The fabulous Leigh Caldwell, known to you as Theme Park Mom, recently visited the newly re-opened Studio Catering Company in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and emerged with some great comments (and incredible photos) on the new menu. Huge thanks to you, Leigh, as always. Who else could use “pillowy” to describe a sandwich and have us know exactly what it means?!
Studio Catering Company reopened with some fresh paint and a fresh menu a few weeks back, and I recently got the opportunity to give the new dishes a spin.
I have always loved the location of this quick-service restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, especially when traveling with a family. On crowded days, someone can wait in line at Studio Catering while another adult takes the kids to the adjacent Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground.
This particular trip was great for sampling a new menu, because I happened to be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with six adults and seven kids. Yikes!
I suggested Studio Catering Company for lunch because of the aforementioned playground and the fact that the place is huge, so I knew we wouldn’t have any trouble finding seats.
OK, enough already, let’s get to the food…
The Pressed Tuscan Deli ($8.29 with apple slices or French fries on the side) had smoked ham, smoked turkey, provolone cheese, caesar dressing, pesto and tomatoes. This was very good with plenty of meat and cheese and lots of flavor from the dressing and the pesto. The roll was perfect — when pressed, it got crunchy on the outside and stayed pillowy inside.
The Buffalo Chicken Sandwich ($8.59 with apple slices or French fries on the side) was a breaded chicken breast topped with lettuce, tomato and a spicy ranch dressing. This sandwich’s name confused me. When I think “Buffalo chicken,” I think of chicken that is coated in Buffalo sauce, but this wasn’t. I guess the spicy ranch dressing was supposed to impart the Buffalo flavor, but there wasn’t enough of it on the sandwich to do that. This sandwich tasted just fine, it just doesn’t live up to the “Buffalo” in its name.
The Turkey Club ($8.99 with apple slices or French fries on the side) had smoked turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, roasted red pepper and arugula. This sandwich was on a toasted sunflower bread, and it was the hands-down favorite amongst the adults in my group. The sweet roasted red pepper and bitter arugula added great flavor to the sandwich, and we liked the texture of the bread. While it is the most expensive sandwich on the menu, it is also the most shareable. It was huge and could easily be split between two adults or a parent and child.
On to the disappointment of the kids menu…
There were the two most usual choices at Walt Disney World for kids — chicken nuggets and a Smuckers Uncrustables PB & J sandwich. Gone are the chicken drumstick and chicken wrap kids used to be able to order here.
I get it that there are some kids who will only eat chicken nuggets or PB&J, but there are plenty of kids out there (like most of them in my group that day) who would have tried something else. And I am just so tired of the Smuckers Uncrustables. If PB&J is going to be a menu choice, please Disney, at least offer us the option of this sandwich on whole-grain bread.
Thanks again to Theme Park Mom for this mouth-watering report. Seriously, this review alone could steer me toward the Catering Company on my next trip. However, being a girl from Buffalo, I agree that a Buffalo chicken sandwich should be drenched in Buffalo wing sauce! Still, that pressed Tuscan Deli looks pretty good… .