Review of Boatwrights at Port Orleans Riverside

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Review of Boatwrights at Port Orleans Riverside

So Jessi was asking about Boatwrights and we just so happened to eat there tonight, so I thought I'd do a quick review.

First off the stroll from French Quarter to Riverside was great. It wasn't too long and there was lots to look at. Boatwrights looks pretty impressive from the outside:

I really liked the vibe of Port Orleans Riverside. There seemed to be a lot going on. We didn't have to wait long to be seated and they brought us cornbread pretty quickly. I had heard good things and I wasn't disappointed. My favorite kind of cornbread, nice and sweet:

I had the Abita beer flight, which I detail in the Disney World Beers thread. But I must say that I learned that I actually like Purple Haze much better than I remembered.


We also had the gumbo, which was made with Chicken and Andouille. Very tasty with a tiny bit of kick:

For our entrees, we had the Jambalaya and the Prime Rib:

Now the Jambalaya was good -- Nicely seasoned and the sausage was extremely tasty, but that prime rib was awesome. I'm not usually a prime rib fan, as all the flavor usually come from the accompaniment, not the meat itself, but in this case both the meat and the sauce were delicious. The potatoes were quite good too, but I'd say the prime rib and the cornbread were the stars of the show.

For dessert we did the Pecan Pie and the Banans Foster Angel Food Cake:

The pecan pie was a very standard pecan pie. This is not a bad thing. I really enjoyed it until DW stole it because she enjoyed it even more. The angel food cake was really good too. The cake was nice and light, but it slowly absorbed all the sauces. Both of these are winners in my opinion.

Overall I thought Boatwrights was really good. I was expecting pretty good and I was pleasantly surprised. I've heard good things about the catfish and the tenderloin medallions, so if you try those let me know how they are.

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Wow... I love Prime Rib, and its a tough one too cook to. That one looks AMAZING... will have to remember this place later on...

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What Mase said! *drool*

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Yeah I had never eaten here and was pleasantly surprised. How many of you have ever been here?

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I had an ADR there last November but had to cancel it when I needed to reschedule the Fantasmic Dinner Package to that night.

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I can't believe we were there just a day apart! We also had really good reviews of the food, but our waiter was TERRIBLE. He was so awesome at first, but as soon as a table with more than just 2 people came along, he ditched us. No joke...another waiter had to come take care of us because he could clearly see how frustrated we were. ...but I'll write more about that in my trip report. biggrin

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Jessi5989 wrote:
I can't believe we were there just a day apart! We also had really good reviews of the food, but our waiter was TERRIBLE. He was so awesome at first, but as soon as a table with more than just 2 people came along, he ditched us. No joke...another waiter had to come take care of us because he could clearly see how frustrated we were. ...but I'll write more about that in my trip report. biggrin

Our server was actually really personable and attentive, although she did forget a side we ordered. We were so stuffed we didn't mind though. Are you guys back now or still here?

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Brad wrote:
Jessi5989 wrote:
I can't believe we were there just a day apart! We also had really good reviews of the food, but our waiter was TERRIBLE. He was so awesome at first, but as soon as a table with more than just 2 people came along, he ditched us. No joke...another waiter had to come take care of us because he could clearly see how frustrated we were. ...but I'll write more about that in my trip report. biggrin

Our server was actually really personable and attentive, although she did forget a side we ordered. We were so stuffed we didn't mind though. Are you guys back now or still here?

We're already back home. We only planned to go for a couple of days because of my interview, but when that was cancelled anyway, we just decided to still go and not lose money on our hotel and car reservations.

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Good afternoon!

I've been to Boatwright's Dining Hall only when it served breakfast; the sweet potato pancakes were awesome!

Jim

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Great review!

I haven't eaten there in years! I've got to try it again sometime.

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Wondering if anyone has been to Boatwrights recently. We are going there our first night and was looking for a few tips Thanks Rob

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One of these days I'm going to eat there. Everytime I make an ADR I always end of changing plans and Boatwright's is the one to go.

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We've eaten there a few times, but not since January 2013. We enjoyed the meal and would go back again. The corn bread is to die for!!

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Ok..First time was on our 2008 stay at PORS..Nothing great, in fact pretty poor..So in 2010 on our second at PORS we gave it a miss, but on our third stay in 2012 we read lots of good reviews..What a difference..From 3/10 in 2008 it got a 8/10 in 2012. awesome

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We ate there first long, long ago when POR was Dixie Landings. It was during that slow week in early June, right before the summer crazy starts. We really liked it then. The pork chops I had were amazing and Kim's fried chicken impressed her and she is not easy to impress with fried chicken. (We also stopped at the food court bakery and picked up pralines to take back to our room. Those were good enough to require another stop later in our trip. The carrot cake from the bakery counter was pretty good, too.)

Next time we ate at Boatwright's was several trips ago and it wasn't near as good. Glad to hear it has upped its game. Such great Southern influence food it could be serving!

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DH & I had dinner at Boatright's in June 2014. The Jambalya was nicely seasoned without being overpowering and the corn bread was quite tasty, but the best part was right next door! YeHaa Bob at River Roost Lounge was hilarious! He rocked as much as his piano did!!

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I ate dinner at Boatright's just this October. It was my first time eating there, and I enjoyed it very much. I ordered the crawfish bites for an appetizer and holy cow, I think there was enough there for three people. I had the shrimp and grits for dinner. It was good, but not spectacular. I think next time I'd try something different. All of the food at the tables around me looked great and yes, the cornbread is amazing!

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Thanks all for the tips looking forward to trying Boatwrights !!

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