Splitsville Luxury Lanes. The name may not scream foodie heaven but the menu surely plays to what we epicureans consider fine fare.
Last week my friend D, my husband and I sat down for a legendary meal with Guy Revelle and Mark Gibson, the co-founders of this new Downtown Disney hot spot.
I’m going to have to break down this epic meal for you one dish at a time. First let’s cover one of my favorite food genres…SUSHI! Oh wait! You’ve never heard of sushi being served at a bowling alley? Well Splitsville ain’t your average bowling lane baby…they don’t call it Splitsville “Luxury” Lanes for nuthin’!
Super Tuna Sushi Roll
The Super Tuna Sushi Roll ($15) is a meal in itself. It consists of ahi tuna, tempura shrimp, and cream cheese topped with seared ahi, avocado, eel sauce, tempura flakes and spicy mayo. The husband doesn’t eat fish so I didn’t have to wage a chopstick battle with him over this decadent roll. The crunch from the tempura played nicely against the smoothness of the cream cheese and the wonderfully spiced mayo put the wasabi and ginger out of business. Lot’s of intense flavors happening here!
Crab Rangoon Sushi Roll
A play off of traditionally prepared crab rangoon, this roll is breaded and deep fried! Splitsvile’s Crab Rangoon Sushi Roll ($14) can also serve as a meal or a fabulous starter to share amongst your table mates. It contains Kani Kama crab (aka crab stick), cream cheese, water chestnuts and chives. This one is topped with two sensational sauces: Thai chili sauce and spicy mayo. Since I’m a texture girl, I loved this roll. I thought that it might have been a little greasy since it was battered and fried but I was delightfully surprised. And how the sushi chef gets the breading to stick to the roll even through slicing is a modern miracle! Crab Rangoon Roll is a WINNER!
Seared Ahi Tuna
Moving on to appetizers and still keeping within our sushi theme with Seared Ahi Tuna ($15) Knife skills extraordinaire! A sashimi dish that was both delicate and delicious. The beautiful fish is slightly seared and sliced thin. The chef then layers the thinly sliced ahi with just as thinly sliced avocado and the entire dish is topped with scallions and sesame seeds. Put a shot of Tataki sauce on the side and your mouth won’t know what hit it!
I like to call these “my precious”! How can I not? Filet Sliders ($14) Beef tenderloin is hand sliced and cooked to your precise liking. Two perfectly cooked filets are then placed a top soft slider buns and crowned with a crisp onion ring and horseradish cream. We asked for our sliders ‘medium’ and they came out exactly as ordered. The sauce is divine paired with the beef. I only wish there were more then two in a serving. Don’t get me wrong, these are good sized sliders. I just could have eaten at least
twenty five a few more =)
Always fresh…never frozen dough is Splitsville’s motto. Guess that’s why the crust on the pizza here is so amazing. Crust is key to a good pie and the whole wheat crust on the Veggie Pizza ($14) is the perfect complement to the toppings: mozzarella, mushrooms, red and green peppers, onions, black olives, broccoli and tomato sauce. Our pizza was a thin crust style and was crisp with just the right amount of chew. An ideal vehicle to get all the yummy toppings to our mouths.
Whaddya say we move on to burghers for a moment? Splitsville burgers aren’t your run of the mill beef patties. Oh no…remember, it’s Splitsville “Luxury” Lanes. How do you make a burger luxurious? You make the patties with a special mix of black angus brisket, short rib and ground beef. BAM!
Juicy Lucy Burger
This was my husband’s favorite part of the meal. He said it was all about the “special sauce” with this burger. The Juicy Lucy ($16) is two classic patties smothered with cheese and topped with aforementioned special sauce, lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. Served with a side of fries, you’ve got a complete classic all American meal to satisfy any craving!
Need something a little more BEEFY? Take on the challenge and tackle…
The Mad King Burger
I had heard legend about this burger online. I don’t know if its named because you will eat like a “king”, or because you would have to be “mad” to think you could eat the entire thing. The Mad King ($19) is three decadent patties totaling 16 ounces (that’s a full pound of choice meat!) with double cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. It’s served on a warm, soft, salted pretzel bun with a steak knife driven right down the center of it. It was moist and delicious and everything you expect a triple decker burger to be…and perfectly sharable.
Looking for a healthier option? Splitsville has got you covered with its selections of fresh entree salads.
BBQ Chicken Salad
This salad was crisp and delicious! The BBQ Chicken ($15) is definitely something that I would come back and order again for lunch. The base of the salad is lettuce, diced tomato, sweet corn, black beans and cheddar cheese dressed in ranch and topped with a huge mound of chopped BBQ chicken and a tower of onion rings with a little more BBQ sauce drizzled all over. This dish was a real stand out for me and surprisingly so since I am not a big salad eater. I’d be hard pressed to find a salad on Disney property that can top this one.
Here’s another item you wouldn’t expect to find at a bowling establishment. It’s also something that I would have never ordered for myself, but something that I ended up eating in its entirety. I don’t think anyone else at the table even had a taste. Whoopsie!
The Steak Chimichurri ($22) is a marinated flank steak that is cooked and thinly sliced and topped with fresh house-made chimichurri sauce. It’s served with fries and veggies. It was the marinade on the steak that made me keep coming back for more. I actually didn’t touch the sides and ended up pushing the topping off the meat and just savoring every bite of steak.
We couldn’t leave without satisfying that little sweet tooth at the end of the meal so we had to check out
a few ALL of the desserts!
My hubby, equipped with a long handled spoon, made quick work of the…
Served in a chalice, the Signature Sundae ($9) is really meant for sharing. Heaping scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream are smothered in chocolate and caramel sauce and then topped with a generous mound of whipped cream and sprinkles! This dessert gives Disney’s Beaches & Cream a run for the money!
Another classic dessert on the menu is the…
Brownie a la Mode
While I didn’t get to sample this item it sure did look good! The Brownie a la Mode ($5) was a large, gooey chocolate brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, sprinkles and chocolate sauce.
…and then…the Pièce de résistance…a cake so large it almost filled the entire table!
Such an appropriate name for this humongous dessert! The Giant Cake ($9) is a steal at that price. A mountain of red velvet cake and frosting with layers so high you might need a ladder and if you order it solo, you will definitely need a to-go container. I had our server box this baby up for me right away so I could take it home and enjoy it over the next few days. So stinkin’ GOOD! The cake was super moist and the frosting was not cloyingly sweet. Perfection!
Did you know that you can come to Splitsville just for the food? Bowling not required. Diners only welcome! This place is shaping up to be a premiere dining destination in Downtown Disney’s West Side. In the mood for some fantastic food but no time to bowl or play billiards? This is the place to go. Splitsville has tons of restaurant seating both inside and out. Choose from cozy booths or table seating. There are two outdoor patios with full service bars. All bar stool and high top seating is first come first serve if you are in the need for something quick or just want to imbibe in one of their signature cocktails or frozen schooner craft beers.
Splitsville caters to locals and cast members as well with special discounts given on select nights. Check their website for details. They have also recently added the ability to use your Tables in Wonderland Card for dining discounts!
Here’s the link to the full Splitsville Orlando menu so you can plan your attack! Splitsville is open Sunday – Wednesday from 10AM til 1AM and Thursday – Saturday from 10AM – 2AM. Closer to closing time, they go on a late night menu, but this still fills the huge gap in late night dining available on Disney property!
While this meal was provided complementary, all opinions are my own. If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram you will know that I do come to Splitsville and pony up my own money for food, beer and bowling because I AM a fan. Huge thanks to Guy and Mark for providing me with this meal and for bringing such a unique spot to Downtown Disney!