We've posted a number of dining reviews at Disney Springs recently - mostly media events this year, but there are a few newer restaurants we've not yet tried. STK was one of them (except for an opening event with appetizers and drinks, which our group left early from). There was a great STK promo over the holidays that included an extra $50.00 with a $50.00 gift card. That offer was too good to pass up, and we went last weekend for lunch. Lunch is now only on weekends, although there is a brunch coming and the server said it'd be served every day (I know that would be unusual, so we'll see how it pans out). Apparently that will begin around mid-April, though there wasn't an exact date available when I asked. With so many restaurants at Disney Springs, and fantastic steak at The Boathouse within a quick walk, I think brunch would be a very good addition to bring something unique to Disney Springs. At the same time, lunch was excellent and we'd dine here again. Here is a look at our experience!
We were invited last week to the Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) to try a variety of items off the menu. I'll start off by saying that I personally prefer the new menu to the old one, I had a good meal and the desserts are certainly showstoppers in their own right. It was fun to look around at the restaurant artifacts as well, and I'll show some of that later in the article.
I'll talk about these desserts later too, but first I'll share the appetizers and entrees.
Paddlefish Restaurant Adds Solid Seafood Dining with Rooftop Waterfront Views to Disney Springs (Review)
We were invited to the Paddlefish grand opening at Disney Springs on Friday night, and then joined blogger friends for brunch on Sunday to get a more complete experience. The iconic boat has gone through several incarnations (as has Downtown Disney/Disney Springs), beginning with the Empress Lilly (I went to a character breakfast there in the late 70's or early 80's), and then as Fulton's Crab House, and now Paddlefish. Levy Restaurants owns Paddlefish, along with the neighboring Portobello as well as Wolfgang Puck Cafe on the Disney Springs West Side. The Disney Springs landscape is now very restaurant heavy, with a lot of terrific dining - both counter service and table service - to choose from. Paddlefish is very much a seafood restaurant, with a handful of items geared toward non-seafood eaters like me. The restaurant started taking reservations a few days after opening.
Minnie's Halloween Dine is the newest Minnie's Seasonal Dine buffet offering at Hollywood & Vine located in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Goofy all debuted new Halloween costumes for the meal! The buffet is decent, Jeff enjoyed it more than I did - really, the big draw here is the characters and their new costumes. Where else can you see Donald Duck dressed as an astronaut? Here is a look at both the characters and food, along with more information about the experience. The price says $46.99 per adult and $27.99 per child (ages 3-9) online, but our two meals were $48.00 plus tax and gratuity each (we did receive a 10% off Disney Visa discount, and the restaurant also takes Tables in Wonderland). This is a one table service credit entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan, which is a good value if you are on it.
We also talk about the experience on Mousesteps Weekly #200, which is at the end of the article.
Review: Chef Art Smith's Homecoming: Florida Kitchen Brings Delicious Southern Cooking to Disney Springs
Just before our trip to California last week, we visited Chef Art Smith's Homecoming: Florida Kitchen & Southern Shine (the name always is a mouthful!) with friends. I was looking forward to this new location, which boasts southern specialties like fried chicken and shrimp & grits. Chef Art Smith spent ten years as personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, and has done much more. He owns other restaurants, has authored cookbooks and has won the James Beard award twice. He also comes from a sixth-generation Florida family, and the "Homecoming" stems from his return to Walt Disney World after first becoming a Cast Member on the Magic Kingdom College Program in 1981.
I do expect to add to this article in the future when trying new-to-us items from the menu. We paid for our meals, and views are always ours either way.
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