A Peek Inside Todd English’s bluezoo!

Poor Todd English.  In our recently completed polls, he got very little love.  In fact, his Signature WDW restaurant – bluezoo – got blown away by its competition.

In two separate match-ups, I asked you, which of these menus do you find to be more enticing?  As I mentioned, in our first showdown, BoardWalk’s Flying Fish destroyed bluezoo with an utter lack of remorse.

Our second match-up was equally a landslide as Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ bested 50’s Prime Time Café, with ease.  Given Prime Time’s popularity, that’s a bit of a surprise, wouldn’t you say?

To add insult to Todd’s injury, however, when we engaged them in a “four-way free-for-all”, bluezoo gained just one puny vote when stacked up to the other three competitors.  Homecomin’ beat Flying Fish by one vote in that popularity competition, by the way.

But, back to bluezoo … like I said, poor Todd.  Actually, speaking on behalf of the All in WDW family, we have almost as many fond memories of bluezoo as we do of another of our favorites – California Grill.

Therefore, we feel that it is fitting to celebrate bluezoo in its crushing defeat.  A consolation prize, as it were.  My friends, from decor to menu, take a little peek outside and inside Todd English’s bluezoo!

It’s YOUR Turn to Engage in “Menu Battles”!

Hello, everyone!  Let me take you back a few weeks.  Did you ever get a chance to listen to WDW Main Street’s Episode #397 entitled “Menu Battles!”?  No?  Catch it here …

Episode #397 – Menu Battles!

What in ‘The World’ are “menu battles”, you ask?  Well, it’s pretty simple, actually … two menus “enter”.  Only one can survive!  Hah!

On the show, John Peters and I were on the “hot seat” as four anonymous WDW Table Services stepped up to compete in two separate confrontations.  Now, it’s your turn to participate!

So, what’s your job today?  It’s really easy!  All you need to do is peruse through a few menus and, then, VOTE, of course!

Having said that, our four “competitors” can’t be anonymous for you, now, can they?  Therefore, let’s introduce which two restaurants sauntered into the “arena” first!

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

50’s Prime Time Café

Click the names, above, to access their dinner menus, my friends.  From top-to-bottom, which of these two menus do you find to be more enticing?  Be objective, folks!

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Great!  Let’s move to the second skirmish.  How about these two Signature gems?

Todd English’s bluezoo

Flying Fish

Same drill … click on the name of the Table Service.  Which of these menus catch your fancy?  Given their offerings, where are you more likely to go?

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Finally, let’s let them all engage in a “four-way free-for-all”!  Call this vote a popularity competition!  Menus set aside for a minute, which of these four is most likely to host your next ADR?

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Great work, all!  We’ll be back in a few days with the results.  In the meantime, after carving through all of those appetizers, entrees, and desserts, I’m hungry!  Let’s eat!

Dining Recon: Phins! New Lobby Bar at the Dolphin Resort!

My friends, daytime adult refreshment options at Crescent Lake will never be the same!   Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Resort has raised the bar [pun very much intended]!

Phins.  Offering a wide selection of cocktails, beer, wine, and food, it is the centerpiece of the resort’s many brand new refurbishments and additions.

We’ll show you a refurbished room, as well as Dolphin’s new Quick Service option – Fuel – in the coming days, but, first, let’s take a look at the Dolphin’s new lobby and … Phins!

A beautiful “new” lobby!

The Dolphin’s old – very small – lobby bar is history!

Some shots of Phins!

Up to this point, folks, your best Crescent Lake alternatives for grabbing an adult beverage were places like ESPN Club or Crew’s Cup Lounge.  If you wanted to be outside, then establishments like Cabana Bar and Hurricane Hanna’s could fit the bill.

With the opening of Phins, you have another place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty vacation refreshment.  For instance, they serve the Swan & Dolphin’s signature Pale Ale – Phins & Feathers – on draft!

In addition, the drinks – especially their daily Happy Hour punch – are very tasty.  A different recipe each day, here’s their Pomegranate Mint Julep!

We found this to be quite unique … the Phins Bloody Mary “bar” opens every Sunday at 10 AM.  Check out the descriptions, though.  Each of these specialty versions are inspired by Swan & Dolphin’s signature restaurants!

I’m definitely going for the Hail Mary next trip!  Filet, lobster, and shrimp?  What?!

Finally, the bar’s food really hits the spot.  Prepared and served from the hotel’s Room Service kitchen, the menu isn’t large, but it is still packed with enticing dishes!

Mrs. All in WDW and I shared three items.  The dish that caught her interest the most, was Phins’ Hummus Trio.  Served with small “chips” of naan bread, we were partial to the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.

Was tough to fit this presentation into one picture frame!

I, of course, couldn’t deny two of my favorite preparations – Pork Belly Bao and, you guessed it, Lamb Meatballs!

Yum! Lamb Meatballs!

Not quite as delicious as Food & Wine’s New Zealand version, the meatballs were still very good.  Mrs. All in WDW really loved the veggies bathed in the dish’s pork tomato sauce.

Steamed buns.  Pork belly.  Winner!  I loved them!  Plus, Mrs. All in WDW kindly gave me the “lion’s share”!  Also served as a “trio”, there was plenty of flavor to enjoy!

My friends, we had a great evening at Phins.  The staff was friendly.  The drinks are refreshing.  The food is quite tasty.  When next on Crescent Lake, please stop by the Dolphin and try Phins!  You might find that you’ll love it as well!

Which Four WDW Table Services Engage in “Menu Battles”? Check it out!

“Menu battles”?  Huh?  Bob, what in The World are “menu battles”?  Um, great question, my friends.  There is only one way to discover the answer to that quite perplexing question!

Join Doug, John, and I at the Main Street Pub as we engage in a little game of “menu battles”!  John and I are on the “hot seat” as four anonymous WDW Table Services step up to compete!

Will we guess which restaurants are offering up their menus?  Which spots will win their match-ups?  We think you’ll be quite surprised by the results!  Check it out at …

Episode #397 – Menu Battles!

Another Room with a View!

Some time back – about a year ago, in fact – I posted my OWN shot of Crescent Lake.

Taken from high atop Disney’s Yacht Club, it was OUR room with a view.  Stop back and take a look.

Well, thanks to family friend, and avid All in WDW reader, Will F., we get another angle on this very popular area.

Shot from his weekend “home” at the Dolphin, Will passed this along to me last Saturday.

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I just love the fact that he caught Spaceship Earth and Epcot on the horizon.  Plus, he timed one of my beloved Friendship boats passing under the bridge?

Outstanding picture, Will!  I hope you had a great trip!

Hey!  Do you have any especially picturesque photos that you’d like to see on All in WDW?

If so, send them to me at bob@allinwdw.com!