There is so much to see and do around Walt Disney World that sometimes sitting down to a long meal is the last thing you want to do! Luckily, Disney has tons of other dining options – many in the form of counter service restaurants, which serve up high quality food – fast! I recently talked about the places you could find counter service eateries at Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios– today I am heading over to to see what they have to offer in the way of quick service meal locations:
Electric Umbrella – Located right near Innoventions, this place is hard to miss – with its bright neon “electric” umbrellas and décor – it’s a big place with tons of outdoor shaded seating (always a plus in my book!). The menu here isn’t huge, but surprisingly offers a decent variety – a Macaroni and cheese burger, meatball sub, chicken Caesar salad, and veggie flatbread are all entrée options – delicious ones at that! This is a great place to relax inside or outside and do some people watching after a long day of touring
Sunshine Seasons – This dining spot in the Land pavilion has a very “food court” type vibe – but the awesome food here is anything but your typical mall fare! There are several “stations” that each offer different themed food – soup & salad, Asian noodles, The Grill, Sandwiches, The Bakery, and Breakfast. You’ll find something for everyone here – breakfast options like paninis, oatmeal, bagels, and fresh fruit, and lunch/dinner entrees like spicy cashew chicken, roasted pork chops, beef and fish, and their specialty – oak grilled rotisserie chicken (you can watch the chickens cook!). Plus you won’t want to miss the tons of awesome desserts – cookies, muffins, cake, cheesecake, whoopie pies (like the one pictured above – yum!) and more! The food here is prepared fresh and some of the ingredients even come from the adjacent Land greenhouse!
Lotus Blossom Café – Head over to China to experience some delicious cuisine – Egg rolls, sweet and sour chicken, beef noodle bowl, pot stickers, and their unique ginger ice cream is not to be missed! There’s indoor and outdoor seating here, and there’s a variety of Chinese beers and wines available as well. What a great place to stop for some Chinese and a cold one!
Boulangerie Patisserie las Halles – This relatively new bakery cafe in Epcot’s France Pavilion offers some amazing eats – and when it was created, they added plenty of seating and a large ordering area too (compared to the old smaller French bakery location). The menu is pretty extensive – with drinks ranging from assorted coffee and espresso drinks to wine and beer, and on the food side there’s soups, salads, sandwiches, quiche, cheese plate, and much more! The croquet monsieur sandwich (aka toasted ham and cheese)and salad nicoise are recommended specialties here, but you will want to make sure you save room for dessert – elcairs, crossaints, Napoleon dessert, chocolate mousse, and much more await you – and they are all freshly prepared on site (the smell is heavenly!)
Sommerfest – Enjoy traditional German fare at this quick service eatery – bratwurst, frankfurters, sauerkraut, German potato salad, and German beers and wines too. For dessert enjoy Black Forrest cake, or an apple strudel. The whole pavilion has a very “old world” feel and is very festive – BUT the seating here is limited, so if you can try and grab your meal at a “non-peak” time, you have a better chance of a shorter wait (there’s always a wait here) and of getting a place to sit
Katsura Grill – Japan is home to this off the beaten path restaurant – which means you might get to enjoy your meal in relative silence and take a break from the hectic Parks! Sushi and teriyaki chicken and beef with rice and vegetables are all on the menu, and if you’re in need of an adult beverage you needn’t go far – head right next door to the sake bar! Outside dining is really nice here – it’s situated in a gorgeous Japanese garden, which has a great relaxing vibe that makes this a really great escape for lunch or dinner
La Cantina De San Angel – Located in the Mexico area of Epcot’s World Showcase, this dining location is right on the water – the World Showcase lagoon makes a great backdrop/scenery for a quick meal or snack – oh, and there’s a lot of shaded seating, which is nice on sunny days too! Beef nachos, chicken and beef tacos, cheese empanadas are all offered – and they all pair perfectly with a delicious frozen margarita on a hot day! Passion fruit, lime and mixed berry varieties are available – as well as beer for those non-tequila fans
Tangierine Café – Mediterranean specialties are on the menu here at Morocco’s counter service restaurant – located in the pavilion’s ‘marketplace’, you’ll find plenty of beautifully themed indoor and outdoor seating (think authentic Moroccan art, plaster carvings, wrought iron tables and chairs, and more!), plus some awesome food too! Chicken and lamb platters are available, as well as chicken, lamb or falafel wraps, with sides like lentil salad and marinated olives, and baklava and other sweets paired with spiked coffee make the perfect end to this exotic meal
Kringla Bakeri Og Café – This Norwegian bakery is famous for its school bread (a soft vanilla cream filled pastry topped with coconut), and its Lefse (cinnamon butter filled pastry), but they also offer a small entrée list – A Norwegian club sandwich (featuring lingonberry mayo!), salmon and egg sandwich, and a ham and apple sandwich are a few of the items available on the lunch menu, but the main attraction here is definitely the desserts! Chocolate mousse cake, berry cream puffs, sweet soft pretzels, and rice cream (rice pudding topped with strawberry sauce) are all available all day – and worth a look (and a taste!)
My mouth is watering just thinking about all this fresh, delicious and unique cuisine available at Epcot – and the best part is you don’t even have to wait at a sit down restaurant to get it! Stay tuned right here on Chip and Co for more places to grab a quick bite in the World at my last stop – Downtown Disney!
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