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Review: Breakfast at Kouzzina in Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Let’s head to one of my highly recommended breakfast spots — Kouzzina, at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn!

This casual, but classy restaurant is carries the name of celebrity chef Cat Cora, and features a menu with a Mediterranean influence that celebrates Cora’s Greek heritage.

Kouzzina has won critical acclaim, and has long been one of our favorite stops for breakfast in all of Walt Disney World. So on a recent trip there, we decided to drop by and see what was new…and there was one thing that I’m STILL dreaming about today! I can’t wait to tell you about it!

Read on!

Atmosphere

Entering Kouzzina from the almost carnival-like atmosphere of Disney’s BoardWalk, you immediately sense a shift in mood. Kouzzina has a decidedly refined atmosphere, but with many rustic touches. It’s almost like urban-meets-farmhouse.

Menu Cover

In the entryway, there are shelves with mementos and cooking vessels. We spied this Hidden Mickey, which is a nice reminder that although Cat Cora is the chef, you’re still at Disney.

Entryway Decor Featuring a Hidden Mickey

Since a renovation last year, you can find lots of Cora-rific goodies for sale in the lobby of the restaurant.

A List of Available Merchandise

Some of the Cat Cora Merchandise for Sale

Once your name is called and you head into the restaurant, you’ll see another result of the recent renovation. Olive Oil — Greek Olive Oil, to be precise — is used as a hip decor element. Personally, I think this is a little too contemporary for the more “farmhouse-y” feel of the restaurant, but that’s why I’m not an interior designer I guess.

Olive Oil Bottles

While the art wall of olive oil bottles provides the urban touch, lots of dark wood in the dining room brings the rustic feel to the party. Walls with dark wood wainscoting match booths, tables, and beamed ceilings. Lighter wood planks cover the floor. All in all, the hard surfaces and high ceilings can make for a loud space, but the overall feeling is comfortable.

Seating

Bright light is filtered at the windows through white curtains. It really is a very relaxing spot for breakfast in WDW! A good contrast to what you’re about to experience in the parks! ;-)

Windows

Be sure to look up, too. The light fixtures are really beautiful, with an almost Middle Eastern look.

Beautiful Light Fixture

And the painted tin ceiling carries the feeling of antiquity through the space.

Light Fixture From Another Angle

The open kitchen draws the eye, however. It’s always entertaining to watch the chefs go about their duties with such precision.

Open Kitchen

The warm color palette extends to the kitchen, where beige tiles and copper pots set the relaxed tone.

Kitchen -- Up Close

That kitchen was already producing some pretty amazing smells! And so, we turned our attention to ordering.

Eats

The menu had, once again, undergone a few changes since our last visit. But we were happy to see that many of our favorites remained.

Coffee lovers will be happy to see that you can still get a French press of Kouzzina’s signature blend coffee. But in addition, now the restaurant is also brewing Joffrey’s Coffee.

Beverage Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Breakfast Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Now, we’ll get to the entrees soon enough, but I had to share a pretty amazing find FIRST. Seriously, it’s one of my new favorite pieces of awesomeness in all of Walt Disney World: the Warm Honey Pecan Cinnamon Roll.

Let’s just take a moment to stare at this photo, shall we?

Warm Honey Pecan Cinnamon Roll

Ugh. Remembering that cinnamon roll is like sweet torture! How I wish I lived in Orlando and could go back there RIGHT NOW!

The pastry featured a twist of rich dough wrapped like a ribbon around a cinnamon-laced filling. And the FROSTING!! It wasn’t even glaze…it really felt like a frosting to me! Ah-mazing.

Warm Honey Pecan Cinnamon Roll -- Inside

Sigh. OK. I guess we have to go on with the review. Good-bye Warm Honey Pecan Cinnamon Roll. I love you.

So, since not too many of the entrees had changed since our last visit to Kouzzina for breakfast, I chose the Breakfast Skillet to see if anything was shockingly different about it. (It’s also a guest favorite, so it’s always fun to see if the restaurant is being consistent or not.)

It was arugula central this particular morning, but the greens were crisply done and flavorful. The accompanying bread was toasted just right.

Breakfast Skillet

Underneath all that green, the main dish is revealed. (Yes, you’re supposed to eat it with the arugula, but I wanted to show you what you were getting that was of a bit more substance.) This is basically a frittata-like mix of Eggs, covering Pequillo Peppers, Nueske’s Bacon (a favorite throughout Disney), Onions, Potatoes, and Greek Cheese.

Breakfast Skillet -- Uncovered

Cut into it, and you realize that it’s not one cohesive mass; rather, it’s built almost like a pot pie. The egg mixture serves as a “crust” kinda-sorta, and those potatoes, basically home fries, are all underneath.

Breakfast Skillet -- Cross Section

It’s savory, salty, and satisfying. It really was our favorite of the morning (after the Warm Honey Pecan Cinnamon Roll…whimper).

Breakfast Skillet -- Inside

Even though there’s bacon in the dish, I also asked for an additional side. Because…well…it’s bacon. And interestingly, this is my second visit to Kouzzina for breakfast where they forgot my side dish. Hmm…I wonder if it’s me?

Side of Bacon

Another major change to the menu came in the French Toast department. The last time we visited, the entree filling these shoes was French Toast Baklava, with all the flavors you might expect from that sweet little dessert.

Well, THIS dish, now called Country French Toast, looks (and tastes) pretty much exactly the same. It’s still made with Grilled Fig and Anise Bread, and it’s still topped with an Apple Compote. So maybe the name has changed. But it tastes pretty similar to me. Maybe people were freaking out that it was called “baklava”? Whatevs. If you ordered it before and liked it, it’s still the same.

We ordered with the Chicken Sausage, which is a great foil to the sweetness of the dish.

Country French Toast

We also split a traditional dish – The American with Scrambled Eggs and Chicken Sausage. It’s also served with Breakfast Potatoes that receive an additional kick of flavor from Peppers and Onions (the same ones that are under your skillet fritatta, basically). And the Croissant served with it was a whole grain version — different and really delicious!

The American

After such a satisfying spread, we were definitely fueled up and ready for a fast-paced day in the parks.

Overall

Kouzzina has done it again. While I have enjoyed dinner here, the meal that I come back for time and again is breakfast. They do a really great job of providing comforting, delicious foods, but with just enough twists and turns to keep it interesting and exciting. It’s also great to see menu selections here, like the French toast with fig and anise bread as well as that delicious chicken sausage.

The skillet and the cinnamon roll were the true winners, though, on this visit! Such rich and wonderful flavors! The perfect way to start the day!

Sadly, I can’t say the same for the service here. On each breakfast visit it has been spotty at best, and this continues to be the case. So, plan for a leisurely visit if you’re headed to Kouzzina, and remember to ask for EVERYTHING you might need when you order.

What’s your favorite Kouzzina breakfast item? Tell us about your experiences here in comments below!

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15 Comments

  1. Erica says:

    I have not eaten at Kouzzina’s (looks great!) but when we were there in August there were several instance where the sandwich I had was served on a whole grain croissant, which just didn’t work for me. I like whole grain bread, but a croissant is supposed to be buttery, flaky, etc. and this just…wasn’t.

  2. Jeff says:

    We had breakfast at Kouzzina this spring, and probably won’t be back. We did have excellent service. However, our food choices (recommendations by the server) were terrible. The spinach, tomato and feta scrambled eggs were overpowered by too much feta. The Stacked Kouzzina Breakfast is the single worst breakfast item I have ever had – the only highlight being the sweet potato hash.

  3. Katie says:

    I love the stacked Kouzzina breakfast. The last time I was there I had the Baklava french toast and ended up eating a lot of the stack that my mom and sister had gotten. It is such a unique breakfast option, I can’t wait to go back!

  4. Rach says:

    My last time there last year I had really good service, but I did dine at off hours. The mascarpone on the waffles was very nummy. My only waring – the superfruit sangria was very potent. I could have gotten plastered from 1 glass if I had drunk the whole thing at breakfast. But I was able to take it in a to-go cup & leisurely sip back at the Beach Club.

  5. Robin says:

    My DH and I ate breakfast there this past May. All I can say is YUM!!! To begin with, I am a breakfast lover. The dishes were so unique, but so tasty. We had the Spinach, Feta, Tomato eggs with sweet potato hash and the Classic Waffle. Your review of the Cinnamon Roll just makes me want to go back even more!

  6. Marie-Eve L. says:

    I am still dreaming about that Cinnamon Roll… It’s the best I’ve ever had.

  7. Holly says:

    I LOVE the Waffles with Mascarpone Cheese! Yummy! So so Yummy!

  8. jenifer says:

    I remember yrs ago when we went a peach orange sangria what happened to it ? that was the best part :)

  9. Marion Durham says:

    The stacked breakfast is my favorite! Olive toast….yummmmm!

  10. Coop says:

    We went there once for dinner (in 2010) and loved it! We decided to go back for breakfast in 2012 and service had gone downhill a bit – but the food was still pretty good. Last year – we were downright ticked off! We had made reservations at 180 days for breakfast. When our day came, we spent 90 minutes getting there only to find out that they were “re-routing” people to Captains Grill at YC due to a water main break. Now, I know that they can’t predict that – but they had phone numbers for advanced reservations – I would have appreciated a phone call. When we spoke to the manager, we explained this and that it was not up to Disney standards nor that of an Iron Chef. We ended up going over to the bakery – and the manager saw us there but never offered to comp us so much as a cup of coffee. We will not go back – ever!

  11. Christine says:

    Spinach, tomato & feta scrambled eggs and breakfast sangria. YUM! I wouldn’t recommend dining outside though…the birds are aggressive!!!

  12. Johny Pinkstedder, ghastly fop says:

    Someone sneeze on yer cinnamon roll?

  13. michelle says:

    I have boycotted Kouzzina because it replaced Spoodles, one of my all-time favorite Disney restaurants. Neither the dinner menu or now the breakfast menu has swayed me to reverse that decision.

  14. kirsten says:

    I had the stacked for breakfast in Feb and it was so so delicious, I ate every single bite and I want to go back just for that item. The coffee was also the best I had on property!

  15. Kent says:

    I love your writing style so much, AJ. I’m about to head off to bed and I bet I’ll be dreaming of the cinnamon rolls – a favorite of mine. Thanks for giving me more reasons to head back to a Disney resort!

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