Sunday, January 21, 2018

Blue Bayou Restaurant - Disneyland Park

Over Christmas Break, we had dinner at Blue Bayou Restaurant, a table service restaurant in New Orleans Square in Disneyland Park.

Blue Bayou features Creole and Cajun cuisine, and you get to dine in the perpetual twilight of the bayou overlooking Pirates of the Caribbean.

We arrived about 40 minutes before our reservation, because I wanted to request a table by the water.  I was surprised that they were able to seat us about 5 minutes later, and we had this great view.

Blue Bayou's allergy-friendly menu includes the story of the Blue Bayou, and thankfully, a light, because it is quite dark in the restaurant.

Gluten-friendly options on the adult menu: Blue Bayou house salad, pan-seared bone-in pork loin, surf & turf, pan-seared salmon, portobello mushroom and Louisiana popcorn rice, and sorbet.

 Gluten-friendly options on the kids' menu: sustainable fish, chicken breast, and the chef's beef specialty.

My girls were excited to eat Blue Bayou's New Orleans Gumbo, which they had last year and loved, but our server told us that it is a starter included with entrees, and cannot be ordered separately.  I really enjoy the Blue Bayou house salad, minus the blue cheese, but I ordered a bowl of gumbo for my gluten-eating daughters to share.  No one was really hungry, because we had lunch at Tortilla Jo's in Downtown Disney.  I rarely book a table service lunch and dinner on the same day, because it is just too much food, but we made last minute plans to meet a friend at Tortilla Jo's, one of our favorite Disneyland restaurants.  We tried to eat light there, but that is pretty much impossible.  The salad in the picture is from our last visit to Blue Bayou, which you can read about here.

My gluten free rolls were heated well, and I enjoyed them with some butter.

For an entree, I chose the pan-seared salmon with herbed white cheddar-mashed potatoes, roasted garlic, and rosemary jus.  This was my third time ordering salmon at Blue Bayou, and no matter the preparation, it never disappoints.  My salmon was fresh tasting and cooked perfectly, and I loved the rosemary jus it was served with.  The cheddar-mashed potatoes were very good too, and my daughters were super excited that I was willing to share with them.

I do like a palate cleanser after eating fish, so I ordered the pear sorbet, which I had on our first visit to Disneyland in 2013.  I am usually not a fan of sorbet, which I find to be too sweet, but I enjoyed it.  There were several flavors to choose from, including kiwi, and maybe raspberry or mango.  I really need to start writing these little details down, because I never remember them unless I write my reviews right away.

Overall, we all enjoyed my meal at Blue Bayou, but we were definitely disappointed that the gumbo could not be ordered separately for my daughters.

You can read more about Blue Bayou, view their menu and hours, and make advance dining reservations on Disneyland's website.  If you are interested in learning more about Blue Bayou's gluten free offerings and their Fantasmic dining package, check out my friend Sarah's review on her blog Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW.  The Monte Cristo on Blue Bayou's lunch menu can be prepared gluten free, but it has to be pre-ordered.  I have had it at neighboring Cafe Orleans, and it is one of the best gluten free dishes I have eaten at Disneyland, but be prepared to jump through several hoops to get it.  You can read my latest Cafe Orleans review here.  Blue Bayou and Cafe Orleans share a kitchen, but the Monte Cristo is cheaper at Cafe Orleans.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Blue Bayou Restaurant?


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