Friday, August 3, 2018

Fontera Cocina - Disney Springs

In July, during our trip to Disney World, we had dinner at Frontera Cocina, one of our favorite table service restaurants at Disney Springs.

Frontera Cocina by Chef Rick Bayless features gourmet Mexican cuisine. The restaurant is not owned and operated by Disney, but they do an amazing job with special diets.

Frontera Cocina does not have an allergy-friendly menu, but they do something I actually like better. All major allergens contained in each dish are listed right on their regular menu.

You can view their menus on their website here.

The week we dined at Frontera Cocina, they had just introduced their new menu.

One of our favorite gluten free appetizers at Disney World is the queso fundido at Frontera Cocina. It is queso Chihuahua melted with roasted poplanos and caramelized onions.

It is heavenly eaten on the warm corn tortillas it is served with. One order is never enough for us, so we always get two.

The chips at Frontera Cocina are made in a dedicated fryer, so no worries about cross contamination.

Their complimentary salsas are decent, but we much prefer the chips and salsa at Tortilla Jo's, our favorite restaurant at Disneyland in California.

Frontera Cocina makes delicious guacamole, which we have ordered on past visits, and you can read about here. I wish I had tried the mango guacamole on their new Taste of Yucatan menu. I hope it is still around when we return in November.

My husband and I shared the chipotle shrimp entree with pan-roasted Florida pink shrimp, spicy chipotle salsa, roasted calabacitas, avocado, cotija, cilantro, onions, plantain rice, and warm corn tortillas. It was good, but we both prefer the Shrimp Mojo de Ajo that used to be on their menu. The new dish was pretty spicy, and we both preferred the flavor profile of their original shrimp entree.

Our favorite side at Frontera Cocina is the arroz con plantains - white rice with plantains and cilantro. We also like the fried plantains, minus the crema, but we did not order them on this visit, because this was our third big meal of the day.

My favorite dessert at Frontera Cocina has been gone for a while. I really miss their Plantano Sundae with warm fried plantains, Mexican vanilla ice cream, Cajeta, and toasted pecans. I almost ordered a side dish of fried plantains, and the Mexican vanilla soft serve with chocolate sauce from the kids menu, but I was pretty full, and no one wanted to share with me. I asked our server if they could add some vanilla soft serve to their mango sorbet with spicy-tangy chamoy drizzle, which they were able to do for a small upcharge. I loved everything about this dessert, but my favorite part was the mango on top, and the drizzle that tasted like Tajin, a Mexican seasoning that combines chile peppers, lime, and salt. The combination of vanilla soft serve and mango sorbet was perfect, because I usually find sorbet to be too sweet, but adding some vanilla ice cream, cut down on that sweetness.

Overall, we had a good meal at Frontera Cocina, but we were disappointed that our favorite entree, which our server told me was one of their bestsellers, is no longer on the menu.

You can read more about Frontera Cocina, view their menus and hours, and make advance dining reservations on Frontera Cocina's website or Disney's website. Gluten free options are also available at Frontera Express, Frontera Cocina's to go window.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Frontera Cocina?


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