Dining Recon: Lunch at STK Orlando!

Good November, folks!  Yikes.  November already?!  Mere weeks away from U.S. Thanksgiving and the madness of holiday shopping!  Hard to believe it!

Hey, if you followed me (us?) on Facebook and Twitter over the last week or so, you know that Mrs. All in WDW and I just returned from the “Disney Summit of the Century”.

WDW Main Street Podcast.  All in WDW.  All of us in Orlando at the same time?  Look out!  Even Darth Vader and Kylo Ren ran for cover!

Frivolity ruled the week, but we did do a little bit of “work”.  After all, we knew you were hungry for more of Disney’s delicious food!  Welcome to lunch at STK Orlando!

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My first impression when we walked into STK?  What a beautiful restaurant!  Not Morimoto Asia “beautiful”, mind you.  Very sharply decorated, nonetheless.

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Wanting to keep it casual, Mrs. All in WDW and I sat at the bar.

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The lunch menu was pretty extensive.  From more casual fare – salads and sandwiches – to full price entrees, there were a lot of choices.

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Mrs. All in WDW chose the STK Salad.  Usually served with skirt steak, asian greens, pickled mango, and peanuts, she omitted the last two components.

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As steak salads go, she thought it was quite good.  The salad was finely chopped.  The steak was perfectly prepared, tender, and delicious!

Of course, I had to be different.  Smack dab in the middle of a steakhouse, I chose a Crispy Mahi-Mahi Sandwich.

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Truthfully, I thought it was “Just OK”.  Look, I’m a fan of crispy fish, but, in this case, the breading overpowered the Mahi-Mahi.

In fact, it was as if the fish was encased in a hard Panko shell.  It helped the fish hold up to the bun, to be sure, but it was still way too much.

Of course, one of our biggest takeaways from our visit were the prices.  Take a look back at the menu.  A steak salad for $24.00?  For lunch?  Wow.

In addition, the restaurant was sparsely attended.  We asked the staff how business has been.  They confessed that the “daytime” hours have been light.

Unsurprisingly, STK sees their heaviest traffic at night.  Given the style of venue, I guess that’s to be expected.

Having said that, I couldn’t escape the feeling that they might have a hard time competing in an ever-transforming Disney Springs environment.

How so?  Littered with new dining options, competition is really fierce!  Can STK survive?  Only time will tell.  My friends, stay tuned.  I have a feeling that their “story” is long from over.

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: Backlot Express Restaurant

Kudos to gilanamia!  You are the All in WDW trivia champion for the day!  These barrels of condiment goodness?

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They can be found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Backlot Express Restaurant!

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Dining “recons” are tricky.  They make for great pictures, but you’re not always hungry enough to eat.  Or, the restaurant isn’t open when you stroll on by!

When it came to this particular visit to Backlot, we had just had breakfast at Hollywood & Vine’s Trolley Car Café.  Remember that post from earlier this week?

Anyway, as it turns out, all this Studios Quick Service had to offer on this particular morning was a menu.

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And, some great decor.  Plenty of seating at this little restaurant!

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So, tell me folks.  How many of you have been to the Backlot Express Restaurant?

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And, we need your advice!  If Mrs. All in WDW and I pay a visit when this eatery is open, what should we have?