*This dining experience took place in December 2014.
Gasparailla Island Grill is located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on the first floor. If you’ve ever been to the Grand Floridian Cafe, which serves a nice breakfast, you’ll find this quick service location nearby with a quick trip outside the building. I’ve been at this quick service restaurant a few times, but never really ordered dinner there. Our family wanted to check out the holiday decorations and also visit the famous gingerbread display at the resort, so it was the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat.
The menu itself has some standard quick service offerings and a few unique items. One of the things that you don’t always see at quick service locations is house-made chips. I was curious to see if these were going to be safe for gluten free diners.
When I spoke to the manager, he said that much of the menu can be easily altered for gluten free diners but that many items were out for me as options because of the dairy. I ended up ordering the Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich which came with grilled chicken, ham, cheese (mine was made without), lettuce, and a choice of house-made chips, fries or a cucumber salad. Of course, I got the house-made chips, since I was told they are made in a dedicated fryer.
The manager gave me a table stand with a number on it for the table and said he’d bring it out to me when my food was ready. Meanwhile, I grabbed a beverage and relaxed in the comfy booths found in the restaurant.
The sandwich itself was pretty good. It came on a Local Oven bun which was nicely toasted. The chicken was flavorful, and the ham added a nice variation. For me, the winner was the house-made chips. They were nice and thick and really tasty. I will definitely have to head back to Gasparilla Island Grill.
Overall, I enjoyed my meal at Gasparilla Island Grill. I found the options for gluten free & dairy free diners to be good, and the manager who assisted me that day was really helpful.
Have you been to Gasparilla Island Grill? What did you order there?