Editor’s Note: the Pulled Buffalo Chicken Waffle Sandwich has been replaced by a Buffalo Chicken Waffle Slider. More details on the new offering here.
You know we lurve our waffles here on DFB, and today we’ve got ANOTHER awesome new waffle item to share with you!
Now, Waffle Sandwiches aren’t new to Disney World. At Magic Kingdom’s Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, the featured waffle sandwiches are the Sweet and Spicy Chicken, the Ham, Prosciutto, and Swiss Cheese, and Nutella and Fresh Fruit. Even Epcot got in the game for a while over the holidays with a Sweet Potato Casserole Waffle and a Savory Seasonal Waffle (think Thanksgiving in a waffle!).
But today? Today we’ve got an extra EXTRA special waffle sammy. We’re heading to Trilo-Bites today for a sometimes-it’s-there-sometimes-it’s-not Waffle Sandwich!
Trilo-Bites in Dinoland previously held the distinction of being THE spot to pick up a Turkey Leg in Animal Kingdom. The menu has shifted, however, to offer sweeter fare: a Warm Waffle with Fresh Strawberries and Cream and a Baked Apple Blossom with Ice Cream (or without) are the menu highlights.
You can also find Milk Shakes, Floats, and a Waffle Bowl Sundae here, too.
(By the way, for those of you wondering, “Well, where do I get my Turkey Leg in Animal Kingdom now?”, you can head over to Flame Tree Barbeque. You’ll see the Turkey Leg listed under the entrees with a side of slaw, but it can also be purchased by itself for $9.79.)
Anyway, on a recent visit to Animal Kingdom, I noticed something special was briefly back on the menu. It’s a little hard to catch since it’s only offered on “peak crowd level” days, so it was great to spot it: the Pulled Buffalo Chicken Waffle Sandwich! Seriously? You ask? YES! I reply!
See, that’s the bonus to visiting the Parks when they’re crowded: MORE FOOD! Shazam!
There was no picture on the menu, so I was happily surprised when I was presented with this (Ooooooh! Aaaaaah!):
The pulled buffalo chicken tops the waffle, of course, but it also sits on a bed of fresh arugula (GREENS!). It’s topped with a super-ample amount of dressing (which I took at a glance to be Ranch, but more on that in a little bit).
The dressing was poured with a heavy hand. As a ranch fan, this didn’t bother me too much (and the pile of chicken is enormous, so it ends up blending in well), but I’m sure you can ask for less if you’d like to try the sammy, but are discouraged by the amount of dressing.
Oh, and it comes with a small bag of apple slices, which I understand are an excellent source of Vitamin C .
What I noticed immediately upon the first bite was how very spicy it was – I mean, VERY. I was expecting some heat, of course, from the Buffalo Sauce, so no real surprise there.
But the level of spice really surprised me. So I tasted each component separately, and realized that a fair bit of the kick was also coming from the dressing.
As it turns out, the dressing on top of the chicken is a blend of ranch, bleu cheese, AND added spice. Since ranch and/or bleu cheese dressings typically serve to cut the spice a bit if you’re eating Buffalo Wings, this caught me off guard.
I found that this is where the waffle really does its thing. It helps to cut the spice so you can enjoy the intense flavor.
The waffle itself turned out really well. Nice and crispy brown on the outside, but still soft overall.
The presence of arugula, additionally, offers a nice lightness in the texture, because this dish is packed seriously thick. I really wanted to go back for that Apple Blossom, but let me tell you, this sandwich is really, really filling. This one’ll last ya!
While there’s nothing particularly prehistoric about waffles, ice cream, or Baked Apple Blossoms, Trilo-Bites remains a fun stop on your way into or out of DinoLand…
… home of the “Friendliest Fossils in America!”
Are you up for a Pulled Buffalo Chicken Waffle Sandwich? Please let us know with a comment!