NOTICE: Dining at Trail’s End Restaurant is a solid, value-for-money meal at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
The Trail’s End restaurant reopened today at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. This morning we stopped in for a very average breakfast, let’s see how dinner went.
The Trail’s End Family Dinner is $ 29.99 per adult and $ 17.99 per child, plus taxes and tips. The price is the same for the herbal version.
Trail’s End Family Dinner
Fresh bread basket in the oven
Goat Cheese and Chive Biscuits, Hushpuppies and Skillet Cornbread with Chilli Pepper and Honey Butter Spread.
The chive goat cheese cookies are delicious. They have an excellent cookie texture and consistency. The flavor of goat cheese is just enough to be noticeable without being overbearing. While neither chili spread nor honey butter really works with these, they are delicious on their own.
These hush puppies are the perfect hush puppies. Well done, very crisp on the outside, whole chunks of corn in the batter and just a hint of sweetness but not too much. Chilli and honey butter work well with them.
The cornbread is really soft. Not as good as the cornbread from the â€œHoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revueâ€ next door (which hasn’t reopened yet), but it’s still a great example of cornbread. The only thing that would have made it better is if it was hot.
The herbal breads were the ones we had for breakfast but in different sizes. We had a whole loaf of cornbread, same good cornbread flavor and still a little too dense.
The shortbread like the muffins were hot this time, which made them more enjoyable. Still very sweet and a little too grainy in texture. The chili spread that comes with the herbal plate is very oily, the oil seems to separate from the spread. The flavor is there but the texture is weird and off-putting.
Mesclun, grape tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, white cheddar and cornbread croutons with warm bacon vinaigrette
It’s a nice refreshing salad option. It’s served with mixed greens, cucumber, red onion, white cheddar and cornbread croutons with an apple cider and bacon vinaigrette. You can definitely taste the apple cider in the dressing but we really enjoyed it. Complements the salad quite well.
It’s the same as the regular salad, but without the cheese, with plant-based croutons, and with a more basic dressing. The croutons were very dense and chewy and too sweet, but otherwise it was just as nice.
Smoked Pecan Breast Breast, Roasted Chicken Andouille, Fingerling Potatoes, Green Beans, Buttered Corn on the Cob with Chipotle BBQ and Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce
The corn is seasoned well, it looked overcooked but it wasn’t. Nice crunch, a little char to enhance the flavor. The potatoes had a good flavor but the doneness level varied from potato to potato. Some were perfect and others a little undercooked. Overall, they were very pleasant.
The breast was very plump, but pleasant and tender. It’s a bit bland on its own but with the added barbecue sauce it’s delicious.
The chicken is smoked and has good spices, but there is no salt on the chicken as it comes. However once you add a little salt and barbecue sauce it’s good. Soft and chewy, with a nice bit of crunch on the skin.
The green beans were very al dente so depending on how you like your beans they are either perfectly done or undercooked. But a nice garlic flavor and very fresh.
The sausage is spicy, perfect texture, a little click on the skin, well seasoned. For some of our group, it was the star of the pan.
Supplements for dinner
Peel-n-Eat Shrimp Boil – $ 8.99
These are basic peel-and-eat shrimp, with some old berry. You get a great serving for the price. They are a bit small so you have to do more work, but it’s worth it.
Memphis Rubbed Half Slab Pork Ribs – $ 9.99
These ribs are pretty mediocre. The crispy crust on the ribs is flavorful and the meat is tender, although a bit dry. They go well with barbecue sauce and are very good. But we expected a return from the coasts to Trail’s End.
Cornbread crusted salmon – $ 7.99
The salmon was very good, better than we expected. It comes with a crust of breadcrumbs and in an adorable little skillet on top of a pool of lobster andouille cream sauce. A little overcooked but we enjoyed it. The shrimp also worked well in the sauce.
Herbal Smoker Pan
Beyond Italian Sausage, Chicken Gardein, BBQ Jackfruit, Fingerling Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn on the Cob and Chipotle BBQ Sauce
We were pleasantly surprised with all of the herbal choices on the set. The Beyond sausage was a really good Italian sausage served over a marinara sauce. We enjoyed it, but the Italian Sausage from Trail’s End just doesn’t seem to fit.
The Gardein Chicken Patty is the same meatless chicken you would get in the grocery store. It was good, nothing remarkable but good.
The potatoes were actually better on the herbal platter than the regular platter. Because they were served in a separate bowl, they were a bit crispy. These were all well cooked as opposed to the regular dish where some were undercooked. The corn was good, crispier than the regular pan, not as tasty as there is no regular butter. The beans were a bit more cooked than the regular pan 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 cut
It’s a wagon filled with ice cream, toppings, brownies, cookies, and chocolate coated bacon!
Wow! It’s close to the kitchen sink with what they serve in this adorable clear (but not exactly functional) plastic cowboy hat.
Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and mint chocolate chip ice cream, shortbread, marshmallows, sugar cookies, cherries, whipped cream, chips, a whole banana and chocolate coated bacon. Also, there might be a few other things we forgot, but this thing is right in the middle of the sundae!
It’s really good, but a little too much. Everything starts to mix. We enjoyed it but a little less could have been more
Sundae Herbal Covered Wagon
It’s a wagon full of ice cream, toppings, brownies and cookies
It was at the same time hazardous. Ice cream and whipped cream were very good, creamy in 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 Juice
It has a strange almost floral taste. The different flavors of peach schnapps, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice all blend together and are not really discernible individually. It was just fine. Not our favorite drink on the menu.
Ole Smoky Strawberry Moonshine, Minute MaidÂ® Premium Lemonade, Wild Strawberry and SpriteÂ®
Strawberry Lightning is the perfect name for this drink. The strawberry is strong but with a fresh taste (not artificial). Sweet but not overly sweet and a nice tang, and we haven’t really tasted the alcohol (but we’re sure it’s there).
Minute MaidÂ® Premium Ole Smoky White Lightnin ‘Moonshine & Lemonade
It tastes like the description, Minute Maid lemonade and moonlight. What you would expect and you can definitely taste the moonlight in this one.
Overall, we were delighted to find that dinner was a much better experience than breakfast. The price is good enough for a family style meal, and the additions give you a bit more variety beyond what’s in the pan. Plus the added bonus of seeing the Happily Ever After fireworks display from the beach at the end of our meal. We would come back to Pioneer Hall for another dining experience.
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