This review reflects our experience from March 2018.
One of our favorite resorts in Walt Disney World is Port Orleans. Port Orleans is split into two different resorts, French Quarter and Riverside. French Quarter is much smaller and you are truly immersed into the beautiful streets of an early New Orleans. Riverside features two unique areas from the Alligator Bayou to the Magnolia Mansions. Both resorts offer excellent vegan options, but French Quarter takes the cake. Or should I say beignet?
We recently did some resort hopping and grabbed lunch at Port Orleans French Quarter’s Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory. This quick service location was recently updated and offers less creepy Mardi Gras masks hanging from the ceiling.
There are two major stops when you’re at Sassagoula Floatworks. Stop one being the burger station where you’ll find the “Plant-based Burger” which is a Beyond Meat Beyond Burger patty and a vegan bun. They also have vegan Daiya Mozzarella here which you can get on your burger. We have also seen people get this on vegan flatbreads from the pizza station! Stop two is the beignet station. Ask to speak with a chef and they can make you vegan and gluten free beignets!
We made our first stop to order the burger. I confirmed that the bun is vegan which makes this dish vegan as is on the menu. They do alert you that it may take a few minutes longer, which is normal when ordering vegan in Disney. Additionally you get to choose two sides with your burger. The only vegan sides are fries and chips, but you can always opt to get a kids side of fruit or a bag of chips to take with you. I just ordered two sides of fries. The fries are in a shared fryer. I was handed a pager to be alerted of my burger being ready. I noticed everyone who ordered received this, not just because of it being a vegan item.
Next I popped over to the beignet station and spoke with a chef to get my beignets. The beignets are cooked in a shared fryer with the allergy chicken tenders. You can choose between 3 or 6 beignets. There is also an option to get a beignet sundae with vegan ice cream! I asked what dipping sauces were vegan and he told me just the strawberry sauce, so I ordered that too.
After a few minutes my burger was ready, I picked it up and turned to see the chef ready with my beignets. Previously they would give you a hand written receipt so you could pay while you wait for the food, but this time we didn’t receive that.
The burger was delicious. They cooked it just right, we’ve had some issues with this on property, the outside was crispy and the patty was still very flavorful. The toppings on it were great, they ask what you want so if you don’t want a certain topping you don’t have to worry about picking it off. We’re indifferent on the mozzarella on it, hopefully some day they get cheddar over there! The fries are great here, always well seasoned.
After devouring the burger it was time for dessert. The last time we had the beignets they didn’t have any dipping sauces. The dipping sauce was great with the beignets. They were super fluffy and the dipping sauce added a sweetness that we missed last time we had them. The strawberry dipping sauce had chunks of strawberry in it. Next time I might have to order the sundae with the strawberry sauce!
Port Orleans is a great resort to explore, they even have a Mardi Gras parade put on by the cast members on Fat Tuesday every year. You don’t need to be staying here to eat here. If you’re driving you can just tell the security at the gate that you’re there to eat. Or you can take a leisurely boat ride from Disney Springs.
Would we go back?
Yep! We love staying here and eating here. Lots of vegan options are a huge plus!