Well, it’s happened. Sold for so many years at Magic Kingdom’s Pinocchio’s Village Haus, topped expertly with cheese, lettuce, ranch dressing, and tomatoes and desired by many, Figaro Fries lived a good life.
It was touch-and-go there at the end. Even after they were discontinued from the menu, Figaro Fries held on, coming back again and again for limited times. However, it seems as though this time, our delicious friends are gone for good.
Now, I know we could take this time to mourn, but instead, let’s be thankful for what we still have. (One thing we’ve learned about Disney restaurants is that they’re always changing; as Pocahontas says — you can’t step in the same river twice (that was her, right?).) So let’s take today to celebrate our crispy, salty, oily, and cheesy cravings for french fries by honoring what we’ve got left!
The Waffle Fry
Found at T-Rex in Downtown Disney, the waffle fry offers consolation with seasonings and ideal texture. The surface area means maximum ketchupage.
“Pommes Frites” Fries
While I feel lucky to be situated in the middle of the country, equidistant from Disneyland and Disney World, I sometimes envy my West Coast friends who get to be close to these Pommes Frites all the time. The garlic-y and cheese-y goodness of the frites, the spicy, rich taste of the cajun remoulade — it’s indescribable. While I’ll miss the Figaro Fries, I might fall off the planet if these disappear…
For those missing the “things piled on top of fries” element of Figaro Fries, consider ordering the Poutine at Le Cellier (see note below). While you’ll surely be missing the tomatoes, lettuce, and Ranch, maybe the gravy will make up for it…
Editor’s Note: OK, I KNOW my Canadian buddies don’t like this picture, but it’s the only one I have, so you’re going to have to deal with it! 😉 Le Cellier has a different version of Poutine at it’s signature dinner, but that one is a bit too frou frou for real poutine, I’ve been told. Here’s a photo of the real thing, which I think the dish now better approximates.
The “Good Old Fries”
It’s nice to know we can always drown our sorrows in these crispy, straight-from-the-oil Beaches and Cream french fries. They’re dusted with seasonings and served in ample portions, because, as we know, more is always better.
“Caution: Hot Cheese” Fries
These fries drowned in cheese are sure to take your mind off of Figaro Fries — at least for a while. I got these at an All Star Resort, but you can make your own anywhere you see the “Caution: Hot Cheese” sign on property.
Add chili and it might get even better…
While it looks like we’ve had to say goodbye to our Figaro Fries, I leave you with one last option for remembrance: make your own. Many of the counter-service spots in WDW have fixin’s bars, yes? Shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, tomatoes, ranch dressing, bacon, anything you’d like… perhaps you can even get a little more creative and go for the Widow Maker Fries!
While we do miss what we once loved, life is about moving on, my friends. What french fries are YOU looking forward to on your next trip to a Disney Park?
Figaro Fries photo via JackSkellington101 on flickr — creative commons