One of the best things about planning Disney World trips is deciding where we are going to eat on that trip. Have I mentioned that I love food? As we are often looking for a quick bite, more often than not we are looking for a quick service restaurant. I typically plan one table service meal per day as our plans allow, but for the rest of the time we are hitting a quick service on the way to our next Fastpass. Below, I’ve listed my top 5 favorite quick service restaurants. Obviously, I haven’t eaten at every single quick service available, but I’ve sampled a good many.
Sleepy Hollow – Magic Kingdom
I feel like I may have talked your ears off about this place, but I’m just so in love with it. It’s a must-do for me and my family. I particularly like it for breakfast as the fruit and Nutella waffle. Okay, I’m downplaying that a bit, I really, really, really love that waffle. I’m sure Sleepy Hollow has other great offerings, but it tops this list just for that fruit and Nutella waffle.
Also, it has pretty great seating. Just to the side is a covered area with picnic tables and smaller tables. The view is just to the side of Cinderella Castle and if you catch it during the Castle Show (currently Mickey’s Friendship Faire) you can see a great side view in addition to watching the character performers move from the stage to backstage.
Friar’s Nook – Magic Kingdom
The Friar’s Nook is located in Fantasyland, just on the backside of Cinderella Castle. The Friar’s Nook’s offerings are fairly slim, ranging from a hotdog and fries, carrot cake and hummus to it’s real specialty – macaroni and cheese. The macaroni and cheese here is to die for, but the claim to fame is the seasonal toppings. It can range from barbecue, to chicken, to pot roast, but it’s all amazing. It’s also quite filling. While not quite shareable, one serving is still plenty to tide you over until the next meal.
The seating here is also good. Covered tables are available to the right of the restaurant and are in the perfect location to people watch.
La Cantina de San Angel – Epcot, Mexican Pavilion
My personal favorite quick service in Epcot, maybe just because I really love Mexican food. I first tried this restaurant on my “eat around the world” challenge last summer. My husband and I split the empanadas and they were just SO good. La Cantina de San Angel’s menu also includes tacos, nachos, salad and churros. I also love the seating here, as it is also covered (a rarity in the World Showcase) and you can look out over the water while you enjoy your meal.
Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge – Hollywood Studios
Located just outside the Hollywood Brown Derby proper, the lounge is a perfect spot to grab a quick bite, dessert or a drink while you people watch at Hollywood Studios. We find it to be very casual, easygoing and relaxing. Not exactly covered, but the umbrellas above the table provide nice shade in the hot afternoon sun. If you pick a table with a fairly unobstructed view of the stage in front of The Great Movie Ride, you may get a nice view of the March of the First Order or the other stage shows throughout the day.
Flame Tree Barbecue – Animal Kingdom
I’m clearly a sucker for comfortable, covered seating areas, if you hadn’t noticed the theme of this post already. Besides that, the food options here at Animal Kingdom really can’t be beat by other quick service options. I’ve already mentioned there are sharable items here that will help save you a little cash, but it is all just so good. If you like BBQ that is (are there people that don’t?). Now, I’m actually a little strange, in that I don’t eat meat off of a bone (it stems from a very strange encounter on a farm when I was young), so the traditional fare here doesn’t appeal to me at all, however a turkey sandwich or a salad sound pretty great all the time.
Runner up: Be Our Guest (lunch), Magic Kingdom
I didn’t want to include yet another Magic Kingdom quick service, and I’ve already written a review of the lunch service here, but it’s hard to not mention Be Our Guest. Unique, in that it is a quick service only for breakfast and lunch, the seating is all indoors and is GORGEOUS. The food for lunch is pretty darn good too. However, don’t think it’s like most other quick services, you must make a reservation in advance, or you’ll have little luck getting in.
I want to know, what are your favorite quick service picks in Walt Disney World?