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Labor Day Weekend Great Irish Hooley

Holiday weekends are great, and during the upcoming Labor Day Weekend, one festival comes to mind – The Great Irish Hooley. Taking place in Disney Springs, the traditional Irish social festival returns to Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. Beginning Friday, August 30, 2019 through Monday, September 2, there are plenty of Hooley-happenings to enjoy. 2019 marks Raglan Road’s 8th year celebrating this festival (in this venue).

Labor Day Weekend entertainmentEach evening features some of the best Irish entertainment around. This year’s band lineup is very talented. Some of the highlighted acts are:

  • Strings & Things
  • HighTime
  • Billow Wood
  • The Rolling Wave
  • Maca

Experience an authentic line-up of bands featuring a lively mix of traditional Irish, Celt grass, folk, blues and soul. The only boutique Irish music festival in Central Florida, the Great Irish Hooley features shows on the Grand Room and patio stages. Check the event out on FacebookThere is no cover charge! 

Consequently, if Irish fare is what you are looking for, you’ll want to check out the dinner, lunch or brunch menu. From traditional dishes to more modern Irish cuisine, there are plenty of choices. You can even find a few gluten-free dishes including the fish ‘n’ chips and onion rings.

Raglan Road Irish DancersAdditionally, to help work off the large meal, put on your dancin’ shoes and join the Raglan Road dancers in the ceili (kay-lee) dance. The Rhythms of Raglan Dance Show entertains daily from 4:30 to 7 pm. The Raglan Dancers performing jigs and fast-paced Reels. Those 150-year-old stage boards sure get a workout!

Labor Day Weekend Fun

On the other hand, if an Irish Hooley is not what you are looking for this upcoming Labor Day weekend, the gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show will welcome you like “family.” The dames and mobsters put on a great show. So great, you’ll think you went back in time to 1930 Chicago!

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Come hungry. Mama Capone cooks up a spread like no other Orlando dinner show. It’s fresh. And hot. Plus, it’s fill-your-own-plate and unlimited drinks.

Finally, to all the workin’ stiffs out there…happy Labor Day weekend! Enjoy!

Orlando Mother’s Day Buffet

Still trying to make plans for Mother’s Day? You’re not the only one! Consider an Orlando Mother’s Day buffet or brunch to solve the dilemma. Mother’s Day could very well be the highest ranking last-minute “holiday” because it is generally left to dads and/or kids to decide how to celebrate. A meal with Mom is a treat for her if she doesn’t have to cook or clean up. Time with her family is often the best gift of all.

Orlando Mother’s Day Buffet Options at Disney Springs

If Mom is a Disney fan, or you’re in town visiting the theme parks on Mother’s Day, you might want to check out a couple of Orlando Mother’s Day buffets and brunches at Disney Springs. You have several options. Add in the time spent browsing the multitude of shops and an entire afternoon can be spent with your special lady.

The House of Blues Restaurant & Bar features a world-famous Gospel Brunch. It is a soulful experience that includes an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet and live entertainment. You’ll have the choice between a 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. seating based on availability.

If reservations are still being taken at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante they will be featuring a Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In addition to the regular lunch menu, you’ll discover gems like a carving station and panettone French toast. Another Disney Springs restaurant serving brunch at this same time is Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. If you want to catch some Celtic spirit, stay for the live entertainment from noon to 4:00 p.m. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Make them by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.

Paddlefish dish

If Mom would like some time on the water, you should definitely try Paddlefish. Take in the scenic views of Disney Springs aboard an iconic stationary paddleboat. This on-the-water seafood restaurant will be whipping up a special dish especially for Mother’s Day brunch—lobster ravioli with tarragon cream sauce. The regular Sunday brunch will also be available.

If celebrating on Saturday is of interest, try STK Orlando where they will be serving a Mother’s Day weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In addition to the regular lunch menu, you’ll discover gems like cinnamon monkey bread, avocado toast, and a beef short rib & egg sandwich.

Orlando Mother’s Day Buffet at STK

On a Budget?

Shopping at Disney Springs is great, which is another wonderful way to treat Mom – if it fits into your budget. Cost for these Orlando Mother’s Day buffets can be quite high. Reservations may also be difficult to come by, especially last-minute. At least complimentary self-parking is available, and if you want convenience, valet parking ($20 + gratuity) is also available.

If you are on a tighter budget than what the Disney Springs restaurants offer, you might be surprised at the cost of a dinner and a show at nearby Capone’s Dinner & Show. This award-winning dinner theater will be serving up a spectacular Orlando Mother’s Day Buffet on Sunday night, as they do every night of the year. On Mother’s Day, all moms receive a flower and special recognition from the awesome characters that put on a spectacular performance all year long!

Special Offer

The wise guys do their best to ‘do right’ by Mom. After all, Mamma Capone wouldn’t have it any other way. The cost for the Mother’s Day Buffet and Orlando Dinner Show is only $34.99 (plus tax & gratuity) per adult and $22.99 for kids (4-12 years). Infants and toddlers age 3 & under are free, yet do require a reservation. These prices are what you will pay when tickets are purchased online or if you use the half-price coupon.

Reservations are still available for Sunday, but don’t wait too much longer! If Sunday doesn’t work out, try a Friday or Saturday. Treat your special someone to an Orlando Mother’s Day buffet at Capone’s. Celebrate with ‘the family’ and have a memorable time with the special dame in your life.

Al Capone with mama Teresa.

Al Capone visits with his mother, Teresa in Chicago, Illinois. This family photo was published in 1938 (Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Frontera Cocina Restaurant

Disney Springs recently opened the new Frontera Cocina restaurant by Chef Rick Bayless. While there are plenty of Kissimmee restaurants serving Mexican cuisine, this new dining option in Lake Buena Vista offers gourmet Mexican fare. There are traditional items on the menu, but like the new surroundings in the beautiful new Town Center in Disney Springs, be prepared for a contemporary experience.

Frontera Cocina Interior

The restaurant itself has a very contemporary and lively look. There are different sections within this new Lake Buena Vista restaurant. The section with the open kitchen is framed with black and festive warm colors, while the bistro/bar area is highlighted with brighter blue, white and cool gray colors. There are three main dining areas and additional seating outside. Various shades of back-lit tequila bottles line the walls and add to an overall contemporary look.

Interior Frontera Cocina

Chef Rick Bayless has been perfecting his Frontera franchise since 1981 when he opened a restaurant in Chicago. Since then he has opened several award-winning restaurants under various brands. He is best known for winning the “Top Chef Masters” award on television. Moving on to host his own show “Mexico – One Plate at a Time,” Bayless offers unmatched insight into Mexican cuisine.

Frontera Cocina Menu

The menu at Frontera Concina features many dishes that will appeal to many diners. However, there are several dishes that will surprise you. Along with Carne Asada, Carnitas and other traditional Mexican dishes, there are dishes listed on the menu that are not so traditional. How about some Shrimp Mojo de Ajo? Queso Añejo Mashed Potatoes? These are the dishes you’d expect from a gourmet restaurant. Far from ordinary.

For the heat-loving diner, as in spicy, there are dishes that offer a good kick. Habanera peppers are used to provide an authentic experience which is missing in many Kissimmee restaurants that feature Mexican cuisine. If you like it hot, try the Atomic Guacamole. To cool your taste buds, save room for dessert. These dishes too are out of the ordinary.

Exterior photo of Frontera CocinaFast Food Option

If you want a quick sample, try the walk-up window. You can order tacos, chips with guacamole and a delicious margarita or cerveza. The small outdoor seating in the patio area is nice and will be a great place for outdoor dining once the summer temperatures subside.

This new Buena Vista restaurant is open Sunday – Wednesday from 11am to 10pm; Thursday – Saturday from 11am to 10:45pm and the bar is open Sunday – Wednesday from 11am to 11pm and Thursday – Saturday from 11am to 1am. Reservations are not mandatory, however, you can make them through the Disney reservation system. For information about Frontera Cocina call 407-560-9197.

If you don’t care for Mexican cuisine, but love Italian and American food (and loads of it), make reservations to visit Capone’s Dinner & Show. It is just a short drive from Lake Buena Vista’s Disney Springs and offers a hilarious show.  This Kissimmee restaurant attraction features a delicious buffet with drinks included. Call 407-397-2378 for more information and to reserve your seats at half price.

STK Orlando – Signature Dining in Disney Springs

As promised, STK Orlando is “just as much about the night out as it is about the food.” (Jonathan Segal, CEO of The One Group) Make no mistake, however, the food is exceptional. Now open in the Landing section of Disney Springs, the STK Orlando steakhouse changes your mind about what a steakhouse is.

The STK Orlando joins locations in Atlanta, Miami Beach, Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., London, Ibiza and Milan. Roll outs are planned for Denver, Dallas and Austin as well. By the end of this year, there will be 16 STK locations. The Orlando location is a 14,000-square-foot space with two floors including rooftop dining. Complete with several bars and a DJ, you’ll want to spend a full evening there.

STK Orlando Signature Dining

If you want an upscale dining experience, STK Orlando will deliver. The downstairs area features striking clean lines with white chairs and linens, dark contrasts and accent pieces and lighting that are very stunning. The upstairs indoor dining room may feel a little more relaxed, yet the setting is still very upscale with exceptional service. The patio dining (with a fire pit) offers a nice “urban” view of the newly vamped Disney Springs community. For dinner with a lot of conversation, either plan an early dinner or request upstairs seating. As the evening progresses, the downstairs area livens up with dancing and loud music. Your preference isn’t guaranteed with your reservation, but the staff will do their best.

STK Orlando Signature Dining

STK Orlando Menu

STK SteakBeing a steakhouse, STK Orlando doesn’t disappoint when it comes to delicious steaks. Other items on the menu including seafood, sandwiches and salads. Be prepared to order your complete meal at the start (except dessert). Choose your appetizer, main dish, sides and even cocktails to keep the meal progressing as only a signature restaurant can. The prices are high (easy to spend over $60 per person for dinner), but compared to other high-end steakhouses, they are in line. Feel free to split the “large” listings as you’ll have plenty to eat. Several sauces are also offered with your steak, and are fun to experiment with ($2 ea.), however, your steak will be flavorful without.

Side dishes are served family-style. Try their signature dishes. You won’t be disappointed. Dessert is also spectacular with several ice cream dishes, cake and cookie a-la-mode to choose from. If you are looking to split a dessert, try the Caramelia Layer Cake. STK also offers a kids menu and an extensive drink menu.

Dining Reservations

STK Orlando is open for lunch and dinner and is located at 1580 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. To make a reservation, call (407) 917-7440 or by calling the regular reservation phone number 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or make reservations online through the Disney website. It is a great way to spend an evening out in an upscale “city vibe” setting. Closing at 11pm, there are places to go to afterwards right there in Disney Springs if you aren’t ready for the evening to end.

If you have another evening to fill with a dining experience while you are in Orlando, make reservations for Capone’s Dinner & Show. Unlike STK, you can come as you are (this is not fine dining) and relax while our staff entertains as well as serves. The buffet is filling and best of all, very affordable. The entire family will love this dining attraction experience!

Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood

The Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood is open with several recently added retail stores and new places to eat in Orlando. Nearly two dozen new retail stores are now open with several more on the way. In addition to shopping, seven new specialty dining opportunities are now open, with more opening soon. The entire neighborhood should be complete by the end of 2016.

Town Center is one of four neighborhoods located within Disney Springs. See our complete guide to Disney Springs for information about all of the neighborhoods.

Important to note is the fact that Town Center includes the official Welcome Center for Disney Springs. Here you can get theme park tickets, purchase Cirque du Soleil tickets, make dining and resort reservations, exchange foreign currency and other guest relation services. If you are looking for Disney answers, this is the place to go.

Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood

New Places to Eat at Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood

We are still waiting for the much-anticipated opening of STK Steakhouse. The restaurant has not opened yet, however, you can make a reservation for when it does open. Until then you can get your fill at these new places to eat at Disney Springs. Five of the seven newly opened eateries are located in Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood. Wetzel’s Pretzel’s and Haagen Dazs ice cream still have venues at Disney Springs, they have be relocated across from Orlando Harley-Davidson on the West Side.

Since we’ve already covered Sprinkles (see this post) and D-Luxe Burger (see this post), let’s take look at the other newly opened places to eat in Orlando at Disney Springs.

Amorette’s Patisserie: A high-end pastry shop. Watch pastry chefs decorate signature cakes and enjoy macarons, pavlova, chocolate-chocolate chunk cookies and Amorette.

The Daily Poutine: This new dining option is a kiosk offering Poutines with four varieties of toppings. Poutine is a Canadian dish, originating in the province of Quebec, made with french fries and cheese curds usually topped with a light brown gravy. This kiosk will offer a classic gravy, Latin variation, Italian option and a French version.

YeSake: At this kiosk you can try a variety of sake, slushes and beer along with pulled pork and other dishes.

B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. (Marketplace): Another kiosk which offers artisan sausages created by Disney chefs. Choose from a Reuben, Portuguese, Bavarian, Sweet Hot or Italian Veggie Sausage. Each comes with a delicious combination of toppings.

Morimoto Asia Street Food (Landing Neighborhood): Don’t feel like eating inside? This new walk-up window on the patio offers many popular dishes. Order sushi, donburi rice bowls and bao tacos or other snacks.

Other New Additions to Town Center

Lime Parking GarageMore parking is now available at Disney Springs. In addition to the Orange Garage, the Lime Garage is now open. It is near the new water tower with the Disney Springs logo and provides great access to Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood and the Marketplace. More parking garages are on the way. The parking area on the east end of the complex will be called Lemon. Three lots just west of the Orange garage will be called Watermelon, Grapefruit and Mango. The lot behind the Cirque du Soleil will be known as Strawberry.

Over the summer expect more retail stores and dining options to open in the Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood. Retail tenants include many favorites and top-of-the-line merchandise, while others will be one-of-a-kind stores, such as the Trophy Room. A visit to Disney Springs can easily fill an entire day – if you like to shop. It is an experience unlike any other in Central Florida. And there is more to come!