Lunch at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner

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Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner has a menu that’s changed quite a bit over the past several months and even years. Back in 2013, they offered Bread Cones along with their Frankfurter and Italian Sausages stuffed into rolls, nixing a fan favorite stuffed Chicken Caesar Sandwich. Last summer, a Pork Shank  and the infamous Turkey Leg joined the two remaining sandwiches, before changing the menu yet again and, in addition, offering the temporary Taste of Hollywood To Go, a quick meal which included reserved Fantasmic! seating. Now we have another change. As of my last menu pic in December, the Frankfurter and two Mac & Cheese options were the only ones available for food (note that was during the time where they also had the Taste of Hollywood to Go). Now, these three options are joined once again by the Italian Sausage and the Jumbo Turkey Leg.

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Since I’ve tried the Frankfurter and Sausage here (and the Turkey Leg on property), I decided to opt for one of the Macaroni and Cheese dishes. While I do love some heat to a dish, the Barbecued Pulled Pork Macaroni & Cheese with Crispy Onions sounded like it would hit the spot a bit more.

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Based on the menu picture, there seemed to be a small serving of pork atop the bowl of mac, but that wasn’t the case. There was a healthy serving of pork here, drizzled with barbecue sauce and topped with crispy onions (think French’s style that you find on top of Green Bean Casserole at Thanksgiving).

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The pork was very tender and I didn’t really hit any fatty areas. This is the Disney-standard pork you’ll find on sandwiches all over property. If you like those sandwiches (as Matt does), you’ll like the pork here.

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It’s hard to see, but there was a solid 1/2-3/4 inch depth of pork before reaching the mac and cheese.

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Now, my experience with Disney’s Macaroni and Cheese isn’t necessarily great. I’m sure I loved it when I was kid loading up my plate with it and chicken fingers, but I do find that their “standard” stuff is hit or miss. When we tried some of the offerings at Friar’s Nook last year, and I will admit the mac and cheese itself was well executed. I often find that, even in some of the table service places on property, the cheese has broken and become grainy. I think getting here around the restaurant’s opening helped with the quality.

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Here is the menu from my visit:

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I think the pairing of the Barbecued Pulled Pork with the Macaroni & Cheese here works well, and is reminiscent of a backyard barbecue (heck, Matt smoked ribs and I made some mac and cheese as one of the sides for it just the other day). A $10 bowl of mac and cheese is a bit steep, but there is plenty of food tucked into that bowl for a good-sized snack for two. Personally, if I’m stopping at Min & Bill’s, I typically go for the Italian Sausage, but if Matt wanted to split the the Mac & Cheese, I’d be game.

Have you tried the Macaroni and Cheese options at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner? What did you think?

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