It’s a WDW Main Street Extravaganza! Paddlefish Week on the Podcast!

Hi, folks!  It has been a busy, busy week in the “real world” for the All in WDW clan.  Therefore, I’m totally behind on pubbing this week’s podcasts!

As things turned out, however, it truly did turn into “Paddlefish Week” both here, on the web site, and on the show!

I was very pleased to see your response to my “Dining Recon” entitled Disney Springs’ New “Crown Jewel” – Paddlefish!  It definitely does include dozens of pics.  Check it out!

Then, if your response wasn’t already overwhelming, much to my pleasure, Paddlefish, themselves, got into the act!

Entitled “See why All in WDW named Paddlefish “Disney Spring’s new Crown Jewel”, they posted our article on their Facebook page!  Wow!  Thanks, ‘fish!

And, that wasn’t all!  I joined the gang “live” from our drive back from Orlando to Atlanta to rave about our two fantastic experiences.  Hear it on …

WDW Main Street – Episode #336 – Our Weekly News!

Finally, Doug and Dennis dig deeper into the restaurant’s menu on our mid-week episode …

WDW Main Street – Episode #337 – Paddlefish!

You’ve read what I thought about this great new restaurant.  You can even hear it “live” on the Sunday show.  What do they think of the new menu?  Check them out!

Disney Springs’ New “Crown Jewel” – Paddlefish [Dozens of Pics!]

Hey, folks!  There’s a new “star” in “downtown”, and it’s name is Paddlefish!

Whilst in Disney last week, Mrs. All in WDW and I took the opportunity to visit Disney Springs’ new “crown jewel”, not once but, twice!

Yes, my friends, the restaurant is that good.  First things first, though.  The staff is fantastic!  Shout out to Peter behind the bar!  Great guy!

In fact, the Executive Chef – Mark Boor – actually took the time to visit with us and serve us lunch on our second visit!

Paddlefish, to our two experiences, is a class operation, everyone.  Let’s take a look at the decor … and scenery!

1st Floor Bar!

2nd Floor Bar!

3rd Floor Bar!

Hang in there with me, folks!  The restaurant is huge, so the pics I have for you go on without end … it seems!

Outdoor Bar … open in the evenings!

Open just one month, exactly, on the day of our second visit, Chef Boor expressed great pride in the restaurant and its team.  In addition, he is very proud of Paddlefish’s menus …

Lunch Menu. Click on the picture to expand!

Dinner Menu. Click on the picture to expand!

Seafood Boils! Click on the picture to expand!

We told him that we were really impressed with their unique presentation of, what they call, Point Judith Calamari.

It is served with shishito (sweet) peppers and starfruit – both of which are battered and fried.  He explained that ‘everyone does calamari’.  He wanted Paddlefish’s version to stand out as being ‘different’.

If that’s not enough, here is an example of how serious Chef Boor, and Paddlefish, are about quality … on our first visit, we asked about the restaurant’s ‘Catch of the Day’.

Catch of the Day! Click on the picture to expand!

We were told that there was no ‘catch’ that day.  The chef didn’t approve of the quality of fish that their vendor had delivered.

And, what about the food?  What did we eat?  Well, I have to confess … we didn’t sample these two “gems”.  We snuck pictures from unsuspecting Guests!

The Bloody Mary is made with King crab, jumbo shrimp, and candied Neuske’s bacon.  Gotta love loaded cocktails. Don’t you agree?

This Tower includes Dutch Harbor King crab, jumbo Gulf shrimp, market fresh oysters, lump crab ceviche, and Ahi tuna poke.  It’s a feast!

For us, though, we dined on two separate occasions.  First, for dinner, we shared two appetizers (including the, aforementioned, calamari) and one entree.  All were fantastic!

Paddlefish’s version of a Bacon & Egg is made of braised Kurobuta pork belly and a panko-crusted 5-minute egg.

Mrs. All in WDW wasn’t too sure that it was a great idea to select it when I ordered it, but, after sampling her half, she agreed that it was utterly phenomenal!

Having been filled up on the two apps, we decided to share Paddlefish’s Jambalaya as our meal.  It was a bunch of Gulf shrimp, Andouille, chicken, and crawfish “goodness”.  Delicious!

All of that wasn’t enough for us, though.  Three days later, we were compelled to stop back for lunch!  We selected separate meals for each of us that day, however.

Mrs. All in WDW enjoyed the Half Chicken.  Served with a Carolina mop sauce, edamame bacon succotash, creole mustard, and pickled watermelon, she loved it!

I, on the other hand, stayed with seafood.  Their Faroe Island Salmon, served with heirloom beets and kohlrabi-green apple salad, was outstanding.  It was of the best pieces of salmon I have ever had, and the slaw tasted great!

Fans, I don’t know what to tell you other than Paddlefish is worth all that time we waited for its arrival.  It opened several months later than originally planned, but it opened in an epic fashion!

It provides an absolutely beautiful setting.  It serves original and delicious food.  What more can you ask for?  Take it from us, schedule your ADRs today!

Pan-Asian Noodles Rock!  Let’s Eat Lunch at Kona Cafe!

What can I say?  I really love Kona’s Pan-Asian Noodles.  Seriously, folks, they’re phenomenal.

Of course, as I’ve said many times in the past, it’s their Pan-Asian Noodles with Chicken that I truly adore.  It even made my personal Top 5 WDW meals!

What?!  Yep, it surely did.  Check it out here!  This time around, however, as you’re about to see, I switched it up.

Mrs. All in WDW and I dropped by Kona Cafe on the last day of our most-recent trip to The World.  It’s one of our favorite stops for lunch!

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We kicked it off with beer and sushi.   A decent combination?  Yes?  No?  Well, it worked for me.  A nice hearty IPA and a Lava Roll.  Delish!

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Loaded with tempura shrimp, bay scallops, and spicy mayo, we’d had the roll before.  It was as good as we remembered.

Most always on better behavior than me, Mrs. All in WDW skipped the ale.  She also went the healthy route and enjoyed a Grilled Steak Salad.  She claims that it was just what she wanted.

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Myself, I can’t escape the noodles.  I just can’t.  My entree, this visit, was Pan-Asian Noodles with … Shrimp!

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Equally as delicious as its “feathered” counterpart, it was an unadulterated winner.

My friends, we truly do enjoy our experiences at Kona Cafe much more than we do the near-chaos of its neighbor – ‘Ohana.

I know, a controversial statement, to say the least, but, for us it’s true.  The menu has much more variety, and a table is almost-always available.

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Kona Cafe.  If you can’t acquire a coveted spot at one of ‘Ohana’s tables, consider Kona as an alternative.  You won’t be displeased.

Dining Recon: The Wave Lounge

Those of you that have followed me for the last two years will know that I’ve “reconned” The Wave… of American Flavors once before.  What?  Are you kidding me?  Did you miss it?  Then, by all means, please stop back for a quick look!

Located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, The Wave is a bit of a hidden gem, in our opinion.  Early last week, in celebration of a drenching, rainy Disney day, it was also the “kick-off” site of an All in WDW holiday monorail “crawl”.

The Wave Entry

Sporting a generous list of Appetizer and Entree options, you can order off the same menu as the Guests sitting in the main restaurant.

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In this day’s case, I couldn’t escape the combination of crab cakes and fish tacos.

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Actually meant to be an app for two, the Lump Crab-Florida Rock Shrimp Cakes and Sustainable Fish Tacos made for a great lunch entree and was absolutely delicious!

Mrs. All in WDW ordered, and really enjoyed, the Grilled Chicken Breast.  She commented that the accompanying Sun-dried Tomato Spread was outstanding!

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The decor is a bit on the plain side.  You know … the lounge looks like a bar.

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But, if you don’t want to sit and visit with the bartender, there’s plenty of room to relax in “mood-lit” peace!

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Like I said, we think The Wave Lounge is a bit of a hidden gem.  It’s a nice place to get out of the sunny, Florida heat.  Or, as in our case, it’s a great escape from the torrential rains!