It’s been a while since I’ve ordered food at Splitsville at Downtown Disney. My first experience was far from memorable (at least from a “good” vantage point), and apart from cocktails at the outside bar, Matt had yet to try it for himself. With technical difficulties at the food trucks, we stopped in to get out of the cold and order some dinner.
For his meal, Matt ordered the Juicy Lucy. The burger consists of “two fresh burger patties smothered with cheese and topped with special sauce. Respect the Cheese!” Splitsville’s burgers and sandwiches are served with fries, and burgers are topped with lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. Matt asked them to hold the lettuce. Pickles came on the side.
The burger is not a traditional Juicy Lucy, which puts the cheese inside the burger patty, so I surmise this is receiving the name simply because of the amount of meat on cheese on this burger. Perhaps risk of lawsuit resulting from the first bite of molten cheese has the lawyers on edge.
The burger was indeed juicy, and I will say it was similar in preparation to some of the chain burger places people rave about (places like Five Guys, BurgerFi, etc.). It’s no Shake Shack, but we’d take another Splitsville Juicy Lucy over a park burger any day.
The meat was even still a touch pink, and the cheese was fully melted. They would be hard-pressed to melt the cheese if it was inside the burger and not overcook it. Oh, and the fries I tasted were cooked well too – probably some of the best crinkle cut fries I’ve tasted in recent memory. I’ve had them too many times where they’re not cooked at a hot enough temperature, leaving them oily, or served cool and soggy.
Apart from the tastes of Matt’s food, I’m still pretty much off carbs. I know that Amanda of Disney Every Day raves about the sushi at Splitsville, so I took the risk when I found an option that fits my diet: The Alberto. It has “no rice, just lean protein and veggies. Spicy tuna and avocado rolled in thinly sliced cucumber and served with lemon ponzu sauce.”
I have to say The Alberto was pretty darn awesome. The ponzu was light, and some of the spiciness from the tuna gave it a bit more of a kick. The avocado wasn’t very noticeable tucked away inside the tuna, which made the tuna flavor more prominent. I loved the crunch of the cucumber with the other elements. I ate every last bite, and would definitely order this again. It would be perfect on a hot summer day!
Overall, we were both impressed by our meals. Splitsville is back on my radar as a place to visit for food, and maybe next time I’ll humor Matt and we can actually go bowling. 😉 I’m glad I gave them another chance (the Turkey Clubettes I had my first visit are no longer on the menu (pdf), and I look forward to stopping in again.
Have you had a chance to stop in to Splitsville? Did you just visit to look around, bowl, drink/dine, or a combination of those?