“Where Music and Food Feed the Soul”
Besides having an awesome concert/nightclub venue, House of Blues at Downtown Disney West Side also has an excellent eatery. Although this restaurant is not on the Disney Dining Plan…if you are an Annual Passholder you get a 20% discount before 4 pm and 10% afterward for yourself and up to 5 others.
The restaurant offers an array of choices for both lunch and dinner ranging from burgers, salads and sanwiches to heartier entrees such as steak, ribs and jambalaya.
Most appetizers are priced at around $10. Sandwiches hover in the $11-$12 range and the entrees are priced from $16 for pasta to $27 for a New York Strip Steak.
My most recent trip there was for lunch with friends. In addition to the regular menu, we were also offered a “Lunch Sandwich Selection” which is served daily from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.
The House of Blues houses an eclectic mix of folk art which is displayed in and around the property. Most noteworthy is the 100 foot tall water tower that serves as a landmark to the West Side of Downtown Disney.
The grounds are dotted with sculptures and fountains and even the exterior is jazzed up with art created by locals from the Delta region of the American South.
Are you a fan of “The King”? Just in case you were wondering…”Elvis has Just Left the Building”. However…he didn’t go far and he is right there on the patio to greet you as you walk in.
The interior of the restaurant is just as funky…if not funkier than the exterior of the building. Lots of colors and a mish mosh of different textures with accents that you would not expect to see in the interior of an eatery. You know…like shoes stapled to the wall…that’s right shoes. And a host stand fabricated from what looks like a recycled fireplace adorned with pad locks, bottle caps, crosses, food wrappers and other bejeweled accoutrements. And almost everything is painted…the walls…the handrails…the ceilings…etc.
I especially liked the diamond plated doors in the ladies restroom. Sorry didn’t get a picture of them but I did take lots of shots inside so you can see how fantastic and unique the decor really is…
The restaurant has two separate seating areas. The front half of the building is darker and has tables and perimeter booth seating and the lighter, “now enclosed” rear half of the restaurant faces the lake and offers fantastic views of Disney’s Saratoga Springs DVC Resort.
Check out these amazing backlit “Blues Artisis” tiles in the ceiling…
There’s also an AWESOME Blues Brothers inspired full liquor bar…
Now onto the food shall we…
I’m a creature of habit. Once I find something at a restaurant that I like, I tend to stick with it. I ordered the Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich ($12.99) which comes with french fries and cabbage slaw. You can upgrade your plain-jane fries to sweet potato fries for $1.99…yes please!
Yum! Yum! Yum! This sammie is excellent. The BBQ sauce is layered right on top of the meat, the fries were sweet and crispy and the slaw was out of this world. I could have asked for another side of slaw…it was just that good. Here’s a better look at it in all its mouthwatering goodness.
If you like tangy coleslaw you will love this! Here’s what you’ll get if you don’t make the french fry upgrade…
One of my other dining companions ordered the Classic French Dip ($9.99) which came with a side of au jus and horseradish cream. This item is only available on that special “Lunch Sandwich Selection” menu and as such came with a side of Italian pasta salad and kosher dill pickle spear…
There was nothing left on her plate so I am assuming that she enjoyed it. Oh and FYI…do NOT order an iced tea. They serve Luzianne iced tea here. I tried a sweet and unsweet version of the tea and both were horrendous! Our server told me that they had just switched over to that brand and that they had gotten several complaints about it. You may want to ask if they are still serving Luzianne before you order. All you iced tea drinkers out there…consider yourself warned.
Although I didn’t order it this trip…another ace-in-the-hole is the “Famous Rosemary Skillet Cornbread” ($6.99) which is served in a cast iron skillet with maple butter. You can find it under the “SIDES” section of the menu.
And when I’m feeling a tad bit more health conscious I will go for their fully loaded Tossed Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken ($12.99) which comes in a bowl the size of my head along with tomatoes, red peppers, hard boiled egg, bacon, avocado and blue cheese crumbles.
House of Blues has a Gospel Brunch that I have always wanted to try and get to. Will have to put it on my bucket list.
And for over 11 years now the Club has held Service Industry Night on Sundays from 10:30 pm til LATE. Lots of high energy dance music so if you come solo sans kids or if you want to take advantage of Walt Disney World Child Care Services you should check out S.I.N. Night.
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