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So, we finally took our long-anticipated trip to Shula's a couple of weekends ago. I'm sorry it took me so long to post this; I envisioned a vacation during which I'd have plenty of time to keep up with all of you, and that just didn't happen.

But anyway, as I previously told y'all, we had a gift certificate from Shula's that we needed to use up, so we finally made our reservations on Sunday, June 26, and headed over to the Swan and Dolphin for dinner. My mom graciously agreed to babysit, so DH and I could have a relaxing evening out.

We headed over for your 6:30 reservation, and parked in front of Fantasia Gardens mini-golf. It's a trick we learned as Cast Members, when we would use the S&D tennis courts. It's a little bit of a walk, but it was a beautiful night, so why not? It also gave us the opportunity to enjoy views of the Boardwalk. (I'm pretty sure that the S&D charge for parking, but not positive. Everyone kept asking if we needed our parking validated, though.)

We headed up to the lobby, and entered the restaurant. The decor was completely as expected: dark, paneled, large black and white pictures of football scenes, masculine, refined. The hostess and other staff greeted us warmly and showed us to our table. For some reason, this step also involved a football with Shula's signature on it. It might have been more impressively set before my husband, but it was interesting, anyway.

We were seated and our waitstaff introduced themselves. Two servers took care of us, and a steward never let us see the bottom of our waterglasses. Owing to the richness of the menu items, as well as the huge portions that we'd been warned about, we did the unthinkable. We decided - gasp! - to share.

I would have HAPPILY gone with Vettelover's recommendation of the filet, because if I'm eating steak, that's generally what I prefer. The Steak Mary Anne, 2 5 oz filet medallions, would have been my choice, and I still would have shared. However, since my DH is more of the "meat and potatoes" eater in our family, I let him choose. He went with the enormous 22 oz Cowboy Cut, a bone-in ribeye, cooked medium rare. To that, we added the stuffed baked potato and the crab mac and cheese.

The baked potato features an enormous potato, hollowed out, with the contents mashed with all manner of wicked ingredients (butter, sour cream), then returned to the jacket, and smothered in sharp white cheddar. The mac and cheese was fusilli pasta, mixed with the most heavenly concoction of Boursin cheese and crab meat. While the potato was delish, the mac and cheese was heaven on a plate. I could have been happy to eat it as my entree. Indeed, when the manager came to ask us how we were doing, he said that some guests actually have the mac and cheese as their dinner.

I also had a glass of wine. After consulting with my server over some of the options, I went with the Layercake Shiraz, from Australia. It was fantastic, complementing both the steak and the side dishes (and the dessert!) well.

We finished up with the molten chocolate cake, which was divine.

We were pleased with the meal - the food was delicious, all well-prepared, cooked perfectly, and the meal was timed well - but we were also very happy with the service. I hate to share food in an upscale restaurant. Even if you are perfectly justified because of portion size, I know that it's frowned upon, and I didn't want to encounter "attitude." But we didn't! I didn't get a good look at the bill, but I'm pretty sure that we weren't even charged a sharing fee.

Overall, I was very happy with our experience at Shula's. I'd like to go back and pick the filet the next time Smile And silly girl that I am, it was dessert time before I remembered to snap a single pic! But here is a snap of the molten chocolate cake, half eaten Smile

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So glad to hear you enjoyed both your meal and your evening. I do have a question though. The only pictures I have seen show really big tables. Were you seated with other people? This really has been my hold out on trying Shula's.

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I seriously could not read any further after reading about the baked potato..holy snockers not I want a baked potato like that!!

Ok, I lied I did read further..it sounds AMAZING. Shula is the football guy right? I think I remember Dave talking about wanting to go there before.

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scrappy wrote:
So glad to hear you enjoyed both your meal and your evening. I do have a question though. The only pictures I have seen show really big tables. Were you seated with other people? This really has been my hold out on trying Shula's.

Scrappy - thanks! It was really delicious, and it's such a pretty hotel and restaurant. To answer your question, no, we didn't have to share a table. We were seated at a 4 top, but it was just the two of us. I did notice a couple of two tops behind us. I sort of wished they had put us at one of those. I like a little table when it's just the two of you.

Bella - it was so awesome. Yep, he's the football dude. And I think you and Dave would love it. It would have been fun to look at some of the pics lining the walls. Hope you can treat yourselves in the future Smile

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I think I will try to fit Shula's in during our January trip. Next questions... Do they take ADR's and do they take the Tables in Wonderland card?

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One of these days I want to do the Shula Challenge. But I max out at around 24 ounces... so id have to prep for it... lol

But that ribeye sounds sooooooooooooooooooo good!

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Lizzy, So glad you enjoyed your trip to Shula's and about the football they bring to your table, you should have picked it up and looked at it closer because it is really a condensed version of the menu that is painted on that football.

Scrappy, as for your question about ADR's, I don't THINK they take Disney adr's but they definitely take reservations at their own phone reservation number which I do not happen to have with me at the moment. They may have it on their website which covers ALL of their restaurants, and if I can find it I will get it to you. Also you will NOT be seated with others your table is for you and mrhub and others in YOUR party only.

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I went to the Disney Worlds website to look at the menu and there is an option to make reseverations there. I wouldn't mind trying there some day.

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Mase wrote:
One of these days I want to do the Shula Challenge. But I max out at around 24 ounces... so id have to prep for it... lol

But that ribeye sounds sooooooooooooooooooo good!

Ohh..my..what pray tell..is the Shula Challenge??

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JoAnn C wrote:
I went to the Disney Worlds website to look at the menu and there is an option to make reseverations there. I wouldn't mind trying there some day.

JoAnn, thanks for the info and the number for a direct line for reservations at Shula's Orlando rest. is 1-407-934-1362.

Bella, Shula's Challenge is a 48 OZ. porterhouse steak that you have to consume, there is one person that has done this challenge OVER 175 times (burp) and counting, and he is mentioned on the Shula's website.

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Scrappy everything's big at Shula's! Don't worry about being seated together!

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Shula's sounds amazing!

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Mmmmm that cake. Even half eaten it looks good.

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Vettelover wrote:
JoAnn C wrote:
I went to the Disney Worlds website to look at the menu and there is an option to make reseverations there. I wouldn't mind trying there some day.

JoAnn, thanks for the info and the number for a direct line for reservations at Shula's Orlando rest. is 1-407-934-1362.

Bella, Shula's Challenge is a 48 OZ. porterhouse steak that you have to consume, there is one person that has done this challenge OVER 175 times (burp) and counting, and he is mentioned on the Shula's website.

You're welcome.

48oz - yikes! Is there a time limit to eat the steak in? Are there sides to go with it?

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Vettelover wrote:
JoAnn C wrote:
I went to the Disney Worlds website to look at the menu and there is an option to make reseverations there. I wouldn't mind trying there some day.

JoAnn, thanks for the info and the number for a direct line for reservations at Shula's Orlando rest. is 1-407-934-1362.

Bella, Shula's Challenge is a 48 OZ. porterhouse steak that you have to consume, there is one person that has done this challenge OVER 175 times (burp) and counting, and he is mentioned on the Shula's website.

You're welcome.

48oz - yikes! Is there a time limit to eat the steak in? Are there sides to go with it?

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48 ounces?! Good-ness..I have trouble with an 8 oz.

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Bella wrote:
48 ounces?! Good-ness..I have trouble with an 8 oz.

Seriously! I totally would've been happy with the 5 oz filet medallion. I do not kid. But gosh. So good. And you're totally right, Vettelover. I should have paid more attention. Come to think of it, I do remember espying menu items.

One more thing: we had read complaints that it was uncomfortably dark in the restaurant. We didn't find that to be the case at all. It was just right.

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Hi,

I ate at Shula's on December 4, 2005. It is a chain restaurant owned by Hall of Fame coach Don Shula (Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins) that is a shrine to the only undefeated team in NFL history, the 1972-73 Miami Dolphins who went 17-0 and beat the Washington Redskins 14-7 in Super Bowl VII. Its Orlando location is in the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. You can get an ADR there through Disney Dining; my confirmation number ended in 7372.

After a 12-hour fast, at 6:30 pm I was seated, feeling underdressed in a powder-blue dress shirt with vertical white stripes and navy blue slacks. They bring the football menu, which lists the cuts of meat without the prices, on a kickoff tee. I ordered the lobster bisque soup, the 48-ounce porterhouse (which is actually two steaks--a filet mignon and a ribeye--on a T-bone), a twice-baked potato, and washed it down with a bottle of Darjeeling tea. The plates are huge and bear the words, "Shula's Steakhouse--Still Undefeated".

I am not aware of any time limits, but I did regard it as my personal Man vs. Food. Man won, sort of: I ate the soup and the porterhouse, but only two bites of the twice-baked potato, in about forty minutes, ensuring James Townsend gluttonous immortality on the "48 Ounce Club" page of Shula's' website. I can't imagine eating it 175 times; I consider myself blessed that I didn't need assistance back to Wilderness Lodge.

Jim

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LeCellierBuff1963 wrote:
Hi,

I ate at Shula's on December 4, 2005. It is a chain restaurant owned by Hall of Fame coach Don Shula (Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins) that is a shrine to the only undefeated team in NFL history, the 1972-73 Miami Dolphins who went 17-0 and beat the Washington Redskins 14-7 in Super Bowl VII. Its Orlando location is in the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. You can get an ADR there through Disney Dining; my confirmation number ended in 7372.

After a 12-hour fast, at 6:30 pm I was seated, feeling underdressed in a powder-blue dress shirt with vertical white stripes and navy blue slacks. They bring the football menu, which lists the cuts of meat without the prices, on a kickoff tee. I ordered the lobster bisque soup, the 48-ounce porterhouse (which is actually two steaks--a filet mignon and a ribeye--on a T-bone), a twice-baked potato, and washed it down with a bottle of Darjeeling tea. The plates are huge and bear the words, "Shula's Steakhouse--Still Undefeated".

I am not aware of any time limits, but I did regard it as my personal Man vs. Food. Man won, sort of: I ate the soup and the porterhouse, but only two bites of the twice-baked potato, in about forty minutes, ensuring James Townsend gluttonous immortality on the "48 Ounce Club" page of Shula's' website. I can't imagine eating it 175 times; I consider myself blessed that I didn't need assistance back to Wilderness Lodge.

Jim

I sooooooooooooooo want this...............

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Not to be nosy but how much does the 48 ounce steak cost?

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http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningdetail.cfm?restaurant.ID=218

Theres the full menu and the 48 oz is 85 bucks.

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