BoardWalk Deli is a reimagined restaurant coming soon to the EPCOT Resort Area at Walt Disney World. This post shares a sneak peek at the menu of this counter service Crescent Lake dining spot, plus some commentary about how it should stack up to its predecessor.
According to Walt Disney World, the new BoardWalk Deli will be opening its doors at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn later in Summer 2022. BoardWalk Deli will bring with it “classic flavors you can only get at a deli.”
This location, previously the BoardWalk Bakery, is inspired by the delis of the Northeast region, with a menu that takes you on a road trip of classic sweet and savory flavors from New York to the Jersey Shore. BoardWalk Deli will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Delicatessen translates to “all things delicious,” and that’s exactly what visitors will experience. With that, let’s take a look at the BoardWalk Deli menu and see what dishes you can expect at this renamed restaurant…
Whether you’re heading out for a day in the parks or planning a cozy breakfast in your room, stop by BoardWalk Deli to select from house-baked bagels with a choice of schmear, a variety of sweet breakfast pastries, or a warm bagel sandwich.
Breakfast options include an Everything Bagel Sandwich with cage-free eggs, sausage, and cheddar cheese. There’s also a Bagel Breakfast Sandwich with cage-free eggs, bacon, sweet caramelized onions, and cheddar cheese. Finally, the Plant-based Ciabatta Sandwich with “egg” Florentine, plant-based cheese, tomato jam, and arugula that provides an exciting contrast of flavors.
For both lunch and dinner, there are multiple options that will transport you to the Northeast. Choose from a variety of cold and hot deli sandwiches served on traditional marble rye, fluffy ciabatta, or springy focaccia breads. As with the breakfast bagels, all breads are baked fresh in-house.
The signature Italian Sub is built with layers of thinly-sliced capicola, sopressata, and pepperoni with provolone, arugula, tomato, arugula pesto, and mayonnaise on fresh-baked ciabatta bread. The savory Warm Pastrami Reuben is a classic deli staple, with generous rolls of thin-sliced warm pastrami topped with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing on marble rye bread.
For a plant-based twist on a classic favorite, the Veggie Crunch Muffaletta is stacked with cured and pickled root vegetables, an olive-giardiniera tapenade and plant-based cheese, served on focaccia.
You can also opt for a Roasted Chicken Sandwich with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and roasted garlic aioli served on ciabatta or the Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Tomato Soup –a classic guest favorite.
To round off your meal, add a whole dill pickle, made in-house with the perfect amount of crunch and tanginess. All of these mouthwatering sandwiches are served with a side of house-made chips, creamy coleslaw, or soup.
There is no shortage of desserts to try at BoardWalk Deli.
The Cannolis are filled to order in a crispy shell with a creamy blend of mascarpone cheese, ricotta, and shaved dark chocolate, with a hint of lemon zest and a touch of Mickey. The rich and delicate Blueberry Scone is made with crème fraiche and topped with pearl sugar for a melt-in-your-mouth experience.
You can also get some Northeastern classics like the New Jersey Crumb Cake, a moist cake with a thick cinnamon-crumb topping, or the iconic New York-style Half-moon Cookie topped with rich chocolate ganache and buttercream.
Pastry-lovers will appreciate the delicate chocolate-dipped Cream Puff, hand-piped with silky custard, and the Raspberry Danish layered with velvet custard, fresh raspberries, and sugar crumble. The warm and gooey Cinnamon Yummies will be a returning guest favorite. Finally, there are some tried-and-true classics like rich cookies, decadent Brownie Cheesecake, brownies, the Cookies & Cream Cupcake, and the 50th Anniversary Celebration Cupcake.
In addition to all of these eats, there are also drinks joining the menu at BoardWalk Deli. Try the vibrant organic wine spritzes by Ramona in flavors of dry grapefruit, blood orange, and meyer lemon.
You can also sip on bold and refreshing craft cocktails by Social Hour: Sunkissed Fizz, a bright and juicy vodka fizz that balances notes of ripe fruit and crisp citrus or the Prizefighter, a bold and refreshing Collins built around the classic combo of whiskey and peach.
As covered in our recent post: BoardWalk Reimagining Begins – Changes & Construction, work is already underway next door to transform ESPN Club into the Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers. That new table service restaurant and bakery is expected to open sometime in 2023.
The Cake Bake Shop restaurant will offer both savory and dessert menus, along with afternoon tea service, in a whimsical atmosphere that complements the magic of the idyllic charm of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn that guests know and love.
It’ll be interesting to see what actually happens with BoardWalk Bakery.
While the authentic Northeastern Delicatessen concept sounds promising, some of that is likely marketing puffery. When it comes to new menus, Walt Disney World has a way of over-promising and under-delivering.
It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this is less a new restaurant and more a lightly refreshed one with a new name and some different menu items.
While a lot remains to be seen, my guess is that none of this would be splashy without the renaming the location to BoardWalk Deli. Absent that, it’d probably just be standard menu changes that happen all the time and are largely overlooked.
I really hope to be wrong about that. Although it had an all-star lineup of cupcakes and other baked goods several years ago, that hasn’t been the case for a while.
One time I had a shockingly good lobster roll at BoardWalk Bakery, but the sandwiches and other assorted entrees have never been anything special. (I also like the Thanksgiving sandwich, but that’s not unique to this spot.)
We’ve said for years that the Deluxe Resorts in the Crescent Lake area need better counter service restaurant options.
The recently redone marketplaces at Yacht & Beach Club are improvements, but really only half-measures. With BoardWalk Deli, an overhaul on par with those marketplaces is the best-case scenario, and even that seems unlikely.
Ultimately, we’re hoping for the best with BoardWalk Deli but have tempered expectations.
Given that BoardWalk Bakery is currently still operational and based on the announced changes, it doesn’t seem like it’ll have anything but a modified menu and new name. Given the space constraints and layout alone, that’s understandable to a degree.
Maybe it’s time Disney built BoardWalk a dedicated counter service restaurant elsewhere? This might sound like heresy to some longtime Walt Disney World fans, but Belle Vue Lounge has been underutilized for as long as we can remember. With so many other bars around BoardWalk, transforming that spot could be a good move.
That’s not the only viable underutilized real estate along the BoardWalk, but with so many third party operating participants in the mix, it’s hard to say what Disney’s options are with other locations (given leases). One way or another, we’re hoping better counter service options come to Crescent Lake as part of the BoardWalk reimagining. Here’s hoping that includes this deli!
Are you excited for BoardWalk Deli or do you think it’ll simply be BoardWalk Bakery but with a new name? Any of these menu items stand out as things you’d like to try, or will you stick to World Showcase or other eateries around Crescent Lake? What do you think of the construction and changes coming to Disney’s BoardWalk? Think the resort still needs another counter service restaurant in addition to the deli, or is this plus everything else in the area enough? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Other thoughts or concerns? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!