Our search of finding and trying vegan resort options has continued! Next on our journey was Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort’s Spyglass Grill. This little quick service is located near the Pirate themed rooms here and is closest to the Disney Skyliner. This restaurant is only outdoors, but does have a covered dining area.
Currently there are three vegan options here for lunch and dinner. We decided to give each one a try to see how they compared.
First up was the Black Bean Tacos, I actually had these a few years ago but they have been updated slightly, so I was excited to try them again. These tacos are in a flour tortilla filled with seasoned black beans, pickled slaw, the tiniest scoop of pico de gallo, some unmelted vegan cheese shreds, and a cilantro-lime tofu crema.
As you can tell by my description there are some good points and bad points to these tacos. The good – the beans, pickled veggies, and crema are great. The bad – they could use more pico de gallo and the vegan shreds could just not be added at all. Whenever you have uncooked Daiya shreds they get a weird plastic-like texture and are just not my vibe.
The tacos were really great overall, the beans had a nice southwestern style seasoning to them, and honestly the cheese wasn’t super noticeable in terms of weird unmelted texture. The crema had a nice tang and added a creaminess to the tacos themselves. Overall a great faux meat free option!
When you order here you have the choice of fries or plantain and yuca chips. For this dish we opted for the plantain and yuca chips. They were way too crunchy and I destroyed the roof of my mouth with them. They had a good flavor and salt level, but I couldn’t eat them because of how hard they were. Corey enjoyed his crumbled up on a taco though for added texture.
There is a kids version of the black bean tacos, which is great to see. I am always happy when I see kids vegan options that aren’t just an Uncrustable!
Next was the Trinidad Crispy Yuca Bowl. This was the option here I was most excited for. This dish features yuca, black beans, vegan chorizo, pico de gallo, and the same cilantro-lime tofu crema.
The bowl was heavy, this was a huge portion. They layered it with the yuca on the bottom, then the beans, then the chorizo. I really enjoyed this bowl as a whole but absolutely have some critiques about it.
Once again we got the smallest amount of pico on this bowl. The biggest disappointment was the chorizo, which we think was just unseasoned Impossible meat. It had no heat to it or any flavor that is reminiscent of soyrizo at all. It honestly just tasted like the “sausage” used on the EPCOT festival dishes (the poutine at Flower and Garden and last years mac and cheese at Food and Wine).
This bowl really needed some more heat to truly win me over. But I would absolutely get the bowl again. The yuca at the bottom was still crispy, and it was the same beans as the tacos. I didn’t see it until after we ate, but there were hot sauce packets available where you can get utensils at Spyglass Grill. I would be sure to load mine up with that next time or BYOHS.
Lastly we decided to try the Impossible Burger that seems to be literally everywhere. And when I say everywhere, I mean pretty much every single Value and Moderate Resort has this exact same burger. In all honesty, I am disappointed they don’t change them up a bit depending on location (I am picturing a Caribbean inspired burger here or something with jerk sauce).
The burger here (and everywhere) is topped with barbecued jackfruit, pickled slaw, and vegan cheese. Corey made a joke as we were heading here about the burger having unmelted cheese, and to our surprise (sarcasm) it was not melted. The burger itself really just tasted of the bbq jackfruit and nothing else. It was the same pickled slaw as on the tacos and had the smallest dollop of some sauce that wasn’t mentioned in the menu on it. The burger patty was cooked well, but if I want a BBQ Jackfruit Burger I am going to NBC Grill at Universal.
We opted for fries with this one, and the fries were great. Well salted and the perfect crispy texture. Absolutely my pick over the yuca and plantain chips.
This is a great place for a laid back meal, and an easy hop here from Hollywood Studios or EPCOT because of the Skyliner. I definitely recommend coming to give it a try. They also have a breakfast menu that we hope to try soon as well.
Review from July 2022.