A recent visit to Disney Springs Town Center found me looking for something new to try for lunch. I wanted to find a place to get inside, out of the heat of the day, and relax over a bite to eat. Chef Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina fit the bill perfectly. This classic Mexican cuisine lunch and dinner establishment offers great atmosphere, an eclectic menu, and amazing views.
The atmosphere is laid back yet fun. Our waiter was very helpful with the menu. He introduced himself, made some suggestions, and referred to my grand-daughter as “Princess.” The dining area offers a wonderful space to sit and relax over a drink and a meal.
The interior color scheme is warm and inviting and features a lovely bronze-colored chandelier in the center of the dining area. The bar area has subtle lighting with pops of lime green and red coloring. The open kitchen provides an element of fun and intrigue as you watch the chefs prepare the food.
The menu offerings include starters, soups, salads, tacos, and tortas, as well as some really amazing entrees and sides. This was lunch and I was not overly hungry. I decided to go with the Sikil Pak which is considered a starter. This flavorful pumpkin seed dip with habanero is creamy with a bit of a spicy kick to it. The texture is similar to hummus. The dip was served with cucumber, jicama, and warm tortilla chips. I found this option to be a perfect lunch portion for me and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely order it again.
The children’s menu is slightly adventurous and since I had my 10-year-old grand-daughter with me I had her look at the menu before we went in to sit down. The offerings are quesadillas, chicken enchiladas, and chicken tacos. She decided to go with the chicken tacos with chihuahua cheese. This meal was served with an awesome plantain rice and grilled zucchini. She ate both tacos and about 1/2 of the rice. She tried the zucchini but since it was blackened from grilling, she did not care for it. The portion was plentiful for her age group.
Seating is located in the main dining area as well as the bar area. There is also fabulous outdoor patio seating offering fantastic views of the Disney Springs. Definitely a location I would like to try when the weather is cooler here in central Florida. If you are fortunate enough to get a table near a window you will enjoy the views of Town Center from the main dining room, or the Disney Springs from the bar dining area.
The popular “Wall of Fame” runs along the walls of the main dining room. These thin shelves feature hundreds of bottles of liquor, primarily tequila, creating an intriguing focal point and an element of fun during your dining experience. You will also see top shelf bottles featured above the bar area with subtle lighting.
We were able to get a table right away even though we did not have reservations. I am sure this will not be as easy to do when the word gets out about the awesome food offerings. I highly recommend a lunch stop to Frontera Cocina on your next visit to Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort.
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