Thinking about where to eat when you’re in a hurry? This list is for you!
When putting together a list of Quick Service (or Counter Service) restaurants, it’s important for me to stress that a “Top Ten” list may give you insights and ideas…but your vacation and your schedule is tailored to your specific needs. Some of these will fit, but some may not. So take this as a starting point for your research…and oh ya…have fun!
#10 – Columbia Harbour House
One of the few decent offering quick service options at Magic Kingdom, including the Lighthouse Sandwich (dreams do come true), the Battered Fish Platter and the Lobster Roll. Probably one of the top themed restaurants in all of Magic Kingdom, so even if you don’t end up eating here…stop inside and look around!
#9 – Electric Umbrella
Ok, so we’ll get a TON of flak for putting this on the list, but hear me out. The reason why Electric Umbrella is here revolves around the location setup and the refillable drink station. Both floors of this location are surprisingly well air-conditioned and if you’re looking for a place to just relax without hundreds of people walking past you (yes, I’m looking at you Sunshine Seasons and Soarin’)…this is your spot. The food is reasonable, and for a Quick Service location, the menu brings you all levels of theme park food. It’s not something to look forward to, but it’s also a great option is you really need to eat and it’s raining outside;)
#8 – Flame Tree BBQ
BBQ – need I say more?
#7 – La Catina de San Angel
This is a “do your research” moment, because when we first thought about eating in EPCOT, our focus was on the other restaurants around the World Showcase…and then we stumbled upon the menu for La Catina. First off, it’s perfectly situated for a transition meal after spending the morning in Future World and before doing the EPCOT march around the lagoon. Secondly, the amount of food you get will leave you stuffed. It’s great quality and the seasonings definitely bring you to a traditional Mexican spot.
#6 – Sunshine Seasons
Another staple on the list of best Quick Service locations has to be Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion. Not only do they give you options, with around 6-7 different stations with 3-4 items each, but they provide you with some of the gosh darn tastiest meals that you’ll have inside of the four theme parks. And it’s healthy too…
#5 – Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn
Go back to a time with Taco Salad, toppings bar with liquid gold (aka cheese) and this restaurant in Frontierland would have been #1 on the list…no doubt! Well since they revamped the menu and made “improvements” like taking away the nacho cheese…the feeling across the internet and in the parks is that this location needs more time to find its groove. Still a great option for inside the parks, but not close to its former glory.
#4 – Boulangerie
We stumbled upon France in EPCOT after lunch plans fell through in Morocco and although the sandwiches are edible, the main reason why the Boulangerie made it onto the list was 100% due to the desert option! Oh, and they give you the option to substitute a bottled drink with a slushie, so bonus points across the board!
#3 – Contempo Cafe
Thinking about a complete hidden gem? The Contempo Cafe is located directly beside Chef Mickey’s brings serious game to the Quick Service category. We put this on the list because of the proximity to the Magic Kingdom, and the fact that you can walk, eat and be back in the MK within about an hour…check it out!
#2 – Be Our Guest (Lunch)
This is my favorite place to grab lunch at the Magic Kingdom. The menu is always solid. You can’t go wrong with the classic turkey sandwich here, it hits the spot every time!
#1 – The Express at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
Disney Springs is ever-evolving, but one of the staples of the West Side is Wolfgang Pick Express! Not only do they have a great selection of menu items that are actually the best value of any Quick Service meal, but the food is really good! This is by far our favourite QSR on property and we’ll recommend it anytime!
So that’s our list. Thoughts? Comments? Did we miss any? Share them in the comments!