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Disney Dining Review Earl of Sandwich

Disney Dining Review Earl of Sandwich

One of my favorite dining locations for good food and a great value is Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney.  This ever-popular place always has a line in their queue, but don’t let that discourage you, it moves quickly and the end is well worth the means!  The menu has hot sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, sides and desserts, and they also serve breakfast.

You may be asking, “What’s with this Earl of Sandwich name?”  According to legend John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, invented the sandwich allegedly while playing cards.  His idea of putting meat between two slices of bread to make a simple meal stuck.  In 1762 it was named a sandwich for its inventor, the Earl of Sandwich.  Many of the menu selections reflect this heritage including the “Original 1762,” and “The Full Montagu.”  The décor in the Downtown Disney location has the feel of an English manor house with the indoor seating focused around a fireplace and a library setting.

Our most recent trip to Earl of Sandwich was in the evening, and we were greeted by that famous line, about two switchbacks deep. But, no worries, we were ordering in less than 5 minutes and that gave us time to choose just the right sandwich from their extensive menu.  I have several favorites at the Earl:  the All American, the Full Montagu, and the Holiday Sandwich.  This trip I went with the All American– roast turkey, buttermilk ranch, cranberries, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and roma tomato ($5.99).  A new addition to the menu (since my last visit) was the Macaroni & Cheese.  As a huge mac & cheese fan I had to give this one a try.  For dessert I really wanted the brownie sandwich with cream cheese frosting, but they were sold out that day—the other options tempted me, but I refrained.  The other members of my party selected the ham and cheese sandwich ($5.99), the kids pizza sandwich ($3.99), chips ($1.29), and a side of slaw ($1.99).

The efficient line has you order at one end, move down past all of the cold side options, bottled beverages and desserts, then pay at the other end.  I asked about discount opportunities as I have a Tables in Wonderland card.  It is not accepted, but they do offer an Annual Pass discount (10%) along with AAA, so be sure to ask!  After paying you are given your receipt and a restaurant pager.  This seems to be the most confusing and congested part of the process as most people stand right in that area to pick up their orders.  The drink machine is also in this location for filling your cups.  After a little longer wait than I would prefer due to some confusion behind the counter, we were ready to eat.

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Indoor seating is available here, but it is limited.  I would say that the majority of the seating is outside.  It can be difficult to come by, but I noticed the staff working hard to keep tables clean and turn them over for the next guest.

My All American was yummy as usual!  It is made with a ciabatta type bread—so it is chewy with a crisp outside from the toasting.   Because it is heated all of the flavors blend together well, the cranberry sauce, cheese & turkey (I had them hold the ranch).  Temperature was just right and the ingredients were fresh.  No complaints there. Next up was the new Mac & Cheese.  I thought this was great!  It was a served in a small foil dish and was baked so it had a bit of a crusty top—just the way I like it!  It tasted like it was mostly a cheddar cheese base with a nice tang to it.  And under the crusty top it was nice and creamy.  I will probably get this as my meal on the next visit.  The Ham and Cheese and side of coleslaw was deemed a success.  The kid’s pizza sandwich and chips (a house brand that are kettle cooked and nice and crunchy) are always enjoyed by my 10 year old son.

Compared to regular “Disney” prices, the Earl of Sandwich is a bargain and definitely a great value.  The efficient service, clean atmosphere, tasty food and great prices make the Earl of Sandwich a must do for my Disney trips.  Besides, the money I save by eating there I can spend on something fun over at the World of Disney!

Have you eaten at the Earl?  What’s your favorite sandwich?

Food:  A great variety of sandwiches at a great value.  The menu also features salads, a lot of different side items and desserts.  Everything is made to order and very tasty.

Atmosphere:  Not much to say here.  Eating outside is nice because you can do some great people watching of the guests shopping at Downtown Disney.  One side even features a view of the carousel.

Service:  Efficient.  Like a well oiled machine they can move the chronically long queue line quickly.  Staff are also very friendly despite the fast pace.

Tips:  Ask for a discount!  Although they don’t honor Tables in Wonderland, I did get a 10% discount for being an Annual Passholder, and the also offer a AAA discount.  Go to their website and sign up for a free sandwich on your birthday, and you may also get a free brownie when submitting your email.

About Sarah Chapman

I am a long time Disney fan since I was hooked on Walt Disney World with my first trip in 1987. Since that time I’ve tried experiencing everything I can in the parks, with a total of 30 visits and counting (I’m always planning my next trip) to Walt Disney World—not to mention Disney Cruise Line and even (shhh!) Universal Orlando and Sea World. I’ve turned my Disney obsession into a profession helping others plan their magical vacations as a Dream Vacation Maker at LBAC Travel. I am a work at home mom to three wonderful boys, and each one has been properly indoctrinated with all things Disney. Walt Disney World is definitely our “Laughing Place.” Look for me on Facebook at Facebook.com/SarahLBAC for updates, discount announcements, tips, tricks and planning advice for your next vacation. You can also find me on Instagram (sarahdreamvacationmaker) and Pinterest (sarahlbactravel).