Dining Recon: Splitsville Luxury Lanes! Better Sushi Than California Grill?!

Oh, you bet, it is!  It’s a ‘cold-as-sushi’ fact!  In our opinions, Splitsville’s sushi is much, much better than that served by the Contemporary’s Signature jewel.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  We love California Grill.  We really do!  On a dollar-to-dollar basis, however, Disney’s “luxury” bowling alley wins any sushi showdown between the two restaurants … no contest!

See yesterday’s post – Dining Recon: Sushi at California Grill!

Hey!  The quality is equivalent, at the very least!  What’s the difference, then?  Hah!  Check out the alley’s full menu, but focus on the sushi!

On this particular day, we shared three rolls.  The Volcano Roll ($16) is one of my personal favorites.  Why?  I just love the ‘spicy volcano krab mix’ on top of the roll!

The Alberto ($13) is a healthy and unusual presentation.  No rice!  Lean protein.  Plenty of veggies.  Wrapped in thinly-sliced cucumber!  Quite refreshing.

Finally, how could we not end with the “king” of sushi rolls?  The Crouching Dragon ($16) is a meal in and of itself!  Take a look!  There’s that ‘krab mix’ again!

All in, $45 for those three rolls, folks.  Look back at yesterday’s post, and you’ll see that we paid $50 for what were assuredly much smaller portions.

Again, in sum, great sushi at both locations, but, in our book, the “bowling alley” at Disney Springs has Contemporary’s flagship beat … no questions!

Dining Recon: Sushi at California Grill!

Happy Saturday, folks!  What better way to come off of a couple of turkey-stuffed days than with a light and refreshing treat?  Say, with some ‘highfalutin’ sushi, perhaps?

Mrs. All in WDW and I got the opportunity to enjoy the sights, sounds, and, more importantly, the tastes of the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill on a recent trip, and, let me tell you, it was fantastic … as always!

Of course, as you might expect from a Signature restaurant, Cali’s prices are as high as its food is classy.  Nonetheless, we’d recommend that you dine there at least once.  And, hey, if you like sushi, give theirs a try.  It’s expensive, but it’s great!  Bon appetit!

The sushi bar!

You know that a Lobster Roll will require an open wallet. At $26, this little morsel delivered in that regard.

Boasting tuna, watermelon, salmon, apples, hamachi, and crab, Cali’s Sashimi was delicious but it commanded a big price too – $24!

We Present … OUR Disney “Living” Lists!

Hello, folks!  Did you get a chance to catch the latest exciting episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast?  It was Episode #319 – Our “Living” Lists!

You haven’t?  You’ve heard of “Bucket Lists”, haven’t you?  According to Wikipedia, they are “a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.”

Well, my friends, here, at All in WDW and on the WDW Main Street Podcast, we prefer to call this type of compilation a “Living List”!

Click the names, below, to see our “menus” of Disney dreams.  What do we want to do in our lifetimes?  Then, think about it yourself!  What’s your Disney “Living List”?

Bob Sikon

Doug Davis

Dennis Conroy

John Peters


Dining Recon: Splitsville

A few weeks back, on an episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast, I mentioned that Downtown Disney was so torn up by construction that it scares me.

Well, that was an exaggeration, of course, and I’m glad that’s all that statement was.  Why?  Because Splitsville simply rocks!


In addition, I wouldn’t be able to bring you a tour through some of the best sushi we’ve ever eaten!  Yes, California Grill.  I said that!

But, first, let’s enjoy some of Splitsville’s decor!







And, folks.  You haven’t seen the half of it! Well, maybe you have … but, we never made it upstairs!  There’s another floor!

But, how about that sushi?

It’s phenomenal!  In spite of what my son says (sorry, buddy), Splitsville’s sushi is better than that served up by California Grill!  OK, so that just my opinion.

Look.  I’ll admit it’s based on my last experience at the Contemporary’s signature restaurant.  It was a bit of a disappointment to me.  Frankly, I don’t think Cali Grill sushi has been the same since the refurbishment and Yoshie Cabral’s retirement.


Splitsville’s Sushi Bar!

Anyway, onto Splitsville’s offerings … who would have guessed that “bowling alley sushi” would be so outstanding?  Let’s eat!  We shared a bunch!

Fantasy Roll


Fantasy Roll



Ninja Crunch

Volcano and Dragon

Volcano Roll

Volcano Roll


Dragon Roll

My personal favorite was the Volcano Roll.  In fact, I guess my favorite sushi, in particular, is a Volcano Roll.  That’s what I usually order at our favorite spot in Atlanta, as well!

The Volcano’s spicy krab mix is fantastic.  Amusingly, it looks like shredded cheese, but it’s not.  It is a very tasty component of the dish.

Folks, take my advice.  Whether it’s simply to sit, chill, have a beer, and watch football … or, to enjoy any of Splitsville’s cuisine, you have to give them a shot.

The beer comes in frosted miniature "fish bowls"!

The beer comes in frosted miniature “fish bowls”!

For us, I think it’s safe to say that Mrs. All in WDW and I have found a new “favorite” hang-out!

Visit Splitsville!

Visit Splitsville!