Before & After: Paddlefish Crab House? [Polls]

Time for some seafood, folks!  Tons of it, actually.  I’ve reviewed them both.  In fact, we dropped by Fulton’s Crab House way back in April of 2016.

Check out their cuisine at …

Dining Recon: Take a Final Look at Fulton’s!

My friends, you had to have loved their Lobster Corn Dogs!  Crunchy and loaded with lobster meat.  Yum!

Of course, almost one year later – in March of 2017 – the response to my Paddlefish trip report was nothing short of epic.

Packed with shots of the restaurant’s brand-new decor, as well as filled with two separate meals full of food, take a peek back at …

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

Recognized by the restaurant, themselves, on their social media streams, this was one of All in WDW’s most-read posts in 2017!

The staff is fantastic.  The food is phenomenal.  And, the executive chef actually took the time to visit with us in person.  In fact, we were so impressed, we dined there twice in two days!

Plus, I have great news, my friends.  Paddlefish serves Fulton’s corn dogs!  Served with a sweet chili aïoli, they’re a bit pricey ($16!), but they are there!

Anyway, having said all of that, I have some questions for you.  Have you experienced both venues?  Which do you prefer?  For us, it’s clear … we’ll “paddle” through Disney Springs any day!  How about you?

Seafood Roll “Recon”? Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill “Quick Service” Menu!

Happy Monday, my friends!  Cheer up the beginning of your week by imagining one of our favorite Disney pastimes.  What is that, you ask?  Stroll – and lounge – around Crescent Lake!

Whether it be on the ever-entertaining BoardWalk or amongst the fun and friendly confines of Stormalong Bay, we could spend a whole day there!

And, the restaurants!  Wow!  Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can find them by the thousands!  Well, OK.  By the dozens.  Take Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill, for instance.

Oh!  Whether here, on All in WDW, or even on the Disney Food Blog, I’ve “crowed” about them many times in the past.  Want to see?  Take a look …

My Photo Tour of Hurricane Hanna’s on Disney Food Blog

Taking Hurricane Hanna’s Home

Another Hurricane on Crescent Lake?

Anyway, on our trip to Orlando a few weeks ago, Mrs. All in WDW and I passed by Hanna’s Quick Service counter.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t open, as yet, but I snapped a shot of their menu, nonetheless.

Much to my pleasure, their “infamous” Seafood Roll survives!  I only say that because Disney has a penchant for frequently shuffling their menus around.

I’m not sure if the “recipe” remains the same as in the past, but this is what that delectable delight looked like some time back.

Called a Lobster, Shrimp, and Scallop Roll back in late 2014, this dish was delicious!  Hopefully “today’s” version is much the same.

Folks, if you’re staying at one of Disney’s nearby resorts – think Beach, Yacht, BoardWalk, Swan, and Dolphin – enjoy the views, food, and fun.

However, if your accommodations are elsewhere, take our word for it … Crescent Lake is still well worth your time.  It’s a phenomenal place to spend a day.  You should visit it soon!

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: Cape May Cafe … presented by John Peters!

Almost every family that visits Walt Disney World more than once has their favorite restaurant.  It’s the place that is the first ADR that you make … the place that you will eat at even if your budget is really tight.

For our family, that place is Cape May Cafe.  Located in Disney’s Beach Club Resort, it offers a character breakfast buffet as well as a dinner seafood buffet.

Vintage Photo - circa 2008

Vintage Photo – circa 2008

This review will be of our most recent dinner.  It took place during our November trip and was on our twentieth wedding anniversary.  What better place to dine?

Cape May is centrally located in the Beach Club.  It’s a short walk from any of the Boardwalk area resorts and also only a short walk or quick boat ride from Epcot’s International Gateway.

We arrived for our 7:45 reservations around 7:30.  After a short wait, we were seated around 7:40.   A tip is to wait for a booth.  Sitting at a table in the middle of a buffet can get a bit tedious!

Cape May 8

Cape May 4

My wife makes no apologies.  She is here to eat crab legs!  My son tries the clams, mussels, and a couple of other items.  Then, he tackles the crab legs!  I, however, in my quest for dining diversity, try a bit of everything!

The menu usually consists of several cold salads, cold shrimp, a selection of cheeses, a couple of soups, steamed corn, potatoes, clams, mussels, Hand-carved Strip Loin, fried cod, Fried Clam Strips, and crab legs.

Cape May 3

Cape May 6

The salads were tasty but unremarkable.  The Chilled Peel-n-Eat Shrimp were done spot on and easy to peel.  I found the cheese board to be particularly good.  I made a couple of trips just to get cheese!

Cape May 9

The strip was done to a very nice medium and went very well with their horseradish sauce.  Note: they sometimes have prime rib!

Cape May 7

Their fried cod and clams were both good but nothing special.   The Steamed Mussels were really delicious.  They are served in a garlic tomato sauce described as a Tomato Sambuca Broth.

There are buckets on the buffet line, so you can make a steamer with clams, corn, and potatoes if you wish.  The main event, though, are those crab legs!

Cape May 1

Cape May 2

I’ve tried a couple of local buffets that advertise all-you-can-eat crab legs.  The crab legs served by those places are generally small and, for the most part, not done correctly.

Cape May has several steamers right in the middle of the buffet, ensuring fresh crab almost every time you head up to the table.  The legs are perfectly steamed and nicely sized.

Many, many, many, plates later, I did try several of Cape May’s desserts.  Their caramel flan with fresh berries and Boston cream pie are my favorites.  My son had at least eight servings of the flan!  He’s 17 and can get away with it!

Cape May 5

Assorted Desserts.

Cape May 10

Assorted Desserts.

There are a couple of other noteworthy things I’d like to add.  They do have a child’s buffet with pizza, Fried Cod Nuggets, and a couple of other items, for example.

There is butcher paper placed on your dining table, so you can use the crayons they give you to “decorate”!

I’m not a wine drinker, but I did notice a couple of custom mixed drinks.  As a beer guy, I usually take the chance, here, to get a couple of Sam Adams on draft.

This time, however, I took notice of an offering of beers I hadn’t tried before.  I ended up drinking two Session Black Lagers.  They were dark but balanced the crab legs very nicely.

In conclusion, folks, this is a seafood buffet.  If you don’t like fish or shellfish, don’t bother.  The roast, and a lot of the other non-seafood items, can be found on buffets more to your liking.

If you do like – or, love – seafood (particularly shellfish), however, by all means, put Cape May on your next ADR list!

A travel agent, and an Orlando native, John is the Florida correspondent for the WDW Main Street Podcast.  He’s a regular contributor to the show.  John can also be found as the co-host of The Weekly Pint Podcast.  Find him on Twitter @beersolo.