REVIEW: Rock N’ Roll Brunch from City Works Eatery & Pour House Offers “Tasty Licks” Like Bailey’s-Filled French Toast, Beignets, Giant Cinnamon Rolls, and More at Disney Springs
Hold on to your leather jackets and guitar picks, because we’re back at City Works Eatery & Pour House at Disney Springs for their weekend-only Rock N’ Roll Brunch, which takes place Saturday and Sunday from open to 3:00 PM. So whether you only managed to score a later Boarding Group at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Rise of the Resistance, or want to take it easy like Sunday morning, we’ve got our thoughts on what is arguably the best new brunch on the block at Disney Springs.
Since we’re WDWNT, we actually like to be honest about when we’re #hosted or not, and it’s worth noting that City Works did invite us to brunch on the house for this review. That is, after we dropped $400 on the massive dinner review from Thursday’s grand opening. If you read that review, we were pretty straightforward about the fact that this is still simply bar food by any other name, but there’s still some value to be found for beer connoisseurs and guests looking for a new place to watch the game (or funny TikToks on a jumbotron… do you, fam.) Today, we’re going over the restaurant’s creative, rock ‘n’ roll curated brunch, which features a variety of options from the All-Day Breakfast menu, plus some exclusive items created just for this offering. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a guitar (and a groupie) and let’s head on in.
Rock N’ Roll Brunch Menu
The Rock N’ Roll Brunch menu features a variety of sweet and savory options, all named as riffs on your favorite rock stars or power ballads. My personal favorites include Jon Bun Jovi, (Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Beignets, Johnny Hash, and Chak Shuka Khan, which is all I’ll ever call shakshuka again. While the full 70+ beer menu is also available, there are numerous cocktails available, and the Beer Flights are supplanted by fanciful Mimosa Flights.
If none of the cheesy rock-music-based brunch items appeal to you, there’s a pared-down version of the weekday menu also available. The items featured on here match up with our choice of favorites as well, like the Buffalo Chicken Dip, Cheese Curds, Kung Pao Cauliflower, and Filet Mignon Sliders. For our full review of those, click here.
Jon Bun Jovi – $10
Warm jumbo cinnamon roll, vanilla icing (V)
What is arguably the best-named item on the menu, this is a massive cinnamon roll that comes in a ceramic skillet, served warm.
Seen here with a giant iPhone for scale.
It’s soft and fluffy with a light, sweet glaze of vanilla icing. It’s also perfectly shareable, and without any crispy or burnt edges, everyone will get a fully soft, glazed piece. The entire bun was soft from the edges to the center. The cinnamon here was perfect for all palates, and not too overpowering.
Dock Of The Beignets – $10
Café Du Monde’s famous recipe for French doughnuts, served with chocolate hazelnut sauce and mixed berry jam for dipping (V)
They’ve made Otis Redding proud with these beignets, which are full of Southern soul, and most importantly, made with Cafe Du Monde’s recipe. Crunchy on outside and soft inside, these beignets are pillowy fried dough with a thorough coating of powdered sugar. Unlike at the Cafe Du Monde, the powdered sugar wasn’t messy and didn’t billow out haphazardly.
As far as the dips go, the chocolate hazelnut dip was incredible, being rich and decadent. Compared to the berry compote, there was no contest. This was the highlight of brunch, and the beignets are arguably the best on property.
This was a favorite. The outside has a nice, crispy fried crunch with a softer interior packed full of Bailey’s cream cheese. The filling is sweet and creamy, but far from overpowering.
With stuffed French toast, I find that the first few bites are good and then it becomes overly sweet, but this one wasn’t like that. You could keep eating this one without getting burned out on the flavor.
The staff kept suggesting and pushing this one on us when we didn’t order it the first round, and we realize why… it’s one of the best on the menu, if not the best.
Johnny Hash – $18.00
Braised short rib, red and green bell peppers, onions, potatoes, jalapeño salsa verde, sunny side up eggs (GF)
This hash was seasoned amazingly with a great ratio of steak, peppers, onions and potatoes.
The jalapeño salsa verde wasn’t overly spicy, but had the perfect amount to blend in with the flavors of the hash. The steak, peppers, and onions had a nice char to them and were cooked perfectly.
Chak Shuka Khan – $17.00
Shakshuka with spicy tomato sauce, sunny side up eggs, goat cheese, toasted garlic baguette (V)
I personally love shakshuka, and was happy to see it on a menu for once. While in this version, two fried eggs merely sit atop tomato sauce (as opposed to being poached in it), the flavors still work. The eggs here were perfectly runny and perfect for dipping the baguette into.
The Clash Smash – $17.00
Smashed avocado on toasted challah, roasted corn, pickled red onion, shaved radish, sliced hard boiled egg (V)
Many of you have read our resident reporter Annie’s thoughts on countless treats and snacks, but here are her thoughts on this twist on avocado toast:
I love avocado toast, so I was a big fan of this The bread had a nice thickness to it, but it could have been a little bit crunchier. It’s also served cold. The colors are stunning and it’s visually appealing, too.
You can see the corn is actually chunks sliced off of a cob rather than just individual pieces. The pickled veggies aren’t too strong and compliment the creamy avocado spread, thin sliced radishes, and pieces of hard boiled egg.
This is perfect for someone who wants a lighter, healthier dish.
This breakfast flatbread is gigantic… so if you order this, come hungry. Sadly for us, this flatbread…. fell flat.
The bread had a cardboard-like consistency and the dish was a little heavy on the salt. It also felt like it was just… missing something. We couldn’t exactly determine what it needed… but they could jazz this flatbread up a bit. Of all the brunch items on the menu, this took the bottom spot.
If you closed out Raglan Road the night before and need some real sustenance to make it through the day, look no further than this massive “hangover bowl” creation.
Piled high with creamy cheddar grits, fried eggs, pork, and sausage, this is a hearty breakfast dish not meant to be taken lightly.
This was Tom’s favorite dish, hands-down. If you want a solid option for breakfast that’s well executed, go with this.
Between the fried eggs, cheesy grits, and well-seasoned meat, you simply can’t go wrong.
What’s The Story, Morning Glory – $18.00
Breakfast tacos with scrambled eggs, bacon, green onion, smoked tomato, chipotle maple glaze, smoked cheddar, white corn tortillas, cheesy potato casserole (GF)
Served similarly to their fish tacos, these were another set of solid street tacos. These were definitely fresh, with soft shells, crunchy bacon, and melted smoked cheddar with a bit of a bite to it.
The scrambled eggs in these tacos were fluffy and cooked well, and not runny at all. (Nothing like the awful eggs they serve at resorts.) If you’re wary of the chipotle maple syrup, don’t be, as it’s not overpowering, and very delicious.
The tacos came with a bowl of cheesy potato casserole. While these were good, our only complaint was that the potatoes were not fully cooked. The melted cheese over this was also amazing, similar to the smoked cheddar used in the tacos.
Mimosa Flight – $30
Choose 4 to build your perfect flight, all topped with sparkling wine.
Tropical– Malibu Rum, pineapple juice, grenadine
This is the sweetest of the 4 we tried. Malibu being a very sweet liquor along with pineapple juice and grenadine… it’s a sugar bomb.
Mulemosa – Vodka, ginger beer, lime juice
This is straight up a moscow mule with sparking wine added. No OJ in this beverage. It leaves a bitter/sour taste in the finish. Our table had mixed reviews.
Rose – Ketel Grapefruit Rose Vodka, orange juice, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice
This was a fun take, beside the sparkling wine and OJ they added a grapefruit rosé vodka as well as a splash of grapefruit and cranberry juices. The favorite for our group.
Classic – Orange juice
We had to try the one that started it all. And it was…. a mimosa! A standard blend of sparkling wine and orange juice.
We loved this! This is pretty straightforward. If you love mojitos and that fresh mint taste, they pair very nicely with the cranberry juice and dried cranberries. A great take on a classic!
Beermosa – $13
Bottlenectar, Tanqueray, orange juice
Like the “Lagerita”, this really just tastes like the beer (in this case, the restaurant’s very own Bottlenectar Pale Ale.) The orange juice pairs well with the pale ale and lastly, there is a very faint gin taste in the finish.
Flapjack Old Fashioned – $14
Devil’s River Rye Whiskey, butterscotch schnapps, candied maple syrup, bacon, orange bitters
One of my personal favorites. The rye whiskey plays so well with the candied maple syrup. The orange bitters elevated this cocktail, and of course, bacon makes everything better––including this drink.
Hot Blooded – $17 (+ Sidecar of Bottlenectar – $3)
18 oz. Spicy Bloody Mary crowned with fried onion rings, a celery stalk, and a skewer loaded with candied bacon, housemade spicy pickles, cheese curd, olive, cornichon, pepperoni, pickled jalapeños, and a hard-boiled egg
The description says spicy Bloody Mary, but we didn’t really find it to be spicy at all. It was surprisingly good, and not too thick.
The toppings make this worth it. There are crispy onion rings, house made pickles, jalapeños, half a hard boiled egg, pepperoni, bacon, olive, celery stalk and a cheese curd (just the cheese, not fried.)
Everything on top was quality, and this was practically a meal in itself. The only thing we noticed was the straw wasn’t quite big enough. You get to the point where you can’t get the last couple sips and need to drink out of the glass… which isn’t a big deal, but we just thought it was funny.
The drink had a very small hint of peach which was refreshing, but underwhelming with a drink that has peach in its name. You taste more of the lemon and lime flavors with a subtle aftertaste of bourbon. The combination of everything and simple syrup does make the cooler very sweet, but it’s still refreshing thanks to the lemon-lime flavors. Although Maker’s Mark is the first item listed in the description, I did not get a lot of it at all. With that being said, it’s not a bad refreshing light “morning cocktail”, but there are better options on the menu.
If you’re planning on heading to City Works, your best bet is either Happy Hour during the week, or this amazing weekend brunch. We weren’t crazy about their food on the first night, but all of breakfast seemed exceedingly fresh… what a difference a day made!
City Works takes Tables in Wonderland, so you can get 20% off on your total alcohol and food bill, as well as Annual Passholder, DVC, and Cast Member discounts.