Maya Grill food allergy review

Posted on : 06-10-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Review

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Maya Grill dining with food allergiesThe Maya Grill is our daughter’s favorite restaurant in “the World!” As a Texan, I raised her to love Mexican and Tex-Mex food. Well, the Maya Grill is heaven for her! She never gets to eat Mexican food at restaurants because of all the dairy in the kitchen, and the chefs and kitchen staff are not trained in food allergy safety. But at the Maya Grill, she got to eat Mexican food that was safe and, not to mention, delicious!

We started with the salsa, guacamole and chips, though the chips actually came from the Pepper Market, next door. Our fabulous waitress, Michelle, recommended their chips over the Maya Grill’s chips, which were located in a general area and could have been in close proximity to dairy. Next our daughter ordered black beans, rice and flour tortillas, and made her own tacos. The flour tortillas are fresh and tiny — like 2-3 bite tacos!

We now have to eat at the Maya Grill on every trip to Disney World! Really. Not Be Our Guest, not Cinderella’s Royal Table, not the Brown Derby, but the Maya Grill!

Also, we were taken care of by a fabulous waitress, Michelle. She waited on us all three nights we dined there, though once we had to wait for one of her tables, as she is very good and very popular. Unfortunately, she was about to leave to go back to school to become a teacher, like her mother, who, incidentally, met her father at Disney. She’s going to make a great teacher, though we will miss her on our next visit.

And another bonus is a fantastic guitar player named Marcello, who plays a wide range of contemporary and classic 70s and 80s Top 10s, all instrumentally on the guitar. It was a really great time, with excellent Mexican food and wonderful acoustic guitar music. What’s not to love?

PS – there were also several gluten-free options on the menu.  Zoom in on our menu photo to see them marked “*GF”

Maya Grill menu (photo)

Maya Grill menu from Disney

Maya Grill food allergy Guest Review

Posted on : 03-02-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Review

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We have another guest review from Tara Wolfe who shared her son’s dining experience with multiple food allergies. Kevin is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, all tree nuts and coconuts.

Dining with a food allergy at the Maya Grill in Disney WorldCoronado Springs Resort is a beautiful resort. Walking around this vast area, you feel like you are in Mexico. You have the Cabana area, where it feels like the Mexican Riviera. Then there is the Casitas, with all the fountains, so relaxing. Finally there are the Ranchos, a desert area with lots of cacti. By this time, you are really in the mood for some Mexican cuisine.

We had never eaten at Maya Grill, but when my son saw they had tacos on the menu, he wanted to try it. We ate there the night we were leaving (I try to extend our last day as long as I can). The restaurant is so nice inside, including a musician playing the guitar as we ate. We sat next to a beautiful fountain, it was truly relaxing.

Dining at the Maya Grill with food allergiesThe chef came out to our table and what he could prepare our son that was safe. Kevin choose steak tacos, with no cheese or sour cream, of course. I was concerned about the Spanish rice, but my son tried it and said it was great. This was a great restaurant, we were just so tired and ready to hit the road. We probably didn’t give it as much time as we should have, but we will try it again. Just not on the last day of our trip. Plus, if you are staying in Coronado, it’s nice to have such a great restaurant with different flavors on site.

As for advice on how to dine safely with food allergies, here are a few tips when planning and taking you vacation. We made Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) 180 days in advance, noting on the reservations that we had food allergies. We also contacted the Special Diets department at Disney World through email. We filled out all the forms and faxed back with the ADRs listed and the food allergies in detail. Once we arrived at the restaurant, we made sure the Hostess had a note we had food allergies and which ones they were. When we were seated, we mentioned the food allergies to our server who went to get the chef. The chef went over what he could have and let Kevin, our son, decided what he wanted to eat. If we had questions on any product, they would bring us out the ingredient label. Also….the chef should be the one delivering the food allergy safe food, so that there is no cross contamination or mix up. The chef also came out periodically to check on us to make sure everything was ok.

Thank you, Tara, for submitting this fantastic food allergy dining review of the Maya Grill restaurant in Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. You can read more about her experience on her blog at The Wolfe Pack. If you found this helpful, please be sure to give her a thumbs up and/or share this on Facebook.