(I mean the crawl was mini. The bars were not.)
I can sometimes be a commando park aficionado to my own detriment. Rather than rest a bit after the Dark Side Half, I scheduled a bunch of Magic Kingdom FastPasses and kept on rollin.' This was very much in keeping with my philosophies but not with my energy levels, and by early afternoon I was already dragging.
Luckily, Pat had requested a trip to Disney Springs this time around, and this make the perfect respite from the organized chaos that surrounds Cinderella Castle on all sides. We picked up a bus from the Contemporary and by the time we had finished our mini bar crawl I was considerably perked up. (I crashed later, of course, but this was a valiant rally.)
Stop #1 was Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar, where Pat was confused because he is a big Indy fan and Jock Lindsey barely registers with him as even existing. Nevertheless, it was definitely an Indiana Jones-themed bar, so in we went.
Much is made of the innards of the bar, what with its many sly winks to the film series, but it was kinda dark and crowded in there and the diving bell booth was already taken, boo. We took seats on the covered patio by the lake instead, and this proved to be very pleasant. Our view included the Boathouse's amphicars coming and going, and we were next to the radio that signals an incoming flight now and again.
Upon the return of our waitress, I grilled her a bit about my next drink selection; given my enjoyment of spicy, she suggested an Anything Goes. Spiked with "fire dragon spirit," she promised it would be sufficiently picante. I don't know what fire dragon spirit is, but I know this drink was awesome, tempered with fruit juices and pretty to boot. Would order again!
We chose to skip food here, instead picking up the check and heading over to Frontera Cocina. Pat got a standard house margarita, but I kept my personal theme going and ordered the "Play with Fire," a margarita featuring cucumber and jalapeno and my choice of tequila or mezcal; I went with tequila as I'm not a huge mezcal fan. This was good but no better than my local place, which does the same for half the cost.
It was definitely half past food time, so we got some bacon guacamole to share, which was well-balanced and delicious if you're as obsessed with avocado as I am. Pat also enjoyed some chicken tostadas while I munched on a surprisingly elevated Caesar salad that included such unusual ingredients as avocado (never too much!), caramelized onions, Cotija cheese, and chipotle lime dressing.
But not Jaleo. I can walk to a Jaleo from my apartment. Take that, Disney Springs!
What are your favorite Disney Springs restaurants? Can you walk to a Jaleo already?
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