As always, I ate at a bunch of really great restaurants while I was in Disney for FACCWDW. Here’s a look at where I went:
Bongo’s Cuban Cafe
I. Love. Bongo’s. A lot. I thought that maybe I’d branch out and try a new place on Friday while I could, but nope. The tostones and bacon-wrapped maduros drew me in. Instead of my usual Vaca Frita de Pollo, I opted for a couple of smaller things: maduros con tocino (the bacon-wrapped plantains), and a side of veggies and tostones. Update: the waiter told me that the plantains are fried on a shared surface with items that contain gluten. Since it was relatively empty (there were like, 5 people there while I got lunch), the chef was able to prepare my plantains separately so they would be gluten-free. The waiter informed me that this might not be an option if it’s really crowded, so that is something to be aware of. This summer, this was not the case (or they just made my plantains separately since we had a reservation and they knew ahead of time). But just a head’s up for people who wish to dine there.
Erin McKenna’s Bakery
This is a must-do for any of my Disney trips. I was all set to go in there and buy a cookie sandwich and a thin mint, but then they had to go and have THREE different pumpkin pastries: a cupcake, a whoopie pie, and an eclair. So obviously, I had to buy all three (they made an excellent dinner). And then I went back for that thin mint and got a coffee crunch donut/cupcake parfait the next day. My favorite thing from them is their chocolate chip cookie icing sandwiches, but they didn’t have any this weekend, which was sad. But then again, they had pumpkin stuff, which was not sad.
**Update** Erin McKenna’s products are not corn-free. It states on their website that their vanilla is corn-filtered and their frosting contains corn ingredients. I was originally able to tolerate these as the corn wasn’t a significant amount, but last time I had the products, I developed a rash. I wanted this information to be available to any readers.
Trattoria al Forno
This is the restaurant that replaced my favorite Disney restaurant, Kouzzina, this past year. I’ve heard good things from Sarah and Alexis about Trattoria, so I wanted to check it out. I got the frittata with peppers, prosciutto, and arugula served with the potatoes. The meal was awesome (although I still miss the sweet potato hash from Kouzzina…they need to add that!) Chef Brad was even nice enough to bring me an Enjoy Life Ricemilk Crunch bar since I couldn’t have the allergy mickey waffles. 🙂 Overall, I enjoyed my experience and would like to try the dinner there sometime.
Spice Road Table
I went back and forth between going to get allergy chicken tenders and coming here, and since the fries at Liberty Inn had corn and were fried in the same fryer as the chicken, my decision was made for me! I went here this summer and knew exactly what I wanted: stuffed grape leaves and hummus. Oddly enough, I had the same waiter and chef that helped me out back in July…and they remembered!
The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
After trying to get into Kona Cafe, Grand Floridian Cafe, and Chef Mickey’s to no avail, my aunt and cousins and I settled on The Wave, which is on the bottom floor of the Contemporary Resort. When the chef came out to ask what I wanted, I gave her a card with all my allergens (something I did all weekend which ended up being very helpful), and asked her if it was possible for the sweet potato pancakes to be made gluten/dairy/corn-free. Guess what? It was!! She told me that they used Namaste mix, and could make the honey pecan syrup for me as well! She made my day. Those pancakes were delicious. Since I got the pancakes, I didn’t get any Mickey waffles this trip, but that’s totally okay.
End Zone Food Court at All Star Sports Resort
I couldn’t very well leave Disney without getting those allergy tenders. I spoke with the chef and he told me he could make the chicken tenders in a separate pot to remove the corn cross-contact, and made me a kale/brussel sprout power salad as a side instead of fries. Yum!
Until next time, Disney.