*This dining experience took place in August 2014.
When it comes to my favorite restaurants on Disney property, I have to say it probably boils down to two. These are the two that I consider the ones I could eat at nightly and not be bored or disappointed. One is Sanaa and the other is Boatwright’s Dining Hall. Both have decidedly unique culinary themes and both are a bit spicy (and condiment heavy, which I adore). I also consider both of them to be a bit of hidden gems on property; both very affordable and delicious.
And they are equally popular with my family and friends. Case in point? This meal was requested by my friend for his birthday! Yep, people love Boatwright’s. What I love most about it is the food is excellently prepared and delicious. Port Orleans resort restaurants in general are all about real food. Boatwright’s, to me, is pure comfort food, with a Cajun and Southern twist. And they have crawfish bites and remoulade. Enough said.
On this particular occasion, we were greeted by Chef Tony. He had been making up a beignet storm at the August Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW meet-up that afternoon; let’s just say the meet-up and the beignets were very popular! It was a terrific meet-up, and I’m so glad the team at Port Orleans really worked to accommodate our group.
At dinner, one of the first things that Chef Tony did was bring me out a basket of GNI rolls and some extra virgin olive oil with herbs. This is, as it always is here, a perfect combo. The GNI rolls were heated really well (more bonus points for Boatwright’s!) and I love having some variation with the olive oil.
Of course, I really can’t go to Boatwright’s and not get crawfish bites. I think it’s literally impossible. Chef Tony served them up with a huge serving of remoulade (ah, the culinary team here knows me all too well). Our group shared these, and everyone agreed they are delicious.
Every time I eat these, I have visions of a crawfish Po’ Boy made at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory using these in my head. That would be so amazing.
For my entree, I ordered the sweet tea brined pork chop with sweet potato and bacon hash. The onion straws do normally contain gluten and dairy, but with advance notice (2 weeks through Disney’s Special Diets Department), they are able to make these along with the crawfish bites gluten free and dairy free.
I’ve had this dish several times, and this is officially my favorite dish on the menu. Those onion straws are my culinary jam. Breaded in Namaste pancake and waffle mix with some spice added to it, these were heavenly. And, as you can see from the photo I was not lacking in the portion department with these either. They truly add a nice crunch to the dish, and I’m so grateful that the team can make them for me here. Onion straws for the win!
The sweet potato hash is excellent. Combined with the flavors from the pork chop and the onion straws, the dish just is perfection. And the portions are huge! One thing I know, you will never leave hungry at Boatwright’s!
Boatwright’s continues to impress me. I can’t believe it took me until this year to dine there. It has quickly come up the ranks as one of my favorite places to dine, and yes, I’m quickly going through the menu options! With big flavors and comforting dishes, I look forward to my next meal and more to come!
Have you been to Boatwright’s? What dishes do you order there?