Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Mara Dinner - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

The Mara at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of my favorite quick service restaurants at Disney World.  I have breakfast and lunch reviews on my blog, but last weekend was my first time dining there for dinner.  

After the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention, I went to The Mara with some friends from the Orlando Celiac Support Group.  

The chef we spoke to said he could make us gluten free versions of anything on the menu except the falafel pita, because the falafel contains gluten.  

For entrees, you can choose the Angus bacon cheeseburger, allergy chicken tenders and fries, pepperoni flatbread, barbeque chicken flatbread, vegetable flatbread, Mara salad with chicken, hand-carved ham sandwich, chicken pita, African stew, or a Reuben hot dog.

If I hadn't been so full from all the food I ate at the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention, I would have ordered the oak-smoked rotisserie chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans.  

I decided on a cup of the butternut squash soup, hoping it would be the same soup I love so much at Boma.  It was smooth and creamy, slightly sweet, and full of my favorite fall spices.  I will definitely be ordering this heavenly soup again the next time we go to The Mara.  

Jennifer and Vanessa split an order of the African stew with beef, turkey, ham, carrots, potatoes, peas, chickpeas, and raisins, served over Basmati rice.  

They also shared a vegetable flatbread made on an Udi's pizza shell with Moroccan chermoula and four cheese blend topped with portobello mushrooms, zucchini, roasted red peppers, and caramelized onions.  

They both liked the African stew, which I enjoyed for lunch, but they raved about the vegetable flatbread the whole time they ate it.  Jennifer described it as flavorful, with enough spices to compliment the veggies.  

The Mara has gluten free zebra domes and BabyCakes mini cupcakes for dessert.  The cupcakes are available in the refrigerated section, but you need to ask a chef for gluten free zebra domes from the back.  Any time we are in the vicinity of The Mara, my daughters ask me to buy them zebra domes, which are one of their favorite desserts at Disney.

You can view The Mara's menus on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at The Mara?


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