Boathouse
Address1620 Buena Vista Dr.
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-DINE
Price$$$$
Scott's Review
I finally had a chance to try out the food recently at the Boathouse, the first major Disney Springs restaurant that opened in April. What took me so long? Well, I wasn’t looking forward to shelling out 21 bucks for fish tacos or 29 clams for for a lobster roll. Even a “classic burger” demands $18. So when I was invited to attend a wine luncheon hosted by Breakthru Beverage Group, I said yes. And I was most anxious to try that Lobster Roll. A lobroll, of course, is a sandwich, a fairly simple one at that, with a lobster salad — steamed lobster meat chopped and tossed with mayonnaise and celery — on a toasted and buttered bun, most usually a mere hot dog bun but sometimes even just a piece of toasted white bread. The kitchen, perhaps as a means of justifying the just-under-30-dollars price tag, turned the lobster roll here into an over-produced concoction that had to be eaten with knife and fork. The salad, which featured big, meaty chunks of deliciously sweet lobster, sat atop a mini loaf of a buttered roll. There was a slit in the top of the roll, but there was no way to elegantly cram the salad into it, and even if one could, decorum would prevent one from picking it up to ... Read more
Chef Art Smith's Homecoming
Address1602 East Buena Vista Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-560-0100
Price$$$
Scott's Review
A Florida style restaurant from celebrity chef Art Smith. Many good things here, but the fried chicken, which is supposed to be a signature item, isn't as good as others.... Read more
D-Luxe Burger
Address1524 E. Buena Vista Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-934-3110
Price$$
Scott's Review
The burgers here are impressively big, about seven ounces, though honestly they looked bigger. I was annoyed before ordering when I was told by the venue’s chef, Bill Brown, that the burgers could not be cooked at a temperature below medium. Even more annoying was the reason. Instead of saying that the company was concerned about the possibility of bacteria in ground beef not being killed if undercooked — which I would have taken as a more honest answer — Brown said that they just feel the burgers are at their juiciest when cooked to medium, which I consider hooey. ... Read more
Daily Poutine
Address1674 Buena Vista Drive
CityOrlando
Phone
Price$$
Scott's Review
Very expensive and not very good.... Read more
Earl of Sandwich
Address1750 E. Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-938-1762
Price$
There's more to the name here than just a play on a historical figure. John Montagu, the 11th Earl of Sandwich, is involved in the business, although the project was started by his son Orlando, who is not in line to inherit the title. There's another Earl involved: Robert Earl, founder of Planet Hollywood. Legend has it, of course, that it was the fourth Earl of Sandwich who came up with the idea of slapping meat between some bread. The usual story is that he was a gambler and didn't want to put down his cards, but Lord Sandwich, the current one, told me over sherries in the House of Parliament a few years ago, that his ancestor was also a womanizer and it may have been a lady in his other hand. Whatever, the sandwiches here are very good and impressively thick. You may actually need both hands. The 4th Earl would not approve.... Read more
Edison
Address1570 E. Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-560-9288
Price$$$
Scott's Review
As in Thomas Alva. This Disney Springs newcomer's setting is an old power plant (not really, but, you know, Disney) and the decor features moving pictures, phonographic music and other inventions. Food is as American as light bulbs. But tastier.... Read more
Enzo's Hideaway
Address1560 E. Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-560-3696
Price$$$
Scott's Review
This gem truly is hidden away, below the entrance to Maria & Enzo's and behind the Edison (both sister restaurants). It's a quiet respite that also serves excellent food.... Read more
Frontera Cocina
Address1604 E. Buena Vista Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-560-9197
Price$$$
Scott's Review
There isn’t anything remotely Mexican about the decor and design of Frontera Cocina, the new restaurant from Rick Bayless that has opened at Disney Springs. And that just may be the point. Bayless, the Chicagoland chef who has won no fewer than six James Beard Awards, says his style of Mexican food has “bright flavors” and isn’t heavy because they don’t do much frying. His menu focuses on the Central and Southern regions of Mexico, staying far away from the influences of Tex-Mex or Ameri-Mex, or, heaven forbid, Flori-Mex. That brightness shows in the decor, as well. More modern, with bright splashes of color — orange, blue and green — walls of windows and shelves of tequilas. No artificially cracked plaster walls showing bare bricks beneath and nary a sombrero hanging on a hook. That alone is refreshing.... Read more
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