We live right behind Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and go to Disney World an awful lot. Mostly what we do there is walk around and eat, only occasionally riding a ride. This is changing as our baby grows, but for now we mostly still just walk, watch, and eat.
This list is our favorite places to go. In no way do I consider this to be the end-all, be-all Disney World food recommendation list, but if it helps someone out a little bit then that’s good enough for me.
I include both Yelp and Disney World links where possible.
Orlando area food recommendations are in a separate post.
Animal Kingdom Lodge:
The Grilled Lamb Kefta was very good, but we thought the Lamb Kefta Sliders were better.
The Butter Chicken and Chicken Vindaloo are delicious. The Spicy Durban Shrimp is good, but really spicy. I like my Latin American cuisine super spicy, but when it comes to Indian food I prefer it more mild.
We liked the Dessert Trio, but weren’t huge fans of the Shahi Tukra (bread pudding).
The Mara (Official Disney World page)
This restaurant right next to the Uzima pool is one of our favorite quick service locations on Disney property. The Barbecue Chicken Flatbread and Vegetable Flatbread are our favorites, but the soups are pretty good as well.
The flatbread was awesome.
High quality, but pricey ice cream.
Beach Club Resort:
The Kitchen Sink (pictured) is insane. Do not order unless you have a large group. Maybe not even then. The peanut butter creations are better.
You might assume Disney Springs has the most good food at Disney World, but you’d be wrong. Epcot has all the best food. And we still haven’t tried everything.
If you’re into Filet Mignon, theirs is delicious.
The potato cheese soup is awesome.
Pretty much anything at Epcot that costs $50 a person is going to be delicious, but ouch.
Nice views of the lake.
Quick Service and Desserts
Sadly, the churros are not as good as Disneyland churros.
Okay, I lied. The pulled pork slider from the Hawaii booth (pictured) is excellent and has been there the past several years. Get one! Get three!
Usually runs from the end of September through early November.
Usually runs from the end of March through the middle of May.
Grand Floridian Resort:
I will repeat what I wrote in my NYC food recommendations post about Alice’s Tea Cup:
To men who think they’re too manly for a tea house or some other nonsense: Man up. This place has delicious food.
Mariah likes the Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese appetizer.
The Writer’s Stop
Update: This place has closed, but Hollywood Studios still has the carrot cake cookie in a few places. Go forth and find it!
It’s more of a gift shop than a food place, but they have amazing carrot cake cookies.
Do not get the hot chocolate. It’s gross. Yelp reviews say the same about the coffee.
There is no amazing food here. There is also no good food here. It is sad.
If anyone has had really good food at the Magic Kingdom I would love to know about it.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant
Bread and butter pudding. The burger is surprisingly good. They often have good soups.
Live music and Irish dancing in the evenings, and I believe all day long on the weekends.
Earl of Sandwich
Fast (unless there’s a long line), inexpensive, and delicious. This is what other sandwich chains like Subway’s and Quizno’s dream of being.
Mariah likes the All American best while I like the Holiday Turkey, when available, and the Hawaiian BBQ or Chipotle Chicken Avocado when it isn’t.
Vivoli il Gelato (DW)
I spent some time in Italy in 2011 and ate a lot of gelato. I wish I’d known about the orignal Vivoli in Florence, which started making gelato in 1932 thanks to Raffaello Vivoli, but alas I didn’t know about it.
Thankfully, this shortcoming of my Italy trip has been partially rectified by the Vivoli family helping set up a second storefront in Disney Springs.
Their gelato is easily the best I’ve had in Florida. Don’t miss it.