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Old 02-12-2022, 12:55 PM   #1
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Default Disney Springs Restaurant Recommendation Needed!

A recent shift in Feb. Break plans means that DH, DD3 (17yo), and I will be at Disney Springs a week from Thursday. My DD has lobbied hard for a day in one of the parks, but so far we've resisted in favor of a free day visiting Disney Springs, since we've hardly been there since it was Downtown Disney. [I am fully aware that in this context "free" really means "no paid entry ticket" and will certainly NOT be free as she is a shopper and I have become a total pushover + Disney is a weakness and DH will be blinded by his mecca, the Lego store.] Being less than 2 weeks away, I am delighted to see so many restaurants still have availability! Would love to try Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' but, not unexpectedly, it is fully booked. What do the pros here at MO think would be a fun place for lunch or dinner at Disney Springs? We are rather unadventurous eaters, and seafood would be low on DD's list. Here are the places that are open at the moment:
  • Boathouse
  • City Works Eatery & Pour House (this reminds me, are any of these places more "bar-like" and not great for DD?)
  • Frontera Cocina
  • House of Blues
  • Jaleo
  • Paddlefish (prob a no for DD)
  • Paradiso 37
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Raglan Road
  • STK Orlando
  • Terralina Crafted Italian
  • Wine Bar George
Looking forward to any replies. Thanks!
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Old 02-12-2022, 01:33 PM   #2
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We ate at Boathouse Thanksgiving week. We ate outside and it was cold - but we so enjoyed it! I got the filet mignon sliders- delish and only 14$ with fries! My grandson got a chicken dish and loved it. The truffle fries as a side order for our table were yummy! Service was great! Food was great! We would go again! We had reservations but they said if we wanted to sit outside they could seat us right away. It was less noisy and other than the cold, the ambiance was great out there on the water with the views!
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Old 02-12-2022, 02:02 PM   #3
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Blaze Pizza! We've been there too many times to count. Often several days in a row.

I know it wasn't on the provided list.
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Old 02-12-2022, 03:56 PM   #4
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We have been to the Boathouse several times and always had a very good meal there so I second that recommendation.
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Old 02-12-2022, 05:00 PM   #5
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I second Boathouse, but am a fan of STK as well.

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Old 02-12-2022, 05:15 PM   #6
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My favorites:
For an excellent (but not pretentious) meal, Boathouse.
For a good meal, Raglan Road.
For a CS meal or takeout, Earl of Sandwich.

Don't underestimate this last one! When I was in Vegas a few years ago, I found an Earl of Sandwich in an indoor mall near my hotel. I got a takeout lunch from it every day, and never got tired of it.
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Old 02-12-2022, 06:04 PM   #7
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Thank you all for the input!

I think we may try the combo of Boathouse and Earl of Sandwich (one reservation and one walk-up, one for dinner and one for lunch).
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Old 02-12-2022, 06:06 PM   #8
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STK Happy Hour is awesome.

Polite Pig is also great.

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Old 02-12-2022, 06:12 PM   #9
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Oh right...Polite Pig...have heard good things. Hmmm.
Also considering checking out Gideons.
And sundaes from Ghirardelli's.
Oh dear, not enough time to eat all the food I want.
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Old 02-12-2022, 06:22 PM   #10
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Another vote for the Boathouse. We eat there at least once every trip. I'm also not an adventurous eater, so I always order the filet sliders (to die for), while DH loves to have some oysters.
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