Hello all! I just got back from a trip to WDW and had a magical time (as always). My husband and I have been making it a goal of our recent visits to try something new every trip. Our planned new experience for this trip was a visit to celebrity chef Rick Bayless’ Disney Springs restaurant – Frontera Cocina. I thought I’d share a review of our visit with you all.
Rick Bayless is known for his contemporary take on authentic Mexican cuisine. Based on our dinner, his James Beard awards are well deserved. Frontera Cocina is located in the Town Center of Disney Springs and offers indoor and outdoor seating, a “to-go” window and a bar. We had an 8:00 PM reservation on a Monday evening and the restaurant was relatively empty.
For drinks, I had the Fiesta Mexicana Iced Tea, which tasted like a basic unsweetened iced tea – it hit the spot on a warm Florida night. My husband had the Blood Orange Jalapeno Margarita. He liked it, but was not wow-ed. He was hoping for a spicier flavor.
To start, we shared the zucchini and poblano rajas tostada. This was 3 small tacos filled with zucchini, poblanos, goat cheese and black beans. I thought they were delicious – not spicy or heavy, but full of flavors that blended well together. My husband is not a black bean fan and he enjoyed this appetizer. We also both love goat cheese and they did not skimp on it, which made us both happy.
For our main course, we split the grilled chicken soft tacos and the pork shoulder torta. The tacos came with a platter of chicken, peppers, refried beans, queso fresco, guacamole and chipotle salsa, and 5 small soft taco shells to fill as we pleased. These were simple, but delicious. I liked being able to make the taco’s ourselves as I loaded up on the beans but skipped the salsa (not a fan of chipotle flavor) and my husband was able to use all the salsa and skip the beans. I loved that none of the flavors overpowered the others so you really got to taste each item even when they were mixed together.
The pork shoulder torta is a sandwich filled with black beans, shredded pork shoulder, pickled red onions and salsa verde. It was served with a salad on the side. This was seriously amazing. There was not one thing that I didn’t like about this sandwich. Again, my husband liked it despite the black beans – you could taste them but they were not a focal point. The side salad was a nice, light side dish that paired perfectly with the sandwich.
After all this food, we were full so we skipped dessert. Everything we ate was delicious and we finished it all. We had a wonderful server who was super helpful in giving us advice on what, and how much, to order. We had the perfect amount – we left full, but not uncomfortably so and didn’t leave a ton of food on the table.
If you are planning on heading to Disney Springs on a future trip, I recommend visiting this restaurant. Their official website is at http://www.fronteracocina.com/ if you want to see more details. We sat outside on the patio and it was really a perfect evening of good food, good service and a fun atmosphere. We will be back in the future I’m sure!