Love BBQ? So do I, which is why I was excited to hear about the opening of American Q at the B Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World.
American Q is a Rodizio-style version of a classic BBQ eatery. Executive Chef Justin Leo has curated a menu that highlights several regions of the United States and Latin America in a quest for a well-rounded BBQ flavor palette.
Leo’s farm-to-table menu incorporates made-from-scratch recipes with locally-sourced ingredients. American Q offers Florida Fresh Meats’ grass-fed, hormone free beef and pork as well as free-range chicken.
I had the chance to try the menu recently, at a media event, and the food was simply amazing.
We started at the full-service bar, which offers a large selection of craft beers, wines, and creative cocktails. My favorites of the cocktails I tried were the Dragonfruit Smash (made with Patron Tequila, muddled dragonfruit, and basil simple syrup) and the Carribbean Passion Picante (made with Beluga Vodka, cinnamon simple syrup, mango/passionfruit purees, and chili sauce for a bit of heat). As a nice touch, both cocktails were garnished with a large slice of fresh fruit. Both cocktails were $11, as were the rest on the menu.
The bar area also offers a snacks menu that includes the oh-so-tasty Swine Candy Smoked Bacon (roasted with molasses and spice); House Made Tater Tots with bacon salt, and Deviled Crab-Stuffed Eggs, with blue crab and remoulade. Most snacks range between $4 to $6. The bacon was a huge favorite – the perfect balance of sweet and salty, with a little bit of sumthin’-sumthin’ in the background.
We then moved to a long banquet-style table, where dishes were delivered family-style, for the most part.
We began with a trio of appetizers – Virginica Oysters grilled in shell with bacon jam, Mahogany Glazed Slow Braised Pork Belly with a spicy watermelon salad, and Alligator Boudin sausage served with roasted tomatoes, peppers, and okra. Most appetizers are in the $7-$9 range and large enough to share with 2 or 3 others.
We also tasted a few of the a la carte entrees, including St. Louis Spare Ribs (6 hour smoked), a Hot Smoked Salmon & Grilled Asparagus (with a blackberry butter sauce), and Texas Bark Beef Ribs (6 hour smoked). The Texas Bark was my favorite of the entrees we tried. Most entrees ranged between $16 and $23. There’s even a burger option for those craving one.
The highlight of the meal is the Flatbed Buffet, a smorgasbord of items that begins with unlimited salads, soups, chili, and other appetizers served from the bed of at ’51 Ford pickup truck. Favorite sides of mine were the hearty chili con carne, the tangy potato salad, the in-husk roasted corn on the cob, and the baked potato and sweet potato station. And as with all great BBQs, there was a house made family-style cornbread skillet with honey butter served at the table.
But it was the meat that really makes the Flatbed Buffet worth the price. Servers came to our table with skewers, ready to carve off a piece upon request. Among the unlimited offerings are: Slow Smoked Tom Turkey Drum with Mahogany Glaze; Bacon Wrapped Boneless Chicken Thighs; House Made Sausages; Smoked Port Shoulder with Spiced Onions, Cold Smoked & Grilled Turkey Thigh with Turkey Chorizo Stuffing; Carolina Style Flank Steak; Brisket of Beef with Texas Bark; Picanha of Beef; and a Grilled Vegetable Brochette (for those who need a break from the meat).
My personal favorites were the Picanha of Beef, the Smoked Pork Shoulder, and the Beef Brisket.
At the table are four types of house made sauces – a tangy Kansas City, a vinegary Carolina, a Texas Mustard, and a tangy Mango Heat – which you can pair with your choice of meat, if you so choose. Of course, I tried them all. My favorite was the KC sauce with the beef, but the mango heat was lovely with the pork.
The Flatbed Buffet is a great deal at $34.95 ($10 for kids “7 chickens high or under” – or about 4’7″), and also comes with soft-serve ice cream for dessert. Children under 5 eat for free. You can also add on a rack of your choice of ribs for an additional $18, but prepare to go into a yummy meat coma if you do.
If ice cream isn’t your thing, they also have a small desserts menu, all priced at $6. We sampled the Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Croissant Bread Pudding with warm apple compote, the S’mores Pie (very chocolatey and gooey, with big fluffy toasted marshmallows), and my favorite, the Berry Cobbler with vanilla ice cream which I found to have a nice balance of sweet and tart that was refreshing after all of the meat.
Chef Leo has crafted a very tasty menu of barbeque favorites that should satisfy all, and the staff was very personable and knowledgeable about the food.
In a town full of quality barbeque joints, American Q manages to stand out with great food, and a fun atmosphere that welcomes all.
The restaurant is open daily for dinner from 5pm-10pm, and the bar is open Monday through Friday 2pm-midnight, and Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon. A daily Happy Hour features half off drinks and is available from 4 to 7pm. For reservations please call 407.827.3080 or visit AmericanQ.com. You can follow American Q on Facebook, on Twitter at @American_Q, and on Instagram at American.Q.
The B Resort & Spa is located at 1905 Hotel Plaza Boulevard in Lake Buena Vista. It is an official Walt Disney World hotel, located near Downtown Disney. It too recently opened, and offers 394-newly renovated guestrooms and suites. For more information, visit bhotelsandresorts.com. The site also has current menus for American Q, including the bar.
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