Things are starting to get a little busier at the parks with the holidays, as usual. With more people also means more demand for food. The other week Disney quietly reopened Friar’s Nook in the Magic Kingdom.
Friar’s Nook is a quick service offering in Fantasyland. It is not a location that offers Mobile Ordering, so you will need to order it in person. Since reopening, they changed the vegan option slightly from it’s previous version.
The Plant-based Brat & Tater Bites are easily available on the menu here. The previous name was Brat ‘n Tots, so it also got a name upgrade.
When I went, the lines were pretty long here. I had a cast member ask me what I was going to be ordering, then wrote it on a piece of paper for me to then give to the cast member at the register. This seemed pretty redundant considering I would have to talk to that cast member any to pay, but I guess they are doing this to be a bit more efficient in terms of knowing what you’re ordering before you get up there. At least, that is my assumption for this.
My Plant-based Brat and Tater Bites took a few minutes, which was expected. My immediate thought upon seeing my brat was that I was missing a half a sausage. Prior to closing, they filled the bun so you got one and a half Beyond sausages. (When they first started offering this you actually got two sausages!) They also now put the sauerkraut on the side and not onto the brat. Previously when you got one and a half, the sauerkraut was basically used to hide the fact that it wasn’t one large brat, see below.
I didn’t have high hopes as I have always found this option pretty dry. And as expected, the bun was dry. The sausage this time was actually very good and not dry at all, despite looking like it. I didn’t confirm if they are still cooking it this way, but previously they cooked it in beer, to make it a Beer Brat. I recommend asking if this is still the case if you avoid alcohol or are gluten free.
Since a good portion of the bun was left unfilled, it meant it went uneaten too. I put two packets of spicy mustard on my sausage and still found the bun to be very dry and hard to eat.
The tots themselves were very good, salted well, and crispy. When we asked previously we were told they were cooked in their own fryer. I would imagine that is still the case since they have so many options with tots on the menu.
B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. at Disney Springs has the same option and offers a much better bun that isn’t dry. Between the two, I’d much rather go to Disney Springs to eat this.