We wondered into Raglan Road, thinking we were going their counter service Dublin counter part, and ordered their gluten free fish and chips. I was so surprised that they were not the same? The fish breading was different. Not necessarily better or worse, but different.…
Tag: disney dining
We had such a fun night at the Artist Point Storybook Dining character meal with Snow White, the Evil Queen, Dopey and Grumpy. We have been to the old Artist Point several times in the past and it was a quiet retreat from the hustle of a Disney Park day. That is no longer the case. It is packed with families and very busy and fun! The characters were great and the servers friendly.
I was worried that we wouldn’t have good options here for gluten free dairy free, but it worked out. I would do one thing differently, though, if I went back. I would request the chef come to the table because my daughter was shorted some options available to her as an attempt from the kitchen to make it quick and easy by combining our allergies, even though she had more selection available. I think that would have been eliminated if we talked to the chef up front.
Appetizers were modified and for dairy free gluten free that meant the following:
The shrimp was unseasoned with a radish type vegetable. It was nice. The broth was not good. I love mushrooms, but this was very lacking without the cream base that was added. If you can have dairy, I am certain this would be much better! For my daughter, who was only modified for a gluten allergy, hers had a cream component that did look nicer. The third item was some sort of meatloaf that had a spice I couldn’t pin point. Almost a fennel flavor, which I really enjoyed. My daughter didn’t care for it. All in all, I liked trying the new flavors, which were almost “woodsy” and fit with the theme of the character meal.
For entree, we ordered 2 different items. The chicken was gluten free and dairy free and had a nice sauce, was cooked well, and filling. Nothing too exciting, but prepared well.
For the gluten free only entree, mashed potatoes were included instead of the whole potatoes shown above. My daughter ordered the prime rib dish and enjoyed it.
For me, the WINNER was having some unique dessert options, which is unheard of with a gluten free dairy free allergy. They brought out 3 items that were just to my taste, though my daughter was disappointed with the options when compared to the standard desserts that looked much more fun.
The gooseberry crisp tastes EXACTLY like my grandmother’s rhubarb crisp, so that nostalgia took me right there. The little truffle was a rich chocolate brownie, very dense. I loved it. The cup of pudding seemed to be a simple chia seed pudding, which is something I make from time to time, but never expected to find at a restaurant! For me, these were great. Again, for my teen, they were not up to her hopes and I am certain she would have been happier with ice cream and a gluten free piece of cake, but that being said, it was fun to try new things.
The last dessert was listed as gluten free, but the server didn’t bring any for my daughter, which she was sad to miss out on. They were just red chocolate hearts, pictured below.
Presentation was lacking a bit here! LOL
So, if you like to be a bit adventurous and like earthy spicy flavors, I can recommend this, but I do think talking to the chef would be helpful. I did reach out to allergy email in advance, but they gave me a generic unhelpful auto reply.
All in all, a very fun night that we will remember and if you have someone in your group who CAN eat gluten, my other daughter reports that the spatzle was great!
It has been several years since we stopped in for breakfast, but this seemed a great time to visit with family and enjoy the beautiful views in and around the resort at Wilderness Lodge in Walt Disney World. For the gluten free dairy free crowd,…
Well, what ever you can think of, they are baking it at Erin McKenna’s without gluten, without dairy! This pineapple upside down cake is a huge serving of traditional sweetness that will transport you back to Grandma’s kitchen. Texture is gooey, cakey, and delightful and the pineapple has the perfect caramelized sweetness. While this dessert is a little too sweet for me, it is done perfectly and I dare say can pass as a non gluten free dairy free version. Enjoy!
As we sat in Disney Springs, enjoying a sunny and productive morning and wrapping up a snacking lunch, we noticed the Amorette’s Patisserie building. While the kids finished their lunches, my husband and I went in to check it out. I did not expect to…
As we were still making our way around Disney Springs for gluten free dairy free snacks, we decided to try the Polite Pig. We noticed this restaurant as it was located just outside the lime parking garage, and we walked by it on our start to explore Disney Springs. I happened to see someone eating a salad that looked too lovely to pass by, so that is what I ordered. The salad was a meal on it’s own, loaded with protein from bacon, eggs, and roasted corn. The mix was very good, easy to enjoy, and the service at this walk up to order type diner was still wonderful. People came to check on us at the table and see if we needed anything at all. It was a lovely spot for a quick lunch. While I didn’t try the BBQ, I can recommend the salad as a great gluten free dairy free option!
As part of our adventure to eat our way around the new Disney Springs via quick service, we made a stop at Frontera Cocina for gluten free tacos. The one that is dairy free with red onions was the pork taco. The one with dusting…
On our first night in town, we checked for last minute reservations and found that Paradiso 37 at Disney Springs was open. My oldest loves all Mexican foods, and the youngest likes Asian and American foods. The menu looked like it would hold something for…
While at our Saratoga Springs Resort, we had a time period where we had to wait for a leak in our room to be fixed up. While waiting, we sat by the pool and ordered some non alchoholic drinks. The bartender told us that the Piña colada was always a great dairy free choice (also gluten free). I am not sure if that is the case that it will ALWAYS be dairy free, but I was glad this one was because it was delicious! The raspberry swirl really made this drink and we used our snack credits to enjoy them. While I doubt I’ll go back to SSR, I would certainly grab one of these if I did wind up back there!
I have mentioned that Disney was trying very hard to avoid bringing a chef to the table and, for the most part, it was working well. There were a few times during our trip that the servers were not aware of the full options and…
We enjoyed our Sanaa dinner so much on previous visit that we had to do this again! This is a wonderful treat on the dining plan as we were able to try so many great foods. We did pay the extra for bread service, per recommendation of our server. Our server insisted we must try the bread service, even the gluten free version, as it is a house specialty. I was skeptical as I am not that impressed with the gluten free bread products in Disney, but this was quite good. The texture was thin and flat, not thick or puffy, but the flavor was nutty and nice. The different sauces to dip were all very good as well and it was fun to try. I don’t think I’ll do that again, as I already had too much food, but it was good to do once!
The server advised us as to what was dairy free and gluten free on the menu and the dining plan included a nice sampler option where I chose a shrimp dish, an aloo gobi style dish, and a third which I forget. These are served with rice. The spicy shrimp was my favorite by a long shot! One of the dishes was packed too full of soy beans and that over took all flavors, but the spicy shrimp was so delicious, I would go back and order that without hesitation.
The server brought out a layered mousse that was said to be gluten free (this surprised me, based on the photo) but not dairy free. For myself, I had mango sorbet and berries. Surprisingly, this is the most thoughtful presentation of sorbet on our trip and the berries were a nice touch. Everyone enjoyed the meal and I can, once again, recommend making the trip to Animal Kingdom Lodge to enjoy Sanaa!
We arrived for an early morning (pre park opening) breakfast at Garden Grill so that we could eat and then ride Soarin’ without fighting the crowds. This part of our plan worked out wonderfully and it was worth the meal just for the sake of…
To start with, this restaurant was a hidden gem…literally! It is tucked back out of a busy pathway and easy to miss, but once inside, I was so surprised to find out this restaurant was pretty huge, beautifully themed, and half empty during the busy…
To begin our first meal at Mama Melrose, the server brought us a low allergen meal. This is the new trend to avoid bringing the chef to the table each time, and for this meal it worked out smoothly. There were options we could enjoy without requiring complicated customization, so we ordered from the low allergen menu at the same time as the rest of our group. The low allergen menu has the dessert options listed, but not the drinks, so that was always little scramble while we figured out what fun beverages we wanted at the start.
Our server brought us gluten free rolls while the rest of the party received bread. We were served our own olive oil and herb mix without the cheese. This was very nice, as it is often overlooked. The bread was nothing exciting. It was not warm, it was not particularly good nor was the texture appealing. I am not sure what brand this is, but if I had to guess, I would say EnerG? Now, years back, Disney used to carry French Meadow Bakery Italian Rolls and those were by far the best gluten free dairy free bread rolls I have ever tasted! I would love it if they would bring back an option like that. Even Canyon Bakehouse has a better roll! This is not exciting and got left on the table. My daughter can eat dairy so she had a caprese salad, which was fine. Nothing noteworthy. It was 1 slice smaller than the server described, so she received 3 slices of tomatoes instead of 4. Not much of an appetizer to share.
The dinner was very good. I had a gluten free noodle dish with shrimp and veggies, and I requested just an olive oil sauce rather than the suggested marinara. It was very good and I quite enjoyed it!
My daughter ordered the steak with potatoes and veggies and she also enjoyed her dish. No rave reviews, but she said it was good.
We were on the dining plan, so although everyone was pretty full, we ordered dessert. Look at this beautiful gluten free option that works for those who can eat dairy! And notice that cup of plain Toffutti in the front of the second picture? That is how they do ALL dairy free gluten free desserts in Disney World these days. The most exciting offering I get is a choice between vanilla or chocolate dairy free ice cream. No syrup, no toppings, just plain. Sometimes the only option was a cup of fruit. This is a pretty big step back from what Disney used to offer the dairy free crowd. We had wonderful gluten free dairy free brownies from French Meadow and their giant delicious cookies! Some chefs would bake Bob Red Mill brownies as well, such as Crystal Palace. And many chefs would warm the pre packaged brownies before serving and top with some syrups or decorations. This is so plain and it lacks the attention or effort that previous options entailed. Still, I like Tofutti and I had at least 1 option here, so that was a bonus.
Overall, this is a good choice for the gluten free dairy free crowd.
While staying at the SSR (Saratoga Springs Resort) we stopped in for breakfast with the counter service meal plan at Walt Disney World. For the first meal, I ordered from the low allergen menu, the Bounty Platter without dairy or gluten. I noticed on this…
Ok where do I begin? First, we had JUST enjoyed 1900 Park Fare the day prior and it was my new favorite, but I thought my husband may enjoy the non character version so I suggested Grand Floridian Cafe. We had not trouble getting night prior reservations for breakfast.
Upon being seated, our experience was negative all the way around. First, the server was very sweet, but she took it upon herself to start discussing our gluten and dairy allergies and telling us what we can and can’t eat. She didn’t know what she was talking about, however, which was bizarre. Normally a chef comes out, which we did ask for after that strange interaction.
Next, the wait was SO SO SLOW! I couldn’t understand it as I knew there was a huge buffet next door and I could see the restaurant was not even close to busy. We waited. And waited. And waited!
So, we were already over it when our food arrived. My teen’s steak looked like a burnt puck and I was told it tasted about the same. She asked for med rare, but got scorched. Then, to make matters even more disappointing, all the food was only so so. At the price point these meals are set, I expected to be delighted with every bite. Instead I was longing for a local diner or to be back home where I could prepare a better meal for a fraction of the price. We had an additional meal, not pictured. My youngest ordered the eggs Benedict because she loved the ones she had next door the day prior, but these were vastly different and drowning in sauce to the extent that she could taste nothing else. She didn’t care for her dish, either. This was a total disappointment and the next time I am looking for breakfast near the Grand Floridian, it will be at 1900 Park Fare, for certain.
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…
My husband has been wanting us to try Bongo’s Cuban restaurant at Downtown Disney, Orlando. We finally found a time to dine there for lunch. To start with, the menu as labeled for gluten free options, which was very convenient. I just asked if they could make the gluten free selection dairy free, and we had no trouble. My daughter ordered the roast pork with steamed vegetables. She was not a huge fan of the pork. It was a touch sweet, which she didn’t care for. The serving sizes, however, were just huge, so I shared mine with her, and I still had more than I could eat.
I ordered a steak dish in a cilantro garlic mojo. It was very good, though not as tender as the other gluten free offering. Both steak dishes were very good. I was a big fan of the sweet plantain. It was not too sweet, and the texture was nice. I look forward to trying those again. The dish was served with black beans and white rice, and the portions were just huge! To drink, I ordered a non alcoholic lemonade with mint. I just loved this drink. It was tart with a hint of effervescence. The muddled mint was fresh and delightful. The menu had several lemonade offerings that are a fresh treat. We enjoyed our meal, and our relaxing and fun environment at Bongos. While it wasn’t my favorite Downtown Disney eatery, it was a definite repeat!
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…
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 outside of the Maya restaurant and at the pool bar had meal options labeled with “GF”, which makes it so much easier to know how to order a safe food. This is a HUGE step in the right direction.
The Pepper Market items were not labeled, but we did go directly to any counter that was not too busy and ask if a chef could assist us. I would not ask the people behind the counters if foods are safe, as they will not know and they may give you wrong information. Just ask for the chef from the get go. The Chef told us that the Tortilla Soup was gluten free and dairy free, and it sounded great to me, as I was chilly and worn out from travel. The soup was pretty good. I felt it would have been much better with some fresh cilantro and some corn, but for a cafeteria soup option that was allergy safe, it was nice.
The nachos, pictured above, were from the poolside bar. These are not dairy free, but they could be made dairy free if you like. The bottom of the dish was layered with spicy chili. I did not try these, but the kids enjoyed them until they got to the bottom, which they left behind. We had other meals at CSR during our stay, and I will report those soon. All in all, we were very happy with the improvements they made.
We have never dined here for breakfast, and on our last day of the trip we ate a 10am breakfast. Chef Junior was quite the entertainer, as was our server. I forgot that the restaurant was themed and I don’t want to give away what turned out to be very funny surprises, so I’ll just say it was a fun time, and very loud! We had a blast. The food was good, too. Chef junior made us gluten free dairy free pancakes and all the breakfast goodies featured. We had more than enough to eat! I wasn’t a huge fan of the dinner at Whispering Canyon, but I LOVE the breakfast! Also, they have rice and soy milk available for coffee, if you ask!