Category Archives: Downtown Disney

Lunch at Splitsville

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Over the weekend, I stopped by Splitsville at Disney Springs for a quick lunch and to watch some football. I placed an order for an item I had very much enjoyed in the past: The Alberto. It’s one of the items from their sushi menu and is described as “no rice, just lean protein and veggies. Spicy tuna and avocado rolled in thinly sliced cucumber and served with lemon ponzu sauce.” This is what arrived. We’ll get to a comparison photo from the first time I had it momentarily.

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Lunch at The BOATHOUSE

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Over the weekend, Matt and I grabbed lunch with my mom and aunt over at The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs. And with that sentence, I’m now just going to call it The Boathouse. Originally, I wasn’t planning on doing a post and just enjoy the meal, but Matt said a few snaps wouldn’t hurt, so that’s what these pictures are – quick snaps. And not even of everything. Matt and I like trying calamari when we see it on menus, and they do a good job here. I didn’t really care for the sauce, but Matt liked it. There wasn’t really any heat to the calamari itself, but I liked the added fried green onions and Serrano chilies. It’s also pricey for an appetizer at $18 (though everything is pricey here being considered “Signature Dining”), but I felt it was a large portion with plenty to share. Alone it could be a meal, but two shared appetizers for variety would certainly work.

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For his entree, Matt ordered the Steak Sandwich. It’s currently (as of this post) not listed on the Disney menu website, but it is on The Boathouse’s official website. I’m going to think that the official website will/is updated more frequently than Disney’s, so I recommend checking both when making your plans. Anyway, the Steak Sandwich features Arugula, Grilled Beefsteak, Tomato, BOATHOUSE Steak Sauce on Toasted Ciabatta and is served with Fries. Matt had already dug in at this point – there is a second half to this sandwich. You can see some of the steak that fell out. 🙂

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Morimoto Asia Set to Open September 30

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Morimoto Asia, a highly anticipated collaboration between Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Patina Restaurant Group, is pleased to announce a scheduled opening date of September 30, 2015 as Downtown Disney nears its transition to Disney Springs. The Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian dining experience will showcase flavors from across the Asian continent, all with Morimoto’s creative touch.

Morimoto Asia’s eye-catching, 36-foot tall, two-story layout has been designed by STUDIO V Architecture. It includes lounges, dining spaces, and an exhibition kitchen that allows guests a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the culinary action. The second-level sushi bar and lounge have a separate entrance. Morimoto Asia will debut as part of The Landing, one of four neighborhoods in the new Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

“This has been a project of passion for our team and Chef Morimoto. We can’t wait to open our doors to everyone visiting Disney Springs this fall and beyond,” said Nick Valenti, restaurateur and CEO of Patina Restaurant Group.

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Earl of Sandwich’s Berry Almond Chicken Salad

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A few months ago, I stopped by Earl of Sandwich to pick up Monday lunches for Matt and me. Matt stuck with his stand-by, the Thai Wrap, while I decided to try the Earl’s Cobb Salad. With another trip to Disney Springs on my radar, I asked him if he wanted me to stop in to pick up a wrap for his lunch the next day. He stuck with the Thai Wrap, but I decided to go for the Berry Almond Chicken Salad.

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Fall 2015 Mickey Monitor Food News

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The Fall 2015 Mickey Monitor is out, and for once, Matt and I each received a copy and on the same day. This basically never happens. Either one or the other gets a copy, or we receive them weeks apart. Anyway, this issue has a bunch of information on Food & Wine, so let’s take a look! You can click for larger images as well.

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As we know, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary and runs from September 25 through November 16. Being introduces are several “Buds” representing different Flavors. They kind of give me a Kitchen Kabaret vibe. We also know that the kiosks are expanding past World Showcase and into Future World.

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More Details Released for Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

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As the fall opening date quickly approaches, the Disney Parks Blog has released more information regarding Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. The bar will have an aviation theme with a waterfront location, and will feature food and drinks inspired by the pilot’s world travels.

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The 150-seat lounge will be decorated with salvaged equipment, spare airplane parts, and mementos, while the outdoor seating will feature his old steamboat, Reggie. The storyline for the space is that “Jock made a home at this waterfront property in the 1940s after discovering this charming little town while flying Indiana Jones over the Sunshine State in search of the elusive Fountain of Youth in 1938. As a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, Jock often welcomed his globetrotting friends to his hangar for a drink and fun times.”

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Holiday 2015 Dining at WDW

We may just be a few days into August, but the holidays will be here before we know it, and if you’re spending your time at WDW, you definitely want to start making your dining reservations if you haven’t already.

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For Thanksgiving, you can find the classic turkey dinner served family-style at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom.

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Over in Epcot, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot serves traditional Norwegian meatballs and pan-seared salmon at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in addition to the traditional offerings. Special Thanksgiving menus during lunch and dinner seatings will also be served at Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Tutto Itlalia Ristorante, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Dining Room, and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, as well as quick service location Sunshine Seasons in The Land pavilion.

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