*This dining experience took place in December 2014.
Kona Cafe located in Disney’s Polynesian Resort has long been a staple in my family as a great restaurant and a particularly great go-to spot for breakfast. It helps that they had great gluten free and dairy free offerings for years too!
It’s been a bit since I’ve been to Kona Cafe or the Polynesian for that matter. It’s been under a lot of construction in 2014, so I haven’t been since I had lunch in May. As you can see from the photos, when I visited the lobby area was still under construction (since then the lobby renovations have been revealed).
When we arrived at Kona, I knew I would be given one of the new gluten free menus, but I was pleasantly surprised when I also received a dairy free menu. I would love to see combined menus, but I was easily able to cross reference the menus and see which options were safe for me. One thing I didn’t notice was the beloved Big Kahuna breakfast entree, which is a bit of a breakfast sampler of sorts. That’s been my go-to choice for years at Kona. Our server asked if I had questions and went to get the chef who was on duty.
I asked the chef if it was possible to get the Big Kahuna modified, and she said that wasn’t a problem at all. In fact, she said a lot of special diets guests request it, so they are still happy to prepare this dish for guests. When I mentioned Mickey waffles, she said they now had Stitch waffles instead of Mickey shaped ones. I was curious to see if they were still as good as the Mickey versions that Kona and Ohana have been serving for years.
I have to say, that in some ways this entree has definitely changed over the years. I remember when this was a ginormous entree that you would have to split between you and one of your fellow diners. Of course, if I’m very hungry, I have no problems polishing this entree off (and I certainly didn’t that morning).
My favorite parts of the Big Kahuna are the breakfast potatoes and breakfast ham. The Stitch waffles were really good, and I can see kiddos loving the fun shape; however, I missed having my traditional Mickey waffles just a bit! I was excited to see that Kona Cafe still serves Earth Balance (not the soy free version), which is nice to top on your piping hot waffles.
You can also get gluten free (and dairy free) pancakes too. Check out Gluten Free in Orlando’s review of Kona Cafe for breakfast that includes pancakes!
Overall, I enjoyed our meal at Kona Cafe. It was nice to have special diets menus to refer to. I would love to see more of these integrated into restaurants, as it is really helpful for guests to get an idea of what is safe before speaking with members of the culinary team.
Have you been to Kona Cafe for breakfast? What’s your favorite thing to order?