There are two new menu items at Magic Kingdom’s Columbia Harbour House that I knew I had to check out the minute I heard about them.
Available for dinner only, Seafood Macaroni and Cheese and Chicken Pot Pie are currently available for guests starting at 4:00 p.m. (We know this because we went at 11 to get them, and, alas.)
While Resort Counter Service and Table Service Restaurants often have varying menus for lunch and dinner, it’s pretty rare for Counter Service locations in the parks; so it’s always interesting to see the menu options expand later in the day.
While Columbia Harbour House remains home to many favorites, including the Anchors Aweigh and Lighthouse sandwiches, Vegetarian Chili, and good ol’ Chicken and Fish Platters, it’s great to see these menu additions.
Fans of the Lobster Roll should know that it remains on the Lunch Menu.
My favorite thing to do after receiving my order at Columbia Harbour House is to check out the upstairs seating situation, because it’s usually pretty awesome. While most guests grab a spot downstairs, the upstairs seating is often a haven of sorts. This day was no exception. Check it out…
I love everything from the cozy wood to the soft lighting, to the windows all around the outer edges looking out over the people below.
But there was new food in front of me, and you know the drill… so here we go!
The Seafood Macaroni and Cheese, is a generous portion topped with shrimp and lobster, and sprinkled with panko crumbs.
First off, the portion is GIGANTIC. You can tell this is a hefty dish the minute you pick up your weighty tray – two people could easily make a shared meal out of this.
Though the shrimp appeared a little pallid and underdone, the lobster made up for that for me (I should note, though, that I’m not into shrimp, so the lobster was my main draw).
The macaroni and cheese reminded me of the way it’s currently served at Friar’s Nook – it’s as though they’ve taken the standard Disney mac & cheese and added more shredded cheese to make it extra gooey. It’s so rich that I found the panko crumbs very helpful in breaking up the texture, offering a small bit of crunch.
I think this entree is well done, overall. There is enough seafood to have it with just about every bite if you want!
The next new entrée is the Chicken Pot Pie. At first glance, the most interesting thing is that it comes without a top pastry crust.
I looooove a good, flaky top crust, so I was a little bummed. However, it’s cool that you can see almost all of the ingredients right away: the chunks of chicken and rich gravy, sprinkled – like the Seafood Mac & Cheese – with panko crumbs. It’s served with a big side of steamed broccoli.
There are a few bits of veggies tucked in the pot pie, too – I spotted a bit of corn and peas. But they were few and far between, which is fine by me! Who eats a pot pie for the veggies, anyway 😉 ? The focus here is almost entirely on the large amount of chicken and gravy. The chicken tasted fresh and the gravy (the whole reason to eat a pot pie to begin with, in my opinion) was creamy, savory, and delicious.
After the gravy, my second favorite thing about a pot pie is the crust. Though the buttery flavor was great, I found the crust overall to be dry and crumbly, as opposed to soft and flaky. But the quality of the filling still earns this dish an above-average score.
I think these two comfort foods find a natural home in this cozy setting.
And dinner-only items are something we’re seeing more and more of at the in-park counter service restaurants, so it will be interesting to see how that develops!
Would you like to try the Seafood Mac & Cheese or the Chicken Pot Pie? Please let us know with a comment!