Hey all! Today I’m taking you to one of my life long favorite spots- Beaches and Cream! I’ve been coming here (mostly for the milkshakes) since I was a little kid and it’s always been a must do, since becoming gluten intolerant the food has been a little hit or miss (we’ll talk about that) but the ice cream is always just as good as I remember!
To get a few basics out first, Beaches and Cream is a semi-quick service restaurant at Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club. It’s nearly in the middle of the two resorts but still on the Beach side and overlooks the pool. There’s a walk up ice cream counter on one side and a sit down American food (burgers, sandwiches, ICE CREAM, etc.) on the other side. It used to be first come first serve but as the restaurant has grown in popularity they’ve made it a reservations-needed spot. It’s a pretty affordable spot, most of the entrees are in the $12-$15 range and the ice cream ranges from $5-$6.50, the sundaes are closer to $10 but could definitely be shareable. Overall especially for Disney, it’s a very affordable spot!
Partially because it’s so great and partially because it’s so small reservations are pretty much always needed and can be hard to come by. As a party of two we usually have luck walking up and asking to sit at the counter but any time we go with others it’s always a must have reservations situation. We HIGHLY suggest checking the day before if you’re looking to go, a lot of people make the reservation and cancel at the 24 hour window so they don’t get charged or move the reservation to later so last minute spots are actually pretty common!
The restaurant is themed like an old fashioned soda parlor with candy colored decor, fun beachy touches, and even a jukebox! The menu adds to the theme too, overall it’s just a really fun blast from the past sort of place.
Growing up, my Dad and I would stay at the Beach Club every year (NJ teachers convention kids who’s with me?!) and we were never truly on vacation until we’d stopped here for a to-go milkshake… we could never leave without grabbing one for the bus either. As adults David and I bounce around hotel stays a bit more so we’re not quite as strict but we still usually manage to grab some ice cream here at some point every trip!
I order a vanilla milkshake every time without fail (I don’t know what pixie dust they add to their vanilla milkshakes but trust me, get the vanilla, it’s the best) but David likes to change it up with different sundaes. You can build your own or get one of their pre-made combos. This is also the home of the legendary kitchen sink (not for us gluten free folk though) which has an absurd amount of ice cream, brownies, cakes, cookies, every topping and a whole can (A WHOLE CAN) of whipped cream. Honestly the reviews I’ve heard of this are that it’s fun but kind of weird when your coffee-oreo-mint-chocolate-strawberry ice-cream mixes with the pineapple-brownie-cookie-everything else topping. Basically if you’re going to go for it then eat it quick before it all melts into a very odd soup haha!
While the ice cream has always been truly exceptional, the food has been spotty for me. I get the same thing every time, the grilled cheese with their incredible six cheese blend. Sometimes they don’t toast the bread enough so the cheese doesn’t melt and other times it’s the most absolute perfection in the whole world, it seems to just depend on the day. Even on its off days, it’s still good, but compared to the incredible deliciousness of when they make it perfectly it’s hard to compete haha.
We haven’t figured out exactly what’s in their secret blend but there’s definitely some sort of creamy garlic cheese that’s the star of the show. If you’re not gluten intolerant they’ll give you one normal sized sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup, if you are gluten intolerant they’ll usually give you two Udi’s bread sized sandwiches and your choice of fries or fruit (sometimes you can get them to give you a third sandwich though). They make these in the back for you so it will take longer than their regular food but not longer than usual for a gluten free plate.
Overall Beaches and Cream remains one of our favorite spots and we love the price too! Whether we go for a full meal or pop in 30 minutes before closing for some late night ice cream or even the grab and go register for some on the go sweets, it’s one of our long time favorites and will be for a long time to come! 🙂
What do you guys think?
Have you tried Beaches and Cream Gluten Free or gluten-loving? What was your experience like? What ice cream did you order?