Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Disney World Top 10 - Quick Service

This post was updated January 16, 2017

My very first Top 10 list is going to focus on gluten free dining at quick-service restaurants at Disney World.  Soon, I will be writing a list of my favorite table-service restaurants at Disney, but I was having a much harder time limiting that list to ten when I started working on it this morning.

I decided to put Sassagoula in my top spot for two reasons.  The first is because of their delicious gluten free beignets.  I also love the team of chefs there, headed by Chef Tony.  Their food is great, and they are committed to keeping their guests safe.  Besides the beignets with dipping sauces, I also love their Mickey waffles and beignet sundae bowls.

1.  D-Luxe Burger - Disney Springs

My main reason for updating this post in 2017 is that I needed to add D-Luxe Burger, one of my new favorite quick service restaurants at Disney World, and I love it so much, I placed it tied at #1 with Sassagoula.  When it comes to burgers at Disney, this restaurant is my top pick, and they have amazing fresh cut french fries too, with an interesting array of dipping sauces.  Their lettuce wraps are so good, I have no interest in getting a gluten free bun, but they are available if you want to order one.

Be Our Guest is near the top of my list because you certainly can't beat the theming at this restaurant, and the lunch menu is great.  There are so many gluten free options, with my favorite being the braised pork with mashed potatoes and green beans.  We also love their potato leek soup.  You can read more about the quick service lunch at Be Our Guest here.  

Gluten free fish & chips, onion rings, fried shrimp, and garlic & parmesan skinny chips (fries) - need I say more?  You can read my review of Cookes of Dublin, Raglan Road's quick service restaurant, here.  

Landscape of Flavors at Disney's Art of Animation Resort has a wide variety of gluten free options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Their Little Mermaid and Cars themed waffles are some of the best gluten free waffles I have had at Disney World.  Both international and American favorites are available at the food stations at Landscape of Flavors.  For dinner, they even offer gluten free meatloaf on their regular menu.  

Columbia Harbour House made my list for a couple of reasons.  It is my favorite Disney quick-service restaurant for allergy chicken tenders and fries.  They also have a great special diets menu, and our favorite OMG...It's Gluten Free Fudge Brownies.  You can check out my Columbia Harbour House review here.  

Sunshine Seasons is located inside The Land pavilion in Epcot.  The Grill station serves up a variety of food that is all gluten free, and they have a great selection of gluten free snacks and treats.  My favorite menu item is their slow roasted pork chop with barbeque sauce.  You can read more about Sunshine Seasons here.  

If you love barbeque, you definitely need to check out Flame Tree Barbecue in Disney's Animal Kingdom.  I love their ribs & chicken combo with french fries, and their watermelon salad.  You can read my review of Flame Tree Barbecue here.  

The Animal Kingdom Lodge has some amazing restaurants, including Boma, Sanaa, and The Mara.  The Mara is worth a visit just for their Mickey waffles, bobotie, African stew, and gluten free zebra domes.  This quick service restaurant has plenty of great options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  

Restaurantosaurus and the ABC Commissary are my favorite spots, after Columbia Harbour House, to eat gluten free chicken tenders and fries.  Both restaurants also have the OMG...It's Gluten Free Fudge Brownies.  You can check out my review of Restaurantosaurus in Disney's Animal Kingdom here.  

Every time I eat at the ABC Commissary, I order the allergy friendly chicken tenders and fries, and they are always consistently good.  I also like the fact that they have a gluten free menu.  You can read my review of the ABC Commissary here.  

My first runner-up is Contempo Cafe at the Contemporary Resort.  I have only eaten there once, which is why I didn't want to put it on my top 10 list, but I had one of the best sandwiches I have ever had at Disney - a hot turkey sandwich topped with brie, apple butter,  apple slices, and arugula on toasted Udi's bread.  The Contempo Cafe has an extensive gluten free menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is located in one of my favorite Disney resorts.  

My second runner-up is La Cantina de San Angel in Epcot, which serves up some great gluten free tacos. 

If my daughters were making this list, they would also include Roaring Fork at the Wilderness Lodge, and Riverside Mill Food Court at Port Orleans-Riverside.  We also love the huge gluten free POP waffles at Everything POP at Disney's Pop Century Resort.  

I thought about including Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC - Disney Springs, but I am not sure it fits in well with the other restaurants on this list.  Some of their baked goods are pretty amazing, but you can't order a full meal at Erin McKenna's.  

What are your favorite quick-service restaurants for gluten free dining at Disney World?  


  1. Completely agree with a bunch of these! Great recommendations!

  2. In order to get the gluten free products from Port Orleans French Quarter, such as the beignets and the waffles, do you have to tell them the exact time you want to eat them roughly or do they generally have them on stock?! Just curious how that works. Thanks in advance!

    1. Waffles are available during breakfast hours, beignets all day. No advance notice needed. Ask to talk to a chef.

  3. Hi Alexis! Thank you so much for this post and for the rest of your site. My husband was diagnosed with celiac in November of 2013 and, as you know, going out to eat ANYwhere is challenging. We know Disney is amazing with their allergy-free offerings but we're also concerned with taste, price, and variety. We are visiting WDW in May but, since we are west-coasters, we need to rely on WDW locals to help plan our dining options. I appreciate your honest and thorough reviews, as well as your perfectly placed photos. As a blogger myself, I know how blogging can seem very solitary and I just wanted to know how valuable your posts have been to my family :) Great job!

    1. TerriAnn - Thank you so much! I appreciate your feedback. I am very jealous that you live near two of my GF favorites - Mariposa Bakery and Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen. :-) Have a great trip to Disney!

  4. I'm recently diagnosed with CD and going to Disney in less than 60 days... I've been in a panic over what and where to eat since we made our reservations at 90 day out. This post has made me feel SO much better! Thank you!!

  5. I'm starting to believe that I have some sort of allergy, as I'm starting to realize that maybe I SHOULDN'T always have digestive issues and feel generally awful after every meal, that maybe it's just Gluten (which would make a lot of sense!). So, for the first time, I'm going to try Disney World GF and see if I can get through a meal without an intense stomach ache afterwards. We leave in 5 days, so I'm definitely going to try out these options and generally keep your blog bookmarked. Thank you for the great information!

  6. My 16-year-old daughter loved the chicken fingers and fries at Restaurantosauraus. She missed those foods so much and was ultra happy to eat to her heart's content. Other great meals she had during our trip were cheesy pasta at Mama Melrose, a huge selection at Skipper's Canteen, and enchiladas at Bongos!

    1. Disney is a celiac’s paradise! I love that I can get gluten free beignets, churros, Mickey waffles, fried calamari, and so many other amazing foods!