Located at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, I have always walked past it but never thought about stopping there for a bite to eat. Clearly that’s why it is there, but as a local, I think we sometimes glaze over the most obvious to vacationers because we usually have an agenda on what we are doing. I love when I am hanging out with someone vacationing and they say “Did you ever see that, or eat there?” I don’t want to ever be done “experiencing” what Disney World has to offer, so anything new is a treat.
I met up with new friend, Becky Barber, and her wonderful husband, and we decided to head to the Big River Grille for lunch. We hadn’t made plans to eat anywhere, so it was a nice surprise to try something different.
We walked over from the Beach Club, which only took about 10 minutes to get there, and it is a wonderful and beautiful walk if you have never taken it before. That whole area is just peaceful and I encourage any and all to partake in something that includes the Boardwalk, Swan & Dolphin, or the Yacht and Beach Club.
We arrived around 11:30 a.m. and were immediately seated. We were given a choice of indoors with the a/c or the outdoors on the boardwalk. Because the humidity is back, we opted for inside.
I have to say I was incredibly impressed with the simple menu they had- almost like a Perkins, but 1/4th of their menu. They offered salads, steaks, burgers, tacos- a variety that I feel would keep any group happy.
The prices were affordable as well. I chose a chicken quesadilla, which cost $10.50. For me, I felt that they gave me a huge portion and a steal for that price. I do compare park food to the table service food any time I eat on Disney Property because it really does put it in perspective. You know you have been there where it almost hurts to spend over $10 on a lukewarm chicken sandwich or burger at a Counter Service, when you can get something like I had and it be worth every penny and more. It actually took me some time to finish it, I could have easily split it with someone else.
Becky’s husband ordered the Chicken Cashew salad, and he seemed to enjoy it as he ate every bite. It looked nice and fresh- I am picky on my salads because I feel that any time you are eating vegetables you want them to have that freshness taste. I can’t tell you how many times I have had lettuce in my salad that is already going bad- why would anyone serve that to someone?
The atmosphere was light and fun, but I was surprised at the smallness of it. We didn’t have anything to drink at the bar, but the area looked really neat to be able to sit at and chill out. Our waiter was very friendly and refilled our waters several times during our meal.
Becky was able to use her “Tables in Wonderland” card to save even more money on the meal, so all in all it was quite an affordable meal. I would say it was a comfortable place, nice people, and a meal that is delicious and light on the wallet is a great one in my book!
I highly encourage all of you to try this place out. If you want a more quiet time, lunch is probably your best bet. The Boardwalk is hopping in the evening, and more so on the weekends, so keep that in mind for dinner. Also they DO NOT take reservations, so this is a must for locals and those who don’t want to plan, to be able to walk up and get a table is a great feeling. Thanks to Becky and her wonderful husband for the great lunch, see you again in the Fall!