Friday, July 27, 2018

STK Orlando - Disney Springs

This post was updated December 9, 2018

During our recent trip to Disney World, we had dinner with friends at STK Orlando, a signature dining restaurant in Disney Springs.


My friend Debbie from FinnFamilyGlutenFreeFun has been raving about STK since she first dined there, and it has become her favorite restaurant at Disney World. We dined at twenty-five restaurants during our nine day trip, and my entire family agrees that it was one of our top three meals.



STK does not have an allergy-friendly menu, but our server Mike Torch was very knowledgeable about gluten free options. He told us that almost everything on the menu was gluten free or could be modified to be gluten free. There are a few exceptions, like the mac & cheese, and lobster mac & cheese.



I am glad my friend Lorraine asked about cocktails, because we both ended up ordering the Flawless, which contains vodka, prosecco, lemon, and muddled raspberries. It was so good, I could have easily ordered a second one, but I never have more than one drink.


My daughter Katie and I shared a 10 oz filet with chimichurri and red wine sauces. Our steak was incredibly tender, and I really loved the red wine sauce, which was slightly sweet. My daughter Emma, who is not a huge fan of red meat, tried a few bites, and shocked me when she admitted that she like it.


My husband ordered the New York strip, which I forgot to take a picture of. We all agreed that our steaks were some of the best we have ever had at a restaurant.


My family shared several sides, including the Parmesan truffle waffle fries, sweet corn pudding, creamy Yukon potatoes, and cucumbers & heirloom tomatoes. The Parmesan truffle fries are my new favorite fries at Disney World. They were perfectly crispy, and you could definitely taste the truffle.


At first, I thought the sweet corn pudding was a little too sweet, but it really grew on me, and I enjoyed eating it toward the end of my meal, because I like finishing on a sweet note.


My girls loved the creamy Yukon potatoes, which I only managed to snag one bite of. I am sure they will be wanting two orders the next time we dine at STK.


I did not try the cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes, because I was enjoying our other sides too much. My daughter Emma, who chose this dish, said it was a little plain. Keep in mind that my children like to put a large amount of feta cheese on any cucumber and tomato salad we eat at home.


Lorraine, who also eats gluten free, ordered a side of jalapeno cheddar grits, which she let me sample. I did not expect to like them, but they were incredibly delicious, and our server was right when he said they were not spicy.


Our friend Ed, who has been following a keto diet, chose the Scottish salmon with cucumbers, balsamic vinegar, and herb puree as his main.


For dessert, there are several gluten free options, including the caramelito bar, sorbet, and a modified berry parfait.


There was no way I could pass up the caramelito bar, which is one of the most beautiful gluten free desserts at Disney World, and it tasted as good as it looks. If you love chocolate, you need to order this dessert, which was not too rich or sweet for me.


Our friends shared a caramelito bar and the sorbet, which included scoops of lemon, raspberry, and coconut.

December 9, 2018 Update


Over Thanksgiving Break, we had dinner at STK. Several of my blog readers asked about the noise after my original post, but we did not find the restaurant to be loud at all. There was music playing, but it was at a reasonable level while we dined. The restaurant was not busy when we were seated at 5:00.


The only new dish we tried on this visit was the tomato and burrata salad. The injectable balsamic was a fun touch, and we enjoyed this dish.


In November, we had steak at Trattoria al Forno and Le Cellier. We have had incredible steaks at both of those restaurants, and have dined at Yachtsman Steakhouse, but STK has the best steak at Disney World. My husband and I shared a 10 ounce filet and a NY strip with our daughters. We both chose our favorite red wine sauce to go with our steaks. I ordered my filet medium, and my husband ordered his NY strip medium rare. Both were incredibly tender, seasoned well, and cooked to temperature.


My daughters ordered their favorite side, creamy Yukon potatoes. I tasted one bite, and I can see why they love them.


I was shocked though when my daughters told me that that the sweet corn pudding was their favorite side on this visit, and my husband and I had to agree. I like a sweet palate cleanser after eating a meal, even if it is just fruit, so I ended my dinner with a bite of the corn pudding.


My husband and I both enjoyed the jalapeno cheddar grits, and would definitely order them again the next time we dine at STK, which will be in New York City over Christmas Break. They are nice and creamy, and not overly cheesy or spicy.


For a cocktail, I ordered the Flawless again. It was good, but seemed to be a little stronger than on our last visit, so I did not enjoy it as much. I was disappointed when our server told me that STK Orlando no longer has a dedicated fryer, and the only gluten free dessert option is sorbet. I did speak to a manager before we left, and I really hope that STK will consider setting aside one of their fryers for gluten free orders again in the future, and introducing a gluten free dessert option besides sorbet. We will still continue to dine at STK, because it was probably the best meal we had at Disney World during our Thanksgiving Break trip.


You can read more about STK Orlando, which is open for dinner daily, lunch Monday through Friday, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday, on Disney's website.

What are your favorite gluten free options at STK?



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