One of Disney World’s most beloved counter service restaurants isn’t actually a Disney restaurant at all — it’s part of a chain of sandwich shops called Earl of Sandwich! We still love it, though, and couldn’t wait to highlight it here on the blog.
Located in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace, Earl of Sandwich is a restaurant wrapped up in a history lesson. As the story goes, John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich in England, invented the sandwich as an easy, eat-on-the-run (or while playing cards) meal. Today, the 11th Earl of Sandwich and his family have taken the name to new heights by developing Earl of Sandwich stores and selling high-quality, delicious sandwich varieties along with fresh sides and desserts.
To see more about the history of the Earl and his sandwiches, check out the restaurant’s Historical Society — a wall of photographs, maps, and information. While this isn’t something you’d normally see in a counter-service restaurant, the tongue-in-cheek concept mixed with some homework-worthy information gives the place a little more depth than you’d expect. Pretty fun, eh? (By the way, Captain Cook named the Sandwich Islands for the Earl, so you get to learn all about that, too!)
When you’ve had your fill of history, jump in the (likely very looooooooooooooooooooong) line and figure out which sandwich is going to work for you. Here’s a warning — Earl of Sandwich fills up fast, and soon after noon each day, the line already snakes back and forth several times. If you’re tired of standing in ride lines, consider getting to Earl of Sandwich right at opening, or in late afternoon before the dinner rush.
Once you pick up your order, you have the choice of sitting outside or inside. Not to worry, though — no matter where you choose to dine, you’ll have access to England’s favorite sauces and condiments!
And don’t forget to showcase your counter-service dedication with some Earl of Sandwich merch:
Now, that long line is good for one thing — to choose what you want to eat! Earl of Sandwich specializes in — what else — sandwiches! From the Original 1762, with “Freshly Roasted Beef, Cheddar Cheese & Creamy Horseradish Sauce;” to the All American, with “Roasted Turkey, Buttermilk Ranch, Cranberries, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce & Tomato;” to the Veggie, with “Feta Cheese, Lettuce, Roma Tomato, Cucumber, Red Onion, Roasted Red Peppers & Mediterranean Dressing;” and more — there’s a sandwich for everyone here! Take the time to peruse the menu and find the perfect option for you.
We chose to try The Full Montague, which has “Roasted Beef, Turkey, Swiss & Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Roma Tomato & Earl’s Mustard,” and the Italian, with “Salami, Capicola, Ham, Mortadella, Zesty Italian Dressing, Mozzarella & Roma Tomato (Peppers Optional).”
My husband loves roast beef sandwiches, and The Full Montague was perfect for him! He loved the mix of cheeses and meats and enjoyed the toasted taste of the bread.
The Italian was all mine, and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have shared more than the bite I gave my husband. This was one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. (You know that show on the Food Network — The Best Thing I Ever Ate? Yeah — it’s like that.) You’ve just gotta look at this thing to really understand it.
I also sampled some of the Earl of Sandwich Tomato Soup — a delicious, not-too-sweet soup topped with crusty croutons. This is perfect for those colder days in Florida, and is also a pretty decent between-meals snack that won’t break the bank or your calorie budget.
For dessert, I couldn’t resist this Brownie Frosting Sandwich — incredible vanilla frosting sandwiched between two of the Earl’s famous circular brownies! You just can’t go wrong, but you if you want to hear more about it, just click that link for my review of just this item!
Of course, there are plenty of other side items and desserts to order that will complement your sandwich. Macaroni salad, jello, yogurt parfaits, muffins, brownies, and more are available — here are just a few of the ones we saw:
And don’t forget to grab your drink — juices, milk, soda, imported beers, and more are up for grabs:
Whew! Are you still with me?! That was a lot of pics, but you can clearly see that there are quite a few choices for your lunch break at Earl of Sandwich. And, what’s even more important, is that this place really does deliver quality for the cost. If you’re on the dining plan, this is one of the best counter-service values, hands down. I highly, highly recommend it.
Have you been to Earl of Sandwich? What’s your favorite item on the menu? Let us know in the comments section below (so I can try it next time I’m there!).