Hurricane Hanna’s … Again?! Hey! When It’s Good, It’s Good!

If you’ve learned anything about Mrs. All in WDW and I over the last (almost) six years, when we find something (or somewhere) we like, we tend to visit time and time again.

Don’t believe me?  Type Laguna Bar in the search box at the top of the page.  At one point, I was even the “Mayor” of Laguna Bar on FourSquare.  My name is still all over their FourSquare page!

Anyway, for us, Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill fits into Laguna’s “mold”.  We love the place so much, we visit often.  Why?  Easy.  Friendly bartenders, great food, and a beautiful view!

Nestled safely between the boardwalk and beach of Crescent Lake and the Beach & Yacht Club Resorts’ Stormalong Bay, Hanna is a fantastic spot to sit back and relax.

And, I did mention the food, didn’t I?  Delicious!  Let’s take a look …

A different recipe than in day’s past, Hurricane’s Seared Tuna is, now, served with an Asian slaw and a citrus soy glaze.  Mrs. All in WDW and I shared it as a refreshing starter.  Very satisfying.

Another option is their House-Made Popcorn Shrimp.  With a trio of dipping sauces, the presentation is quite unique and, although they look a bit on the crispy side, the shrimp tasted great!

If you’re going to nibble on apps, you have to toss in some of Hanna’s House Chips.  Crispy, and like everything else, very shareable.  Hey!  They serve a pretty generous portion for a mere $3!

Finally, all of those appetizers – spread out over several hours, I must add – led us to split a Grilled Chicken Sandwich.  Served on a pretzel roll with smoked cheddar and spicy mustard, we loved it!

Having said all of that, although the food is great, it isn’t the cuisine that keeps bringing us back to Hurricane Hanna’s.  My friends, it is the people (the staff) and the setting (Crescent Lake).

One of WDW’s best outdoor bars, we can’t recommend Hanna highly enough.  The bartenders keep it fun.  You can’t possibly get enough of the views.  Two thumbs up from both of us, folks.  Visit sometime soon!

Dining Recon: Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill!

Howdy, folks!  How’s it goin’?  The topic of Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill came up during a recent episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast.  I believe it happened during my last appearance …

Episode 467 – It’s Food & Wine 2018!

Yes, we were chatting about this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Lots of great cuisine being offered this year, but one of the items – Hops and Barley’s New England Lobster Roll is a particularly beloved fan favorite.

Problem is … at $8 per serving, a lot of critics (myself included) have tapped this dish as nowhere near worth the price.  Oh, it is tasty, don’t get me wrong.  It’s also typically quite small.  Take a look …

2016’s “loaded?” Lobster Roll

In comparison, there are much better values to be found on WDW property.  For example, take a trip over to the Magic Kingdom.  Many fans rave about Columbia Harbour House’s Lobster Roll.

Myself?  Well, I prefer … you guessed it … the recipe served up by Hurricane Hanna’s.  Delivered on Parker House Bread with Citrus Mayonnaise and accompanied by French Fries or Apple Slaw, their Seafood Roll is a feast!

If you take a close look, it is presented as three attached rolls.  Three!  Plus, loaded with lobster, scallops, and more than half-a-dozen shrimp, it is utterly delicious!  Wow!

Do you want to know the best part?  $11.79!  What?!  Think about it this way … Hops & Barley’s version is all lobster.  However, even if it was loaded with this much seafood, wouldn’t it have to cost two to three times Hanna’s price?

For my money, folks, I’d pass on Food & Wine (never thought I’d say that!) and walk over to Disney’s Beach & Yacht Club.  Visit Hanna.  Pull up a stool at the bar, chat with their friendly bartenders, and grab a seafood feast!  You won’t be sorry that you did!

A Tale of Two Short Ribs … A Before and After Story!

OK.  I’ll admit it.  To call this a “before and after” episode is a bit misleading.  After all, the Yacht Club’s Ale & Compass Restaurant has only been open for six months or so.  To date, they’ve only served one version of short ribs.

No.  Those of you who know me will clearly understand where this piece is coming from … I had an obsession with the Captain’s Grille’s Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Creamy [Sweet Corn] Risotto.  Look at it!

Simply phenomenally delicious, my friends, for years, this was my absolute favorite meal on Disney property!  Of course, as the Compass replaced the Captain, so, also, did a new short rib replace my beloved, “hall-of-fame” caliber cabernet-braised delight.

What does the Ale & Compass have to offer, then?  Well, on our most-recent trip to “The World”, Mrs. All in WDW and I met some dear friends there for dinner.  Wanting to give Ale’s offering a chance, I ordered their Smoked Short Ribs.

Served with a Roasted Vegetable Mash and Barbecue Demi, I have to admit that they were good.  Were they cabernet-caliber?  No.  The Captain’s recipe was an A+.  This version was, at best, a B.

Having said that, the ribs were fork tender.  They tasted quite good.  Where the dish lost me, however, was with the “side”.  Laced with roasted Brussels sprouts within, the vegetable mash was acceptable but paled in comparison to the Captain’s luxurious risotto.

What’s my conclusion, you ask?  I said it a few weeks ago, I was very disappointed when Disney decided to close Captain’s Grille.  But, even I have to admit that WDW notched a ‘home run’ with the Ale & Compass refurbishment.

When it comes to their food, if you’re a fan of short ribs, I’d recommend you give Ale’s dish a try.  For myself, it had a tough act to follow.  In the days of the Captain, I would order nothing but the short rib.  At Ale, I’ll give some of their many other menu items a try.

Monday Menu Mania! [Poll]

Good morning, folks!  Let’s jump into a little bit of Disney Dining, shall we?  Where, oh where, should we eat today?  Hmm.  Let’s let the boys over at the WDW Main Street Podcast give us a “jump start”!

That’s right!  Join John and Doug as they pull up a couple of stools at the Main Street Pub and discuss John’s upcoming trip to Walt Disney World!  Both Doug and I have trips on the near horizon, as well, by the way.

Episode 432 – John’s Menu Mania!

Anyway, they cover the menus from the three restaurants at which John has reservations this time around – The Hollywood Brown Derby, Cítricos, and Yachtsman Steakhouse!  What a delectable trio!

So, join them for appetizers, devour some entrees, and dine on desserts.  It’s a super-delicious episode, folks, so grab a knife and fork, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Afterwards, please let us know … at which of these three would you prefer to dine and why?  Use the poll below and leave us comments on Facebook or Twitter with your opinions!

Enjoy Christmas Decorations at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts … with ResortTV1!

Greetings, folks!  If you caught last Monday’s post, you’d know that Mrs. All in WDW and I just love Disney’s epic holiday gingerbread “creations”.

For example, did you catch a glimpse of the Grand Floridian’s marquee “house”?  No?  Well, catch it here …

Take a Tour of the Grand Floridian Resort’s Gingerbread House … with ResortTV1!

Today, we’d encourage you to rejoin Josh of ResortTV1 as he gives us a detailed look at more of Disney’s delicious delights.

First, please gaze upon the Beach Club’s carousel.  Then, take a  a “tour” of the Yacht Club’s Christmas village!  Enjoy it all by clicking on the picture below!