We continue from The Citrus Blossom.
Refreshment Port is the permanent building on the right as you head towards Canada.
The Coffee-rubbed Pork Poutine is new for this year’s Flower and Garden Festival, while the Beef Brisket Poutine has become a menu mainstay, along with the Traditional Poutine. Only the Traditional is good for a Disney Dining Plan snack credit.
Coffee-rubbed Pork Poutine with Barbecue Demi-Glace, Fire-roasted Corn Relish and Cheese Curds – $8.49
As has been the case over the last several Festivals, the Coffee-rubbed Pork Poutine is a heaping portion of food that’s easily five or six times the portion of other Festival dishes. This is both a good and a bad thing as it’s a lot of calories for the money, but if you’re trying to eat it alone or with one other person, then you’re probably going to be filled up in short order. The good news is that it’s another satisfying, salty adventure through french fries with a ton of Pork piled up on top of the Fries, which are then topped with a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce and a few bouncy Cheese Curds. The Corn Relish seemed to be superfluous for the most part, but the kernels certainly don’t detract from the bold flavors that come together nicely in each bite. If you have three or more people in your group and you’re looking for something substantial, then this is a good choice, but it’s a big departure from the other Festival dishes. That may be a good thing.
Beef Brisket Poutine –$8.99
This is a large cardboard boat absolutely stuffed full of fries and then topped with what must be a combination of 8+ ounces of Beer Cheese Sauce, Poutine Gravy, and Beef Brisket and then sprinkled with Crispy Onions for good measure.
This is ballpark…or perhaps amusement park…food at its finest. The fries are served piping hot and extra crispy with plenty of creamy beer cheese sauce to cover the extra large pile of potatoes. The Beef Brisket is more of a quantity-over-quality situation with at least six ounces of juicy meat sandwiched in between the fries and sauce. The Crispy Onions mostly get lost in the mix, but you’ll enjoy a little bit of an astringent punch from time to time.
Taste: If you want to hate yourself, it’s a 9/10
A variety of drinks are also available year-round.
Stowaway Mary – Classic Bloody Mary with Absolut Vodka garnished with Pimento-stuffed Olives, Cherry Tomato, Celery, Jumbo Shrimp, and Smokehouse Jerky – $14.25
While this is not a Festival-exclusive item, it’s as good of a time as any to discuss it.
You might remember the original Stowaway Mary, which was served with celery, two large chicken nuggets, two cheese-stuffed olives, and a tomato for $12. I’ll admit that this was a bit of a guilty pleasure for Erin and me. For whatever reason, Refreshment Port seems to do Disney chicken nuggets better than anywhere else on property.
The current version is perhaps closer to a “traditional” offering with the two large, crispy chicken nuggets replaced by a single shrimp and a long stick of spicy beef jerky, in addition to the olives that are now stuffed with a little piece of pimento in each. The Bloody Mary itself is largely the same, perhaps more watered down than I remember, but the change-out of the chicken nuggets, which actually paired pretty nicely with the spiciness of the cocktail, is a loss in my opinion. I laughed at the thought of the Chicken Nugget Cocktail myself, but there was something so goofy about it that it worked.
Anyway, this is one of the only quick service spots on property to grab a Bloody Mary and this is how it’s currently served. The drink itself is a little spicy without much flavor at all from the Absolut Vodka given the amount of ice and mix involved. The tomato juice and water from the ice also tend to separate a little bit, which can get kind of gross. If they’re really not going to serve this sort of thing with a straw, then it’s going to be kind of hard to drink too without eating all of the stuff first. I’m not sure that it’s a compelling buy at $14.25, but it’s here.
Overall, the menu at Refreshment Port might not follow the heart and soul of what the rest of the Flower and Garden Festival is about, but it does offer some nice options for those that still want unique offerings without some of the froufrou elements.