*This dining experience took place in May 2014. It includes a gluten free and shrimp allergy review in addition to my gluten free and dairy free review.
Boatwright’s located in Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort has quickly moved up the ranks as one of my favorite table service locations on Disney property. With great food, special diets accommodations, service and reasonable prices, I truly think it’s a hidden gem on property (much like Sanaa one of my other favorite table service locations). With a rustic atmosphere and New Orleans and Southern inspired food – it really has a homey feel to it. I often wonder why it took me so long to go here.
On this particular occasion, I was joined by a GF friend who also has a shrimp allergy. This was her first visit to Boatwright’s, so I was excited to have dinner there with her. She knows what big fans Alexis from Gluten Free in Orlando and I are of this place, so it seemed only natural to have a meal there!
I had also seen that were some new menu changes to Boatwright’s since my last visit, and I was excited to try something new. Of course, that didn’t mean I wasn’t going to get my favorite gluten-free crawfish bites. A girl’s gotta stick with her favorite fried foods!
We were greeted by Chef Wes who went over the options on the menu with us. I was having a hard time deciding what to get, but Chef Wes sold me on the new ribs on the menu. They typically come with a Turbodog BBQ sauce (Turbodog is a beer), so the sauce was out for me, but he said he would try to find some safe BBQ sauce that I could have. He said the ribs were fall off the bone tender, so I was looking forward to trying them.
My friend and I got the Crawfish Bites to split, and man were these delicious as always. The only slight change to this dish since the restaurant’s menu change is that the Remoulade typically served with the Crawfish Bites now contain dairy. Ever the condiment queen, I inquired if they could make a version dairy free. Without advance notice, this wasn’t able to happen for this meal; however, as of June 18, 2014, the remoulade has officially changed back to being dairy free. Hurrah! You know what I’m getting next time I visit…
As always, the Crawfish Bites did not disappoint. Crunchy and flavorful – you really get the full essence of Crawfish when you eat these.
We also had some GNI brand rolls brought to our table, along with extra virgin olive oil for me and butter for my friend. I have to say that Boatwright’s consistently heats these rolls up so they are soft and delicious. Not every place on property has the heating down to an art, but Boatwright’s sure does!
My friend ordered the Jambalaya which I had on my last visit. Her version did not include shrimp as she has a shrimp allergy. She said it was really delicious too. If you’re looking for a hearty dish, this is definitely it!
As you can tell by this picture, my entree was huge. The ribs were a nice sized portion. Chef Wes said they were really tender and fell off the bone, and he was not kidding. These were excellent and really well seasoned. Ribs need to be cooked low and slow, and these fit the bill quite nicely. The BBQ sauce served on the side tasted like the BBQ sauce they serve in most QS locations. It wasn’t bad, but man it makes me wish I could have had the Turbodog BBQ sauce. I bet it was amazing.
The entree also came with seasoned steak fries and coleslaw, both of which were excellent. I really enjoyed the seasoning on the steak fries. And pro tip, dipping them in BBQ sauce was a nice option too! The coleslaw was fresh and crisp – perfect for a rib dinner. My only complaint of the meal? It was messy. But then again, ribs are supposed to be messy. If you’re eating ribs and it’s NOT messy, I think you’re doing something wrong! Thank goodness for wet naps.
Overall, this was another really wonderful meal from Boatwright’s. I enjoyed my ribs a lot, and it was a great dinner choice. I can honestly say that I haven’t had a bad meal at Boatwright’s yet…or even a mediocre one! This continues to be a new favorite for me!
A solid 9 out of 10 for me.
Have you been to Boatwright’s? What are your favorite menu items?