The BoardWalk Bakery reopened on April 27th after closing for a refurbishment back on January 6th. It generally takes Disney 4,000 years to refurbish something as simple as a bathroom door. This may be a record.
Inside, the Bakery has been expanded and completely reconfigured. You may remember it used to resemble a hole in the wall. And not the good kind of Hole in the Wall like Raglan Road’s outdoor bar.
New sandwiches and salads have been introduced in addition to the return of many favorites:
Not the world’s greatest pictures, but it should give you an idea of what’s available.
Entering through the door on the right, you’ll now find a self-serve beverage machine, including the relatively rare “mello yello.”
A mug rinse out of frame on the right. Their water dispenser is a little odd – that’s it right in back of the cup. There’s enough water for maybe six cups and it dispenses awfully slowly. Speaking of slow, service seemed to be extremely slow. It took 16 minutes to receive the sandwich with about a dozen people inside at 4pm on a Monday.
I opted for the $15.99 Maine Lobster Roll – with Buttered Chive Mayo on a Split Top Roll.
It’s artsy because it’s tilted. I’m not sure who decided this, but dazney seems to be getting in on the action more and more. Pretty soon all my pictures will look like this just so the website can fit in.
I always order the Lobster Roll so Janine can tell me that it isn’t anything like they would serve in Maine. I think this is as close as we’ve gotten to a Maine Roll. There is not a lot of mayo and it’s topped with several ounces of real life lobster meat. It’s one of the more expensive items you’ll run into, but “only” about $5 more than what Disney is slinging as “hamburgers” these days.
Poor Lisa keeps getting dragged around town having no idea what she’s getting herself into. Or my Disney appetite has gotten so out of control that I order two of everything and Lisa doesn’t exist. The latter seems more likely.
Half eaten for your pleasure. I would not characterize this as enough food for a full meal. They could at least find some smaller boxes to make their quiches look a little less sad. She was as enthusiastic with the flavor as I was about the size.
“Lisa’s” quiche came with a side salad or cup of soup. This is not a great picture of the salad, which was only accompanied by Fat Free Ken’s Salad Dressing.
Despite what may not be the world’s largest quiche, I think BoardWalk Bakery has reopened as a winner. It’s a little early to tell with exactly two items under our belts. You may remember Hurricane Hannah’s also reopened recently with an expanded menu that includes some great sandwiches. In just a couple of months, the Crescent Lake area has gone from offering few quick service options to some of the better ones on property.
Also on the BoardWalk across from the Bakery, BoardWalk Joe’s has recently converted from a pit of Nescafe to an oasis of margaritas. On the left is the $9.75 Frozen Grand Margarita, which is similar to the frozen margaritas sold in the Mexico Pavilion over at Epcot. Cold and satisfying on a warm day, the margaritas are sweet without being cloying. On the right is the Patron Anejo Margarita – $12.95. For $13, I was expecting something to be assembled on the spot, but was disparaged to watch the cast member pour the drink out of a cloudy, unsanitary looking plastic container. Taste-wise, it was okay, but I’m expecting a premium product once we start talking about $13 drinks. These are the same price as most of the margaritas over at La Cava, where the drinks are vastly superior. I’d describe the Frozen Margaritas as decent compared to your other options around here. But as far as a $13 margarita that was made who-knows-how-long-ago, I wouldn’t be in a big hurry for a second.
It does have a fun light-up margarita on top.
We ran into the WDW Planter Mothership outside of International Gateway. I want to steal one and put it in front of my apartment door. Or I guess I could just buy one from Home Depot. Or probably Theme Park Connection.
RFID Mickey Readers have arrived at International Gateway in a much quicker installation than previous projects. It would have been a little smoother had NextGen remembered this entrance existed when they planned the roll out.
The Sake Bar in Japan continues offering sake, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks. You’ll see the hut on the left across from Mitsukoshi Department Store.
This is a relatively new addition as far as I know. Though at “just” 7% ABV, it’s not a ton of alcohol for the money.
I have literally never met anyone that liked the Kirin Ichiban Frozen Beer and I have polled at least five people. It is just like a regular Kirin Ichiban with the addition of a whipped beer topping that is supposed to keep the beer colder. But it’s much more disgusting than that sounds.
The Tokyo Sunset remains available, though I don’t think it’s any more Tokyo than a Corona Light.
I ordered the Strawberry Amasake Mist – $7.50. It’s a strawberry frozen drink with bits of blended strawberry mixed in. It was much sweeter than the Green Tea version, which seems to be in season 365 days a year. It was almost too sweet with a subtle sake flavor shining through towards the end. These Sake Cocktails are more refreshing than they are hangover inducing. The good news is you won’t be waiting in line for more than a second or two.
The Germany Bier kiosk looked to continue offering Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen in the bottle, even though pricing information didn’t look to be available anywhere. I have heard people rave about this 2.5% weizen, but didn’t care much for the sample I tried at last year’s Food & Wine Festival. It might be worth another try though – it does not taste a whole lot like your typical beer, probably because it’s mixed with grapefruit.
Over at La Cava, they’ve added a Horchata Margarita for $13.
As far as I know, they no longer offer free chips and salsa for your patronage on Twitter.
Large selections of alcohol don’t impress me like cheap prices, but La Cava has purchased a lot of bottles that you can sample for what looks like $8 – $80. At least here you know you’re getting a shot’s worth.
Said Horchata, an interesting mixture of flavors to say the least. I guess it could best be described as milky with a unique sweetness from the cinnamon. It was almost like a drinkable dessert with not a lot of flavor coming from the tequila or what would otherwise traditionally be found in a margarita. My personal preference would be the Blood Orange or Jalapeno, but this is certainly something unique and well thought out. I’m not sure I’d go so far as describing the drink as “heavy,” but I could certainly see it as a better choice in the evening around IllumiNations time.
And the San Angel Inn – A tradition in Mexico City since 1963. Exotico 100% agave premium silver Tequila, orange liqueur, agave nectar, and fresh lime juice, served chilled with salt on the rim – $13.50. This one is nearly identical to the Classic, which is a standard margarita made with fresh ingredients. With La Cava here and Joy of Tea not much further away, I’m not sure there’s a major reason to press forward.
Though if you do, you can see the sadness that is the Garden Marketplaces for the Flower and Garden Festival. There’s a cashier inside the booth should you wish to pick something up.
And I’m still not an efficiency expert, but I can’t imagine putting up foliage and planters in front of your booths is the best course of action. If anything, the poor sales of the vegetarian options should lead to additional availability of raw meat and Bud Ice at the Food and Wine Festival this fall. Praise science.
With the help of pixie dust and positive thinking, we now find ourselves in the ESPN Club on the BoardWalk, a place I have “literally” never visited before.
It felt safer than most area sports bars. I live down the street from Orena Sports bar, where there are no doors on the bathroom stalls, you can chain smoke inside, and there are approximately 1.4 murders nightly. If the non-Disney version sounds more fun, I would be happy to take you.
On a non-busy Monday evening, it was not particularly crackin’. I thought it was going to be a lot louder and it probably would be more ruckus on a Saturday or Sunday during football season.
The bar area offers standing room if it’s really busy. If things are a little too cramped, head to the BoardWalk pool bar. If you’re looking for a lot of televisions and a chiller atmosphere, Splitsville is a good choice these days.
Food is mostly typical bar fare with reasonable prices for a Disney World table service restaurant. If you’re considering something like Liberty Tree Inn for lunch in the U.S. Pavilion, you could actually walk over here and pick up a sandwich, burger, or something else that would be higher quality for just a couple dollars more. And several of the beer selections are better than just about anything you’d find at Epcot.
We opted for the Lobster Bites – Lobster Salad served with Pico de Gallo, Cucumber Mango Salsa, and Mini Pitas – $11.99.
Lobster-y, though probably less food than the $16 Lobster Roll. AND YOU HAVE TO PUT IT TOGETHER YOURSELF WHICH IS RIDICULOUS. Just kidding. Chalk this up as a light appetizer or small meal.
After the day’s 14 drinks (several of which aren’t mentioned in this post because I really don’t need Intervention showing up “filming a documentary about celebrity Disney bloggers” again), I deemed the ESPN Dingers to have a funny name and ordered those avec BBQ sauce.
Said Dingers, which are similar to the “Boneless Buffalo Wings” you’d order at chain restaurants around the country. Think Applebees. Here, served crispy with a side of ranch and blue cheese along with a few celery sticks. I would characterize these as better than the Disney nuggets available around property, particularly with the sauce choices.
The Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea here is nearly identical to what’s served at most Disney bars. This may have been luck of the draw, but it was prepared with a “splash” of Coca Cola, instead of it being 90% Coca-Cola like it usually is.
For $19.50, I was expecting the pitcher of Yuengling to be in the vicinity of 48 ounces, but it was closer to 60. Five-ish draft beers for $20 is a lot better than you’re going to do in most other places and they’d bring you Sam Adams Seasonal at the same price point.
There isn’t a lot going on elsewhere these days, which is the reason for some archival food and drink coverage. I’ll try to get out early a couple mornings next week to walk us through the Cheat Sheet mornings IRL.