Counter Service Hits and Misses at Walt Disney World

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A lot of time is spent talking about Advanced Dining Reservations or how to maximize the value of your Disney Dining Plan, but the reality for most Disney World guests is that they’ll be eating mostly at one of the many counter service locations. So, I’ve put together a list of hits, misses, and some hidden gems for those dining on a budget or who just don’t want to take the time away from the attractions a sit down restaurant requires.

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Hits:

  • Sunshine Seasons – the freshest healthiest food on property. The price is a little more, but this is a step above every other counter service location.
  • Katsura Grill – the location and the food have both been upgraded recently. Don’t be afraid to be a little adventurous here, it’s worth it.
  • Columbia Harbour House – seafood (mostly fried) done right. This is my standby location for lunch in the Magic Kingdom.
  • ABC Commissary – Not a wide selection here, but more interesting than most counter service locations in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Fairfax Fare – BBQ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, more expensive, but portions are large enough to share.
  • Flame Tree BBQ – Chicken or ribs you can’t go wrong with either.
  • Les Halles Boulangerie & P√Ętisserie (for desserts) – French pastries. Yum.

Misses:

  • Electric Umbrella – Dry hamburger patties are the culprit here. Occasionally they have a specialty sandwich that is decent.
  • Lotus Blossom – Save your money and buy this stuff at the local mall’s food court.
  • Yak & Yeti Counter Service – Vastly over priced for the small portions.
  • Les Halles Boulangerie & P√Ętisserie (for sandwiches) – Unfortunately, the portions of meat and cheese don’t justify the prices. Good bread, unless it’s stale, of course.
  • Catalina Eddie’s – Pizza and Hamburgers? Really they couldn’t do better at a Farmer’s Market themed location?

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Hidden gems:

  • Starring Rolls Cafe – Serves some tasty gourmet sandwiches for lunch, is closed for dinner, and, oh yeah, breakfast rolls.
  • Kringla Bakeri og Kafe – A couple delicious items on the menu here and never a line. Don’t worry about the calories. You’re on vacation.
  • Tangierine Cafe – Shwarma!
  • Contempo Cafe (The Contemporary) – Want to escape the crowds at the Magic Kingdom? Catch a monorail to this location and enjoy these unique dishes.
  • Pepper Market (Coronado Springs Resort) – Recently changed a bit and I haven’t visited to see how it works now, but it’s always been a good find in the past.
  • Landscape of Flavors (Art of Animation) – Has Tandoori influences but also regular food if you so desire. Breakfast is good too.
  • captncooksCapt’n Cooks (Polynesian) – They make an effort to offer good food here and self serve dole whip… need I say more?
  • Polo Campero – A nice healthy option when you’re at Downtown Disney. Try the Yucca Fries.
  • Babycakes NYC – Vegan and Gluten free options for dessert without sacrificing the taste. Amazing.
  • Bongo’s Cuban Cafe window – Used to be a better deal, but they raised prices recently. Still great cuban style sandwiches and a regular stop on my Downtown Disney visits.
  • Earl of Sandwich – Greasy but delicious sandwich joint. Cost of sandwich is okay, but it gets expensive when you add on the extras.

What locations did I miss that make your hit and miss list?

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