by Ray Keating
April 30, 2023
It had been a while since I last visited the Quick-Service Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom. My wife calls this a hit-or-miss restaurant. That qualification kind of fit my meal there recently.
We ordered three of the entrées – two of the Lobster Rolls ($16.99 each) and a Trio Platter ($14.29). (By the way, if no seats are available downstairs, head up the stairs and you’re likely to get a table.)
The Trio Platter – featuring fried shrimp, chicken strips, and battered fish served with hushpuppies – was basic, rather forgettable theme park fare. The fried shrimp were good – nice size, plump, and with a crunchy coating. However, the chicken strips and battered fish … well … left a good deal to be desired. You know, they were misses.
But I’m always a sucker for hushpuppies. Indeed, you have to really screw them up to make me dislike hushpuppies. Columbia Harbour House didn’t screw up – sweet and soft on the inside with a bit of fried crunch on the outside – so the hushpuppies get a thumbs-up.
In the end, though, the star at the Columbia Harbour House is the Lobster Roll. There was no skimping on the chilled lobster, and it was quite tasty. In fact, the lobster raised up the quality, or at least the perceived quality, of the New England-style roll and accompanying French fries.
Yes, the Lobster Roll is the hit at the Columbia Harbour House.
Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, and the Alliance of Saint Michael novels; and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at email@example.com.
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