Thursday, September 24, 2015

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar - Disney Springs

Yesterday, I had lunch at Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar, the latest addition to The Landing in Disney Springs.

The restaurant, which is described on Disney's website as a "1940s airplane hangar turned dive bar," is themed around Jock Lindsey, Indiana Jones' pilot in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The 150-seat waterfront lounge has indoor and outdoor seating, and indoor and outdoor bars.  You can even be seated in Jocks's old steamboat, named after his pet snake Reggie.

I arrived right before Jock's opened yesterday at 11:30, and was able to pick my own seat at a small table inside.  Right away, I noticed the large glowing container of Reggie's Revenge, one of the signature libations at Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar.

The menu, which is found inside the Pilot's Log Book, includes food and drink inspired by Jock's travels around the world.

For food, Jock's only serves small plates, and gluten free options are very limited.

The drink menu is huge, and has many signature non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks to choose from.   I did not see any gluten free beers on the menu, but Jock's does have Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider and Ace Pineapple Hard Cider.

Chef Brian came out to speak with me, and brought along a special diets menu.  Gluten free options include:

  • Good Dates - goat cheese-stuffed dates served with Marcona almonds and pickled vegetables
  • Snack of Ra  - African salads and dips (no bread)
  • Brody's Brats - grilled bratwurst served with mustard and pickled cabbage

I usually only drink water, but I decided I had to try one of the non-alcoholic signature libations from the menu.  My server confirmed that the Diving Bell is gluten free, though she did mention that it contains soy.  It is Simply Lemonade and watermelon topped with a lemon-lime foam.  I really enjoyed it, and it was nice to have something sweet to drink after finishing my food.  If you are a fan of lemonade, you will definitely like this drink.  The menu mentions watermelon, but I did not detect any noticeable watermelon taste.

My first small plate was the Snack of Ra, which has four African salads and dips.  This appetizer is usually served with injera and naan, which are not gluten free.  I was very surprised that Jock's did not have gluten free bread available as a substitute, especially considering that it is a Disney-owned and operated restaurant.

Out of the four salads and dips, I really only enjoyed one, the hummus made from peas, beans, and tahini.

The chicken salad had an interesting spice profile, but I did not eat too much of it, because I am not a huge of mayonnaise.  The salad with tomato, feta, and cucumbers was ok, but a little heavy on the raw onion.  I am not sure what was in the fourth salad/dip on the plate, because it was not listed on the menu, but I was not a big fan of this one either.  The hummus was great, but I would not order the Snack of Ra again, because I did not enjoy the other salads and dips on the plate.

When my order of Brody's Brats arrived, I was shocked at how many grilled bratwurst were on the plate.  They are usually served with mustard, which I did not get, because I have never liked the taste of it.  The bratwurst were very good, and I actually ended up eating them with the hummus from my Snack of Ra appetizer.  The pickled cabbage on the side tasted very plain, and lacked the vinegary kick I was expecting.

Overall, I am glad I had a chance to visit Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar, but this might be a one time experience for me, unless my family insists on dining there.  There are too few gluten free options, and I did not enjoy the small plates enough to go back anytime soon.  For some fun drinks and atmosphere though, it is definitely worth a visit if you are spending a few hours in Disney Springs.

Update - You can read my most recent review of Jock's here.

You can read more about Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar and view their menu and hours on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar?


  1. Kinda shocked that they have such limited GF options, especially when it looks like you could make GF-friendly a couple of those dishes pretty easily!

    From what you've said, it won't be worth my while to go. Shame, it looks fun!