Four Reason Why I’m a Raving Fan of Flame Tree BBQ

Disney World has so many dining options!

Disney offers everything from Mickey-shaped ice cream bars to the finest French gourmet fare at Victoria & Albert’s. Even so, when people think of the food at Walt Disney World sometimes they think the only options are hamburgers, chicken nuggets, and fries.

Even when it comes to Disney’s offerings of quick service (the term they use for fast food), there are some great options that are out of the ordinary and fairly priced at least by Disney standards.

One of the most popular quick service locations on property is the Flame Tree Barbecue located in Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It is also one of my personal favorites.

Here are four reasons why I’m a fan:

If you like barbecue, you'll like Flame Tree.
If you like barbecue, you’ll like Flame Tree.

1 – Choice

If you are looking for something beyond the typical quick service choices, Flame Tree is a good option. The menu offers chicken, St. Louis-style ribs, and pulled pork along with a salad, fruit plate, and turkey sandwich. There is nothing at all fried on the menu. At the condiment stations you can add your own barbecue or sweet and sour sauce.  Add as much as you like. The standard side dishes are coleslaw and baked beans. I’m personally not a fan of coleslaw, and the Cast Members have substituted an extra side of baked beans for the coleslaw in the past.

The ribs are a terrific quick service choice.
The ribs are a terrific quick service choice.

You can also get a few different types of beer (including one specifically brewed just for Disney) as well as wine. The signature drink is mandarin orange lemonade;  it’s delicious.

If you have a sweet tooth like me, check out the chocolate or key lime mousse.

Check out he signature drinks.
Check out he signature drinks.

2 – Prices

For the type and amount of food you get, I think the prices are one of the best bargains on Disney property. The salad runs about $9, and the ribs or chicken-and-rib combination platter is around $12. Deserts come in at less than $4, which is about what you would pay for a novelty ice cream. This is a just a bit more than what you might pay for a hamburger and fries combination, but I think the quality is so much better. Speaking of that…

3 – Quality

My experience is that the quality of the food and its preparation is excellent. I haven’t tried out everything on the menu; whenever I go, I make a bee-line for the ribs! The meat on the ribs is tender; it just falls off the bones due to the smoke cooking process. It is also very flavorful and moist. If you like ribs, I think you will really enjoy them at Flame Tree.

4 – Ambiance

The set up of the seating areas for Flame Tree is very unique. All the seating is outdoors – some covered, some not. Normally I look out for air conditioning, but the ceiling fans in the covered areas keep things relatively comfortable on all but the hottest Florida summer days. The seating is also divided up into several separate sections – some with views of little ponds, and others with views of Expedition Everest across the water.

Nice view.
Nice view.

The artwork built into the pavilions and lamp posts features different animals who eat one another (really!), which I guess is the perfect motif for a barbecue restaurant.

Eat or be eaten?  Let's eat BBQ!
Eat or be eaten? Let’s eat BBQ!

Do you like Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?