Our Sunday evening dinner was at the Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom. We were careful about when we ate lunch so that we would bring our appetites to our 7:35 p.m. reservation. We arrived 15 minutes early and ended up being seated at 7:20 p.m.
Wait staff are dressed in the clothing from the 1700’s. It reminded me of the John Adams series on HBO. The decor was also of the same time period. It was a rather large restaurant with seating on two half levels. The bathrooms were up a full flight of stairs and there were only 2 stalls in the ladies room! I had to wait a few minutes to get into the bathroom and the ladies waiting with me and those coming out of the bathroom all commented on how small the bathrooms were for a restaurant of that size. It would turn out to be the only downfall of our visit.
Chef Rob came over to our table to talk to me about gluten-free meal options. The “Bill of Fare” shows what foods will be served. First, they have the “Declaration Salad” – tossed mixed greens with strawberry viniagrette dressing. The main course is the “Patriot’s Platter” which consists of roasted turkey breast, carved beef, and smoked pork loin with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, herb bread stuffing, and macaroni & cheese. Everything comes to the table “family style”, so plates of food come out and everyone serves themselves. Since I had a dietary restriction and couldn’t eat all of the menu items but my husband could, they served us individual plates of food. My husband’s plate contained all of the above-mentioned items.
Chef Rob told me that he’d bring out some tapioca rolls for me – this was the first time in my life that I’ve had gluten-free rolls given to me in a restaurant, and what a treat that was! Of the items on the “Patriot’s Platter”, I was able to have the roasted turkey breast, carved beef, mashed potatoes, GLUTEN-FREE GRAVY,
and green beans. I was also able to have the salad with strawberry viniagrette dressing.
I thought I was going to pass out from the excitement of dining in a restaurant where I could actually have dinner rolls and gravy! Unheard of in any other restaurant that I’ve been to in the 13 years since my celiac sprue diagnosis. The gravy was just excellent over the turkey & mashed potatoes! The carved beef was prepared without fault, expertly seasoned and very tender. I honestly don’t know what part of this meal that I enjoyed more. I was so glad that I had saved my appetite for this fabulous dinner.
And then they came out to ask what we wanted for dessert! My husband had a tasty-looking apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream. I would have preferred that, but they did not have a gluten-free version available. Instead, Chef Rob prepared a raspberry sorbet with fresh blueberries and strawberries – delicious! I had stuffed myself at dinner, though, and didn’t have as much room for dessert as I would have liked. What I did eat, however, was thoroughly enjoyed!
The Liberty Tree Tavern is a restaurant that we both enjoyed and would visit again in the future.
p.s. It was an Extra Magic Hours night at the Magic Kingdom that night and we spent time wandering around the park after dinner. We especially enjoyed the Monsters Inc Laugh Factory. We visited that attraction a couple more times, but it was never as enjoyable as it was on that first night we visited. I’d heartily recommend this attraction to anyone, young or old!