Port Orleans Riverside – Dinner
When you walk into Boatrights you will see a giant boat or a 46′ “lugger” that was in the process of being built that hangs from the ceiling of the restaurant. There is a little story written that you can find on the wall about this as you walk into the restaurant. Interestingly enough it was built for the Boatrights that occupied the once name “Dixie Landings Resort” before the name was changed to Port Orleans Riverside. I thought it was interesting that they decided to leave this up…just gives the restaurant a little bit of history which is kind of humbling.
On this night, we had a reservation for 7:50 and we were seated right away. Our server came by fairly quickly to greet us with a basket of cornbread. It was a wonderful beginning to our meal. It was sweet and moist.
My daughter ordered the kids grilled fish option which on this day was mahi-mahi which was accompanied by roasted potatoes and green beans. The fish was a little bland so she asked for a side of ranch dressing which jazzed it up a bit. The sides were perfectly seasoned to her liking. It was a nice sized portion for a kid’s meal.
I ordered the Deep South Shrimp and Grits which came with sustainable rock shrimp served with a traditional sauce over creamy Charleston-style grits. There was also some sausage, mushrooms and green peppers which added some spice to it. It had a little kick which made it flavorful and not over the edge spicy. The sauce itself was thick and creamy. The shrimp though were a bit on the small side but they were very tender and plentiful. The grits were creamy and smooth and the dish was very filling that I couldn’t finish it.
This was a nice meal. Our food came out pretty quick. We were staying at Riverside so it made it convenient to eat here. I don’t think I would go out of my way if I was staying at another resort to eat here. It was a nice change and would probably eat here again if we stayed on property.