Thursday, June 11, 2015

Las Ventanas - Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

This morning, my daughters and I had breakfast at Las Ventanas at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.  

Las Ventanas is a table service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The dining room is beautiful, small, and quiet, which made for a nice, relaxing meal.  

My daughters prefer to eat at Disney for lunch and dinner, because they feel like there isn't as much variety for breakfast, but even they were impressed with the interesting breakfast dishes offered as Las Ventanas. 

Even though we arrived thirty minutes before our advance dining reservations, we were seated right away, and a chef came out to the table to discuss gluten free options with me.  

I decided to order the Chorizo Skillet with chorizo, diced potatoes, peppers, onions and garlic, with a Monterey Jack cheese omelet on top.  When our server brought it to the table, she noticed that the cheese was missing, so she brought me a selection of cheeses from the kitchen.  My daughters took the Asiago for their dishes, while I picked the queso fresco, which was the perfect cheese for my skillet.  

I flipped back my omelet so you could see everything underneath it.  The Chorizo Skillet is one of the best breakfasts I have ever had at Disney.  The omelet on top was super thin, which I liked, and perfectly cooked.  The mix of chorizo, diced potatoes, peppers, onion and garlic was so incredibly full of flavor, and I loved eating it with the omelet and some queso fresco.  I could have easily shared this dish with someone else, because the portion was so large. 

It was served with gluten free bread, which arrived warm, but barely toasted.  At first, I was disappointed, because I expected it to be toasted a bit more, but the bread tasted so fresh, I didn't mind how it was served. It was slightly sweet, like challah, which is the perfect kind of bread for breakfast.  My gluten-eating daughters had to try my bread like they always do, and ended up eating most of my second piece because they liked it so much.  The bread looks to be the same Hilltop Hearth bread my friend Sarah had at Las Ventanas last year.  You can read her gluten free and dairy free review of Las Ventanas on her blog Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW.

My daughters both ordered dishes that the chef said he could modify to make gluten free.  Emma loved her Huevos Divorciados with two eggs over easy served on cheese quesadillas with black beans and queso fresco.  This dish was served with fresh salsa roja and salsa verde on the side, but Emma said they were a little too spicy for her.  The menu didn't mention them, but she also received a huge portion of scallion potatoes, which both of my girls enjoyed.  

Katie ordered a more traditional American breakfast, the steak and eggs with twin medallions of sirloin, two eggs over easy, and scallion potatoes.  She loved her steak and eggs, and the gluten-filled bread it came with.  

Overall, we were all impressed with our breakfast dishes and the service at Las Ventanas.  Analia, our server, included this sweet note with our check.  My only complaint is that we could not use our Tables in Wonderland discount, and they don't have a discount for Annual Passholders or Disney Vacation Club Members.  Usually, we are able to use one of the three when we dine at table service restaurants at Disney World.

The dinner menu at Las Ventanas looks really interesting, so we will have to come back soon.

After breakfast, we walked all over Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, which is really quite impressive.  I don't know what the rooms are like at this moderate resort, but the grounds are beautiful.  

You can make advance dining reservations for Las Ventanas, and view their hours and menus on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at Las Ventanas?  


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