Every other week our writers get together and answer a Disney-related question, then discuss it. Here is this week’s question and answers.
Question of the Week: What is your go to counter-service restaurant that you recommend on any Disney trip? Name as may as you’d like!
Andrew – I think I’ll have to answer for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World…
Disneyland has a few counter-service places that I love. On almost every trip I have to get a corn dog from the Little Red Wagon. It’s cheap (comparatively) and convenient. It’s also the best corn dog I’ve ever had. I also find myself at Rancho del Zocalo nearly every trip. While I like this place, I’m not sure why I end up here so often. I do recommend the Rancho del Zocalo but I’m not sure it should be a staple of my DL trip. (Bonus: I also try to make it over to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar as much as possible)
Walt Disney World is a different beast, with many more options (although some of the quality isn’t there.) The top-2 HAVE TO’s at WDW for counter-service are Flame Tree Barbecue in Animal Kingdom and Boardwalk Bakery. I love the barbecue and sitting down by the river in AK. It’s relaxing and the a good use of the dining plan if you’re on it. Boardwalk Bakery has wonderful sandwiches (I love the lobster roll) and then great desserts to go along with it. It’s an easy place to do lunch if you’re at Epcot or Hollywood Studios.
Melissa – I think my all time favorite would be in Disney world with the Boardwalk Bakery. The sandwiches are large and different enough for someone who doesn’t like sandwiches to enjoy. Plus there are so many more options for dessert! And let’s face it, I only eat a real meal so I can have dessert! I’d have to say a close second would be the Be Our Guest counter service. It’s a great alternative to still see inside the beauty and the beast castle and still get great food! It’s definitely the best atmosphere for a counter service in my opinion!
Cassie – My go-to for a meal is the pacific wharf cafe. I could probably eat a bread bowl filled with chowder every day for the rest of my life and not get sick of it! My go-to for a treat is the dole whip stand for sure! Nothing tastes like Disneyland to me like that sweet pineapple bliss!
Andrew – Have you tried the salad in the bread bowl, Cassie?
Cassie – I did try the Chinese chicken salad in the bread bowl not that long ago. It was so over-dressed! I did not enjoy that. Think I’ll stick with soup in a bread bowl! The gumbo in the bread bowl is my second favorite!
Melissa – Mmmmm the bread bowls are yummy!!!! And dole whip is the best and number one thing I get when at a Disney park!
Andrew – I had the shrimp salad in the bread bowl once and really enjoyed it. Although that’s been quite a while and I wouldn’t exactly call myself an expert on salads…
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