If there wasn’t a little “GF” symbol, you’d never guess that much of the new menu for Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney is gluten-free.
“We considered a separate menu, but decided to integrate the gluten-free dishes into the regular menu,” says Splitsville co-founder Mark Gibson. “So many of our guests are eating gluten-free these days, we wanted our featured “GF” items to have great flavor and appeal – we didn’t want to simply reconstruct existing dishes.”
So Chef Patrick Steele set to work, creating menu additions that, while gluten-free, are also quite tasty. The biggest hits are the generous rice bowls: fiesta chicken, steak fajita, Asian shrimp and spicy veggie, all full of flavor and served with sticky rice. But it may be the gluten-free pizza crust that is the best surprise, a crunchy, thin crust topped with mozzarella and fresh tomato sauce, and you can pile on your choice of “GF” toppings. You’ll never miss the wheat flour.
And while sushi is generally a safe zone, some sauces and ingredients aren’t gluten-free, like Kani Kama krab, a favorite white fish mix that contains wheat. Splitsville has added gluten-free sushi rolls – our favorite was The Alberto with no rice, just lean spicy tuna and avocado rolled in thinly sliced cucumber and served with lemon ponzu sauce.
Gluten-free appetizers include Blazing Chicken (tenderloins in spicy Buffalo sauce), steamed edamame and seared ahi tuna, which also is served as a salad with spring mix and Asian pear dressing. A gluten-free turkey BLT salad is another winner, a bowl full of roasted turkey, lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, bacon, red onion and blue cheese. Entrees include blackened mahi mahi with spicy voodoo shrimp and grilled salmon with mango chutney, fresh broccoli and sushi rice.
“We’re amazed how many guests are eating gluten free,” says Gibson, “it’s now regarded as a better-for-you choice rather than just an option for those with gluten intolerance, and we wanted our menu to reflect this dietary trend with diversity and flavor.”
I spoke with one of the Managers at Splitsvillle earlier this year regarding adding GF to their menu. I’m glad to see the new entrees…this will be something my gluten intolerant family members will like very much.
The steak fajita bowl looks delicious!
This is an exciting expansion to the menu; however, it disappoints me to see so few vegetarian options present. Disney is, as always, very accommodating to its guests, but it would be nice for them to include more food choices for the vegetarian Disney-lover.
This is great news! I’d love to see even more Disney restaurants, especially quick service locations in the parks, offer more GF options. 🙂