Y’all!!! It’s time for some FRONCH FROES!!!!!!
(For those of you new to DFB, that’s “french fries” in AJ-speak. ;-D)
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But now, back to the subject at hand. Call ‘em Fries, Chips, Poutine, whatever — there’s pretty much nothing about fronch froes we don’t love. And Disney hasn’t failed us with their yummy spins on this classic side.
So head out with us as we complete this most delicious challenge. We’ll be all over the place for this one, so plan accordingly! The French Fry Crawl will likely take you an entire trip to complete. Unless, you know, you’re like us — and want to eat fries for every meal. Then it might only take you a day and a half.
Hungry? Good! Let’s go!
Stop #1: Smothered Fries, Beaches and Cream
Our first stop is Beaches and Cream. Find this little Soda Shop in the Disney Beach Club Resort.
Beaches and Cream is one of my favorite stops for about a million reasons. There’s a cool, beachy retro feel to the place, and it’s known for its killer sundaes. While my favorite is the No Way Jose, the most iconic treats here are the Kitchen Sinks.
But we’re stopping here today for a plate — or two — of their Loaded Fries! Currently, there are three versions: Sock Hop Fries, Chili-Cheese Fries, and Cheese and Bacon Fries.
Sock Hop Fries are covered in a savory Brown Gravy and topped with melty Shredded Cheddar. Think of them as Poutine’s American cousin.
But the Bacon and Cheese Fries. Omigosh. Cheese Sauce (!!!!), Bacon, Peppercorn Ranch, and Red Onions elevate this one to amazing.
I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong here. Choose your favorite — or get ‘em all! We won’t judge. (But we love the Bacon and Cheese Fries especially.)
Stop #2: French Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese, Flame Tree Barbecue
I can’t even with these. The first time I had them, I went right back up immediately and ordered a second plate. I do not lie.
Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a fantastic counter service option if you’re looking for hearty food without an advance dining reservation. I love their St. Louis Rib Dinner, but they also have some lighter options, like Salads.
However, there’s nothing light about what we’re about to tempt you with: French Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese.
Garden variety Disney Fries come smothered with Plastic Cheese — that wonderful, neon orange Cheese Sauce that’s my fa-vor-ite — and super savory Pulled Pork. The dish is then covered with a liberal dose of sweet, mildly spicy Barbecue Sauce.
The dish is considered a side, but don’t let it fool you. It eats more like a meal to us.
Stop # 3: Poutine Du Jour, Le Cellier
We love this cozy restaurant for their amazing steaks. Their Le Cellier Filet Mignon, served with Wild Mushroom Risotto and the most amazing Truffle Butter Sauce in the universe, is a can’t miss Disney dish. Really. Ya gotta have it at least once. (And I personally want it every single trip.)
But this wouldn’t be Canada without the nation’s unofficial, official dish: Poutine!
The versions change up, but on a recent visit, we enjoyed three different kinds: Bacon Cheddar, French Onion, and Le Cellier’s Signature Poutine.
Yes, Poutine Purists, they take a few liberties. But in my experience, there’s always a version with the requisite Cheese Curds and Gravy. Also in my experience, they’re all delicious. Choose one, or embrace all of them, like we did.
Stop #4: Plaza Fries, Plaza Restaurant
We were so sad when this beloved favorite left the menu at Pinocchio Village Haus in Magic Kingdom. But then — light dawned! Because they returned! Albeit in a totally different location. But still.
Stop #5: Classic Poutine, The Daily Poutine
Are you full yet? Then take a power walk! Because we have one more stop to make, and you’re not gonna wanna miss this one. Head over to The Daily Poutine in Disney Springs for our Final Fry Stop. When you get there, order the Classic Poutine.
And when they say “classic”, that is exactly what they mean. Thick-cut Fries. Brown Gravy. Cheese Curds. Done. No messing around with exotics like cheese sauce or bacon, thankyouverymuch.
Now, if you’re willing to be a little tiny bit adventurous with your definition of the world “poutine”, then this kiosk can hook you up. We could not get enough of the Holiday Poutine. And I’m dreaming of their Breakfast Poutine as I write. Certainly, if there’s another version here that you wanna try, go for it. But we suggest with the Classic to start. There’s always another meal around the corner for trying aaaaaaaalllllll the poutines.
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And now, I can’t wait to hear from you! Will you undertake the DFB French Fry Crawl Challenge? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!