Recently, my cousin and his family was down from New York visiting the Central Florida area. They were telling me about some of the places they had been eating, and one of those places was Wolfgang Puck Express at Downtown Disney Marketplace. I had only eaten there at breakfast, but a recommendation for the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf got me thinking of visiting again. I’ve read a not-too-stellar review or two of the dish, as meatloaf is one of those dishes that’s very personal, but I was assured by someone who normally wouldn’t order meatloaf that it was indeed enjoyable and worth a try.
Since I had a lot of ground to cover, I ordered the dish to go. I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat the entire dish, so I was able to save a bit of time by going this route. While it may not be as pretty in a take-out box than on a real plate, it still looked darn good.
The $15 dish is served atop mashed potatoes drizzled in a port wine sauce, and finally topped with crispy onion rings. A sprinkling of chives garnished the dish. The bacon was smoky and cooked just enough so that it wasn’t chewy yet not crispy, helping to retain moisture to the meatloaf within.
The meatloaf was tender, and while not “mom’s recipe,” was very enjoyable. The port wine sauce was a bit sweet (it is made from Port, after all), but when eaten alongside all the other elements, it was well-balanced.
I brought the remainder home so Matt could try it as well. It reheated fairly well in the oven, although some moisture was lost in the process. Still, the flavors were there and I would definitely order the dish again.
Wolfgang Puck’s website has a recipe for the dish, but I wonder if it’s the same recipe as is served at Wolfgang Puck Express. Perhaps I’ll give it a try to compare when fall arrives.
Have you tried the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf at Wolfgang Puck Express? What’s your top pick when you visit?