Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Boatwright's Dining Hall - Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside

Earlier this month, my family had dinner at Boatwright's Dining Hall, a table service restaurant at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside.

Boatwright's has an allergy-friendly menu that lists options for people with gluten/wheat, milk, egg, soy, fish/shellfish, and peanut/tree nut allergies.

Gluten free appetizers include French onion soup au gratin, Amelia's salad, cajun bayou chopped salad, Colonel Peace's pieces, and the pirogue platter.

For entrees, Boatwright's jambalaya, General Fulton's prime rib, The Big Easy, Sassagoula short ribs, voodoo chicken, and the Pontchartrain pasta can be prepared gluten free.  Gluten free dessert options include banana pudding, butterscotch creme brulee ( a no sugar added dessert), seasonal sorbet served with fresh fruit, and an allergy-friendly cookie a la mode.

There are plenty of gluten/wheat allergy-friendly dishes on the Kids' Menu as well - carrot and celery sticks with fat-free ranch dressing, garden salad, roasted turkey, grilled fish, cheese pizza, hamburger, mac & cheese, chicken tenders, ice cream sundae, sliced apples, strawberry yogurt parfait, and fresh strawberries.

I could not have the house-made corn bread my gluten-eating family got to enjoy, but the chefs at Port Orleans always do an amazing job heating up my favorite gluten free rolls at Disney.  Deanna's allergen free dinner rolls (formerly known as GNI) are free of gluten, dairy, egg, soy, corn, and nuts.

If you are looking for a light appetizer, I highly recommend Amelia's salad, which is a seasonal spinach salad with house-made vinaigrette.  The picture below is from my previous visit to Boatwright's.

My favorite appetizer at Boatwright's used to be the crawfish bites, but they have been replaced by Colonel Peace's Pieces, which are crawfish, oyster, and okra in a crispy corn breading.  We loved the crawfish portion of this dish, but none of us liked the oysters, and only my husband enjoyed the okra.  I love that Chef Tony and his team, who do an amazing job with special diets, switched to a cornmeal batter, so this appetizer is available gluten free without advance notice, but I wish it was just crawfish, or a mix of crawfish, shrimp, and clams.

The first restaurant I ever ate chicken and waffles at was Boatwright's, and it was one of best meals I have ever had at Disney World.  You can read more about my gluten free fried chicken and Mickey waffles birthday dinner at Boatwright's here.

Restaurants at Port Orleans Resort use Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix, which is one of my favorite mixes for making gluten free mini Mickey waffles at home.

My waffles were great, and I enjoyed each bite with a little bit of fried chicken and pure maple syrup on top.

My only complaint about this dish was that our chicken was not seasoned well like on past visits, so we had to add some salt.  It was tender and crispy, but lacked the flavor I am used to.

For dessert, I asked our server if I could have vanilla ice cream with the caramelized bananas that are served with the banana pudding.  One of my favorite desserts at Disney World was the bananas foster with vanilla bean ice cream that they used to serve at Boatwright's, which you can read about in my previous dinner review here.

Before I could even taste my ice cream with caramelized bananas, our server asked me if I wanted ice cream with bananas foster, which I could not pass up.  It was good, but I could taste the alcohol on this visit, so I did not offer any to my children like I usually do.  Next time, I look forward to trying the house made banana pudding with caramelized bananas.

You can read more about Boatwright's, make advance dining reservations, and view their menu and hours on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Boatwright's Dining Hall?


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