Located at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Olivia’s Cafe is a modest, unpretentious, cafe that serves what they call “a taste of the Florida Keys” three meals a day. The nautical theme, ceiling fans, the DVC Family photos on the walls, and the tribute in the small lobby to Olivia Farnsworth (who lived in a small cottage along Turtle Krawl), set a comfortable and homey mood.
Their dinner specialties include Pork Chops with Jerk Sauce and Mac and Cheese, Island BBQ Pork Ribs with Slaw, and A Catch of the Day with of all things, Succotash. What really caught my eye (and stomach) was their Shrimp and Grits. Having lived on the Mississippi Gulf coast for a half-a-dozen years I grew very fond of Shrimp and Grits, so this selection was a “must order.”
First thing up was this wonderful fresh-baked pineapple sour-dough bread with creamery butter. Believe me, you cant stop eating this bread!
Next came the Conch Fritters. OMG, these were, as we say in Hawai’i “Broke your Mouth” good! They were served with two killer sauces, a Remoulade and a Key Lime-Mustard sauce that were equally great. The portion size of this appetizer would have qualified as an entree at most other restaurants. The savory, rich, and spicy taste of these fritters garner my vote as one of the best appetizers at WDW.
So, this dish is why I came here, and it did not disappoint. The Shrimp were cooked to perfection (which is really hard to do), tender, moist and sweet… not chewy. The grits were cheesy grits! I was expecting plain, so this was a nice surprise The dish was surrounded with a cream sauce that spoke to the wild mushrooms and Cajun Tasso Ham (not really ham, but smoked pork shoulder butt) and melded with the cheesy grits. I found this dish outstanding, with a bold, but sophisticated flavor.
I really like this place, the atmosphere, the food, and the attentive, fun staff made my evening meal a delight. Olivia’s definitely makes it on my top five list of best restaurants at Walt Disney World. I know I will return for more great eats on my next visit.