The Hungry Wanderers

Eating and exploring our way through the world

Big River Grille & Brewing Works

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on November 23, 2009

Hi all! The Wife here 🙂 Our Disney vacation for the Husband’s big 3-0 and Thanksgiving has gone wonderfully so far! All of our friends and family traveling with us have arrived and we’ve been having great weather  except for a bit of rain here and there on Sunday (with some more predicted for today).  That’s okay though because we’re at Disney World!

So, on to our eats 🙂 Saturday night, the Husband and I invited all in town to one of our favorite casual restaurants very close to our resort – the Big River Grille & Brewing Works.  With both good food and good microbrews, we thought this was a good choice to kick off our Disney vacation.

We’re staying at the Boardwalk Villas (review to come!) which is located on the resort just near Epcot.  It’s located, as one would expect, on a boardwalk reminiscent of the Jersey shore from years ago.  This restaurant is located directly on the Boardwalk facing a lake/river on which all of the hotels in this area are located.

There were 9 of us so we were seated at two adjacent tables on the boardwalk overlooking the water.  The weather was great, low humidity, upper 70s, so we enjoyed spending the early evening outside.

While reviewing the menu, our waiter came to take our drink orders.

They have a good selection of microbrews and currently have two seasonal options, Pumpkin Spice and a Winter Cask Ale, in addition to their year round selections.

I decided to go with the Pumpkin Spice (as I didn’t have my fill during the short pumpkin ale season!) while our friend Jeff went with the Steamboat Pale Ale (their most popular).

Wow! The Pumpkin Spice was amazing! It’s name fit it well as it had strong scents and flavor of the various spices used in pumpkin drinks and desserts.  As I twittered (follow us – @hungrywanderers), this was perhaps the best Pumpkin beer I’ve ever had.  I wish they bottled it and sold it in Charlotte! 🙂 Jeff was pleased with his selection as well.

The Husband went with the beer sampler which is a great way to try a little bit of everything (all of their beers are included in this).

I tasted his Winter Cask Ale (front right).  This was also incredibly good and we highly recommend it (as does my brother in law)!

After getting settled with our drinks, we moved on to our eats.  The Husband and I are on the Disney Dining Plan so when we go to sit-down restaurants, we have an entree (any one on the menu) and a dessert (any on the menu) included in what we’ve already paid for the vacation.  As such, we tend to steer clear of appetizers as we already have a lot of food coming our way.  The rest of my family, however, is not on the plan (it’s only available to those staying at a resort hotel), so my dad ordered the beer cheese soup.  He enjoyed it so I would likely order it some time when not on the dining plan.

After enjoying a lot of catching up, our entrees arrived and we all dug in.  The Husband ordered the Chicken Marinara which includes penne, grilled chicken, marinara, grilled veggies, and some cheese on top.  As he remembered from our last visit, it was tasty.

For my selection, I went with the Atlantic Salmon.  It was grilled with dill butter and came with garlic mashed potatoes and sugar snap peas.  I ate the whole thing 🙂

Other entrees at the table were the burger, beef nachos, and additional orders of salmon and chicken marinara.  Not an unhappy customer at our tables!

On to the desserts!  Here there were two options – chocolate cake and cheesecake.  The Husband and I each ordered our favorites…

Chocolate cake for the Husband

And cheesecake for me 🙂

Yum! A great way to start off our week of Disney eats…



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