Theme Park Insider Awards: Best Quick Service Restaurant

January 11, 2019, 1:22 PM · Today's category in the 2019 Theme Park Insider Awards is Best Quick-Service Restaurant, honoring in-park restaurants where you order your food at a counter or a window, rather than at your table. This year's finalists are:

Columbia Harbour House
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Columbia Harbour House

Flame Tree Barbecue
Disney's Animal Kingdom

Flame Tree Barbecue

The Leaky Cauldron
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, Universal Studios Florida

The Leaky Cauldron

Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall
Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disney just dropped that on Facebook this morning. I couldn't resist.

Satu'li Canteen
Pandora - The World of Avatar, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Satu'li Canteen

The Three Broomsticks
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Hollywood

The Three Broomsticks

Your vote will help determine the winner. Voting will be open for one week from the time of this post. Comments are open during that time for campaigning.

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Replies (6)

January 11, 2019 at 4:20 PM

From this selection, my vote's for Satu'li Canteen. The place itself isn't remarkable, but it's so refreshing to have a quick service outlet where fresh, healthier food isn't just an afterthought but the star of the show. And the view sitting outside is pretty spectacular.

My favourite counter service anywhere though is still Explorer's Club at Hong Kong Disneyland. It features a combination of high quality food and a genuinely interesting menu, and the interior design is full of gorgeous details. It really pains me that this one languishes in relative obscurity as far as our community generally goes.

January 11, 2019 at 4:31 PM

It’s crazy not to have an “other” category.
Once again I haven’t been to any of these places, so I can’t vote ... :(

With an ‘other’ choice I would pick Serengeti Overlook at BGT.
Food is good for this type of restaurant, but the view over the Serengeti is what gets it my vote.

January 11, 2019 at 5:21 PM

Sam Eagle remains correct with these salutes to all nations but mostly America, but adjusted to mostly Disney and Universal. These nominees are actually good, but there are plenty more that don't involve wands or mouse ears all over the globe.

January 12, 2019 at 2:23 AM

It used to be Satuli for me, but then they changed their menu last summer and it isn't nearly as good IMO. I was torn between Leaky Cauldron and Columbia Harbor House. I went with the former simply because they don't let people without food hog the tables.

January 12, 2019 at 3:40 PM

Thanks to working in the industry everywhere I have a nutty travel schedule that puts me at many theme park destinations. When I'm on my own, I end up at many quick service places, tending to frequent full-service favorites when I'm dining with others. While I do like the nominees, there really are many, many venues worthy of consideration not talked about on here. Wish we all could suggest nominations for each category in advance instead, but it is what it is. Also tend to frequent many venues outside the theme park gates but on-site within theme park destinations where quality of food is often higher, both full and quick service.

January 14, 2019 at 9:53 AM

As Robert mentioned before the nominees come from reviews on this website. It's not the sites fault that Orlando proves to be so popular it gets way more reviews. It wouldn't be fair to randomly pick places from around the world that have barely any reviews.

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