Flashback Photos of the Week: New England Lobster Roll – Crew’s Cup Lounge

Another mixed bag of nuts today, my friends.  There are podcasts.  There are polls.  There are lobster rolls!  Hah!  See what I did there?

Actually, there are podcasts.  First, catch Doug Davis and our resident Cast Member – John Peters – as they tackle another round of “First Thing You Think Of”!

What’s that, you ask?  Well, listen to find out.  In fact, play along!  Catch the action at …

Episode #386 – First Thing You Think Of!

Next, Doug spent this past Sunday entertaining some very special guests at the Main Street Pub.

Jen and Scott from Happiest Vlogs On Earth join Doug to discuss all of the latest news from around Walt Disney World.  Listen to …

Episode #387 – Our Weekly News!

Did you vote in yesterday’s “Wild Card” poll?  No?  I have great news, then!  The poll is still open!  VOTE at …

The Top 20 is Set! The “Wild Card” Contenders are Here!

Finally, one of your favorite Food & Wine dishes is Hops & Barley’s New England Lobster Roll.  Me?  I’ve never been a fan.  Why?

2016’s “loaded?” Lobster Roll

Each time I’ve ordered it, I was left with an unsatisfied stomach – the serving size can be puny! – and an empty wallet!  One of the most expensive dishes at the festival, it was $7.75 in 2016.

Also on the pricey side, Crew’s Cup Lounge provides, what I think is, a much better version of the dish.

Served chilled and on a butter-toasted roll, it delivers a much-more generous portion than World Showcase.  Is it worth its $19 price tag?  Hmm.

Folks, my advice is this … pass by Food & Wine’s lobster roll.  Whether at Crew’s Cup or another restaurant on property, you’re likely to find a more-delicious roll at a much-better value.

Everyone, we’re closing in on Opening Day!  The ranking team is working feverishly to place your Top 20 in its proper order.

It, All in WDW’s Top 20 Food & Wine Festival Desserts, and my personal tasting menu will all be unveiled in very short order.  Stay tuned!

OUR Favorite WDW Things That Are NOT Attractions!

On the latest episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast, Doug, Dennis, and John hung out at the pub to discuss their favorite things to do … that are not attractions.

WDW Main Street – Episode #365 – Our Favorite Things That Are NOT Attractions!

Hmm.  That got me to thinking.  What are our favorite things to do that are not attractions?  Mrs. All in WDW?  What do you think?

1  –  Disney Springs

Definitely Disney Springs.  At one point, Doug Davis asked us if we were going to visit anywhere else in WDW other than Disney Springs.

Why would we?  Actually, we do go to the parks plenty, of course, but Disney has done a great job re-imagining Downtown Disney.  Here are just a few of our favorite “attractions”:

  • Paddlefish
  • The Boathouse
  • Morimoto Asia
  • Splitsville
  • Wolfgang Puck Express – Marketplace
  • Starbucks – West Side

2  –  Crescent Lake

We love, love, love, Crescent Lake … especially the BoardWalk.  Let us describe the ways!

We love a morning walk from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the BoardWalk area.  In fact, Mrs. All in WDW really enjoys going over early in the morning for a cup of coffee and a walk.

We love lounging along Stormalong Bay.  Sometimes, we’ll buy a bottle of wine, grab a couple of outdoor chairs at the Yacht Club, and enjoy the afternoon sunshine.

Other times, we’ll pull up a stool at Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill.  A great pool view.  Friendly bartenders.  Refreshing drinks.  Yum!

Then, there are the restaurants and bars.  Great places like …

  • Belle Vue Lounge
  • ESPN Club
  • Cape May Cafe
  • Crew’s Cup Lounge
  • Captain’s Grille
  • Ale and Compass Lounge
  • Cabana Bar and Beach Club
  • Shula’s Steak House
  • Todd English’s bluezoo

3  –  Laguna Bar

In light of the massive refurbishment going on at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Mrs. All in WDW and I live in fear of Laguna’s demise.

We’ve made, what we hope to be, lifetime friends at that little lakeside bar, and it holds a very special place in our hearts.  If it survives, we’ll be overjoyed!

That’s the short list for us, folks.  How about you?  What are your favorite things that are NOT attractions?  Leave us some comments and let us know!

Who Loves Lobster Rolls?! Who Loves Crew’s Cup Lounge?!

Good Saturday, my friends!  Welcome back to All in WDW!  I know.  Where have I been all week?  Busy, busy, busy.  Sometimes “real” life just plain consumes your days!

Now, I know, by now, you’ve seen my picture of Food & Wine 16’s New England Lobster Roll.  No?  Well, here it is again …

2016's "loaded" Lobster Roll

A relatively small “bite”, like I have in the past, I found it to be “Just OK”.  How can I not love a lobster roll, you ask?

Hey, I’ve many-times claimed, in print and over the “pod-waves”, that I don’t like my lobster served ice cold!  Give me a freshly-cooked, and hot, lobster and some drawn butter.  Then, I’m happy.

In spite of all that, though, I keep sampling different “roll” recipes across Disney property.  It is lobster, after all!

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So, enter the Yacht Club’s Crew’s Cup Lounge!  They serve, you guessed it, a New England-style Lobster Roll!

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How was it, you ask?  Well, sadly, the pictures make it look a bit bigger than it really was.  I will give the crew, this, though … it was a lot of lobster!  Worth $19.00?  Hmmm.

Served chilled (of course) on a butter-toasted (hot dog-sized) roll with your choice of vegetable orzo salad or chips, I found it to be – don’t hate me – “Just OK”.

We’ve been to Crew’s Cup Lounge many times over the years, my friends.  It’s one of our most-favorite spots.  Truthfully, regardless of the verdict, I’m very glad I tried their lobster.

When it comes to our next visit, however, I’m going to stick with the Cup’s $14 Shaved Beef Sandwich.  Very delicious!  If you want to see a picture of it, click back to this post!

See ya’ real soon, folks!

Join the Crew! Dining Recon: Crew’s Cup Lounge!

Mrs. All in WDW and I don’t visit the Crew’s Cup Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort often enough.  How about you?  Have you ever been there?

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It’s a bit of a small place, to be honest.  Seating can be hard to snag!  If you’re looking for a quick mid-day escape from the hot, Florida sun, however, it’s a great spot.

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One tip, though?  You might want to avoid it at dinner time.  The Cup gets quite busy when Guests are waiting for their tables at the attached Yachtsman Steakhouse!

Having said all that, do you want to know the thing I love the most about this great place?  Although the lounge sports its own little menu, you can order this …

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True, you have to wait until the tail end of the afternoon – I was able to order mine a little before 5 PM or so – but you can reach over to the Captain’s Grille’s menu for a serving of this masterpiece!

Yes, on many occasions, I have unabashedly named the Captain’s Cabernet-braised Short Rib as the very best meal on all of Walt Disney World property.  Accompanied by Corn Risotto, Pan Jus Reduction, and Corn Cream, it is that good.

My friends, if you stop into the Crew’s Cup Lounge, Yachtsman Steakhouse, or Captain’s Grille, you’ll be pleased.  You can’t go wrong with Yacht Club dining!

Whether you’re staying at the resort or not, give their culinary establishments a chance.  You will not be disappointed!

Hello, MCO! Thanks a lot, Andrea!

Good morning, all!  I hope you’re staying dry … we’re not! Thanks a lot, Andrea!

Well, as I said on Twitter and Facebook yesterday, we have a “Plan B”.   Tambu Lounge.  Territory Lounge.  Crew’s Cup.  The Bellevue Lounge.  Laguna Bar!  Whatever it takes!

Oh, don’t start scolding me now.  Mrs. All in WDW and I are not going to …

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