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But on a recent visit I really wanted to try out a few new-to-me items that I’d been hearing about: the corn on the cob, and the onion rings.
So what began as casual curiosity ended up being a completely vegetarian meal. And how did a burger joint fare as a vegetarian option? Read on…
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (known to many just as “Pecos Bill’s”) in the Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland is extremely popular. I would venture a guess that this dining location and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe see the majority of the counter-service traffic in the Magic Kingdom.
Straddling Adventureland and Frontierland, the restaurant’s architecture seems to include both Caribbean and Western influences.
But the story of Pecos Bill clearly signals that the heart of this eatery is firmly planted in the Old West. The Great State of Texas, to be exact!
Don’t forget to always respect the Code of the West!
Inside, you’ll find beams on the low ceilings and soft light (sometimes it can get downright dark in here), providing a homey, comfortable atmosphere.
Seating is crowded and rustic, and it can be very noisy when it’s busy. The dining room was not built with leisurely dining in mind. It may be worth heading outside or over to Columbia Harbour House upstairs dining room if you aren’t a big fan of loud eating environments.
There are also options for outdoor seating. The wraparound porch seating extends around two sides of the restaurant. TIP: the seating furthest back (near Adventureland) fills up last, so head around the corner and straight back for more elbow room!
There’s also a patio dining area that’s shaded by trees.
But now for the best part – the food!
Touted as “The Best Grub in the West,” this spot really does have decent eats! And I love that you have options of Corn on the Cob, Apple Slices, or French Fries as your side item! I was sad to see the Corn Chowder had already left the menu, but having heard that corn on the cob was an option, I was already planning to order some.
There are also some awesome sounding meatless sides. I would happily make a side dish meal out of two or three of them!
When it came time to order, I had the option to stand in the normal counter service line, or use the Express Order machines. I love this choice! We have more pictures of the process from my last Pecos Bill review, but I’ll share a few here to show you how easy it is to pull up the vegetarian options.
After you get through the billing screens, you can actually choose which entree screen you’d like to view. Right here, all of your vegetarian options are gathered in one handy place.
Since I wanted the corn on the cob and onion rings for sure, I decided to make it a vegetarian meal and have the veggie burger and some yogurt as well.
The Veggie Burger here is fine. While it’s not my most favorite veggie burger ever, it was tasty, and the bun wasn’t dry or stale – always a plus.
I could definitely eat this a time or two during trips and be completely happy with the choice.
The texture was quite good, and the charred outside gave a nice depth of flavor. And if you’re a condiments and toppings person, there are plenty of vegetarian goodies like sauteed mushrooms and onions, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and more on the toppings bar inside!
Next up – CORN! On the Cob! I have great memories of farmer’s market summer sweet corn when I was a kid, so having heard this was an option I had to check it out.
It was good. Not blow-me-away, first-sweet-corn-of-the-summer-in-Western-New-York good, but fine. The texture was tough, so the freezing and reheating hasn’t been kind. And definitely if you order it, be prepared to season it yourself. There wasn’t a stitch of salt or butter on it. It is plain and simple boiled corn.
I do wish there was some butter – straight butter, not butter blend – available at more counter service spots. But I made do with the Sun Glow. 🙂
The onion rings, on the other hand, were amazing!
I was really impressed with these. They rivaled – no, bested – onion rings that I’ve had at some table service spots. Thick batter with generous rings of onion, these were really delicious, and the portion was extremely generous. I couldn’t finish them all, for certain.
And of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to dip them in some plastic cheese!
After a full and satisfying meal, the strawberry yogurt provided just a little sweetness. (Please Note: As has been mentioned in the comments, this isn’t technically vegetarian since it contains gelatin.)
This is standard, grocery store, name brand “light” yogurt. I haven’t been eating a lot of aspartame in my diet recently, so the artificial sweetness was a bit shocking here.
And while I don’t suppose you’ll be crossing the park to get a cup of it, it’s nice to know that it’s there if you need a low-cal snack (though I would definitely go for the baked potato at Liberty Square Market instead).
I left Pecos Bill’s completely happy with my selection. While I’m not a vegetarian, I love the option to grab a meatless meal while I’m at Disney every now and then.
With the veggie options at Pecos Bill’s, I felt like I received good value and had a bit of choice. Improvements? Sure. Throw a piece of cheese on the burger and give me some fresh corn on the cob. Maybe some real yogurt. But other than that, I thought this was a pretty decent meal.
Have you eaten a meatless meal at Pecos Bill’s? What are your picks for vegetarian fare in Walt Disney World?