Where to Eat: Lunch at The Friar's Nook in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Published: June 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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.