Saturday, June 6, 2015

Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Last night, we had dinner at the Rebel Hanger: A Star Wars Lounge Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  

The Rebel Hanger, which opens daily at 4 p.m., is set up inside the Backlot Express, a quick service restaurant located next to Star Tours.

From May 15th to June 14th, you can enjoy Star Wars inspired food and beverages at the Rebel Hanger, a table service dining experience created for Star Wars Weekends.  

We arrived over an hour before our advance dining reservations, but were seated quickly at a table with a fun Star Wars centerpiece.  

The Rebel Hanger does not have an allergy-friendly menu, but our server had a list of gluten free options on a small card that she read to me.  Five out of the eight small plates were gluten free or could be modified to be gluten free, including the Pilot's Pommes Frites, Ensalada Naboo (minus the won ton crisp), Trio of Thermal Detonators, Slider Sampler: The Sith and The Jedi (with gluten free bread), and the Ilum Fruit and Cheese Sabers (with gluten free bread).  

We all shared an order of the Pilot's Pommes Frites with garlic aioli, which was probably my favorite dish of the night.  It's amazing what some garlic and Parmesan can do to improve the standard Disney quick service fries.  They weren't as good as the garlic Parmesan skinny chips at Raglan Road and Cookes of Dublin, but they were pretty darn close.  The portion was huge, and I loved the Star Wars-themed paper they were served in.  I didn't eat the garlic aioli, but my husband said it was good.  

I also really enjoyed the Trio of Thermal Detonators, which are pork wings with spicy piquillo pepper sauce.  I did not want the coleslaw they were served with, so I asked if I could get some house-made chips instead.  I was shocked when our dish arrived with the wings served on a bed of arugula, with a huge basket of chips on the side.  The wings were nice and tender, and the spicy piquillo pepper sauce was flavorful, without being overly spicy.  

The house-made chips were good, but we ended up not finishing them, because we had so many pommes frites to snack on.  

Both my husband and I liked the pork wings better than the slider sampler, mainly because the GNI rolls they were served on were not heated well.  

The barbecue pulled chicken sandwich on the slider sampler is served with arugula, while the barbecue pulled brisket is served with coleslaw, which I had left off of my sandwich.  Our Sith and Jedi sliders came with house-made chips made in a dedicated fryer.  

The barbecue pulled chicken and pork were both good, and I ended up eating them on top of my chips, because I didn't like the bread.  

Between the four of us, we ate three slider samplers, one order of the Pilot's Pommes Frites, and the Trio of Thermal Detonators, which was plenty of food.  Compared to the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, and Jedi Mickey's Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine, the Rebel Hangar is very inexpensive, especially for us, because we didn't order drinks or desserts.

The Rebel Hanger has no characters like the other Star Wars dining experiences, which made my character-phobic daughters happy, but the Star Wars themed decor was fun to look at.

I ended up having chocolate mousse for dessert at the ABC Commissary.  The Rebel Hangar might have some pre-packaged gluten free treats, but I didn't ask.

Overall, we enjoyed our meal at the Rebel Hanger, and I hope this is just a preview of what is to come if Disney turns the Backlot Express into a Star Wars-themed quick service restaurant.

You can read more about the Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at the Rebel Hangar?  


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