Brunch, it’s the best meal of the day! The big question is – does the Grand Floridian Cafe brunch live up to its famous reputation? If we answered that question now, we wouldn’t really have an article. So let’s continue! In the DVC Duo house, we love brunch, you may consider us brunch connoisseurs. After rope dropping the Magic Kingdom, we’re heading over to the Grand Floridian Cafe to refuel. Watch out brunch, here we come!
It’s the grandest of locations! We’re talking about the Grand Floridian Resort. Either a monorail or a boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom you’ll find the flagship resort of Walt Disney World. Entering the resort you’ll find the restaurant on the first floor towards the back right when facing Seven Seas Lagoon.
The restaurant is an indoor setting with the feeling of being outdoors. With views of the main courtyard, the dining area is lined with large glass windows that fill the area with natural light. We found the dining area to be well laid out with ample space between the tables, which creates a more intimate setting.
Passholder Insights: During the holiday season the Grand Floridian Resort is one of our favorite Disney resorts to check out. The decorations are out of this world!
It Is Brunch
Brunch equals bloody mary’s! At least it does in the DVC Duo house. The Grand Floridian Cafe brunch offers up a Chipotle Bloody Mary. Combining their housemade chipotle-infused vodka, tomato juice, and topped with a jumbo shrimp, chorizo, and lime-salted rim, you have your morning cocktail. For us, it was the perfect morning pick me up. We’ve always enjoyed a spicy bloody mary, and this one didn’t disappoint with just the right amount of heat.
The easy-drinking cocktail is more than just a drink, it’s also part of the meal. Topping off the drink is what we like to call the brunch appetizer. In our world, less is more when it comes to a bloody mary garnish. The Grand Floridian Cafe agrees as their garnish is subtle yet tasty! You get a little protein with shrimp and chorizo, your veggies with the celery and a nice salty bite with the olive. If you’re a bloody mary fan this is definitely one to try!
Passholder Insights: Soon the walkway that connects the Grand Floridan Resort and the Polynesian Resort will extend to the Magic Kingdom.
Should we go with breakfast or lunch? Why not both! Whether it’s the fish and chips at Rose & Crown or cobb salad at the Brown Debry, certain Walt Disney World restaurants have iconic dishes. The Grand Floridian Cafe is no different when we’re talking brunch. Say hello to the Benedicts and the lobster Thermidor burger. Perfect! One breakfast item and one lunch, we couldn’t have planned it any better.
First up, the Benedicts. When perusing the menu you’ll find three different options, or you can be like us and go with the fourth, the flight. What can we say, we don’t like making decisions on vacation. The Benedict flight brings together the traditional, with the spicy chorizo and lobster Benedicts. Each was distinctly different, with the traditional being a solid representation of a Benedict. You can never go wrong with hollandaise sauce.
Speaking of hollandaise sauce, the spicy chorizo Benedict mixes it up with chorizo in the place of the Canadian bacon and a hollandaise sauce that included chorizo. It was almost like a southern classic, sausage and gravy but with a spicy Latin twist. This was Nate’s favorite, as he loves spicy and how the chorizo cut through the richness of the hollandaise.
Last up is the lobster Benedict. The most decadent of the Benedicts, as if hollandaise isn’t decadent enough! Of the three options, we were most excited about this one, however, it fell a little flat for us. The components were there – perfectly poached egg, asparagus, lobster claw. We wished the lobster volume was turned up a bit, maybe in the form of lobster in the sauce or crab in the sauce? As New Englanders at heart, we love that seafood punch and really look for it to shine in a dish!
Passholder Insights: We find the Benedict sampler is a great dish to split, as it tends to be a heavier meal.
On To Lunch!
Burger, did someone say burger? You’ll know how Nate loves his burgers. The Grand Floridian Cafe is known for its lobster Thermidor burger. A 7 oz beef patty is topped with a lobster-parmesan Thermidor sauce and served on a toasted brioche bun. Accompanying the burger is the cafe seasoned fries. Can you have a burger without fries?
First, bite…a juicy patty perfectly cooked to a mid-rare as we requested. The Thermidor sauce added a nice twist on the classic cheese. It was creamy with a nice sharp parmesan kick. What surprised us the most was you really don’t get a lot of the lobster flavor, similar to the Benedict. It may be because lobster is a delicate flavor and beef is, well, not. Really punching up the accompanying sauce flavors with the classic sherry and mustard may have helped, but hey, at the end of the day it’s still a fantastic burger with lobster, can’t go wrong! Nate gives it a four out of five burger rating.
Solid brunch! Overall, we really enjoyed the meal. The food was well executed and a unique elevation of the classics. For us, brunch is a great way to break beyond the parks, whether we’re having a quiet morning or sneaking out for a sunrise round of golf. It’s confirmed, the Grand Floridian Cafe is brunchtastic!