Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory

Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory

Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory at Disney’s moderate resort Port Orleans French Quarter might seem like an unusual choice for a restaurant review, but everyone needs to hit up the Quick Service restaurant at their resort, even if just for a quick breakfast or late-night snack.  If you plan to stay at French Quarter, or its sister resort Port Orleans Riverside, you may be thrilled to know that you will not be disappointed with this Quick Service option.  


On my most recent Disney World trip in May for our agency’s Girls Getaway Weekend 2019, my mom and I had the opportunity to try breakfast, lunch, dinner, and, the most important meal of the day–beignets!  


I have never been overly impressed with the resort Quick Service restaurants, and I was definitely prepared to be underwhelmed again, especially since this was the first time I was traveling with someone who is gluten-free.  I had visions of waiting forever to talk with a chef, and then waiting even longer for her gluten-free meal to be made.  However, I couldn’t have been more wrong!   


On our arrival day, our Disney Springs plans were thwarted by a cancelled flight, so we ended up arriving at our resort around 7:00 PM, and didn’t make our way to Sassagoula Floatworks until about 8:30 PM.  Things looked pretty quiet behind the serving stations, so I was already mentally adding time to my original assumption of how long it would take to actually be served a gluten-free meal.  But I was completely wrong!  We let one of the Cast Members know my mom was gluten intolerant and asked if she could see a gluten-free menu.  Instead, they called the chef right over and, in a nutshell, he told her she could have just about everything on the menu.  Their goal is to make it possible for most everyone to have what they want from the menu.  Awesome!  We decided to share the Create-Your-Own Signature Rice Bowl with the Sustainable Fish of the Day (salmon…yum!).  This rice bowl option is already a gluten-free, so it was ready in no time flat.  Thinking ahead, we also ordered the gluten-free beignets right away because we assumed they would take a little time.  They were ready before we finished paying!


Our dinner couldn’t have been better!  The rice bowl was more than enough for the two of us to share, and the flavors were excellent.  We really thought the side of salsa truly made the dish.  The tomatoes in the salsa were sweet and fresh, as if the chef had picked them from his garden that morning.  This is definitely not the quality I have experienced in the past at resort Quick Service locations.  So impressive!  And I have not forgotten about the beignets.  Neither of us would have guessed they were gluten-free.  Not gummy at all!  And they were warm, and had the perfect over-abundance of powdered sugar.  My only complaint was that they were hollow.  Kind of a bummer, but that didn’t keep us from ordering them 2 more times during our visit!


During our stay, I also enjoyed Wolferman’s English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich, which they kindly allowed me to swap bacon in place of the house-made ham, and the Veggie Flatbread.  Just like our dinner, both of these portions were more than enough and tasted fantastic!  The flatbread is easily shareable, and I loved that it was made-to-order, so it was nice and fresh.  Lots of veggies too!  I almost forgot to mention that Sassagoula has the bonus of Coke Freestyle machines!  YES!!!


The only menu item that we tried and didn’t enjoy was the chicory coffee.  It was a far cry from what is served in New Orleans!  The beignets made up for it though!


Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory is just another reason Port Orleans French Quarter is my favorite moderate resort at Disney World!

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Tiffins Nomad Lounge – Don’t Pass it Up!

Tiffins Nomad Lounge – Don’t Pass it Up!

Nomad Lounge Entrance

With all the hurry of a Disney World vacation, it is easy to breeze past some of the very best experiences on your way to the next ride, show, or reservation.  At this past Girls Getaway Weekend in May, I had the opportunity to slow down and experience a hidden gem I had walked right on past too many times before– Animal Kingdom’s Tiffins Nomad Lounge.

I can’t help but point out how perfect the name, Nomad Lounge, is for this escape.  According to Webster, a “no·mad /nōˌmad/ (noun) is a member of a people having no permanent abode, and who travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock”.  That is exactly what the Nomad Lounge feels like…a fresh pasture.  It is an oasis to relax and refresh in an authentic African environment.

Nomad Lounge seating

Just how authentic is it?  The instant I stepped onto the covered porch, I had flashbacks to the travel-magazine-worthy resort my husband and I enjoyed during a safari after our missions trip in Malawi last July.  Absolute bliss!

Safari Main House

Adding to the serene atmosphere is a crave-worthy Small Plate Menu, including popular samplings from the Tiffins menu.  Since we had a dinner reservation at ‘Ohana, we reluctantly limited ourselves to the Tiffins Signature Bread Service.  It did not disappoint!  Not only did it come in a tiffin (a type of lunch box used widely in South Asia for tiffin meals–a lunch or snack), but it was the perfect combination of sweet, spicy, tangy, crunchy, soft, crispy, and earthy.  Every bite was exciting!

Tiffins Signature Bread Service

Tiffins Signature Bread Service

Perhaps the most exciting part of the Nomad Lounge, however, is their Specialty Cocktail Menu.  It is truly a work of art to be enjoyed by both your eyes and your tastebuds!

Nomad Lounge Specialty Cocktail Menu

Nomad Lounge Specialty Cocktail Menu

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed the Annapurna Zing, a refreshingly tart gin cocktail with passion fruit puree, amongst other exotic flavors.

Nomad Lounge Ammapurna Zing

Annapurna Zing

It is important to note that Disney’s Dining Plans are not accepted at the Nomad Lounge.  Don’t let that deter you!  The Nomad Lounge is the unique escape you have been craving during your Disney World vacation.  I am definitely looking forward to slowing down and enjoying my time there again soon!