We had been meaning to stop by Frontera Cocina for quite some time now and try their food allergy menu, and with so many options in Disney Springs, we’re glad we finally did!
Our daughter had just turned two a few days ago, so we headed to Disney Springs for dinner at Frontera Cocina and a treat at our favorite bakery.
It was a pleasant experience, the restaurant was nearly dead so we walked in without any reservations.
We were seated promptly and surprised that the server asked about allergies right off the bat. (I had totally forgotten to ask about them so it was a welcome surprise when she mentioned them without any prompting.)
Overall, it was a pleasant experience with many of the items available for us to enjoy!
***As Always, please speak to a qualified restaurant employee when ordering food. In order to see the most accurate ingredients and risk assessment, you will need to confirm allergy safety in real-time. This is my personal experience, I am not employed or endorsed by companies or brands mentioned.***
Where’s it’s located
Frontera Cocina is located in Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) and is right across from Sprinkles Cupcakes. You can find all the yummy gluten free options in Disney Springs, or just skip straight to Erin Mckennas.
Yes, there are no steps, walkways are wide, and the bathrooms close by are very easy to access. I was surprised by how accessible this area was, and also very blessed. It’s a good day when you don’t have to jump through 1000 hoops just to get inside a store or restaurant.
What’s Special There?
All of the tequila is gluten free–I think. We had the kids and didn’t grab a drink BUT I know our server said that they had safe liquors.
I’m struggling here–I don’t remember anything that stood out, besides how versatile and well versed Frontera Cocina was when it came to food allergy concerns.
Precautions and Eating with Allergies at Disney World
For one, when you reserve dining, make sure to list your allergies (they don’t have options for all, so pick what you can!) Then CLARIFY at check in that you have allergies, get an allergen menu and ask to speak to a chef or manager.
Please consider talking to a manager or chef- especially if you have more than one allergy and ESPECIALLY if you have a cashier that might seem like they don’t know what they are doing.
As far as the kitchens, Disney has dedicated allergy kitchens and we know that they follow FARE guidelines. If they have a risk of CC they tell you.
For me, the times I’ve had exposure was when the cashier/server didn’t understand/didn’t properly list the allergies/gave me incorrect information. In their defense, they aren’t necessarily trained in allergies–so talk to a chef or manager if you are concerned.
You know those gut feelings that something isn’t right. Speak up! They have never (ok once at a quick serve place did a cashier give me grief) given me any problems.
Our Review and what we ate
We started with an appetizer (I saw someone post about this on Instagram) and waters. They did have agave straws, which was a first for me to see. Being the mom I am, I grabbed them from my kids and marched to the server to make sure they were safe–but they were.
And then we moved on to the food. The fajitas were delicious. We definitely enjoyed our meal there!
Ordering Food and The Allergy Menus
It was too easy to order food–many of the allergens are listed directly on the menu and they had corn tortillas to sub for wheat. We didn’t even speak with a chef–shocking I know considering the number of allergies we had–but our server was so confident and easy to work with.
Yes, we will absolutely be back, especially if I’m by myself with the kids. It was a great place to order from and they were so kind with the kids. I actually felt ‘normal’ eating here. I would say this was a very comparable meal to those without food allergies. Do consider eating here if you have a mixed allergy family!