REVIEW: Lunch at Paradiso 37 at Disney Springs – Jalapeño Burger, Surf and Turf, and a Churro Margarita

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Paradiso 37 sits nestled between Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and The Edison at Disney Springs. This location is one of the few who survived the Downtown Disney to Disney Springs overhaul with a refurbishment and expansion of their own. The menu is described as a ‘Taste of the Americas’, with influences from South, North, and Central America. We’d almost forgotten about the location with recent additions all around, so we decided to stop in for lunch.

There’s quite an extensive bar menu and a wonderful selection of tequila. Take note, there’s also a special P37 beer on draft only available at this location; it’s the InBev ‘you can name this beer whatever you want’ option that Budweiser sells, so nothing particularly fancy. Budweiser gives the options to some restaurants to make a specialty basic red ale, similar to Yuengling, and they’re allowed to name the drink whatever they please. It’s exclusive to the restaurant, so make sure to check it out!

Chips and Salsa – House-made Corn Tortilla Chips served with House-made Fire Roasted Salsa – $6.00

The salsa was a rather healthy portion, albeit not overwhelmingly spicy. For what was served in salsa lacked in chips, there weren’t too many served with the dish.

 

House-Made Guacamole – Avocado, Tomato, Lime, Cilantro, Serrano Pepper, Corn Tortilla Chips – $13.00

Another rather large portion that ends up being an average guacamole with a kick of pepper on the back. Honestly, if you’re in Disney Springs looking for a good guacamole, check out Frontera Cocina.

 

Jalapeño Burger – 8-oz. Char-Grilled Angus Steak Burger, Cheddar Cheese, Guacamole, Jalapeños, Pico de Gallo, Toasted Brioche Bun and P37 Fries – $18.00

We like spicy, so when there’s a chance at something with jalapeño in the name we jump at it. Paradiso cooks a good burger, properly topped with melted cheese and enough salsa and guacamole to cover the entire patty. Sliced jalapeños graced the top of the mound making for some flavorful and spicy bites. The P37 Fries are topped with a flavorful, cheesy spice that doesn’t overwhelm the crispy exterior and adds a pleasant kick.

 

Paradisio Surf and Turf – 6-oz Char-grilled Skirt Steak, BBQ Shrimp Skewer, Roasted Vegetables, Corn Cake, Caramelized Onions, Chimichurri Sauce – $32.00

A huge portion of food for the money. The steak was properly cooked and had a great char to both sides, very enjoyable. We received four large and plump shrimp that had a nice crispness to each bite. Maybe not your first choice for a lunch option, but proof that Paradiso can shine.

Añejo Old Fashioned – Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila, organic agave nectar and bitters – $13.00

A very unique take on an Old Fashioned. If you enjoy alcohol-forward beverages, this will be extremely up your alley. Very smooth.

 

Churros Margarita – Terramoto Churros Tequila, coconut cream, pineapple juice – $12.00

Can this be the best margarita at Disney Springs? Quite possibly. It tastes like churros, with a small bite of cinnamon on the tongue, leading to the fruitful aftertaste. It’s well worth the $12, and you should consider getting one to-go at their bar if you don’t want to commit to a full meal.

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  • We dined here and said we would never return. We never received salsa and chips or the guacamole we ordered. When the server stopped and realized we never received the guacamole half way through our dinner, he said he would bring it right out which he never did. My steak was poor quality and overcooked. We got one of their signature drinks which were nothing to write home about. The restaurant was not busy as we had gone during the off season. Our server acted as though we were an inconvenience. The food was subpar, at best. At the end of the meal, the server asked if we had enjoyed our food and we said not particularly. That was it. No follow up. No manager to ask what was the problem. No follow up question from the server. He said I’m sorry, took payment and we left, leaving a tip as I am a server and know that servers rely on their tips as part of their income. The biggest disappointment was that i had been wanting to go there for a long time as we have Dianey passes and frequent Disney Springs on all of our visits. What a disappointment! We will simply not return.

    • mary ann I understand about you being a server. I don’t tip for poor service period . if I had to guess your tab was above $ 50.00. with what you describe $ 2-3.00 would have been enough more than enough. and if you were using a TIW card I would have asked the manager to remove the 18%.

  • Our last trip (July 2017) was fantastic, our waiter was superb and the meals were delicious and the price was good. No complaints from the 4 of us.

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