Pop Century Resort Dining
Recipes you grew up eating, from peanut butter fluff sandwiches to buttermilk-soaked,
deep-fried chicken, are on the menu at Classic Hall, the spacious food
court at Disney's Pop Century Resort.
Chef Dee Foundoukis drew on five decades of familiar American fare to
create a trip down memory lane for diners: warm cinnamon buns, oversized
sloppy joes, slow-cooked pot roast, hot and savory beef stew with buttered
noodles. Even TV-tray dinners with molded tin compartments.
But there's a sophistication to these satisfying meals. The sloppy joes
are made with a cabernet sauvignon sauce and topped with aged Wisconsin
cheddar. The string beans served with the fried chicken are fresh and
sautéed. And those veggies mom used to insist you eat are slow-roasted,
and include creamed spinach with gruyere, and fresh micro greens with
"This is the way America loves to eat," said Chef Foundoukis. "It's
comfort food, that warm-in-your-belly kind of cuisine. Guests come in
and remember the tastes, the aromas. Food is the center of many memories."
Chef Foundoukis has updated recipes from the last 50 years for today's
guest, but the robust flavors are still there. The food court's five
areas encompass everything from a bakery to ethnic foods, with easy-to-read
menu boards -- no printed menus, but color photos of each dish. Guests
are free to select from any of the cooking stations, then pay before
they are seated in the 600-seat dining room.
- The Bakery -- Here guests will find fabulous desserts, from
tie-dyed red velvet cheesecake to Twinkie tiramisu, along with extra-thick
malts, milkshakes, banana splits and Dreamsicle smoothies. In the morning,
giant waffles with fruit toppings are favorites.
- The Grill -- The legendary peanut butter fluff sandwich, along
with a baked version with French toast (stuffed with marshmallow cream)
are on the menu. All-American chow like burgers and hot dogs are there,
but Chef Foundoukis has added a veggie burger with broccoli slaw and
tomato jam on a whole-grain roll.
- The Action Station -- Guests can roll up their sleeves and
get in the action, adding a dollop of icing to a cinnamon bun or dipping
strawberries in chocolate. Chefs are tossing salads, putting the finishing
touches on desserts and interacting with guests in this on-stage kitchen.
- The Ethnic Show Kitchen -- Two woks are fired up, with chefs
turning out noodle bowls, pad thai and chow mein. It's also the place
to pick up a grilled cheese-steak burrito or the ultimate sloppy joe,
and after 4 p.m. daily it's "Mom's Night Out" with classic TV-tray
dinners served in three-compartment tins. Fried chicken and whipped
potatoes, chicken and dumplings, shepherd's pie, prime rib and smoked
ham with scalloped potatoes are among offerings that change nightly.
Crumb-top apple cobbler is a favorite and fitting finale.
This ode to square meals also includes plenty of 21st century vegetarian
creations, from a vegetable chow mein to a baguette stuffed with slow-roasted
veggies and a Mediterranean vegetable toss with artichokes, spinach, field
greens and kalamata olives.
- Grab-n-Go -- For guests on their way out the door, Chef Foundoukis
has hummus, tapenades, marinated olives, cheeses and wrapped sandwiches.
Petals Pool Bar
For drinks and snacks, located adjacent to Hippy Dippy Pool.
Purchase a refillable mug at the Food Court and
enjoy unlimited hot and cold beverages from the beverage islands at Disney's
Pop Century Resort throughout your stay.