Have you ever walked by a place a dozen times and never given it a second glance? That was the way we were with Sleepy Hollow, a . . . well . . . sleepy little food stand in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square. That is, until I learned that they now serve waffle sandwiches. Then we went out of our way to seek it out.
It looks like the menu change happened sometime in fall 2011, and honestly, I’m not sure what the counter served before that, because we really never looked at it twice. Now, the restaurant offers two choices of savory waffle sandwiches—a sweet and spicy chicken variety, and a ham, prosciutto, and Swiss variety—as well as a sweet Nutella and fruit dessert sandwich (yes, please!). It also serves straight-up waffles and funnel cakes.
Looking for a light lunch on this trip, my husband and I decided to share one of the savory sandwiches along with the Nutella one. We selected the ham, prosciutto, and Swiss sandwich, which was also topped with chive-and-herb-scented mayo and a handful of arugula. This savory sandwich was tidy enough that we could pick it up with our hands and eat it traditional sandwich style (as opposed to cutting it with a knife and fork). The soft, slightly sweet waffle was a delightful foil to the salty flavors of the meat and cheese, and the peppery arugula lended palate-friendly freshness. The herby mayo rounded out the flavors with savory richness. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this sandwich.
As for the Nutella one, it wasn’t fancy or original, but the classic combination of Nutella, fruit, and cakey waffle hit the spot. This one, with the addition of chopped bananas, strawberries, and blueberries, was messy enough that I stuck with a knife and fork to eat it.
We were here about 12:30 pm on Labor Day—peak lunchtime on a relatively crowded day—and barely had a line at the counter. We did have a bit of a wait for our meal, since the waffles are made fresh to order, but we had no trouble finding a table in the shade from the small selection nearby. I know I’ve stressed how pleasant crowd levels are this time of year, but this experience was truly surprising. I wonder if it’s because Sleepy Hollow is one of Magic Kingdom’s best-kept secrets?
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