Disney World's Tortuga Tavern Changes its Menu to Barbecue Sandwiches
Walt Disney World today announced the next step in its ongoing makeover of dining options in the Magic Kingdom's Adventureland.
Last month, Disney unveiled a new menu for Adventureland's largest restaurant, the Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. Dropping Pecos Bill's traditional burgers and barbecue, the new menu featured Tex Mex dishes, including burritos, rice bowls and fajitas. Now Disney is changing the menu at the neighboring Tortuga Tavern.
The new barbecue brisket sandwich at Tortuga Tavern. Photo courtesy Disney
The Tortuga Tavern, located across the plaza from Pirates of the Caribbean, operates only during peak attendance weeks during the year. It had featured burritos, nachos, and salads, but with Pecos Bill taking over that cuisine, the Tortuga Tavern now will offer barbecue sandwiches and salads.
The new menu includes pulled pork, beef brisket, or grilled chicken, served in barbecue sauce on Texas toast, with beans and cole slaw on the side. Tortuga Tavern also will serve roasted corn and vegetable salads, with the option of adding the barbecue chicken or brisket to the salad, for vegetarian or low-carb diners.
Tortuga Tavern's new menu starts tomorrow. Before the end of the year, Disney will open a new restaurant in Adventureland, the Jungle Navigation Company Skipper Canteen
, a Jungle Cruise-themed restaurant that will go into the old Adventureland Veranda space.
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It seems like Pecos Bill, which is themed to the Old West, would be a better fit for BBQ sandwiches (Texas Toast mind you), and Tortuga, which is in Caribbean Plaza, would be better for Mexican, if not Caribbean style dishes.
Like the BBQ, though Disney missed the opportunity to create an appropriate menu to accommodate the Pirates theme. The opportunity to redo the menu at a later date may be based on the possible success of the Pirates eatery at Shanghai Disneyland.
Not to be a bbq snob, but since I live in Oklahoma and I have also dined on plenty of authentic, delicious Texas bbq I do have to say, the sandwich in that picture is not real bbq. It's processed meat slathered with a lot of sauce. Sorry folks, but if you want real bbq you're not going to get it in California or Florida.
BBQ has so many regional varieties, to say one is "real" and others are not is a kind of cultural myopia. Texas bbq is different than Carolina bbq is different from western Kentucky pit bbq (which I kind of liked when I lived in KY). However, I agree the Disney bbq is just meat covered with bbq sauce and not bbq meat.
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