Forget the Sushi! Let’s Dine on Pizza and Beer!

You’ll have to forgive me, folks.  I need to pass along one more little Splitsville “blast”.  This time, let’s dine on pizza and beer!

Actually, I might have been able to entitle this post as another in, what is becoming, a long list of Disney “before and after” reports.

How so?  Well, check this out … Splitsville used to serve their beer in an ice cold, frozen chalice.  Deliciously refreshing!

Now, however?  Well, they’ve taken a big step back in my mind.  Instead of setting themselves apart by serving that impressively unique chalice, they’ve switched to …

A much more mundane presentation, the beer is still cold and enjoyable, but I have to admit … a little bit of Splitsville’s “magic” has disappeared.  Too bad.

When it comes to foods, two of my personal favorites are, you guessed it, sushi and pizza!  Hey!  Why do you think I’ve devoted the last three days to both delights?!

Check out yesterday’s post – Dining Recon: Splitsville Luxury Lanes! Better Sushi Than California Grill?!

Anyway, for $17, this Meat Lovers is a very shareable meal.  Plus, loaded with smoked sausage, pepperoni, bacon, and Italian meatballs, it’s a delicious pie!

Wow!  Great pizza.  Ice cold beer.  How can you ever lose with that combination?

If you, too, want to enjoy great food, give Splitsville a shot.  Hey!  They’re not your everyday ordinary bowling alley, you know!

Dining Recon: Splitsville Luxury Lanes! Better Sushi Than California Grill?!

Oh, you bet, it is!  It’s a ‘cold-as-sushi’ fact!  In our opinions, Splitsville’s sushi is much, much better than that served by the Contemporary’s Signature jewel.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  We love California Grill.  We really do!  On a dollar-to-dollar basis, however, Disney’s “luxury” bowling alley wins any sushi showdown between the two restaurants … no contest!

See yesterday’s post – Dining Recon: Sushi at California Grill!

Hey!  The quality is equivalent, at the very least!  What’s the difference, then?  Hah!  Check out the alley’s full menu, but focus on the sushi!

On this particular day, we shared three rolls.  The Volcano Roll ($16) is one of my personal favorites.  Why?  I just love the ‘spicy volcano krab mix’ on top of the roll!

The Alberto ($13) is a healthy and unusual presentation.  No rice!  Lean protein.  Plenty of veggies.  Wrapped in thinly-sliced cucumber!  Quite refreshing.

Finally, how could we not end with the “king” of sushi rolls?  The Crouching Dragon ($16) is a meal in and of itself!  Take a look!  There’s that ‘krab mix’ again!

All in, $45 for those three rolls, folks.  Look back at yesterday’s post, and you’ll see that we paid $50 for what were assuredly much smaller portions.

Again, in sum, great sushi at both locations, but, in our book, the “bowling alley” at Disney Springs has Contemporary’s flagship beat … no questions!

Dining Recon: Breakfast at Olivia’s

I’m on my way back to Disney Springs, folks.  I really am.  Having said that, welcome to Disney’s Old Key West Resort!

A great place, it’s home to one of our favorite spots – the Gurgling Suitcase!  The suitcase is a great indoor (while you feel like you’re outdoors) watering hole.  Take a look here!

But, today isn’t about Disney bars.  It’s about delicious breakfasts!  It’s also about a little-known and under-appreciated restaurant.  My friends, meet Olivia’s!

After a morning walk through Disney Springs, Mrs. All in WDW and I found ourselves hungry for breakfast.  Desiring a relaxing sit-down experience, we found ourselves visiting Olivia.

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Olivia’s is a very welcoming locale with great nautical decor!

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Headlined by a phenomenal Loaded Key West Bloody Mary, their menu is loaded with options!

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Wow! That really IS loaded!

Mrs. All in WDW enjoyed her choice.  One of Olivia’s delicious omelets.  Basically, it was the Monroe Egg White Omelet but with whole eggs and without cheese.

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I was enticed by, what I felt was, a much more unique dish … Crab Cake Eggs Benedict.  Mmmm.  Did someone say “crab cake”?

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I don’t think it was the best breakfast I’ve ever had – Trattoria al Forno still owns that honor – but it was very good.  Definitely not your ‘run of the mill’ preparation, it’s worth having at least once.

My friends, Olivia’s is, pretty much, a well-kept secret.  But, then, Disney’s Old Key West Resort is under-appreciated as well.

If you find yourself out and about and in need of a meal, pay a visit to Olivia.  She does a great job!  We should keep her in mind!

Menu “Recon”: BoardWalk Pizza Window

Good morning, my friends!  Before we jump into today’s delectable topic, one last time, let’s review the polls we ran last week.

Last Monday, we peered into the menu at Disney Springs’ B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. and chose what we wanted to order for lunch … or, dinner!

The result?  Their 3 Little Pigs Trio led the way!  Hey!  Why not have a little bit of “everything”?  It surely does look like a phenomenal bite!

On Thursday, we admitted Off Kilter into All in WDW’s Hall of Fame.  Congratulations, Off Kilter!  Did you agree with that selection?

Well, the voting is closed now, and your voice was loud and clear.  Over 76% of you say, ‘Yes!  They most certainly deserve to be honored’!  And, so they have been!

Finally, in that very same post, we scratched the surface of the debate that will never go away.  Maelstrom vs. Frozen!  Where do you stand?

Much to my personal pleasure, the original Norwegian adventure is also your choice.  Over 62% of you prefer it to Disney’s attempt to capitalize on all that is Frozen.

Today, folks, we’re back to food.  Big surprise, eh?  Before I launch us back to Disney Springs, I want to take a quick look at yet another BoardWalk favorite.  Pizza!

Let’s quote Disney … “Stroll down Disney’s BoardWalk with a hot slice in hand or order a whole pie to feed the entire family.

Take your pick from [among the] Cheese, Pepperoni or the Signature (Italian sausage, onions, peppers, and balsamic glaze) pizza[s]”!

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Let’s see a show of hands … who, here, has had one of the ‘slices’ served by the BoardWalk’s “famous” pizza window?

Wait!  I can’t “see” you.  Answer these polls, instead!  Let’s see if you think that this BoardWalk Quick Service is worth filling your belly and putting a dent in your wallet!

Menu Update: Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Prices always go up, don’t they, everyone?  Especially in Disney, eh?  Hah!  The question becomes … is it (whatever “it” is) worth the extra dollar or two?

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When I last covered Epcot’s Yorkshire County Fish Shop, a little over a year ago, the best Fish and Chips in all of Walt Disney World cost Guests $9.49 a serving.  But, flash forward a year.

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A recent (last month) picture of Yorkshire’s menu informs us that the United Kingdom’s perfectly battered fish demands $10.49!  Then, look on line at Disney’s web site!  $10.99?!

Now, I won’t editorialize on whether the cost of frying a couple of pieces of fish has increased somewhere between 10% and 16%, but Disney … really?!

I’ll just have to admit this … in the fish shop’s case, I truly think that an extra dollar (or dollar-and-a-half?) is another very large handful of pennies well spent.

This fish is perfectly battered.  It’s also piping hot, incredibly flaky, and crisply fried.  Simply perfect!  Buy it, folks.  Yes, buy it regardless of the price!

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Of course, I guess that leaves us with one unanswered question … what price is too much?  Oh, my friends, I really hope we’ll never have to find out.