Friday, January 6, 2012

Foodie Friday: Our Quick Service Meals

Food options are plentiful at Walt Disney World. Everywhere you turn there is a quick service spot, a table service restaurant or a snack cart of goodies. We choose the regular dining plan which offers one snack, one quick service and one table service meal per day per person. For more info on that, check out my earlier post on the breakdown of meal plan options. We use our quick service option in a couple of different ways. If we are not in a hurry to get to the park that morning, we will use it for breakfast, usually at our resorts food court style establishment. On our December trip, our choice was Riverside Mill at Port Orleans Riverside. The breakfast options are almost limitless. The standard is an entree and a drink. We had choices of a Bounty Breakfast, which included eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes and a mini Mickey waffle; made to order omelets, pancakes or French toast plates. If we were in a hurry, we grabbed a morning snack from the resort like a chocolate filled croissant, warm cinnamon roll or a big chocolate muffin and headed to the bus.
When we had a snack option for breakfast, we did our quick service for lunch. A quick service lunch includes your entree, a drink and dessert choice. Our first QS lunch was Pinocchios Village Haus in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. I chose the meatball sub sandwich and fries. It was great, even better than Subway. The meatballs were well seasoned and it was dripping with sauce. Plenty of food to share with someone if you aren't on the meal plan and are saving money. Paul and Clay had the Chicken Parmesan with pasta. Both said it was great and plenty of food. Zachary had a pepperoni pizza and Erin had the child's cheese pizza. Both agreed that they have had better pizza, but it was okay. For dessert we all chose the chocolate cake. One day we ate at the ABC Commissary at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Commissary Lane. This place has plenty of seating at tables and chairs. Here, Erin chose the child's chicken nuggets and fries. She said they were plain old chicken nuggetts but that the fries were tasty. Zachary had a fish and chips platter. This is battered fried fish, served with fries. He said the fish was a little greasy but tasted great. The rest if us chose the cheeseburger with fries. It is a 1/3 lb burger, with all the trimmings and topped with a jumbo fried shrimp. Yummy. For dessert here we all chose the chocolate mousse. It was very rich and none of us could finish it.
Our other option for a quick service meal was also in our food court at the Riverside Mill, but not for breakfast. We had to use this option when one of our table service reservations got screwed up. It was fine though because the food was good. Paul chose the BBQ Chipotle burger. Man that sucker was huge! It was a 1/3 lb black angus burger topped with trimmings, sauces and three big onion rings. It is also served with fries. The boys ordered fish baskets and pizza. Zachary said the fish was food but tasted the same as the ABC Commissary fish. Erin had the child's spaghetti and I chose the baked ziti, both were great but nothing extra-ordinary. Our dessert options here come from the bakery selection. They offered everything from red velvet cake, carrot cake and cheesecake to popsicles, ice cream bowls or apples with caramel dip.
It's hard to get into the quick service meals when you know you have a table service to look forward to later on. It seems that many of them taste the same from place to place. They aren't blan, but they just aren't spectacular. Next week is when I get excited. I will be going in to detail about each of our table service meals. See ya then!

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