Disney World Update: Rick Bayless Comes to Disney Springs, Plus More
A few news items from the Walt Disney World Resort:
New Celebrity Chef Restaurant for Disney Springs — Rick Bayless will bring one of his quick-service Frontera Fresco restaurants to Disney Springs next summer. Bayless has won multiple James Beard awards and is known for his research and preparation of Mexican cuisine. Frontera Fresco serves tacos, quesadillas, tortas, and huarraches (the last two are Mexican sandwiches and flatbreads). If you're from the Chicago area, you might have seen Frontera Fresco in a couple of Macy's department stores, one on State Street and the other in Old Orchard. There's also one in the student union building at Northwestern, which blows my mind as an NU alum who can't imagine a celebrity-chef restaurant of any type in Norris.
New Band in Epcot's Morocco — You might remember the band "Mo'Rockin," which ended its run at Epcot last September, along with Off Kilter, the Fife and Drum Corps, and other World Showcase acts. Disney's now announced a replacement, Ribab Fusion, which is playing in Mo'Rockin's old home in the Morocco pavilion. Disney describes the band as "a popular band from northern Africa, celebrates Morocco’s Amazigh culture with everything from smooth grooves to high-energy funk, fusing the traditional sound of the single-stringed ribab with a contemporary, Afropop style."
Every Day's a New Hot Dog at the Grand Floridian — Disney's answer to the Universal CityWalk's Hot Dog Hall of Fame is now the Grand Floridian's Gasparilla Island Grill. The restaurant has rolled out seven city-themed gourmet hot dogs, one served on each day of the week. The line-up is:
- Sunday: Cleveland dog with French fries, coleslaw and hot sauce
- Monday: Seattle dog with cream cheese, jalapenos, chopped cabbage and Sriracha
- Tuesday: Kansas City dog with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese
- Wednesday: Memphis dog with two slices of bacon, barbecue sauce, chopped scallions and shredded Cheddar
- Thursday: Idaho dog served on a baked potato with bacon bits, chives, sour cream and shredded Cheddar
- Friday: New York dog with mustard, sauerkraut and onion sauce
- Saturday: Chicago dog with a pickle spear, celery salt, tomatoes, peppers, chopped onions, green relish and mustard
Disney Springs is a destination. What is it, three or four times the size of CityWalk? And free parking.
Is this the guy from "Mexico one plate at the time?
I thought the Canadian band was "Off Kilter". Not "Old Kilter". Am I wrong, or was that a typo?
My reaction to Bayless: so another celeb chef is coming to Disney Springs? I've no problem with that.
Yes its the guy from "Mexico one plate at a time" from PBS.
Would not call Springs a destination. It's a mall. And malls have free parking. Look at the list of merchants. And with 60. out of pocket for a portion of Peking duck the locals will stay away for repeat business. Will check out a few but doubtful the restaurants will last. Give them 5 years tops. Then it will be another empty mall. Foreign tourist will not alone sustain it.
Bayless has also appeared on Top Chef. We really wanted to eat at his original Frontera Grill when we were in Chicago earlier this year, but unfortunately, the restaurant is not appropriate for small children. I've read mixed reviews about his QS locations, but most of the negatives are from those who have been to the original TS location and obviously the quality and variety there are going to be vastly superior to a quick service restaurant.
I used to watch it on the livwell network to get through college.
There are also two Frontera locations at Chicago O'Hare airport, and they are among my favorite airport dining anywhere.
"Would not call Springs a destination. It's a mall."
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