Saturday, August 17, 2013

Olivia's Cafe Lunch/Dinner - Disney's Old Key West Resort

On the Disney World Addicts Facebook page I follow, someone asked about Olivia's Cafe.  After looking up the menu, seeing they had shrimp and grits and flourless chocolate cake, and reading good reviews on TripAdvisor, I decided we had to try this restaurant at Disney's Old Key West Resort. 

Disney describes Olivia's Cafe as a casual restaurant that serves home-style American cuisine with a Caribbean twist.  

The lunch/dinner menu had several choices that were appealing to me, but I came for the shrimp and grits.  Chef Matt told me that every entree can be made gluten free, and Udi's bread and GNI rolls are available for sandwiches.  Shana, our waitress, also mentioned that gluten free pancakes and Mickey waffles are available for breakfast, and there is a dedicated fryer for french fries.  

The sugar free lemon cheesecake is gluten free, but I'm a chocolate addict.  I seldom pass up gluten free chocolate desserts!  :-)

When Chef Matt brought me this Ener-G bun, I did not have high hopes.  These rolls are almost always mediocre, but today, they were perfectly heated and quite tasty with the olive oil, that I think was seasoned with oregano and salt.   The only other Disney restaurants that I have found them to be edible are Restaurant Marrakesh in Epcot, and Remy on the Disney Dream.  The chef at Remy sliced them up and cooked them so they tasted like French bread!  

I was very happy with my shrimp and grits.  They had a little kick to them!  

The flourless chocolate cake was very good and the presentation was beautiful.  I loved that it was warm, rich, and super moist.  It would have been perfect with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream!  It's made with Bob's Red Mill Brownie Mix, butter, dark chocolate, rum, expresso, and eggs.  

Chef Matt brought me a Babycakes card and told me that with 24 hour notice, he could have their products available for people to eat at Olivia's.  Good to know!  

Overall, we were all happy with our dining experience at Olivia's Cafe.  The food and service were both worth going back for.

You can view the breakfast and the lunch/dinner menus for Olivia's Cafe, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at Olivia's Cafe?  


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