Dinner on a Rainy Night at Boatwrights Dining Hall

Boatwrights Dining Hall DSC06873After our lunch at Liberty Inn, we roamed around Epcot’s World Showcase, taking photographs and collecting more pressed pennies.  We were back in Morocco when it started to sprinkle, so we decided to duck into one of the shops to wait it out.  It rained fairly hard for a while, and when it tapered back to light rain, we went over to the (covered) boat landing in Morocco.  At first, we didn’t think the boats were running – they shut down during thunderstorms, but then we spotted one on the return trip from Canada.

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On the way to the bus stop to get back to our resort and dinner reservations at Boatwrights Dining Hall, we tried to stop off at Soarin’, but everyone else had the same idea and the wait on stand-by was 35 minutes (Fast Passes were gone).  We just didn’t have the time to spare, so we headed over to the bus stop.  By the time we arrived at Port Orleans Riverside at 6:40 p.m., it was raining VERY hard.  We waited for 20 minutes at the bus stop for it to let up, but it never really did, so at 7:00 p.m., we made a dash for it, soaking ourselves pretty good in the process.

We were promptly seated when we arrived at Boatwrights.  It was cheery and warm inside the restaurant, just the thing that we needed after spending the majority of our day dodging in and out of the rain.  The temperatures had dropped from the mid-90s to the low 70s and in Florida in September, that is a drastic change!

Gluten-Free Roll & Butter
Gluten-Free Roll & Butter

Chef Carlos gave me several gluten-free choices from their extensive menu.  He said that I could choose the Jambalaya, the Grilled Pork Chops without the Maque Choux, Grilled Tenderloin Medallions or the Blackened Fish Filet but without the Grilled Grit Cake.  He did not recommend the Pasta Shrimp, even though they could substitute the pasta with rice pasta.  They also could not accommodate me if I wanted the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, but since I had had fried chicken the night before (at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe), I didn’t mind.

Slow Roasted Prime Rib & Three Cheese Hash Browns
Slow Roasted Prime Rib & Three Cheese Hash Browns

I chose to have the Slow Roasted Prime Rib with the excellent Three-Cheese Hash-Brown Potatoes.  Instead of being served with Cabernet Sauce, Chef Carlos served it with au jus (which was just fine!).  They started my meal off with a gluten-free roll and butter….something that would never get old for me….to be served bread before a meal in a restaurant!

The Prime Rib was delicious!  I don’t believe I’ve ever had it before, so it was quite a treat.  It’s probably not something that I’ll ever have again as I prefer my meat to be cooked just a bit more, but I’m glad that I tried it.  Now the Three-Cheese Hash-Brown Potatoes were another matter.  I’d never had them before, either, but I just knew that I was going to love them!  What’s not to love about three cheeses and hash browns?  Multiple taste sensations in every bite – yummy!

Gluten-Free Brownie & Ice Cream
Gluten-Free Brownie & Ice Cream

I didn’t really have room for dessert, but I ordered some anyway.  Chef Carlos sent out a gluten-free brownie with vanilla ice cream and a garnish of blackberries & raspberries.  By this time, I’d eaten half a dozen of the pre-packaged gluten-free brownies, but it still tasted very good and when ice cream was added, it was even better!

We’d recommend dinner at Boatwrights if you’re looking for a quiet, intimate dinner atmosphere.  It was just perfect for us on that rainy night in September….very warm and welcoming and the food was delicious!

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

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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!