There is a Planet Hollywood restaurant in many major cities around the world, so naturally, there has to be one in Orlando, and that one is located in Downtown Disney. Since the first time I ate at a Planet Hollywood (I believe I had a burger), this restaurant has not been high on my list of places to return to. The food was fine, it just wasn’t anything special. But I had a $15 voucher for a meal here that came with my package at Disney World, so I thought why not? And I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
I was a little thrown by the fact that a souvenir photo is taken of guests on their way into the restaurant. I had been at Epcot all morning, so I was hot and sweaty and my hair was a mess. I was also tired. I was barely able to muster a smile in the 95-degree heat. Needless to say, I didn’t bring that photo home with me. Anyway, I was very happy to walk into the cool, cool interior of Planet Hollywood and chose to eat at the bar instead of a table. I did find that I enjoyed the decor–it was fun and funky, with lots of little details to look at, which kept me occupied until my food arrived. They also played good music.
My bartender was a friendly and helpful young woman whose name was Colleen. I decided to order a couple of appetizers for my meal instead of an entree, and Colleen steered me toward her favorite, the Texas Tostados. I supplemented that with the Blackened Shrimp and my hot weather drink of choice, an iced coffee.
The Tostados are little mini tortillas with BBQ chicken and pork, cheese, sour cream, onion and pico de gallo. Totally not healthy. But tasty. Colleen did not steer me wrong. However, my favorite was the Blackened Shrimp. I could have eaten two of these and called it lunch. It was 5-6 jumbo shrimp, slightly blackened, with a Creole dipping sauce (in the honey-dijon mustard family) that was to die for and a small pile of matchstick carrots.
It wasn’t quite the free lunch I had anticipated (I thought it would only cost a few bucks once the $15 voucher was applied, but noooo, it was about $15 out of pocket, too, once everything was added up and tax and tip were applied), but still it was quite enjoyable. If you can only ever try one item on the menu at a Planet Hollywood, you owe it to yourself to get those blackened shrimp. Unless, of course, you’re allergic to shrimp. Then go for the tostados.