At Riverside Mill at Port Orleans Riverside, the dinner service offers a couple selections only available starting at 5pm. These include carved roast beef and turkey (at times there is also ham). It seems I’m rarely at the resort during this time to try any of these items, or I’ve already eaten elsewhere by the time I show up for Yehaa Bob’s performance at River Roost. Because I would be bringing this home so Matt could sample too (don’t worry – there was more food on the way!), I ordered a kids size portion of the Freshly Sliced Beef so get an idea of how everything tasted. Plus, this is probably enough food for many adults, and approximately the size of a TV dinner.
Let’s start with the roast beef. Having been the first person at the carving station to order the kids size dinner for the particular roast, the small end was sliced off and three slices were carved and put on my plate. The larger piece of the roast on the other end was just as cooked through. There was no “rare” area. While a bit dry, it was well seasoned. It would have benefited from some gravy.
The mashed potatoes were enjoyable, flecked with potato skins and pepper. They had some texture to them which was nice. The gravy was pretty standard, but added some salt the potatoes did not have on their own.
What was up with the black specks on the corn? Was it supposed to be charred? It wasn’t pepper, and if it was supposed to have been charred on a grill top, it the flavor didn’t come through. It was your typical corn.
The cornbread, on the other hand, was spot on. It was a bit sweet, light and moist enough it didn’t even need butter. The table service restaurant next door, Boatwright’s Dining Hall, serves what is likely the same cornbread.
Because the beef available didn’t have any rareness to it, it’s unlikely I’d order it again. I might go for the turkey and I’d be sure to ask for gravy on it. The other side available was a steamed mixed vegetable, but with broccoli and cauliflower, I could be assured Matt wouldn’t touch it. The potatoes were a definite step up from instant or overly mashed/purred variety they could have been, and gave a more homemade feel to them. Although I typically like corn, I might consider skipping it for extra potatoes, but I would be sure I had some of the cornbread on the plate!
At $5.99 for a kids portion, it’s a pretty good deal considering you’d pay the same for nuggets and fries. And I even forgot to grab my small bottled water the meal should have come with, and the CM didn’t say anything at checkout. D’oh! Have you ordered the dinner specials at Riverside Mill before?