So, many of us agree that Flametree Barbecue in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is pretty awesome.
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Awesome barbecue, great views, weird animals-eating-other-animals/circle-of-life vibe goin’ on…what’s not to love.
But although I usually head here for a full meal (and a big meal at that), this place can also be a good snack stop if you’re in the mood to take a load off and sit by the water for a bit during a looooooong Disney day. So let’s head over and check out some between-meal goodies for your next trip…
You’ll find Flame Tree Barbecue on Discovery Island as you veer right toward Dinoland (DINOLAND, YAY!).
The roped-off queue lines are your first hint that this place is pretty popular. It’s rare to find it looking this desolate, but that’s another good reason to visit in the late afternoon for a snack instead of at prime meal time!
One of my favorite things at Flame Tree, besides the ‘cue, is the quirky and daring (for Disney) themeing. Depicted in statuary, signs, and even the pavilions is this creepily awesome Circle of Life theme. It’s all in such totally cheerful colors that I wonder how many people actually stop to really see what’s going on here.
And don’t forget that Flame Tree has one of our favorite views of any counter service joint. The seating, which is made up of several shaded pavilions, is loosely linked by paths through gardens.
Water features and greenery surround you. It’s actually pretty serene.
Plus, this view is fantastic…
OK, I’m hungry after our little tour. Let’s check out the goodies I promised you…
And because there are TWO types of barbecue sauce at the condiment stations within the pavilions, I can have as MUCH SAUCE AS I WANT!! Mua ha ha ha!! (If you’re a big fan of their barbecue sauce, check out our recipe!)
But today we’re just snacking. And the combo that caught my eye was the Onion Ring Basket and Chocolate Mousse.
Now, I get that this might sound like a really strange combination (not unlike my AWESOME strawberry-cheesecake-and-french-fries goodness at Electric Umbrella last year). But let me assure you: chocolate and onion rings is a match made in flavor heaven. You’ve had a chocolate milkshake and onion rings, right? Sweet = GOOD. Salt = GOOD. It all works out.
The Onion Rings at Flame Tree are outstanding. Just take a minute and look at that photo down there. Come on.
Thick rings of onion are battered and fried to a golden brown. We’re talking substance here. No flaky crust that falls off as soon as you pick it up. Nope. These are solid.
And this was my first time trying the Chocolate Mousse!
Now, you know I am no fan of the gelatinous, alien-green Key Lime Mousse that passes as dessert at Flame Tree. I just can’t get past that color and the weird hair-gel-like topping. But the chocolate mousse if far more appetizing-looking. And DE-LICIOUS!
A rich, dark chocolate glaze/ganache covers the surface of the mousse.
And inside, you find the super-thick, chocolatey, heavy-cream consistency that you’d expect from a good mousse. With the onion rings, it was absolutely awesome.
I stopped short of dipping my onion ring into the mousse. But only just.
Okay, so we all love Flame Tree for its awesome food and killer atmosphere. But it’s really great to know that, even if you’re just after a snack, there are still some wonderful things here to enjoy.
This onion ring/chocolate mousse pairing has real potential to become my second favorite craving at Animal Kingdom (after the elephant cupcake, of course…that thing is heaven).
What’s your favorite menu item at Flame Tree Barbecue? Share with us below in comments!