Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner

by josh on November 28, 2012

11/15/13 Update: Menu updated and items added.

Location: Min & Bill’s is located inside of this ship on Echo Lake.  You’ll see it on the Lake across from American Idol Experience.

Food Type: Bread Cones, “Sandwiches” and “Shakes.”

Dining Plan: One quick service credit and a few items count as snacks.

Menu:


Unique Items: Each of the sandwiches and bread cones are unique.

Advantages:

  • Plenty of outdoor picnic table seating.
  • Lines are usually nonexistent, making it an easy and quick way to pick up a meal, beer, or snack.
  • Sandwiches are easily portable.  They’re a good candidate to take with you to Fantasmic or to another quick service. Bread cones travel pretty well too.
  • You can order the sandwiches or bread cones without the bag of chips to save $2.  The Frankfurter in a Pretzel Roll for $5.59 is a lot more food and a lot more interesting than your usual Disney Hot Dog.

Disadvantages:

  • Limited menu.
  • No indoor seating.
  • The “shakes” are really soft serve ice cream.

Value: High.  Particularly without the chips, the Sandwiches are a good value and cost less than most other entrees.

Reputation: Min & Bill’s really doesn’t have one because few people actually eat here.  I love it and recommend the sandwiches wholeheartedly and think most people that do eat here enjoy the food.

Food Choices:

Frankfurter in a Pretzel Roll:

The pretzel crust was delicate and chewy with a pronounced pretzel flavor.   Unfortunately, the dijon mustard didn’t add much to the mix.   There wasn’t a lot of it and the flavor didn’t pop like you might expect from a spicy mustard.  Luckily, regular mustard and ketchup were readily available.  The kettle-style chips were what you would expect – crunchy, salty, and sort of potato-y.

The inside of the pretzel roll – one of the better values at the theme parks.

Italian Sausage:

All of these pictures were taken pre-Tom, so they’re not particularly good.  The Italian Sausage is probably the most food out of the three choices.  Expect a lot of peppers and onions that aren’t easily removable.  I’m guessing you can order the sausage without them if that’s the way you want to go.  The Sausage is nice and spicy and the sandwich definitely has more kick than most with the number of peppers inside.  Recommended if you like that sort of thing.

Cajun Shrimp Salad Cone:

I’m led to believe that these are the same style bread cones that are available out west at Cars Land, where they make a little more thematic sense with the Cozy Cone Motel from the movies.

Sizing context.  I would stipulate that sizing is reasonable.

The Cone is stuffed with salad-size shrimp, tomatoes, red onion, and green peppers in a mayonnaise-y sauce with a bit of pepper.

It’s coming right for you.  For better or worse, the Cajun Shrimp Bread Cone was almost entirely devoid of flavor.  It really did not taste like much of anything at all other than perhaps a faintly like onions and the sea  Unlike the Sausage, Marinara, and Mozzarella Cone, it was easy to squish together and eat.   If you squished the Sausage Cone, you’d be wearing marinara sauce for the rest of the day.  And nobody likes wearing marinara sauce for the rest of the day.  The Bread Cone itself was soft and fresh, but did not have a lot of flavor either.  And it began to unravel a bit near the end, which is a bigger problem with the messiness of the Marinara Cone.  Overall, I didn’t find anything compelling about the Cone.  It was cold and filling on a hot summer day, but you can do better.

Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado Salad Cone:

The Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado Bread Cone ($6.99 without the chips) was not a whole lot better.

Prepare your face.

These may work better as a very hearty snack than a full meal, though the addition of the one-ounce bag of chips might help round things out a bit.  There is not a whole lot of flavor.  The bacon component is the bacon bits you see on top.   It’s otherwise unseasoned (?) chicken mixed with a generic tasting avocado spread.  The good news is that there won’t be more than a handful of people in line and there’s plenty of pleasant, outdoor seating.

Milk Shake:

This is a “Shake” in the same way a Wendy’s “Frosty” is a shake.  Which is to say, it’s soft serve ice cream in a cup.  That doesn’t make it bad, just don’t expect to drink any with a straw.  You’ll be scooping this up with a spoon.

Seating:

Min and Bill’s has several picnic-like tables with umbrellas out front.  There are also a bunch of benches nearby.  This isn’t a particularly popular quick service (though I recommend it) and there are usually available tables.  Head down toward Star Tours to sit at Backlot Express if there aren’t any tables or you prefer air-conditioned seating.  Backlot Express is two or three minutes away, past Indiana Jones and Sounds Dangerous.


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy November 29, 2012 at 7:49 am

Since there is no kids’ menu, can the kids (9 and under) order from here with the dining plan?

josh November 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

Yes.

Erica December 1, 2012 at 5:34 am

So the ‘frosty ‘ counts as a snack?

Regina December 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I tried ordering the pretzel dog without the chips to save the $2 earlier this month and was refused. I mean, he didn’t give me the chips but charged me full price anyway. So YMMV with some CMs.

armscrossed December 27, 2012 at 7:58 am

I tried ordering the pretzel dog without the chips to save the $2 on 12/23 and was told it was the same price either way. They did offer to substitute the $2.39 cookie for the chips as a ‘courtesy’ and it was the best chocolate chip cookie in (Disney) World.
Try the cookie there – it is not discusting and it does not come sealed in a bag.

Nicole T. May 21, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Is the ‘shake’ considered a dessert on the Dining Plan?

LeeAnne December 10, 2013 at 10:44 am

I loved the Ceaser Salad Roll. It was one of my favorites. You could get the frozen lemonade or milkshake as your dessert with it as part of the meal plan. I hope before we go in September they bring it back.

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