If you’ve never been to Disney’s Port Orleans resort let me prepare you, you are about to see not only some of the tastiest quick service food and snacks, but also one of the prettiest locations in all of Walt Disney World. Alright, you’ve been warned let’s take a look…
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory is located at the French Quarter of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. It’s a food court style spot with five stations each offering different types of food. The offerings here are truly unique and authentic feeling (I say as someone who has never been to New Orleans but they sure sound authentic!). There’s Shrimp and Grits, Gumbo, Southern Fried Chicken, Red beans and dirty rice bowls, Jambalaya, collard greens, ribs, and of course beignets (in addition to the more typical fare like burgers and salads).
This day I went with my friend Chelsea from Styled By Magic, she got the Jambalaya (gluten free if you leave off the cornbread!) and I got the Shrimp and Grits which was gluten free too! Of course for dessert we got the (gluten free!!!) beignets but we’ll get to that later.
The Jambalaya is filled with rice, tons of spices, chicken, and sausage. It comes with a giant piece of cornbread which is not gluten free but if you leave that off the meal is safe. If you’re like me and have gluten-eating friends/family I’d suggest asking them to just keep that on the side away from your food and give it to someone you love a lot.
Chelsea said the food was great, spicy but not too hot just really good and comforting. She also said the cornbread was the perfect level of sweet.
I got Shrimp and Grits which was very different from the shrimp and grits I’m used to. We lived in Charleston for a year and a half and in Charleston at least the dish is characterized by a creamy cheesy grit and shrimp and andouille sausage in a tomato based sauce. The shrimp and grits here at Sassagoula is actually served with a cream sauce and parmesan though which was surprising to me but SUPER good. Seriously guys, not to betray my love of Charleston grits but I feel like cream sauce on shrimp and grits is a life-changing thing.
The grits themselves were creamy and I was so so SO happy with the portion size! I felt like I really got a ton of shrimp especially and overall it was a really hearty serving.
Alright alright, I know we’re all really here for the beignets so let’s get to it. They come regular or gluten free and they often have seasonal sugars (available for both) like pumpkin spice in the fall or gingerbread spice during the holidays!
There are three dipping sauces you can get too- caramel, raspberry, and chicory coffee ganache. I’ve heard great things about the raspberry and really honestly want to try it but guys, I love the chicory coffee ganache so much I just haven’t been able to tear myself away from it to try anything else yet!
These are every bit as delicious as they look. They’re fried and hot and puffy and basically just swimming in powdered sugar. And then with the chocolate sauce. UGH. I’ll let the next few photos speak for themselves.
Okay, yeah, you good? Hungry? Me too!
Besides having delicious food, I also have to credit Sassagoula for being at just one of the prettiest places. Port Orleans really feels like walking through Southern streets with the absolutely gorgeous array of colors, tons and tons of greenery and flowers and trees, brick and iron work and of course the fountains.
I really encourage you to set aside some time to take a trek over here both to enjoy the truly delicious (and cost effective!) food and soak up the incredible setting. It’s one of my favorite places for it’s food, beauty, and absolute peacefulness!