Favorite Counter Service Restaurants in WDW

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  1. tomigirl484

    tomigirl484 Earning My Ears

    Dec 12, 2012
    Hi all! My DH and I will be visiting WDW for the first time in just one week, and will be staying onsite for 6 days. We have only made two ADRs (one for breakfast at Crystal Palace: 8:35 am!! Woot! and one for dinner at Be Our Guest). For the rest of the trip we just plan on utilizing counter service around the property instead of feeling like we HAVE to be somewhere at a specific time for a lot of our meals.
    SO....what are you favorite counter service restaurants and food items around WDW?
    Thanks! popcorn::
  2. L-Harper

    L-Harper DIS Veteran

    Dec 13, 2010
    YAY on your first trip! As far as counter service goes.... I always go in with such a great plan, but then always end up being hungry far away from where that planned meal was supposed to be. With that being said, I actually really liked the food at the Yak & Yeti counter service in Animal Kingdom. I also really liked the Shrimp Po Boy at Restaurantosaurus also in Animal Kingdom.

    For Hollywood Studios, Starring Rolls Cafe! Their sandwiches are so good and HUGE plus the cupcakes are YUMMY! I absolutely enjoyed the red velvet cupcake. I haven't had any other CS meals in DHS.

    Oh, my absolute favorite CS meal is at Wolfgang Puck Express Downtown. ALL of it was seriously amazing and I tried 4 different dishes while there.

    It doesn't seem like you can go wrong in World Showcase at Epcot. Also, Sunshine Seasons in The Land is fantastic and uses a lot of the fresh ingredients grown right there.

    Every time we're in Magic Kingdom we typically go for whatever is closest. We never want to waste time while we're there. We typically just get a burger, none of them have been bad... mostly very delicious actually. I hear so many rave reviews for Pecos Bills, but have yet to try it. I am making it a point on our next trip because of the awesome toppings bar. Dipping french fries into plastic cheese is awesome!

    I hope you have a magical vacation! :goodvibes
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  4. Meetmeinmontauk

    Meetmeinmontauk DIS Veteran

    May 24, 2011
    Epcot: Tangierine Cafe
    Animal Kingdom: Flametree BBQ
    MK: I've only had Pecos Bill and it was ok
    HS: Pizza Planet or Starring Rolls
  5. caper4

    caper4 Earning My Ears

    Aug 10, 2011
    Downtown Disney we too love Wolfgang Puck Express
    MK Cosic Rays-choice of chicken (maybe ribs too can't remember),burgers, chicken burgers
    Animal Kingdom- Flame Tree BBQ
    Hollywood Studios-Don't have a fav as we like to do Sci Fi or Prime Time when there and both are TS but so worth it.
    Epcot-again usually one of the countries around the World Show case.
  6. DEA

    DEA DIS Veteran

    Apr 17, 2009
    MK: Columbia Harbor House (salmon, tuna sandwich); also, they serve waffle sandwiches at Sleepy Hollow that are good, but are not full meals.

    Epcot: Sunshine Seasons for the variety (I like the roasted beet and goat cheese salad), Tangierine Café (vegetable platter or sliders combo).

    Animal Kingdom: FlameTree BBQ (1/2 chicken platter or BBQ Chicken Salad), my DW and DDs like Pizzafari.

    DHS: Fairfax Fare (1/2 chicken platter or Fairfax Salad)

    DTD: Earl of Sandwich (Mediterranean Tuna Salad; Holiday Sandwich in season); Wolfgang Puck Express (Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf)
  7. MJMcBride

    MJMcBride Barely lost is barely found

    Jan 10, 2006
  8. Harambe

    Harambe I miss Tapestry of Dreams!

    Mar 30, 2003
    Summer hot and humid weather when we go - all of these are inside with AC:

    Animal Kingdom - Pizzafari for hot italian sandwiches
    MK - Columbia Harbor House for tuna sandwiches
    Studios - Backlot Express for basic burgers. It never seem crowded here.
    Epcot - Electric Umbrella in Future World.

    Since you are going when it may be cooler, you could also try these outdoor places:

    AK - Flametree BBQ, great food and there are tables down by the water
    Epcot - Fish and Chips in England (and a beer!), nice gardens across the street from it.
    MK - grab a hot dog at Casey's, then a Dole Whip over in Adventure Land

    Enjoy your first trip! Go to the bank right now and open your Disney account . . . coz you'll be going back!
  9. kanderson89

    kanderson89 Mouseketeer

    Aug 5, 2009
    Congrats on the trip. How fun!

    We like:

    MK - Cosmic Ray's. Roasted chicken and garlic mashed potatoes were surprisingly good. Chocolate cake dessert is yummy.
    - Also have had Pecos Bills....I think that's the one with the pretty large fixins bar for your burger.

    AK - Another vote for Flame Tree Barbecue. Really nice setting, good size portions, and good barbecue

    DHS - nothing memorable, I'm afraid

    EP - Sunshine seasons. And quiche and desserts in France!!
  10. goofyintoronto

    goofyintoronto I really wanted to like it, but I didnt.

    Mar 29, 2011
    We have two faves. Thats it, just two. Nothing else really caught my eye except these two:

    Bakery in France - The sandwiches and pastries are incredible! The baguette sandwiches are huge too. Great value!

    Wolfgang Puck Express (marketplace location) - Oh my word, what phenominal food they have. SOOOOO GOOD! Bacon wrapped meatloaf with mashed potatoes was the best I ever had in my life. Its always the best meal of our trip. I make it a point to go there for dinner AT LEAST once per trip. The spagetti & meatballs were also the best I ever had. Meatballs are so flavourful and the spagetti is cooked perfectly. So yummy. My fave dessert is the cheesecake...it has that creme brulee like topping! :goodvibes If paying out of pocket, it can be a tad pricey for a counter service. But its worth it. Its like BOG, you order then sit down. They bring you the food.
  11. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Seeing isn't Believing, Believing is Seeing.

    Aug 8, 2000
    Hmmm, best QS eateries?
    In our opinion . . .
    . . . Epcot: Sunshine Seasons (maybe the best QS in WDW)
    . . . MK: Be Our Guest (Columbia House a close second)
    . . . AK: Flame Tree (good ribs)
    . . . DHS: Backlot Epress
    . . . DTD: Earl of Sandwich
    . . . BB: Lottawatta Lodge
    . . . TL: Typhoon Tilly's
    . . . Deluxe Resorts: Capt Cook's at Poly
    . . . Moderate Resorts: Sassagoula Flatworks at POFQ
    . . . Value Resorts: Landscapes of Flavor at AoA
  12. JimmyV

    JimmyV Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.

    Jun 4, 2008
    MK: Columbia Harbor House. The fried shrimp are a (relative) bargain for Disney food. And the upstairs seating is actually quite sane.
    While I find the food at Cosmic Ray's to be just fine, the seating there can be a bit of a pain. And I am not a fan of their "station" system, especially if you have kids who are too young to send on their own for their food if they want something different from what you want. Pecos Bill's is typical, and passable. If I am in that part of the park and it is meal time, I will go.But I would never plan my day around it.

    AK: I'm a creature of habit here, I'm afraid. We only eat lunches at that park, since it closes early. We always use our AK day to plan a nice Signature dinner. And as far as lunch goes, we have probably eaten 80% of them at Flame Tree. Big portions that can be shared, and the food is pretty good.

    DHS: You'll probably notice two trends in this thead. First, people will tell you that they really enjoy Flame Tree at AK. Second, people will tell you that there isn't any good CS food at DHS. Funny thing is, Fairfax Fare at DHS serves pretty much the same food as Flame Tree. Now, perhaps I can see the argument that one might not want to eat BBQ for lunch every day. (I pity that trend of thought.:p). But the argument that FT is great and DHS has no good CS food is simply illogical. They have far more in common than they have differences. Beyond that, the cheeseburger at ABC Commissary won't kill you.

    Epcot: Lots of options here. We have eaten at, and would return to La Cantina outside the Mexico pavillion; Sommerfest in Germany; Tangierine Cafe in Morocco; Yorkshire Fish Shop in the UK; and Sunshine Seasons in The Land.
  13. TinkerwithDis

    TinkerwithDis Mouseketeer

    Jul 19, 2011
    One favorite. WOLFGANG PUCK EXPRESS. Its VERY VERY VERY good. Always consistent, always delicious. Never had an issue with the food there. Its so tasty and one of my favorite places to go.

    Earl of Sandwich is decent, but its just a sandwich. A very overhyped sandwich. At the end of the day I have to decide whether I want a sandwich for dinner (EoS), or a bacon wrapped meatloaf with mashed potatoes (WGPE).....guess what? WGPE always wins every single time!
  14. ttintagel

    ttintagel DIS Veteran

    Nov 28, 2011
    Sunshine Seasons in the Land pavilion at EPCOT. Great variety, and lots of stuff you don't see in other restaurants.

    Also love Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom.
  15. Coconuts

    Coconuts DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 2007
    MK: Pecos Bill's (love the fix your own taco salads) or Cosmic Ray's(1/2 chicken is a great deal)

    Epcot: Sunshine Seasons

    DHS: Studio Catering Co.

    AK: Flame Tree(great deal of 1/2 chicken or ribs meals) or Pizzafari(nice to be in the A/C)

    DTD: WPE(this might be our favorite CS food on property!:lovestruc)
  16. jrtoastyman

    jrtoastyman Purveyor of Fine Latex Products

    May 22, 2011
    My favorite is Flame Tree at AK -- actually has very good Q for anywhere, not just good considering that it's at a theme park.

    At MK, it's Pecos Bills if I'm hungry, Sleepy Hollow for a quick bite.

    At EPCOT, Sunshine Seasons if I'm hungry, Norway for a quick bite.

    Have yet to find any CS at HS that I would consider palatable or even edible, but I'll be trying out Starring Rolls this time based upon the recommendations I've heard since the last trip.

    Good luck!
  17. DisneyRunner2009

    DisneyRunner2009 DIS Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    Wolfgang Puck Express
    Earl of Sandwich
    Capt Cook's-poly
    POR/POFQ-poor boy, chef dinners, beignets, create your own pasta
    Sunshine Seasons
    Pecos Bills-topping bar
    Cosmic Rays-topping bar
    Columia Harbour House-shrimp

    Here is a link to counter service menus: http://allears.net/menu/menus.htm
  18. JimmyV

    JimmyV Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.

    Jun 4, 2008
    See what I mean?? The head-scratching continues...:confused3
  19. JennaDeeDooDah

    JennaDeeDooDah My oh my what a wonderful day!

    Mar 29, 2012
    Do I really just have to pick one? For some parks, I just can't. I'm going to cheat just a little.

    Magic Kingdom - Definitely Cosmic Ray's. I love that silly little singing alien, Sonny Eclipse. I think that the assortment of food is fantastic as everyone in our group, no matter the size, is always able to find something. The topping bar is also fantastic. Honorable mention does go to Casey's, though. Be Our Guest looks fun and we will try it out when/if the excitement wears down and it isn't as crowded.

    Epcot - I keep going back and forth between Tangerine Cafe and Cantina de San Angel. I love mexican food and being from Texas, I am pretty particular about what I personally like. Cantina is very good. They have shortened their menu in recent years, though, and I'm not happy about that. Tangerine Cafe is excellent with HUGE portions. You and your husband could likely split something easily. Or, just get your own and eat off of each other's plates. The lamb wrap is probably my favorite. Make sure you get the baklava. It might have seven million calories in one little triangle, but I think it's worth it.;)

    DHS - I agree with people that Starring Rolls is good - especially if you get the butterfinger cupcake. Oh wow it is good! But, for me, it doesn't get much better in this park than Min and Bill's frankfurter in a pretzel roll. It comes with homemade chips and I will sometimes splurge and get the frozen lemonade.

    Animal Kingdom - I spend as little time as possible in this park as it is easily my least favorite. That said, I think that Flametree is easily my favorite. The food is the same bbq you get in the rest of the park, which isn't bad, but I especially enjoy the themed rooms.
  20. artemis908

    artemis908 EPCOTnaut

    Jun 5, 2012
    AK: I've been to Flame Tree BBQ and Pizzafari and honestly didn't care for either, so I have no QS recommendations for this park

    DHS: Studio Catering Company is probably the best option IMO, but still not all that great

    EP: (Future World): Sunshine Seasons (World Showcase): This is a hard one. La Cantina de San Angel and Boulangerie Patisserie are both good options IMO. I am trying Tangierine Cafe next month, looking forward to something unique!

    MK: Haven't been there yet, but Be Our Guest looks terrific! Otherwise this is another hard one for me - I love Columbia Harbour House and Pecos Bill (they have an awesome toppings bar)
  21. artemis908

    artemis908 EPCOTnaut

    Jun 5, 2012

    You "inspired" me to look it up lol as my local greek restaurant claims in a sign that baklava is a "low calorie and low sugar" option because it's made from natural sweeteners from honey. Depending on how big the piece is, the interwebs claims it's 334 calories, 22.64 grams of fat :eek:, and 9.91 grams of sugar.

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