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!

Dining Recon: Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas

Good Monday, my friends!  One restaurant that has gotten a bit lost in the Disney Springs “avalanche” of new dining venues is Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas.

Located in The Landing, it offers Guests a 37-country culinary tour of North, Central, and South America.  It also delivers stunning views, bright colors, and a lively night-time bar scene!

Paradiso 37

Paradiso boasts a bar stocked with over 50 kinds of tequila!  In addition, at 29 degrees, it claims to serve the “World’s Coldest Beer”!  Sounds fantastic, eh?

Well, our podcast partner, Dennis Conroy, and his family got a chance to enjoy this “paradise” on their last trip to The World.  What says he?

“I had the Paradiso 37 Burger.  It was cooked as ordered (medium-well) and hot.

Paradiso Burger

The roll had a nice crust on the outside and was soft on the inside.  The fries were nice and hot, too.  No complaints at all with the burger!

One of my dinner companions had the Grilled Chilean Salmon and said it was delicious!

Paradiso Salmon

To be honest, I couldn’t tell you what anyone else said about their meals because the music was painfully loud!”

Well, folks, it sounds like the food is pretty darn good!  The atmosphere, however, might be full of a little bit too much life.

How will Paradiso 37 compete with all of the new “jewels” that Disney is sprinkling around the Springs?  Only time will tell!

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!

Anxiously Awaiting Food & Wine Menus?

Are you anxiously awaiting 2014’s Food & Wine menus?  As you wait, check out this Disney Parks Blog post by Pam Brandon.

Complete with the recipe for Patagonia’s Verlasso Salmon, Pam tells us that this year’s Epcot cookbook will be a “Triple Threat” of tasty delights!

Then, keep stopping back to visit All in WDW today!  Maybe today will be the lucky day!  You want to see the full marketplace menus?  We’ll post ’em as soon as we can!

Now, onto that salmon …

Verlasso Salmon

Grilled Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri
Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

Salmon
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
6 (5- to 6-ounce) Verlasso salmon fillets, skin removed

For the rest of the recipe, visit Pam’s post at this link!