner in 2015 is the Yacht Club’s Captain’s Grille.  An oversight that I aim to correct next week!

Having said that, we did dine there for breakfast a few months back.  Remember my shot of Captain’s Lobster Omelet?

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It was good, but it wasn’t great.  What is great, however, is this under-appreciated restaurant’s Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Creamy Risotto.  Actually, it isn’t great.  It’s stupendous!

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The single best entrée I have ever had in Walt Disney World, my friends.  You have to try it once.  Nonetheless, even the captain doesn’t win All in WDW’s pick for restaurant of the year.

Back in October, I published a piece about Morimoto Asia.  That post even caught the notice of the restaurant itself!  Mrs. All in WDW and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

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A truly beautiful restaurant!

In fact, Iron Chef Morimoto’s Kakuni Pork Bao was so good that we’ve gone back again.  Steamed bun.  Braised pork belly.  Utterly delicious.

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It’s hard for me to believe I’m going to say this, however, but Morimoto Asia isn’t All in WDW’s restaurant of the year either.  What?!

In fact, we’ve frequented Splitsville, Kona Café, Sanaa, and many other great venues.  All of them are outstanding.  None of them win All in WDW’s 2015 “prize”!

Folks, that honor goes to, in my humble opinion, one of the best-themed restaurants in all of Walt Disney World – The BOATHOUSE!

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A brand new Disney jewel, I posted my first “recon” of The BOATHOUSE back in August.  Our experience there was so enjoyable, we’ve gone back again and again.

To this point, we’ve just toured through selections of the restaurant’s small plates.  For example, the last time we stopped by, we shared three dishes.

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Their Hoison Chili Calamari was fantastic!

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The Dock Side Bucket of Wild Caught Surf Clam Strips was good but not great.

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As always, their Firecracker Shrimp were phenomenal!

When it comes to the size of this brand new restaurant and the way it’s decorated and themed by scores of boats, The BOATHOUSE really catches the eye.

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Its spectacular waterside views and the quality of their food keep you coming back.  When all is said and done, we feel that The BOATHOUSE deserves anyone’s “Disney Restaurant of the Year”!

What about you, my friends?  What WDW venue is your “restaurant of the year”?!