Saturday, November 16, 2013

Splitsville in Downtown Disney Adds 16 Gluten Free Menu Items

Today, we met friends for bowling and lunch at Splitsville in Downtown Disney.  We had our lane for two hours because of the size of our party.  You can read about our previous experience at Splitsville here.

In September, it was announced on the Disney Parks Blog that Splitsville was adding 16 gluten free dishes to their menu.  The "GF" symbol is prominently displayed next to these items on their regular menu, which you can view here.  

I had my heart set on trying the new rice bowls as soon as I heard about them.  We decided to order 3 of the 4 rice bowls for our family of four to share.  Of the three we tried, the Asian shrimp was my least favorite, but they were all good. 

My daughter Katie wanted the steak fajita rice bowl, which we all enjoyed. 

My personal favorite was the fiesta chicken.  The portions were generous, and I loved the sushi rice and the tataki sauce, which was a little bit sweet.  The only rice bowl we did not try was the spicy veggie.

Overall, I was really impressed with Splitsville's new gluten free choices.  My family would go back to bowl and eat, or just to eat.  We were able to spend a nice relaxing afternoon with friends, a welcome change of pace from the theme parks.  

3/15 Update - since I wrote this post, Splitsville has added a gluten free sushi tuna bowl with seared Ahi tuna, avocado, carrots and cucumbers, tossed in kimchee ponzu, and served over sushi rice with a spicy mayo drizzle.  You can read more about this new rice bowl on my friend Sarah's blog Gluten-Free & Dairy Free at WDW.  They have also added a giant gluten free cupcake to the menu as well.  The flavor of the cupcake can vary, but on the day I was there, I sampled a red velvet and a snickerdoodle cupcake. 

Both cupcakes are made by a local gluten free baker.  The red velvet cupcake was very heavy, but I enjoyed the taste of the cake and the cream cheese icing.  

The snickerdoodle cupcake was a little bit dry, but the flavor was good, and I enjoyed the frosting.  These "giant" cupcakes were standard size cupcakes, and pricey at $8.

Other gluten free options at Splitsville include the blazing chicken and edamame appetizers, sushi (spicy tuna, the Alberto, and the fantasy roll), Ahi Tuna and Turkey BLT salads, Mahi Mahi with Voodoo shrimp, and grilled salmon with broccoli.  The gluten free pizza is not safe for celiacs because of cross contamination issues.

November 24, 2013 Update

With family in town for Thanksgiving, we decided to head to Splitsville for some bowling and lunch.  

I was excited to see that Splitsville, like the rest of Disney, was decorated for Christmas.   

The lane we had today, lane 30, was the best one yet.  We had a great view from the second floor, and were right next to this beautiful lounge area.  

I ordered the fiesta chicken rice bowl.  It was even better than last week, and I had it all to myself.  

My husband ordered the gluten free Ahi Tuna Salad with avocado and Asian pear dressing.  Neither one of us liked it enough to order it again.  

June 30, 2014 Update

Last Friday, my friend Shelley and I took our daughters to Splitsville for bowling and lunch.  We arrived at 10:30, and were excited to see the early bird pricing of $7 for kids and $12 for adults.  Early bird prices are good from 10:30 to 12:30, Monday through Friday, and cannot be combined with the annual pass discount.  Disney World Annual Passholders receive 10% off bowling and 10% off food at Splitsville.  3/15 Update  - when I was at Splitsville last week, early bird pricing was available 7 days a week, but there are blackout dates.  You can call Splitsville at 407-938-PINS (7467) to check on current pricing.  

Since only our daughters were bowling, we had our lane for one hour, but that was plenty of time for three 8 and 9 year old girls.  

My friend Shelley enjoyed the gluten free blazing chicken, which is grilled chicken tenderloins tossed in a spicy Buffalo sauce, and served with ranch dressing.  

Her daughter ordered a hamburger on a gluten free bun, with a side of applesauce.

April 12, 2015 

Today, the Orlando Celiac Support Group had a meetup at Splitsville.  For lunch, I ordered the grilled salmon with mango chutney, sushi rice and broccoli.  I really enjoyed this dish.  My salmon was seasoned and cooked well, and was nicely complemented by the mango chutney.  I also put the mango chutney on my rice and broccoli.

My friend Vanessa liked her Asian Shrimp Bowl with its sweet kimchee tataki sauce.  Underneath all those shrimp are stir-fry veggies and sushi rice.  

What are your favorite gluten free menu items at Splitsville?


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