Let’s go to the beach to check out a new menu item!
Beach Club Marketplace
OK, we all know that the demise of the Clam Chowder in a bread bowl at the Magic Kingdom’s Columbia Harbour House has been LONG lamented. But here’s a…maybe…replacement?
The Marketplace at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is the counter-service restaurant shared by Yacht and Beach Club Resorts for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We don’t talk about this one much, because there’s not a lot here; and what IS here isn’t much to talk about. ;-D But that said, every once in a while this spot wows us with something unique and delicious.
If you walk into the lobby from the parking lot and take a left, you’ll see the entrance sign on your right. You’ll find a few indoor seats in the Solarium, a peaceful, sunny room down the hall, and outdoor seating along the covered walkway going toward the Beach Club Villas.
Now, let’s talk about what really matters – bread!!
As you can see from the menu, there are two soup options: the Soup of the Day and the New England Clam Chowder. The soups are not new, but the Bread Bowl option is! By itself, the soups are Disney Dining Plan snack credit eligible, but served in a bread bowl, it’s no longer a snack credit.
We decided to give the chowder in a bread bowl a shot, of course! We owe it to you!
I LOVED this bread bowl! I was a little skeptical at first, but it turned out to be delicious. The bread was very soft and fresh tasting, served warm with the top nicely toasted.
There was no skimping on soup as there sometimes can be with bread bowls (as we experience a tad bit at the Disneyland Food and Wine Festival this year). And there was no problem with bread sogginess.
If you’re wondering about the soup, it was a creamy consistency and packed with vegetables (celery, onions and potatoes) and, of course, clams. Delicious. Definitely better suited for a colder day in Orlando, but, believe it or not, those are just around the corner.
I can see going back to get this on a rainy day in between park visits! I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty and toasty the bread was, and I was full enough to go about my day. I guess you could say I was happy as a clam (sorry, couldn’t resist!) 😉
Have you tried the bread bowl at Beach Club? Let us know what you think!