Disney pro ranks iconic food in Hollywood Studios you must try
Sometimes I over value my own opinions. Food. Music. Movies. And also, amusement park experiences. There have been times I spurred debate when it wasn’t wanted. Today, when I tell you what is good and what is bad, I try to insert the caveat that ultimately that determination is yours to make. With that said, here’s my humble opinion on what snacks and food items I think are iconic and note-worthy in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a lot of great snack and food options, especially being known as the home of Galaxy’s Edge. The best foods, and the ones I think you should try when you’re visiting, are the Ronto Wraps from Ronto Roasters, Blue Milk from the Milk Stand and a Wookiee Cookie for dessert.
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1. Ronto Wraps at Ronto Roasters
Ronto Wraps are available at Ronto Roasters and (for dinner) at Docking Bay 7. The morning version has eggs, grilled pork sausage, shredded cheddar and peppercorn sauce in pita bread. The lunch and dinner version is roasted pork, grilled pork sausage, peppercorn sauce and tangy slaw wrapped in pita bread. Both are delicious and the best combination of unique park experience and flavor that Hollywood Studios has to offer.
2. Blue Milk from the Milk Stand
Blue Milk is the more famous of the Star Wars-based milks. This one was served to Luke by Aunt Beru when he was a boy on Tatooine. This version of Blue Milk is a plant-based blend of coconut and rice milk with alluring fruity characteristics.
Green Milk, which I think is fine but not as good as Blue Milk, is a plant-based blend of coconut and rice milk with zippy citrus and tropical characteristics. Also, bonus Dad points as you get to channel a little Ron Burgandy from “Anchorman” by taking a deep swig of space milk and remarking in the baking Florida sun, “It’s so hot. Milk was a bad choice.”
3. The Wookiee Cookie
The Wookiee Cookie – available at the Backlot Express – is described on Disney’s website as two oatmeal cookies with vanilla cream filling garnished with a milk chocolate sash on top. Wait, a sash? Does Disney think Chewy won a pageant? I assume that whoever wrote that description either didn’t understand that Chewie’s famous – and only – garment was technically a space bandolier. Anyway, this Star Wars oatmeal cream pie is delicious for dessert.
4. Pizza at PizzeRizzo
Between this and Remy over in EPCOT, Disney is pushing the rat-prepared culinary vibe. Look, I’m not here to tell you this is particularly good pizza or that it’s anything different than any other pizza you’d get at Walt Disney World. But it’s pizza in a park that caters to kids who don’t want a lot of things like toppings. You don’t think Rizzo is moving a lot of units in the cheese pizza game? I bet between this and the various grilled cheese sandwiches around the park, Disney is putting up numbers in the dairy game.
5. Woody’s Lunch Box Tarts
Gullion, I’ve asked you for food recommendations and you’re giving me a Pop-Tart? But these are no ordinary tarts. These are rectangle-shaped pastries, stuffed and covered in fondant to look like a Pop-Tart but instead, they’re something wonderful. At the time of this writing, they offer a Raspberry Lunch Box Tart and a Sweet Potato Lunch Box Tart, which has cinnamon-brown sugar icing, marshmallows and pecans. The flavors may vary by season, but they’re all available at Woody’s Lunch Box, a quick-service restaurant in the Toy Story Land section of Hollywood Studios.
6. Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken
Step back into the golden era of sock hops and early rock and roll and enjoy this American classic while surrounded by the ephemera of a bygone era at the 50s Prime Time Cafe. What is it? It’s all in the name. Perfectly prepared fried chicken served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, chicken gravy and seasonal vegetables right across from the shores of Echo Lake. It’s some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had.
7. Shrimp Tacos at ABC Commissary
At the ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, shrimp tacos are all the rage. These tacos are served with sautéed shrimp on flour tortillas and topped with cabbage slaw, chipotle-mayonnaise and mango salsa. It’s served with Mexican rice and black beans topped with pork and queso fresco. They’re also quite good. Not just theme park seafood tacos good – but good.
8. Jack Jack’s Num Num Cookie at the Market
Inspired by “Incredibles 2” when the only way Mr. Incredible can lure Jack Jack – now exploring his nascent powers – to do what he wants is to offer him a Num Num Cookie. The culinary treat is available at the Market near the entrance to Toy Story Land from Pixar Place. Served fresh out of the oven, in a mini-muffin tin, the Num Num Cookie is surely a chocolate chip wonder. It’s thicker than your average cookie and looks almost like a tiny pie.
9. Brown Derby’s Famous Cobb Salad
If you go to the Brown Derby – and you should – the famous Cobb Salad is a must. The Brown Derby is an authentic replica of the famous Brown Derby, a Tinseltown landmark steeped in glamour and glitz. The walls are adorned with caricatures of famous faces – a tradition that began with the original restaurant – and the upscale atmosphere harkens back to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Anyone who was anyone in that era of Hollywood dined there. They famously filmed a classic “I Love Lucy” episode in the original. It’s iconic.
It was 1937 or 1938 and Brown Derby owner, the unfortunately named Bob Cobb, created the now-world-renowned salad which comes with spit-roasted turkey, bacon, egg, tomatoes, blue cheese, avocado and classic dressing. If you want to feel a little extra Hollywood, order the shrimp cocktail as an appetizer.
Best table service restaurants at Hollywood Studios
I’m a big fan of the Brown Derby, but there are several table service restaurants with indoor restful dining as well as several more quick service restaurants with first-come, first-serve seating. Hollywood & Vine is a great place if you’re looking for character dining with Minnie. Also, Anaheim Produce probably isn’t technically a sit-down place, but it’s in with all the other restaurants and stands along Sunset Boulevard. There are tables not far away. Hollywood Scoops and The Trolley Car Café can be good spots if you are looking for something sweet like ice cream or a carrot cake cookie.
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