What a beautiful setting for a meal! We sat outside on the water for a lovely evening meal in March. The Boathouse is owned by my husbands hands down favorite restaurant in Chicago, Gibsons. Going into the Boathouse with that in mind is not a […]
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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 […]
A nice September stop at Erin McKenna’s Bakery in Disney Springs delivered a delightful and very hard to find treat…vegan soft serve ice cream with caramel sauce! This is the best option for dairy free ice cream, and the toppings are just such a treat. […]
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 […]
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 of cheese can be made dairy free by ordering without cheese.
The review is that they are good, fine, but not as good as our favorite tacos back in Chicago.
The Guacamole and chips were a hit and were quickly gobbled down. The staff was very friendly!
While the burger place and pizza place had lines that looked to be 30 minutes long, you could walk up to the quick service window and order with 1 or 0 people in front of you. I wonder if shoppers don’t realize they can order there? I don’t know. If you need something quick, this was a great option!
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 […]
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 […]
I finally had a Dole Whip! After so many years of hearing that they are, in fact, dairy free, I took the plunge and tested the waters during a Thanksgiving Day visit to the Animal Kingdom Park.
As it was a holiday celebration, I opted for the version with added rum as that sounded like it could be quite a treat. The result? Delightful! I loved the texture of this little pineapple frozen mock ice cream. I loved that it was not overwhelmingly pineapple, either. The rum didn’t seem to add much to this dessert, so next time I would get it without that and just go for the snack credit. But I am happy to have finally tried a Dole Whip!
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 trip that rather than have a chef come out at each meal, Disney has prepared menus for allergies at the restaurants and they like to have the server help guide you through the menu and offer the chef only if needed. So, I only saw a chef once on this trip, which is very different than previous trips. There are pluses and minuses to this change, which I’ll go into later, but for now, the breakfast…
The Bounty Platter had eggs, bacon, sausage, and Mickey Waffles! I was pretty excited to try it. The results…the eggs were delicious, but hit and miss each day. The sausage was also delicious. I didn’t eat the bacon, but it looked fine. The waffles, however, were a major disappointment. Now, I have been cooking gluten free dairy free for 10+ years and I can make a half dozen different recipes of waffles that are better than these!? I don’t get it?! The inside has the bizarre texture that is somehow elastic and raw like all at the same time. Gross. I passed on these. My teen ate them, smothered in syrup, and didn’t seem to mind, but I prefer a closer to waffle texture, so that was the last time I ordered those.
When using the dining plan, you have a meal and a snack included. The store had plenty of gluten free dairy free snacks available, as you can see here. BUT this is where I get grumpy again. All the brownies and cookies have dairy! In 2007-2009, Disney provided French Meadow Bakery cookies and brownies that were gluten AND dairy free. Before that, they had some products that were both gluten and dairy free by Divvie’s. Now, if you are unfortunate enough to have a gluten AND dairy allergy…you get Enjoy Life Foods. Blah. The most blah of all gluten free dairy free options. I’m glad they exist, but they are so boring!!! I can bake SO much better at home, and there are so many other companies out there that do much better as well. Considering the AMAZING desserts my group ate all week, I was disappointed with my ongoing deluge of Enjoy Life Food cookies, overly sweet chocolates, and toffuti/rice dream. The allergies ARE an important part of why we traveled to Disney in the first place, so I hope they can turn that around a little bit, moving forward. Still, you can see they had the usual chips, popcorns, food bars, plus granolas, nuts, and fruits. You won’t go hungry!
Now my kid, who is not allergic to dairy, got an omelette with seasoned potatoes and a flourless chocolate cake as her snack side item. Um, that looks a LOT better than an enjoy life food cookie (grumble grumble). It was a much loved dessert for breakfast and the rest of the breakfast food was considered good and as expected. All in all, we enjoyed the ease of ordering and quick service here. The staff at the registers were all very helpful and friendly in explaining how the Disney dining plan worked, as well. I recommend it!
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 […]
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’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 […]
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 […]
Well, we braved the pre order option and used the filters to choose our Wheat Free Dairy free foods. We found out that if you do this, a chef will not be offered. They will just let you seat yourself and your food comes out. We were OK with this, but if you don’t think you’ll like that option, then you probably shouldn’t pre-order. We found the system a little confusing because no one explained how it would work (no one said, go get a drink, or we’ll find you, or you’ve already paid). But I was able to ask a very friendly cast member and we figured it out.
My husband was not excited about the system of ordering and he was already determined to dislike the meal. To his surprise it was his favorite of the trip. My daughter agreed that the pork roast was delicious! She absolutely loved her lunch and she proclaimed the green beans and potatoes were also very tasty. I chose the quinoa cake and salad, because I knew I would want a lighter lunch option. It was also quite good, but I only ate about half of it after such a huge breakfast. I was grateful I ordered light. The quinoa cake was well seasoned and the beat cubes on top were delightful. The olives chopped into the salad greens were a nice touch.
Now, my daughter has always wanted to try a French Onion Soup, but we have never found one gluten free and dairy free. When you order the soup with the wheat filter, it gives you the option to eat the French Onion Soup without the bread crumb and cheese topping. This was confirmed on our receipt, so when I saw all the cheese, I sent it back. They brought out a second batch without any cheese and they explained that they did make it gluten free, but they left the safe cheese on for my daughter. It was not clearly labeled this way in ordering, so that was a bit confusing, and she ended up eating the cheese free version (which her tummy appreciated). She loved it, and she was so happy to have tried French Onion Soup, at last.
The soup and entree were the stars of the show. My daughter was disappointed with the gluten free cream puff. She said the dough was very hard (rock like) and that the lemon filling was incredibly tart, which she did not enjoy. As it turns out, a scoop of rice dream would have been a better choice for her, but it was fun to try something new. I ordered the only dairy free option I could find, which was a sorbet. I chose the lemon sorbet, but it was bitterly tart. I ate a little, but left the rest behind. While Be Our Guest has mastered the lunch entrees, they have a room for improvement in the world of gluten free dairy free dessert offerings. We are still disappointed that the French Meadow Bakery items are no longer offered on property, or the babycakes (Erin McKenna) in a restaurant like this. I did ask, via email, the Special Diet department if there were any other options for us, but they did not get back with an answer. So, this is what it is. We didn’t walk away hungry and we had a wonderful, and quick, lunch experience.
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!