Pecos Bill is a counter-service restaurant in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The restaurant offers Mexican and American fare, albeit on a fairly small menu. Pecos Bill does accept an annual pass discount and takes part in the Disney Dining Plan as a counter-service credit. We recently had lunch here and that is what this review will cover.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe changed their menu a few years ago from burgers to a more interesting Mexican theme. Slowly the menu has changed back and found a middle ground. While I’d prefer the more versatile menu, the current menu is somewhat fitting thematically. The restaurant sits at the corner of Frontierland, right not the verge of Adventureland. Frontierland representing the old west and Adventureland of South America, a southwest menu somewhat fits the bill. But that may be grasping at straws.
The environment of Pecos Bill will have a lot to do with when you visit. The restaurant is well themed, if a little understated. There are several rooms throughout the restaurant. A couple of these rooms are supposed to fit the cafe theme. There are just tables spread throughout an appropriately themed room. My favorite room in Pecos Bill, though, is the one that features the ‘Inn’. The room gives the feeling of being outside with a little staircase at the corner that would lead guests to their room for the night, as they travel from Adventureland to Frontierland or vice versa.
You can enjoy this theming, and specifically that room, when the restaurant isn’t very busy. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to happen very often. Usually the restaurant is packed and it’s hard to see any of the little details around. That doesn’t make the experience completely unpleasant but it does take away from a pretty solid environment. Overall, the theming isn’t a reason to go to Pecos Bill but it’s a nice little perk if you go at the right time.
Now, for that previously mentioned menu. Here’s a link, in case you don’t want to stare at the somewhat fuzzy photograph.
Before we go on, I should mention that I got this awesome Country Bear Jamboree Jug. I’m not much for souvenirs but am a sucker for attraction specific merchandise, especially if it contains Big Al. This was $10, and was filled with soda (which is about $3.50 on it’s own). That means I was paying about $6.50 for this souvenirs, which is relatively cheap. Here’s a picture of it via Disney Tourist Blog (apparently I was too excited about the jug to think of photographing it).
Melissa and I both ended up ordering the Fajita Platter for lunch. Part of the appeal of Pecos Bill is the impressive toppings bar. Along with your usual toppings, this one included sour cream, guacamole, corn and salsa. Now, you may be paying for these things in the actual price of the food but the fact that it doesn’t cost extra is a nice little win for the consumer especially considering how guacamole or sour cream can cost extra at the chains like Chipotle or Qdoba.
After getting a bunch of fixin’s, we sat down with our fajita platters. It should come as no surprise that Pecos Bill isn’t authentic Mexican food. I think you could say it’s a step closer than Taco Bell but that may be generous. Fortunately, the food was much better and fresher than a fast food chain but don’t mistake your meal here for some great culinary adventure.
The Fajita Platter came with both chicken and beef, as well as rice, black beans and tortillas. As you can see in the photo, there is plenty of food here.
If I remember right, each platter came with four tortillas which is more than enough. Both the chicken and beef were juicy and prepared well. I liked the flavor on the chicken and, surprisingly, preferred it to the Barbacoa. As you can see, they were a little heavy-handed with the peppers and onions but that added some extra flavor to the dish.
The rice and beans were pretty good. They both tasted fairly fresh and not like they’d been sitting under a warmer for an hour or two. The rice had a good flavor to it.
The Fajita Platter cost $15 and I think that’s pretty fair, in terms of Disney pricing. There is more than enough food here and I think you could probably share this as a light lunch if you wanted to. Not to mention, we had a 20% discount with our annual pass that knocked the price of the dish down to $12. At $12 this is a really solid deal. Even at $15, I’d be inclined to get it as long as this appeals to you.
Overall, I think Pecos Bill offers a slightly different menu than the usual Magic Kingdom counter-service options and the toppings bar makes it one of the better places to eat at the park. The value is fair and the food is good. Come with realistic expectations in tow and I think you’ll be in for a welcome surprise.
Overall Rating – 8/10
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