Dining Recon: Gasparilla Island Grill

Good morning, my friends!  How have you been the last few days?  I had to step away for a bit to “rest and recharge”, but I’m back, and I’m ready for breakfast!

“Standard Disney fare”.  You hear me say that a lot.  You hear other bloggers and podcasters say that a lot, as well.  When it comes to breakfast at most (or all?) WDW locales, however, that’s pretty much the norm.

That’s OK, though.  We all love our Mickey waffles, right?

Anyway, Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is one of those, aforementioned, Disney restaurants.  But, it’s “different”.  In fact, it stands just a bit above the rest.

Why?  Well, it’s open 24/7, folks!  Yes, you heard me.  Gasparilla is a bona fide “open all day” Disney Counter Service!

It does, indeed, serve pretty standard fare, of course, but, hey!  Where else in WDW are you going to get a decent, hot, cooked midnight snack?!

Yes, my friends, whether it’s a visit to grab breakfast, lunch, dinner, or an “after hours” bite, this Quick Service is a fantastic stop!  Take a look and enjoy!

Like everything else at the Grand Floridian, Gasparilla's exterior appearance is clean and pristine.

Like everything else at the Grand Floridian, Gasparilla’s exterior appearance is clean and pristine.

Beautiful day? GREAT outdoor seating!

Beautiful day? GREAT outdoor seating!

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The interior is pretty simple. Nothing fancy, that is.

The interior is pretty simple. Nothing fancy, that is.

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The place CAN get quite busy, that's for sure!

The place CAN get quite busy, that’s for sure!

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There it is! "Standard Disney Fare".

There it is! “Standard Disney Fare”.

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I decided to enjoy the Croissant Sandwich. It was a bit dry, to be truthful. The hash brown was a side purchased separately.

I decided to enjoy the Croissant Sandwich. It was a bit dry, to be truthful. The hash brown was a side purchased separately.

A Poolside Lunch at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa!

Located alongside what is simply named the Courtyard Pool, this Grand Floridian pool bar, sports an incredibly obvious name – Courtyard Pool Bar.

Gotta love the creativity there, eh?  Just kidding, Disney!

Notwithstanding its nondescript name, however, it certainly boasts a beautiful view of Walt Disney World’s flagship resort …

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It’s also a very relaxing setting in which to take on a light lunch.

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The menu is pretty limited, I’m afraid.

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Having said that, Mrs. All in WDW and I were able to find something to share!

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Served by the Floridian’s Quick Service – Gasparilla Island Grill – this Margherita Flatbread was a tasty collaboration of mozzarella, tomato, and basil.

All in all, maybe this pool bar wouldn’t be the first place you’d think of for a meal, but it’s a pleasant place, nonetheless.  Hey!  If you’re visiting the Grand Floridian, stop on by!

Menu “Recon”: Contempo Café

One of All in WDW’s readers recently asked me, “Bob, do you eat at every place you publish?”  Uh, the answer to that is, unequivocally, no.  I couldn’t really justify the expense … or eat that much food!

You’ve noticed, I’m sure, that sometimes I merely post a menu.  Maybe I’ll even add a couple of shots displaying an eatery’s setting, theming, and decor.  If I do just that, then we haven’t taken the time to stop and eat.

It could be that we’ve just dined elsewhere.  It could be that we’re passing by, for example, at breakfast and we’re saving room for the lunch that we plan to have a few hours hence.

Whatever it is, it doesn’t mean that the location’s food isn’t good.  It just means that we’ll have to stop back sometime in the future.  My goal is to present the restaurant to you … whether or not I add pictures of their cuisine.

Deep in the heart of Disney’s iconic Contemporary Resort …

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… you’ll find their Quick Service option – Contempo Cafe!

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Contempo Cafe is one of the places at which the All in WDW family has never dined, I have to admit.  It just never seemed to be the right place or the right time.  Having said that, it’s on our list for a future visit.

The best way to describe Contempo, from my perspective is ‘standard Disney fare’.  Having said that, it is a popular spot, and it sports an intriguing breakfast menu.  Have a look!

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What about you?  Have you been to the Contempo Cafe?  What are its highlights?  What are your concerns?  Let us all know!

Dining Recon: BoardWalk Bakery

I know.  I know.  I still owe you trivia answers, now don’t I?

Did you try your hand at Tuesday’s “movie” questions?  No?  Then, by all means, stop back and take a shot!

In the meantime, for those of you in need of answers, here ya’ go!

Reflections of China replaced The Wonders of China in 2003.  And, O Canada opened on Epcot’s opening day – October 1, 1982!

Now, back to today’s business.  Lunch!

OK.  Show of hands, folks.  Who loves BoardWalk Bakery?  No, really.  Are you a fan?  Tell us which of these statements describes you and your loved ones best!

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Mrs. All in WDW and I stopped by BoardWalk Bakery quite some time ago and enjoyed a quick lunch.  Full disclosure, I just never got around to showing you the pictures!

Where we typically stick with a particular favorite – their Smoked Turkey Sandwich – we broadened our horizons a bit.  In fact, I would even say that I, at least, have a new favorite!

Enjoy the pics, my friends!  Oh!  And, have a great day!

Down on the BoardWalk!

Down on the BoardWalk!

I believe we will!

Thank you!  I believe we will!

Nice!  No line today!

Nice! No line today!

Uh ... yum!

Uh … yum!

The Smoked Turkey Sandwich is an "stand-by", for us.  A HUGE sandwich.

The Smoked Turkey Sandwich is a “stand-by”, for us. A HUGE sandwich.

We found the Fresh Mozzarella on Focaccia to be just OK.

We found the Fresh Mozzarella on Focaccia to be just OK.

Here was the surprising "star"!  A bit more expensive, the Oak-grilled Salmon Sandwich was phenomenal!

Here was the surprising “star”! A bit more expensive, the Oak-grilled Salmon Sandwich was phenomenal!  MY new favorite!