Crawfish Bites at Boatwright's

*This dining experience took place in February 2016.

Boatwright's Dining Hall

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Boatwright’s, a table service restaurant at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort, has long been a favorite restaurant of mine — one that I definitely think is a bit of a hidden gem. With great comfort food with a Southern and Cajun twist, like chicken and waffles, and terrific special diets accommodations, I’ve enjoyed getting lots of great eats at Boatwright’s.

On this particular occasion, I dined at Boatwright’s for my birthday and was looking forward to a great meal. Boatwright’s does currently have an allergy-friendly dinner menu, and while there weren’t a ton of gluten free and dairy free items listed, I was confident that after speaking with a chef I’d be able to get some of my favorites like Crawfish Bites.

Deanna's Gluten Free Rolls at Boatwright's

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Before my meal, I was given Deanna’s Gluten Free rolls (formerly GNI Brand), with some Smart Balance buttery spread, which is vegan and gluten free. The rolls were heated well, though I do wish the restaurant carried Earth Balance, as I prefer that over Smart Balance.

Crawfish Bites at Boatwright's

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For an entree, I ordered Colonel Peace’s Pieces, which is a combination of crawfish bites, okra, and oysters. The restaurant currently uses corn flour as it’s batter base for all orders, so this dish is naturally gluten free, which is very nice! My version did need to be modified to be dairy free.

The remoulade sauce is so good, and one I can’t pass up when I’m at Boatwright’s. It is both gluten free & dairy free naturally, though initially, I was told it was no longer dairy free. After confirming with the chef, it is still dairy free, as the remoulade is mayo based, I was able to enjoy it safely.

Overall, I did enjoy the appetizer, though I have to say I personally miss the crawfish bites. This version was good, and while I liked the okra, the oysters were not my favorite (that’s a personal preference). I also found the dish to be very underseasoned. Of course, nothing a bunch of remoulade wouldn’t fix!

Jambalaya at Boatwright's

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I had my heart set on the chicken and waffles, which I have really enjoyed at Boatwright’s. Unfortunately, the chef was unable to accommodate my request, as they currently use Cup4Cup mix for their waffles which does contain dairy.

I ended up ordering the classic jambalaya, though found my dish to be a bit lacking. For some reason it did not contain sausage or shrimp, as it normally does. The flavors were good, but I would have liked to have had the other proteins in addition to the chicken.

You can read more about Boatwright’s from Alexis at Alexis’s Gluten Free Adventures, including her review of the gluten free chicken and waffles.

Overall, I still really love Boatwright’s, though my experience wasn’t as amazing as it has been in the past. It’s truly a nice hidden gem with interesting and unique offerings all set in a lovely atmosphere.

Have you been to Boatwright’s? What did you order when you dined here?

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