*This dining experience took place in May 2016.
Check out my YouTube walkthrough & dining review of D-Luxe Burger too.
D-Luxe Burger is Disney Springs newest quick service restaurant, opening on May 15, 2016. Ever since learning about this restaurant, I’ve been waiting patiently (or maybe not so patiently!) for its grand opening. So needless to say, on grand opening day, I was there to saddle up and grab some burgers and fries.
If you’re wondering where D-Luxe Burger is, it’s easy to find in Disney Springs. It’s just across the new Town Center bridge, next to Morimoto Asia and Raglan Road Irish Pub.
While many of the Disney Springs restaurants aren’t owned and operated by the Disney Company, this one is, so I knew I was in for a real treat and great special dietary accommodations to boot!
Photo Taken by Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW
It was a very busy grand opening day, so I didn’t get as many photos as I would have liked. But, be prepared for the onslaught of photos in this review. The restaurant is gorgeous and beautifully themed, and I didn’t even scratch the surface on taking photos or investigating all the little details.
While waiting in line (which lasted about 20 minutes due to popularity), one of the cast members told me about the history of D-Luxe Burger. It has a charming back-story about the Glowing Oak Ranch, which is the setting for the burger joint. In fact, if you look next to the restaurant, you’ll notice an oak tree. Legend has it that when the sun hits it just right, it glows…hence the name “Glowing Oak Ranch.”
Glowing Oak Ranch was founded by the Sinclair family, and their son, headed out to the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 and got the idea to open up a burger restaurant after enjoying the burgers at the Fair (that’s a pretty good reason to “meet me in St. Louis!”) Soon after D-Luxe Burger opened.
D-Luxe Burger is a quick service restaurant so its menu is limited. It’s burgers and fries, and honestly, you don’t need anything else when it comes to simple and tasty food. According to Chef Bill and Chef Lenny, pretty much anything on the menu can be made gluten free (and most can be made dairy free) with simple modifications.
Here’s the current menu (note this does NOT include the modifications for special diets)
- Classic Cheeseburger – Beef patty topped with cheddar, lettuce, tomato and pickle
- Barbeque Classic Burger – Beef patty topped with a fried onion ring, smoked Gouda, bacon, barbeque sauce and lettuce
- El Diablo Burger – Chorizo-and-signature-blend patty, fried banana peppers, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayonnaise
- Southern Classic Burger – Beef patty, topped with fried-green tomato, pimento cheese, lettuce and bacon
- Cluck Burger – Ground chicken patty, garlic herb sauce, avocado, lettuce and tomato
- Veggie Burger – house-made patty topped with Tzatziki, green bean salad, lettuce and tomato
The great option with burgers here is that you can get a gluten free bun (currently, Local Oven brand) or a lettuce wrap, based on your preference.
The chicken burger, which I was concerned might have a gluten filled binder, is gluten free, as is the veggie burger.
The French Fries are made in a dedicated fryer, and I’m told by the chefs that this is the only thing put in the deep fryers.
And, because you know I love a dipping sauce, every one of the sauces is gluten free!
For my order, I opted for a modified version of the BBQ Burger which was made without the fried onions and minus the cheese (the cheese is GF so you can get it with it, if you consume dairy). I also ordered a side of small fries and three, yes, three dipping sauces.
I was then given a pager and told that I could pick my burger up at another counter in the restaurant. Everything at D-Luxe Burger is made “to go” so you can easily grab and go, take it out or eat it someplace else, or enjoy in the restaurant.
Wanting to enjoy in the new restaurant digs, I found a cozy spot outside with an amazing view of the new Disney Springs. It was a bit hot out, but there were ceiling fans outside that helped keep things cool too.
As you can tell by the photos, the portions were pretty big at D-Luxe Burger. The burger, is hand formed and made to order. They aren’t the pre-frozen burgers, which is great. Perfectly juice and smothered in BBQ sauce and thick cut bacon, lettuce, and tomato, this was a delicious burger. Probably my only complaint was that the bun was just a little dry because it wasn’t heated properly. But overall, a really solid and delicious burger.
It was messy, so make sure you grab some napkins at the table too!
The hands down winner for me at D-Luxe Burger are the hand cut French Fries. Holy moly. Just order these. They are totally worth it. They are slightly thick-cut and so flavorful. I was told that they take 3 days to make. 3 DAYS! All that preparation is worth it because these were so good.
Even better where the dipping sauces. The three that I had were curry ketchup, honey mustard, and chipotle mayo. *Note: I was told that these three sauces were both gluten free & dairy free; however, others have noted that the chefs told them the only dairy free sauce is the curry ketchup. Update: As of June 3, I have had reports that chefs have noted the only dairy free sauces to be the honey mustard and curry ketchup (both pictured above).
The curry ketchup tasted like a homemade ketchup with curry powder in it. It was thick and not overpowering on the curry. The honey mustard was so good and one I will get every time I go there. But, for me, the favorite was the chipotle mayo. Not too spicy and a little sweet, it’s the perfect vessel for a French fry!
If you go to D-Luxe, get the sauces. Just do it. You will not regret it.
I loved the food at D-Luxe Burger, and as you can tell by this photo, I really loved the food, especially those fries.
After scarfing down all that delicious food, I took a bit to chill and relax at the outdoor seating and enjoy the beautiful Disney Springs view.
And, I also took a tour of the restaurant to check out all the seating, which is pretty spacious.
Overall, I really enjoyed my visit to D-Luxe Burger. I hope to go back soon & try some of the other options and explore more. Plus, I really need those fries and dipping sauces in my life!
What are you most looking forward to when visiting D-Luxe Burger?