The three year construction project is finally over, and Town Center is up(scale!) and running. The former Downtown Disney has a new theme, in addition to its new name, Disney Springs. The motif is neighborhoods, with a Spanish revival style Town Center (with a fictional backstory dating to the 1900s) being the most recent. Located adjacent to the former Pleasure Island area, Town Center offers a variety of sweet and savory eats for the hungry Disney Springs guest. If you are looking for a quick snack or more of a meal, the Disney Springs Town Center dining options have your covered.
Daily Poutine serves what could be considered the National Dish of Canada – piping hot, thick-cut French fries with four varieties of tasty toppings including classic beef gravy and cheddar cheese curds. You’ll be transported straight to the cobblestone streets of Quebec, mon ami! Other toppings feature fried yucca and pulled pork or Gruyere cheese and mushroom sauce. Wash your poutine down with a Fireball Sangria (made with Fireball cinnamon whisky). As the Daily Poutine is a kiosk, it has no seating area – though there are a couple of benches nearby.
B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. features artisan sausages—The Three Little Pigs features a trio of sausages each with different toppings: Reuben, bacon-wrapped with black bean salsa and chili cheese; Portuguese sausage with pickled vegetable slaw and chili mustard; sweet hot sausage with peppers, onions and marinara; Bavarian sausage sandwich with a mini-meterwurst, braised red cabbage and spicy brown mustard on a pretzel roll; and Italian veggie sausage with peppers, onions and marinara. Cool off with a draft beer or fountain soda.
Aristocrepes, of course, sells crepes. Try a beef with horseradish cream, red onion, baby spinach and sharp Cheddar; vegetarian with pickled beets, goat cheese, candied pecans and baby greens; turkey with Brie, dried cranberries and Dijon spread; or smoked salmon with cream cheese, capers, onion and “everything bagel” topping.
Or go sweet with a s’mores crepe with marshmallow cream, chocolate sauce and graham cracker crumbs; banana with Nutella and salted caramel; Key lime cheesecake with white chocolate and chiffon crouton; or strawberries Romanoff with Chantilly cream and strawberries.
Amorette’s Patisserie has an on-stage finishing kitchen where you can watch Walt Disney World pastry chefs creating works of delicious cake art. Amorette’s features a signature cake made of eleven layers covered in hibiscus fondant. The flavors of Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Cake, Cherry Mousse, Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry Pate de Fruit Jelly, and Italian Buttercream vie with each other to dazzle your palette. (A petite version is available for $15 while the full size is $85.) Other specialty items include dome cakes inspired by Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, or Pluto ($65 each).
Call Amorette’s at 407-934-3500 if you’d like to order a specialty cake, but be sure to plan well ahead of time because pre-orders require three business days advance notice. Chocolate chip cookies are easier on the wallet – three for $10 – and they’re available warm!
Signature pastries with fanciful names will tempt you for $8 each:
- New York cheesecake with lemon curd
- Chocolate chiffon cake with chocolate grumble (Amorette’s website says “grumble” – hopefully there really is such a thing as chocolate grumble and it’s not just a misprint for “crumble”)
- Whipped cream topped meringue crisp with raspberry pate (yes, pate)
- Almond cake with chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream
- Peanut butter mousse dome with banana pate, jelly, and caramelized bacon
- Strawberry tart with basil sugar
- Key lime tart with baked meringue
- Yuzu chiffon cake with green tea crumble (a yuzu being a sour Asian citrus fruit)
- Viennese Sacher Tort with apricot jam
You’re unlikely to have a bakery near home that offers even one pastry this intriguing – much less such a rainbow of unique choices.
Best of all – there’s seating! Unlike the inhumanely (or possibly just stupidly) fashioned Starbucks on Main Street USA where you are out on your ear into the heat with your coffee and melting cupcake, here at Amorette’s you can sit (or possible stand at a tall table) and enjoy your treat (and even a glass of Champagne) in the A/C. It might even be cool enough that you opt for their Hot Chocolate Ganache – a cupful of heavenly deliciousness served with Chantilly cream and shaved dark chocolate. It’s so thick, you might be tempted to eat it with a fork.
Sprinkles – How could anyone resist a pink ATM that plays a song about cupcakes and magically disgorges a decoratively boxed cupcake from behind a sliding pink door? Just push the buttons to choose your cupcake, swipe your credit card, and watch the onscreen webcam showing robotic arms selecting your order, until the pink door slides up and reveals your box. California-based Sprinkles Cupcake Bakery offers counter service as well as the ATM for about 16 varieties of cupcakes ($5 each – slightly more out at the ATM), including black and white, banana, and chocolate marshmallow. The salted oatmeal cornflake cookie is a guest favorite at $3.50.
D-Luxe Burger, unassumingly housed in what looks like a cute Florida ranch house, is the perfect place for a quick counter service lunch. (The Disney Dining Plan is accepted with one quick-service entitlement.) A choice of dipping sauces gives the fries added zip. Try buffalo blue cheese, curry ketchup, chipotle mayo, or horseradish, to name a few. Now you’ll see why they have a roll of paper towels on every table. (Seating is both inside and out on the porch with a view of the water.)
Why yes, that chocolate milkshake over there DOES have a piece of bacon sticking out of it. Thanks for noticing. That’s a smoked bourbon gelato shake. Wake up, taste buds!
There’s a lot of competition for your dessert choice at Town Center, but the Red Velvet Burger Macaron here are D-Luxe Burger wins the prize for the cutest option. (At $5 each, they’re also relatively affordable.) They’ve artfully handcrafted a dessert burger with macaron buns, a red velvet “meat patty,” raspberry for ketchup, fondant “cheese” and green buttercream “lettuce.”
YeSake is a kiosk that serves up flavor-packed hand rolls (you can watch yours being assembled), as well as exotically flavored sake slush drinks and cold beer. For under $6 each, you can choose a Great Wall (Chinese style pulled pork, pickled jalapeno, and Hoisin Sriracha sauce); a crunchy Sombrero (ground beef with Pico De Gallo, guacamole, and corn chips); a Spiced World (shrimp tempura with Tom Tam sauce), or a Tango (chicken breast with Chimichurri sauce and crunchy potato sticks). The most eye-catching beverage is the Blue Coconut & Sake Frozen Punch (Sake, Blue Curacao, Rum with Pineapple Juice, Coconut Syrup and Banana Syrup) for $10.50. Unfortunately, there is no seating adjacent to this location, but the handrolls don’t require cutlery, so you can nibble as you stroll.
Your only regret is that you have but one stomach to fill on a visit to Town Center at Disney Springs!