Monday, August 3, 2015

Whispering Canyon Cafe Dinner - Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Last night, I had dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney's Wilderness Lodge with my friends Sarah and Amanda from Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW and Eating Out Without.  Earlier this summer, my daughters and I had a great breakfast and lunch at Whispering Canyon, so I was excited to try it again for dinner, for the first time in probably 5 years.

Whispering Canyon Cafe's allergy-friendly menus have so many gluten free dishes to choose from, it makes it hard to decide what to order, but I ended up picking an old favorite, the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Skillet.

When you order the skillet, your meal starts with mixed greens and apples tossed in an apple vinaigrette.  I love the apple vinaigrette, but I wish the salad had more apples and vegetables in it.  

The gluten free cornbread at Whispering Canyon is one of my favorite parts of the all-you-care-to-enjoy skillet.  It tastes exactly like the amazing cornbread served at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and  Trail's End Restaurant at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort.  Last night, we learned that they make it with Namaste Vanilla Cake Mix, but left without putting in a request for the recipe.  I will have to remember to do that the next time I dine at Whispering Canyon.    

The dinner skillet is more expensive than the all-you-care-to-enjoy skillet Whispering Canyon offers for lunch, but it includes three more items - salad, a seasonal vegetable (green beans) and oak-roasted beef strip loin.  

I enjoyed everything I sampled on my skillet, which included slow-smoked pork ribs, barbecued pulled pork, roasted chicken, oak-roasted beef strip loin, western-style sausage, green beans, mashed Yukon potatoes, corn on the cob, and cowboy-style baked beans.  My favorites were probably the mashed potatoes, beef strip loin, and the roasted chicken.  When multiple people at your table are ordering the skillet, it is usually served family-style, but Sarah and I each had our own, because the mashed potatoes contain dairy, and they put butter on my corn.  

For dessert, I couldn't pass up the Whispering Canyon Campfire-style Chocolate Cake.  I ordered it with ice cream, which was an extra charge, but it was worth it.  I think there were some marshmallows melted on top of the cake, which is served warm.  The taste of the cake was great, and the middle reminded me a bit of a molten chocolate cake.  This cake is safe for people with gluten/wheat, egg, milk, and peanut/tree nut allergies, and it is not to be missed if you love chocolate.  Two varieties of dairy free ice cream are available if you have a dairy allergy.

Whispering Canyon Cafe's allergy-friendly dinner menu lists the following dishes as being safe for those who avoid gluten/wheat:

Appetizers - chilled applewood-smoked shrimp, organic mixed greens salad, heirloom tomato and fresh mozzarella salad, Ranger John's tortilla soup, Gold Rush western chips

Entrees - All-you-care-to-enjoy skillet

Main Claim Entrees - Steak-your-claim pan-seared New York strip, Dusty Trails oak-roasted pork loin rib chop, skillet-fired red quinoa cakes, Bandana Bandit's pan-seared cod, Lazy Susan's citrus-glazed rainbow trout, roasted chicken platter

Desserts  - cheesecake of the season, seasonal berry cobbler and house-made raspberry sorbet, Whispering Canyon berry mousse, Whispering Canyon campfire-style chocolate cake

For dinner, gluten free kids' options include the all-you-care-to-enjoy skillet, garden salad, fruit salad, carroteenies, grilled chicken breast, chicken tenderloin, cheeseburger, sliced apples, and allergy-friendly chocolate chip cookies.

Overall, I really enjoyed my dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe.  You can read more about Whispering Canyon, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at Whispering Canyon Cafe?  


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