Whelp, it’s time to re-visit one of our favorite topics around here: Best Disney World Counter Service Restaurants!
We polled our readers back in 2009 for their favorites, and things are looking slightly different these days… 😉
We recently asked our Disney Food Blog Facebook Fans via the Disney Food Blog Facebook page for the best counter service restaurants inside the theme parks at Walt Disney World. Let’s find out where everyone is eating…
Best Magic Kingdom Counter Service Restaurants
Winner: Columbia Harbour House
In a quiet corner of the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square, the Columbia Harbour House sets the scene for traditional Americana in a colonial village — and steals our Best Magic Kingdom Counter Service title away from Pecos Bill’s this year!
The decor of the restaurant emphasizes a nautical theme with plank flooring and hurricane lamps. Downstairs, seating is divided into small dining rooms giving the space a colonial charm.
Here’s a Favorite DFB Tip: The upstairs seating area is usually the quietest and offers some tables with quaint views. Brick hearths add even more “warmth” to the dark-wooded rooms.
Serving popular soups (awesome clam chowder!), salads, and sandwiches such as the Lighthouse (hummus with tomato and broccoli slaw) and Anchors Aweigh (white tuna with lettuce and tomato) served on toasted multigrain bread; and recently adding a Lobster Roll and Grilled Salmon to the menu, Columbia Harbour House offers selections beyond the usual chicken nugget fare. (Although, there are those too!)
Best Epcot Counter Service Restaurants
Winner: Sunshine Seasons
Soarin’ isn’t the only main attraction in The Land pavilion! According to our readers, Sunshine Seasons gets a lot of traffic too.
With five food stations including a wood-fired grill shop and fun Asian options, this quick-service location is a gem due to the variety of selections on the menu.
The oak-grilled rotisserie chicken, slow-roasted pork chop, and Mongolian beef dishes all get great reviews. For lighter meals, sandwiches and salads are available as well as some great grab-and-go vegetarian options.
And for your sweet cravings — the Strawberry Shortcake will impress.
Best Disney’s Hollywood Studios Counter Service Restaurants
Winner: Starring Rolls Cafe
Apparently, we aren’t the only ones flocking to Starring Rolls Cafe!
Nestled in a small courtyard next to the Hollywood Brown Derby, this quaint shop pleases palates with too-die-for cupcakes. Sure, there are sandwiches, sushi, and other goodies too, but let’s just be honest — we’re stopping here for the behemoth butterfinger or chocolate peanut butter beauties.
Limited seating is available at outdoor, shaded tables, which fill up fast during the breakfast hour. Our strategy is to send one family member to Toy Story Mania for FastPasses, and the rest of our party snags a coveted table at Starring Rolls. Get your day of Disney magic revved up with this morning cupcake routine!
DFB Tip: Starring Rolls closes at 4pm, so snag your treats before that deadline.
Best Animal Kingdom Counter Service Restaurants
Winner: Flame Tree Barbecue
The runaway winner — Flame Tree Barbecue — was the most recommended counter-service restaurant in all of Walt Disney World by our readers.
The house-smoked entrees have our taste buds salivating at the first wondrous smells of barbecue wafting from this grill. The meat — seasoned with a special Flame Tree barbecue rub — is hot off the grill. Choose from St. Louis Ribs, Chicken, and pork with baked beans and/or cole slaw sides.
Outdoor seating is secluded underneath the jungle of trees and covered pavilions. DFB Tip:Some seating near the water’s edge overlooks Discovery River with an earth-shattering view of Expedition Everest.
Thanks to everyone for sharing their favorite Walt Disney World theme park quick service locations! Stop by and read the rest of our Best Disney World Restaurants series for more reader favorites!
What’s YOUR favorite counter-service spot while on a Disney vacation? Let us know in the comments section below.