Mouse Bites for October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween, Everyone!

2012-fw-chase-nightmare-before-christmasChocolate Nightmare Before Christmas Scultpure at the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

We’re kicking off the weekend with some great reading for you to catch up on! There was some awesome food news this week, primarily the announcement that Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE Coming to Disney Springs. I really am looking forward to seeing these two concepts come to life! We revisited some favorite entrees at Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom. We also headed to Old Key West resort to bring you both a menu update of the resort as well as a review of the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Pita from Good’s Food to Go.

columbia-harbour-house-lighthouse-sandwich-potato-chipsLighthouse Sandwich at Columbia Harbour House

Over in Disneyland, a new menu debuted at Steakhouse 55 on October 29, and the Rocky Road Gourmet Apple returns tomorrow, November 1. Finally, be sure to check out the list of restaurants serving special Thanksgiving menus for the holiday at Walt Disney World. Disneyland info can be found here.

Now let’s see what our friends are up to!

fantasy-remy-tomato-soupTomato Soup at Remy (Yes, they can make it gluten-free!)

Sarah at Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW has an awesome review from her dinner at Remy. I’m so jealous; I miss that restaurant SO much!

tusker-house-donalds-safari-breakfast-plate-1Some breakfast selections at Tusker House

Katherine at Food Fitness Fantasy recalls her experience at Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House from last year.

downtown-disney-superstar-catering-truckSuperstar Catering Food Truck

Melissa Sue of Mouse on the Mind tries the breakfast being served at the Superstar Catering Food Truck that is filling in during the mornings while All-Star Music’s food court is under refurbishment. I’m going to have to stop by and give it a try!

2014-food-wine-culinary-demonstration-seating-robert-irvineCulinary Demonstration Stage at Festival Center. See our reviews for this year’s demos from Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern!

Nick & Nora of Extra WDW Magic share their review of Emily Ellyn’s Culinary Demonstration during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Have a scary fun holiday, and stay safe! Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night, and have a great weekend!

Menu Update: Old Key West Resort

Today we have a menu update from Disney’s Old Key West Resort. The resort features one table service restaurant, one bar, and two poolside quick service options. The menu photos were taken on October 25, 2014, and the operating hours listed were valid as of that day as well.

The first restaurant you’ll encounter at Old Key West is Olivia’s Cafe. It’s located near the resort’s check-in area at the Hospitality House. This is the resort’s only table service restaurant. I’ve been here for both breakfast and lunch, and the experiences have been positive for the most part.

old-key-west-olivias-fall-2014Olivia’s entryway decorated for fall

Olivia’s Cafe Operating Hours
Breakfast  7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Lunch  11:30 AM – 4:55 PM
Dinner  5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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old-key-west-olivias-breakfast-menu-102514The Breakfast Cuban I ordered last year is no longer offered.

old-key-west-olivias-lunch-dinner-menu-102514We’ve ordered the Conch Fritters, the Homemade Soup of the Day (Beef and Potato), and the no longer on the menu Cuban Sandwich.

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Where to Enjoy Thanksgiving at WDW Resort

Will you be spending Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World? We may still be shy of Halloween, but you’ll definitely want to make plans for your holiday feast! Walt Disney World will be featuring special holiday menus (including favorites like roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings) at over 30 different dining options in the parks and resorts during lunch and dinner hours on Thanksgiving.

coral-reef-restaurantCoral Reef in Future World, adjacent to The Seas with Nemo & Friends

At Epcot, Thanksgiving menus will be featured during lunch and dinner seatings at the following table service restaurant: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (which will also feature Norwegian meatballs and pan-seared salmon), Biergarten, Coral Reef, Le Cellier Steakhouse, and Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room. Sunshine Seasons will have quick service options available at The Land.

be-our-guestBe Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom

At Magic Kingdom, holiday menus can be found at Be Our Guest and Tony’s Town Square.

the-hollywood-brown-derbyThe Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios

At Hollywood Studios, you’ll want to head to Hollywood & Vine and The Hollywood Brown Derby.

animal-kingdom-tusker-houseTusker House in Animal Kingdom

In Animal Kingdom, make your way to Tusker House.

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Rocky Road Gourmet Apple Returning to Disneyland November 1

The Rocky Road Gourmet Apple will returning for a limited time in November at Disneyland Resort, according to the Disney Parks Blog. The apple is dipped in caramel, milk chocolate, marshmallows, and diced almonds before being drizzled with more chocolate. It can be found starting November 1 at Candy Palace in Disneyland, Trolley Treats in California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

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Will you be stopping for one this year?

Lunch at Columbia Harbour House

On  a recent trip to Magic Kingdom, Matt and I were walking around the park starting to get a bit hungry. Restaurants were just starting to open for lunch, and Matt was happy when I suggested Columbia Harbour House. It had been over a year since my last visit, when I first ordered the Lighthouse Sandwich, and about a year and a half since Matt’s last visit.

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Matt has always ordered the same item on each visit, the Anchors Aweigh Sandwich. The sandwich is simple, and features White Tuna, Lettuce, and Tomato on Toasted Multigrain Bread with Potato Chips.

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New Menu to Debut at Steakhouse 55 on October 29

Steakhouse 55, located in the Disneyland Hotel at the Disneyland Resort, will be debuting its new menu tomorrow, October 29th. The restaurant recently received a makeover, including carpet, chairs and table settings. Chef Marcel St. Pierre, who took the lead of the restaurant earlier this year, notes, “It’s almost like opening a new restaurant.” According to the Disney Parks Blog, he has been working on the new menu for almost four months with manager and sommelier Brian Van Amber, and staff has been extensively trained for the launch.

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Familiar dishes like Baltimore crab cake, filet mignon, and slow-roasted prime rib have returned, but each dish on the menu has been refined. Tiger Prawns are now served with a Bloody Mary cocktail sauce, shallot mignonette, and lemon gelée.

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The new appetizer Pan-roasted Pork Belly comes with truffle mascarpone, green apple, and pickled black kale.

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A new Smoked Filet Mignon Tartare, arrives tableside under a crystal dome, and when lifted, the aroma of smoke fills the air. The dish is then tossed tableside with mustard aioli and cage-free egg yolk, and served with shaved rye croutons.

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Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE Coming to Disney Springs

With all the refurbishment action continuing at Downtown Disney to transform it into Disney Springs, I happy to finally hear some official news of two new restaurants coming to the area (and neither are Italian! ;) )! First up, I’m especially excited to hear that Morimoto Asia is slated to open in Summer 2015.

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According to the press release, Chef Masaharu Morimoto (of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America fame) is working with Patina Restaurant Group (their work includes Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli at Epcot) to establish the concept. The restaurant will be located in an area called The Landing, which is in the heart of Disney Springs. This will be the Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian dining experience.

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The space will boast a 36-foot tall, two-story layout including open terraces, grand hall, private rooms, long bar, cocktail lounge, waterside seating and more. STUDIO V Architecture is designing the space.

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Nick Valenti, restaurateur and CEO of Patina Restaurant Group, stated, “We are delighted to work with Morimoto to create this one of a kind restaurant, which will be a spectacular dining destination at the new Disney Springs.” Chef Morimoto noted, “I’m very excited to bring this new concept to Disney, something I’ve always dreamed of. It’s a wonderful chance to share some of my favorite foods from across the Asian continent.”

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