Dining Recon: ESPN Club

Good Friday, folks!  I’m going to go ahead and say it … the BoardWalk’s ESPN Club is one of the most underrated dining spots on Disney property!

Hey!  After two recent visits, we feel that it is, at least.  Oh, sure, it is the epitome of a sports bar … boasting your typical “game day” fare.

Having said that, ESPN’s menu is also filled with options you won’t necessarily find at your average everyday tailgate party!

Take a look at the menu, my friends.  Take a look at the food!  Delish!  Such as their Chilled Tuna Nicoise Salad.  I certainly enjoyed that.  Quite light and refreshing, actually!  Mrs. All in WDW loved it, as well.

Meanwhile, on a second visit, Mrs. All in WDW and I shared a plate of Wings as an appetizer.  We asked for Medium sauce on the side.  Quite crispy and tasty.

Then, we finished by splitting a “branded” Old World Bavarian Burger.  As burgers go, it was just so-so … kind of ordinary.  But, of course, we’re talking “bar food”!

Whether it’s to watch a game or grab a respite from the Florida heat and humidity, give “The Club” a try, my friends.  You might just find it becoming one of your family favorites!

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.

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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!

“Turf” & Turf at ESPN Club!

Happy Wednesday, folks!  How about some more Disney dining to start your day?  Yes?  OK!  Let’s go!

Have you ever stopped by the ESPN Club?  Safely tucked away at the edge of Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, it is the premier sports bar on WDW property.

Having said that, it’s also a great spot to stop and enjoy a cold beverage and a quick meal.  In fact, they even serve “Turf” & Turf!  Huh?  What?

Actually, Mrs. All in WDW and I stopped in a few weeks ago and decided upon an alternative version of ESPN’s Surf & Turf.

Usually served with a New York strip steak, seasonal shellfish, au gratin potatoes, and vegetables, we subbed in chicken for the ‘fish and doubled the veggies in place of ‘taters.

It was outstanding, folks!  The steak was well-prepared.  The chicken was perfect.  The veggies were outstanding!

Look … unless you’re in need of a place to watch your “big game” of interest or staying at the BoardWalk, you might not visit ESPN.

If you do, though, you’ll find that the staff is friendly and the food is good.  Is it “gourmet”?  Of course, not, but take it from us – you’ll enjoy your visit!

Menu Under Construction: ESPN Club

Well, so it’s not just the menu that’s “under construction”.  The ESPN Club’s entire kitchen is being refurbished as well.  Hmm.  Somehow, we missed that “memo”.

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Much to our chagrin, Walt Disney World’s own web site says, “While the kitchen is being refurbished, ESPN Club is temporarily serving a quick-service menu of salads and sandwiches.”  Really?  Now, you tell us?

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Both of us were much too hungry to go in search of another venue in which to enjoy lunch, so I selected the Italian Sausage.  It tasted fine, but this and a bag ‘o chips?  For $13.99?  Really?!

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Ever diet-conscious, Mrs. All in WDW chose the House Salad with Chicken.  Simple but good, she claimed.

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Folks, all in all, our experience was just like it was billed … pretty Quick Service.  It was also quite pricey.

To be honest, unless you’re looking for a cold beer, we recommend you stay away from the ESPN Club until football season arrives.  The kitchen has to be all ready to go by then, wouldn’t you think?!

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Thanksgiving in Walt Disney World?

Just a short tip, here, my friends.  We found this out a little bit late to help anyone … especially ourselves!

Where can you find a traditional, and very reasonably priced, Thanksgiving dinner if you’re staying in Walt Disney World?

How about in the most obvious(?) of places – Disney’s BoardWalk’s ESPN Club?!

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Yes, I said ESPN Club.  Take a look!

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So, note it in your files.  You want turkey and stuffing?  Is Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Tree Tavern “stuffed” with Guests?  You want to mix some football in with your meal?  Try ESPN!

Hmm.  I wonder if they serve Christmas dinner as well!  Anyone know?