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Captain Jacks Restaurant
If we are in Orlando and the weather is mixed with a fair amount of rain we often head for Downtown Disney. There is so much to do there for all ages that it is easy to wile away your day.
Last time we went we had only had a light breakfast at the villa so decided we would have lunch out then have a late tea sitting around the pool at the villa.
After wandering around Downtown for a few hours we came across Cap N Jacks restaurant. The location of this restaurant is what sets it apart; it is set on the waterfront with fantastic views of the village lake.
Much to our surprise, Cap N Jacks was pretty quiet, and we were seated immediately at a lovely table overlooking the lake. I think often at lunchtime in Disney restaurants are quite as a lot of visitors to Florida tend to have a large breakfast and only snack until dinner in the evening.
When you enter the restaurant you immediately get the feel of the seaside and although all our family are not great seafood addicts the menu had something to suit everyone.
Our server was very attentive as the others servers appeared to be at the other tables. He quickly brought our drinks from the bar as we studied the menu.
The children’s menu was fairly typical Disney and really did not have any seafood as such.
For starters one of our girls had a Mixed Salad whilst the other had the soup. I had Peel and Eat Shrimp with a fantastic horseradish cocktail sauce. My Father who loves seafood of all kinds started with New England Clam Chowder whilst Mother enjoyed Spinach and Artichoke Dip with tortilla chips. We were all very hungry after our small breakfast and thoroughly enjoyed our food.
Our older girl had a chicken sandwich for her main course while the younger one had her standard order of Mac n Cheese. She may well be the only child authority on Mac n Cheese in Orlando!
We thought the main course menu although small was very good and it was quite hard to make our decisions. My father opted for Blue Crab Melt which was served with smoked mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and Cajun mustard sauce on Focaccia bread. The portions were huge and we thought this in particular was excellent value at about $13.
Mother had Shrimp Caesar Salad which was listed as Chicken Caesar salad and you just asked them to substitute the chicken for the shrimps. It was really good, I had not thought of this combination before but have since served it at home.
Deciding that as I was in a seafood restaurant I must have fish I chose Shrimp and Penne Pasta which came in a delicious creamy Lobster sauce. It was the dearest item on the menu at $19 but well worth it.
The girls both had Berried Treasure Smoothie for dessert but were not very keen on them. They instead shared my Double Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream while Father had his usual Key Lime Pie. The main course portions had been very large so Mother declined a dessert.
An enjoyable lunch followed by another couple of hours at Downtown then back to the villa for a swim.
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