Where to Eat: Lunch at The Friar's Nook in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
The new food thing at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom? Speciality mac 'n' cheese.
The Friar's Nook in Fantasyland now features three types of macaroni and cheese:
- Regular Macaroni & Cheese (topped with Panko) for $7.99
- Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni & Cheese $8.99
- Pot Roast Macaroni & Cheese for $8.99
There's also a truffle mac 'n' cheese-topped hot dog for $8.59. On a recent trip, we tried the Pot Roast option:
I was a bit disappointed with the lack of vegetables — Disney includes only the pot roast meat atop this large cup of mac 'n' cheese. Still, the first bite of beef off the top delivered meaty flavor that gave me hope for a substantial, satisfying lunch. And then I made the mistake of eating more.
The squishy macaroni underneath just disappears into the tasteless, viscous sauce that overwhelms the entire dish. It's never a good sign for a mac 'n' cheese when you're left longing for the relatively sharp and distinct flavor of Kraft Dinner powdered cheese.
Worse was the pot roast itself, which turned out to include as much fat as meat. Sorry, but the whole point of a pot roast is to slow cook a cut of beef until all the fat renders into flavorful gravy. If there's hunks of fat left in your pot roast, you're not doing it right.
And, finally, let's take one more shot at Walt Disney World's obsession with serving every quick-service meal in the resort on disposable paper. First it was the dishes, and now even the trays! Yes, I live on the west coast, but it's not just regional bias behind my preference for the real dishes and servingware that Disneyland offers at many of its quick-service restaurants. Give me a proper meal with proper presentation.
This mess offers neither. I quit after five bites.
Another great article from Mr. Niles. Thanks so much for including photos. Both the food and the prices look gross.
I got the cheeseburger one by accident. Well... I meant to order it, I just didn't know what it was. I thought it weird that it would be a cheeseburger with a side of mac and cheese instead of fries, but there was zero line and I was hungry, so I said why not. I asked the person working and apparently they didn't understand the question because they answered as though that's what it was.
Robert, you made the mistake of ordering mac and cheese anywhere outside your house. I don't know any good places to serve it besides Kraft at home.
My family is not able to make yearly trips to WDW so when we do go, I am sorry to say that if we eat in the park it is the turkey leg for me.
James, there was a restaurant here in Pasadena that served the most wonderful truffle and mushroom mac 'n' cheese. No expectation that Disney could match that, but I was hoping for better than this.
My daughter loves mac n cheese, but it is always a hit or miss at any restaurant. She hates it at Macaroni Grill and loves it at Souplantation. Based on this track record, I never buy it a la carte from a menu. She can get at a buffet or at home via the Krafts microwave macaroni and cheese.
My youngest son has Asperger's Syndrome and loves mac n cheese unfortunately Kraft uses a food colouring called Tartrazine, must be shown in the ingredients if present. We have found out, the hard way, that he reacts very badly to this product and so he has not had Kraft for almost 5 years. If he wants mac n cheese we simply make it for him or if it is in a buffet, and we can find out if all they cooked with was real cheese not short cuts, he can have it there.
Robert- I don't know why I'm always surprised when you write a fooreview...even though I know it's theme park related. Keep em' coming! The pics accompanying are great and... Well... I'll have to agree they look very unappetizing. Maybe Disney should've sold Mac N Cheese noodles with Mickey shapes although that wouldn't do anything for the taste...
I usually stick with Columbia Harbor House.
I also love your food reviews! I love your way with words when describing the tastes, textures, flavors, and overall appeal of any dish. You're quite a talented food critic!
Wow, another TPI slam against WDW. Didn't see that coming. (eyes rolling)
Oh, Brandon, I've got something for you, coming up in a couple days. :^)
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