Walt Disney World is continually pushing the envelope and changing our minds about the negative connotation associated with theme park eats.
Of course you could stuff yourself silly with Mickey Pretzels and corn dogs (they are delicious!), but Walt Disney World’s Quick Service spots have evolved over the years and are now offering some serious bites at a reasonable price with speedy service.
No Corn Dogs Here! Here’s The 12 Best Quick Service Spots To Snag A Gourmet Meal at Walt Disney World!
Over in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll find the gourmet hub of Pandora, Satu’li Canteen, where they are serving up slow-roasted meats and fresh veggies in the form of hearty bowls. Vegetarians will also be happy to find chili-spiced crispy fried tofu here (it’s loved by non-vegetarians, too!).
Kids are taken care of here with inventive, yet familiar options like the cheeseburger pods.
Tangierine Cafe is an underrated spot right in the Morocco Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. They are serving up casual, yet quality, Mediterranean fare like the Shawarma Chicken and Lamb Platter that comes complete with fresh Moroccan bread. Finish your meal with a traditional sellou, an energy packed snack eaten by athletes in Morocco. You’ll also find a nice assortment of imported beers.
The Basket at Wine Bar George
Did you know you could build a gourmet picnic basket while visiting Walt Disney World? While Wine Bar George tends to get all the acclaim, it would be easy to overlook its younger sibling just next door, The Basket at Wine Bar George. At this walk up counter you can build your own picnic basket from a selection of gourmet sandwiches and snacks, like their ham and gruyere baguette, to create the perfect al fresco dining experience.
Be Our Guest
We know you’re probably visiting Be Our Guest at Disney’s Magic Kingdom for a chance to dine inside the Beast’s castle. It’s no surprise that this totally immersive restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, is one of the most sought-after reservations on property.
While their food tends to be hit or miss, they do serve a quality Braised Chicken Coq Au Vin Style during their quick service lunch. This also happens to be an excellent way to use a quick service credit (breakfast and lunch only!) for those on the Disney Dining Plan.
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, located in Epcot’s World Showcase, is a longtime favorite of Disney fans. This authentic French bakery is serving up delectable treats morning, noon, and night. Whether you’re craving a little dessert or something more substantial, Les Halles is a solid option. We can never get enough of their addicting Roule Lard and Fromage, a bacon and cheese roll.
If you’ve had enough of the standard Disney counter-service burgers, you have got to try D-Luxe Burger over in Disney Springs. We’re talking gourmet burgers made with their signature blend of high quality meats. In addition to hand-cut fries and a selection of house-made dipping sauces, you’ll also find a nice selection of artisanal shakes.
Morimoto Asia Street Eats
Also at Disney Springs, you’ll find the outdoor quick service outpost of the acclaimed, Morimoto Asia. At Morimoto Asia Streets Eat, you can enjoy a selection of their menu, like their signature spare ribs, with the ease and convenience of a grab and go counter. You’ll also find here a handpicked selection of wine, beer, and even sake.
Choza de Margarita
The Mexico Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase may be one of the most sought after dining and drinking locations in the park. With several options to choose from, Choza de Margarita is the newest of the bunch offering a limited menu of cocktails and small plates. The food may be an afterthought here (the margaritas are quite delicious), but we can promise you they are serving up some of the best beef empanadas out there. These babies are golden fried and stuffed with tender and delicious Barbacoa Beef.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been the talk of the World in recent times thanks to its innovative attractions and immersive atmosphere, but the land has also landed on the map thanks to its unique food offerings. At Ronto Roasters you can dine on, you guessed it, roasted meat in an open-air setting. The star of the show here is the Ronto Wrap! This hand-held deliciousness features both a grilled sausage and roasted pork loaded inside a pita and topped with tangy slaw and addictive peppercorn sauce.
Eight Spoon Cafe
Mac and cheese may sound like standard theme park fare, but there’s a spot in Disney’s Animal Kingdom making their mark with a spin on this beloved dish. Eight Spoon Cafe may be a tiny, brightly-colored kiosk, but they are offering up super fresh and gourmet baked macaroni and cheese dishes. You can order it straight up or topped with delicious barbecue pulled pork or sweet chili shrimp.
Le Petit Cafe
Disney’s Riviera Resort just opened last December, but they’ve already landed on our list of top foodie destinations at Walt Disney World. Le Petit Cafe is serving up gourmet coffees and fresh pastries by day, while transforming into a wine bar by night serving up delicious small plates and cocktails.
Grab an artisanal cheese plate, and head next door to Voyageur’s Lounge, an open-area lounge inspired by the European travels of Walt Disney.
BaseLine Tap House
The main draw at Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ BaseLine Tap House may be their extensive list of craft beers and wine hailing from the West Coast, but they are also serving up a limited number of gourmet bites. Their Charcuterie Board may be hands down one of the best (and best values) on property. This spot is totally having us rethink the idea of pub food with their Coffee-rubbed Rib-eye Steak Puff.
Are you hungry yet? Happy eating as you plan your next meal at Walt Disney World!
What is your favorite quick service spot at Walt Disney World? Let us know!