We stayed up late and partied to work up an appetite for late night bites at the Red Rose Taverne and Galactic Grill. What have we learned? That skipping our bedtimes is definitely worth it.
Watch our video review below and keep reading for more.
Hawaiian Style Tenders – $11.49
Tossed in a traditional Hawaiian-style sauce served with fries
It’s the only new dish at the Galactic Grill. These are regular chicken fillets tossed in a sweet and sour sauce, which is spicier than expected. It has a hint of teriyaki flair.
The offerings are spicier than we expected, but not unpleasantly so.
We suggest that you exercise caution before ordering this for children, unless they are used to spicy food. That being said, it’s not a bad dish, but it’s not something that gets us too excited either.
Classic poutine – $11.99
Stewed beef, gravy, cheese curds and spicy marinated red onions on seasoned waffle fries
It’s a delicious combination of incredibly tender stewed beef, hearty gravy, cheese curds and pickled red onions, all on perfectly seasoned waffle fries. The sauce makes the fries at the bottom of the bowl a bit soggy, but that’s to be expected with the poutine.
The flavors work so well together that the texture can be forgiven. Spicy pickled red onions provide a pop of vinegar to cut through the richness of the beef and gravy.
This is a superb poutine dish and a wonderful late night treat.
Firelight fries – $11.99
Zesty Spicy Chicken and Pepperoncini Ranch Sauce over Ranch Seasoned Waffle Fries
These fries were described to us as a variant of poutine by the Cast Member, and it almost makes sense. The spicy, tangy chicken is buffalo, light on the spice but heavy on the vinegar. And pepperoncini ranch dressing is just plain ranch dressing with pepperoncini mixed in. We’re guessing that’s sort of the raw ingredients for poutine? You have meat, you have gravy, you have fries. But while the classic poutine left us supremely satisfied, this one left us cold.
Only a true buffalo chicken fan would skip the classic poutine in favor of this buffalo chicken ranch combo. And such a devoted Buffalo Chicken fan probably would have had a better version of that somewhere else, so that would leave that person unsatisfied anyway.
All in all, we’d skip this one in favor of one of the other offerings available on the late night menu here at Red Rose Taverne.
Goodnight Chilli Cheese Poutine – $11.99
Hearty Plant-Based Chili and Dairy-Free Shredded Cheese over Seasoned Waffle Fries
This is described on the menu and by Cast Members as poutine, but it really isn’t. It’s chili cheese fries. While Firelight fries can almost be a variant of poutine because it’s not already an existing dish, just calling something poutine doesn’t. not chili cheese fries.
That being said, they are a great late-night bite with a spicy, hearty chili over perfectly seasoned fries. Generally, a chili like this doesn’t work as well because the pieces don’t stick to the fries. Something like Wienerschnitzel or Tommy’s has the thinner, sauce-like chili, which might have been a better option here. But the chilli itself is delicious and we wouldn’t turn down a bowlful of it.
Everything is vegan and plant-based, and we certainly don’t miss the meat. The dairy free cheese was good as long as you don’t have a big bite of it, but mixed with chili and fries it does its job. Overall we enjoyed the chili and we enjoyed the fries, but they seemed to exist side by side in the same bowl rather than coming together in one dish.
That’s it for this review! We are of course out of all this dancing, phew. Be sure to let us know what you think of Late Night Bites in the comments below!
But wait! We missed the dessert! Just kidding, check out our review of The Summer Stuff here.
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