Traveling to a place as gargantuan as Walt Disney World, there are so many dining options that it can be hard to decide where to eat. Often times, guests opt to go to the most popular locations or, if they are frequent visitors, will return their favorite dining spots. With about 140 dining locations, it’s hard to imagine being able to try them all. However, some Disney World restaurants are consistently overlooked despite their consistent deliciousness. Here are just five of those Disney World restaurants that are vastly underrated.
1. Trail’s End
There are some places that are so good, you just want to keep it to yourself. So it’s difficult to write about Trail’s End and give away such a valued secret but here I am spilling the beans.
Trail’s End is a great little western home-style buffet located at the back of the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds with theming to match. You can access the restaurant in one of two ways. The first option is to park at the campground lot and take the internal bus all the way to the back. The second option is to ferry your way there by boat either on the blue flag launch from Wilderness Lodge or the Contemporary Resort or, if you happen to be at the park, by taking the green flag launch directly from the Magic Kingdom.
Most people who travel this way come for the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue but did you know that Hoop-Dee-Doo and Trail’s End actually share a menu? That’s right! And because it’s a dinner buffet, Trail’s End is an all-you-can-eat delicious smorgasbord of flavor. Some foods you might commonly spot include homemade skillet cornbread, maple smoked salmon, baked chicken, peel-n-eat shrimp, slow-cooked chili, fresh mixed salad, various cobblers, and bread pudding. If you ever get the chance, don’t miss out on the opportunity to dine at Trail’s End. It is a truly wonderful escape.
2. Tangierine Café
So, you’ve planned a full day in Epcot. You have a reservation later at one of the popular sit down locations but, in the meantime, you want to eat something quick and tasty. This is a situation that most guests face and many will visit their go-to quick service spot such as Les Halles Boulangerie, Sunshine Seasons, Yorkshire County Fish Shop, or Liberty Inn, to name a few. What most don’t know is that they are missing out on a really great experience that can rival even the more popular table service locations by not going to Tangierine Café.
This little carved out restaurant is located on the front edge of the Moroccan pavilion and provides some of the best bang for your buck and best exotic food in Disney World. Though everything on the menu is good, what really shines at Tangierine Café is the shwarma. A typical meal here costs about $13-$15 USD will come not only with the main portion but will be served with a side of couscous, lentil salad, and possibly hummus and/or tabouleh. When you eventually get your plate, you probably won’t be able to see the bottom of it and everything will be worth eating down to the last bite.