Lunch at House of Blues

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A couple weekends ago, Matt and I headed to Downtown Disney to see Jurassic World at AMC Theatres. Although we would be watching from their Fork & Screen theater, I had been in possession of a Restaurant.com coupon for House of Blues for seemingly ever. We decided that we might as well save a few bucks and use it.

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For his meal, Matt ordered the French Dip, described as Slow-roasted Roast Beef, Sauteed Bourbon Onions, Provolone Cheese, Au Jus, and Creamy Horseradish served on a French Roll. Matt does NOT like Horseradish at all, so he requested it without and in its place requested mayonnaise on the side. There was ample roast beef, but some of the bits were a bit fatty. You can see the onions and some of the cheese poking out underneath the beef. The sandwich comes with Fries, but you can substitute Sweet Potato Fries for $1 and add a Soup or House Salad for $4. He kept it simple with the regular fries.

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The au jus was not as he anticipated, expecting a more traditional au jus. This one, as you can see from the color, was a bit more red and also had a bit of kick to it.

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I ordered the Smoked BBQ Bacon Burger, which features a Hand-formed Angus Beef Patty topped with Cheddar Cheese, Kansas City BBQ Sauce, Applewood Bacon, Crispy Pickled Jalapenos, and Sauteed Bourbon Onions on a Brioche Bun. I ordered this burger several years back and it’s been updated since then. It also comes with a side of Cucumber Salad in addition to the Fries (the burgers have the same substitute/add deal as the French Dip).

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The burger comes stacked high and also includes leaf lettuce, tomatoes and raw red onion. The brioche bun was lightly toasted to help it hold up the the elements. The cheese was nicely melted, and the smoky bacon had a nice, thick cut, thought I would have liked it cooked a little bit more (I prefer crispy bacon).

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There was plenty of slightly sweet and smoky barbecue sauce, and I liked the crispy, pickled jalapenos to add a bit of heat.

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I requested the burger be cooked rare, and they did a nice job doing so while getting a bit of char on the outside of the patty.

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The cucumber salad tasted as we recalled from the last time we had it – a little sweet and tart, but would have liked a bigger portion.

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The french fries were nicely cooked, and the ketchup I received on the side is possibly house-made. It was served a bit warm and had some heat. It was not your typical Heinz, and normally ketchup is my last choice for fries, but I liked it.

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Here is the menu from our visit:

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Overall, we had a nice visit to House of Blues. Our server was great, and checked on us during our meal just enough. Matt was torn between ordering a burger himself, and I think he was a bit underwhelmed by his French Dip. He liked it enough, but I think he had buyer’s remorse after taking a bite of my burger. Don’t you hate when that happens? I thought my Smoked BBQ Bacon Burger was very nicely done, and would certainly order it again. Of the two dishes we ordered, it was the clear winner.

Do you visit House of Blues while at Downtown Disney? Do you have a go-to dish, or do you liked to mix it up?

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6 responses to “Lunch at House of Blues

  1. For some reason I thought each HOB location had its own menu but it looks like it is not the case. I had lunch at the HOB here in Houston (a few blocks from work) a few weeks ago and had the Meatloaf. I also had the Juicy Lucy before that. Both were pretty good. My coworkers and I don’t normally go there since they are a bit pricey for a regular workday lunch.

  2. I wonder if they used to have a more localized menu several years ago (or perhaps a section dedicated to local flavors). They may have homogenized the menus across the board when Aaron Sanchez developed the “Crossroads” menu a few years ago (if they hadn’t already been). I agree – it would be pricey for a weekday lunch. Even a burger is still a few dollars more than some of the comparable ones we have at local places in Downtown Orlando. But at the same time, comparing a small downtown, non-chain restaurant to HoB is like apples and oranges. 🙂

  3. I’ll have to give this a try! I’ve eaten everywhere else in DTD, not sure why I was overlooking HOB.

  4. It can be hit or miss sometimes, but I’ve found that it has definitely seen an overall improvement over the years! It has some serious competition with the new restaurants that have been opening, with even more on the horizon!

  5. I’ve had the french dip and it was disappointing because of fatty, inedible chunks. The bread pudding was amazing though and they make a mean jumbalaya.

  6. I’ve heard the bread pudding is good here, but haven’t tried it yet.