FACCWDW 2015: A Culinary Photo Tour

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Until next time, Disney.

Xoxo

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3 Comments

  1. Hello, we are going to donkey with our corn free/GF daughter. Will she be able to have Mickey waffles? Also, I see you are at Erin McKennas bakery. I know it’s GF there but you were able to find corn free there too? My daughter would be so excited. Oh, I see you had chicken nuggets. She’ll live that. If you could give me insight on these questions that would be so great. She’s 12 so if anything else stands out at fabulous, I’d love to hear it! Thanks!

    1. Hi Jen –
      Thanks for the questions! The Mickey waffle batter depends on the location. Some places only use mixes that contain corn, but others have alternative mixes or use Namaste. Unfortunately, Erin McKenna’s is not corn-free, as their vanilla is corn-filtered and they have corn ingredients in their frosting and soft serve. Since my issue with corn is not anaphylactic and is more of an intolerance, I used to be able to tolerate their products, but I think I have gotten more sensitive because the last time I went there, I developed a rash after eating the products (I was heartbroken). And as for the chicken nuggets, again, this depends on the location. Many of the quick service locations that serve GF/DF chicken tenders fry them in a dedicated fryer with the french fries. However, there are corn ingredients in this oil at some of the locations. Some places will be able to bake the chicken tenders, but you will need to ask. I’ve been able to see an ingredient book at all of the quick-service locations, so definitely ask for this. At table service locations, ask to speak with a manager and notify the restaurant of your allergies when you make the reservation. I also suggest contacting the Special Diets department (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/special-dietary-requests/) and speaking with them about what they can do for your daughter. Additionally, there is a line of allergy-friendly snacks called “Snacks with Character” that features co-branded GF snacks like Enjoy Life Foods. These can be found throughout the parks and resorts, which is great! I hope that helps! 🙂

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