Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dining Review: Beaches and Cream

It's been a while since I've done a dining review here, so I thought I'd take a look at one of my FAVORITES!!! Beaches and Cream is a MUST stop for Brian and I. It doesn't feel like a Disney trip without visiting this 50s Ice Cream/Burger/Soda shop.

The restaurant is located at The Beach Club (which if you're looking at both the Beach and the Yacht Clubs, it's the Blue one.) kind of near the pool area next to the arcade.

The thing to know about this restaurant is that it is small. Really, really tiny. Oh and they don't take dining reservations. So, be prepared to wait. (Trust me, it's worth it.) You'll check in at the main podium and they will give you a choice between 2 options. You can wait for a table to open up or they can seat you at the counter. Since it's a small restaurant, there are only like 10 tables. So, if you're super hungry or don't want to wait, the counter is a perfectly acceptable place (at least for me) to sit. I personally like sitting at the counter because then, you can watch as they make the delectable treats they serve for dessert.

But, before we get to need to eat your meal first. (I know...I'm such a strict!) The meals here aren't fancy (there's no foie gras here). Instead, it's classic diner food. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, and hot dogs are standard fare. (and I believe chili dogs are available as well...I'm pretty sure I ate one of those once.) Vegetarian options are also available for those who may need them. Kids meals are also available.

One of my favorites are the cheeseburgers. I swear, these are the best burgers on property. (Though some think Pecos Bill's them, I say pish posh!) Put some cheddar cheese and ketchup on that bad boy and it's the most amazing burger. My husband says that what makes it so good is their bun. I believe I remember a Cast Member telling me they put butter on them...and butter makes anything taste better.

All sandwiches are served with either your choice of fries or a fruit cup.

People don't necessarily come here for a main course, even though they should. Instead, most come here for the desserts...which are definitely worth every calorie! Even when I'm stuffed from my meal, I know I have to take on the mammoth desserts this restaurant offers.

Of course they have traditional things like regular ice cream, shakes, floats, banana splits
, etc. but what you really should come here for are their specialty desserts.

First is the Milky Way Sundae, which is a bunt cake topped with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, butterscotch, and whipped cream. Next is the Fudge Mud Slide which is a brownie, hot fudge, vanilla ice cream, Oreo cookies, and whipped cream.

But my personal favorite is the No Way Jose! This is like heaven on earth to me. It's chocolate and vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, peanut butter, whipped cream, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. I try to make this at home and while it's a good substitute for not being at WDW, it's just not the same. ( I'm gonna have to make this tonight for myself...)

But the dessert they are most famous for is the Kitchen Sink! This monstrosity literally is a kitchen sink filled with every ice cream and topping they have in the place! (And don't forget an entire can of whipped cream!) They make a huge spectacle out of bringing it to your table too.

Don't try to eat this bad boy all by's meant to be multiple family members. (Though some have tried to eat it all by their lonesome...and if you can do it within a certain time period...I'm thinking it's either a half hour or an hour...but obviously I'm not get it for free.)

Now me personally, I don't get the appeal of a kitchen sink. They put vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, and mint chocolate chip ice creams in it, along with every topping. At first, it might taste good. But once you get to the bottom, you have this big soupy mess of all those different flavors and I just wouldn't think they would taste so hot all meshed together. But then again, that's just me. Most people like it because of the challenge it poses for a family. As for me, I'll stick with my No Way Jose's!

This restaurant also has a to go area...however, you can't get the specialty ice creams there. Normal sundaes and shakes only.

For a complete listing of the menu and the prices, make sure to check out Allears.

So the next time you are in WDW, if you haven't already yet tried it, you need to make a stop at the Beach Club. And if you've been there, I want to know what your favorite thing to get is. Make sure to let me know in the comments section or on Twitter.


Becca said...

Oh, you're a wicked lady... Don't you know I'm on pre-wedding fast? LOL! I honestly can't wait to try this place on our next trip.

It's funny, because most of the restaurants say they sell "American food", but to us outsiders, this is what American cuisine is all about - yummy and indulgent! It's why we pay those crazy airline costs ;)

I don't like peanuts, so I think we'd get a Kitchen Sink to share. Patrick can hoover up a pint of Ben and Jerry's in minutes, so I don't doubt we'd get through it!

Unknown said...

I'm sorry to ruin a wedding diet. :) Drool at the screen.

Good luck with the Kitchen Sink, but I have no doubt about Patrick's abilities! :)

Amanda said...

Yummmm, the Fudge Mud Slide sounds fantastic.