Is Disney World’s Beaches and Cream Still Worth The Reservation?

We often hear from readers who want to know if DFB’s favorites of yore have still got IT.

You know what we mean: do they still have the mojo that keeps guests coming back year after year. For some restaurants at Walt Disney World, it’s killer food and a seasonal, ever-changing menu that draws in a crowd. For others, it’s an atmosphere that can’t be beat — like ‘Ohana‘s warm family feel or Sanaa‘s animal friends right outside the window.

For Beaches & Cream, it’s a sense of nostalgia paired with comforting eats that have been consistently good since the soda shop opened its doors almost thirty years ago. (Let’s just table that thirty years ago bit because there’s no way we’re that old…)

Beaches & Cream is tucked in between the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts on an outdoor walkway adjacent to Stormalong Bay — the fabulous pool shared by the resorts. That means Beaches and Cream is in the Epcot Resort Area (and just a stone’s throw from the International Gateway that serves as an entrance to Epcot’s World Showcase). This convenient location means that even guests not staying at the Resorts will make the short trip to this casual table service location for a bite to eat.

But you (and I!) wanted to know: does Beaches & Cream still have IT?

Beaches and Cream

Beaches and Cream

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Review: Breakfast at Flo’s V-8 Cafe in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

We love the epically-themed world that is Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park. From the street lights to the vistas of Radiator Springs to the neon, it’s totally immersive and totally fun.

Flo's V-8 Cafe Neon in Disney California Adventure

Flo’s V-8 Cafe Neon in Disney California Adventure

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News and Review: Donut Nuggets at D-Luxe Burger in Disney Springs!

Here at the DFB, we love a good Disney food mash-up, but truth be told, even in our wildest dreams we never conjured up this one: Donut Nuggets.

We know, we know: they sound intriguing and delicious. (And maybe just a smidgen odd…)

The masters of American casual comfort food at D-Luxe Burger are the brainiacs behind this new creation, and since we are masters of, you know, eating donuts and nuggs, we had to get in on the action.

D-Luxe has quickly gone to the top of our favorite counter service burgers because — for once! — the burgers themselves aren’t overdone hockey pucks! We also enjoy the clever combinations of ingredients, like the Southern Burger with fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese (the caviar of the south, y’all!). Plus they have several dipping sauces, and that’s never a bad thing.

D-Luxe Burger sign

D-Luxe Burger sign

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Queso Blancooooooooo + Corn Dog Nuggets at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Hold your horses, cowpokes!

Because we’ve got a tasty new combo to show you courtesy of  Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.

Here’s the deal: you may already know (and love!) the Corn Dog Nuggets made famous in the Magic Kingdom thanks to Casey’s Corner. And now that PLASTIC CHEESE has returned to the beloved hot dog haven, you can dip those Nuggets right on into what I consider the World’s Best Condiment.

Plastic Cheese used to be available at Pecos Bill’s, too, when it was the Magic Kingdom’s most popular burger joint. But a few years ago this Counter Service spot switched to Mexican and Southwest-style fare, and the Pecos Bill’s Fixin’s Bar followed suit. (Plus Plastic Cheese had likewise been removed from Counter Service restaurants all over Disney World, anyhoo.)

But things are looking up with regard to CHEESE at Pecos Bill’s, because Queso Blanco has hit the scene! And we couldn’t help but immediately pair it up with a certain item on the Kids’ Menu, so we can now proudly present to you: Corn Dog Nuggets and Queso Blanco!

Mini Corn Dogs with Queso Blanco

Mini Corn Dogs with Queso Blanco

I’m a huge fan of queso blanco, and when it originally showed up on the menu at Pecos Bill’s, I was excited to try it. Unfortunately, it was lackluster, to say the least. Prepackaged. Lukewarm. Just… blah. [Read more…]

Review: French Toast Bread Pudding at the Beach Club Marketplace

We are back at the Beach Club Marketplace, the Beach Club Resort’s counter service restaurant and merchandise location.

Better known in many ways for being a gift shop, the Marketplace tends to get overlooked in favor of some the more popular spots nearby. After all, when your neighbors include locations like Beaches and Cream, the BoardWalk Bakery, Trattoria al Forno, and The Crew’s Cup Lounge, it can be hard to make a splash. And heck, staying at a resort that practically has its own water park thanks to Stormalong Bay, you can always grab a quick meal at Hurricane Hanna’s without ever leaving the pool area!

But here we are at this unassuming stop tucked in the back of the Marketplace to check it out a little more. The last time we visited the Beach Club Marketplace, it was to grab a late night dinner (well, not counting our annual holiday visit to see the Beach Club’s Gingerbread Carousel). But our more recent stop here was in the A.M. hours. I’d heard something about a French Toast Bread Pudding that seemed pretty fantastic, so over to Beach Club Marketplace I went!

Atmosphere

The Beach Club Marketplace is located by the Beach Club’s courtyard entrance.

Beach Club Marketplace

Beach Club Marketplace

No matter which way you enter, the souvenirs and registers will greet your eyes sooner than the food counter and grab-and-go options, most of which are tucked in the back corner (aside from the dry goods, which have a bit more prominence). [Read more…]

Chef Interview: New Kids’ Menus Debut in Downtown Disney Orlando

Can healthy kids’ menus also be fun and interesting?

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Steve Richard, executive chef of Downtown Disney’s Portobello Trattoria in Walt Disney World. Portobello and its sister restaurants, Fulton’s Crab House and Wolfgang Puck Cafe, have debuted some brand new children’s menus that aim for healthy as well as fun.

Since healthier — and more grown-up — kids’ eats is a growing trend among Disney-area restaurants (for example, check out the kids’ menu at the new Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom), I was interested to hear all the new menus and the impetus behind them.

Portobello Trattoria

Portobello continues to offer freshly-prepared rustic Italian fare, with an emphasis on slow cooking and local ingredients. And the family-friendly atmosphere provides a cozy-yet-refined alternative where families with children can relax.

Portobello

Though I’ve seen some negative reviews for Portobello, my experiences here have pretty positive. And the new kids’ menu focuses on freshness and whole foods, without sacrificing kid pleasers, like pizza.

It seems that choice really was the driving motivation for the recent updates to the menus at all three restaurants. “We wanted to offer choices,” said Chef Steve. “People are on vacation and they might be inclined to be indulgent. With all the menus, we feel it’s important to offer healthy choices as well.”

Portobello Dining Room Seating

The choices emphasize a balance between indulgence and smarter eating. “We think the best approach is to offer healthy meals for kids as well as something that mimics the adult dining experience,” he explained.

“We are trying to offer things that are indulgent, like the option to have an ice cream sundae made with locally-made gelato at Portobello. But then we also have grilled meats and fresh fruits, as opposed to things we normally see on children’s menus.”

Chef Steve and his team have also included fresher choices for beverages, like 100% juice options and low-fat milk.

Portobello Kids' Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Fulton’s Crab House

Fulton’s Crab House has retained many of their classic dishes, while offering a new flair featuring sustainably and responsibly harvested [Read more…]

Be Our Guest Restaurant Kids’ Menu Food Pictures

Recently, we drooled over these yummy Be Our Guest Restaurant food pictures from the adults’ menu at Disney World’s most highly anticipated restaurant!

Beast's Castle - the Home for Be Our Guest Restaurant

Be Our Guest Restaurant will soft-open on November 19 (with an official debut on December 6) in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland. And today, we’ve got a food photo preview of the kids’ menu, featuring grown up tastes in kid friendly flavors!

Delicious options are plenty, although the Disney chefs have not included kid-favorite chicken nuggets or pizza. Rest assured, the entrees will be appealing to kids while allowing them to dine like grown-ups.

The sneaky chefs are doing their best to make sure your kiddos eat healthy while they’re in the park: “We’re making the ketchup from scratch using carrots,” said Walt Disney World Executive Chef Lenny DeGeorge. “And the meatloaf also has vegetables and bulghur wheat, so kids are getting their vegetables and whole grains and don’t even realize it.”

Let’s take a look at those food pics!

Be Our Guest Restaurant Kids’ Lunch Menu Pictures — Counter-Service

On the counter-service lunch menu, turkey meatloaf is made fun by its Mickey-shaped presentation!

Turkey Meatloaf

A carved turkey sandwich is served on multi-grain bread with sweet potato wedges and peach applesauce. Even without fries, this dish is sure to be a kid-pleaser!

Carved Turkey Sandwich at Be Our Guest

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Guest Review: Fulton’s Crab House

Today, we’re welcoming Orlando native Matt Shealy with a guest review of Fulton’s Crab House in Downtown Disney. Matt shares a rave review of the seafood as well as the memorable ambiance of dining at Fulton’s at sunset.

My childhood memories of Disney include images of loveable characters like Mickey, Minnie and Pluto as well as care free roaming of the park’s lush grounds. Those memories were still vivid after an over ten year hiatus. Now that I am a proud father of a two year old girl, I made the 30 minute trek south of Orlando to that magical place called Disney. Other memories of Disney include long lines and Florida’s summer heat, so we headed to the park bright and early.

After a long day of rides and good times, it was time to grab some good food and relax. My wife and I are huge fans of seafood. After asking some of the cast members we settled on Fulton’s Crab House.

On our walk to Fulton's Crab House

Atmosphere

We arrived at Downtown Disney at dusk on a warm breezy Central Florida evening. As we strolled towards the larger than life riverboat style restaurant, the [Read more…]

Disney World To Serve Up New Kids’ Menu Items Starting February 15th

We’ve written before about dining with your adventurous child in Disney World — there’s lot of options out there for kids who’d rather have sushi than spaghetti!

But there’s even more great news from the Disney Parks Blog! For those of you who have kids who like to break out of the burger-pizza-fries mold once in a while, check out these new additions to Magic Kingdom table-service kids’ menus launching February 15th.

Liberty Tree Tavern BBQ Chicken Pizza with Pineapple (c) Disney

You’ll find a bbq chicken pizza/flatbread with pineapple (for your spice lovers!), or an oven-roasted turkey meal with mashed potatoes, veggies, and fruit at Liberty Tree Tavern. Tony’s Town Square will offer a “steak skewer spiedini” (basically a kebab) with roasted sweet potato [Read more…]

Ariel and Jack Sparrow Kids’ Cup Glow Lights to Debut

Word on the Disney Streets is that two new glowing Disney character lights will be appearing at the Disneyland Resort this holiday season. Both Ariel and a Pirates of the Caribbean Skull that is being called “Jack Sparrow” will make their debut at Ariel’s Grotto very soon.

These two new character lights will be clipped, as usual, to the “Glowing Character Punch” that is served in a souvenir cup for $6.99.

Buzz Lightyear Glowing Character Punch

Other Characters that are currently available throughout the parks include [Read more…]