I just love the feel of the Boardwalk, and I often find myself there even if I am not staying at the resort. It is an easy walk over from the Beach or Yacht Club, and Epcot. I find it is a nice break from the park to walk over to have some dinner, dessert, or just a snack, and the relaxed seaside theme is just perfect. Here are a few of my favorite tastes found on the Boardwalk if you decide to pay a visit:
10. The Pizza Window
While Walt Disney World’s pizza is usually criticized for lacking in quality, there is something about the pizza found on the Boardwalk at the pizza window that I love. It is not your typical quick service or theme park pizza from Disney, nor is it the flatbread style found at many places. These are true slices of pizza that can be purchased by the slice or as a whole pie. And I think it is pretty good. Part of the appeal is the setting, dining al fresco on the Boardwalk watching the people walk by, the boats in the lake, the entertainers at night, and just enjoying the overall setting. This one is a sentimental favorite for my family.
9. Flying Fish Dessert
The menu at the Flying Fish is well deserving of the signature restaurant status it enjoys. And the dessert menu offers the perfect compliments to a great dinner and the Boardwalk setting of the resort. While there are several tasty choices (which could change seasonally), one I would like to highlight is the Blueberries, Limes & Seashells. This fun dessert creatively combines flavors and is so fitting for the Boardwalk: Mascarpone Cream, Blueberry-Lime Compote, Hibiscus Meringue, Rye Bourbon Caramel. The creamy mascarpone is perfectly complimented by the fruit flavors. Yum!
8. Fair Food
If you are the mood for fair food, the Boardwalk is a fun place to go. With all of the carnival style games on the Boardwalk (usually open in the later afternoon & evening), having kiosks that serve up all of your favorite fried fair foods are right in character. You can find various fried delicacies like fried ravioli, fried corn nuggets, corn dogs, fried cheese, funnel cakes, and fried ice cream. You’ll find a few other tasty treats as well. And there is also a Margarita kiosk!
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7. Trattoria Al Forno’s Dinner Lasagna al Forno
I love a good lasagna, it is comfort food at its finest. Trattoria al Forno is a lovely Italian restaurant at the Boardwalk that serves up lots of favorite Italian entrees for dinner. My favorite thing on the menu is the Lasagna al Forno: Braised Beef, House-cured Pancetta, Herb Ricotta, Sunday Gravy. It is the perfect combination of flavors and textures for a great lasagna. If you are at Epcot and aren’t able to get a reservation at one of Italy’s restaurants, I recommend giving Trattoria al Forno a try for dinner.
6. ESPN Club Loaded Tots
The ESPN Club on the Boardwalk is a great place to catch a game—and if you are here when a big game is happening you will need to make arrangements in advance. The menu focuses on Sports Bar type items as you might expect, but you will find some great munchies here while you cheer on your favorite team. My recommendation is going to be to go with the appetizers, and for that you can’t beat the Loaded Tater Tots: Tater Tots, Smoked Brisket, Beer-Cheese Sauce, Caramelized Onions, Pico de Gallo, Green Onion. A perfect game day food. If you want a more filling entrée the burgers here are good and have some nice topping combinations, the Smokehouse Burger gets top ratings topped with Smoked Tillamook Cheddar, Jalapeño, Applewood-smoked Bacon, Onion Straw, Chipotle Aïoli, Lettuce, and Tomato.
5. AbracadaBar Handcrafted Cocktails
The AbracadaBar is a great lounge on the Boardwalk with a fun theme that carries through the décor and the menu of handcrafted cocktails. It is really difficult to pick just one to recommend that you try when you visit this lounge. Some of the cocktails have great Disney references like Pepper’s Ghost (Ciroc Pineapple Vodka and Habanero Lime) is a nod to the famous illusion used in the Haunted Mansion ballroom scene; The Magic Mirror (Bacardi Rum, Soda Water, Mango Syrup, Sprite®, Lime Juice) a tribute to Snow White; and Seashore Sweet (Absolut Citron, Odwalla® Lemonade, Cotton Candy Syrup) harkens back to the confectionary that formerly inhabited this space, Seashore Sweets. And then there are just the fun Magic references like the Magic Hatten (Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey and Antica Carpano Sweet Vermouth) and the Parlor Trick (Four Roses Bourbon Small Batch, Simple Syrup, splash of Soda Water). You definitely want to try AbracadaBar, maybe combine it with one of the other great tastes of the Boardwalk.
4. The Boardwalk Bakery Butter Butter Sandwich
I really love the Boardwalk Bakery. They serve up some delicious sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My current favorite may be the Butter Butter Sandwich found on the breakfast menu: Brioche Bread, Shaved Ham, Scrambled Eggs and Buttery Fontina Cheese Spread. Stop by and have one of these while watching the world wake up on the Boardwalk, then head into the park fueled and ready to go! The lunch and dinner menus offer great salads too, and all day long you can find fresh bakery treats to go as well.
3. Trattoria al Forno Royale Breakfast
I love, love, love Trattoria al Forno’s Bon Voyage character breakfast. Normally you get to meet Rapunzel & Flynn Rider and Ariel & Prince Eric. Getting to meet Flynn & Eric is a real treat! The breakfast price includes pastries delivered to your table along with a starter and an entrée. I really like many of the entrée choices, but I would suggest the Royale Breakfast: Oak-grilled Steak, Cheesy-Egg Torte, and Fonduta with Breakfast Potatoes and crispy Onions. My steak was perfectly cooked and the torte and potatoes were the perfect accompaniment. Soooo good. Also, I didn’t need to eat for most of the rest of the day, so it was a good investment of my food budget!
2. Flying Fish, Fish Entrée
Because the Flying Fish menu does change seasonally like most of Walt Disney World’s signature restaurants I hesitate to give too specific of a recommendation, but if you are looking for a seafood dinner, the Flying Fish is a great place to find fresh fish with a creative combination of ingredients. They often have multiple options for fish on the menu including Mahi Mahi, Sea Bass and Salmon. Or you can go with a shellfish option like shrimp or scallops. All of the choices are paired with delicious side options or sauces to complement their fresh flavor.
1. Ample Hills Ice Cream Flight
I’m pretty sure Ample Hills Creamery on the Boardwalk is my favorite ice cream parlor. Anywhere. I have my favorite flavor picked out after careful taste testing (Ooey Gooey Butter Cake). But I say life is short and choices are hard, so go with the Ice Cream flight where you will be able to sample multiple flavors of Ample Hills Creamery specialties in smaller portions. This is just about the perfect way to end a night at Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or the Boardwalk. Enjoying some creamy, delicious ice cream watching the boats and the people and re-hashing all of the day’s fun with your travel companions. I can’t wait to go back!
What are your favorite tastes on Walt Disney World’s Boardwalk?