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Top Ten Quick Service Locations

Aug 23, 2016
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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

Wood-accented nautically themed dining room at Columbia Harbour House

Columbia Harbour House – Copyright Disney

One of the few decent offering quick service options at the 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

Food-ordering area with neon lights, menus and umbrella art on the wall above a long counter

Electric Umbrella – Copyright Disney

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

The Flame Tree Barbecue housed in a traditional African style building with an outdoor service area, consisting of a patio sheltered by a corrugated tin roof, a sign with the restaurant name on top of the roof and a menu board located to the right side as you approach

Flame Tree Barbecue – Copyright Disney

BBQ – need I say more?

#7 – La Catina de San Angel

Exterior of La Cantina de San Angel lit up in the evening

La Cantina de San Angel – Copyright Disney

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

Sunshine Seasons food court with high ceiling and a massive glass roof

Sunshine Seasons – Copyright Disney

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

View of Southwestern dining area through an arched window with flower pots on its ledge

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe – Copyright Disney

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

Display cases and chandeliers leading to the ordering counter at Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie

Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie – Copyright Disney

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

Contempo Café inside Disney's Contemporary Resort with the monorail gliding through nearby

Contempo Café @ Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Copyright Disney

 

Thinking about a complete hidden gem? The Contempo Cafe is located directly beside Chef Mickey’s brings a 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)

A little girl dressed as a princess shows off a dessert to her mother at a dining table

Great lunch option, dining at Be Our Guest for lunch. Located in the Magic Kingdom. Copyright Disney

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

Colorful interior of The Express at Wolfgang Puck Grand Café

Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe Express – Copyright Disney

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 favorite 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!

 

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