07 August 2013


It is not unheard of for me to refer to the quick service scene at Walt Disney World as ‘more than just hamburgers and chicken nuggets.’ However, sometimes you just want a hamburger, and the Vacation Kingdom has been doing a bang up job of finding new topping combinations to really liven up your typical burger. Of course, sometimes they can get really fancy with the beef! Which all leads up to Aileen Sheehan-Wilson stopping by today to talk about the best burger she’s had at Walt Disney World. Take it away!
Hello Main Street Gazette readers! I know I normally talk about the exciting vegetarian items I have found but not today, today we are talking about burgers. In fact, we are talking about my favorite burger in all of Walt Disney World; the Grand Floridian Burger at the Grand Floridian Cafe. In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated and overlooked restaurants on property and I hope my review of this amazing entrée will help make up your mind that you must eat here.
Let’s get down to the bitty gritty of the sandwich. The burger is listed on the menu as an Angus chuck burger topped with butter-poached lobster, red onion marmalade, and arugula on a brioche bun with chips. Also, house-made mango ketchup came on the side for both your sandwich and your chips. Please note that this description is a change from the former burger, which at one point had hollandaise and asparagus accompanying the lobster. For me, this was a wonderful change as I am not a fan of hollandaise, but those of you who have fond memories of this burger may not be as thrilled as I was.  My sandwich came perfectly cooked, which for me was medium, and I must say I was amazed at how well the red onion marmalade, arugula, lobster, brioche bun and burger went together. The lobster was soft and buttery with a light flavor while the red onion marmalade was sweet and savory and the arugula was peppery and fresh.  In all honestly, while my actual burger was made very well and had wonderful flavor, I feel as though it was the least important part of what I was eating. It was the toppings and the bun that brought the entire meal together.  

I also feel I should mention the chips that came along with my Grand Floridian Burger. These were no ordinary chips; they were house-made and included potatoes, parsnips and plantains. They were amazing and were made even more so by dipping them in the mango ketchup, which was a both spicy and sweet. 
So, the final verdict?  I loved this meal.  It was everything I could want in a burger and although I normally do not like chips, I thought they were an amazing side to the sandwich.  I have to tell all of you that I actually sought out a similar burger here in Asheville and while not quite as good, it tides me over until I can get back down to Walt Disney World and the Grand Floridian Cafe.

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