Just a few days ago we let you in on a not-so-little secret menu item available at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. This secret menu item is available when using Mobile Ordering, and it contains two of our favorite buzz words: pork belly.
Cosmic Ray’s Pork Belly Burger is a masterpiece of meat and fried things, and honestly, there’s no way it couldn’t be good if you’re into those two things. And I just so happen to be very into them!
The burger combines pork belly and Angus beef topped with a slice of smoked gouda, a drizzle of sriracha aioli, and a pile of crispy pork rinds. The whole thing is skewered and garnished with fried pickles and a pickled pepper.
You might be thinking to yourself “This is more like a financial marvel at $18!” And we hear you. It’s crazy expensive. I spent a LOT of time deliberating whether I could recommend it at that price.
After all, even if it IS table-service quality ingredients and food, it’s still Cosmic Ray’s; so it’s not like you’re getting an awesome sit-down restaurant atmosphere experience for the price. (I mean, there are some table service eats priced at less than $18 over that the awesome Plaza Restaurant just a few steps away.)
The burger itself is delicious and moist, flavored through and through by the pork and beef combination. The cheese and aioli add dimension to the burger, while that brioche bun works to keep it all together.
The pork rinds are an inspired touch, adding a ton of crunch to the sandwich. I loved that the aioli soaked into the rinds a bit. And while the sriracha aioli wasn’t exactly a spice-bomb, it adds a good flavor and a smidgen of heat.
So, the bottom line: I LOVED IT! I loved it, and I would totally order it again at that price. But take that as a guarded recommendation. If you’re after flavor and an incredible burger experience, then it will be worth it to you, too.
If you’re with your whole family and rushing to eat and the baby’s crying and you’re trying to get Joey’s peeled apples from the bottom of the diaper bag and Susie just wet her pants and you’re late for your Goofy’s Barnstormer fastpass…yeah, in those circumstances you’re probably not in the right mindset to truly enjoy this $18 burger. And I get that. I BEEN THERE.
A few more things to consider: If you do choose to order this amazing burger — you’ve got the bonus of this being a Mobile Ordering secret menu item, so that means you’ll generally get your food faster than if you wait in the standard ordering lines. Double bonus? If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, we expect this is included, making it one of the best quick service DDP credit uses on property!
What’s your take on secret menu items? Wish there more? Don’t understand the appeal? Share your thoughts in the comments!