Full Review: STK Orlando in Disney Springs

Last week we gave you a First Look

… and now we’re back with our full review of STK Orlando, the newest dining venue in Disney Springs!

STK Orlando is the latest addition to the list of Signature Dining restaurants in Disney Springs, which also includes Morimoto Asia and The Boathouse (with Paddlefish and The Edison still on the way).

But STK hasn’t only joined the dining line-up in Disney World — the Orlando location also joins fellow STK restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and D.C., with more to come.

So let’s see how STK’s big city vibe fits into Disney World’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district with our first visit for dinner at STK Orlando!

Atmosphere

If you checked out our First Look, you already know that STK Orlando is located in the The Landing of Disney Springs; however, the location is easily viewed from the area’s new Town Center. Here is the view as you approach from the Orange Parking Garage.

STK Orlando

STK Orlando

The exterior, therefore, fits right in while retaining its own unique look, with its resemblance to a refurbished train station from the early 1900s. [Read more…]

Review: The EAT THIS NOW Churro Cupcake from Contempo Cafe

I know! It’s been a banner week for Disney Cupcake fans!!

Recently, I had to share with you the “man, this sure does taste a lot like strawberry” Watermelon Cupcake at the Contempo Cafe.

But today, I’m back to tell you about one so good that I broke a DFB rule! Read on to find out more. :-)

Churro Cupcake

So, there’s plenty of reasons to love a Churro, right? I mean, what’s not to love about fried dough that’s rolled in cinnamon sugar? The soft inside against the crunchy outside texture makes this one of our DFB #OnTheList favorites. It’s true churros can be found more often in Disneyland, but we love the nods we’ve seen to it on the East Coast as well.

I mean, in both DL and WDW, we’re encountering a whole subculture of Churro-topped treats! There have been Churro Milkshakes, and we’ve even created our very own Churro Sundae. The Churro Funnel Cake at Hungry Bear is now on the full time menu (YAY!). And who could forget the Churro Ice Cream Sandwich?!?!

Churro Cupcake and Mickey!

Churro Cupcake and Mickey!

I’d like to argue that a Churro alone is plenty. But this cupcake took it to a Whole New Snack Level. And that’s what makes this one so special. [Read more…]

First Look! Tiffins Restaurant and Nomad Lounge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We’re excited to finally bring you inside Tiffins Restaurant and Nomad Lounge — the two newest dining locations in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. This post will give you a “first look” at both Tiffins Restaurant and Nomad Lounge. We’ll be back next week with full reviews of the two.

Tiffins and Nomad Lounge are affiliated, but have separate entrances

Tiffins and Nomad Lounge are affiliated, but have separate entrances

Introduction to Tiffins Restaurant and Nomad Lounge

We have celebrated tons and tons and TONS of openings in the last few weeks, as Disney Springs debuted many new spots associated with the newly revealed Town Center neighborhood. We also continue to welcome new venues into other parts of Disney Springs; STK in The Landing is the latest to open. [Read more…]

Review: Watermelon Cupcake at Disney’s Contempo Cafe

Lovers of Disney Cupcakes — this one’s for you!

I just returned home from a family trip to Walt Disney World, and you better believe I had to check out all the new eats in the pastry case at the Contempo Cafe.

This counter service location, conveniently located on the Magic Kingdom Resort Monrail loop at the Contemporary Resort, takes extra care to keep things fresh and new. And that’s especially true when it comes to cupcakes. We loved the recent Star Wars Cupcake we enjoyed there.

During my most recent visit, I came away with two fun new cupcakes to share with you — the first one is up today!

Watermelon Cupcake

What says, “Hellooooo, Summer!” better than watermelon? And so, the pastry team at the Contemporary kicks off the busy season with this beautiful Watermelon Cupcake.

It’s super cute, right? Piped Pink Buttercream swirls around the cake’s crown, and the Green Sprinkles give that perfect color contrast that announces the theme here.

Watermelon Cupcake

Watermelon Cupcake

I also love the Chocolate Chips that mimic watermelon seeds, and the White Chocolate disk on top lends a Contemporary flair. (Get it? ;-D) [Read more…]

First Look! STK Orlando in Disney Springs

We’re already back at Disney Springs to take a First Look at STK Orlando!

Now, you might be thinking, “Wait a minute, I thought STK Orlando wasn’t going to open until May 25th?” And if so, you are correct — the newest Signature Dining venue joining the ever-expanding options in Disney Springs doesn’t open to the public until this evening at 5:00 pm.

But the DFB was kindly invited to a Preview event that took place last night. So while we are looking forward to dining there tonight and to bringing you our full review of our first dinner at STK Orlando soon, we couldn’t wait to give you a little sneak peek now :) .

So welcome to this First Look at STK Orlando!

Though technically situated in The Landing of Disney Springs, STK Orlando is still very much visible from the new Town Center in its spot near Morimoto Asia and Planet Hollywood. In fact, the building’s exterior — built to bear a resemblance to a refurbished train station — fits in nicely with the early-1900s-era inspired setting that is the Town Center.

STK Orlando

STK Orlando

No matter whether you’re outside of STK or inside, it’s impossible to not be struck by how MASSIVE this place is, coming in at nearly 15,000 square feet! [Read more…]

Rumor: Will Toy Story Pizza Planet Reopen as “Pizza Rizzo”?

When Toy Story Pizza Planet closed in January for a refurbishment it was immediately wondered if the Hollywood Studios pizza spot would reopen with a new theme.

The former Pizza Planet

The former Pizza Planet

A short time later, a few clues began to lend weight to rumors that the quick service spot might reopen with a Muppets theme. First, there was the arrival of construction walls around the closed restaurant with more than a subtle hint of that classic Muppets humor. [Read more…]

First Look and Review: AristoCrepes at Disney Springs

We have news — and reviews! — of another opening today at Disney Springs. Let’s take a peek at Aristocrepes!

The re-imagined shopping, entertainment, and dining district has wowed us with all of the new dining options so far. From new kiosks like B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co., The Daily Poutine, and YeSake, to counter service options like Morimoto Asia Street Food and D-Luxe Burger we have been uniformly impressed. And Sprinkles Cupcakes and Amorette’s Patisserie are literally the icing on the cake!

Today, we’re pleased to share the final food debut of the first full week that the Town Center district is opened. Let’s check out what there is to enjoy at AristoCrepes.

Atmosphere

Looking to try out this brand new spot?

AristoCrepes Sign

AristoCrepes Sign

Look beyond the kiosk across the lake to get your bearings. You’ll see a certain not-very-threatening sea monster made of Legos poking up from the depths. :-) [Read more…]

News! Tiffins and Jungle Book Dining Package Reservations Open May 21st

Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching… and with it will come brand new experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as it officially makes the transition into a full-day park offering nighttime activities!

©Disney

©Disney

Naturally, we here at the DFB are most concerned about the ones involving FOOD! So, without further ado… [Read more…]

First Look and Review: Morimoto Asia Street Food at Disney Springs

We have more exciting news for you today — Live from Disney Springs! …AGAIN!!!!

While Morimoto Asia has been open for a few months now, the restaurant has just debuted another facet of their service — Morimoto Asia Street Food.

This patio dining spot is located in the same building where you’ll find Mormoto Asia. In fact, they’re pretty much one and the same, with patio seating for Street Food customers. Basically, Street Food is the counter-service part of Morimoto Asia.

Let’s take a look around before we dig into what this new counter service spot has to offer.

Atmosphere

Previously, we enjoyed dining inside Morimoto’s dining room. If you haven’t had the chance yet, make sure you visit this gem. It’s one of the most beautiful restaurants in all of Disney. But there’s plenty of functional beauty at Street Food as well.

Sign and  a Glimpse of the Second Floor Patio

Sign and a Glimpse of the Second Floor Patio

The action for Morimoto Asia Street Food all takes place outside on the patio. It may not sound terribly special, but with the recent removal of construction walls, you can now enjoy lovely views of Disney Springs from the area. [Read more…]

First Look and Review: YeSake Hand Rolls and Slushes in Disney Springs

Just when we thought we knew everything about what was coming, Disney World pulled a complete surprise out of their hats — YeSake!

The YeSake kiosk at the new Town Center area of Disney Springs features Temaki, or Hand Rolls — but with a twist. Look for international flavors to be the star of the show. And that’s not all; the spot is also home to some delicious Grown Up Slushies featuring — what else? — Sake!

The very first time that we heard about the spot was just last week, when we found out it would open alongside many expected eateries on May 15. And this is the week!

It was a busy weekend of eating here at DFB. ;-) Along with all of the other eats and treats we’ve enjoyed, we are also ready to give you your very first look at YeSake! Let’s check it out.

Atmosphere

YeSake is a kiosk located in just-opened Town Center portion of Disney Springs. The petite, unique building features vintage looking brick, copper flashing, and stained glass windows. The details help it to blend in nicely with its surroundings.

YeSake at Disney Springs

YeSake at Disney Springs

Wondering exactly where it is? We left this pic mostly uncropped so that you could get your bearings. As you can see, it sits in the shadows of Planet Hollywood, which is currently undergoing a major renovation and re-themeing. [Read more…]