Sunday Brunch: Board
Walk Bakery's New Daily Special
by Reuben Gutierrez
26 May 2013
The Board Walk Bakery is quickly returning to its
original slot in my list of top Disney quick service restaurants.
The expanded menu invites hungry guests and locals to try all that
is new and probably my new favorite is something that changes and
rotates every day: the Quiche of the Day.
Daily Specials pair the Quiche of the Day with soup or salad
My love affair with quiche dates back to my college
days, when I worked in the Food Sensory Lab at Rutgers University.
We did several food studies in the lab and for one of them we served
quiche. The scientist whose lab I was working in, Dr. Tepper, was
studying taste genetics and searching for connections between
obesity and sensitivities to bitter foods (she
reached some interesting conclusions!). For those interested I
tested as a 'supertaster' being particularly sensitive to bitter
foods like broccoli and spinach (see Mom, I was genetically
predisposed to being a picky eater). One day we offered quiche, a
particularly savory and fatty dish, in the 'buffet' we simulated in
the lab. That day we of course had to sample it for quality control
purposes and it was honest to goodness my first time ever having
quiche. I don't know why this amazing egg, cheese, and (fill in
random amazing ingredients) baked in a flaky pie crust had escaped
me for twenty some years of my life. One spoonful of that Quiche
Florentine (quiche with Spinach, ironic I loved it being that I'm a
supertaster) was definitely love at first bite.
Since that most joyous day, I've sampled many a
quiche ranging from okay to excellent. While I've yet to encounter a
terrible quiche, I've run into many just satisfactory quiches.
Unfortunately at Disney World I seem to do this a lot. The France
Bakery has some okay quiche, curious since France is the most
well-known for serving quiche, despite its Germanic origins. Be Our
Guest in the Magic Kingdom serves an excellent vegetable quiche
during their lunch service, though still it does not compare to the
best quiche I ever had. This brings us to the Quiche of the Day at
the Board Walk Bakery.
Quiche of the Day on Display. The surrounding ingredients around
the display quiche indicate what's inside
The great thing about the new bakery at Board Walk
is they now have a small oven (pictured above) for warming up foods.
In my opinion, quiche should always be served warm as temperature
plays a big role in how food tastes (as discussed in
my review of Lefou's Brew).
This particular day, the quiche was made with
cheese, ham, scallions, and sweet potatoes. The meat and potatoes
spin on this quiche was the first I ever encountered so I was eager
to try it.
With fork in hand I dug in and took a great big bite
of egg and sweet potatoes. Not bad, though I would like to try it
all together. I kept digging and digging and eventually managed a
fork full of every flavor. An interesting combination, this quiche
was satisfying and filling. Despite its personal (a.k.a. small)
size, I got a lot out of it and it fueled me for the work afternoon
ahead. With that being said, I think a deeper dish pie shell would
be better for this quiche not just in adding to size, but enhancing
the overall product further. Being so low, only so much of the
quiche custard and filling could be poured into the shell, so the
cubed and chopped ingredients floated into almost a single layer. I
may just have received a dud, but the sweet potato gathered on one
side and the ham and scallions on the other. Mind you, the quiche
was still delicious and satisfying, just it was sectioned off and
took some manipulating to get all the flavors in one bite. Perhaps
each ingredient could be diced even smaller to ensure a more uniform
I hold my quiche to high standards, so I may be a
little unfair in my review of them, but nevertheless I always enjoy
it no matter what. I really love that the Board Walk Bakery has not
only added a quiche to the menu, but apparently there is a daily
rotating menu of quiches. I look forward to trying all of them and
hopefully enjoying all of its flavors in a single bite. Even if I
don't see them, I'll know they're all there or missing. Nice to know
being a supertaster is good for something.