Disney Springs offers a wide array of counter-service meal options. Here are our top five choices, plus something extra for your sweet tooth.
Here each fast-fired pizza is prepared in around 3 minutes after you select your toppings, Chipotle-style. Ignore the long line outside—it moves very quickly. Go light on the toppings for best results. If you can’t get enough, splurge for the “high rise” dough, more like traditional pizza dough. Blaze and Via Napoli (Epcot) are the two best pizza places in the World, by a large margin. Specialty and build-your-own 11-inch pizzas with a selection of 20-plus fresh toppings (including vegan and gluten-free options), what could be better?
Burgers and fries take a little time, but the specialty options are worth the wait. Split a burger and regular fries, unless you have a hearty appetite; otherwise, take advantage of any combos the restaurant offers for a better deal on sometimes-pricey meals. We recommend the Southern, topped with a fried green tomato and the veggie burger with tzatziki.
Frontera Cocina Walk-Up Window
A small menu highlights a few of the full-service restaurant’s best options in taco form. Split a guacamole order, and sample both taco varieties for a perfect (and economical) meal for two.
Morimoto Asia Street Food
This counter-service offers smaller tastes of many of the full-service restaurant’s options. Street Food is good for a snack but expensive if you try to make a full meal out of anything here. Sample the ribs and grab a drink if you want the best of Morimoto’s flavors without splurging on a meal inside. We suggest teamed-bun tacos, takoyaki (octopus fritters), Morimoto’s famous ribs, boba tea, and specialty beers and cocktails.
The Polite Pig
A hybrid fast-casual/table-service restaurant, Polite Pig offers a bit more than your standard quick-service spot. Barbecue smoked on-site is the name of the game, but the side dishes are not to be missed. Skip the sandwiches and split a few entrées (the pulled pork and the ribs are our favorites) with sides; it’s the best bang for your buck and offers a chance to try more of the outstanding appetizers (house-made giant pretzel, barbecue cracklins) and high-quality desserts.
For dessert at Disney Springs, try one of the individually portioned and painstakingly decorated specialty cakes and pastries. Don’t miss out on the Petit Amorette’s Cake, a smaller portion of their signature cake with 11 layers of red velvet and chocolate cakes, cherry and chocolate mousses, and raspberry jelly.
Amorette’s Patissere is perfect for those seeking Signature Dining–style “fancy” desserts, such as seasonally themed specialties, mainstays like New York–style cheesecake topped with lemon curd, and opera cake dripping in coffee and chocolate.
For a review of restaurants at Disney Springs and more, check out The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World by Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa. If you enjoyed this post, sign up for our newsletter here.