The Ultimate List of Foods You Can’t Miss in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Steamed Cheeseburger Pods - Bao Buns
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a stunning Disney Park at the Walt Disney World Resort that is home to many popular experiences, including attractions like Avatar Flight of Passage, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, and Kilimanjaro Safaris. In addition to the incredible attractions throughout the Disney Park, there are also countless dining options that offer up everything from traditional American barbecue to global cuisine.

With so many dining options to choose from, Guests might not know what are the must-have items, so we’ve compiled a list of all of the best bites available. Be sure to try each and every one of these delicious food options at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort!

Tiffins Signature Bread Service

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Tiffins Bread Service – Tiffins Restaurant

The first stop on this ultimate foodie tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Tiffins Restaurant, a table service location on Discovery Island near the bridge that leads into Pandora – The World of Avatar. This beautiful restaurant is open for lunch and dinner each day and welcomes Guests into a vibrant interior that celebrates the adventure of travel with a menu of global cuisine. A great way to begin any meal at Tiffins Restaurant is with the Tiffins Signature Bread Service, which pairs several breads, including Thai Milk Bread with an assortment of flavors, spreads, and toppings for Guests to sample.

Surf and Turf

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Surf and Turf – Tiffins Restaurant

An indulgent entrée option at Tiffins Restaurant that shouldn’t be missed is the perfect combination of hearty steak and fresh seafood. The Surf and Turf pairs South African braai spiced beef tenderloin with seared scallops, potato pave, grilled vegetables, dhania butter, and a cola demi-glace for one of the most delicious meal options in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Tuna Poke Bowl

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Tuna Poke Bowl – Nomad Lounge

Adjacent to Tiffins Restaurant is Nomad Lounge, a more relaxed location that features the same décor and theming as the table service location but with a small and cozy interior and large outdoor deck that overlooks the Discovery River below. Guests who stop by Nomad Lounge can enjoy a limited menu of small bites with bold flavors including the Tuna Poke Bowl. This light, yet satisfying plate features fresh tuna, steamed rice, red cabbage kimchi, edamame, and sesame-chili glaze that pairs perfectly with the comfortable atmosphere and beautiful views of Nomad Lounge.

Hightower Rocks

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Hightower Rocks – Nomad Lounge

No visit to Nomad Lounge is complete without enjoying a unique specialty cocktail from their menu and each option features an exotic and fun name. The Hightower Rocks is a great beverage to sip which blends Casa Dragones Blanco Tequila, watermelon, sweet-and-sour, and lime juice for a beautiful pink color that is almost too pretty to drink!

Steamed Cheeseburger Pods - Bao Buns

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Cheeseburger Steamed Pods – Bao Buns – Satu’li Canteen

Moving into Pandora – The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests can enjoy lunch or dinner at Satu’li Canteen. This popular quick-service location offers Guests a flavorful menu of unique options, including a twist on a classic cheeseburger. The Cheeseburger Steamed Pods – Bao Buns fill fluffy and soft bao buns with ground beef, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and cheddar cheese with sides of vegetable slaw and vegetable chips for a unique spin on a traditional favorite.


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Slow-Roasted Beef Bowl – Satu’li Canteen

Many Guests also love to enjoy a meal at Satu’li Canteen thanks to their menu of customizable bowls which offer up flavorful meat, seafood, and vegan options paired with different bases, sauces, and more. A delicious option to indulge in is the Slow-Roasted Beef Bowl, which features beef that has been marinated in garlic, herbs, red pepper, and red wine vinegar, topped with vegetable slaw and boba balls. Guests then have the chance to choose their base with options including Red and Sweet Potato Hash and Mixed Whole Grains and Rice as well as a sauce, with choices like Charred Green Onion Vinaigrette and Creamy Herb Dressing.

Pongu Lumpia

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Pongu Lumpia – Pongu Pongu

Found just steps away from Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – The World of Avatar is Pongu Pongu, a quick-service counter that serves up a limited menu of snacks and beverages throughout each day. Guests looking for a unique and delicious bite to enjoy while exploring the area should try the Pongu Lumpia, which stuffs a crispy spring roll with tangy cream cheese and tropical pineapple for an unforgettable combination.

Night Blossom

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Night Blossom – Pongu Pongu

Also available at Pongu Pongu is the Night Blossom, a vibrant and beautiful drink that is as delicious as it looks. The Night Blossom layers Apple and Desert Pear Limeade for colorful strips of pink and green topped with boba balls and is absolutely refreshing on a hot day in the Disney Park.

DOLE Whip Pineapple Float

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DOLE Whip Pineapple Float – Tamu Tamu Refreshments

The Africa area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to the village of Harambe, which boasts stunning theming and details as well as several dining locations, including Tamu Tamu Refreshments. This quick-service location is open throughout each day and serves up a limited menu of delicious snacks and bites including a classic treat from the Magic Kingdom. The DOLE Whip Pineapple Float tops fresh pineapple juice with a beloved DOLE Whip and can also be ordered as a specialty cocktail with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum!

Cinnamon Roll at Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery

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Colossal Cinnamon Roll – Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery

Another decadent treat to enjoy for breakfast or a snack throughout the day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can be found at Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery in the heart of Harambe. This small ordering counter serves up the Colossal Cinnamon Roll which is truly massive in size, moist and flavorful, and smothered in cream cheese icing for the perfect dose of sugar!

African Margarita

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African Margarita – Dawa Bar

Guests looking to enjoy a unique specialty cocktail while soaking in the beautiful ambiance of Harambe absolutely need to stop by Dawa Bar. This open-air bar offers Guests the chance to relax in the shade and people-watch while sipping on wonderful options like the African Margarita, which blends Corazon Blanco Tequila, Van der Hum Tangerine Liqueur, sweet-and-sour, and lime juice for the perfect sip to enjoy any day.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

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Grilled Corn on the Cob – Harambe Fruit Market

A healthy and flavorful snack option that Guests shouldn’t miss out on can be found at the Harambe Fruit Market, a small stand located just steps from the main entrance to Kilimanjaro Safaris. In addition to grab-and-go fruit, snacks, and several bakery items, the Harambe Fruit Market serves up Grilled Corn on the Cob which is as fresh as can be and is available with or without African spices.

Ribs & Chicken Bowl

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Ribs & Chicken Bowl – Harambe Market

The final dining option that Guests shouldn’t miss in Harambe is the Harambe Market which is a charming quick service location in a large open-air market that serves up a menu of flavorful options for lunch and dinner each day. One of the heartiest options that Guests can enjoy is the Ribs & Chicken Bowl, which tops a bed of cilantro rice and mixed greens with a decent portion of ribs, grilled chicken, and salsa.

Mr. Kamal's Fries

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Mr. Kamal’s Fries – Mr. Kamal’s

A great grab-and-go snack to enjoy in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can be found at Mr. Kamal’s, a quick-service location located on the pathway between Harambe and Asia. Featuring a convenient ordering widow, Guests can easily grab Mr. Kamal’s Fries which are fresh and hot fries topped with a blend of spices that Guests can then compliment with a series of dipping sauces. With options including ketchup, tandoori honey mustard, saffron aioli, and spicy honey ketchup, Mr. Kamal’s Fries are a wonderful and customizable snack option that shouldn’t be missed!

Side Pork Egg Rolls

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Side Pork Egg Rolls – 2 Rolls – Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes

Moving into the Asia area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests can find several dining options including Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafés. This quick-service location features a large open-air patio with comfortable seating where Guests can soak in the ambiance of the area and enjoy flavorful meals throughout each day. Those who are looking for a small bite to enjoy to fuel up while in Asia can enjoy the Side Pork Egg Rolls – 2 Rolls, which fill crunchy wrappers with a hearty portion of pork and vegetables for a savory bite that Guests love.

Ahi Tuna Nachos

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Ahi Tuna Nachos – Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Next to Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes is Yak & Yeti Restaurant, a table service location that whisks Guests to Southeast Asia with two stories of beautifully decorated and themed dining rooms filled with artwork. The extensive lunch and dinner menus at Yak & Yeti Restaurant feature pan-Asian cuisine including the beloved Ahi Tuna Nachos, which are one of the most decadent appetizer options at the Walt Disney World Resort. This massive portion of nachos tops crispy fried wontons with sushi-grade ahi tuna, Asian slaw, wasabi aioli, and sweet soy glaze and is technically meant to be shared though no one will want to.

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Friend Wontons – Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Yak & Yeti Restaurant is also home to a unique dessert option that Guests should absolutely plan on saving room for. The Fried Wontons skewer pieces of fresh pineapple with crispy wontons stuffed with tangy cream cheese and serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and honey-vanilla drizzle for a delicious option that can’t be missed in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Buffalo Chicken Chips

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Buffalo Chicken Chips – Trilo-Bites

Dinoland is a fun and quirky area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom that invites Guests to celebrate all things prehistoric by traveling back in time on Dinosaur and checking our Chester & Hester’s Din-O-Rama. Also found in the area is Trilo-Bites, a quick-service ordering counter with a limited menu of savory treats for Guests to enjoy. Those looking for a spicy bite shouldn’t miss out on the Buffalo Chicken Chips which top a bed of fresh chips with chunks of buffalo chicken, celery, and sour cream drizzle.

Corn Chip Pie with Walt's Favorite Chli

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Corn Chip Pie with Walt’s Chili – Dino Diner

Dino Diner is another popular quick service location in Dinoland that features a cute and classic exterior where Guests can easily order up delicious bites from a convenient counter. The Corn Chip Pie with Walt’s Chili is a hearty and wonderful option to enjoy with a bed of corn chips topped with a heap of flavorful chili, cheddar, sour cream, and jalapenos for an added bite of spice.

Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Pulled Pork

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Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Pulled Pork – Flame Tree Barbecue

Looping back around to Discovery Island in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests simply cannot miss out on Flame Tree Barbecue, a mouthwatering quick-service location that serves up indulgent barbecue options for lunch and dinner each day. The Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Pulled Pork is the perfect option to enjoy featuring creamy macaroni and cheese topped with a heaping scoop of smoked pulled pork, crispy onion rings, and coleslaw which can be enjoyed on an open-air patio looking out across the Discovery River.

Pulled Pork - Jelly Doughnut

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Pulled Pork-Jelly Doughnut Sandwich – Eight Spoon Café

The final food that Guests have to try in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is another savory pulled pork option found at Eight Spoon Café on Discovery Island. This convenient quick-service location is housed inside of a small building and serves up a limited menu of options including the over-the-top Pulled Pork-Jelly Doughnut Sandwich, which fills a traditional jelly doughnut with savory pulled pork and crunchy slaw for a totally unique and delicious combination!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.