Best Quick Service Restaurants at the Disneyland Resort | Star Wars Half Weekend
If someone asked me, "Hey Jindy, what's the ONE thing you need to be a runner?", my answer would be, "FUEL fool!" You need fuel to keep your engine revving. So if you're on your way to Disneyland next week for Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend but haven't made dining reservations - don't worry. I've got you covered with my list of the best quick service restaurants at the Disneyland Resort.
To be clear, quick service implies you're not waiting to be seated and you're not waiting for your food to be cooked to order and brought out to your table. Quick service means you roll up to the counter, order what's on tap and bounce. Most quick service locations are convenient for the whole family as they tend to have kid/toddler meals (carts do not) and options for those who don't eat meat. The lines can be long, so be sure to begin your quick service journey before you're famished.
I've narrowed the field down to 4 favorites in each park that offer up good race weekend food. That was not easy. I left off a couple I also really like for the sake of brevity, but feel free to email me for other recommendations.
Bengal Barbecue: Located in Adventureland, Bengal Barbecue has food (beef, chicken, or veggies) on skewers. Perfect for a snack that you can carry to a bench and enjoy while people watching. I L O V E the bacon wrapped asparagus. You can also find other snacks there such as fruit and yogurt.
Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe: Located at the end of Main St. U.S.A., this joint hits the spot day AND night. For lunch/dinner there are kids meals (try the mac & cheese!), salads, caprese, turkey and tuna sandwiches, soups and grilled cheese. There is also coffee. Skip the Starbucks wait and grab your coffee and pastry here instead.
Redd Rockett's Pizza Port: Located in Tomorrowland (because Star Wars) this is a great quick service pizza, pasta and salad restaurant with tricky seating at times. This was my daughter's favorite restaurant as a kid so I've had everything from the Celestial Caesar Chicken Salad to the Mars-inara with Meatballs. The meatballs aren't "out-of-this-word" but the salads, pastas, sauces and pizzas are decent. It's a family favorite and they offer kid and toddler meals as well.
Harbour Galley: For the seafood lovers, get thee to a lobster roll by visiting the Harbour Galley in Critter Country. There's also tuna salads and soups served in sourdough bowls. You're welcome.
Carts: Honorable mention to the Main Street U.S.A. carts for serving these faves: corn dogs (BEST corn dog on Earth at the Little Red Wagon), turkey legs, corn on the cob and chimichangas. You can find these carts around the hub.
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Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta: Located in Paradise Pier, the pizza, pastas and salads are far better than Pizza Port in terms of taste and selection. I highly recommend the Five-Cheese Ravioli dish and the Chicken Caesar Salad. My daughter loves the pizza and Spaghetti with Meatballs dish. Bonus - beer is sold inside and the beer / wine cart is just across the walkway.
Pacific Wharf Cafe: Also located in the Paradise Pier section of the park, this is a go to spot for my family. Everyone LOVES the clam chowder in a bread bowl. I don't have a photo because they never last long enough to snap one. You can also get broccoli and cheese in a bread bowl, a chicken salad or a turkey sandwich. Margaritas, beer and wine are close by. Kids meals are available.
Cozy Cone Motel: I'm sorry. I know this isn't a healthy option, but it's a good one. Located in Cars Land, you have to swing by the Cozy Cone Motel for the Chili Cone Queso. We're talking chili (beef or vegetarian) served in a bread cone and covered in cheese and chips. This IS the post Rebel Challenge meal you're looking for! You can also find popcorn, soft-serve ice cream and other fun treats at the different cones within the "motel".
Award Wieners: Located in Hollywood land, this retro walk-up diner serves up a mean Chili Cheese Dog you can pair with a Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale. Perfect pairing. If you don't eat meat, don't fret - there's a Vegetarian Portobello-Mushroom Philly waiting to get in your belly too. Kids power packs and kids meals (turkey dog) are also served here.
Hungry yet? Visit Disneyland.com to cruise the quick service dining locations you'd like to try. Comment below if you have any questions. I'm happy to give feedback on our dining experiences at the parks, hotels and the Downtown Disney District.
Be sure to check out the other posts in the Virtual Star Wars Half Marathon Blog Hop hosted by me and Didi of DISTherapy.