Food Truck Frenzy! New Ordering Process in Disney Springs?

Food trucks, my friends!  Are you a food truck fan?  Yes?  No?  Here … let me be more specific.  Are you a Disney food truck fan?

Actually, where we live in Atlanta, we see a different selection of food trucks each and every Wednesday.  I have to confess.  I’ve never tried one.  My bad, I know.

Having said all of that, I’ve talked about Disney’s food trucks in the past.  You know, Fantasy Fare – an ode to WDW’s Magic Kingdom as well as California’s Disneyland.

How about World Showcase of Flavors – the best of Epcot’s multitude of seasonal food festivals?

Or, Namaste Cafe.  This vehicle once served a WDW favorite – Butter Chicken.  Wait a minute.  “Once served”?  Keep reading, folks.  You’ll see what I mean later.

Regardless of any of Disney Springs’ various themes, I definitely want to try one of these venues at some point.  I just have to be in the right spot at the right time.  They’re never open when we stroll by!

I’ll tell you what, though … if we do make a visit to WDW’s “food truck park”, it’ll have a unique (as far as food trucks are concerned) ordering process.

Check it out!  These days, you order at a central location “up front”.

Then, you pick up your “grub” at the truck!

Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that Spring’s Street Tacos is a relatively new entry – as far as I’ve seen – to “downtown’s” food offerings.

A re-invention of Namaste Cafe (compare the pictures of the two trucks), this truck sports a taco selection that includes Grilled Steak, Crispy Pork Belly, Grilled Spiced Mahi Fillet, and Braised Adobo Chicken.  Yum!

I know.  Disney Springs offers many food options these days.  Why take the time and money to patronize a food truck?

Novelty?  Convenience?  Variety?  Price?  I’m not sure what would drive you to try, but, for us, that crispy pork belly is mighty enticing!

Have you sampled one of the delights supplied by a Disney Springs food truck?  If so, what did you try?  What did you think?  Let us all know!

Menu “Recon”: Food Trucks at Disney Springs [Update]!

The one thing that I still can’t understand when it comes to the great collection of food trucks at Disney Springs is their operating hours.  You see, Mrs. All in WDW and I usually pop by that area for lunch sometime around 10 AM to 1 PM.

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Sure, 10 AM is too early for lunch, but, for us, 11 AM to Noon is not.  In other words, we’ve often selected an alternate place to eat before the trucks even open their “doors” … er, windows!

For example, Fantasy Fare (Magic Kingdom) and World Showcase of Flavors (Epcot) don’t open until 12:30 PM.  Namaste Cafe (Animal Kingdom) and Superstar Catering (Hollywood Studios) open at 4 PM!  Sheesh!

Anyway, one of these days, my lovely wife and I will be able to sample something from one of these menus … I hope!  My friends, enjoy!

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Fantasy Fare

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World Showcase of Flavors

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Namaste Cafe

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Superstar Catering

The Three “Faces” of Disney’s Butter Chicken!

Hello, folks!  Mrs. All in WDW and I recently got an opportunity to meet a family friend at one of our favorite spots – Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village.

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You know, it’s hard for us to try something “different” when we go to Sanaa.  What I mean by that is, like most Disney fanatics who have eaten at this outstanding restaurant, we just love Sanaa’s bread service.

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Their naan is incredibly fresh, hot, and soft.  Their spreads, or accompaniments, are delicious.  We can’t get enough of it.  In fact, we can’t not order it!

Of course, for me, personally, the same goes for Sanaa’s Butter Chicken.  A pretty well-known Indian dish of chicken that is pleasantly drowned in a mildly spiced curry sauce, Butter Chicken tastes phenomenal!

In fact, this dish is so good that Sanaa actually offers two recipes!

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First, look to the center section of the restaurant’s menu.  You’ll find a set of options labeled “Potjie Inspired”.  Here, accompanied by rice, you can choose any two main dishes to highlight your meal.

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Me?  Well, though all of this section’s entrees look great, I always double-up on Butter Chicken!  Deee-lish!

On this particular visit, Mrs. All in WDW went in a pleasantly different direction.  Under “Spice Route Favorites”, she selected Sanaa’s other Butter Chicken entree!  Way to go, dear!

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Served with peas, carrots, rice, shallots, and cucumber, it, too, was very, very good.  In fact, it’s now on my “list” for next time!

Of course, I mentioned that Disney boasts three “faces” of Butter Chicken, now, didn’t I?  How so, you ask?  Well, it just so happens that Sanaa is a pretty inspiring restaurant.  It inspired this 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine dish, at least.

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A “abbreviated” but delicious version, to be sure, this particular delight was a festival favorite of mine.  In fact, it earned the #3 spot in my infamous All in WDW Final Top 25!

So, there you have it, my friends.  The Three “Faces” of Disney’s Butter Chicken.  But, wait!  There’s more?!  Yes, folks, there is.  There is one last place at which Butter Chicken hides in Walt Disney World.

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To this point, I have walked by the Namaste Cafe food truck in Disney Springs on countless occasions.  Sadly, it has always been before they’ve opened for the day.

They, too, are on my “list”, however.  Why?  Well, they serve Butter Chicken, of course!  One more stop for me to make in the future.  Have they been inspired by Sanaa as well?  I bet they have!

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My friends, I have just two words for you … Butter Chicken.  If you find it, you have to try it … even if it’s just once!  It is phenomenal!  And, frankly, I think it’ll leave you wanting more and more!

A Balloon with a View … Part Two!

Yeah, I know.  I have written about Characters in Flight several times before.  Here and here, to be more specific.

I guess I’m pretty smitten with the whole idea of getting a true birds’ eye view of the best vacation resort in the universe!

Anyway, too bad I can’t quite get up the courage to step inside that balloon’s “basket”!  Oh, well.  Maybe some day!

I just had to share these shots.  Taken from various locations in Disney Springs, lets go “Up, up and away in [Disney’s] … beautiful balloon!”

"Up, Up And Away"!

“Up, Up And Away”!

Stopping in for lunch, are we?

Stopping in for lunch, are we?

You want me to go WAY up there!! Yikes!

You want me to go WAY up there!! Yikes!

Hey! It’s a Food Truck Fantasy!

Oh, yeah, it is.  One big, delicious traffic jam of Disney-fied food trucks!  Take a look!

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Namaste Cafe

  • Samosas & Naan Dipping Safari – ($11.00)
  • Lamb Kefta on Naan Bread – ($12.00)
  • Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice – ($9.50)
  • Char-grilled Tandoori Shrimp with Basmati Rice – ($12.25)

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Superstar Catering

  • Sausage & Caramelized Onion Flatbread – ($9.50)
  • A Taste of Disney’s Hollywood Studios (BLT Soup, Cobb Salad, and Grapefruit Cake) – ($14.00)
  • Pork Shank with Gruyere Mac ‘n’ Cheese – ($12.00)

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World Showcase of Flavors

  • Pierogies with Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions – ($8.50)
  • Grilled Chicken Breast Gyro with House-Made Chips – ($9.50)
  • Florida Local Grass-Fed Beef Sliders with House-Made Chips – ($9.50)

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Fantasy Fare

  • Grilled Ham & Cheese with Waffle Fries – ($11.00)
  • Sweet Potato Puffs with Marshmallow Cream – ($5.00)
  • Corn Dog with Waffle Fries – ($7.50)
  • Buffalo Chicken & Waffles with Cornbread and Sriracha Maple Syrup – ($10.25)

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What looks good to you, my friends?  To be honest, although we didn’t take the opportunity to eat this time around, a couple of dishes caught our eye.

For starters, how about a nice, healthy serving of Butter Chicken?  Hey!  Sanaa’s recipe is phenomenal.  I’m sure Namaste’s is just as good.

Superstar’s trio of Hollywood Studios delights is quite intriguing, but a Pork Shank with Gruyere Mac ‘n’ Cheese?  Yum!

As you know, we’re aficionados of Epcot’s Food & Wine festival.  A heaping plate of Pierogies with Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions sounds outstanding.

Finally, take a look at Fantasy Fare.  Buffalo Chicken & Waffles?  With Cornbread?  And, just how good does Sriracha Maple Syrup taste?  I can’t wait to find out!

Having said all this, we were a bit taken aback by the prices.  It is pretty steep for “truck” food, in our opinions.  Having said that, we’ll stop to dine soon, I’m very sure!  How about you?