Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory - Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter

My daughters and I visited Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter three times on our recent trip to Disney World.  Next summer, we plan on staying there, so we have easier access to one of our favorite quick service restaurants at Disney.

I love the Mardi Gras theming at Sassagoula, though it has been a bit toned down since its renovation last year.  My favorite part is the colorful glass beads and bottles hanging from the ceiling.  The space is open and bright, and I especially like the bamboo bowls they are using instead of paper plates.

When we visited Sassagoula for lunch last week, I had the shrimp and grits with shrimp, tasso ham, vegetables, and grits in a cream sauce.  I was impressed by the quantity of shrimp and ham I received, and the sauce and ham were so incredibly flavorful.  I did not expect to love shrimp and grits from a quick service restaurant at Disney, but this version is one of the best I have ever had.  The portion was so large, I could have easily shared it with someone else.  In November, I plan to try the shimp and grits with eggs, which is on Sassagoula's breakfast menu.

We always order gluten free beignets when we stop at Sassagoula, and they are the main reason that Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory is tied for first place with D-Luxe Burger on my list of favorite quick service restaurants at Disney World, which you can view here.

The raspberry and the chicory coffee ganache dipping sauces are not to be missed, and I like to alternate between the two as I eat my beignets.  The caramel is also very good, and my daughters occasionally like to dip their beignets in all three sauces.  You can read my review of the gluten free beignets at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, and view the recipe here.

Sassagoula did not have allergy-friendly menus for me to look at last week, because the menus have undergone some recent changes, but Chef Tony, their head chef, gave me an idea of dishes that can be made gluten free.

Gluten-friendly breakfast options include beignets, Mickey waffles, the omelet your way with breakfast potato casserole, and shrimp and grits with two sous vide poached eggs.

Gluten-friendly lunch & dinner options - Sassagoula has gluten free chicken tenders and fries, beignets and beignet sundae bowls, Barilla gluten free pasta, Udi's pizza crust, and Udi's sliced bread and Local Oven buns for sandwiches.  Shrimp and grits are available for both lunch and dinner, and at dinner, all the signature rice bowls are gluten free.  For the signature rice bowls, you have a choice of sous vide protein (pulled pork, catfish, shrimp, or pesto marinated tofu), a choice of beans (red or black), and a choice or rice (brown, dirty, or white).

My gluten-eating daughters had the create-your-own pasta with pesto, which is gluten free along with the marinara sauce, and the crispy fried chicken on a biscuit, which Katie said was delicious.

You can view Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory's menu and hours on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Sassagoula?


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