When the menu at Friar’s Nook received a New Year’s makeover, Mac & Cheese-loving hearts went all aflutter over the spins on this classic comfort food.
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So, changes at Friar’s Nook aren’t entirely unexpected, but we have to admit that we were a little surprised to spot another one so soon: The Blue Cheese Macaroni was recently replaced on the menu with Pot Roast Macaroni and Cheese.
So, prepare yourself for a bowl of comfort food topped with hearty helping of… MORE comfort food!
The first thing I noticed was the topping on this dish is less involved than its counterpart, the Bacon Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese. Where the Bacon Cheeseburger Mac is topped with ground beef, bacon, lettuce and tomato, the Pot Roast Mac & Cheese is topped with simply that: a pile of pot roast on top of the macaroni.
Things started out great: the pot roast was very well-prepared. Tender and juicy — and mine had very little in the way of fat. OK, not that that’s huge concern when you’re eating beef-covered mac and cheese ;), but my point is, the meat was really good, and actually tasted homemade.
The second component is, of course, the Mac & Cheese. There is even more cheese to this mac & cheese than the name implies. For those accustomed to the mac & cheese found at buffets around Disney property, or commonly offered as a Kids’ option, there seems to be more shredded cheese in addition to the melted cheese sauce that we’re used to.
While the flavor is outstanding, and the cheese tasted great with the pot roast, the extra cheese lends a heaviness to this dish that – at least for me – was overwhelming. I had to wave the white flag of surrender much sooner than I wanted to, because even though the flavors were great, it was just too much.
The bowls of Mac & Cheese seem small for the price at first glance ($8.99 for this one), but it is a LOT of food for the buck, and I’d absolutely recommend sharing because it is so, SO rich.
Two thoughts on this menu update: one, I wish they had kept the Blue Cheese Mac on the menu with this new addition, since it was cool to have a vegetarian option that was pretty unique.
Two, I think the timing on this one might be a wee bit off. Friar’s Nook has only outdoor seating, and now that the temps are really starting to rise in Florida, I have to admit…curling up with this dish when it’s 95 degrees is not the most appealing thought 😉 . If the mac & cheese menu at Friar’s Nook holds up, though, I do like the thought of trying this dish again in the cooler months. The concept is really fun, and the dish is quite well made. I think there is potential here for a favorite.
Something good to know: Prior to January, I had a really hard time ever finding Friar’s Nook open… like, ever, since it is a “seasonal spot” reserved for high-crowd days. Ever since the menu revamp, though, I have seen it open on just about every Magic Kingdom visit, particularly in the midday hours. So, I think hopes of catching Friar’s Nook open are higher than ever – the spot is prime, being in very close proximity to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which will officially open to the public on May 28th.
And they gotta be ready, ‘cuz you never know when Doc, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy, Grumpy, or Dopey may get a hankerin’ for some Pot Roast Mac & Cheese 😉 !
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