Friday, February 13, 2015

Gluten Free Goodness in Walt Disney World

Our recent trip to Disney was handsdown our best with food!  Don't get me wrong every trip is amazing with food -but, I was sure to try somewhere we had never been every day...except 1!  In case you don't already know, Disney is abolutley outstanding when it comes to food allergies.  All you need to do is mention "allergy" in your reservation, and a chef comes out to speak with you, and go over options.  Typically, the chef brings your meal out themselves, too.  Disney is one of the only places I can truly not have a single worry about food...and so many options!

Before this trip, I discovered the most helpful website:  Gluten Free in Orlando.  Not only does she live in Orlando, she is orginally from Pittsburgh like me!  If your planning a trip to Disney or Orlando, be sure to check out the won't be sorry!!

This trip, we ate breakfast at the Contemp Cafe most mornings...except for after venturing to find Erin McKenna Bakery (formerly called BabyCakes NYC) at the Beach Club resort.
Erin McKenna's Bakery will soon have a new location Downtown Disney, -however, for now, they offer donuts & brownie bites at the Beachclub, and at a kiosk in Animal Kingdom...and more locations listed on their website.

For lunch, we ate light, and just had granola bars I packed with fruit & veggies, or dole whips!  

Now for comes the goodness!!  
Disney currently has a few test kitchens with dedicated Gluten Intolerance menus.  Two that we visited were Sci Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant located in Hollywood Studios and Kona Cafe located in the Polynesian Resort.
At the Sci Fi, we enjoyed chicken wings with honey-chipotle barbecue sauce,  Shrimp pasta for me, and Miss J had grilled Salmon with fries and veggies.

At Kona Cafe, my meal choice was Pan-Asian Noodles, and Grilled Shrimp Skewer for Miss J!

On our evening at Downtown Disney we couldn't pass up one of our favs, and the only place have visited before...Reglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant.  We had our regular menu items:
Me:  Fish & chips 
Miss J:  Crispy shrimp & fries 
We love Reglans especially since the dances will include the kids with their dance after they perform!  

On our Animal Kingdom day, we devoured our Yak & Yeti meals!  The server, chef, and manager were all simply amazing.  We even enjoyed cheesecake for dessert -but, it disappeared too quickly, and not pictured...sorry!  We all enjoyed the Lettuce Cups. 
Miss J:  Shrimp Lo Mein
Me: Honey Chicken with Brown Rice 

On our Magic Kingdom, we enjoyed eating at The Plaza, where I had my first cheesesteak in over 12 years...and it was amazing!!   Our chef was amazing...when she came to talk to us, she said "I can make anything you want gluten free"; which was Disney Magic to my ears!!  It was our last day so we kept it simple:
Me:  Cheesesteak with fries
Miss J:  ChickenTenders with carrots
Miss J also shared a milkshake with her Dad since they both share the same sweet tooth!!
No doubt we will be visiting many of these same restaurants on our next Disney trip.  The amazing Disney Chefs sure make it tough to come home, and make me dream of their food for days!  

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