“The World’s” Best Garlic Shrimp? It’s Spice Road Table!

Happy Friday, everyone!  I feel like it’s “Doug Davis Week” on the web site, my friends!

After yesterday’s nautical tribute to Skipper Doug’s Sassagoula River Cruise, we return, today, with one of his all-time favorite Disney dishes!  Where can it be found, you ask?

Spice Road Table.  Found on the edge of World Showcase Lagoon and across from Epcot’s Moroccan Pavilion, it’s an unheralded Table Service restaurant.

Oh, I’ve definitely been pretty critical of the place.  At first, Mrs. All in WDW and I really enjoyed their service and cuisine.

Their Mix Grill Skewers are (were?) phenomenal, for example.  It was the venues entry into the Disney Dining Plan and massive price inflation of those skewers that drove us away, however.

Undeterred, though, Doug continues, to this day, to coax us back for what he feels is their very best dish.  It is something that he always aims to have when he visits “The World” – Spicy Garlic Shrimp!

Sautéed shrimp with dried chilies and fried garlic, Doug swears by the absolute “delicious-ness” of this Mediterranean delight.  It is a $10.99 small plate, and he’d say it’s worth every penny.

Of course, the shrimp isn’t all he’d recommend.  Served, here, with a single Lamb Slider, we find another morsel on his “to-do” list – Hummus Fries!

You can buy the fries, alone, as a $8.99 small plate or, of course, sample them with Spice’s sliders.  Buy a plate of three of those for $24.99.

In closing, I’ll say this … Doug has never steered Mrs. All in WDW and I wrong.  That being the case, I guess we’ll have to give Spice Road Table another chance.  Shrimp and fries?  Here we come!

Note: my thanks to avid WDW Main Street listener and All in WDW reader – Judith – for pictures of the shrimp, lamb, and fries!

Dining Recon: Breakfast at The Wave … of American Flavors!

Lately, Mrs. All in WDW and I have become really big fans of Disney breakfasts.  Yeah, if you’ve been following my most-recent posts, you know that already.  Take a look …

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What brought that on, however?  Well, we’ve discovered that if we head off to a resort for a mid to late morning ADR, we can pretty much cut lunch entirely out of our schedule!

Think about it.  Breakfast at 10 to 11 AM.  Dinner at 4 to 5 PM.  Less calories.  Less money!  Perfect!

Anyway, in the breakfast-seeking spirit, we visited the Contemporary Resort’s The Wave … of American Flavors on our last trip.

It was a really good thing we stopped in, too, because I was able to acquire the answer to the question I posed in yesterday’s post.  What cheese fits best in a shrimp omelet?

The answer?  Well, we will see that in a minute.  First?  Let’s start our day with a Bay Lake Bloody Mary!

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And, Organic Colombian Press Pot Coffee!

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Both delicious!  But, what’s on the menu, eh?  Hmm.  A Breakfast Buffet!  Citrus-scented Brioche French Toast.  Very enticing choices!

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I have to admit … I was sorely tempted to try the Wave Signature Sweet Potato Pancakes.  Have any of you?  How are they?  I’d love to know!

When it came down to it, the Florida Rock Shrimp Omelet had to be my choice.  After all, you saw my recipe.  It was a wreck!  I clearly needed a lesson from the “pros”!

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So, what cheese fits best in a shrimp omelet?  The Wave’s “design” includes avocado and pepper jack cheese!  That’s it!  Pepper jack!

Before you spout skepticism, my friends, let me tell you this.  The omelet was phenomenal!  Absolutely fantastic!

Accompanied by a lovely and well-loaded Fresh Fruit Plate, that Mrs. All in WDW and I shared, this was one of the best breakfasts I have ever had on property!

The Wave … of American Flavors, folks.  We highly recommend it be one of your choices for breakfast!  Sure, you can choose their buffet, but their shrimp omelet is a definite winner!  Yum!

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Bob’s Designer Omelet! Another Breakfast at Captain’s Grille? You Bet!

Good morning, my friends!  Welcome to … Monday.  Blech!  Wait!  Back to “our” happy place, Bob.  Back to Disney!  OK.  That’s a much better “mindset” with which to kick off a week!

As I’ve mentioned in the past, Mrs. All in WDW and I are creatures of habit.  When we like a place, we go back time and again … and, as you’re about to see, again and again!

How so?  Well, welcome back to the Yacht Club’s Captain’s Grille!

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For breakfast, home of the Rock Shrimp Omelet!  Actually, the Captain is much better known for their buffet, but that omelet is pretty good too!

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You see, on a recent visit to WDW (made more than a month or so ago), I enjoyed this creation.

Loaded with shrimp and chive cream, it was quite delicious.  Normally served with roasted potatoes, I asked for fruit as a cool, refreshing substitute.  The bitterness of the arugula salad was a nice complement.

If I had one critique, however, in comparison to Mrs. All in WDW’s Tailored Omelet (pictured below), the Rock Shrimp Omelet is kind of small.  Other than that, it’s definitely worth a try!

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So.  I did say that we go back to places “again and again”, now, didn’t I?

Well, Mrs. All in WDW and I definitely are creatures of habit.  On our most-recent trip to The World (made over the 4th of July holiday), we paid the Captain yet another visit!

This time, though, I got clever.  Or, so I thought!  This time, I ordered a Tailored Omelet, but I made it my version of a shrimp omelet!

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I would say that the results were mixed.  The omelet was certainly loaded with shrimp.  Of that, there was no doubt.  I included tomato, onion, and green pepper.  All good, eh?  Not really.

Folks, my recipe went sideways with the cheese.  When the server asked me what cheese I wanted to add to my “masterpiece”, I froze.  For some reason, I settled on mozzarella.

I’m telling you now that mozzarella was not the right choice.  What was?  Stop back tomorrow.  In “Dining Recon: Breakfast at The Wave … of American Flavors”, I learned that secret myself!

“Foodie Week” at All in WDW? More Delicious WDW Recommendations!

Good morning, my friends!  It kind of has been “foodie week” at All in WDW, hasn’t it?  Hey!  Why stop now?

I joined Doug Davis and Dennis Conroy on the WDW Main Street Podcast a few nights ago to discuss, among other things, their Top 5 favorite Disney meals.

You already saw a handful of my favorite dishes.  What are their “go to” meals?  Where do they recommend you dine in Mickey’s world?

Listen to the WDW Main Street Podcast … right here!

In the meantime, I displayed seven of my all-time favorites in a post earlier this week.

On the podcast, I claim that my list could go on and on.  Well, it can.  Let’s pump my own collection of recommendations up from those original seven gems.

Here’s the rest of my very own Top 10!  Bon appetit!

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Morimoto Asia’s Kakuni Pork Bao. The braised pork belly on this steamed bun is utterly phenomenal! Melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

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The Boathouse’s Firecracker Shrimp. Not too spicy but just right … for my palate, that is. We HAVE had it over and over and …

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A one time a year experience, I highly recommend the Epcot Food & Wine Festival’s Lamb Meatball. Always, delicious, find it at the New Zealand Marketplace!

Welcome to Disney’s Restaurant of the Year?!

Good morning, folks.  OK, so maybe I should re-title this post “Welcome to All in WDW’s Disney Restaurant of the Year”!  After all, what follows is merely my humble opinion.

When I look back at where the All in WDW family dined in 2015, there are a few WDW experiences that really stand out.

For example, worlds “collided” when Mrs. All in WDW and I got the chance to share a phenomenal dinner with Dennis Conroy of the WDW Main Street Podcast and his family.

Where did we have this fantastic meal?  Well, let’s just say that plenty of Bangers and Mash were enjoyed.  Gotta love Rose & Crown.  Right, Dennis?

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But, is this All in WDW’s restaurant of the year?  No.  Close, but not quite.

One place that we haven’t gotten to for dinner in 2015 is the Yacht Club’s Captain’s Grille.  An oversight that I aim to correct next week!

Having said that, we did dine there for breakfast a few months back.  Remember my shot of Captain’s Lobster Omelet?

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It was good, but it wasn’t great.  What is great, however, is this under-appreciated restaurant’s Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Creamy Risotto.  Actually, it isn’t great.  It’s stupendous!

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The single best entrée I have ever had in Walt Disney World, my friends.  You have to try it once.  Nonetheless, even the captain doesn’t win All in WDW’s pick for restaurant of the year.

Back in October, I published a piece about Morimoto Asia.  That post even caught the notice of the restaurant itself!  Mrs. All in WDW and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

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A truly beautiful restaurant!

In fact, Iron Chef Morimoto’s Kakuni Pork Bao was so good that we’ve gone back again.  Steamed bun.  Braised pork belly.  Utterly delicious.

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It’s hard for me to believe I’m going to say this, however, but Morimoto Asia isn’t All in WDW’s restaurant of the year either.  What?!

In fact, we’ve frequented Splitsville, Kona Café, Sanaa, and many other great venues.  All of them are outstanding.  None of them win All in WDW’s 2015 “prize”!

Folks, that honor goes to, in my humble opinion, one of the best-themed restaurants in all of Walt Disney World – The BOATHOUSE!

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A brand new Disney jewel, I posted my first “recon” of The BOATHOUSE back in August.  Our experience there was so enjoyable, we’ve gone back again and again.

To this point, we’ve just toured through selections of the restaurant’s small plates.  For example, the last time we stopped by, we shared three dishes.

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Their Hoison Chili Calamari was fantastic!

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The Dock Side Bucket of Wild Caught Surf Clam Strips was good but not great.

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As always, their Firecracker Shrimp were phenomenal!

When it comes to the size of this brand new restaurant and the way it’s decorated and themed by scores of boats, The BOATHOUSE really catches the eye.

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Its spectacular waterside views and the quality of their food keep you coming back.  When all is said and done, we feel that The BOATHOUSE deserves anyone’s “Disney Restaurant of the Year”!

What about you, my friends?  What WDW venue is your “restaurant of the year”?!