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.

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?