American Q elevates BBQ with modern, cultured twists in B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World
Orlando’s newest barbecue restaurant is set to impress with flavorful favorites served with an interesting spin. Take the Brazilian steakhouse concept of serving an endless stream of delicious skewered meats and combine it with traditional fire grilled dishes and you’ve got American Q, the must-try restaurant at Walt Disney World.
Located within walking distance of Downtown Disney, American Q quietly opened just a couple weeks ago inside B Resort Orlando. All guests are welcome even when not staying at the hotel, with the restaurant easy to find just off the lobby. Parking’s just as easy with free valet available.
American Q successfully modernizes the concept of a BBQ restaurant, replacing the usual array of overly-sauced ribs and chicken with a carefully seasoned and perfectly prepared variety of entrees and sides.
Its atmosphere fits the menu perfectly, mashing up rustic decor with contemporary fixtures. Its casual open seating environment is a perfectly comfortable place to spend some time enjoying a meal.
American Q’s veteran chef Justin Leo previously worked at Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs and Bonnet Creek hotels. Now he’s devoting his time to ensuring the new restaurant’s success by adding his interesting take on a few classic dishes.
The menu is split between buffet and a la carte options, each with their own unique offerings. While some might be drawn to the massive 24oz Cowboy Chop – the star of the a la carte side – the focus is definitely on the buffet.
For just $34.95, eight juicy meats arrive tableside until everyone is absolutely stuffed.
Kids under “7 chickens” in height get half price.
A pig “flag” signals when patrons need to take a breather or when more meat is needed.
Easily the best of the bunch is the beef brisket, literally falling apart while being carved. And with just the right amount of succulent fat, this meat alone is worth the price.
Another standout is American Q’s assortment of house made sausages, changing each day. Andouille, chorizo, polish, bratwurst, and even alligator are among the options that create some of the best sausage around.
It might get repetitive to say each of the served meats is juicy, but it would be an oversight not to. While some similar steakhouses serve dry, overcooked meats, American Q keeps everything full of moisture and cooked to just the right temperature. That includes the smoked pork shoulder and bacon wrapped chicken thighs, both notoriously easy to overcook – but not at this restaurant.
Another surprise is the slow smoked turkey leg, far superior to any of those famously served in Disney’s parks. With a mahogany glaze, this turkey’s skin is sweet and savory simultaneously and its meat is – yep, you guessed it – wonderfully moist with quite a robust flavor.
The remaining meats, flank steak and picanha, are quite good as well. But American Q serves all its best meats up front in the rotation, ensuring patrons won’t unnecessarily fill up on what they don’t want. Likewise, diners can easily request any of the meats to come around again… and again and again.
To elevate these meats even further are four outstanding house made sauces on each table: Kansas City (most traditional), Carolina (a bit of vinegar), Texas Mustard (thicker), and Mango Heat (a little spicy and a lot of sweet). They’ll soon be bottling and selling these in a hotel store outside the restaurant because they’re that good. Try all four.
If all that meat isn’t enough, three different racks of ribs are available to add onto the buffet for an additional $18. It’s entirely unnecessary, as there is plenty of food going around already, but the Memphis Baby Back Ribs are the best of the trio for those curious.
In addition, the buffet option also includes an assortment of side dishes, amusingly served out of the back of a flatbed truck parked in the middle of the restaurant. The sides are a deceivingly simple assortment of BBQ staples. But these aren’t your ordinary sides, each offering a flavor punch. Among the best is the mac and cheese, warm and gooey with a blend of cheeses and breadcrumb crust on top. Then there’s the sweet potato salad, an unusual spin on the standard potato salad. But the best is easily the corn on the cob, soaked in milk and butter and enhanced by a variety of available toppings.
All meals are served with warm cornbread, accompanied by honey butter and jalepeno butter, both house made.
There are plenty of desserts available to compliment each meal, if there’s any room left. The best news is that to go boxes are allowed with whatever’s left on your plate when you fill up – and the food reheats very well the next day, even in the microwave.
While all of the above makes up an incredible meal at an irresistible price, there are even more tempting delightful small dishes from the Bar Snacks menu. Topping the list is American Q’s swine candy is sweet glazed bacon like no other – a must have. The restaurant has a bar available along with ample seating and a full assortment of signature cocktails.
There is simply nothing to not like about American Q, the best new pig out place at Walt Disney World. Not only does the restaurant serve a massive quantity of food at each meal, diners will find excellent quality in every dish.
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