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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Disney Springs 2018

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Wine Bar George is where our day started.

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Melissa bought me this Fall Festival cake, what a surprise! One thing I need to let you know when you’re visiting Disney Springs during the EPCOT Food And Wine Festival, always check in with the information center. Ask if they have a special map showing all of the places, at the Springs, offering Fall Food Festival goodies.

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Enzo’s offers tapas at their Hideaway Tunnel Bar.

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Next, dinner together at the boathouse.

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What’s really interesting about this appetizer is the Pear Mignonette. Normally the Mignonette is a shallot vinaigrette but this one is done with pears. Delicious!!!

Here are some night shots of  Disney Springs 2018.

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STK was our destination for dinner on our second visit to the Springs.

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Steve’s is amazed by everything he’s seeing.

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The D.J.  kept the music on point.

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Warm Bread served with a chive oil.

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Lamb Lollipops, Chef’s Special

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Corn Pudding,  Creamy Yukon Potatoes, and Foraged Mushrooms.

Bone-In Filet With Truffle Butter

Seared Sea Scallops With Cauliflower Succotash.

Hibachi Chicken With Brussel Sprouts And Apple Kimchi.

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Cotton Candy And Chocolate Cake.

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For more information about Disney Springs Shopping and Entertainment visit their website at www.disneysprings.com

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Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster

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2018-04-18-17.50.25-2.jpgI’ve lived in Orlando for many years, and I had never visited this restaurant. Crazy right? Something so close yet so far.

Christner’s Prime Steak And Lobster, previously known as Del Frisco’s, has been a staple in the Orlando area for many years. The name change was just that, a contractual decision. The family-run business is still in place.  I like reading the history of restaurants, classic and new. The history of Christner’s, with owners David Christner, his mom, Carole, father Russ, I recommend reading. This is an amazing family, where mom and son continuously bring class and ambiance to the dining experience.

It’s April 18th and we are celebrating Steve’s birthday. I decided to take him to Christner’s for dinner. Christner’s offers professional service in an intimate setting. Let me tell you about our personal experience.

We arrived a little before our reservation that evening. As you can see, we wanted to take a few pictures for my blog. Entering the restaurant, we checked in at the host stand. The lobby was amazing.

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Even though we were early, for our 6:00 pm reservation, the hostess immediately escorted us to our table. As we walked through the dining area to our table, my eyes didn’t want to miss a single detail.

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We were seated at our table and the host explained that our server was not in yet, but that wasn’t going to interfere with our evening. They introduced us to Scott, who’d be filling in for David.

David was recommended to us through close family friends. When I made the reservations, I asked if it was possible to have a particular server, and they checked to see if he was scheduled that evening, and he was scheduled, so that was perfect.

Scott was so professional, hospitable and welcomed us graciously. He started out by getting us our cocktails and explaining in detail about the menu. I had a few questions about certain items they offered and his detailed knowledge of the menu was on point.

Scott introduced us to David as he passed the baton over without a hitch. We talked and got to know David. Friendly and knowledgable, David took us on a ride we’ll never forget.

 

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We started out with a crab cake as our appetizer. Can I tell you something, this crab cake was so luscious and sweet. It definitely was best crab cake I’ve ever had.  Next, was our entrée and sides. A 22 ounce USDA Prime Strip for two, Chateau potatoes ( their signature potato dish), and sauteed mushrooms.

 

The meal was served tableside.  Steve had never experienced tableside service. I loved watching the expressions on his face. I really think our choices on the side dishes paired well with the steak.

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Another surprise for us was when Dan, the sommelier, came by our table. Dan was told I was a food blogger. We talked about my passion for food and my love for cooking.  He asked me if I’d like to see where the wine was kept, I said, “yes I would, that would be amazing!”. Wines that needed to be stored at a certain temperature were kept in these large coolers.

 

Two final and really awesome experiences. The first was dessert!  Orange Cake (their signature dessert) with a scoop of orange ice cream.  Small bits of mandarin oranges throughout a velvety luscious vanilla ice cream. The cake was so delicious it just melted in your mouth. SO YUMMY!

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A beautiful site that brings out the inner child in all of us. Thank you so much to the staff giving Steve a birthday he’ll always remember. The last a final surprise of the night was so unexpected. The owner (saloon keeper), David Christner came to our table. We talked about the restaurant and my food blog. Much to my surprise, he found the time, on this busy evening, to take me on a complete tour, with a little backstory about the addition to the restaurant. Here’s a peek of my tour.

 

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Well, that’s the end to a perfect birthday celebration. If you’re in the Orlando area, Christner’s Prime Steak And Seafood is a must stop. The 2018 Orlando Sentinel Foodie Award for best filet and cold water lobster tail.

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For more information visit www.christnersprimesteakandseafood.com

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Santiago’s Bodega

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Courtney took me for lunch at a wonderful place I’d been dying to try, Santiago’s Bodega. This quaint little eatery specializes in Tapas. An amazing variety of small bites that you would normally get at an upscale restaurant. Inside, the atmosphere has what I consider to be an eclectic decor. Outside, the view reminds me of a Parisian bistro. We went a little crazy with the Tapas. Let me show you. Visit them at www.santiagosbodega.com

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Urbain 40 American Brasserie And Lounge

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The Dellagio Town Center is located on Sand Lake Rd. The locals living in the Orlando area call this particular strip of road as “restaurant row”.  Restaurateurs of the culinary world have set up shop and are definitely here to stay. My daughter just recently came home for a visit and we decided to check out a restaurant called Urbain 40. We had an amazing dining experience. The atmosphere, both in the restaurant and lounge gave you this very carefree feeling. The lounge was set off to one side of the main dining area. The live music was a mix of blues and jazz which was perfect in its paring of the lounge’s decor.

We started out with the Tuna Carpaccio.  For our entree, we each had a burger, topped with their bacon made in-house. If I had to describe the meal, I would say, life-changing! They took the hamburger to the next level and beyond. If you are a lover of great wines then you will be pleased. Visit www.urbain40.com.

Here’s a peek into Urbain 40 American Brasserie.

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