Hitting the Streets! It’s Morimoto Asia Street Food!

Good morning, WDW fans!  Guess what?  We’re heading back to Disney Springs!  So, exactly what is “street food”?

Well, according to Wikipedia, it is “… ready-to-eat food or drink sold by a hawker, or vendor, in a street or other public place, such as at a market or fair.”

In addition, “[i]t is often sold from a portable food booth, food cart, or food truck and meant for immediate consumption.”

Hey!  That pretty much sounds like any Disney Quick Service, food festival kiosk, or snack cart to me!  Hmmm.

Actually, as advertised by the outdoor restaurant, themselves, Morimoto Asia Street Food is based on a history that dates back centuries.

The venue gets their inspiration from the dishes you can find, today, all throughout Asia, as much as from the childhood memories of Masaharu Morimoto himself.

So, what does the Iron Chef have in store for us?  Let’s see!

From ribs to egg rolls and noodles to sushi, he has it covered!  In fact, when we get a chance to stop back for a meal, I might not be able to choose!

How about you, folks?  Place your order in the poll below!  Will it be lo-mein?  Bao tacos, maybe?  Yum!  What do you crave?  Choose up to THREE!

Picture from Disney’s web site.

Welcome to Disney’s Restaurant of the Year?!

Good morning, folks.  OK, so maybe I should re-title this post “Welcome to All in WDW’s Disney Restaurant of the Year”!  After all, what follows is merely my humble opinion.

When I look back at where the All in WDW family dined in 2015, there are a few WDW experiences that really stand out.

For example, worlds “collided” when Mrs. All in WDW and I got the chance to share a phenomenal dinner with Dennis Conroy of the WDW Main Street Podcast and his family.

Where did we have this fantastic meal?  Well, let’s just say that plenty of Bangers and Mash were enjoyed.  Gotta love Rose & Crown.  Right, Dennis?

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But, is this All in WDW’s restaurant of the year?  No.  Close, but not quite.

One place that we haven’t gotten to for dinner in 2015 is the Yacht Club’s Captain’s Grille.  An oversight that I aim to correct next week!

Having said that, we did dine there for breakfast a few months back.  Remember my shot of Captain’s Lobster Omelet?

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It was good, but it wasn’t great.  What is great, however, is this under-appreciated restaurant’s Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Creamy Risotto.  Actually, it isn’t great.  It’s stupendous!

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The single best entrée I have ever had in Walt Disney World, my friends.  You have to try it once.  Nonetheless, even the captain doesn’t win All in WDW’s pick for restaurant of the year.

Back in October, I published a piece about Morimoto Asia.  That post even caught the notice of the restaurant itself!  Mrs. All in WDW and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

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A truly beautiful restaurant!

In fact, Iron Chef Morimoto’s Kakuni Pork Bao was so good that we’ve gone back again.  Steamed bun.  Braised pork belly.  Utterly delicious.

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It’s hard for me to believe I’m going to say this, however, but Morimoto Asia isn’t All in WDW’s restaurant of the year either.  What?!

In fact, we’ve frequented Splitsville, Kona Café, Sanaa, and many other great venues.  All of them are outstanding.  None of them win All in WDW’s 2015 “prize”!

Folks, that honor goes to, in my humble opinion, one of the best-themed restaurants in all of Walt Disney World – The BOATHOUSE!

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A brand new Disney jewel, I posted my first “recon” of The BOATHOUSE back in August.  Our experience there was so enjoyable, we’ve gone back again and again.

To this point, we’ve just toured through selections of the restaurant’s small plates.  For example, the last time we stopped by, we shared three dishes.

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Their Hoison Chili Calamari was fantastic!

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The Dock Side Bucket of Wild Caught Surf Clam Strips was good but not great.

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As always, their Firecracker Shrimp were phenomenal!

When it comes to the size of this brand new restaurant and the way it’s decorated and themed by scores of boats, The BOATHOUSE really catches the eye.

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Its spectacular waterside views and the quality of their food keep you coming back.  When all is said and done, we feel that The BOATHOUSE deserves anyone’s “Disney Restaurant of the Year”!

What about you, my friends?  What WDW venue is your “restaurant of the year”?!

Dining Recon: Morimoto Asia [Tons of Pictures!]

Happy Friday, my friends!  This is one of those posts in which the pictures can tell the story much better than I ever could!

Our initial impressions about Iron Chef Morimoto’s new Orlando restaurant?  Quite simply, it’s beautiful, elegant, classy, and fresh!

The servers are friendly and knowledgeable.  The food is outstanding!  The prices weren’t unreasonable.  Take a look!

Oh!  And, please stick around for the food pics, folks!  They’ll be coming up really quick!

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Chef Morimoto found a home across the street from Raglan Road!

Chef Morimoto found a home across the street from Raglan Road!

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Like I said ... beautiful, elegant, classy, and fresh!

Like I said … beautiful, elegant, classy, and fresh!

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The sushi bar is upstairs!

The sushi bar is upstairs!

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What's going on in that kitchen?!

What’s going on in that beautiful state-of-the-art kitchen?!

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We took a seat at the chef's stylish-looking bar!

We took a seat at the chef’s stylish-looking bar!

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Chef Morimoto has his own brand of saki … a collection of these eight.

And, thanks to a partnership with Rogue Ales, his own beers!

And, thanks to a partnership with Rogue Ales, his own beers!

This one is Morimota Soba Ale - delicate flavor of roasted Soba brings a nutty finish to this light and refreshing ale.

This one is Morimoto Soba Ale – delicate flavor of roasted Soba brings a nutty finish to this light and refreshing ale.

Photo Oct 17, 11 16 08 AMThe day that we visited, we had stopped in for a quick and light lunch.  From starters to sushi and from “Lunch Sets” (combos) to Peking duck, Chef’s menu is pretty comprehensive and complete.

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Mrs. All in WDW and I kept it simple.  We ordered two items off of the chef’s Dim Sum menu.  With a few other stops on our list – namely Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar – we didn’t want to get too filled up!

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First, we chose to share the Kakuni Pork Bao.  The braised pork belly on this steamed bun was utterly phenomenal!  Melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

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You get two for $8.  Pretty reasonable, I’d say.  We highly recommend that these be one of your appetizers when you visit the Iron Chef.  The spicy mayo was a great touch, by the way.

Also priced at $8 for two servings, I personally didn’t like Chef’s Grilled Chicken Bao as much as I adored the aforementioned pork.  Having said that, it was still delicious.

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We only experienced a small sampling of Chef Morimoto’s restaurant and cuisine on this visit.  Having said that, we saw enough – and ate enough! – to know that we should schedule a return engagement.

My friends, take our advice … plan to stop in for your own lunch or dinner.  Chef won’t break your wallet.  The food will be outstanding.  And, you won’t be sorry.  Of this, I’m very sure!

Our Fantasy Parks Are Complete! Which One Reigns Supreme? The FINAL Vote!

As I reported yesterday, we have completed our marathon run through Walt Disney World’s Parks and Resorts.  The WDW Main Street crew – Doug Davis and Dennis Conroy – and I have, each, built our own little “worlds”!

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Doug Davis presents the “Disney-sphere” with The Great Frontier – a rustic, woods-filled setting touched with a taste of nostalgia and Americana.  Here is Doug’s final round of picks:

  • Nine Dragons Restaurant
  • Teppan Edo
  • World Traveler Store
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Disney Outfitters
  • The Tea Caddy
  • Heritage Manor Gifts
  • Plaza de los Amigos
  • Fantasmic!
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

Conroy Kingdom is aptly named as it presents a blend of Dennis Conroy’s own family’s favorites amidst a collection of very popular parts of Walt Disney World.  Dennis finished his draft with:

  • Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas
  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria
  • Arribas Brothers Store
  • Cookes of Dublin
  • Shula’s Steak House
  • Super Hero Headquarters
  • Frontier Trading Post
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – Disney Springs
  • The Art of Disney
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Over the course of the last three years, you have generously completed poll after poll after poll.  You have elected resorts, attractions, and restaurants to the lofty status of All in WDW Readers’ Favorites!

My effort – Celebration Island – was just that … a celebration of YOU!  The foundation for my selections – especially in the early rounds – was your work.  If you voted it a Favorite, I added it to my park!  Wait!  Our park!  I ended with:

  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
  • Morimoto Asia
  • Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie
  • Disney’s Candy Cauldron
  • Sportsman’s Shoppe
  • Mulch, Sweat & Shears – Live in Concert! at Streets of America
  • The Circle of Life
  • Turtle Talk With Crush
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Primeval Whirl

My first two 6th Round picks sure were a gift, I’ll admit.  I don’t know how the boys let me get away with that!  Of course, I did have the first pick this time, so I was destined to land one – which was Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar!

So, my friends, which one of us had the best 6th Round?

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All three parks are fantastic.  Look at the .pdf, below, to see the proof.  Good jobs done by all!

WDW Fantasy Parks Draft ’15 – FINAL

Naturally, we have to ask this, however.  Take a look at the three parks. Where do you want to spend your well-deserved theme park time?!

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To catch up with the entire draft, and listen to the round-by-round action and discussions, please click the links below! Enjoy!

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6