Lunch at Hurricane Hanna’s

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.

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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.

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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.

hurricane-hannas-beer-tapsBud Light, Florida Beer Company’s Hurricane Reef Caribbean Style Pilsner, Sam Adams Cold Snap, and Yuengling

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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3 responses to “Lunch at Hurricane Hanna’s

  1. With its close proximity to Beaches and Cream, I usually just head there and get the falafel sandwich and then take my ice cream to sit and eat outside at the tables near storm along bay. It’s become my favorite thing to do.

  2. Do you ever find getting your food to go from Beaches and Cream takes a bit longer than quick service, or are they efficient in getting meals to go when busy?

  3. The last couple of times I’ve been, the restaurant was pretty empty so it wasn’t bad but it’s definitely not as fast as a quick service.