Some Crazy Cones at Min & Bill's!
By Guest Writer Albert Gutierrez
1 September 2013
Image taken from
Reuben's first Min & Bill visit
Up until a few years ago, I never knew Min & Bill's
existed. While the dockside diner has remained a Studios staple
since the park's inception, food options within this park often felt
limited to me. And frankly, they often were also none too memorable
outside of some standout locations: Mama Melrose's for the food,
Sci-Fi Dine-In for the atmosphere, 50's Prime Time for the company.
Fortunately, when my family brought Reuben down for his college
program, it allowed us to discover one of the best-kept secrets in
Disney's Hollywood Studios. Now, no trip to that park is complete
without stopping at Min & Bill's. Especially given the new addition
to their menu!
Originally, I would only get the Chicken Caesar
Sandwich, which essentially stuffed Caesar salad and grilled chicken
pieces into a French baguette. I once bought the cool sandwich and
made the 5-minute trek to Pizza Planet, where a cast member actually
asked me what it was. Turns out even the park's own are sometimes
unaware of such delectable treasures. Unfortunately, the Chicken
Caesar Sandwich has left the menu - temporarily, I believe, as it's
only a seasonal item - but has been replaced by something even
As regular Sunday Brunch readers know, Disney's
California Adventure features wonderful eateries known as "Cozy
Reuben had written about their offerings back in April, while
making note that the bread cone delights were just starting to
appear here in Walt Disney World. At the time, they could only be
found at Downtown Disney. Fortunately, we can now add Min & Bill's
Dockside Diner to that growing list of Bread Cone providers.
The concept of a bread cone in and of itself seems
quite novel, though had been in use since the early 19th century (as
evident from French cook books of the era), though would not gain
popularity in the United States until the 1904 Saint Louis
Exposition. As the classic story goes, an ice cream seller ran out
of bowls, while his waffle seller still had plenty of waffle batter.
The two collaborated, created the waffle cone, and the rest is
legendary history. Either way, eating food within its own edible
container still remains something rather exciting. Consider the
bread cone a more polished version of the bread bowl.
My apologies for this rain-soaked menu, the sun shower decided to
beat down extra fierce as we tried to take a picture.
Min & Bill's offers three different bread cones, all
of which are currently exclusive to their location. While they have
no actual "names" beyond their ingredients (seen above), I've
decided to christen them with some fun titles. First up is the Pizza
Cone, since the ingredients are often found in pizzas. Not exactly a
thrilling title, though it was my favorite of the three. This
contains sausage, marinara, and mozzarella; thus, it does exactly
what it says on the tin (to use an old British phrase). Truthfully,
you're better off having an authentic calzone from a local Italian
pizza place. But when in Disney, your taste buds should be treated
to some off-beat, if familiar, concoctions. And how often do you get
to order this faux-calzone from a boat-that-isn't-a-boat anyway?
Though we didn't have time to order the other two, I
did manage to sample bits of the Cajun Shrimp Salad, which for the
sake of naming, we'll call the Louisiana Loaf. This one actually can
be served chilled, as it uses cocktail shrimp rather than cooked
shrimp. I actually asked the cast member if I could have a Pizza
Cone with the Cajun sauce on top, just to experiment. She gave me a
strange, but intrigued look. And it does help make the Pizza Cone
taste better. The Cajun spices give the whole thing a bigger "kick"
than the usual ingredients. She even added a couple of the cocktail
shrimp free of charge.
Last, but not least, is the Chicken, Bacon, &
Avocado Salad. Given the ingredients, and my own penchant for Earl
of Sandwich, we'll call that one the Chipotle Cone. Earl of Sandwich
literally has the same offering, but made with their superior
artisan bread. I doubt I'll ever give this one a try beyond
comparison purposes, especially as I'm not fond of avocado. But all
three offerings help provide variety to Min & Bill's menu, and
appeals to the various palettes and dietary needs of many guests. I
definitely encourage more guests to check out Min & Bill's as an
alternative to the usual quick-service locations. The selection is
as wide a range as, say, Backlot Express, but is still certainly
better than some of the fast-food meals you'll find at Sunset Ranch
or the ABC Commissary.