We’ll set out for the Beach Club Resort to pop into Beaches and Cream, the table service restaurant located behind Stormalong Bay.
Beaches began accepting reservations for the first time late in December 2013. Prior to that, waits of 60 to 90 minutes for a table were common with 2+ hour waits not-out-of-the-ordinary. You’re looking at the entire restaurant, which consists of just a few booths and tables.
There is a counter with about eight seats that are available for those without reservations on a first come, first served basis.
Compared to the signature restaurants that dominate the area, Beaches and Cream is basically free, with prices slightly higher than quick service. Our meal lasted a total of 35 minutes from the time we sat down to the time we paid and were outside the restaurant.
I ordered the not-particularly-photogenic-sorry Pot Roast Sandwich – Open-faced on brioche bread on top of mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy – $12.49. Comfort food at its finest, the sandwich is reliably excellent with a generous slab of roast on top of creamy mashed potatoes and topped with a hearty gravy. I would order another over anything available at the area quick services.
It was National Grilled Cheese Day (seriously) and Lisa ordered the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque – Six-Cheese blend on Brioche Bread – $8.99.
Another terrific value, you can’t even get a fast food hamburger at Disney World for less than nine bucks these days.This was as ooey-gooey-cheesy as you would expect.
A deliciously orange-y Frozen Sunshine – Rainbow Sherbet, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Seltzer blended to perfection topped with Whipped Cream and a Candied Orange Slice -
And a decadent Vanilla Milk Shake with the whipped cream and cherry on the side.
The ice cream concoctions are extremely popular with The Kitchen Sink (this picture sent in by Dawn) – Scoops of Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Coffee, and Mint Chocolate Chip smothered in every topping we have – $28.99 being most famous. Ordering one will cause the alarm to go off.
Forum member pagirlinnc sent in these two delights – The Milky Way Sundae – Three Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream, Hot Fudge, Caramel, and Whipped Cream topped with Dark and White Chocolate Shavings and a Cherry -$8.49 on the left and the No Way Jose – A Peanut Butter and Hot Fudge delight featuring Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Morsels, Whipped Cream, and a Cherry – $8.49 on the right.
To the right of the restaurant is a separate take-out counter with a limited menu:
A nice way to pick up an ice cream treat with a wait of just a few minutes. Outdoor seats are available right outside or nearby at Hurricane Hanna’s.
A new item is this Mini Mickey Sink, graciously sent in by Marianna. It’s a significantly better value than what they’re offering inside Magic Kingdom for the same money at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.
Frozen, the evening movie, with standing room only.
Beaches and Cream is a nice casual, inexpensive meal in the Crescent Lake area. We made reservations that morning without difficulty so you could conceivably make a reservation for that day should you be planning a visit to the area. The food was significantly better than the resort quick service, Hurricane Hanna’s outside at the pool, or BoardWalk Bakery across the way.