Lake Buena Vista, FL — This week, our “This or That” series stops for lunch in Magic Kingdom® Park to discuss two popular quick service restaurants. First, we’ll explore Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Frontierland® and then we’ll head on over to Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland®. Both quick service restaurants offer a selection of American cuisine priced below $14.99.
Connected to the exit of the Country Bear Jamboree attraction, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe is themed after an American old west saloon from the late 19th century. Featured entrees include a barbecued pork sandwich, deluxe chicken sandwich, bacon cheeseburger, veggie burger or a southwest chicken salad. Most entrees include a choice between french fries, corn on the cob or apple slices.
In addition to the standard condiments, guests will find a toppings bar with a selection of sauteed mushrooms, sauteed onions, salsa, hot cheese sauce, banana peppers & more. Open for lunch & dinner, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe offers a fair amount of seating both inside and outside the restaurant.
Next, we head to a futuristic galactic spaceport where we stop by Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café for a quick bite to eat while enjoying entertainment from Sonny Eclipse, an alien lounge singer. Guests will find their food selections divided into “bays” with chicken items located in Bay 1, burger items located in Bay 2 and sandwiches, soups & salads located in Bay 3.
In Bay 1, featured entrees include a 1/2 rotisserie chicken, grilled chicken sandwich, chicken breast nuggets and a barbecued pork sandwich. In Bay 2, featured entrees include a grilled chicken sandwich, barbecued pork sandwich, a bacon cheeseburger, a veggie burger and a deluxe chili-cheese dog.
Featured entrees in Bay 3 include a grilled chicken sandwich, turkey sandwich, veggie sandwich, bacon cheeseburger, barbecued pork sandwich, greek salad and a hot dog. Most entrees in each bay include a choice between french fries, green beans or apple slices. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café is also open for lunch & dinner and offers an expanded toppings bar along with indoor and outdoor seating options.
So, which quick service restaurant do we prefer? For us, the decision came down to the overall theme and the ordering process. We felt the 19th century theme at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe tells a more detailed story. The atmosphere is more festive and welcoming.
Plus, we find the ordering process frustrating at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. If one person in your party wants the 1/2 rotisserie chicken and another person wants a deluxe chili-cheese dog, someone would have to wait in both Bay 1 and Bay 2 to purchase both items. We do enjoy dining with Sonny Eclipse; however, there are only a limited number of seats located in the room he performs in.
So there you have it, we prefer Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe over Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. Let us know in the comments what you think about these two popular quick service restaurants. Which restaurant would you choose?
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