I had a very “Rey” like experience at Galaxy’s Edge as a walked around Black Spire alone which is honestly going to be pretty unique for a long time. With no phone access, I didn’t really know what time it was. Most of the visitors to Batuu had gone home and it was rather empty. My friends went home and I was alone and I couldn’t find the only other person I knew in the park. So I walked around by myself. No one’s feelings to worry about. There was no social or shared side of my experience, it was just mine to leisurely enjoy. If you’ve ever gone to the movies alone and had a good experience, it was a lot like that. I’m naturally a people watcher so I do well alone but I also tend to care about the group’s need and responsibility in that regard. So no responsibility whatsoever. It was nice.
I was hungry. I realized there was no “Rey bread” anywhere. It is kind of crazy they don’t have that for sale since you can make it rather easily. The cantina was booked up for the night but that was fine. I’m not so down and out that I’d want to drink “Solo” anyhow.
I ended up walking into Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. It is the establishment with that funky shuttle multi-purpose transport shuttle docked on top of a large hangar where you eat. The place is designed to be an eatery for travelers and shippers (of items not Rey and Kylo). You order your food at a register and they take your “credits” and then you hand your slip to them and they give you a tray with your food on it.
I was going to have smoked Kaadu ribs which are “sticky pork ribs, blueberry corn muffin, and cabbage slaw” for $16.99 which translates to 16.99 credits if you’re good at math. The Fried Endorian Tip-Yip which was “crispy chicken, roasted vegetables, potato mash, herb gravy” for $15.49. I was pretty hungry but very indecisive.
The attendant informed me that the food was being prepared by Strono “Cookie” Tuggs. She said he was the cook at Maz’s Castle until the First Order destroyed the place. I didn’t see Cookie anywhere but I did see lots of meat hanging outside the place where he’d prepared it to be cooked at a future time. She also informed me that the ship on top of the joint belongs to Cookie. On a side, note I did notice a lot of patrons mentioning that the chicken was rather spicy for them. I doubt Cookie cares though.
I asked one of the cast members what she thought was the best entree and she said the Braised Shaak Roast is served during dinner hours only and was her favorite thing to eat there. It was a “beef pot roast, cavatelli pasta, wilted kale, and mushrooms.” It was 18.99 but not too bad compared to the other food and I’d already spent half that for green milk earlier in the day. At least this was substantial even though it was the most expensive item on the menu. I’ve been attempting to become a vegetarian, but like Luke Skywalker about to kill his nephew while he slept, in “a moment of weakness” I went all in on it. My face even looked like Luke’s from The Last Jedi when I ate it.
Watching my weight but still wanting to have fun, I ordered a Coke Zero. The Coke Zero came in a large cup like you’d get at McDonalds or any fast food joint. The cup was red with no writing on it but it had a lived in almost faux metallic look to it. It wasn’t fooling anyone but it was still fun.
I walked over to a shipping container with the middle removed from it. You know the orange center containers on the AT-ACTs in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Yeah, I ate inside one of those. The seats were also buckets or shipping barrels in design. It was neat. It felt very much in universe and it was once again a very “Rey” like experience for me. Mundane but full of high design.
The food was excellent. Not to try and get all food critique on this but the textures of the pasta with the mushrooms and the meat was strange and worked exotically together. If you’re the kind of person that hates strange textures in your food you may hate this. But the flavor was good and it was a very filling, strange enough to offer a “Star Wars” experience” but familiar enough not be gross. I ate about 95% of the meat with the last 5% being fatty and gross but still not too bad for a pot roast at a theme park.
The metal spork they gave me was crazy. It was like the shape of a spork but with ridges cut into one side so you could cut your meat with it but not your mouth. I wish they actually sold those. Pretty much every conversation I overheard were people wanting to steal the space spork and someone telling them they can’t. No, I didn’t take one. But I bet it will be a commonly stolen item from the establishment.
I really enjoyed my dinner. The food was good. The environment was fun. The pricing was competitive within the park itself for dinner that wasn’t a burger or a bread bowl of some kind. If you’re on a budget, I suggest splurging on this meal and skipping the blue or green milk and expensive snack foods they offer around Black Spire.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo serves lunch from 10am to 4pm and dinner from 4pm to close.