4th of July Lunch at Trail's End

How do we deal with holidays as Orlando locals? Going to a park would be a disaster. So instead we find more quiet out of the way places to celebrate. And that is what brought us to eat lunch at the Trail’s End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness.

This is one of the hidden gem restaurants that we love to frequent. Since we were here last, they changed the lunch menu again. Last time was the first time we visited since they ended the buffet for lunch and instituted a menu instead. Thankfully there were still plenty of yummy things to eat.


Kathy: Spicy Grilled Shrimp and Andouille Sausage – served over cheese grits with red-eye gravy

Rich: Pan-seared Catfish – lightly breaded catfish with coleslaw, corn and chive hush puppies, and side of remoulade


Rich: Cheese Grits with andouille sausage

Kathy had the same entree she had when we were here last time. This is one of the best shrimp and grits dish made even better with andouille sausage. The grits were creamy and rich, and the red-eye gravy was a perfect match with the rest of the dish.

Last time I had the fried green tomatoes that are no longer on the menu. For this meal, I went with the catfish. The fish was cooked very well – lightly breaded and well seasoned. The hush puppies were the best ever. Very light and airy. The recipe they used included yeast that made them much lighter than other hush puppies I’ve had.

Kathy was enjoying her meal so much, I couldn’t help but crave a taste. But since I’m allergic to shrimp and couldn’t have a taste, I just had to sit and admire.

Then came time for dessert. We were trying to decide between these two desserts:

Southern Style Banana Cream Pie – in a jar
Pecan Pie – with a Jack Daniel Ganache and whipped cream

We couldn’t pick one we really wanted, and then I saw the listing of sides on the menu and realized they had cheese grits with andouille sausage. So, unconventionally, I ordered this side for dessert. And it was yummy. This way I could have “dessert” and still get to try some of the delicious flavors that Kathy had in her entree.

After our wonderful meal, we stopped at the general store where we got a Mickey bar and a bottle of beer. We sat in shade near the dock and water and shared our goodies as we watched the boats come and go. Another enjoyable day at Fort Wilderness.

For more of the story, check out Kathy’s Ft. Wilderness: Christmas in July post.

About Rich Eckardt

Byzantine Catholic Convert. Knight of Columbus. Celebrant of the Divine Office.