The need to grab a meal on the go won’t prevent you from enjoying top-notch cuisine during a day at Disney Springs. From quick-service takeaway spots and food trucks to snack stands, there are delicious options to choose from when you are short on time but still want to enjoy a meal that packs a big flavor punch! For unique and delicious cuisine that far surpasses your average food truck or snack bar, check out Spanish cuisine on the ho at Pepe by José Andrés.
After huge success at its first food truck in Washington, D.C., Pepe joined Disney Springs West Side in 2019. Founded by Chef José Andrés, Guests can take a culinary vacation far beyond Lake Buena Vista at Walt Disney World Resort to Spain. This menu serves up Spanish cuisine like flavorful sangria, pressed bikini sandwiches, and sweet treats.
When speaking to the Orlando Sentinel about the menu items, Guests can expect at Pepe, he elaborated on hot and cold sandwiches that will be served at the spot. Known as bocatas and bikinis, these sandwiches are nothing short of extraordinary and deliver the convenience of a sandwich with a dash of Spanish flavor.
Chef José Andrés said, “A bocata is a true taste of Spain, believe me. One bite and you are transported by the perfectly crunchy bread with all the flavors coming together in perfect harmony,” Andrés said in the news release. “Pepe has my favorite bocatas from all across Spain, and I look forward to sharing them with Guests at Disney Springs.”
Let’s hop into the menu for this mouthwatering quick-service restaurant. If you search for affordable eats, you will love this spot. Prices tend to come in under $20 per item making this a great spot to visit if you are dining on a budget. The sandwiches are sizeable and hearty, so you may even choose to share with a family member and splurge on a side and sangria so you can enjoy even more of this quick service spot. The menu is divided into Fresh Pressed Bikini Sandwiches, Something More (Sides), and Something Sweet. There is also a menu of Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages for diners to choose from.
It is no surprise that the star of the show at Pepe is the pressed bikini sandwiches. These hearty sandwiches are unique because of their delicious freshness and perfectly paired flavors. Sandwiches are built on a base of pan de cristal bread or rolls. A popular menu choice is the Pepito Ternera. This sandwich is a meat lover’s dream with juicy flat iron steak, caramelized onion, cheese, mayonnaise, and roasted green peppers on a fresh Pan de Cristal base. This hearty sandwich is so filling you won’t need a side. It rings in at $18 and is consistently a Guest favorite.
Does a hot ham and cheese sandwich sound awesome? Try the Bikini de Jamón y Queso. A cheaper menu item at only $14, this Bikini is loaded with flavorful Serrano Ham and melty Manchego Cheese on a pressed sandwich. Speaking of cheesy goodness– do not miss tasting the Bikini 3 Quesos or the Bikini Menorquin!
Cheese lovers will rejoice when they bite into the Bikini 3 Quesos ($10), which is loaded with Manchego cheese, Havarti, and Goat cheese on a hot-pressed sandwich. This Spanish grilled cheese is not to be missed! The Bikini Menorquin ($12) marries rich cheesy flavors with a subtle sweetness with spreadable chorizo, and Manchego cheese with honey pressed into a melt-in-your-mouth sandwich.
Craving fried chicken but with a Spanish twist? Try the Futbol Club. This $15 sandwich combines fried breaded chicken breast, crispy bacon, fresh tomato, and lettuce sandwich garnished with mustard and mayonnaise. These are just a few of the mouthwatering sandwiches you can choose from.
Why not pair your fresh bikini with a side like smooth Gazpacho de Remolacha? This $5 side is a no-brainer and offers a great authentic taste of Spain. This chilled soup is made with roasted beets. The Ensalada Verde offers a fresh side salad option for only $4. Other side options include José Andrés Potato Chips ($4), crispy Croquetas de Pollo ($9), or Patatas Bravas ($8). Croquetas de Pollo is chicken fritters fried to crunchy perfection, and Patatas Bravas are my chosen bikini side – fried potatoes served with aioli and brava sauce.
Save room for dessert and snag dishes like Buñuelos de Viento con Chocolate, Leche Merengada, or Flan al Estilo Tradicional de Mamá Marisa. Chocolate fans will love the Buñuelos de Viento con Chocolate ($8), a crispy fried Spanish pastry stuffed with hot melty chocolate. The Leche Merengada is a great choice for those craving a fresh dessert with simple but vibrant flavors. This dish is made with sweetened milk, cinnamon, and lemon and rings in at $4. If you want to go traditional, order the Flan al Estilo Tradicional de Mamá Marisa to enjoy a simple but perfectly cooked Spanish flan ($6).
Obviously, you’ll have to snag a beverage to wash it all down with. Might we suggest the Sangría Roja? This drink truly is a Spanish classic, and this is one of Pepe’s signature menu items. Buy it by the glass for $9 each or by the bottle for $35. If the Disney World heat has you craving a frozen drink, snag Granizado de Sangria or a frozen sangria for only $12. Kicking back with this frozen drink sounds like the key to a perfect afternoon at Disney Springs. If you choose to skip the sangria, there are also delicious red and white wine offerings for $14 per glass.
What will you sample from this mouthwatering menu on your next Walt Disney World vacation?