Thursday, August 13, 2015

Disney Quick Service - Our Favorite Restaurant's in the Park's

What is a Quick Service Meal?

The Disneyland and the Walt Disney World resorts offer delicious options for quick service meals. I've also seen quick service referred to as counter service, and just to avoid confusion, they are the same thing.

Quick service is where you order your food at a counter and they will either have it ready right away or with in a few minutes. Your food will be given to you on a tray where you will then take it to find a nearby table or bench to enjoy. All condiments, silverware, etc. are located on a condiment cart nearby.

Quick service meals are good for three reasons. One, you usually don't have to wait too long for your food. Two, they are a cheaper option than a sit down (table service) dining meal with the same wonderful Disney quality and ambiance. Three, several offer indoor seating protecting you from rain or giving you a break from the heat.

Menu's can change, but usually offer the same type of food. All menus will also offer kids meals. Make sure to do some research before your trip so you're prepared on where you'll want to go and at what time of day you'll want to go there. Some, but not all, of the restaurants offer breakfast, lunch or dinner options through out the day. We have missed breakfast before because we didn't look ahead to see what time quick service restaurant's opened and had to wait until lunch.

Photo: I love this picture of our little one patiently 
waiting for his food at the Riverside Mill Food Court
 at Port Orleans Riverside.

Here is a list of our favorite quick service meals in each park.

Magic Kingdom -

Columbia Harbour House -
Location: Liberty Square
Food options: Lobster rolls, chowder, chili, grilled salmon, fried fish or chicken basket's, macaroni and salad's.
Comments: Our favorite's are the Broccoli Peppercorn Salad and the Lobster Roll. Yum!

Be Our Guest Restaurant -
Location: Fantasyland
Food options: French classics - croque monsieur (cheese and ham sandwich), quiche, french onion soup, etc.
Comments: This is my absolute favorite counter service! It is slightly different from other counter service restaurant's as you order at a desk/counter and your server bring's your meal to the table you choose. The fun part is that they find your location by your Magic Band or by a rose shaped "locator" they give you if you do not have a Magic Band. This restaurant has a delicious Tuna Nicoise Salad that I could eat everyday! Make reservations ahead of time for a shorter wait. This one is popular.

Be Our Guest Restaurant photo from left to right: Chocolate Cream Puff, Master's Cupcake, Croque Monsieur with Green Bean's and the Tuna Nicoise Salad.

Animal Kingdom -

Yak and Yeti Local Food Cafes -
Location: Asia
Food options: Asian cuisine including mandarin, orange and sweet and sour chicken, rice, egg rolls, etc.
Comments: This restaurant is located near a courtyard that is usually fairly busy, but one of my favorite's. It's beautifully themed. In the back there is a fountain that is very relaxing to listen to.

Yak and Yeti Local Foods Cafe photo from left to right: Sweet and Sour Chicken with white rice and Mandarin Chicken with white rice

Flame Tree Barbecue -
Location: Discovery Island
Food options: Barbecue of course!
Comments: Our favorite is the pulled pork sandwich and the side of onion ring's. I LOVED the onion ring's when I was pregnant! They're great when you're not pregnant too.


Sunshine Season's -
Location: Future World
Food options:  There are different station's with in one location offering many option's for guests. We have enjoyed yogurt parfait's, wrap's, sushi and noodle dishes here.
Comments: They offer really great delicious and healthy option's. We go here often because there is something for everyone with so much variety available.

Sommerfest -
Location: World Showcase, Germany Pavilion
Food options: Traditional german food including pretzels, bratwurst, sauerkraut, etc.
Comments: The pretzel's are one of my favorite's. Also, not a lot of seating so if it's busy be prepared for that.

Yorkshire County Fish Shop -
Location: World Showcase, UK Pavilion
Food options: Fish and Chip's, yum!
Comments: We love to sit in the courtyard behind the tea shop.

Disney's Hollywood Studio's -

Starring Rolls Cafe -
Location: Sunset Boulevard
Food options: Sandwiches, sushi, baked good's, etc.
Comments: Their menu has changed several time's, but they almost alway's have sandwiches, croissants, bagel's, etc. We had a wonderful Olaf cupcake (photo below) last time we were there that was carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Starring Rolls Cafe photo's left to right: Olaf cupcake at Starring Rolls Cafe, courtyard eating area outside cafe.

Disneyland -

Royal Street Veranda -
Location: New Orlean's Square
Food options: Clam chowder and gumbo bread bowls.
Comments: Fun outdoor seating area. We really like the clam chowder bowl.

Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante’ -
Location: Frontierland
Food options: Delicious mexican food.
Comments: Several options including tacos, enchiladas and my favorite the tostada salad.

Photo: Entrance to Ranco del Zocalo Restaurante.

Disney's California Adventure Park-

Lucky Fortune Cookery:
Location: Pacific Wharf
Food options: Asian cuisine including chicken, beef or tofu rice bowls and Edamame.
Comment's: We really like that you get to pick the sauce that come's with your rice bowl. Our favorite is the Thai Coconut Curry sauce with the beef rice bowl.

Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill:
Location: Pacific Wharf
Food options: Mexican cuisine.
Comment's: Good Mexican food. We really love the ambiance in this area as well. Lot's of seating!

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