After all these years of fondly staring at it from Pirates, I finally decided to treat the lady friend to a nice dinner at the Blue Bayou. Being a relatively new AP holder, I thought it would be fun to go on a weeknight after work. I called earlier that afternoon and scored a 9:00 PM reservation. Sweet!
We could have waited an extra 30 minutes for a waterside table, but were so hungry we just took the first available. No worries; we got a nice table in the next row. The view was still great and we had those beautiful lanterns above us. The sounds, darkness, theming and ambiance make it such a cool experience.
We had the Jambalaya and the salmon, each costing around $33. At least it includes a salad and basket of tasty bread. Was it worth that much? On their own no, but you're really paying for the experience here, and we both thought the food was pretty good. The jambalaya has big chunks o' sausage, shrimp, chicken and fish, and it's got that nice spicy kick like it should (I like spicy food). I noticed that the filet is about the same price as it would at a steak house ($40), so I didn't feel too bad about the prices. I was also stoked to get a Disney-style mint julep, which I like a lot even if it is missing the bourbon.
As we were sitting back and enjoying the night, I pondered just how famous this restaurant must be. World famous, I concluded, if not one of the most famous restaurants in all the world. Think of all the people from countries all over the world who have ridden Pirates throughout the decades and thought, "That is a really cool restaurant!" And when they go home and talk about it with others who have been there, they probably say, "Have you eaten at that really cool restaurant inside the ride?" It's things like this that make me thankful for the experience (and my ability to pay for it hahaha). Granted it's not famous for the quality of the food, which to be fair isn't bad, but rather for its location and incredible setting.
I suppose the real quality of the experience for me is determined by whether or not I would return, and the answer is a definite "yes." We'll be sure to go back again, perhaps another time when we're not too hungry to wait for a waterside table, and try some different dishes. For anyone considering going, I would definitely recommend it for the experience if it's within your budget. I'm so glad we finally gave it a try.