By Soarin’ Diva
Unless you have been stranded in a distant galaxy far, far away with no internet or connection to the planet earth, it’s a sure bet that you’ve heard of the opening of Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Whether you have had the chance to visit Galaxy’s Edge or not, you have probably seen all the reviews of the land itself as well as reviews for Oga’s Cantina. My husband and I decided to try out some of the galactic food on offer during our last trip. He really wanted to give Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo a try. I took a look at the online menu, and I have to say, for this unadventurous gal, I was a little nervous about eating what was on the menu. The photo’s just didn’t really appeal to me, but because I love my husband, I agreed to go.
When we arrived, we were starving and I was still nervous about trying the food. I really hate being hungry and ending up disappointed in my meal, so I wasn’t really looking forward to this dining experience. As you enter, on the wall to the left is a large menu for you to look over while you wait in line. If you notice from the photo, all the food terminology fit in with the Star Wars theming of the land. There has been a bit of name changes going on recently for some of these items. They changed the names to more common…earthly names like fried chicken and smoked ribs instead of the original names like Fried Endorian Tip Yip (fried chicken). After this huge name change, it was then announced that the meal names had reverted back to their original Galaxy’s Edge names, but when I look at the menu on the Disney website, I notice that it still has the earthly names. I’m not sure what’s going on with this, but rest assured, the food is all still the same, regardless of what they choose to call it. Also note that Docking Bay 7 is considered a quick service restaurant, so no reservations are necessary, and it is covered on the Dining Plan.
The line in front of us was pretty long, but it seemed to flow and move quickly. We placed our order at one of several order booths, then approached the counter to pick up our orders. Despite the long line, the counter wasn’t clogged and congested as it can get at other dining establishments on Disney property who share this same ordering process.
Even though they were busy, it was fairly easy to find an empty table. The chairs actually resemble old barrels that you pull up and sit on. This probably helps larger parties find seats for everyone at their table, as you can fit more of these barrels at a table than you could regular seating. Be sure when you go to Docking Bay 7, you take in all of the details. It’s impossible not to notice all of the incredible designing details in any part of this restaurant.
Now let’s get to the main goal of this piece, let’s talk about how the food tasted!
My husband ordered the Smoked Pork Ribs, at the time it was called Smoked Kaadu Ribs. The ribs came with a blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw. My husband LOVES ribs and slaw, so this was right up his ally. The blueberry corn muffin sounded like a slightly sweet side, but he said it really wasn’t sweet at all, however, it was good, which is the most important thing. As for the ribs, he really enjoyed them. He said they had a little spice to them, but not too much, and tasted very good. He also enjoyed the slaw as well, so for him, this meal scored two lightsabers out of two.
I ordered the Fried Chicken served with Vegetable Mashed Potatoes and an herb sauce. When I got my food and saw my dish up close, I was even more intimidated than before. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting green peas. I usually try to avoid green peas when possible, though I will tolerate it mixed in with something like vegetable soup or chicken pot pie. My grumbling tummy told me to suck up my dislike for green peas and give it a try. I cut into the chicken and was actually surprised at how good it was. It was tender and juicy and cooked to perfection. The odd shape of it reminded me of a drive through chicken nugget, but the taste was far better than I imagined. Next, I took a deep breath and dug my spork into the vegetable potatoes (yes, even with the green peas) and herb sauce. How did I like it? I REALLY liked it. I liked it so much, I attempted to clean my plate, devouring as much as I could fit in my stomach without making myself sick. I am so glad I decided to give Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo a try and actually look forward to trying more items from there in the future.
As with all of the land at Galaxy’s Edge, I am a nerd about the details, and Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo doesn’t disappoint in that aspect. Absorb it all and take it all in, no one does theming like Walt Disney Imagineers. Do yourself a favor if you find yourself wandering Galaxy’s Edge and notice a rumble in the tumble, give Docking Bay 7 a try. The menu isn’t huge, but the food is really good. They also offer a couple of plant based meals as well as a couple of dishes for the kids who aren’t as adventurous when it comes to food, hopefully something can be found to suit everyone in your party!
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