Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Wave...of American Flavors Lunch - Disney's Contemporary Resort

Today was my first time dining at The Wave...of American Flavors at Disney's Contemporary Resort.  The Wave, a table service restaurant, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  

My daughters and I stopped in for lunch today.  The Wave's decor is very modern, and their menus feature healthful dishes that often contain locally sourced or organic ingredients.  

Chef Frank told me that I could pick almost any dish on the lunch menu, except the crab cakes.  I considered ordering The Wave Cobb Salad with chicken, but the build-your-own beef burger sounded so good, I could not pass it up.  

The Build-Your-Own Beef Burger features Florida raised and grass fed beef with your choice of candied bacon, red wine caramelized onions, guacamole, grilled mushrooms & Black Diamond cheese, with your choice of roasted potato wedges or sweet corn salad.  I have to admit they had me hooked when I read candied bacon.  I ended up ordering my burger with all the toppings on Udi's bread.  Chef Frank brought out a box of gluten free buns to show me, but they were GNI rolls, and they were too tiny for a burger.  

I must admit that when I got my first look at my food, I was not impressed.  I was shocked at how slim my burger was. and I was picturing something much different in my head when I chose the roasted potato wedges as my side.  Here's a classic example of never judge a book by its cover.  My burger was amazing!  I even liked it on the Udi's bread, which I am pretty sure was their whole grain loaf.  The marriage of all the flavors in my toppings made for burger perfection.  I can't remember the last time I had a burger that tasted that good.

I usually don't love thick cut fries, but they were seasoned well, and cooked perfectly.  They must have been baked, because our waitress told us they don't fry anything at The Wave.  

For dessert, Chef Frank brought out his allergy binder to check for gluten, and offered me gluten free carrot cake, creme brulee, or a trio of sugar free sherbets.  I don't eat anything with the sugar substitutes maltitol or xylitol, so I ordered a custom dessert trio with carrot cake and creme brulee.  

The classic vanilla bean creme brulee with summer berries was so good!  My daughters reluctantly tried it, but ended up scarfing down the one I gave them pretty quickly, then asked for more.

I enjoyed the carrot cake as well, but the creme brulee was the real star of our dessert trio.

July 23, 2015 Update

Earlier today, my daughters and I had lunch at The Wave, which now has allergy-friendly menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Even though it is not listed on their menu, the gluten free carrot cake is still available. 

I ordered the build-you-own beef burger with candied bacon, red wine-caramelized onions, guacamole, grilled mushrooms, and Black Diamond cheddar.  It is too good to pass up.  My baked fries were so perfectly crispy, I thought they were fried.  

My burger was served on Udi's toasted bread, like I requested, but our server also brought me a gluten free bun, which was heated perfectly, and was great with the burger. 

You can make advance dining reservations for The Wave...of American Flavors, and view their menus here.  Several of my blog readers mentioned loving the reuben sandwich, which is on the lunch menu.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at The Wave?


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