We continue from Jardin de Fiestas.
Trowel & Trellis, a name that I don’t like to type or say out loud, replaces what was the very good Berry Basket.
We saw the suja juice on and off during the Food and Wine Festival, but everything else is a new entry. IMPOSSIBLE is hosting the Outdoor Kitchen, so everything is meatless, even if that isn’t necessarily obvious based on the descriptions. The green “V” icon does designate that everything is vegetarian.
Minus the smoke billowing throughout the seating section this is actually a pretty nice setup pic.twitter.com/YH7dZp9qf5
— josh (@easywdw) March 6, 2019
You may want to plan your visit based on the time of day that the wind is blowing the other way. Otherwise, the smoke billows across the promenade.
Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread — $5.50
What is definitely an ear of corn is held up next to this sign for some reason. I think our creative director had thrown up their hands shortly after we got started. Festival Day is not for the faint of heart. You’ll be able to easily verify that the Corn is grilled up fresh and it’s presented nicely inside the husk with your typical fair wrapper around it. The flavors of garlic, butter, salt, and cheese are rich and delicious, but I’m not sure this does enough in the Festival setting to demand a purchase. They do a similar thing in Harambe at Animal Kingdom, where I recommend the Ear more favorably. With a hundred other options at the Festival, it may get lost in the mix, but it’s certainly among the freshest dishes available and the garlic-butter blend probably adds a few hundred calories, ultimately improving the cost-to-calorie ratio. These things are selling like hot cakes, so you’ll probably want to pick one up after seeing so many march by.
Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables, Creamy Herb Dressing — $5.50
Street food seems to be the name of the game here with the Meatball Gyro that you can’t really put down because the wrapper only covers about 63.2% of it. In addition to being vegetarian, everything is also vegan. So when I said the corn tasted like it was slathered in butter, it was really some other ingredient. While we didn’t suffer much there, the Lentil Bread is dense and chewy and in my experience, overwhelmed the small amount of dry, meatless Meatball hiding inside. The Creamy Herb Dressing, similar to the Yogurt Raita that graces several of the best dishes at Sanaa, is the star of the show, providing a nice herb-y component and a creamy coolness to the dish. The peppers in particular brighten everything up, while adding a little bit of spice. Overall, the price is a little high for what amounts to five bites, but vegans definitely want to pick one up and it’s one of the better vegetarian options that isn’t dessert or a salad. Meat-eaters may be better off spending their money up in Mexico, where the Chorizo-topped Blue Corn Masa offers bolder, meatier flavors. As far as vegan food goes, we’re well above average.
Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumb, Pomegranate and Baby Herbs – $5
While it had been a while since I had been served a Torta in a Bowl like the one we saw in Mexico, it’s been even longer since my chocolate dessert has arrived in the form of a Terrarium. Unfortunately, it’s style over substance as the Chocolate Pudding that serves as the base isn’t anywhere near as rich as you’d hope. From there, the other ingredients may as well have not even been there from a flavor standpoint. Everything was impossibly muted. A big part of that may be the whole vegan thing. It’s certainly unique enough that it’s worth trying at the $5 price point. I think most people will be disappointed in how it tastes, though.
suja Organic Cold Pressed Juice: Noon Greens and Vibrant Probiotic – $5.50
I think it goes without saying that I’m eating leftover Domino’s as I write these reviews and this variety of unsweetened, vegetable-heavy juice is not to my personal tastes. The Noon Greens was bitter and cucumber-heavy with an unpleasantly thick mouthfeel. I think Les Miles has tried grass that tastes less like lawn clippings. The Vibrant Probiotic tasted watered down with a faint berry flavor.
According to the nutritional facts, a bottle packs more than 20 grams of sugar and offers virtually no nutritional value whatsoever. While I hesitate to quote the grocery store bottle price, they look to cost anywhere from $3 to $8 in stores, making the $5.50 ask not entirely unreasonable. I’d probably skip them based on the fact that they’re just grocery store bottles of juice.
Playalinda Brewing Company Tropical Wonderland Wheat Ale — $4.50
This homage to Tropical Wonderland, a nature-centric theme park that closed just two years after Walt Disney World opened, is light and crisp with a distinct tropical vibe backed up by orange citrus. A sip or two will help cut the richness of the corn or potentially make you less sad that you have to find something to do with 24 ounces of juice that you paid $11 to try and don’t want 23.5 ounces of. Not that I would know anything about that. The beer ends up being an average Wheat Ale that you won’t find very far outside of Florida. Whether that makes it worth a try is up to you.
Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London with Tito’s Handmade Vodka served in a Mason Jar — $15
It’s a bit perplexing to pay $15 for a plastic Mason Jar with branding that I don’t think anybody cares about, particularly when the Orange Bird Sipper comes in at a dollar less. I’m not entirely sure where the Trowel or the Trellis come into play more than the other Outdoor Kitchens. Anyway, the serving is at least larger than most other cocktails served by Disney and unlike the Orange Bird, this arrives with at least a hint of Tito’s. The drink is sweet and refreshing, tasting more like a berry lemonade than your typical tea. I don’t think I’d pay $15 for it compared to other drinks in the area, but if you’re after a mason jar that says Trowel & Trellis on it, this is definitely that opportunity.
Overall, Trowel & Trellis is an obvious stop for vegetarians and vegans alike, and most people will probably be interested in giving something a try. The Corn is easily the most popular item and the Chocolate Terrarium is one of the more thoughtfully-composed desserts that we’ve seen. Hopefully by the time you order one, it will taste better too.