A Soulful Experience at The House of Blues

When music is paired with food, it can be powerful, since music can set the tone of your meal in so many ways. You can pretend that you’re traveling by gondola while you’re eating spaghetti, or that you’re gazing at the Eiffel Tower while you have steak au poivre.

Many times, restaurants will leave the music barely audible, just enough to linger in your subconscious. It’s a precise science that can make or break your dining experience. But when a place with the name like The House of Blues comes along, you can expect to be rocking in your seat.

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Since it first opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992, The House of Blues has been considered the place to go for live music and a taste of the South. The Downtown Disney location in Lake Buena Vista serves up classics like Shrimp and Grits and Buttermilk Fried Chicken, along with other options that won’t disappoint. This is thanks to a new menu designed by Chef Aaron Sanchez of Iron Chef America fame. For this particular trip, another American classic would be devoured, St. Louis style baby back ribs.

The ribs are slow cooked and rubbed with Adobo spice before being covered in a smoked tomato BBQ sauce. The dish is served with drunken beans and a citrus champagne slaw. I have to admit that I had to wipe a little bit of drool away when this dish came out.

Talk about fall off the bone, I didn’t even need a knife to get to the meat on the ribs. The BBQ sauce wasn’t smothered all over or sloppy, and it was just enough to add a bit of flavor. The beans (pinto in this case) and slaw were good sides, and were just enough to finish the dish off. But, I still needed to have some sort of dessert, cue the Bourbon Bread Pudding.

The bread pudding features a splash of bourbon (hence the name) and is served with a dollop of whipped cream. You aren’t going to get drunk off dessert, it is Disney after all, but it was delicious. The bread won’t absorb all of the booze, but you’ll still leave The House of Blues full and satisfied.

I found the service to be friendly and responsive, my glass remained full for the duration of the meal. The prices were generally affordable, it was maybe a tad more expensive since it was in Disney, but it wasn’t astronomical. The Disney Dining Plan is also accepted at this location.

Overall, The House of Blues in Downtown Disney was a good experience. I’ve always wanted to visit this crossroads of food, music and art, just to say that I’ve been. And now that I’ve experienced it first hand, pardon the pun, but I don’t have the blues anymore.

House of Blues – Downtown Disney
1490 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 934 – 2583
www.houseofblues.com

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