My new favorite princessing activity at Walt Disney World is spending an evening at one of the Resort Lounges for unique cocktails, yummy food, and occasionally some live entertainment.
Sometimes it's important to find some quiet time for a vacation from your vacation. The lounges of Walt Disney World provide that opportunity. Most have a small selection of unique "bar food" options. A few offer full menus from the resort restaurants near them. No reservations are necessary. So, they are often perfect for last minute dining options or for those who are not fond of extensive vacation planning. Guests can stay for a little bit of time or all evening to relax.
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Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter is a New Orleans inspired moderate resort at Walt Disney World. Recently, a slight refurbishment was completed in the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory food court area. Although the decor is no longer as festive, the menu has improved dramatically with some nice N'awlins inspired food.
Additionally, cocktails, appetizers, and live entertainment next door at Scat Cat's Club keep the fun going throughout the evening hours.
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food FactoryFor more information and full menu, see the Walt Disney World Website HERE.
FOODPrime Rib with Choice of 3 sides ($17.99)- Hand-carved prime rib, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, red beans and cajun rice, cornbread.
The prime rib is carved to order and they are more than happy to carve a slice that suits your desired preference for rareness. A surprisingly wide variety of sides are also available including dirty rice with chicken livers. The quality of the meat was surprisingly good for a quick-service restaurant and the mac and cheese was seriously cheesey! Barbecued Ribs, Pork Rack, Sustainable Fish, and 4-pieces of Fried Chicken are also entree options with choice of 3 sides and cornbread for $14.99!
Sassagoula Power Salad ($11.49)- Shredded kale, quinoa, craisins, mandarin oranges, red onions, walnuts, choice of chicken or shrimp.
Since this salad is made-to-order, you may choose what you would like included. I substituted the citrus vinaigrette for the olive dressing on the side. The salad was very hearty and had a lot of flavor from the oranges and cranberries. No dressing was needed. The olive dressing was closer to a tapanade. I tried some on crackers but it was very heavy with vinegar. Not my favorite bite of the meal.
Six Beignets ($4.99) and Chicory Coffee Ganache ($1.99)
These are hearty beignets. Not as light as the ones in New Orleans from Cafe Du Monde, but still tasty. The star is the chicory coffee ganache. The hint of coffee brings out the rich chocolate flavor. For dark chocolate lovers, this is a must add item!
Other menu items include: Catfish, Dirty Rice, Fried Chicken Biscuit, Shrimp and Grits, and Po Boys.
The food court is large, open, and has both low and high table seating. A small kids' table with coloring supplies and TV is located in the back corner near the bathrooms. As previously mentioned, the decor is much more toned-down since the refurbishment. I am rather disappointed that the large Mardi Gras designs that hung from the ceiling are gone. Hopefully they will return one day soon.
Scat Cat's LoungeFor more information and full menu, see the Walt Disney World Website HERE.
FOODThe lounge does not offer full meals. However, the appetizer portions are generous. Guests are also permitted to bring in food from the food court next door.
Mardi Gras Fritters ($8.99)- Pimiento Cheese Fritters with Pepper Jelly.
These were not what I expected. I expected more of a fritter texture. They were basically fried cheese balls. The exterior was light and crispy but the inside was just melted cheese. The jelly was more sweet than spicy and complimented them well.
Sazerac ($10.75)- Bulleit rye small batch American whiskey, agave nectar, and Peychaud's bitters with a splash of Pernod.All Disney lounges have the same resort bar menu. However, select resorts also have some specialty cocktails. I always try to opt for a house-special when one is available. This drink packed a punch. I believe the addition of pernod (similar to absinthe) was the culprit in making the room spin. Tasty, but proceed with caution!
DECORThe lounge has chairs, booths, bar stools, and tables that extend out into the front lobby as seating options. It has an upscale New Orleans Jazz theme with a few items of memorabilia hanging from the walls. In addition to the fabulous live music with audience participation, the lounge also offers a selection of board games for your entertainment.
I encourage you to stop into Port Orleans French Quarter for a quick bite or cocktails during your vacation. The low-key relaxation may be a nice change of pace from the hustle of the Parks.
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*Both the Sassagoula Floats Food Court and Scat Cat's Club are handicapped accessible.
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