Beaches and Cream
Today, we welcome Heather Jones with a guest review of one of our favorite Walt Disney World spots — Beaches and Cream!
On our last visit to Walt Disney World, my family and I had the pleasure of spending a night at the Beach Club Resort. One of the things I was most excited about was finally getting a chance to eat at Beaches and Cream.
Beaches and Cream is located where the Beach Club and its sister resort, the Yacht Club, meet; and the restaurant looks out to the Stormalong Bay pool complex.
They don’t take reservations at Beaches and Cream, and I had heard that it could get really crowded at peak mealtimes; so we decided to head over in the middle of the afternoon to avoid the lunch rush.
Beaches and Cream is a cozy (read: tiny) soda fountain and burger joint. The tin ceilings, old-fashioned pendulum light fixtures, and pastel color scheme give it a nostalgic 1950s feel. Whimsical borders and beachy details add to the charm.
The grill area is open to the dining room so you can watch the cook in action.
We had barely started looking at the menu when suddenly the lights dimmed and the sirens went off. One of the servers loudly proclaimed that someone had ordered the Kitchen Sink!
My family knew nothing of my pure joy of being there at just the right time to see the spectacle of this dessert being paraded around the dining room.
I hopped over to our neighbor’s table and I asked if I could snap a picture of this gargantuan confection.
We took a look over the menu, but I knew exactly what I was getting. The burgers had such a reputation that there was no other choice for me.
We were eating on the Free Dining plan, so my son decided to forgo dessert and instead got the Frozen Sunshine as his drink. This orange sherbet, vanilla ice cream, and seltzer concoction was absolutely gorgeous!
Most of us got the cheeseburger. My son got the single with bacon and onion rings. There were no fewer than four pieces of bacon piled high. The onion rings were light and crispy.
I also got the single with bacon, but with french fries instead of onion rings. I was a bit disappointed when I caught a glimpse of the cook dumping frozen fries in the basket; I was hoping for fresh cut, like at a certain burger joint with white and red décor. However, they were fantastic and there were plenty of them!
My husband manned up and got the Double Bacon Cheeseburger. Fresh lettuce and huge red ripe tomatoes accompanied all the burgers. I did notice as I reviewed my pictures that they forgot the pickles! I’m surprised that I didn’t notice because I’m a bit of a pickle addict.
I had heard so many raves about the burgers here that I’m not sure I could be objective. I think I expected angels to sing when I took my first bite. They didn’t. Nonetheless, it was a very tasty burger and I enjoyed it heartily.
My daughter, who tends toward the vegetarian side, chose the grilled vegetable sandwich. I have to admit, as much as I enjoyed my burger, I believe she had the best meal on the table.
The vegetables were grilled perfectly, not too mushy or too raw. The focaccia bread was soft and lightly toasted with a tangy goat cheese spread. All was topped with spicy arugula and ripe tomato. Fantastic! I would have never thought that a burger place would have such an amazing vegetarian option.
Nobody was hungry for dessert, but of course we got it anyway! My daughter chose a dainty scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream in a waffle cone.
My husband got the traditional sundae also with mint chocolate chip ice cream.
In my mind peanut butter comes second only to bacon as the most perfect food, so I was very excited to finally try the No Way Jose. It was incredible! Though I didn’t get very far, I was not let down by this peanut butter and chocolate delight.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable lunch at Beaches and Cream. The food was terrific and the quaint atmosphere was a pleasant departure from the huge dining rooms found at most Disney property restaurants.
The service was a bit slow (our waiter had way too many tables and was running around flushed), but he was friendly and apologetic for the wait. I would recommend anyone to take the jaunt over to enjoy the Yacht and Beach Club area and a great meal at Beaches and Cream.
Heather Jones is a wife and mom of two teenagers who loves to travel, Disney being the ultimate destination. She is a foodie, so dining is always the most memorable part of her trips. Heather enjoys sharing her travel adventures in her blog, Maybe Someday…
What’s your favorite sweet treat at Beaches and Cream? Let us know what we should dip our spoons into next!