Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop - Disney's Beach Club Resort

The night before we flew back to California, we had dinner at at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, a table service restaurant at Disney's Beach Club Resort.

This was our first time dining at Beaches & Cream since our move to California four years ago.

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is a boardwalk-style ice cream parlor, and it recently underwent a renovation, so the restaurant is much larger than it used to be, and we were happy with the social distancing of tables.

Definitely make advance dining reservations when your booking window opens if you want to dine at Beaches & Cream. It is a very popular restaurant, and reservations can be hard to come by. The To Go window was open when we visited, but I forgot to take a picture of the menu.

My family had to scan the QR code provided by the restaurant to view the menu at Beaches & Cream, but I was given a paper allergy-friendly menu.

We ate a pretty big lunch at Disney's Hollywood Studios earlier in the day, so my husband and I decided to split an Angus beef burger with cheddar, and fries. Beaches & Cream now has a dedicated fryer in the restaurant, which was not the case before the renovation.

Yes, there is a gluten free bun hidden underneath the burger, and the lettuce & tomato, and it was very good. I loved my Angus burger, which was the only hamburger I ate at Disney World during our two week trip. I liked it so much, I regretted splitting it with my husband. The fries were just ok though, and I found myself wishing that I had ordered a side of watermelon instead. I am just not a fan of most thick cut fries, so I would skip them the next time we dine at Beaches & Cream.

I had recently read in the Facebook group Gluten Free Disney that allergy-friendly desserts were no longer being made in the back at Beaches & Cream, and that there was a risk of cross contamination. Our server Matt told me that they no longer have to make allergy-friendly desserts in the back because of their bigger kitchen up front, and he assured me that I did not have to worry about my ice cream being scooped from a container where there could be cross contamination with gluten.

The No Way Jose sundae is not listed on the allergy-friendly menu, but I have never had a problem ordering it at Beaches & Cream. It features chocolate and vanilla ice cream, peanut butter and chocolate morsels, peanut butter and hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry.

On this visit, I asked that my sundae be made with vanilla ice cream with dairy, with no chocolate ice cream. I was a little shocked when it came out, because it did not look like what I am used to. The presentation is usually pretty spectacular, but they are now serving the No Way Jose in a banana sundae boat, because they are short on the big glasses they used to use.

Even though it was not very pretty, my No Way Jose Sundae tasted great, and it was the perfect ending to a magical trip. I did share it with my husband, who also ate part of our daughters' sundae as well. Overall, we had a great meal at Beaches & Cream Soda shop. We loved the decor of the renovated restaurant, and the service was great.

You can read more about Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, make advance dining reservations, and view their menu and hours on Disney's website.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Beaches & Cream?


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