On a recent trip to Disney World, we headed over to one of our favorite stand-by restaurants — ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn — for some grub.
But this visit brought something a bit unexpected…and because I write this blog I absolutely HAD to try it and share it with you!! But first, let’s set the stage…
If you love sports and are at Disney for any amount of time, you will eventually make your way to ESPN Club.
And why wouldn’t you? This is everything you want a sports bar to be. And more.
Once inside, you can choose from two main seating areas. Both the bar and the dining room feature plenty of seating — and lots and LOTS of televisions!
The dining room also features a HUGE screen and sound booth. Check out the broadcast desk and the big comfy lounge chairs! Someday I will eat my wings there…
There’s a taste of the atmosphere, and you should be sure to check out our most recent ESPN Club Review for even more photos of the restaurant!
But this post is about something completely unexpected, like I said…
Yep, as soon as I got my menu I knew I had a mission that needed to be tackled.
Don’t worry; I still ordered my ESPN Dingers, but this next one was the main entree…
Sounds a little crazy, huh? A huge burger, covered with bacon and jalepenos, and slathered with peanut butter and jelly. Hmm. I’d heard of peanut butter and jelly burgers, and I’d heard of peanut butter and bacon sandwiches, but I’d never seen the peanut butter, jelly, bacon, and jalapenos all put together.
So of course I had to order it and take one for the team. My server was adamant that this was the best burger he’d had at ESPN Club, and even mentioned that he’d tried to re-create it at home (unsuccessfully).
When I pushed him for details, a few other servers caught wind of our conversation and came over to put in their two cents that the burger was phenomenal. Again I say…hmm. So the burger was ordered, and here’s what came out!
Looks innocuous enough, right? So here’s how it was constructed (an important bit of information when you consider how all of the flavors are individually tasted when you take a bite of the burger):
- Bottom Bun
- Creamy Peanut Butter slathered on bottom bun
- Jelly slathered on top bun
- Top Bun
Here’s a pic of the inside before the first bite… . Note that the peanut butter is hard to see, because it’s slathered on the bottom bun under the burger.
And here’s my required cross-section photo, where you can see some of the creamy peanut butter oozing out from the bottom of the sandwich.
But, of course I eventually got to taste it and… (drumroll please!) it wasn’t too bad. Feeling let-down with that outcome? So was I.
The flavors had been built up so much by the servers that I was expecting (and looking forward to!) a culinary explosion of wonderfulness in my mouth. But, in all honesty, it tasted like…a burger with peanut butter on it.
The jalapenos gave it a little kick, definitely; and the jelly added some sweetness. But the overwhelming tastes were burger, bacon, and peanut butter, which wasn’t altogether unpleasant; but it just wasn’t the “wow” factor I was expecting.
Ah well, maybe I should chalk it up to unrealistic expectations. Bottom line: not bad, not awesome. I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!!
Will you be stopping into ESPN Zone to give the PB & J Burger a try? Have you tried anything like it? Let us know if this sounds good to you in comments section below!