Wayfinding Wednesday: Warm and Yeasty

Dinner rolls at Coral Reef

Warm, toasted bread + soft, creamy butter = heaven, as far as I’m concerned.

Here in America, we’ve come to expect that “free” bread when we sit down to eat in a restaurant. At Disney World, they took that common, everyday expectation, and they did exactly what Disney World does: they plused it.

The delicious basket of bread is, in many Disney restaurants, part of the theme, adding to the overall story of the restaurant without much effort from the kitchen. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite examples of these wayfinding rations:

Personal Baguette at Bistro de Paris
I have to admit that this is on my list partially because I love having a “whole loaf” of bread to myself. It may be tiny, but it’s all mine, and that’s a powerful thing for a carboholic! Of course baguette is also a symbol of French culture. Who hasn’t dreamed of eating a loaf of crusty baguette with some fresh cheese near the Eifel Tower? It manages feel authentic and upscale (which Bistro absolutely is) at the same time. And I don’t think I can overstate how much I love that the baguette is all mine.

'Ohana Welcome Bread

Welcome Bread at ’Ohana
The first time it landed on my table, I was confused because there wasn’t any butter served alongside it. But, let’s be honest: Welcome Bread doesn’t need any butter. It’s rich and buttery all on its own. Not only is it delicious, but this pineapple coconut bread is perfectly Polynesian, and it sets the scene for the rest of this all-you-care-to-eat feast.

Tortilla Chips at San Angel Inn
This may be my favorite bread-analog in the entire world. Crispy, crunchy, salty … they’re the perfect snack and the perfect way to whet my appetite and soak up my margarita. These heavenly little triangles are served warm and the slightest bit greasy, as if they were just pulled from the oil. Exactly what you’d expect from an authentic 17th-century Mayan hacienda!

Multi-Grain Bread at The Wave
Maybe it’s not terribly exciting, but I love the earthy, wholesome flavor of the multi-grain bread at The Wave. Not only is each slice dark, delicious and absolutely incredible smeared with salted butter, but it also tells a very clear story about The Wave and what to expect from the rest of your meal. The Wave is all about fresh, seasonal dishes with a healthy twist, and there’s nothing more hearty and nutritious than good whole grain bread.

Boatwright's corn bread

Corn Bread at Boatwright’s Dining Hall
This Southern shipyard isn’t pulling any punches in the bread department: guests receive a basket full of freshly-baked corn bread. I’ve written about its incredible texture before—toasty on the outside, soft and yielding on the inside—but did you know that corn bread is often called the cornerstone of Southern American cuisine? It’s the perfect way for the chefs to let guests know that this menu is decidedly Southern.

What’s your favorite scene-setting bread in Walt Disney World? What did I leave off my list?


Editor’s Note: This post was featured in the April 15, 2012D isney Food Post Round-Up. Thanks, AJ! And hello to our new friends!

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18 Responses to Wayfinding Wednesday: Warm and Yeasty

  1. shan says:

    Oh Mylanta… You just made my day with this post… How I love bread and butter….

    The breadsticks at Le Cellier were absolutely amazing last spring at lunch, and I’m hoping they’re also part of the dinner menu… I believe there was pretzel bread involved which is fabulous.

  2. Becky Becky says:

    Mmm, bread. Definitely one of my favorite parts of the meal! We absolutely loved the bread with different olive oils to try at Kouzzina.

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  4. Carolyn says:

    My favorite breads are Kona’s sweet bread and the onion rolls with roasted garlic at Yachtsman Steakhouse.

  5. Miranda says:

    My favourite bread service has to be the herbed brioche with caramelised butter at Victoria and Alberts. It was almost like eating cake with frosting, it was just amazing! Second place, I agree with Carolyn, the onion bread at Yachtsman Steakhouse that is made of lots of layers smushed together that peel off deliciously. I also really love the sourdough at California Grill. I could eat that bread every day and never get bored of it. I also love the crispbreads with crab spread that they give you as a bread course in Fultons. The dip is so more-ish! Lol, I just love Disney breads :-)

  6. Amy Koerber says:

    I also love the bread at Disney but I don’t eat it. My son has a peanut allergy and I have a standing rule; if he can’t eat it, I don’t eat it. Why does all the bread HAVE to be made in a peanut factory? It’s frustrating. Disney is good about finding a slice of “plain” bread for him but it is the same everywhere. If Disney ever has an opportunity to fix this issue we will be eating A LOT more bread! I should also say that some chefs have made great efforts to create special deserts for him as desserts seem to be made in the same peanut factory as the breads. Thank you to all those Chefs!

    • Melissa Sue says:

      Amy, I’m sorry that you and your son can’t enjoy this part of Disney dining, but thanks for your comment! This is very interesting! I had no idea the bread in WDW is made in a peanut factory.

  7. Gabriella says:

    Our favorite bread is the sweet pineapple brioche with macadamia honey butter at Kona Café. It is to die for….if you haven’t tried it, make sure you do and soon!!! :) Great post…mouth is watering. Thanks!!

  8. AJ says:

    You forgot the best one of all.

    The bread at Jiko’s comes with such an interesting spice, and the butter is a delicious blend of cinnamon, cumin, and african spices.

    All these other breads are great…but the one at Jiko’s is amazing.

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  10. Linda Smith says:

    I love the yeasty rolls at Liberty Tree Tavern.

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