We’ve got some brand new, hot-off-the-presses food news for you today from Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner in Hollywood Studios!
Longtime home to the Frankfurter in a Pretzel Roll and Italian Sausage in a Bread Roll, there have been a few updates to the menu over the last couple years at Min and Bill’s. There are rotating seasonal shakes, the Jumbo Turkey Leg, and we were even able to get those fun bread cones here for a while.
But now they’ve added even more to the menu with the recent arrival of two brand new artisan Macaroni & Cheese dishes: Barbecued Pulled Pork and Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese. And I do mean brand new… these just hit the scene yesterday, folks! So, let’s get to it…
These are very similar to the mac and cheese dishes served at Friar’s Nook in the Magic Kingdom, but they’re not EXACTLY the same. There are two new flavors to try!
You’ll spot them on the featured items sign, right under the Frankfurter and Italian Sausage (yep, they’re still on the menu — whew!).
You all know me well enough by now — it should come as no surprise that I was especially stoked about the combo of two of my very favorite foods on EARTH: Mac and cheese AND Buffalo chicken! If ever anything had “We made this for you, AJ” written on it, it would be this. So I dove into the Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese with Crumbled Blue Cheese right away.
But first, I took a good look at it, and I invite you to do the same…
The Buffalo chicken looks really strange, right? Frankly, it’s almost off-putting. And as a result, I wasn’t wild about it from the get-go. T
he blue cheese was VERY blue, and very strong, while the Buffalo chicken was kind of watery and weird.
It was spicy, at least, so that was good. But overall, it was not really a winner for this Buffalo, NY-raised girl. It seemed like the mac and cheese and the Buffalo chicken were two dishes that needed to be eaten separately. They didn’t go well together at all. Total bummer.
The Barbecued Pulled Pork Macaroni and Cheese, on the other hand, had everything Right. As. Rain.
The flavors were fantastic — sweet and savory rolled into one. The pork was saucy enough on its own, but they added a bit of sauce to the top, just in case!
The fried onion garnish was an awesome flavor and texture addition. Put it all together, and I’d say this one ranks right up there with the beauty that is Pot Roast Macaroni and Cheese over at Friar’s Nook. Maybe even better!!
So, if anyone over at Min and Bill’s is reading this, the two dishes are a good example of “one works, and one doesn’t.” The Buffalo chicken and blue cheese texture was strange and wonky when combined with the mac and cheese. Whereas the pulled pork dish flavors came together exceptionally well and the whole thing was spectacular. I’d even call it a must-buy.
So after all that I needed something sweet, and I could’t leave without trying Min & Bill’s current seasonal shake: Caramel Apple.
This was a great surprise (and not just because it was topped with a whipped cream Mickey!).
I expected it to be sour and “artificial” tasting, but instead it was sweet and only slightly apple-y. And the caramel was thick and rich — a true sauce, not that light, syrupy stuff. And they sure didn’t skimp…
I gotta say, I really liked this one!
All in all, it was a day full of surprises at Min & Bill’s… some good, some not so much. Fortunately, the good (even great, really) outweighed the bad, and I’d definitely recommend stopping by the Dockside Diner and giving the winners a try yourself!
Would you like to try the artisan Mac and Cheese at Min & Bill’s? Please let us know with a comment!