Pat and I spent the evening of January 8 at the Animal Kingdom, which as is so often the case in the off season closed at 5PM. This gave us ample time for dinner, so we after dumping our stuff back in our Port Orleans Riverside room, we figured we might as well see if Boatwright's would take us.
We approached the podium with no ADR at the dinner-ripe time of about 6PM at the only sit-down restaurant in the resort, but we were still seated within a few minutes. It seemed like just about everyone around us was also there for the race weekend, as evidenced by the many overheard snippets of conversation about training and running (to say nothing of the race shirts worn). Disclaimer, while at no point when passing by Boatwright's during our trip did it seem inundated with people, you may need that ADR in busier times.
Our server was very nice and pretty casual about the whole thing, offering a few favorites but no pressure. Pat and I ordered beers to start (I know, I know; never drink before a race - but they had Abita Purple Haze and I LOVE that stuff and it was only one and I got a glass of water with it so it was cool!). With the beer came a basket of CORNBREAD! Not regular bread - cornbread, It came with unfortunately not-terribly-melty butter, but the cornbread was warm so the end result was good.
The end result being that I had room for dessert, naturally. After careful consideration the "Brew du Krew," or however they spelled it, a mocha cake with ganache and whipped cream. This was pretty good, especially where the whipped cream was concerned, but the cake was a little dry. It definitely could've used more ganache. Kudos on the presentation, though.
In short, we found Boatwright's to be fine. Indeed, if we'd been there for a longer stay and/or had more time, we might have tried them again. They're not open for lunch, so that's another hindrance. But I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to dine there. Unless you REALLY like cornbread.
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