*This dining experience took place in January 2014.
Nothing says New Orleans like beignets and Po’Boys. They are simply iconic New Orleans fare, and thankfully, Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory, located at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter can supply these gluten free and dairy free.
On this particular visit, I stopped by for lunch after the Family Fun Run 5K during Marathon weekend. I had not eaten lunch or dinner at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory before, so I was excited to check it out.
I got the chance to say see Chef Tony & Chef Raphael, both of whom are so nice and always willing to make guests great special diets meals. They told me that they can make a lot of the quick service options GF/DF which is great (and including pasta which was hugely popular during the race weekend). I decided that I really wanted to try one of the Po’Boys. How could you not at a New Orleans inspired restaurant?! Not all of the Po’Boys can be made GF/DF – any that are fried (like the shrimp) are not going to be safe, but the beef and pork ones are OK. I asked if I could get chicken by chance, and yay, they could make me a chicken Po’Boy. I was very excited to hear that there was no hidden dairy in the remoulade sauce, as there have been a few instances on property where they’ve added sour cream or other type of dairy. The meal comes with chips or a bean salad. The house made chips are not GF but they have pre-packaged chips (much like you can find throughout Disney property) and the bean salad is GF/DF. I was feeling like chips that day, so I went with those.
Now, if you’re familiar with Po’Boys you know that they are traditionally served on a sub (i.e. hoagie, grinder) roll. They currently don’t have a safe option at this point at the restaurant but they do carry the Udi’s bread. This actually works well, so the only downfall is that these sandwiches are turbo messy. Bring extra napkins (and really this isn’t a bad thing!). My was loaded with grilled chicken (nicely seasoned), lettuce, tomato, and of course that remoulade sauce. The remoulade is what makes it uniquely New Orleans, and this version was stellar. I really enjoyed this condiment and man, I think it would be a really good dip for French fries (just saying!). You know me….I gotta have dip for fries! The chips were a nice accompaniment to the sandwich, though I might get the bean salad next time. It sounds intriguing!
Overall, I really enjoyed the sandwich and I wouldn’t hesitate to get it again. It would also be nice to try out some of the others too. What I most appreciated were the bright fresh flavors and that the sauce was clearly made in-house. Remoulade French fry dip…yep, I’m gonna make this a thing!
Of course, I couldn’t go to Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory without getting beignets. And having just finished a 5K that day, well, it was a nice treat! (of course I had them pre-race too). And holy moly – as always these were amazing but these were extra piping hot and delicious. I love extra hot deep fried beignets and these totally hit the spot. Seriously, I may have a beignet addiction!
Overall, I really enjoyed the lunch at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory. I would like to pop by for dinner sometime because they do have some options not available at lunch. I really love that this location is taking the extra steps to make gluten free options that are unique to the location and also something different from just burgers and fries (though, of course, you can get them there as well). And of course, any place that serves GF/DF beignets and Po’Boys is my kind of place!
I’d give this a solid 9 out of 10 for this visit for great food and options.
Have you been to Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory for lunch or dinner? What were your favorite special diets options?