People who don’t know Disney assume that they’ll get there and have no choice but to eat fast food for a week. They worry that they will be eating burgers, chicken nuggets, and French fries until they collapse from carb overload.
Fortunately, that isn’t the case. Dining in Disney World means some of the best food ever – even if that does involve an occasional meal of burgers and fries.
Whether you are intimately familiar with dining at Disney World restaurants or you’re still in the category that believes it’ll all taste the same, this article is for you! Also, if you haven’t been to Disney in a few years, you’re in for a real treat!
The New Disney Springs
Disney Springs has been under construction for what seems like forever, but that construction is finally winding down and there have been a ton of new restaurants. Yes, some of them are table-service dining, but some offer some really great grab and go options for the Disney Diner on the run.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top eleven take-out dining locations in Disney Springs!
11. Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen
Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen is everything that the Disney Springs remodel stands for. It is Florida to the core complete with southern food, cool drinks, and a screened in porch that’s a lot like what we Floridians know as “The Florida Room.” How do they get so much Floridian style in one place? Art Smith, who used to be Oprah’s personal chef, is from Florida.
This farm to fork restaurant serves fresh food in the restaurant and on the porch’s grab and to-go stand all day. Pick up some fried chicken, catfish sandwiches, chopped pork BBQ, BBQ chips, a box of fries, or a bunch of doughnuts. Do not – I repeat, DO NOT – miss the Shine cake, moonshine that is!
10. Morimoto Asia Street Food
Morimoto Asia, by Chef Morimoto, is Pan-Asian restaurant that serves lunch and dinner.
While inside the restaurant is quite impressive, the Morimoto Asia Street Food walk up window is very casual. For being a stand, the menu is pretty extensive, and you’ll get a sampling of what is served in the main restaurant.
Here you can try Morimoto Baby Ribs, pork and cabbage egg rolls, octopus fritters, sushi rolls, and Bao tacos with short rib, chicken teriyaki, or pork served in a steamed bun. They also have a chilled sesame noodle dish that perfect for warm days!
In addition to the food, the menu also includes drinks like the South Seas Slush special, which is black tea, lemonade, guava mango, pineapple, and ginger.
9. Frontera Cocina
Frontera Cocina is operated by Chef Rick Bayless, who is an expert at Mexican cooking. The restaurant is simple, and the to-go window has a small menu as well limited to tacos, guac and chips, and drinks.
Frontera Cocina is perfect for a quick snack, and there’s some nice outdoor seating to hang out and eat your food.
8. The Polite Pig
James and Julie Petrakis of The Polite Pig have created a unique menu with lots of BBQ options plus some interesting combinations like a tomato and watermelon salad, BBQ cauliflower, roasted beets, and crispy Brussels sprouts.
While The Polite Pig is technically a counter-service restaurant with no official take-out location, they can easily package anything up to go upon request.
7. D-Luxe Burger
Disney Springs has incorporated several chain restaurants, but they weren’t ‘scared to create a Disney original. That’s just what they did with D-Luxe Burger. This high-end burger joint serves large beef patties on soft, house-made buns with hand-cut fries, and delicious shakes (including versions with alcohol). If you need a topping for your burger, check out their tasty sauces; there are lots of them, but don’t be afraid to ask to sample them all.
Burgers and fries travel well, so while this is also a fast, casual dining restaurant, you can ask for your meal to go. Everything is really good, and the prices are comparable to gourmet burger chains.
6. Daily Poutine
Daily Poutine is about as casual as it gets. This small, walk-up kiosk serves only poutine, which is a Canadian favorite. The traditional dish combines fries, beef gravy, and cheese curds.
However, Daily Poutine has created different versions of the traditional. The Italian Poutine is fries, mozzarella cheese, and Bolognese sauce. The Latin Poutine substitutes Fried Yucca for the fries, and adds black beans, pulled pork, and queso fresco. French Poutine is fries, mushroom cream sauce, and gruyere cheese.
Personally, I’m a big fan poutine!
5. Cookes of Dublin
Cookes of Dublin is the casual area of Raglan Road, an Irish table-service restaurant in Disney Springs. It’s one of the only restaurants on our list that survived the transition from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs.
Cookes of Dublin also has a limited menu which includes, of course, fish and chips plus chicken tenders, burgers and chips (fries), and a grilled chicken sandwich. If you want the Irish experience and cuisine without having to take the time for a full sit-down meal, Cookes is definitely a place you want to check out!
4. House Of Blues
Continuing the theme of walk-up windows at table-service restaurants, we have Smokehouse at House of Blues. Now, this is one restaurant I have to suggest mostly because of the combination of music and dining. If you don’t have the time to sit down, Smokehouse is a great quick-service for take-out.
Smokehouse actually has a decent menu including pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches, a smoked turkey leg, smoked beef brisket, ribs, nachos, hot dogs, a pretzel with cheese, coleslaw, potato chips, and baked beans. You can easily get a full meal here even on the go!
3. Food Trucks
In our fast-paced society, food trucks are all the rage. Disney Springs has its very own permanent food truck park with three food trucks.
Springs Street Tacos serves tacos including grilled steak tacos, fish tacos, taco combos, pork belly tacos, adobo chicken tacos, rice and bean tacos, and chips and dip (which is guacamole and salsa).
World Showcase in Epcot is one of the best places to find variety in dining, so adding World Showcase of Flavors in the form of a food truck seems ingenious! Try sandwiches from around the world like Chilean Steak Sandwich, Pork Belly Sandwich, Meatball Pomodoro Sandwich, and Chicken Cemita Sandwich.
Fantasy Fare serves fair food in a truck. Pick up a corn dog, chicken and waffles, shrimp and lobster mac and cheese, and chicken strips.
There are a couple of tables in the food truck park, but this food is meant to be enjoyed on the run!
2. Blaze Pizza
If you’ve ever ordered pizza delivery in Disney World, you know that it’s not the best.
Fortunately, there is an awesome alternative.
If you’re in Disney World and you’re really craving a slice, go to Blaze Pizza. They will build your own pizza however you want it or create one of their signature pizzas in just a few minutes. It’s fast, and it’s very good! Actually, it is one of my favorite options in Disney Springs. Plus, it is affordably priced.
While they won’t deliver to your room, you can pick up your pizza and take it wherever you want to. They also have salads and desserts.
1. Earl of Sandwich
Sandwiches are the quintessential grab and go cuisine, so it would be wrong not to include the creator of the sandwich on our list. This restaurant claims that John Montagu invented the sandwich in 1762 and his descendants have perfected it since, then creating the Earl of Sandwich chain.
One of their very busy locations is located in Disney Springs. They serve hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, and desserts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can eat inside, take it outside, or take your food to go.
May I suggest The Original 1762, which is roasted beef, cheddar cheese, and horseradish sauce? Or how about my favorite – the Holiday Turkey Sandwich?
Take-out food at Disney Springs – have a favorite?