Gluten free and dairy free dining experiences over the years at Downtown Disney and now Disney Springs.
This was a last minute choice and we were able to book reservations the night prior without trouble. Our favorite has been Crystal Palace for years and years, but this just may be a new winner! I especially loved the guac and salsa options on the buffet. Great choices for vegetarians as well as the carnivores in the group. While the chef walked us through to show us what we could eat, and offered us to cook eggs without dairy, I was kind of surprised that they didn’t offer to bring a pastry or make a pancake or waffle, but knowing that these options are available, I just asked and they provided both! So, we loved our food and we really loved the interactions with the fun characters. This was a huge hit and I look forward to going back! They also brought me dairy free milk for my coffee, but the only issue was that they brought it in the same container as the regular cream and they left both on the table. I didn’t realize, and poured some by accident, took a drink and quickly realized what it was and spit it out! Thankfully I was able to taste the difference before it hit my tummy! But really, I highly recommend this fun breakfast experience.
Again, I don’t know why I didn’t take meal photos, but there were plenty of safe and enjoyable options for us here. We always like the dessert, which is simple but yummy! This is a great choice for our larger gatherings with little kids because […]
It was a beautiful, but surprisingly hot spring day at Disney Springs. We stopped at Vivoli il Gelato in hopes of something dairy free. They had a special of the day which was a lemon sorbet and strawberry sorbet with a canned sparkling water sweetened […]
I have been looking forward to trying the gluten free food here since it opened, and mainly because I loved the idea of checking out the theme and the details in decoration. I wasn’t disappointed. There was a story on every surface! We went for an early lunch, at opening, and sat on the outdoor boat section which provided a beautiful view of the water and the car boats launching next door. I ordered the BLT on a gluten free Udi’s style pizza crust and my child ordered the sliders. I LOVED my shrimp dish with delightful pesto style sauce. So good! A little difficult to eat with the crust, but worth the effort as it was such a treat. It was my favorite meal of the trip. My kids both had the burgers and neither of them were very excited about them. They ate them, but didn’t love it. But the thing that they all loved was the view and the theme. It’s a great lunch spot!
I am not sure why I didn’t take photos of the main dinner meal, but I LOVED the Boma dinner. We haven’t had dinner here in years, and it was so much better than I remembered. There were many options on the buffet that were gluten free and dairy free, but for me, the highlights were the roasted turkey and the salad with lime cilantro dressing. The true delight, however, was this dessert with toffuti and enjoylife cookies. Individually, I don’t love either product, but put together with a little chocolate, it was like magic. So so good! I had to buy them when I got home and re-create the magic. I highly recommend Boma for dinner, if it fits into your schedule. Our server was great. He even tracked down my favorite tea with honey. What a nice dinner for our group of 10.
I’m sure you’re wondering how we could possibly eat more food, but while waiting for the parade, I ran and got root beer floats from the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor. We love these toffuti root beer floats and they are a bit of a tradition on our Magic Kingdom visits. It is probably the only time I actually eat a root beer float, so it was quite the treat.
As I mention below, we were happy to find that the restaurants at Coronado Springs Resort have improved, dramatically, from prior years when it comes to gluten free dairy free food options. We went to the Maya Grill for dinner, and we could easily look at the large menu in front of the restaurant to see what our gluten free choices were, as they were properly labeled. For some reason, they were not labeled on the restaurant menus, so it was helpful for us to look before going in. Removing dairy is not difficult, so I ordered the Airliner chicken with steamed broccoli and rice on the side. It was delicious! I don’t know how they made that chicken so yummy, but I just loved this meal. I intentionally ordered as safely as possible to avoid any stomach trouble and my tummy was just fine. I am so happy
we had gluten free dairy free options, AND even happier that they were so yummy!
My daughter ordered a steak, rice, corn, guacamole dish that did include cheese. This is a lot of dairy for her stomach, but she felt good to order it after a day of eating no dairy, otherwise. I would order without the cheese. They brought her corn shells and she loved
During our trip to the Coronado Springs Resort, we decided to give Pepper Market, Maya, and the other eateries of the resort a chance to redeem themselves from past trips. The results? A success! To start with, I noticed that some of the menus posted […]
We all love this place! When we came in, they gave us new allergen free menus. One was for gluten free options and the other was for dairy free options. Because I needed both, it was a bit odd and confusing, but the chef came out and apologized and helped us figure out what to order, safely. Also, I noticed some items on the dairy free menu that are gluten free, but they were not listed on the gluten free menu, and that is how we came about the dessert.
Starting with dessert, we asked if the chef could do a warmed gluten free dairy free donut topped with toffutti ice cream. My daughter loved it, and she ate every bite!
For her meal, she had the steak, veggies, and safe gluten free fries. She said the steak was delicious, as were the veggies. So, that was a hit!
I ordered the Salmon BLT again. This time, the gluten free pita was very good and not hard, as it was the last time I ordered it. The sauce was great, the cucumber salad was tasty. It was a very good meal and we all ate too much! The shell they used this time had a sweet type of flavor to it, which made me suspect it to be a Kinnikinnik product, but I didn’t ask.
For dessert, they only offer us plain ice cream (Rice Dream or Toffuti), but when we asked for the warmed donut, they happily obliged. For mine, I asked for a chocolate sauce, which is different than their fudge. Still, it was a treat. I couldn’t eat it all, however. Too much food!
Above is a salad sampler to share. We loved thew watermelon salad with fennel as well as the chick pea salad in the middle. The one on the far end was not gluten free, but they did have other gluten free and dairy free options. Our server, Chris, was a wonderful host and Chef Jake was so accommodating. We had the best dining experience here, as the animals on the savana came up to the glass that adjoined our table. I can’t recommend this restaurant enough.
My entree consisted of dairy free gluten free options – chana masala, a roasted vegetable dish, and rice.
My daughter LOVES saag / palak paneer (not dairy free). This wasn’t on the menu, but the chef offered to make her a gluten free version. This was so nice of him!
They did offer a coconut rice pudding dessert as well as a mango sorbet, but I was hungry for some vanilla toffuti, and I ordered us a bowl to share. That was a nice finish to a wonderful meal full of great new foods, fantastic views, a very fun and helpful server and more. Plan to spend some time here and try some of the unique African wine flights.
A final recommendation would be to go early and ask for a table at a window. If you are prepared to wait for this, you’ll be rewarded with a magical view.
For sure, this is a new family favorite!
Back again in June 2013 for more goodies! I can’t rave the brownies enough. But my stomach does get a bit mad at me when I eat this two days in a row. Still, what a nice treat option! Attached to the BabyCakes bakery is the Pollo Campano quick service restaurant where you can order rice, salsas, and chicken.
Why does the Coronado Resort have to be my favorite, but the restaurants have to be so TERRIBLE for people with allergies? Well, I gave it another try. I will say the they have improved from a few years ago. The chef, in the morning, made us gluten free pancakes that my daughter did enjoy. We went at opening to minimize confusion and cross contamination. The food was very bland, but safe. We went back for an evening meal and that was awful. The process of finding a chef to help us was ridiculous and while there are many people working, they do not help other stations. It was really unpleasant, as a dining experience. The food was reported to be safe, though I did end up feeling quite ill that evening. I, still, cannot recommend the Pepper Market for a meal if you have allergies, with the exception of going at opening and ordering VERY safe and smart for quick breakfast.