Portobello makes a strong comeback at Downtown Disney
Scott Joseph just sent over a link to his recent review of Portobello in Downtown Disney
. [Apparently, it's not a "Yacht Club" anymore. :-P ]
Scott gives the new team running the restaurant a strong review:
The restaurant I found at Downtown Disney recently was very different from the old place. The food was top-notch – creative interpretations of Italian dishes that were flavorful and filling. And I suddenly find myself able to once again recommend it as a destination.
When it first opened, Portobello was my favorite restaurant in Downtown Disney, and not just because the husband of one my friends and co-workers in Magic Kingdom West Attractions cooked there. After growing up in Indianapolis (bleech) and spending four years broke as a college student in Chicago, Portobello was the restaurant where I discovered that food could be something better than cafeteria or fast food. I thank Portobello for my ever-since-then addiction to roasted garlic, for example. So it's nice to see that they've got folks in the kitchen again who care about food as much as my friend Gene did back in the day.
Here are a couple other notes today that I wanted to mention, but for which didn't feel like creating separate blog entries:The new owners of Hard Rock Park got off to a good start, announcing that they will cut one-day ticket prices to under $40 and give last year's annual pass holders admission to the park this year for free. The park will add a few new children's rides, too.Universal Orlando is offering free admission to U.S. military personnel, too, joining Disney and the Busch theme parks. Through June 28, personnel with a valid military photo I.D. can get a seven-day, two-park ticket free. Family members can buy them for $35 off. Tickets are available at base ITT/ITR offices, or at (and I found this worth a chuckle) the Shades of Green at Walt Disney World.
They need to aim lower with the HRP price. $35 is still a lot of money. The economy isn't good, and the park has a pretty strong negative buzz that it has to overcome. I also have to flinch at their 800,000 attendance estimate.
If you take a look at a few Disney rides you can see how Carnival they are, especially in DinoLand USA. Just look past the woood and paint next time you are there and you'll see.
I agree, Portobello is great! That is one downside of FL, at least in the tourism area: pretty bad Italian food. I guess you can call my family Italian resturant snobs. Their picks for FL are Giordanos in Crosswalks, Portobello at Downtown Disney, and Wolfgang Puck's
Were you making a funny, Gareth? The whole point of Dinoland USA is that it's supposed to have the atmosphere of a roadside carnival circa the 60s and 70s. Whether or not this theme was a good idea is certainly open for debate, but I think they nailed what they were going for.
lol, I was, you got it very quickly too :( So unfair...
Intent doesn't excuse being lame.
Thanks for the Portobello review....I have heard several very good reviews about the new menu. I doubt it will take the place of Raglan Road as my favorite, but it is definitely worth a visit.
I know that it seems 'chuckle worthy' that Shades of Green at WDW is selling the Universal tickets, but you should know that SoG is NOT a WDW resort - it's an Armed Forces Recreation Center located on Disney property. Their ITT office also sells Sea World, Busch Gardens, and all other Orlando-area tickets.
I did know that SoG isn't an "official" WDW Resort (although it was one of the original WDW hotels - the Golf Resort - before Disney sold it to DoD). But given the diligence with which Disney has kept out from its property all references to other area attractions, it's noteworthy that there is this little island within WDW boundaries that does acknowledge the outside world.
You're right - I find it odd and yet kind-of cool that this is the only place on Disney property that DOES make reference to other Orlando-area attractions. It is a definite benefit to those eligible to use it because otherwise they'd have to drive to Patrick AFB (south of Cocoa Beach, also where I'm stationed) or MacDill AFB (in south Tampa) to be able to purchase tickets.
As recommended by Robert, I'm posting my tips regarding the Universal Military deal. I'll also post it in the "Top money saving tips" section.
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