“Turf” & Turf at ESPN Club!

Happy Wednesday, folks!  How about some more Disney dining to start your day?  Yes?  OK!  Let’s go!

Have you ever stopped by the ESPN Club?  Safely tucked away at the edge of Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, it is the premier sports bar on WDW property.

Having said that, it’s also a great spot to stop and enjoy a cold beverage and a quick meal.  In fact, they even serve “Turf” & Turf!  Huh?  What?

Actually, Mrs. All in WDW and I stopped in a few weeks ago and decided upon an alternative version of ESPN’s Surf & Turf.

Usually served with a New York strip steak, seasonal shellfish, au gratin potatoes, and vegetables, we subbed in chicken for the ‘fish and doubled the veggies in place of ‘taters.

It was outstanding, folks!  The steak was well-prepared.  The chicken was perfect.  The veggies were outstanding!

Look … unless you’re in need of a place to watch your “big game” of interest or staying at the BoardWalk, you might not visit ESPN.

If you do, though, you’ll find that the staff is friendly and the food is good.  Is it “gourmet”?  Of course, not, but take it from us – you’ll enjoy your visit!

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.

Reader “Dining Recon”: Yachtsman Steakhouse!

Good Monday, my friends!  Welcome to the beginning of another busy week!  Food & Wine voting will make its return in a few days!  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, All in WDW would like to thank one of our loyal readers for presenting us with this brief “tour” through one of Disney’s most-acclaimed restaurants – Yachtsman Steakhouse!

A first time visit for our friend, he described his experience as “Terrific.  Best meal on property … ever.  Best service, too.”

Their menu is quite diverse …

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Personally, one of the things that caught my eye was the restaurant’s bread service.  Seems pretty straightforward, eh?

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Well, you won’t be simply buttering this bread.  Check out the Roasted Garlic!  Yum!

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On this evening, though, the Yachtsman’s 12-oz Prime New York Strip Steak served with a Peppercorn-Brandy Sauce and accompanied by Potato Gratin was the star!

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The verdict?  The steak was “perfectly prepared and quite excellent”!

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Dinner was capped off with a Lime Semifreddo.  Meringue, guava, graham cracker toffee, and blackberry.  Mmmm.  Our friend “adored the dessert”!

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Mrs. All in WDW and I have been to the Yachtsman only once … several years ago.  To be truthful, our experience, then, was less than stellar.  For the prices, we expected much more.

Having seen this review, though, we’re adding the restaurant back to our target list.  It’s always good to give a place a second chance, after all!

Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort!  One of your fellow readers gives it a double “thumbs up”.  If you haven’t given it a try, maybe you should.  We will!

Welcome to the Jungle … Again! Dining Recon: Skipper Canteen!

One of the things I usually recommend to fans looking to enjoy a visit to Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Sanaa is to keep an open mind.  Great food, for sure, but it’s not common, everyday fare.

Well, at the moment, I could say the very same thing about Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen!  Hey!  Be open to trying new things, my friends!

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Actually, recently reported news suggests that a lot of Guests find the canteen’s current menu to be quite intimidating.  The result?  An entirely new menu might be on its way.

I’ll be the first to admit that we found Skipper Canteen’s menu to be even more “off the beaten track” than that offered by Sanaa.  Should it be completely replaced, however?  Well, I guess that jury is still in deliberation.

Located in Adventureland, this particular skipper melds the bold and flavorful cuisines of Asia, South America, and Africa with the punny banter of Jungle Cruise’s talented riverboat pilots.  Wow!  How can that not be a good thing?

Is your palate ready for exotic flavors, though?  Yes?  Then, Skipper Canteen is the place to go!  No?  Then, please proceed to somewhere more tame – like Be Our Guest!

A month or so ago, Mrs. All in WDW and I dared to give this new slice of the Jungle Navigation Co. a chance!  Here’s what we had!

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Looks good, eh?  It’s Egyptian Celebration Bread with Honey.  It came with the meal, but, for us, it was just OK.  First of all, I’m not a big fan of honey.  Second of all, it left us craving butter!

For appetizers, Mrs. All in WDW ordered the skipper’s Sustainable Fish Collar.

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It was tender, but it was grouper.  In past posts, I’ve made my feelings about grouper very clear.  Much too strong of a tasting fish for me.

On the other hand, the warm slaw accompaniment – which was a green papaya salad that owned a little bit of a bite – was quite good.

For my starter, I chose the Falls Family Falafel.

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A recipe of chick peas, garlic, onions, lemon juice, and herbs served with white bean dip and tomato-cucumber salad, it was my first-ever sampling of falafel.  I enjoyed it.

For her entree, Mrs. All in WDW selected “A Lot At Steak” Salad.

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Simple, yes, but she loved it.  To be truthful, it could have had just a bit more marinated flank steak.  I guess that the word “lot” is a subjective term.

For my part, the Char Siu Pork caught my fancy.

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Marinated and served with rice and Chinese broccoli, its flavor was a good balance between ordinary and extra-ordinary.  In other words, it wasn’t too “out there” for my palate!

Did we enjoy our brief lunch in the jungle?  Absolutely.  As is, however, will we go out of our way to return?  Probably not.  Oh, Skipper Canteen’s theming and decor is phenomenal.

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In the end, however, we tend to agree with, what appears to be, overwhelming Guest opinion.  Their menu does need to become more “mainstream”.

Conclusion … if you’re a huge fan of the Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise, as we are, this will be a great and successful restaurant to frequent … once the food becomes more appealing to the common palate!

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It’s Coming! Get Ready for STK Disney Springs!

When it comes to new dining experiences, Disney Springs is “knocking it out of the park”!  Aren’t they, folks?

Think about it!  I’ve already raved about The BOATHOUSE (link) and, in fact, I have another piece queued up for a future date.

I’ve covered Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar via Photo Tour (link) and Video (link).  There, also, I have another post in mind.  Imagine what you would see if you got a peek inside the pilot’s Log Book!  Fun, eh?

Finally, my recon of Morimoto Asia (link) even caught the restaurant’s attention!

“Thank you, All in WDW, for stopping by and sharing your experience.  We enjoyed all of your photos and wanted to share with our Facebook community!”  WOW!

What’s next, then?  Well, my friends, get ready for STK Disney Springs!

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The one thing that you have to say about Disney is that they work fast.  In other words, these shots, only a few weeks old, might be way out-dated by now!

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Anyway, what is STK all about?  The best way for me to answer that question is to turn closer to home … to STK Atlanta.  For a look at STK and their menu, click the link!

Web Site – STK Atlanta

In their own words, “STK Atlanta is not your daddy’s steakhouse.  Don’t expect to find antiques on the walls or a stuffy, old-fashioned atmosphere.

Located in the heart of [Atlanta’s] bustling Midtown, we’re a modern, chic steakhouse for anyone who finds the traditional American steakhouse a tad on the boring side.

We want you to mingle and have fun.  Say hello to your table neighbors.  Dance to the DJ and then hydrate with a cocktail or two.  At STK Atlanta, you’ll get more than a great culinary experience … you’ll get the perfect night out!”

Chic?  Mingle?  Fun?  Dance?  And, the perfect night out?  Sounds like a really happening place, doesn’t it!

Where The BOATHOUSE, Jock Lindsey’s, and Morimoto’s are phenomenal “all day” restaurants, it looks like STK is perfectly aimed at dialing Disney Springs’ night life up a few hundred notches!

We can’t wait!  How about you?