Dinner at Le Cellier Steakhouse

We saved the best for last!  Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada of Epcot’s World Showcase is a very popular restaurant.  When I phoned in 3 months Le Cellier Steakhouse DSC07620in advance for reservations, I was only able to get in at Le Cellier on our last night at Disney.  We were very lucky!  Not everyone is able to obtain a reservation there.

Gluten-Free Tapioca Rolls
Gluten-Free Tapioca Rolls

We arrived relatively early for our 7:00 p.m. reservation.  It was raining, so we were lucky to stake a spot up by the door, under the overhang. While we waited, we saw MANY people approach the podium to ask if there were any available seats (without a reservation) – no, there were not.  There was an unfortunate incident involving a loud-speaking woman who tried to bluff her way in, saying she had a 7pm reservation when it was actually set for 8:10 p.m.  The gal that the podium handled it beautifully.  The loud-speaking woman (and her suspiciously silent husband) were told that they could check them in at 7pm, but that they would not be seated until 8:10 p.m.  She did not like that, and she stomped off, her silent husband trailing behind.

We were seated at 7:05 p.m. in the New Brunswick section, the original territory of Canada.  Our server’s name was Amanda.  Chef Joe recommended the Filet Mignon which is what we both ordered.  He said that he could alter any entree and mix and match the sides.  Le Cellier has a nice selection of entrees on their menu:

  • New York Strip Steak topped with bercy Butter served with Gruyere Yukon Potato Gratin
  • Salt-crusted Prime Rib with Roasted Yukon Potatoes finished with Au Jus and Horseradish Cream Sauce
  • Coffee-rubbed Kansas City Strip Steak with Hazelnut Butter and Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
  • Spice-crusted Pork Chop with Rosemary Polenta and Endive-Citrus Salad
  • Sauteed Potato Gnocchi with Grilled Eggplant, Cherry Tomatoes, Pesto Broth, and Parmesan Cheese
  • King Salmon Two Ways – Pan seared with Hoisin Barbeque and Citrus-poached with Coconut Soubise
  • “Le Cellier” Mushroom Filet Mignon served with Wild Mushroom Risotto and finished with White Truffle-Herb Butter Sauce

    Filet Mignon & Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
    Filet Mignon & Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
  • Veal T-Bone with Black Bread “Panzanella” Salad and Banyuls Vinaigrette
  • Pan-seared Scallops with Artichokes, Golden Beets, Salsify, Capers, and Lemon-Brown Butter Sauce
Maple Creme Brulee
Maple Creme Brulee

They brought Rick’s very obviously not gluten-free bread out to the table first, and it looked fabulous!  Three large bread sticks – sourdough, pretzel and multigrain.  It was kind of a let-down to be brought gluten-free tapioca rolls after that breadstick display, but I was still thrilled to be brought any sort of bread before a meal in a restaurant that I got over it.

My filet mignon was served with the cream cheese mashed potatoes.  I hate to think how many calories were in that meal.  It was superb!  As I say, we saved the best meal for last!

Chocolate "Moose" (NOT gluten-free)
Chocolate “Moose” (NOT gluten-free)

I wanted to order the very popular Chocolate “Moose” for dessert, but Chef Joe said that the chocolate mousse is rolled in Oreo cookies and that he didn’t have the gluten-free version of the cookies.  He said that he could bring out the chocolate mousse plain, without the cookies and the Maple Leaf Antlers, but I decided to go with the Maple Creme Brulee.  I’d only had creme brulee once before and although I liked it, it tasted even better at Le Cellier.

Rick ordered the Chocolate “Moose” – I just had to see it!  He said that it tasted delicious!  And although all of the other photos in our gluten-free dining reviews are of gluten-free food, I’m including a photo of the mousse here…it truly is a work of art!

Lunch at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe DSC07479This was our last full day at Disney, so it seems fitting that we would save the best for last.  We stopped in to Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom for lunch.  It’s a rather large restaurant, but very busy.  There is more than one order station, so we weren’t sure which line to get in to in order to speak to the manager.  We ended up standing in the “chicken” line because I knew I wanted to order the rotisserie chicken.  The manager allowed Rick’s burger order to be taken at the same counter.

At first, they were going to make Rick’s hamburger bun gluten-free, misunderstanding who needed the gluten-free meal.  It made me a bit nervous about whether or not my meal was actually GF, so I asked the manager (Mimin); he assured me that it was.

Rick’s meal came up well before mine, so he went off to find a place to sit.  He was more than half finished with his meal before mine came out.  But, it was well worth the wait!  Look at this delicious meal!  Had I known that I would be served this much food for lunch, I would have skipped breakfast (pancakes at Port Orleans Riverside).  So, I did what I had to do….stuffed myself!

GF Rotisserie Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans
GF Rotisserie Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans

It was the best rotisserie chicken that I’d ever had!  The mashed potatoes and green beans (my favorite veggie) were very good, too!  I’m not sure, but I think that the potatoes were real potatoes and not from a mix.  This would explain the long wait for the meal, but again, well worth it!

Gluten-Free Brownie
Gluten-Free Brownie

As this was a counter service meal, I was allowed to have a dessert.  My only choice was a French Meadows Bakery gluten-free brownie.  Fortunately, it was pre-packaged, so I could take it with me.  I didn’t have any room for dessert, thanks to the terrific lunch!

Lunch at Liberty Inn – Epcot’s World Showcase (America)

Liberty Inn DSC06508

We got a lazy start on the day, and when we left our resort and went to the bus stop, we decided to take the first bus to arrive, unless it was going to Animal Kingdom (we’d been there twice already).  The Epcot bus was the first to arrive, so off we went.  On the bus ride, I went through my notes to determine where we could go for lunch and get a gluten-free meal for me.  The two top choices were either the Electric Umbrella or the Liberty Inn in America of the World Showcase.

The Electric Umbrella was closer to the entrance, but we had difficulty finding it.  It was tucked out of the way and we apparently missed it the first time by going around Planet Earth on the opposite side.  By this time, we decided to try for Liberty Inn, mostly because I was anticipating the gluten-free pizza.

We took a boat across the World Showcase Lagoon from Canada to Morocco.  At some point in our vacation, we tried to take every available mode of transportation at least once.  We missed out on the train that goes around the Magic Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom Ferry Boat, but we’ll try for those on the next visit.

Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders, Cookie & Fruit
Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders, Cookie & Fruit

When we got to Liberty Inn, we spoke to Earl, the manager, and learned that they no longer serve gluten-free pizza.  Waaaah!  I had really been looking forward to it.  Pizza is the #1 food that I miss the most since I went on the gluten-free diet 14 years ago.  The Liberty Inn offered a couple other gluten-free choices, though.  My choices were a hot dog with gluten-free bun, a hamburger with a gluten-free bun, Amy’s Macaroni & Cheese, or gluten-free chicken tenders.  I chose the chicken tenders, not only because of preference at the moment, but because I’ve never had gluten-free chicken tenders at a restaurant.  I’m glad that I did!

I was expecting small chicken nuggets, like what you’d get at McDonalds.  Instead, I was treated to 3 rather large pieces of breaded chicken pieces, and they tasted so good!  The seasoning was great, and it reminded me of what McDonald’s chicken nuggets tasted like, and what I’d been missing.  Their french fries are cooked in their own fryer, but the manager told me that the oil is mixed with the oil from the other fryers at night.  He offered to bake some french fries for me, but I decided to go with the fresh fruit bowl instead.  Dessert was a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie.

Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders
Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders

I ate most of the chicken and fruit, so I didn’t have room for the cookie, so I saved it for later.  I didn’t have a good place to store the cookie, though, and it was so soft and moist, it broke apart into crumbs inside the package.  It still tasted good, though, when I finally got around to eating it as a midnight snack.  I’d never tasted a gluten-free cookie that was that soft and light!

All in all, it was an enjoyable and tasty lunch.  We were very happy that we chose to get on the Epcot bus that day!