Our $80 Day of Dining at Epcot!

Good morning, folks!  Welcome to the weekend!  Hey!  We’re a bit late to the WDW Main Street “$80 a day” parties, but now that the gang has arrived at our favorite park, we’ll finally toss in our two cents!

Hear Doug, Dennis, John, and the cast of the Mickey Dudes Podcast at:

Episode #363 – $80 A Day at Epcot with The Mickey Dudes!

So.  What are the $80 a day “challenges”, you ask?  Well, what would you eat if you only had $80 to spend on food during your day at Epcot?

Trouble is … Mrs. All in WDW and I think that $80 per person is way too much.  We think we can do much, much better.  Will it be under $80 per couple, however?  Let’s see!

Breakfast:

Fountain View (featuring Starbucks coffee)!

Let’s face it … Mrs. All in WDW is one of the world’s biggest Starbucks fans.  Therefore, we’ll have to start with a breakfast in Future World.

We’ll order two Tall freshly brewed coffees – Pike Place Roast for the Mrs. and Veranda Blend Blonde Roast for me – at $2.49 per cup.

For food, I think that their Sausage, Egg, and Cheddar Classic Breakfast Sandwich ($4.99) is one of the best breakfast sandwiches anywhere!  Mrs. All in WDW will have an Almond Biscotti for $1.99.

Total (with tax): $12.80

Lunch:

Yorkshire County Fish Shop!

There’s no doubt.  One of our favorite activities is to enjoy some Fish and Chips while quenching our thirst in the Rose & Crown Pub.

Mmmmm.  Two crunchy, flaky, delicious strips of Fish served with Chips!  We’ll take two orders please … at $10.99 each.

Then, how about two pints?  Mrs. All in WDW will take a blend of Bass and Harp.  It is a Specialty Blend called a Golden.  Price? $9.00!

Myself?  The only place I ever have one of these is at WDW – a Boddingtons English Pub Ale.  Another $9.00!

Total (with tax AND tip): Yorkshire ($23.52) and Rose ($23.26)

Finally, dinner at …

Sunshine Seasons

We might share, to be honest. Let’s order their Oak-grilled Rotisserie Chicken.  It’s normally served with Black Beans and Yellow Rice for $12.29.

How about the Pork Loin?  Served with Mashed Potatoes, Barbecue Sauce, and Corn on the Cob, it’s $13.99.

Mrs. All in WDW and I would likely ask for some “subs” on the sides, however.  Sunshine’s Oak-grilled Salmon is typically served with green beans.

We’d ask to sub all of the black beans, rice, mashed potatoes, etc. with green beans, I’m pretty sure.  They’ve done it for us many times before!

Finally, we’d need to wash dinner down with another beverage.  We’d prefer two Yuenglings at $6.50 a can!

Total (with tax): $42.03

How’d we do, my friends?  Did we stay under budget?  Let me get my calculator.  Hmmmm …

Breakfast: $12.80
Lunch: $46.78
Dinner: $42.03

Grand Total: $101.61

Nuts!  We couldn’t do it!  Of course, we could drop the beer.  That would keep us in line, but, then, it’s vacation!  Budget be darned, we have to have adult beverages!  Cheers, everyone!

Menu Update: Brunch at Raglan Road!

One of these days, Mrs. All in WDW and I are going to give Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant another chance.  If you remember back, our first visit didn’t meet with much success.

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An insanely popular spot, it’s worth our time, I know.  The problem is … there’s so much competition in Disney Springs now! Morimoto Asia.  Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming.  Frontera Cocina.  The Boathouse!

Of course, one thing that might draw us in is Raglan’s Brunch.  From oatmeal and pancakes to bangers and roast beef, there’s a lot of everything on the menu!

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Folks, have you stopped by Raglan Road for a meal?  What are your thoughts?  How does Raglan compare to the new venues opening up in Disney Springs?  Let us know!

Menu Update: Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Prices always go up, don’t they, everyone?  Especially in Disney, eh?  Hah!  The question becomes … is it (whatever “it” is) worth the extra dollar or two?

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When I last covered Epcot’s Yorkshire County Fish Shop, a little over a year ago, the best Fish and Chips in all of Walt Disney World cost Guests $9.49 a serving.  But, flash forward a year.

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A recent (last month) picture of Yorkshire’s menu informs us that the United Kingdom’s perfectly battered fish demands $10.49!  Then, look on line at Disney’s web site!  $10.99?!

Now, I won’t editorialize on whether the cost of frying a couple of pieces of fish has increased somewhere between 10% and 16%, but Disney … really?!

I’ll just have to admit this … in the fish shop’s case, I truly think that an extra dollar (or dollar-and-a-half?) is another very large handful of pennies well spent.

This fish is perfectly battered.  It’s also piping hot, incredibly flaky, and crisply fried.  Simply perfect!  Buy it, folks.  Yes, buy it regardless of the price!

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Of course, I guess that leaves us with one unanswered question … what price is too much?  Oh, my friends, I really hope we’ll never have to find out.

Dining Recon: Columbia Harbour House – A Triumphant Return!

OK.  We’re sold, my friends.  It took a while, but we finally get it.  Columbia Harbour House is the best Quick Service in Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

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In fact, Mrs. All in WDW declared, on a visit just a few days ago, that it is our new healthy place to go for lunch.  Why?  Well, we sampled their Grilled Salmon.

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It was delicious!  We agreed that we’ve both had salmon at fine restaurants that wasn’t as good!

You see, prior to this, we’d only ordered Columbia’s fish and chips – now offered as a Battered Fish Plate.  We weren’t impressed.

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The salmon, however, accompanied by couscous and broccoli, made for a fine lunch.  The salmon, itself, was perfectly cooked.

The couscous – although on the dry side (which I prefer, by the way) – tasted great!  The only critique I’d have is that, though the broccoli was very tender, it seemed completely unseasoned.  At the least, a bit of butter is a must.

A “go to” meal, we’re glad to have discovered it … or, did we?  Doug Davis of the WDW Main Street Podcast has been recommending this dish to us for quite some time.

Having said that, I discovered the truth only recently.  Apparently, his favorite Harbour House dish is their Lobster Roll.

Doug reports that his wife, Brenda, is the one who is a big fan of the salmon.  You know, that makes sense to me.  I always had her pegged as the brains of the operation.  Lol, Doug.

Anyway, you heard it here … if you’re looking for a Magic Kingdom meal that’s a little bit more on the healthy side … Grilled Salmon at Columbia Harbour House.  Get it!

Menu “Recon”: Brunch at Raglan Road!

This is one of those times when I wish we could have stopped to eat … especially when I got a thorough glimpse at their great menu!

Hey!  Who doesn’t love brunch, eh?  Better yet, who wouldn’t love to have a nice healthy plate of Bangers & Booz at Raglan Road?

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A Guinness and onion banger on mash topped with caramelized onions and beef stew?  Uh … and beef stew?  Wow!  I can understand why it’s listed under the section “It’s All to Devour”!

Have any of you been to Raglan Road’s Brunch?  How is it?  What would you recommend?  Have you had the Bangers & Booz?  Is it good?  Let us know!