Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Port Orleans Riverside (as of 6/2018) – This menu covers the top 8 common allergens (gluten/wheat, milk/dairy, egg, soy, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish). Check with the restaurant for modifications and/or other special dietary needs.
*This dining experience took place in May 2016.
Note: Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory will be undergoing a refurbishment and will be closed beginning July 11, 2016 and re-open at a to be determined date in Fall 2016. At this time, a temporary location will be set-up in the lobby. Some options, like the beignet sundae bowl may be limited and/or unavailable. The gluten free & allergy friendly beignets will still be available for purchase.
*This dining experience took place in February 2016.
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.
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.
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!
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?
*This dining experience took place in December 2015.
Port Orleans French Quarter is home to many things – gluten free and dairy free beignets and the ever popular Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory – but has not had a proper table service dining location after the closing of Bonfamille’s Cafe well over a decade ago (read a history of the resort over at PortOrleans.org).
During the 2015 holiday season for about a week, Scat Cat’s Cafe, a pop-up restaurant located in the space formerly known as Bonfamille’s Cafe, served up guests classic N’Awlins flavors with a family style all-you-care-to-eat dinner.
Because I love the Port Orleans restaurants so much, I knew I had to go. And, of course, my friends Alexis from Gluten Free in Orlando and Amanda from Eating Out Without, also wanted to dine here too (you can read their reviews of our dinner on their blogs).
When we arrived, we were greeted by Chef Tony and Chef Paul who I often see at the resort at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory or Boatwright’s, one of my favorite restaurants on Disney property. Both chefs gave us a run-down of the menu. It was awesome to hear that the majority of the menu was naturally gluten free and mostly dairy free. The only dairy filled items included the mashed potatoes and mac & cheese (a gluten free mac & cheese substitute was offered for Alexis). Hearing this reminded me that we were in for a treat at this dinner.
While Chef Tony went over the menu with us, Chef Paul came out with GNI brand rolls and some extra virgin olive oil with herbs in it. These were very well heated and the olive oil was a great accompaniment to the rolls. Of course, knowing the dinner was all-you-care-to-eat, I made sure not to indulge in to many of these!
The house salad made served included a delicious roasted garlic vinaigrette and was easily one of my new favorite salad dressings. The sweet and garlicky taste of this dressing was a nice variation of so many of the vinaigrette made on Disney property.
Up next were the maque choux (made with corn, peppers, and onions) and collard greens. Both were naturally gluten free and dairy free and delicious. I think I might have been the only diner at my table to really dig into both of these, and I certainly ate my fair share. Having family with Southern roots, I absolutely adore collards, and I found these to be a delicious version.
Since we couldn’t have mashed potatoes, Chef Paul also brought out seasoned asparagus. Asparagus is on my high list of favorite vegetables, and this version was outstanding. Both Amanda and I quickly made our way through this dish. Hands down one of my favorite things from the meal.
The main course included roasted chicken, which had been brined and seasoned well. The brining made the chicken extra moist and super flavorful. Everyone at the table loved this, and we quickly asked for seconds on the chicken.
I also really enjoyed the sausage that accompanied the main platter, though I only ate one piece of this. The jambalaya was equally good, but I could have gone for the dirty rice that is served at Boatwright’s. That dirty rice is bananas good!
The pot roast with carrots was very flavorful, and I added a bit of the juice on the bottom of the bowl to the meat, since our version didn’t have gravy. I’m not a huge beef eater, but I did enjoy the portion of it that I ate.
As you can see from my plate, I certainly did not go hungry at this meal. Highlights of the main meal were definitely the salad, roasted asparagus, collard greens, and roasted chicken. If you like classic Cajun and Creole cuisine, this meal would have been right up your alley.
The restaurant was serving a bread pudding for dessert, which was unfortunately not gluten free or dairy free. Thankfully, Chef Paul brought out some beignets for Amanda and me (Alexis got a bananas foster ice cream sundae), and this was the perfect ending to our meal.
I absolutely adore the beignets served at Port Orleans French Quarter, and I seriously couldn’t have imagined another dessert with my meal. Smothered in powdered sugar and deep fried, these beignets continue to be one of my favorite unique sweets at Disney World. Whether they are dessert or a decadent breakfast option, they are always worth the trip!
Our dinner at Scat Cat’s Cafe was terrific, and I can’t thank Chef Tony and Chef Paul enough for continually taking care of special diets diners with delicious and decadent food. So much of their menu was already safe for us to eat, and that made having a “normal” dining experience even more possible. It’s definitely a testament to why I am such a huge fan of the Port Orleans restaurants and culinary team. They are so committed to making great food for everyone, dietary restrictions or otherwise!
I would love to see Scat Cat’s Cafe or some other type of table service come back to Port Orleans French Quarter. The restaurant space was terrific, and the family style meal was both tasty and a very affordable dining option ($25.99 per adult). Fingers crossed that they may explore that option at POFQ in the future.
Many of the items served at Scat Cat’s Cafe can be found over at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory, so if you’re craving this roasted chicken or the Jambalaya, you can still get your fix there or at Boatwright’s at Port Orleans Riverside.
Would you like to see a table service dining location at Port Orleans French Quarter? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!
*This dining experience took place in August 2015.
Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory, located at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, is one of my favorite quick service locations. With N’Awlins inspired food and decor, you’ll be ready to “let the good times roll” when you dine here…especially since it’s home to gluten free & dairy free beignets!
On this particular occasion, I was greeted by Chef Tony. He showed me the new allergy friendly menus, and after some debating, I settled on the 1/3 lb Angus Avocado Burger with French fries and a side of remoulade. On my previous visit, I had the grilled fish sandwich which I enjoyed a lot but wanted something different.
As you can see from my photo, I had a huge sandwich and serving of fries and a giant container of remoulade. Yes, you know the chefs know you well when they serve you condiments in a large container.
The sandwich itself was served on a Local Oven bun and well cooked. I enjoyed the addition of the avocado on the sandwich, and, of course, added some remoulade on it to round out the flavors. The French fries dipped in remoulade continue to be my favorite way to eat fries. So so good (trust me on this one!).
For dessert, I had to get some beignets. Deep fried and smothered in powdered sugar, even though I was totally full from my dinner, I had to enjoy these sweet treats. Piping hot is the best way to eat them, and they really are perfect for any meal. (Go ahead, eat them for breakfast like they do in New Orleans; no judgement here!)
Have you been to Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory? What did you order when you dined there?
*This dining experience took place in June 2015.
Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory located at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort completely evokes New Orleans. With vibrant music playing in the background, N’awlins inspired fare, and Mardi Gras style theming, you’ll swear you landed on Bourbon Street when you dine here. I’ve enjoyed many meals here, but of course, Sassagoula’s claim to fame are the gluten free beignets. I’ve spent entirely too many visits here covered in powdered sugar after eating these deep-fried gems, so to say it’s a favorite spot to visit is an understatement.
On this particular occasion, I stopped by to grab lunch (and beignets, of course!). Chef Tony greeted me with the new allergy-friendly lunch and dinner menu available at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory. You can also check out their breakfast menu here on the blog too. There were quite a few choices for both gluten and dairy free, and options to customize others not on the list as well. On a previous visit, I had a chicken sandwich (Po’Boy style) so this time I opted for the fish sandwich, which was a favorite of mine over at Riverside Mill (hello, remoulade!)
I told Chef Tony to surprise me with a side dish, and he brought me out a bounty of French fries with a side of Remoulade (which is dairy free, as it is mayonnaise-based). Ah, I love it when the chefs at Disney restaurants know you all too well.
This sandwich itself was delicious. The bun (which was Local Oven) was nicely toasted and worked really well with the sandwich (and the perfect vessel for remoulade goodness). The fish that day was Mahi Mahi, which is a fish I enjoy a lot. It has a great texture and isn’t too flaky like cod or tilapia. It really holds up well in sandwich form.
The fries were standard Disney fries but became transformed immediately when using my extra remoulade as a dipping sauce. If you like sauces, I can highly recommend this…mayonnaise-based sauces and fries were made for each other!
Of course no visit to Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory is complete without an order of beignets — and these did not disappoint (really, how can anything deep fried and covered in powdered sugar?!). I love that these are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, and vegan! Want to recreate them at home? You can totally do that with the recipe from Port Orleans French Quarter!
As always, I enjoyed my lunch at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory. They are consistently terrific at handling special dietary needs, have unique options like beignets, and the food is excellent. It’s definitely one of my favorite resort quick service locations!
Have you been to Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory? What did you order there?