Today’s post is inspired by last week’s WDWRadio show on the top ten counter service restaurants in Walt Disney World. I have my own favorites, all of which are great for adults, solo travelers, and vegetarians. Here are my top five counter-service restaurants at Walt Disney World:
- Columbia Harbor House: Located in Liberty Square of the Magic Kingdom, Columbia Harbor House is the most vegetarian-friendly counter service in the Magic Kingdom. My personal favorite is the Lighthouse Sandwich (Hummus with tomato-broccoli slaw); however, the vegetarian offerings also include Vegetarian Chili (contains mushrooms, which I can’t stand), and the Garden Harvest Salad (sans chicken, obviously). My Coke’s are always ice free, per my request. You can get Miss Vickie’s chips, although the last time I was there and on the Disney Dining Plan, I got fries (WDW fries are the best!) instead of a dessert. The one downside is that it can get wicked crowded in there-it does have a upstairs and a downstairs, but during peak eating times, I have had to join others to get a table.
Sunshine Seasons: Located in the Land Pavilion at Epcot, Sunshine Seasons is themed after an airport food court (because it’s near Soarin’). I find it to be the best counter service in Epcot for a vegetarian. Its diverse offerings include salads, vegetable sandwich, vegetarian Asian samplers, and soup (the tofu and vegetable noodle bowl is my personal favorite). The also have their drinks bottled, which is great if you are looking to eat and go.
- Earl of Sandwich: Located in Downtown Disney, Earl of Sandwich is a mini-chain which is inexpensive, and has really good food, mainly grilled sandwiches (go figure, right). Their vegetarian options include the Caprese (my personal pick!), Veggie, and Grilled Cheese or PBJ from the kids menu. My personal pick for a drink there is a Earl’s Grey Lemonade-their version of an Arnold Palmer. They have awesome cupcake tops as well. As it is a chain, you can get a little Disney hit elsewhere in the country (I’ve been to their place in Las Vegas, and am outraged that the one at Logan Airport is after security in a terminal I don’t use).
- Captain Cook’s: Located in the Polynesian, Captain Cook’s Snack Company is a hidden gem of a counter service restaurant. It manages to serve two of the biggest cult favorites in the Disney fan community: Tonga toast and Dole Whips. I’ve had both items here. The tonga toast is the exact same stuff that is served at Kona Cafe. For lunch, the grown-up grilled cheese is very tasty, PLUS you can get a Dole Whip for dessert.
- Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory: Located at my beloved POFQ, the reason for this place;s inclusion is simple- not only do they have your standard Disney Counter Service options, but they have the delicious, good anytime of the day beignets.