Quick service (or counter service) restaurants are great if you are looking for a lower cost meal, or are trying to maximize time and don’t want to spend an hour on a meal. My husband and I have tried quite a few, and here are our favorites.
*Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (Magic Kingdom – Tommorrowland) – the counters are divided into 3 sections, called Bays. When all 3 are open (the 3rd being open seems to depend on crowd levels), you will find a nice variety of options – burgers, chicken, ribs, and sandwiches. The chicken and ribs combo meal is a great value as it’s large portions and big enough to share between 2 people. Cosmic Ray’s is open for lunch and dinner.
*Casey’s Corner (Magic Kingdom – Main Street USA) – not a lot of choices here, but great hot dogs, corn dog nuggets, and chili (plus a full fixins bar for the hot dogs).
*Sunshine Seasons (Epcot – Land Pavilion) – once again this is a favorite because of the wide variety of options. You can get healthy chicken and fish entrees, sandwiches, salads, Asian style beef and chicken entrees, soups, as well as bakery items for lunch and dinner. Selections aren’t as large at breakfast, but you can get a breakfast Panini or egg platter, as well as pastries and oatmeal.
*Captain Cook’s (Polynesian Resort) – I love eating any meal here. Breakfast has your usual assortment of Mickey waffles and egg entrees, but you can get the famous Tonga Toast (sourdough bread stuffed with bananas, rolled in cinnamon and sugar and fried) without waiting for a table at Kona Café! For lunch and dinner, they have your typical burgers, flatbreads, and sandwiches, but also some options with a tropical twist – the Aloha Pork Sandwich, Polynesian Tossed Salad, and Hawaiian Flatbread. One thing I love to get here is a side of the house made chips. Best part of eating there? You can enjoy the wonderful tropical atmosphere of the Polynesian Resort!
*Earl of Sandwich (Downtown Disney Marketplace) – This is my favorite counter service in all of Disney World. I love the fresh bread the sandwiches are made on here, and once heated is absolutely perfect. The selection of sandwiches is huge so there is something that will please everyone. The sandwiches are big (I rarely get chips or any other kind of sides because the sandwich is enough to fill me up), so at $5.99 each, I don’t think there is a better value at any other counter service. The Holiday Turkey sandwich is so popular it is now a full time menu option. They also have wraps, soups, salads, smoothies, and desert items. Breakfast sandwiches are available until 11:00AM.
What are your favorite counter service locations? I’m always looking for new places to try so let me know below!!