Lunch review- Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café at Magic Kingdom
Just a few days ago, I found myself fortunate enough to have a day off from work and not an errand or commitment to be anywhere or do anything! With that kind of good fortune, I was able to take a drive over to Magic Kingdom and meet up with a friend for some good times and lunch. It was absolutely packed at the house of mouse, very common for this time of year. Staring down hour plus waits for the 3 mountains, we decided to head over to Pirates of the Caribbean. With a wait of 35 minutes, we decided to have a little lunch first and see if the wait times went up or would be relieved slightly by the parade. Instead of walking far, we stopped in to the quick service Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café.
You can enter from the back room, if the doors are open on high capacity days, which is across from Pirates, enter through the side entrance in the walkway from Pirates walking to Splash Mountain or the front entrance where you can see people getting splashed from Splash Mountain. Upon entering this “saloon”, you’ll notice the theming to make you feel like you are among the miners headed out west. An interesting twist is that rooms near Adventureland resemble theming for that land with even a slight Caribbean flare, but if you walk more towards Frontierland, the theming shifts to fit what a mine might look like. You can also read the story of the Tall Tales, displayed along the walls on scrolls. Oh, Disney magic, you complete me,
On this busy day, lines were out the door. Just to judge the business for those of you that frequent Magic Kingdom often, the often closed Tortuga Tavern was open and jammed packed. All tables were in use at Pecos Bill’s and people were walking around aimlessly with trays. Some even sat in front of the restaurant right on the floor. My friend and I started wondering if waiting in the line at Pirates was the better choice. All cashiers were open, so it wasn’t long before we were able to place our order.
The menu isn’t huge enough to be overwhelming, but still offers enough of a choice for families who are all in the mood for something different. Your choices include BBQ pork sandwich($9.99), 1/3 lb. Angus burgers($9.59-$10.79), Veggie burger($7.99), Southwest Chicken Salad with Mixed Greens, Chicken, Monterey Jack Cheese, Tomato, Roasted Corn, Jalapenos, and Chipotle Ranch($9.19) or the Taco Salad in a Fried Flour Tortilla with Seasoned Beef ($8.79). You can also choose sides like onion rings ($3.79), chili cheese fries ($4.99), sweet potato fries ($2.99), chili ($3.79) or corn on the cob ($1.99). Desserts include the same trio seen in most quick services places in the parks, chocolate or carrot cake ($3.99) or strawberry yogurt ($2.19). The kids have choices of PB and J ($5.49), hamburger ($5.99) or turkey sandwich ($5.99). A bonus is the offering of 2 flavors of iced coffees, French vanilla or mocha ($4.49). They also offer a very tasty and heat reducing raspberry lemonade slush ($3.99 unless you want it in a boot for $8.99)
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We both ended up ordering the taco salad because the coolest feature of Pecos Bill’s is that there are multiple condiment bars where you can add toppings to your meal. You can dress your meal with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles or with sautéed mushrooms or onions. All of the display was incredibly fresh and cast members tended to refilling and cleaning often. My favorite thing in the entire world (ok, exaggerating a bit, but it is very close!) is the VAT OF MELTED CHEESE. Hot , gooey and oh, so bad for you, cheese is available by the ramekin full or bucket full. After getting my taco shell with about 3-4 oz. of meat in it, I loaded it with shredded lettuce and oozing hot cheese. I also added the banana peppers that were out. Something else that is really cool about Pecos Bill’s is that several dressings and condiments are out and available for you to grab freely. Maybe it’s just me, but I hate asking for more than 1 dressing at the register or more sauce for my food. With the availability of blue cheese, ranch, bbq, honey mustard and more for us to grab as we pleased, I was in condiment heaven.
We chose a table in the back room which was quieter than the main room. The taco salad was good. The shell was a little greasy, so I only tore off a few bites. The meat inside was about average, but I wasn’t expecting a gourmet meal. It did its job of filling me up, so that is all I can ask for! I also split the chocolate cake with my friend which is just about 3 bites each. It was moist with a ton of frosting, just the way I like it!
All in all, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café won’t have you writing home about the incredible fare, but it will satisfy your hunger and give you enough choices so that the youngin’s won’t complain. It also offers a dark place to hide in when you can’t take the Florida sun anymore. Oh, and it has all you can eat cheese. Did I mention that previously?
3 out of 5 stars. The food isn’t bad, but it’s not great, either. Pecos Bill offers decent food, decent prices (considering other quick service prices) and a decent theme.
Food: Nothing to write home about here, but quick service staples like burgers, fries and veggie burgers are offered. Other selections include BBQ pork sandwich, Southwest Chicken Salad and Taco Salad. Fresh condiment bar with veggie and toppings are offered.
Atmosphere: Lots and lots of seating in darkly themed rooms. Air conditioned and dark is a nice contrast to hot and sunny outside the doors.
Service: No servers here, as this is a quick service location. But, cast members are stocking the condiment bars and are highly visible in the restaurant. Need something? Just ask, they are happy to oblige.
Tips: Quick service location accepts Disney dining plan for one quick service credit. If you like stories, look along the walls for the scrolls! There are some rooms in the back that are closer to Adventureland that offer a little more peace and quiet. It can get awfully loud in this saloon! You can also choose to sit outside if it is busy or if it is not so stinking hot out!