Who Loves Lobster Rolls?! Who Loves Crew’s Cup Lounge?!

Good Saturday, my friends!  Welcome back to All in WDW!  I know.  Where have I been all week?  Busy, busy, busy.  Sometimes “real” life just plain consumes your days!

Now, I know, by now, you’ve seen my picture of Food & Wine 16’s New England Lobster Roll.  No?  Well, here it is again …

2016's "loaded" Lobster Roll

A relatively small “bite”, like I have in the past, I found it to be “Just OK”.  How can I not love a lobster roll, you ask?

Hey, I’ve many-times claimed, in print and over the “pod-waves”, that I don’t like my lobster served ice cold!  Give me a freshly-cooked, and hot, lobster and some drawn butter.  Then, I’m happy.

In spite of all that, though, I keep sampling different “roll” recipes across Disney property.  It is lobster, after all!

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So, enter the Yacht Club’s Crew’s Cup Lounge!  They serve, you guessed it, a New England-style Lobster Roll!

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How was it, you ask?  Well, sadly, the pictures make it look a bit bigger than it really was.  I will give the crew, this, though … it was a lot of lobster!  Worth $19.00?  Hmmm.

Served chilled (of course) on a butter-toasted (hot dog-sized) roll with your choice of vegetable orzo salad or chips, I found it to be – don’t hate me – “Just OK”.

We’ve been to Crew’s Cup Lounge many times over the years, my friends.  It’s one of our most-favorite spots.  Truthfully, regardless of the verdict, I’m very glad I tried their lobster.

When it comes to our next visit, however, I’m going to stick with the Cup’s $14 Shaved Beef Sandwich.  Very delicious!  If you want to see a picture of it, click back to this post!

See ya’ real soon, folks!

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!

Lounge “Recon”: Ale & Compass Lounge

Situated off the lobby of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, the Ale & Compass Lounge is a small, yet enjoyable, refreshment venue.

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Having said that, in spite of being billed as a place to find “fine ale & spirits”, it’s not just a bar!  In the mornings, you can select from quite a wide variety of options for breakfast.  Take a look!

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Of course, at its heart, Ale & Compass is a full-service lounge.  Starting at 3 PM each day, it serves up some of the best refreshments on property!

In fact, supported by the Yacht and Beach Clubs’ great table-service restaurants, it even offers its own little menu of appetizer-type “snacks”!

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The “Badwich” Pork Sliders really catch our eye.  Of course, who wouldn’t be enticed by a bowl of Cape May Cafe’ Chowder?

My friends, the Ale & Compass is not the biggest, flashiest bar on WDW property.  For Mrs. All in WDW and I, however, we’d say it’s a well-kept secret.  Try it!  You might just like it!

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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!

Dining Recon: A Captain’s Grille Breakfast Buffet

Happy Friday, my friends!  Are you back and at ’em to begin 2016?  Has “Work Week #1” gone well?  I hope so!

Today, All in WDW gets back to “business”.  Disney business!  Folks, this post goes out to my good friend Dennis Conroy and his family!

Long ago, Dennis told us that one of his family’s Disney “must do’s” is to enjoy a breakfast buffet at Captain’s Grille.

You have to try it, he claimed.  Well, finally, Mrs. All in WDW and I heeded his advice!

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I don’t often cover buffets.  To be honest, as we’ve gotten older, we’ve found that an “all you can eat” presentation is a bit much for us.

In fact, in truth, Mrs. All in WDW was on her best behavior during this visit.  She went à la carte with her selection of the captain’s Tailored Omelet.

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Minus the cheese and loaded with every veggie the restaurant had to offer, she loved her breakfast!

Of course, the “tough job” fell to me.  Well, sometimes, sacrifice is necessary, eh?  The morning’s painstaking, yet deliciously filling, buffet “research” was mine to complete!

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In the back of the restaurant, the captain has reserved a small, alcove-type room dedicated to housing his fabulous buffet.

Filled with both standard Disney breakfast fare as well as unique creations, the buffet is actually larger than it looks!

Pancakes, Mickey waffles, and french toast.

Pancakes, Mickey waffles, and french toast.

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Three types of frittata.

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Bread pudding, baked tomato gratin, and turkey sausage.

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Bacon and pork sausage!

And, this was only a small sampling of what our fair captain had to offer!  Yum!  Of course, I had to taste a little bit of everything!

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For example, very crispy bacon (perfect!), two types of frittata, tomato, mozzarella, and both turkey and pork sausage?

The “winners” on this plate were the frittata and the turkey sausage.  The turkey sausage had a bit of sweetness to it, making it quite delicious!

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I have to confess … I really wish I had done a better job of recording what was the item at the bottom right of this shot.  It was delicious.  Dennis, do you know, by chance?!

My only comment, here, is this … pick the frittatas, folks.  The scrambled eggs were unremarkable.

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I have three words for you – Bananas Foster Sauce.  Spill it over French toast, pancake, bread pudding, and Mickey waffles?  Wow!

My verdict?  Pick the bread pudding, my friends.  It was “mind-blowingly” great!

Fans, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the Yacht Club’s Captain’s Grille has got to be the most under-appreciated restaurant on Walt Disney World property.  You have to give it a chance!

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