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Vegetarian Counter Service Options – Part Two

July 8, 2012

The vegetarian options at counter service restaurants in Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Disney Hollywood Studios aren’t nearly as good as those in Epcot.

Animal Kingdom probably has the poorest selection, with the most interesting vegetarian option probably being the vegetable submarine sandwich at Restaurantosaurus in Dinoland. The only real other options at Animal Kingdom are cheese pizza at Pizzafari and a fruit plate at Flame Tree Barbecue, both in Discovery Island. Though I love fruit, it’s not enough for me to just eat it alone and call it lunch, and pizza is just boring. There is also Yak and Yeti, (which has both a table service and a counter service restaurant in Asia,) but the only vegetarian food there is a side of fries.

Magic Kingdom isn’t much better, but Columbia Harbor House in Liberty Square is at least a good meal. I’ve eaten there many times and have never been disappointed. My favorite meal there is the lighthouse sandwich, which is hummus, tomatoes, and broccoli slaw mixed with honey mustard dressing on whole wheat bread. Columbia Harbor House also serves vegetarian chili, which I believe is also vegan, and salads that can be made vegetarian when ordered without the meat.

Lighthouse Sandwich at Columbia Harbor House – September 2010

Other options at Magic Kingdom include a veggie burger or a taco salad at Pecos Bill’s in Frontierland, which on their own are pretty boring, but there is a toppings bar with lots of ways to make that burger tastier, and to load up that salad for a filling meal. Cosmic Ray’s in Tomorrowland has a similar toppings bar, and also serves veggie burgers, as well as a Greek salad, and a vegetable sandwich. Though I’ve tried Cosmic Ray’s a few times, and have to say, I’ve never been impressed, between the two, I would always pick Pecos Bill’s. There’s also Pinocchio’s Village Haus in Fantasyland, where they now serve artisan flatbreads, but I haven’t been back there since they revamped their menu, I’m still mad they got rid of their Figaro fries. There’s also a ton of snack options in Magic Kingdom that are worth mentioning. Citrus swirls and Dole whips in Adventureland, which are orange and pineapple ice cream treats, funnel cake at Sleepy Hollow, ice cream at the Plaza, and they serve both Rice Dream and Tofutti ice cream if you’re looking for a vegan treat, and Main Street Bakery, which is full of many tempting sweets.

Vegetable Wrap at Cosmic Ray’s – September 2010 (No Longer Served)

Hollywood Studios has a reputation of having really bad restaurants. And before a year or so ago, I would of had to agree. However, ever since going vegetarian, I’ve found I enjoy the options there more. It’s not Epcot, but I find the options there to be more satisfying then those at Animal Kingdom, or even Magic Kingdom. I’ve had edible pizza at Toy Story’s Pizza Planet, (edible is a pretty good rating for counter service pizza in Disney,) a tasty hot vegetable sandwich at Backlot Express, (which I’m pretty sure is the same sandwich that’s served at Studio Catering Company,) though I suggest getting it without the tomatoes, and a good Asian salad with pickled ginger and edamame at ABC Commissary. Also, if it’s open while you’re there, Starring Rolls Bakery is worth a visit. No real vegetarian options there, unless they have vegetable sushi that day, but the desserts here are very good, and are really the only desserts in the Studios that are worth the calories.

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich at Backlot Express – September 2010

Part three with counter service options at Downtown Disney and the resort restaurants to follow.


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