REVIEW: Dinner at Trail’s End Restaurant is a Solid Meal at a Good Value at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Trail’s End Restaurant reopened today at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. This morning we stopped in for a very average breakfast experience; let’s see how dinner fared.
Trail’s End Family-style Dinner is $29.99 per adult and $17.99 per child, plus tax and gratuity. The pricing is the same for the plant-based version.
Trail’s End Family-style Dinner
Oven-fresh Bread Basket
Goat Cheese Chive Biscuits, Hushpuppies, and Skillet Cornbread with Pimento Spread and Honey Butter.
The goat cheese chive biscuits are delicious. They have a great biscuit texture and consistency. The goat cheese flavor is just enough to be noticeable without being overpowering. While neither the pimento spread nor the honey butter really work with these, they are delicious on their own.
These hush puppies are perfect. They were well cooked and very crisp on the outside, with whole bits of corn in the batter and just a hint of sweetness. Both the pimento spread and the honey butter work well with them.
The cornbread is really nice and moist. It’s not as good as the cornbread at “Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue” next door (which hasn’t reopened yet), but still a very good example of cornbread. The only thing that would have made it better is if it was served warm.
The plant-based breads were essentially the same ones we had with breakfast but in different formats. We got a whole loaf of the cornbread, with the same good cornbread flavor, but still a little too dense.
The shortbread-like muffins were warm this time, which made them more enjoyable. They were still very sweet but a bit too gritty in texture. The pimento spread that came with the plant-based plate is very oily, and the oil appears to be separating from the spread. The flavor is there, but the texture is strange and off-putting.
Mixed Greens, Grape Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers, White Cheddar, and Cornbread Croutons with warm Bacon Vinaigrette
This is a nice, refreshing salad option. It comes with mixed greens, cucumber, red onion, white cheddar, and cornbread croutons with a bacon apple cider vinaigrette. You can definitely taste the apple cider in the dressing, but we really enjoyed it. It complements the salad quite well.
This is similar to the regular salad but without the cheese. The croutons were plant-based, and it had a more basic vinaigrette (without the bacon, of course). The croutons were very dense, chewy, and overly sweet, but otherwise, this was just as enjoyable.
Pecan-smoked Brisket, Rotisserie Chicken Andouille, Fingerling Potatoes, Green Beans, Buttered Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Barbecue, and Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce
The corn is well seasoned. It looked overcooked, but it was not. Instead, it had a nice crunch and a bit of char to enhance the flavor. The potatoes had good flavor, but were inconsistently cooked. Some were perfect, and some were a bit undercooked. Overall, they were very enjoyable.
The brisket was very fatty but nice and tender. It’s a bit bland on its own, but it’s delicious with the barbecue sauce added.
The chicken is smoky and has good spice, but there’s no salt on the chicken as it comes. However, once you add a bit of salt and barbecue sauce, it’s good. It was tender and moist, with a nice bit of crispiness on the skin.
The green beans were al dente, so depending on how you like your beans, these are either perfectly cooked or underdone. They had a nice garlic flavor and were very fresh.
The sausage is spicy, has the perfect texture with a little snap on the skin, and was well seasoned. For some in our party, this was the standout of the skillet.
Peel-n-Eat Shrimp Boil — $8.99
These are basic peel and eat shrimp with old bay. You get an excellent portion for the price. They’re a little small, so you have to do more work, but it’s worth it.
Half-slab Memphis-rubbed Pork Spare Ribs — $9.99
These ribs are pretty mediocre. The crisp crust on the ribs is flavorful, and the meat is tender, though a little dry. They work well with the barbecue sauce, but we expected a return from the original ribs at Trail’s End.
Cornbread-crusted Salmon — $7.99
The salmon was very good, better than we expected. It comes with a breadcrumb crust in an adorable little skillet atop a pool of lobster andouille cream sauce. A smidge overcooked, but we enjoyed it. The shrimp also worked well in the sauce.
Plant-based Smokehouse Skillet
Beyond Italian Sausage, Gardein Chick’n, BBQ Jackfruit, Fingerling Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn on the Cob, and Chipotle BBQ Sauce
We were pleasantly surprised by all of the plant-based choices on the platter. The Beyond sausage was a very good Italian sausage served atop a spread of marinara sauce. We enjoyed this, but the Italian sausage at Trail’s End just doesn’t seem to fit.
The Gardein chicken patty is the same meatless chicken as you’d get in the grocery store. This was good, but nothing remarkable.
The potatoes were actually better on the plant-based platter than the regular platter. These were all well-cooked, as opposed to the regular dish where some were undercooked. The corn was good, crunchier than the regular skillet, but not quite as flavorful since there isn’t regular butter. The beans were a little more cooked than the regular skillet and had a good flavor.
The jackfruit barbecue was a nice approximation of pulled pork with barbecue sauce. The texture is a bit odd, but those familiar with jackfruit will know what to expect.
Covered Wagon Sundae
It’s a Wagon Load of Ice Cream, Toppings, Brownies, Cookies, and Chocolate-covered Bacon!
Wow! It’s similar to the Kitchen Sink with how much they serve up in this adorable (but not really functional) clear plastic cowboy hat.
It’s chock full of sweets with vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and mint chocolate chip ice cream; shortbread; marshmallows; sugar cookies; cherries; whipped cream; sprinkles, a whole banana; and chocolate-covered bacon. This thing is sundae-central!
It’s really good, but a little too much. Everything starts to blend together near the end. We enjoyed it, but a little less might have been more.
Plant-Based Covered Wagon Sundae
It’s a Wagon Load of Ice Cream, Toppings, Brownies, and Cookies
This was both hit and miss. The ice cream and whipped cream were very good. They had a creamy consistency and good flavor. However, the cookies and shortbread were both disappointing. The cookies were very hard and had little distinct flavor. The shortbread was too chewy and left an aftertaste that took a while to shake.
Ole Smoky White Lightnin’ Moonshine and Peach Schnapps with Pineapple and Cranberry Juices
This has an odd, almost floral taste to it. The different flavors of the Peach Schnapps, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice blend together and aren’t discernible individually. This was just okay, but definitely not our favorite drink on the menu.
Ole Smoky Strawberry Moonshine, Minute Maid® Premium Lemonade, Wild Strawberry, and Sprite®
Strawberry Lightning is the perfect name for this drink. The strawberry is strong but fresh tasting (not artificial). It was sweet but not overly so with a nice tang. We didn’t really taste the alcohol (but we’re sure it’s there).
Ole Smoky White Lightnin’ Moonshine and Minute Maid® Premium Lemonade
This tastes exactly like the description: Minute Maid lemonade and moonshine. What you expect is what you get, and you can definitely taste the moonshine in this one.
Overall, we were pleased to find that dinner was a much better experience than breakfast. The price point is quite good for a family-style meal, and the add ons give you a bit more variety beyond what comes in the skillet. Plus, this time, we had the added benefit of seeing the Happily Ever After fireworks from the beach at the end of our meal. We’d come back to Pioneer Hall for another dinner experience.
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