The transformation from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs has brought with it a plethora of new restaurants, many of them on the higher end of the price scale. There are a few brand new quick service (or semi quick service) locations that have popped up as well, however, and today we'll be taking a look at Disney Springs' local burger joint: D-Luxe Burger!
The interior of D-Luxe Burger is designed to give the impression of an old ranch house - the Glowing Oak Ranch, to be specific.
Lots of bare, unfinished wood and iron work gives the place a very rustic feel - perfect for setting the scene of the Springs' cattle ranch, though it makes one wonder if this is the old ranch, where do they keep the cows to make the burgers? Ah, well, sometimes you shouldn't think too hard about the story and theming!
The menu board outside gives you the opportunity to figure out which burger tickles your fancy - there are quite a few options, certainly one to please every palate (including those who stick to white meat and the vegetarians among us). Also featured are a few alcoholic beverages (including milkshakes!). fries, and dipping sauces. A very straightforward menu, which I like - just burgers, fries, and beverages. Keeping it old school.
Remember when I mentioned "semi quick service" earlier? This is one of those locations where you order your food at the counter, are handed a buzzer, then go find a seat and wait for your food to come to you. Soft drinks are acquired from a fountain near the middle of the restaurant, so you'll be getting your own drinks, but you can sit comfortably while you wait for your burger to arrive.
What you see before you is the Barbecue Burger - consisting of a beef patty (cooked to order, so you know the meat is freshly ground!), fried onion ring, smoked gouda, bacon, barbecue sauce, and normally grilled onion and lettuce (I'm not much of one for salad on my burger and one onion is enough for me!) and an order of fries.
The burger was tasty - a soft bun, very smoky throughout between the gouda, bacon, and barbecue sauce, and a minimally seasoned, juicy beef patty with just the right amount of sear. Where it fell apart a little bit, in the case of this burger was... well... when it fell apart. I don't fault D-Luxe Burger necessarily, as I have had similar issues at other burger places in the past. Onion rings and burgers just are not meant to be friends in this way. The breading over time starts to absorb too much barbecue sauce and get a bit on the squishy side, then the whole assembly falls apart. It's almost as though it's intended to be a fork and knife burger for that reason. So, that said, I recommend the burger based on flavor, but do be aware that you may be eating it in separate pieces if you don't scarf your food down quickly enough!
The fries are good old fashion, skin on fries - nothing too fancy or exciting, nothing bad - just fries. There is one reason, though, that I recommend picking up an order.
Dipping sauces! From top left to bottom right: Garlic Ranch, Buffalo Blue Cheese, Chipotle Mayo, Three Mustard and Honey, Curry Ketchup, and Horseradish.
My personal favorites were the horseradish - creamy with just the right amount of bite, the Garlic Ranch - perfect blend of the warm punch of garlic with the cool buttermilk of ranch, and the Curry Ketchup - which is saying something, because ordinarily I'm not a big fan of ketchup, but the curry elevates it to a whole new kind of thing.
The remaining three are also good, with Buffalo Blue Cheese being my least favorite, mainly because I'm not a huge fan of blue cheese, so your mileage may vary.
So now that we've eaten our way through the entree, I'm sure you're ready for the last course...
That, my friends, is a S'Mores milkshake. A chocolate milkshake with a pump or two of marshmallow flavor syrup, bits of graham cracker, then topped with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, mini marshmallows and a graham cracker.
This was enough to put someone into a sugar coma, and I mean that in the absolute best way possible. It was like someone froze the campfire experience, removed the mosquitoes and bad guitar music, and poured it all into a nice, thick milkshake.
So that's D-Luxe Burger for you! It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but with something like a burger and fries, keeping it classic is the best way to go. I recommend checking it out if you need a quick bite to eat on your next visit to Disney Springs! Until next time, everyone, stay magical!