Chicken Tenders @ Smokejumpers Grill

Price: $10.49

When: May 19, 2018, 1:55 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

We’re starting to explore the new-n-improved menu at Smokejumpers Grill. Our first entree, the Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, was not recommended. But we’re keen to see what works (and what doesn’t) on the new menu.

Today, we’re going for the Chicken Tenders.

(Chicken Tenders, you say? Really?)

Yes, really. They’re standard theme park food. A bit of a barometer. The Stage Door Cafe, for instance, has excellent Chicken Breast Nuggets. So this sort of thing can be done well. But if it’s done badly? Well … it’s a bit of a dark omen.

I step to the cashiers’ podium, and order. The Friendly Cast Member asks me if I want waffle fries or onion rings. I go with the fries.

The meal is handed over, and I go find a table.

This is exactly what you’d expect from theme park chicken fingers. Paper basket, waffle fries, four tenders. Smokejumpers has its big ‘ol condiment bar, so I get some ketchup and BBQ sauce for dipping.

I grab a tender, and get to work.

These are credible.

The tender manages to stay in the sweet spot of “not too ___”. Not too bready. Not too dry. Not too fried. It’s reasonably moist, nicely spiced. And while the standalone tender has plenty of flavor, dipping into sauce makes it that much nicer. (Go for the BBQ.)

The waffle fries are solid. We liked them when we first tried them, and we like them now. They’re a refreshing change from the underwhelming, standard Disney fries that you get most everywhere else.

This isn’t fancy, and it’s a ton of deep-fried carbs. Still: tasty, does the job, and recommended. Give it a shot.