We return to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (Lindsey with an ‘e’ and Hangar with an ‘a’) to review a recent menu refresh. I originally reviewed the bar here, and then followed that up with a review of the original happy hour and what had been new additions to the menu at the time, here. We may make a couple more stops this week to review some other restaurants.
Jock otherwise continues to offer scenic outdoor waterside seating.
And an inspired interior. Adult parties want to strongly consider doing a bit of bar hopping at the Springs, where the majority of the restaurants offer open bar seating and menus more inspired than most of the Disney-operated restaurants.
Morimoto offers an expansive bar area on two levels.
The top floor of Paddlefish serves as a lounge area in the evenings with some of the best views at the Springs.
BOATHOUSE’s DOCKSIDE BAR is another favorite. And just about every other restaurant offers bar space. It’s a lot of fun to grab a drink and share an appetizer in several different locations rather than committing to a full meal at just one.
Homecomin’s bar is one of my favorites with ample seating and solid appetizer and drink options at relatively reasonable prices. Everybody is so friendly there.
Or perhaps you might consider guacamole and margaritas at Frontera. Picking a couple of different places to pop into based on what you’re in the mood for at the time may be a better choice than committing to just one restaurant. Of course, the majority of the Springs’ restaurants are good enough to stand on their own and you shouldn’t be disappointed unless you pick STK or Wolfgang Puck or Bongo’s or Paradiso. And even those have some solid choices on their respective menus.
Jock introduced three new food items about two weeks ago and changed the name of the previous “Rolling Boulder Sliders” to “Snakebite Sliders” at the same time. You might remember that Disney changed all of the ingredients in the Rolling Boulder Sliders back in July, but kept the same name, which may have garnered some confusion. You don’t expect to go to McDonald’s and order a Big Mac only to be served Chicken McNuggets in a tortilla.
Seasonal Offerings continue to be rolled out as well though they may not be particularly inspired. The Marshall College Flatbread substitutes chicken for the shrimp in the normal BLT Flatbread, which you could have done prior to the seasonal additions.
The previous seasonal turkey flatbread looked a lot better than it tasted.
The Happy Hour menu may not be worth seeking out, but it’s nice to add some more options on weekday afternoons and some drinks are discounted. You might notice that they took my advice on the cocktails front and now offer a single well liquor and mixer for $7. I’ve ordered my fair share of Whiskey and Cokes and they’ve been of consistently decent strength. On the beer front, only the Paulaner survives from the original menu and it would be my choice here. Otherwise, the Old Elephant IPA replaces the Orlando Brewing I-4 IPA, the Bud Light replaces the Kingfisher, and the Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale is replaced by Sam Adams seasonal. While I wouldn’t be caught welcoming Bud Light, there are still two unique options available in addition to the usual Sam Adams and InBev entry. I think that gives the snobby “I-only-drink-beer-that’s-thick-enough-to-be-a-meal” and “ermagherd-this-tastes-like-something-I-hate-it” camps something to enjoy. And that’s a good thing.
You’ll also find some changes in the bottled beer and hard cider options, including the arrival of the Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale in place of Cigar City’s Maduro. The wine list has also been reduced from 16 options to 14. I’ll include pictures of the full menu to close out the post.
Enough about drinks for now.
This is the “$12.50 Shrimp Marrakesh – Chermoula Marinated Fried Shrimp inspired by Jock’s Moroccan adventures. Served with Harissa Aïoli and a Charred Lemon Juicer.”
Basically a replacement for the calamari, I was immediately impressed by the portion size.
There’s about 16 tailless, golden-crispy fried shrimp, each of which offered a really nice breading-to-shrimp ratio. And while the breading isn’t particularly thick, it provides a nice crunch before giving way to the meaty shrimp inside. The chermoula marinade, which is a mixture of garlic, cumin, coriander, oil, lemon juice, salt, and other herbs, created a unique flavor profile that kept the shrimp inside juicy. I liked the creamy Harissa Aïoli, which added a very mild spiciness that enhanced the chermoula nicely. Overall, I thought it was a great value and a quality dish.
Wings have been on the menu at Jock’s in one form or another since the bar opened back in September of 2015.
This is the original food menu.
Only the Pretzels survive.
You now have your choice of three sauces:
- Obi Wan Orange, Orange-Ginger Soy Sauce – Mild
- Himalyan Zing – Gochujang Pepper Sauce – Medium
- Lao Che’s Revenge – Sriracha and Sweet Thai Chilli Teriyaki Sauce – Hot
We went with the “Hot” version, which is perhaps a misnomer as the “Sweet Thai Chili Teriyaki” overpowered the spiciness of the Sriracha without much difficulty. I still enjoyed the flavor profile with the spicy pepper at the front and the cooler teriyaki sauce lingering, but the “Medium” sauce is actually going to be spicier. Otherwise, there are more unique dishes on the menu and at $14, or $1.50 more than the shrimp, I’m not sure there’s a tremendous amount of value here. But you do receive eight wings, many of which have a lot of meat clinging to the bone, and they are prepared well with a slightly crispy exterior and the appropriate amount of sauce. I wasn’t mad.
The least photogenic of the bunch, the $13 “Mac’s Pork Belly Sliders – Double agents love this crisped Pork Belly Slider with Braised Red Cabbage, Swiss, and House-made Russian Dressing served on a Butter-brushed Baguette.”
Fortunately, they tasted a lot better than they photographed, which, given the choice, is probably preferable. One of my 40,000 pet peeves is when someone says, “I don’t like A but I really liked A.” “I don’t like steak, but the steak at Le Cellier was phenomenal.” Ok. You like steak now. But I would say that I am not historically a Reuben person. If I was at a sandwich shop, it would be just about the last thing I would order. But it turns out that I like Reubens. The pork here is thick cut, tender, and flavorful in between a really soft bun that doesn’t take away from the flavor of the other ingredients. The red cabbage was slightly sweet and complemented the nuanced flavors of the pork rather than overpowering them. The ketchunez, or Russian dressing, had a pleasant piquant quality to it and added some bold spice from the horseradish and chili sauce. At $13 for the three, I thought it was a fair value given the quality and the setting and would order them again.
We also tried the $14 “Glider Sliders – Three Gourmet Lamb Kefta Sliders – Better together than alone! Served with Sliced Tomato, Rocket Greens, and Tzatziki Sauce” from the seasonal menu.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say these “disappointed,” but the flavors were less distinct than their pork belly cousins. The lamb was on the dry side and had just kind of a bland, earthy, game-y flavor to it with a run-of-the-mill tzatziki and some uninspired greens and tomato. But they’re a nice shareable choice and I don’t think you’ll regret trying them even if they aren’t the most impressive item on the menu in our experience.
The Brats, a tremendous value at $8.50 and a rather filling meal in its own right, will be missed.
My previous review here covers most of the other food items currently on the menu, including the steak sandwich and other happy hour appetizers.
On the drink menu, “The Mayor’s Reserve” is a new addition.
At $13, it’s the second most expensive drink on the menu behind the Hail Marty, which is a surprising $21. Made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Bols Blackberry Brandy, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, and Fresh Lemon Juice, the drink was a little sweeter than I’m accustomed to with the whiskey base, but the fruity flavors did wash away what might be considered to be an unpleasant flavor from the whiskey. You perhaps don’t order a cocktail with simple syrup and then complain that it’s sweet, but lemon juice does appear in the description twice and it could have used a healthier squeeze to better balance the flavors. But it was certainly pleasant to drink outside on a warm afternoon and I can pour five ounces of whiskey into a glass at home.
Another “pet peeve” – this “secret menu” nonsense. If you have something to offer, PUT IT ON THE FLIPPING MENU. Our server actually turned us onto the new addition to the drink menu and mentioned that there were several “secret” items available that she also indicated “didn’t sell very well.” Color me surprised.
The pink drink is a “secret menu item,” which is the non-alcoholic Diving Bell – Simply Lemonade and Watermelon topped with a Lemon-Lime Foam, here with vodka added. It was extraordinarily sweet…almost like if you were to somehow make cotton candy out of purer sugar. In that respect, I can see why it’s not on the menu.
We tried each of the seasonal cocktails, here with the $13 “Kali Ma Garita – The Spicy Watermelon Margarita is a favorite at Pankot Palace – Blood of Kali Not Included! Patron Silver Tequila, Bohl Peach Schnapps, and Moni Watermelon Syrup with Lemon and Lime Juice. Garnished with a Jalapeño Slice.”
The pinker it is, the more likely Corless is going to order it. There’s really nothing spicy about this outside of the jalapeno slices on top, which don’t do a whole lot to flavor the cocktail underneath. But the liquor was definitely present and almost immediately washed away by the watermelon syrup and juices – not bad at all as far as fruity margaritas go, but I’m not sure it’s intelligent to market it as “spicy” which will scare off the fruity crowd and after finding out that it’s not, disappoint the spicy crowd.
I ordered this very tall $11.25 “Donovan’s Dilemma – The Grail or This Minty Bourbon Cocktail? Decisions, decisions…Makers Mark Bourbon, Amaretto, Soda, Lemon Juice, and Honey with a Mint Garnish.” This is an interesting take on a julep-y style cocktail that’s basically watered down with the other ingredients with the honey doing a nice job of sweetening up the flavor profile and the soda washing away virtually all of the flavor from the whiskey, in addition to the Amaretto providing a bit of a subtle nutty flavor. It was my favorite of the four drinks we ordered on this go-round.
Here’s the rest of the drink menu:
Overall, I think Jock’s is a worthy stop on your Disney Springs visit – the interior themeing is a lot of fun, the drink menu is inspired and priced lower than most third party outlets, and the outdoor seating is scenic on the water. It might not be the one place I’d stop at during an afternoon visit, but it’s certainly one of the three or four. A lot of fun.
We’ll see what’s next.