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News! Coronado Springs’ Pepper Market to Test Breakfast and Lunch Buffet

It’s been recently noted over on WDW For Grownups that the innovative food court, the Pepper Market, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will test a buffet during its breakfast and lunch hours.

The Pepper Market buffet “test” will take place December 4, 2011 – January 4, 2012 at a cost of $14.99 for adults and $8.99 for kids for the morning meal and $16.99 (adults) and $9.99 (kids) for lunch.

Pepper Market Entrance

No gratuity will be automatically added during these meals, however the check will include a space for an optional tip. Payment with the Disney Dining Plan will be via counter-service (not table-service) credits for the breakfast and lunch buffets.

During this month-long phase, the Maya Grill will not serve breakfast. Dinner will remain unchanged at the Pepper Market and Maya Grill.

As a fan of the Pepper Market, I’m not at all excited about this change to buffet meals. Just sayin’. Maybe y’all can convince me otherwise.

Buffet meals at the Pepper Market – Thumbs Up or down? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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10 Comments

  1. Sylvia says:

    I love the Pepper Market, just leave it as it is, don’t run it by changing it to something else. Why does Disney think they need to change things and it’s usually isn’t for the better

  2. If its an ‘all you care to eat’ buffet for those prices or counted as a counter service meal on the DDP it sounds like good value. I guess if you’re used to eating less then it will seem a bit pricey. If it continues it’s certainly something I would check out :)

  3. Kim says:

    Sylvia – Agreed!

    Daydreaming Disney – It does sound like a good value with the DDP!

  4. Jen says:

    I think the buffets are a good idea. I like the food and the choices at the Pepper Market but sometimes the service can be bad, if the workers forget your order.

  5. Jennifer says:

    We ate at the Pepper Market buffet for lunch today. The pros were that the food was delicious and the wait staff was very attentive. There were enchiladas, burritos, a wrap/panini station, tilapia, chicken veracruz and some other Mexican fare. There were also a couple of salads and some “kids’” dishes like macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets and spaghetti. We had two adults and three kids at our table and all of us agreed that our favorite item on the buffet was the pork loin roast with a spicy rub. There was a small selection of desserts – three different kinds of cake and various cookies. The cons were that many of the hot dishes were cold. Also, it was still set up for counter service so we had to wait for someone to serve us and some of the servers were working more than one station, so it was slow going. We felt that is was overpriced for what we got. Overall, with a few tweaks, it could be a decent buffet.

  6. AJ says:

    THanks Jennifer!!! Great review!!

  7. ann says:

    The Pepper Mkt has alwaays been one of the draws to the Coronado. When we have not stayed there, we have gone there for at least one meal–We love it. Upon our recent visit there, we found that the kitchen posts and menu had already been changed. Why they changed my flan to include coconut is beyond me I hate coconut. Thank God I got the recipe years ago from the chef. Guess I have to make it myself now. Do you think they are changing it to buffet srvice because they think it will be faster to serve convention people as well as resort guests? My entire family is upset with the changes. I want my old Market back.

  8. Claire says:

    When we arrive at Disney the first place we go is to eat lunch at Pepper Market. We were very disappointed this July to see that lunch was only a buffet. We left and returned for dinner, but again disappointed in the service and the quality of food. Many of our favorite dishes have been altered and are not the same. The chicken quesadillas, which used to be exceptional with big pieces of grilled chicken, tender crisp peppers and onions, rice, and black beans, are now simply shredded chicken, mushy vegetables, and cheese in a tortilla with no sides. Service was very slow…the server at the salad station was also working another station and alternating between the two. Pepper Market is sadly not what it used to be.We certainly hope the buffet trial is temporary and the quality that we always used to experience is returned.

  9. larry says:

    There is no way that I could eat enough breakfast to justify paying almost sixteen dollars per person. Its ok it you use your dining plan for that but I prefer using it for a nice dinner . Most people I know eat a simple breakfast and sixteen bucks is a bit too steep for eggs, bacon, pancakes, hashbrowns, and coffee.

  10. arthur says:

    The Pepper Market was a great find. When you can use a counter service for a buffet is a fantastic value and a tasty one. I am sorry that my next stay at coronado (middle Dec. 2013) we will not be able to use the DDP. I have been searching for other counter service buffet on the DDP. Can anybody help me?

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