In Disney World, there’s no shortage of all-American comfort food. Basically, if you’ve got a craving for burgers and fries while you’re here on vacation, you won’t go hungry!
But what about when the impossible happens and you — gulp — get sick of burgers and fries? What then?! Americana staples like cheeseburgers, French fries, hot dogs, and barbecue are all over the place in Disney World, and most of it is great!
But if you’re tired of the usual theme park grub, there are plenty of tasty (and conveniently Quick Service) options in each park for your taste buds to get a little more adventurous.
More so than any other park, Magic Kingdom is the most classic when it comes to food and snacks. After all, this is the OG Disney World park, so it makes sense that its bread and butter would be burgers, fries, and other kitschy novelties like Loaded Tots and Corn Dog Nuggets.
Spring Roll Cart
If you’re looking to branch out for an afternoon snack, look no further than the Spring Roll Cart. Located by the entrance to Adventureland, this popular spot features just one thing: golden, crispy spring rolls.
You can find traditional fillings as well as fun ones like pizza and cheeseburgers. So if you still have that cheeseburger craving, but you’ve had your fill of Cosmic Ray’s, this is the place for it!
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
Sure, you can still get an Angus Bacon Cheeseburger here at this fun Frontierland restaurant, but the other menu items at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe are where it’s at!
We come for the Pork Carnitas Rice Bowls and the Fajita Platters, sizzlin’ with Pork Carnitas, Seasoned Chicken, Yellow Rice, Beans, Fajita Vegetables, and all the fixings! For dessert, the Powdered Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Holes are the perfect lil’ treat!
Columbia Harbour House
Now that this Liberty Square gem has finally reopened, we can get our fill of a different kind of Americana comfort! We’re talking American food served in buttery New England-style buns.
Columbia Harbour House serves one of the best Lobster Rolls in Disney World, on a pillowy bun, while items like Grilled Shrimp Skewers and Grilled Salmon are as tasty as they are healthy!
Compared to the other Disney World parks, EPCOT is really (mostly?) known for its food. This is a park revered for its high-quality cooking and its myriad cuisine options, so if you’re looking to expand your palate, you’ve come to the right place!
Choza de Margarita
Not only does this wildly popular Quick Service spot in the Mexico Pavilion feature some delish margaritas, but they’ve got some epic Mexican snacks to match!
Try the Empanada de Barbacoa, filled with tender Barbacoa Beef and topped with Chipotle Sauce, Crema Mexicana, and Queso Fresco. Or the Tostada de Pollo, which features a heap of smoky Chipotle Chicken over Crispy Corn Tortillas with Black Beans, Queso Cotija, and more of that finger-licking crema.
Don’t neglect to order a side of Elote, a Sweet Corn on the Cob coated in Chipotle Aioli, Queso Cotija, and Tajin Chile-lime Powder.
If you’re burnt out from burgers but not looking to splurge on a Table Service meal in EPCOT, stop by Katsura Grill, a Japanese Quick Service spot that pushes the envelope ever so slightly…while still being familiar enough for discerning eaters.
We love the Chicken Cutlet Curry and the Shrimp and Chicken Teriyaki, but even the classic Spicy Sushi Roll with Tuna and Salmon is solid. Don’t skip the Yuzu Miso Wings or the Yuzu Cheesecake, either.
Regal Eagle Smokehouse
Perfectly toeing the line between classic American comfort and bold innovation, Regal Eagle Smokehouse is a casual barbecue restaurant that dares to be different.
This is the kind of place where you can get recognizable favorites like Cheeseburgers and Beef Brisket Sandwiches, but you can also get a BBQ Burger topped with BBQ Pork and Garlic Aioli on thick pieces of Garlic Toast.
For something healthier, you can get a superlative salad strewn with Fresh Citrus Fruit, Sunflower Seeds, Dried Cranberries, Radishes, Fresh Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing, and Chilled Pulled Chicken. There’s even an epic BBQ Jackfruit Burger, a Plant-based option using a vegetarian Burger patty and BBQ Jackfruit!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
From outta this world eats in Galaxy’s Edge to playful creativity in Toy Story Land, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has emerged as one of the more interesting places to eat in Disney World, especially if you’re looking to eschew standard burgers for Star Wars-inspired wraps.
One of the most underrated dining and drinking spots in Disney World, BaseLine Taphouse is known for having some of the best craft beers and ciders in the parks, but it’s low-key got a pretty killer selection of Small Plates that are perfect for midday snacks.
These include huge Bavarian Pretzels with Beer-Cheese Fondue and Spicy Mustard, Coffee-rubbed Rib-Eye Beef Puffs with Olive Salad, and a stunning California Cheese and Charcuterie Plate that is shockingly affordable at just $10!
Looking for a different kind of sandwich for lunch? You need to visit Ronto Roasters, a Quick Service option in Galaxy’s Edge.
The popular restaurant is known for its namesake menu item, the Ronto Wrap, which is a habit-forming pita wrap stuffed with a plump Grilled Pork Sausage, Roasted Pork, Peppercorn Sauce, and Tangy Slaw.
They’ve also got killer Kyryll Pork Rinds and an impressive Plant-based Zuchii Wrap that swaps pork for Grilled Zucchini, Smoky Chickpea-Onion Slaw, and Creamy Garlic-Tahini Sauce.
Rosie’s All-American Café
With a name like “All-American Café,” you can safely expect to find your basics here, like Cheeseburgers and Hot Dogs, but Rosie’s also features one of the single-most unusual (and unusually delicious) menu items in any park!
We’re talking about the Plant-based Lobster Roll, a curious anomaly that doesn’t make sense on paper, but totally works on the taste buds. It’s made with Marinated Hearts of Palm instead of lobster, along with crunchy Celery, Sweet Apples, and Creamy Old Bay Dressing. Trust us on this one, you won’t miss the seafood!
Considering its various lands themed around Africa, Asia, and the fictional planet of Pandora, it’s no surprise that Animal Kingdom serves some of the most daring, inventive, and original menu items anywhere in Disney World.
The fact that this restaurant’s name is in a fictional language should clue you in to the fact that the food served here is pretty unusual. So if you’re still hankering for a burger, but wanting to try something different, the Cheeseburger Pods at Satu’li Canteen should scratch that itch.
These whimsical and wonderful Bao Buns at Pandora’ bustling Quick Service restaurant are stuffed with a cheesy burger filling, complete with Ketchup, Mustard, Pickles, and Cheddar Cheese, and accompanied by Crunchy Vegetable Slaw and Vegetable Chips. The whole plate is colorful, fun, and a fantastic way to spotlight familiar flavors in a fun new way!
Our go-to stop for a quick meal that’s surprisingly nourishing (assuming you skip the Simba Cupcake, perhaps) is Harambe Market in Africa.
The gorgeously designed Counter Service spot loads up bowls with rice, ribs, and grilled chicken so that our tastebuds are satisfied, and we’ve got the energy to hustle around the park for hours on end!
The salads here are exemplary as well, like the Harambe Salad bursting with Mediterranean-influenced flavors of zesty Pepperoncini, Kalamata Olives, Cucumber, Tomato, Feta, Greek-style Vinaigrette, and Grilled Chicken.
Eight Spoon Café
Just because you don’t want a burger doesn’t automatically mean you want to keep it healthy, right? For your non-burger comfort food needs, Eight Spoon Café has the not-so-dainty snack you never knew you needed.
As you scan the menu, your eyes will come to a screeching halt when you spy the Pulled Pork Jelly Doughnut Sandwich. It’s as wild as it sounds — a literal sandwich using sliced Jelly Doughnuts as “bread,” stuffed with succulent Pulled Pork and crisp Slaw. It’s no burger, but it gets the job done!
So the next time your stomach is growling in Disney World, do yourself a favor and branch away from burgers and fries with one of these solid options. Whether you’re keeping it healthy or hearty, you won’t be disappointed!
What is your favorite Quick Service restaurant in Disney World when you’re craving something different? Let us know in the comments!