Sunday Brunch: Beaches and Cream, Hold the
15 December 2013
by Reuben Gutierrez
As many Disney fans know, ice cream lovers must stop
at Beaches in Cream in the Beach Club Resort whilst visiting Walt
Disney World. Part of the Epcot Resort Area on Crescent Lake,
the Beach Club houses a tiny little soda shop famous for their not
so tiny ice cream sundaes and treats. Many of my friends have been
here countless times and enjoyed a particular 'Kitchen Sink,' but
unfortunately I am in the minority. Even before I learned of my
lactose intolerance, my primary choice of dessert was never ice
I've discussed here), so what's a poor unfortunate soul to do in
the place in Disney to get ice cream? Eat of course!
photo courtesy of Alexandra M.
With the word-of-mouth reviews and sweet smells (as
opposed to spells) of ice cream fill the air, Guests may easily
overlook that the soda shop is actually a fully functioning soda
shop. One wall is lined with booths, the other with the open kitchen
and an L shaped counter. A small scattering of white metal tables
and chairs fills the middle of the shop. With the servers dressed in
bright 1950s era diner costumes and the tiny little establishment
painted with every color of the nursery room rainbow, Beaches and
Cream is a seashore postcard. The vibrant, classic juke box plays
tunes from the times of famous music makers like the Fontane
Sisters, Elvis Presley, and Bill Haley and the Comets. A small,
though full menu offers several entrees as well as sides to share;
and share you should because they are huge.
New(ish) menu, photo courtesy of Alexandra M.
One particular evening after a day at
Orlando's other theme park, we closed the day with some good times
and good food. During my first visit to the soda shop, I had eagerly
devoured a cheesesteak, but this time around, it was missing from
the menu. With the sudden challenge to order something, I was torn
between a burger and the pot roast sandwich. Our server said both
are really good but many people come back for the burger, so of
course I knew I'd have to try that! Disney's efforts for healthy
eating allowed me the opportunity to opt for fruit over fries. To my
surprise, the fruit was a bowl of delicious, juicy watermelon cubes
and I couldn't be happier with my decision.
A side of onion rings is more like a platter. The burgers comes
fresh and juicy with all the trimmings!
Beaches and Cream's sandwiches are all served on
fresh bread, made in house at Yacht and Beach Club Resorts' bakery.
Baked on premises goods are sometimes an underappreciated aspect of
dining out (not including bakeries). Back home in New Jersey, I used
to get burgers from a place that also baked their buns fresh. One
whiff of my burger here in Florida and I was back home up North.
Nostalgia is one of food's best flavors.
For dessert, only one thing caught my eye: Grilled
Banana Bread and Peanut Butter. The warm fresh banana bread was
moist with real banana flavor and covered with chocolate sauce, a
handful of nuts, caramelized bananas, and a scoop of specially
requested Vanilla Tofutti. Now that I'm writing this review, I don't
recall having peanut butter on it at all. If it was there, it was
undetectable or forgettable. With Peanut Butter in the name, it
would be nice to actually have it. Still the amazing banana bread
was terrific enough to forget the peanut butter entirely, an outcome
that most likely resulted that night.
Beaches and Cream caters guests with a wealth of ice
cream, but also provides something for those who will not or cannot
have it. With a handful of choices for plenty of guests, the little
soda shop doesn't just serve soda and food. It serves a bowl full of
yesteryear for people with a taste for nostalgia.