It had been a while since I last visited Hurricane Hanna’s, located at the Yacht & Beach Club Resort’s pool, which was shortly after it’s refurbishment. I tried their Grilled Cheese with Smoked Bacon, and was disappointed by its execution. While I think the concept was a good one, it hasn’t stuck around.
The menu has interesting options nonetheless, from simple burgers to a Vegetarian Quinoa Wrap, which sounds more interesting (it has hummus and goat cheese!) than the one served at the nearby Beach Club Marketplace.
Draft beers are also offered, and I don’t recall having tried Hurricane Reef before, so I treated myself to one. Verdict: Light, smooth, great for warmer weather, and way better than a Bud Light.
As much as I’m typically not a fan of Disney burgers, they have improved over the last several years, and while still hit and miss, they have grown on me. At least to the point that I won’t scoff at the idea of ordering one. Hanna’s 1/3lb Bacon Angus Cheeseburger jumped out at me. The Lobster, Shrimp, and Scallop Roll was honestly in contention, but I was afraid that this would happen (Columbia Harbour House Lobster Roll) instead of this (BoardWalk Bakery Lobster Roll). Two magic words were also in the burger’s description: Steak Sauce.
I was given the option of French Fries or Apple Slaw, and I chose the latter. Quite honestly, it’s not a bad looking burger for WDW. I’ve spent more money on, quality-wise, lesser burgers.
The steak sauce was tangy, and I would say leaned more toward the barbecue sauce side of the spectrum, but still good. I would miss not having the sauce on the burger. While the Vermont Cheddar wasn’t as melted as I prefer, it did have a touch of sharpness to it. I nixed the lettuce, and the tomato wasn’t doing any favors, but together everything worked. While I have my reservations on Disney’s “skinny bacon,” let’s face it: at least it’s still bacon. But the highlight here was that the burger patty itself wasn’t a dried out hockey puck as its predecessors were. It was actually juicy. As in, I think it had a tad of pink to it when I bit into it.
The Apple Slaw was fine, but the emphasis was clearly not on the apple. There were a few bits of it strewn throughout, but it was still basically plain cole slaw. It was fine, and I’d order it again if I wasn’t in the mood for fries, but you wouldn’t be missing out on anything if you didn’t order it.
In all, I think this was a successful meal. The burger came together well and the execution surprised and impressed me, considering I was a bit hesitant ordering a burger. The slaw, while nothing spectacular, was a welcome change of pace from fries. I’d definitely return for another burger and slaw, especially on a nice day where I can sit and enjoy the sun and warm air. Who knows – maybe I’ll even brave that Lobster, Shrimp, and Scallop Roll next time.
Have you grabbed a meal at Hurricane Hanna’s? What did you order and what did you think?