Over the weekend we went to Disney Springs hungry, with no real plan for dinner. We were on the verge of no options as we were arriving around 10:30pm. We decided to head to new City Works Restaurant since we hadn’t been there yet. City Works is located next to Cirque du Soleil, and is connected to the NBA Experience.
When we arrived they let us know they serve their full menu until 11pm and then switch to a late night menu. We opted for a high top table outside as it was really nice out. Since it is directly across from House of Blues we got to enjoy the live band playing there. We ordered drinks and got some free entertainment while we checked out the menu.
We decided to share a few things since it was all new to us. Our server (and a chef) let us know that the fried pickles were vegan when you omit the ranch dip and offered to bring us the vegan aioli that’s served on the Impossible burger. He also let us know the burger required a bun swap and the vegan bun was also gluten free. We got the Kung Pao Cauliflower, Fried Pickles, and Impossible Burger. The menu is labeled for GF (gluten free), VG (vegan), and V (vegetarian). Our food took around 15 minutes or so to arrive.
The cauliflower wasn’t quite what I expected. Usually whenever I’ve had something like this, the cauliflower was breaded in some way. This is served just tossed in the sauce with peppers, green onion, garlic, chilies, and peanuts. I wouldn’t even say it was sautéed.
It tasted like they keep it warm in a pot or slow cooker. It didn’t have much of a crunch to it. We didn’t love it at first but, the sauce is really good. I wish the cauliflower had more of a sear, crunch, or even breading to it. There was a bit of sauce and toppings left that would have made a whole meal if it was served with a side of rice.
The fried pickles though. Okay, these were naughty and amazing. They give the onion rings from Ragland Road a run for their money. Honestly, we might even like them better!
They are beer battered and are so good with the vegan aioli that’s swapped for the non-vegan ranch. Between the two of us we destroyed the serving.
I was super skeptical about the burger for two reasons, one being because of the swapped bun, and two being that most of our Instagram followers had mentioned how bad it was. The bun looks like an everything bagel and sorry gluten free peeps but, I’m not a fan of Disney gluten free bread/buns we’re often served, including this one.
The everything seasoning was not bad. The texture of the bun was different and if I had the choice of another bun I would want that instead. I can’t say we liked the bun but, overall the burger itself was really good so the bun was tolerable.
The Impossible patty was cooked well and we really liked the roasted garlic horseradish aioli. I ended up taking the top half of the bun off the burger. It’s served with olive oil parsley fries which were really good.
We split these three plates and were full after. We would definitely go back especially since they’re open later than most restaurants. They also have a massive beer selection, so this is great spot for that!
Review from March 2020.