The Wave Gluten Free

*This dining experience took place in September 2012.

View of Bay Lake in the morning…
Bay Lake Towers in the morning…

Ah, the Contemporary Resort. It’s one of my favs. And Bay Lake Towers is my DVC home-away-from-home. We often stay here, especially for holiday parties. It’s so convenient, and no long waits in line for buses! Plus, it’s a stunning hotel with great views and wonderful food options. Case in point…the Wave at the Contemporary side of the resort. Just a hop skip and a jump away from my “home” is the Wave, which offers a lot of great, seasonal choices. The first time I came here, I wasn’t overly wowed, but now it’s slowly becoming a nice treat for breakfast, especially when I get to get custom pancakes. Yum!

On this trip, we were met by Chef Dave, who was very nice and really wanted to help provide something tasty. He seemed pretty swamped that morning, so I will give him credit for keeping up with the craziness. He asked what I wanted, and I said essentially I wanted pancakes (they don’t do GF/DF Mickey waffles here, but they do make pancakes), some eggs, potatoes, GF/DF Udi’s toast if they had it, and whatever else he wanted to surprise me with (yes, sometimes I live on the edge with breakfast lol). It wasn’t too clear if I was getting the buffet price with everything made in the back (he said he didn’t feel comfortable with me getting things out there due to cross contamination–very good of him) or a plated price. I did end up with a plated price, which was nice! (a savings on a GF/DF meal, a rarity more often than not, especially outside of Disney).

As far as the pancakes, I had recently had a bummer of an experience at Kouzzina in that they didn’t have the Bob’s Red Mill mix and it didn’t taste very good. This time, I asked before I ordered. Luckily, they had Bob’s Red Mill on hand! Thank goodness!!! Now we were in business! I asked if he could do the sweet potato pancakes modified, and he went to check if they had sweet potatoes set aside, but alas it was not meant to be yet again. He did offer to make some other kind of pancakes, with fruit in it. I asked if he could make a banana walnut pancake (stood to reason it couldn’t taste too terrible), and he said he’d be willing to try. He also said they had Udi’s cinnamon raisin toast (a fav of mine) but no plain toast (weird–I think they were just out), Udi’s blueberry muffin and Earth Balance vegan margarine.

Banana walnut pancakes, potatoes, Udi’s cinnamon raisin toast, and Udi’s blueberry muffin

First out came the pancakes, toast, muffin, and potatoes (um, where did they eggs go?). I then asked the chef for some eggs and bacon too (a girl’s gotta have her protein with her sweet stuff). Sorry no pics of the additional foods here, but I was too busy scarfing down on the pancakes.

First up, the cinnamon raisin toast, as usual, was awesome. I love this stuff. I actually make this at home for a treat with Earth Balance and a little bit of sugar on top (maybe not so healthy, but quite delicious!). The muffin I had never had before. Now, I will say I’m not a huge blueberry fan, but this tasted really good. Not overly blueberry. And the top was amazing–turbinado sugar that had sort of caramelized. Yummy! Then onto the pancakes. OMG these were amazing. Heaven in pancake form. It was like a banana nut muffin morphed into a pancake. Talk about delicious. I will definitely ask for these again, and I’m going to try to duplicate them at home! Soooo good.

The eggs were nothing to write home about, just scrambled eggs. And the bacon was the typical bacon you get in the restaurants. Good, but nothing special.

Overall, I was really pleased with this meal, especially with the pancakes. Sure, it wasn’t the sweet potato pancakes (sometime I will get to try them!) but these were definitely a good substitute. This place is really starting to be a good standby for me. Plus, it’s so easy to get to from Bay Lake Towers and much less crazy than Chef Mickey’s!

On a side note, Chef Dave talked to me about the Udi’s and vendor changes. Fear not, the Udi’s is here to stay. According to the chef, they are on a permanent contract there. They also still carry the OMG I can’t believe it’s GF! brand as well, and it looks like the GNI brand is contracted out for rolls (more on that in a Liberty Tree Tavern review). Thank goodness Udi’s isn’t going anywhere. I love, love, love them, though I do hope they start to carry a brand that can be used for those who can’t have egg (like Ener-G), so there is a good balance and variety for folks.

A solid 8 out of 10!