Sunday, January 10, 2016

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop - Disney's Beach Club Resort

Last night, we had dinner at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort.

The theming of Beaches & Cream, a table service restaurant, is that of an old-fashioned boardwalk-style ice cream shop along the Atlantic seashore.  Beaches & Cream is a popular dining destination and is very small, so be sure to make advance dining reservations.

The allergy-friendly menu lists options for people with gluten/wheat, milk, egg, soy, fish/shellfish, and peanut/tree nut allergies.

Gluten free entrees include the Angus beef burger, Beaches seafood salad sandwich, chicken sandwich, Beaches veggie burger, Beaches chef salad, and chili.  If you are interested in any of the other entrees, ask if they can be made gluten free.  I had the roasted turkey sandwich with smoked gouda and Craisin jalapeno jam when I had lunch at Beaches & Cream last year.

When you look at the Sweet Endings on the allergy-friendly menu, you might be disappointed, but don't worry, there are many other gluten free desserts available.

Gluten free options for kids include the grilled chicken sandwich, turkey sandwich, hot dog, hamburger, non-milk frozen dessert, and strawberry yogurt topped with fresh berries.

I considered ordering the Beaches veggie burger, but so many of my blog readers have told me how great the burgers are at Beaches & Cream, so I chose the Angus beef burger with lettuce and tomato on an allergy-friendly bun.  The allergy-friendly menu says that this burger is served with fruit, but I asked if I could get french fries instead, which are mentioned as a substitute for people with gluten/wheat allergies on the kids' menu.  Our server Brian said that was no problem.  They don't have a dedicated fryer at Beaches & Cream, but he said they would get the french fries from Hurricane Hanna's.

I liked my burger, but I would not say that it was anything special.  I much prefer the build-your-own beef burger at The Wave, and the surf and turf burger at the Grand Floridian Cafe.  My hamburger bun, which I was told was Local Oven, was a little bit dry, so I removed the top part, and just ate my burger with the bottom half of the bun.

My gluten-eating family was served thicker cut fries with their sandwiches, so of course, they all wanted my skinny fries, which I gladly shared, because I wanted to save room for dessert.  My daughter Emma enjoyed her grilled herb chicken sandwich (minus the brie and frisee), which is available gluten free with the use of an allergy-friendly bun.

For dessert, I ordered the No Way Jose sundae, which is described as, "a peanut butter and hot fudge delight featuring chocolate and vanilla ice cream, peanut butter and chocolate morsels, whipped cream, and a cherry."  It is huge, so be prepared to share, or skip an entree, and come just for dessert, which some of the diners around us were doing.  The last time I dined at Beaches & Cream, I ordered the No Way Jose sundae as is, but last night, I asked for just vanilla ice cream, which was scooped from a fresh container in the back.  I gave my husband a bowl full of ice cream and toppings from my sundae, and even then, I could not finish it.

The No Way Jose, which is featured in my The Best Thing I Ever Ate at Disney - Gluten Free Desserts post, was just as good as I remembered, but I did miss having the chocolate ice cream to eat with all the peanut butter in my sundae, so next time, I won't be making any changes to this amazing dessert.  I do wish though, that they would give you a few more cherries.  Once I eat one, I just want more.

The last time I dined at Beaches & Cream, which you can read about here, I was told that they have gluten free brownies and chocolate chip cookies, so the fudge mud slide and the brownie a la mode sundaes can be made gluten free.  The Kitchen Sink, which serves 4, can be prepared gluten free as well.  Beaches & Cream also has an allergy-friendly menu for their To Go counter.  Gluten/wheat friendly options for takeaway include a single or double scoop cone, root beer float, and an ice cream sandwich.  If you are dining in, and are interested in an of these desserts, just ask your server.

You can read more about Beaches & Cream, view their menu and hours, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop?


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