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Beaches & Cream, June 17, 2007 June 24, 2007

Filed under: Disney Restaurants — hpandaw @ 7:49 pm

Beaches and Cream is one of our favorite restaurants at Disney World. It doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is: a greasy burgers & ice cream joint. For what they offer, it’s good quality. If you’re looking for a good, greasy burger, you can’t do better than this restaurant. We used to really enjoy the burgers here, before we became pescatarians. Now, however, we go for the equally greasy grilled cheese sandwiches and fries.

To enter this restaurant is to enter Disney’s version of the 1950’s. Is it fakey? Well, it’s Disney – what did you expect? The juke box doesn’t work, but the atmosphere (the lady below excepted) is cute and kitschy, with lots of light blues, pinks, and greens.

Though we are both adults, we invariably order off the children’s menu, because it has the one thing we can still eat and enjoy here: the grilled cheese sandwiches. A platter of a grilled cheese sandwich and fries costs $7.49, and the burger prices are approximately the same ($7.89 for a single patty). There is an option to add fruit as a side, but come on – if you’re here, you’re here for the grease. This is not a dieter-friendly place.

The bread for the grilled cheese sandwiches is first buttered, then – what else? – grilled. The fries are nice and crispy, though they’ve got more meat to them than those skinny McDonald’s fries. They also have more flavor. This restaurant accepts the Disney Dining Experience card, so what we do is just make our final bill what it was before the discount, in effect, getting the 20% tip for free.

Beaches & Cream offers a variety of ice cream floats and sundaes, our favorite of which is the No Way Jose. This is composed of vanilla ice cream topped with hot fudge, hot peanut butter, and peanut butter and chocolate chips. Yummalicious. On this particular day, we weren’t having that, though, so I have no photo to offer you.

The most infamous dessert at Beaches & Cream, though, is the Kitchen Sink, a whopping 8 scoops of ice cream, served with some of every single topping they have in the restaurant, along with an entire can of whipped cream. Only in America, I fervently hope.

This restaurant is tiny, so the best bet is to go on a weekday, when it’s less crowded. Otherwise, sitting at the counter will get you seated faster than waiting for one of the very few tables or booths.  The service is spotty and runs the gamut from servers who are smiling, friendly, and prompt, and those who don’t crack a smile and take nearly 20 minutes to appear at the table and take your drinks order.

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2 Responses to “Beaches & Cream, June 17, 2007”

  1. Bob Mervine Says:

    For years I have touted the burger at Beaches & Cream as one of the best in town.
    I just finished a column on Orlando’s best burgers, so imagine my surprise when I visited for a meal and discovered they have downsized the patty, now using pre-formed frozen beef from the Disney commissary instead of the fresh beef they used to use. They would only cook it medium, also.
    To top that, I had a really bad server who got distracted, gossiped with her lead and then took a 10-minute break before clearing my check.
    With the bedlam in there from children, I won’t be back — although the shakes and desserts — if are are into that kind of thing — are still great.

    Bob

  2. hpandaw Says:

    I imagine that Beaches & Cream has fallen yet another victim to the Disney Dining Plan, the horrible movement to standardize & lower the quality of foods across the board in Disney restaurants. What a pity! It’s been a while since we’ve eaten a burger at Beaches & Cream, but I agree that it used to be one of the best. Since we confine ourselves to grilled cheese, we’re not disappointed; it’s hard to mess up two slices of white bread and two slices of American.

    You’re also dead on about the service; as I mentioned in the review, it’s extremely spotty. Most of the time it’s mediocre, sometimes it’s awful, though there is one server (Brian, I think?) who is consistently good.

    Cheers!
    Heather W


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