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One of the best parts of a Disney vacation is the opportunity to try new foods. Throughout Disney World, you’ll find unique dining experiences that will tantalize your taste buds and bring on the involuntary mmmmm!
While there are plenty of well-known dining locations that are quite popular, like the Polynesian’s Ohana, sometimes you just want to try something different.
That’s where Port Orleans – French Quarter comes in.
From comforting American classics to spicy Cajun delights, you’ll be amazed by what you find in its New Orleans-inspired restaurants.
What’s good, cher?
In Room Dining – Let’s Just Order In
At many of the value and moderate Disney resorts, you can order an entire family meal straight to your room! Whether you’re in the mood for pizza, salad, chicken strips, or other favorites, easily get your whole party a meal. Just press the “In-Room Dining” button on your room phone and place your order.
Not only can you get these delicious meals, but they come in sharable family-size portions. That’s right, not just a personal pan pizza or individual slices, but a whole pizza for the family to share! In-room dining is a great way to relax in the evening, having a bit of home while on vacation.
You’ll love this option for a few reasons. First, let’s face it, a Disney vacation can wear you out. It’s ok to just want to hang out in your room instead of going out for dinner! After all, you paid to stay at a Disney resort, you should spend some time enjoying the room. Second, if you have little ones and it’s close to bed time, this makes it easy to do dinner, bathe your kiddo, and then get them in bed. Even if you have to enjoy the rest of your pizza by the light of the TV, those of us who have had to manage an overtired infant or toddler will be grateful for the easy put down.
Finally, Port Orleans – French Quarter does not have in-room food preparation options. If you’re used to the amenities of a villa or a studio, this might change what you typically do on a more relaxed evening. Being able to order pizza or chicken tenders brings a hot meal to you without any further worry.
Throw Me Somethin’, Mardi Grogs!
Looking for a quick snack or a cool beverage while you’re out at the pool? Head to Mardi Grogs.
Outside the main pool area of Doubloon Lagoon, Mardi Grogs serves up great poolside snacks and beverages for all ages. The turkey club wrap, tuna salad croissant, and garden salad with chicken are refreshing options, great for eating while lounging. You can also get an Uncrustable or small turkey sandwich for your kids.
If you’re looking for the perfect concoction to accompany your sunbathing, we suggest one of the signature drinks of Port Orleans – French Quarter: Gata-Melon Juice, Front Porch Freeze, or a Nola Cola. Gata-Melon Juice is made with Midori Melon liqueur, pineapple juice and banana syrup all blended together with flavors of coconut and pineapple. The Front Porch Freeze has that tropical feeling with rum, pineapple juice and orange juice mixed with mango purée. Finally, the Nola Cola gets zesty with spiced rum, pineapple juice and desert pear combined with raspberry purée. Each of these drinks comes in a signature hurricane class, which is part of the purchase price.
Just can’t decide? An All That Jazz layers the three signature beverages together in one glass, giving you all the flavors your little heart could desire. It’s only a dollar more than the other beverages, you get to try all three, and still get the signature souvenir glass. Sounds like a win all around!
There’s also a selection of beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages at Mardi Grogs if that is more to your taste. They do not, however, have fountain drinks, so if you want a soda for your sunning you’ll have to go to Sassagoula Floatworks before heading to the pool.
Join the Party! Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory
You’ll feel like you just walked into a Mardi Gras parade factory with this fun and fantastic counter service location! Surrounded by glass panes, gigantic Mardi Gras beads, and the bustle of other guests, you’ll wonder if you weren’t just transported to New Orleans.
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory is the main dining location at Port Orleans – French Quarter. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’ll always be able to grab a bit to eat here!
Find plenty of your breakfast favorites mixed in with creole cuisine before heading off to the parks. Load up with the Big Easy Breakfast, scrambled eggs served with your choice of ham, bacon, or sausage, along with breakfast potatoes and a buttermilk biscuit. This is also a great option for sharing! If you want something a bit smaller, go for one of the signature omelets for a solid kick of protein.
If sweet food is calling your name, then get yourself a stack of pancakes with berries, chocolate chips, or just plain vanilla, served with bacon and sausage. Oh, and don’t forget about those Mickey waffles! Let’s be honest, if you didn’t eat something Mickey-shaped, did you really go to Disney World?
For the kids, you can find a smaller version of the breakfast platter, or a small stack of French toast or pancakes. You can also get a large meal to split between two kids – trust me, these meals are plenty of food! Searching for a veggie option? Then you will love the Chipotle Seitan and Vegetable Sauté, chipotle seitan with edamame, spinach, onions, roasted peppers, and mushrooms.
Sassagoula Floatworks also has a variety of bakery and snack options, great for on the go or a quick bite. Be sure to fill up your refillable mug with coffee, orange juice, or soda (no judgement) before you head out!
Fans of comfort food will flock to Sassagoula Floatworks for lunch and dinner, drawn by the delicious smells of home cooking.
Gumbo, shrimp and grits, and jambalaya are all on the menu, which is to be expected for a restaurant modeled after the flavors of New Orleans. Additionally, you can find the Beignet Cheeseburger and the Voodoo Chicken sandwich, both incorporating Cajun flavors into classic treats. You can also grab a regular burger or chicken strips if that better fits your taste.
Oh, and let’s not forget about the class Po’ Boy! Coming in a shrimp or cheese steak version, these classic New Orleans sandwiches will have you rolling versus walking out the door. But believe me, they are so worth it. For something a bit lighter, the Cajun Turkey Club wrap fits the bill, a classic wrapped in a spinach tortilla.
If all of that weren’t enough, Sassagoula Floatworks also boasts a variety of pizzas, pastas, and salads. Among these, we particularly like Bayou Lasagna-Pasticcio, baked layers of Stracciatella, Bolognese sauce, pasta, and creamy white sauce topped with house-made pomodoro sauce.
For the kids, you’ll find smaller or simpler versions of many of the main dishes available. Additionally, you can find a plain chicken breast, grilled cheese, and macaroni and cheese. All of the kid’s items come with a healthy side option, as well as a small low fat milk or small water bottle.
Don’t forget about dessert! Try a delectable slice of Mardi Gras cake or house-made pecan praline, or top your double-chocolate Bundt cake with a scoop of hand-dipped ice cream.
What about the beignets, you ask? There’s a bit of debate over whether or not you can get them at Sassagoula Floatworks. While the beignets are definitely still listed on the menu online, sources report that they are no longer available. Never fear, we know for a fact you can get them at Scat Cat’s!
In addition to all of your lunchtime favorites, Sassagoula Floatworks also features particular special dishes for dinner. Indulge yourself in delicious Southern fried chicken or a fabulous fish dish. On alternating evenings, you’ll find either classic barbeque ribs or blackened rib eye steak. Both dishes are seasoned to perfection, bringing out those nostalgic Southern flavors. Kids can also grab a smaller version of the ribs if they would like!
All of the dinner dishes come with three sides, your choice out of Maque Choux, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, macaroni and cheese, beans and rice, and green beans. Don’t forget to snag a piece of cornbread to round out your meal!
Scat Cat’s Club Lounge – Because a Cat’s the only Cat, swho Knows Where it’s At
Scat Cat’s Club is the closest you’ll get to a table service restaurant at Port Orleans – French Quarter, with a cozy jazz club atmosphere that you’re sure to love. Jazz memorabilia lines the walls, combining with the vintage New Orleans décor to give it a sense of authenticity. You won’t believe you aren’t actually in Louisiana!
The club has two areas, the Café and the Lounge. Scat Cat’s Club Café is open starting at 6am, and is a great place to snag those signature beignets that we love! This is a nice breakfast alternative if Sassagoula Floatworks is a bit busy, or if you just want to try something different. It’s also a nice chance to grab one last snack before you have to head home.
The lounge area opens around 4pm, with an appetizer menu in addition to the beverages. Live music starts on select nights around 8:30 and continues until nearly midnight. If you’re looking for a bit of late night entertainment or a bite to eat after a long park day, Scat Cat’s Lounge is the place for you!
On the menu, you’ll find plenty of creole and New Orleans classics, including spicy Cajun chicken and waffles, a zesty crawfish etouffée, and boozy beignets. We particularly loved the Bayou Brisket Sliders, which features smoked brisket topped tomato jam and pimiento cheese, served with house-made chips. Even though the lounge menu labels these items “appetizers,” you definitely could turn them into a full meal.
Not sure what to get? Order a few dishes and split them among your group. You’ll get a chance to try everything, and believe me, you’ll still be full by the end!
As far as beverages go, Scat Cat’s Club is a full bar, so you can order whatever standard drinks you like. In addition to typical bar offerings, there are several signature cocktails to tempt you! Some of our favorites include the Whisky Swagger Tea, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Whisky mixed with peach schnapps, iced tea, and a hit of pure cane sugar for the ultimate sweet tea experience. This drink comes in a souvenir glass along with a glow cube to keep the party going long after your drink is finished. We also love the The Big Easy, a combination of cognac, Grand Marnier, lemon juice, grenadine, cane sugar, and Angostura bitters. Just the right balance of sweet and bitter really makes The Big Easy sing!
Fans of rum will also love the Bayou Rum Flight, a selection of Bayou rums to get your own personal Mardi Gras party going.
Come for the drinks, stay for the jazz, and enjoy your adults-only experience!
Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, you’re going to love the food offerings at Port Orleans – French Quarter. Come on in, grab a seat, and laissez le bon temps rouler…let the good times roll!
Grace Hoyos, Staff Writer
Grace is a life-long lover of all things Disney, particularly the parks at Walt Disney World. She is also an avid Disney Cruise Line enthusiast who regularly dreams of the white sands of Castaway Cay. Grace loves the fact that her Disney trips give her time to spend with her family, enjoy incredible food, and try new experiences.