Ask any Disney fan or expert, and they will give you a list of the best restaurants in Disney World. And while many "favorites" may be up for interpretation, there are a few undisputed champions, like Victoria and Albert's, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Monsieur Paul, and the California Grill However, there are always a few restaurants, especially quick service restaurants, that seem to always be at the bottom of the list. And while some criticisms might be valid, there are a few restaurants that really do have an unfair bad reputation. So let's take a look at some lower rated quick service restaurants that deserve a little more praise.
1. Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
It's not that Cosmic Ray's gets any bad press, it's just that it doesn't get mentioned as much as it should, especially with quick service favorites like Be Our Guest and Columbia Harbour House in the same park. However, Cosmic Ray's gets points for its menu, its location, and its atmosphere. Being one of the largest counter service restaurants in Magic Kingdom means it also has one of the largest menus, which includes rotisserie chicken, ribs, pulled pork, chicken nuggets, hotdogs, and burgers. It also has a large topping bar, including grilled mushrooms, onions, and peppers for your sandwich. Sure, it's all fairly basic theme park food, but it does include lots of options for less adventurous eaters, especially ones who may be wary of Be Our Guest's French inspired menu. Its location is great, and is one of the only quick service restaurants on the eastern side of the park. It has a large indoor and outdoor seating area, so you can be sure to find a decent place to sit before heading back into Tomorrowland, especially if you are about to stand on an hour long Space Mountain line. On top of everything, it has a fun retro-futuristic atmosphere. In fact, in what other restaurant can you be entertained by Sonny Eclipse, the animatronic alien lounge singer?
2. Casey's Corner
Casey's Corner is one of the most debatable quick service restaurants in Magic Kingdom. Some love its unique, turn of the century charm. Others hate its limited menu and seating. While Casey's does have its justified criticism, its definitely a place to check out. Themed like an old-fashioned baseball food stand, it serves hot dogs, corn dogs, cotton candy, and Cracker Jacks Although it is a small menu, it's certainly honest to its theme. The seating can be hard to find, but if you are persistent enough and plan ahead you can get a great outdoor seat to watch Wishes or the Festival of Fantasy parade. You might also catch a ragtime pianist play some era favorites.