House of Blues Orlando storms into the crowded brunch game at Disney Springs with their weekend Bayou Brunch offering. The brunch kicked off at the beginning of August and is offered weekly on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Although the Bayou Brunch starts at 10 o’clock, the regular menu isn’t available until 11:30 AM.
For adults (10 and over) the brunch is $33, and $15 for children (3-9), kids under 3 are free. The menu mentions the entertainment, menu items, and prices are subject to change.
The House of Blues Bayou Brunch includes a buffet featuring an omelet and carving station, breakfast favorites, tacos, étouffée, peel and eat shrimp, salads, desserts, and more. Additionally, coffee, juices, and soft drinks are included.
The menu has a great Halloween vibe which is appropriate for the current season. If you are interested in a keepsake, the small card pictured below was available at the door with other promotional handouts.
During brunch you can also take advantage of happy our pricing on select beer, house wine, and well cocktails from the B.B. Blues Bar. There are a number of drink specials during brunch a make your own Old Fashioned ($12) and the always popular bottomless mimosas ($15) and Bloody Mary’s ($15).
The mimosas and Bloody Mary’s were the standard fare, at least from what we saw at other tables. Restaurants have been elevating the Bloody Mary experience with crazy add-on but the Bayou Brunch is not offering anything like shrimp and crawfish on the Bloody Mary side of things.
I was excited for the build your own Old Fashioned; it is after all, my go-to cocktail. I was given a choice between four Bourbons: Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve, Elijah Craig, or Knob Creek. The second customization was the choice of bitters: chocolate, cherry, angostura, or apricot.
I’m going to need to pick up some apricot bitters because it was an enjoyable flavor. However, the experience was a bit of a letdown in that it was simply ordering the drink table side. They are also using machine ice which quickly diluted the cocktail, knowing this I should have asked for it up. I did enjoy the drink, though.
Bottomless mimosa are a huge selling point of brunch, but unless you are blessed with a self service station, we’ve found they are normally more juice than Prosecco. I’d consider the house wine at the happy hour price of $4.50/glass, which is what Emily had.
The buffet is set up in the back room behind the bar with a number of different stations.
The highlight is the meat carving and omelet station. The carving station had a choice of hame and roast beef. Now, I’ve been to a lot of made to order omelet stations in my life, and today’s was easily the best. The selection of options included quality ingredients. In addition to the traditional omelet bar offerings, there was andouille sausage, crawfish, and jack cheese. On top of that, they were cooked to perfection!
The breakfast side of the buffet included scrambled eggs, candied bacon, and andouille sausage.
Biscuits & gravy, and chicken & waffles, put them together, it just makes sense.
A table of assorted pastries and donuts rounded out the breakfast offerings. If you are holding out for the dessert spread in hopes of seeing beignets, you will need to go over to Sassagula Floatworks and Food Factory at Port Orleans French Quarter for those. About the only item on the entire buffet that resembled a beignet was a cinnamon sugar dusted donut.
Time to transition away from the breakfast side of Bayou Brunch to the lunch offerings which begins with peel and eat shrimp, salads, fruit, an a delicious jalapeño corn bread.
Shrimp & Crawfish Étouffée with rice was the most bayou inspired dish on the lunch side. Albeit a bit out of context, there was a selection of roasted vegetables, and garlic mashed potatoes at this station to accompany the meat from the carving station.
Don’t wait for taco Tuesday when you can have tacos at Bayou Brunch. Nicely seasoned pork and chicken were available as the proteins with sides of corn salsa, onions, avocado crema, and cotjita cheese.
The dessert spread included various mini desserts such a a red velvet cupcake, pecan pie, key lime cheese cake, and a steaming container of bourbon bread pudding. One issue we noticed is that the desserts started to get warm and started to get to that pre-gooey stage.
A live jazz band adds to the Bayou Brunch experience with a range of songs from dixieland, brass band selections, and familiar contemporary hits.
Overall, we’d recommend the Bayou Brunch at the House of Blues if you are in the Disney Springs on the weekend. For the price, you get as much flavorful food as you care to enjoy. They do take various discounts such as Annual Passholder, DVC, and Tables in Wonderland. It is worth mentioning, auto gratuity is not added when you use your Tables in Wonderland card at House of Blues, so you will need to add the tip accordingly.
I looked back, it has been nearly 10 years since we last stepped into the House of Blues at Disney Springs to eat. Back then, we were not impressed and this ended up leaving low on our list of places to revisit. We are already talking about returning to try some stuff from the regular menu.
If you are spending time at Walt Disney World following a Disney Cruise and still looking for a Cabanas or Palo Brunch fix, then the Bayou Brunch is worth considering. Alternatively, it could be a great warm-up for a Monday departure.
Bayou Brunch reservations are available by calling House of Blues at 407-934-2583, and online via House of Blues (Open Table), or Walt Disney World’s reservation system. By the way, Open Table is a great alternative for some of the restaurants at Disney Springs if you encounter no availability using Disney’s reservation system.
Have you been to the House of Blues Bayou Brunch? What did you think of the offering? Let us know in the comments below.