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!

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!

Seafood Roll “Recon”? Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill “Quick Service” Menu!

Happy Monday, my friends!  Cheer up the beginning of your week by imagining one of our favorite Disney pastimes.  What is that, you ask?  Stroll – and lounge – around Crescent Lake!

Whether it be on the ever-entertaining BoardWalk or amongst the fun and friendly confines of Stormalong Bay, we could spend a whole day there!

And, the restaurants!  Wow!  Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can find them by the thousands!  Well, OK.  By the dozens.  Take Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill, for instance.

Oh!  Whether here, on All in WDW, or even on the Disney Food Blog, I’ve “crowed” about them many times in the past.  Want to see?  Take a look …

My Photo Tour of Hurricane Hanna’s on Disney Food Blog

Taking Hurricane Hanna’s Home

Another Hurricane on Crescent Lake?

Anyway, on our trip to Orlando a few weeks ago, Mrs. All in WDW and I passed by Hanna’s Quick Service counter.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t open, as yet, but I snapped a shot of their menu, nonetheless.

Much to my pleasure, their “infamous” Seafood Roll survives!  I only say that because Disney has a penchant for frequently shuffling their menus around.

I’m not sure if the “recipe” remains the same as in the past, but this is what that delectable delight looked like some time back.

Called a Lobster, Shrimp, and Scallop Roll back in late 2014, this dish was delicious!  Hopefully “today’s” version is much the same.

Folks, if you’re staying at one of Disney’s nearby resorts – think Beach, Yacht, BoardWalk, Swan, and Dolphin – enjoy the views, food, and fun.

However, if your accommodations are elsewhere, take our word for it … Crescent Lake is still well worth your time.  It’s a phenomenal place to spend a day.  You should visit it soon!

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!

Another Hurricane on Crescent Lake?

Oh, OK.  No catastrophic meteorological events are headed WDW’s way.  I didn’t mean to sound that alarm.

Mrs. All in WDW and I stopped by for another visit to Hurricane Hanna’s last weekend.  That’s all this post’s title meant.

You remember, Hanna, don’t you?

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Great bar.

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Greater views.

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Most times, when we visit, we’ll order off the bar’s menu.  Their seared tuna is a particular favorite of ours.

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And, so are their pork sliders.

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But, this time around, we checked out the counter service’s menu.

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We found our choice to look phenomenal and be generously loaded with shrimp, scallops, and lobster.

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If it were us, though, we would have preferred much more seasoning … even if it were just a more solid dose of salt and pepper.

As always, we enjoyed our visit to Crescent Lake.

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Stormalong Bay is scenic and fun.  The Yacht and Beach Clubs are beautiful.  And, Hanna’s is a great place to chill with a beverage and a snack.

Try it!