Dining Recon: Breakfast at Olivia’s

I’m on my way back to Disney Springs, folks.  I really am.  Having said that, welcome to Disney’s Old Key West Resort!

A great place, it’s home to one of our favorite spots – the Gurgling Suitcase!  The suitcase is a great indoor (while you feel like you’re outdoors) watering hole.  Take a look here!

But, today isn’t about Disney bars.  It’s about delicious breakfasts!  It’s also about a little-known and under-appreciated restaurant.  My friends, meet Olivia’s!

After a morning walk through Disney Springs, Mrs. All in WDW and I found ourselves hungry for breakfast.  Desiring a relaxing sit-down experience, we found ourselves visiting Olivia.

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Olivia’s is a very welcoming locale with great nautical decor!

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Headlined by a phenomenal Loaded Key West Bloody Mary, their menu is loaded with options!

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Wow! That really IS loaded!

Mrs. All in WDW enjoyed her choice.  One of Olivia’s delicious omelets.  Basically, it was the Monroe Egg White Omelet but with whole eggs and without cheese.

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I was enticed by, what I felt was, a much more unique dish … Crab Cake Eggs Benedict.  Mmmm.  Did someone say “crab cake”?

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I don’t think it was the best breakfast I’ve ever had – Trattoria al Forno still owns that honor – but it was very good.  Definitely not your ‘run of the mill’ preparation, it’s worth having at least once.

My friends, Olivia’s is, pretty much, a well-kept secret.  But, then, Disney’s Old Key West Resort is under-appreciated as well.

If you find yourself out and about and in need of a meal, pay a visit to Olivia.  She does a great job!  We should keep her in mind!

Quick Service “Recon”: Good’s Food to Go

Located at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Good’s Food to Go is a handy little quick service counter.

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It offers a simple and straightforward menu …

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Good’s is located in close proximity to the pool …

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… and boat dock.

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Plenty of seating is available.

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If you’re in the neighborhood, or enjoying a refreshment at Old Key’s Gurgling Suitcase bar, try Good’s!  It’s … well, it’s “good”!

Ride a Disney Bus(?!) Down the Sassagoula River?

Huh?  What am I talking about, my friends?  A bus on the Sassagoula River?  Clearly, I’ve lost my mind!  Hey, I’m only taking a few seconds to point this tip out because, for us, it did come in handy during a thunderstorm.

Mrs. All in WDW and I can’t be the only Disney fans in the world who didn’t know this, but you can take a bus down the Sassagoula River!  Oh, yes, you can!

Actually, what I should say is that you can take a WDW bus to get to the Disney Springs resorts!  Want to hitch a many-wheeled ride to Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, and/or Port Orleans?  No problem!

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Frankly, we had no idea that Disney Transportation provided bus service to the aforementioned resorts, believing that the Sassagoula’s river cruise was the only “game” in town.

Lucky for us, while Downtown’s boats endured a safety shutdown due to thunder, we were still able to find our way “home”!  Don’t get caught in a Disney Springs storm, my friends.  Look for the queues marked 2A, 5A, or 5B!

The Suitcase Gurgles On …

Yes, my friends, Mrs. All in WDW and I stopped by for another quick visit to Old Key West’s Gurgling Suitcase.  If you missed it, here’s my earlier review!

My lovely wife and I have come to the conclusion that Disney’s Old Key West is a very under-appreciated resort.  Complete with lighthouse, it’s beautifully themed!

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Of course, the Gurgling Suitcase is usually our main target of interest.  Why?  Generally, it’s because we’re in search of an adult refreshment and a quick lunch!

Suitcase’s “outside while you’re inside” atmosphere doesn’t hurt either.  Especially when it’s a 98 degree Summer day!  You can enjoy the outdoors while you lounge in air-conditioned comfort!

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For lunch on this July day, Mrs. All in WDW enjoyed a serving of the Gurgling Suitcase’s Pulled Pork BBQ Nachos.

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A pile of house-made potato chips, smothered by pulled pork, fresh jalapenos, cheese, sour cream, and salsa was quite a filling lunch!  Pretty reasonable, too, at $8.29.

I was a bit more expensive, I’m afraid.  The first time we visited, our bartender raved about the menu’s Fish Sandwich.  It’s $13.99, but he claimed it was a phenomenal dish.  I had to give it a shot!

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Also very filling, it was accompanied by the aforementioned house-made chips.  The remoulade is fantastic!  It’s the same as they provide with their Conch Fritters, by the way.

Gurgling Suitcase's Conch Fritters.

Gurgling Suitcase’s Conch Fritters.  We had these on our first visit.

But, back to the fish sandwich.  I found the “star” of this “hoagie” – fresh grouper cheeks – to be a bit stronger taste than I prefer.  Honestly, I would have preferred a much milder fish.

For us, when it comes to Old Key West’s Gurgling Suitcase, the big “win” is the setting.

We love a good outside bar – hence our love for Laguna Bar at Disney’s Coronado Springs.  To be able to enjoy the “outside”, at a very nicely themed resort, while sitting in cool, conditioned air?  Well, that just rocks!

Dining Recon: Old Key West’s Gurgling Suitcase

From yesterday’s breakfast to today’s light lunch, Mrs. All in WDW and I travel across Disney property to a less-heralded Deluxe resort – Old Key West!

Can you believe that, in years of visiting Walt Disney World, we had never, ever stepped foot in “the Keys”?  What a pleasant surprise it was!  And, what a hidden gem the Gurgling Suitcase truly is!

Imagine an “outdoor” pool bar that is air conditioned.  Outside?  Air conditioned?  What?!

Hey!  We love an outdoor bar as much as anyone.  Have I told you lately just how much we love the Laguna Bar at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort?

Last week, with most of Orlando’s days in the mid to high 90’s, we needed a break from the heat.  I mean, it routinely felt like 100 degrees or higher!

The Suitcase presented a refreshing alternative for “chilling” (pun intended) in the Summer sunshine.

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And, Roberto, our bartender was very friendly – and a top notch mixologist.  He tells us that the Turtle Krawl is the Suitcase’s signature drink.

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Our “lunch” was merely a little snack – tasty Conch Fritters with dips of key-lime mustard and remoulade.  The fritters and remoulade were phenomenal!

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We enjoyed our visit so much that Mrs. All in WDW boldly declared that the Old Key’s “gurgling luggage” is now her 2nd favorite bar on property!

Yes, folks.  Laguna is still #1 in our books – by a long, long shot – but Gurgling Suitcase definitely takes up a spot in our personal Top 5 WDW “watering holes”!

We highly recommend that you visit, at least once.  Oh, and, by the way?  The decor is very interesting and well themed!  Cheers, for today, my friends!

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