Who knew a reasonable brunch could be found at Walt Disney World?
The updated Ale & Compass (which opened in November at Disney's Yacht Club Resort) absolutely packed a brunch punch and a pop of wow on a recent visit.
The restaurant space, formerly the Captain's Grille, was overhauled last year and turned into a New England-style gastropub. I planned to make a trip to Ale & Compass for the next installment of the series -- where we review newer restaurants that have been open at least 30 days -- and heard good things about the breakfast options.
First and foremost, I never went to the Captain's Grille when it was open so I don't know what the menu offering was there. I was impressed with the menu Ale & Compass delivered, noticing there wasn't any one thing or one style of breakfast option obviously missing.
I ordered the Breakfast "Pie" and will be the first one to admit I clearly didn't know what I was ordering. For some reason, I assumed the pie would be similar to a quiche. Instead, out came a breakfast flatbread with bacon, arugula, ham, provolone and a sunny-side egg plopped in the center.
Don't get me wrong, it was delicious and was reasonably priced at $14. As a New Englander myself, someone who legitimately calls pizzas "pie," I should've known the restaurant's theming would extend to the food names. In that sense, it was a total pie to me.
The other main highlight to me was the $8 breakfast breads. For a shockingly cheap price, you got croissants, sweet breads and a variety of citrus butter, spreads and more. If you went in and weren't totally starving, this plate could actually have been a solid snack or small meal all on its own.
Others at my table ordered the open-faced skirt steak sandwich and the breakfast protein bowl, all of which got rave reviews.
Main plates on the breakfast menu run between $8-$19, the high being the steak sandwich.
Overall, I'd give this new Disney dining option two thumbs up. Between affordability, atmosphere and general tastiness of the food, I will definitely be heading back again.
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