Ohana at the Polynesian Resort
The rest of the meats were served from large skewers that came hot off the grill, Brazilian steakhouse style. These were all safe for me - shrimp and steak were my favorites! I had a lot of sauteed veggies too... I was feeling really full until they brought out my dessert...
Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC at Downtown Disney
When is the last time you had a donut, gluten-free people? Like a real cake donut that is chewy and moist and cake-y? Heaven's angels prepare them right here in the heart of Orlando in a little pink-walled bakery amidst the hustle and bustle of Downtown Disney.
I had one bite left before I remembered to snap a photo for you!
They don't just bake donuts either - there's cupcakes and brownies and cinnamon rolls... oh the list goes on and on! It was so hard to decide what all to try.
I was in the shop toward the end of the day so you'd think the goodies would be closer to "day old" then "fresh from the oven". One bite of my brownie and that idea went right out the window! I put the donuts and cupcake in the fridge for morning's breakfast, per their instructions if I wasn't going to eat it all right away. The salted caramel donut (pictured above) was the best donut I've ever tasted in my life the next morning! And I don't mean in the last 6 years of being gluten-free... I am talking of all my 35 years on this earth!
It was humorous, in my research of gluten-free dining options at Disney, I had run across some posts that people walk into the bakery, see that everything is vegan and gluten-free (many items are dairy-free/egg-free/low-sugar/etc as well) and walk out because they don't think the baked goods are any good. This exact thing happened twice in the 10-15 minutes I and the rest of the food-allergy crowd stood drooling over the glass cases. Haha, they don't know what they're missing out on - more for me!
Gasparilla's Grill at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
Sassagoula Floatworks at Disney's Port Orleans - French Quarter
Cookes of Dublin at Downtown Disney
Discovery Island Kiosk at Animal Kingdom
Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom
We had special lunch reservations and selected our menu ahead of time so that we were served quickly at Be Our Guest for our first day.
This braised pork was on the list of gluten-free options and was better than your mama's homemade pot roast! A little heavy for walking around in 80-degree weather, but full of flavor, with great mashed potatoes and veggies on the side.
Teppan Edo in the World Showcase at Epcot
Right away, the waitress had noted the reservation remarks and asked who had the gluten/wheat allergy and, from my end of the table, I raised my hand. She immediately marked a giant "A" on her chart indicating my seat and told me that a manager would be right out. Moments later, a lovely woman in a suit came and offered her greetings, noted that I would have rice and veggies prepared separately instead of the noodles, and that all my meal's items would be cooked on the grill and served first. They brought out Kikkoman's Gluten-Free Soy Sauce as well for me.
The chef was awesome and put on a great performance, as well as preparing a terrific and delicious meal. The only other sauce I could safely eat was the "yum yum" sauce... there's a very good reason for it's name - I went through 2 of the 3 "bowls" I was given with my meal!
I ate every last bite of the steak, shrimp, veggies, and rice, becoming quite a good chopsticks operator!