We’ve got a review of a slightly under-the-radar spot in Disney World’s Downtown Disney today!
Join me for a visit to the Latin-inspired chicken restaurant that provides an interesting change of pace for Downtown Disney Guests!
Located in what used to be the cavernous McDonald’s at the end of Downtown Disney’s Marketplace, counter-service location Pollo Campero shares space with two other foodstops: Bodie’s All-American (formerly Fresh A-Peel) and Babycakes NYC. On this visit, we were in the mood for chicken, so Pollo Campero it was.
Once inside, you’ll approach the restaurant like most other counter service stops. Choose your food at the counter, and then proceed to a central bank of registers that’s shared with Bodie’s All-American.
The general set up here is a bit “food-courtish,” but it does flow nicely and I’ve never had a pedestrian jam traffic problem.
Next it’s time to go grab a table in the vast, well-lit seating area. There’s also some very nice outside seating if you’re hitting Orlando on one of those warm Winter days.
Menu and Options
The really great thing about this set up is that you can see all of the food before you order, which makes for a well-informed decision making process.
The menu — as the name of the restaurant implies — centers around chicken. Guests can choose a “Create Your Meal” option, and pick from Grilled or Fried Chicken, or Fried Chicken Strips.
I love that they have grilled chicken available here. If you’re watching what you eat, this is a decent stand-in for other counter-service meals!
Also available in some locations are chicken bowls, burritos, and chicken sandwiches.
As for side dishes, it’s kind of nice to have lots of alternatives to fries available.
Speaking of fries…they’re clearly a popular item here, judging from the vast quantity standing by!
One unique item that seems to be pretty popular are the Campero Beans. Described as “slow cooked pinto beans simmered with smoked bacon, chorizo, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and jalapeños and our unique seasoning,” I was fairly sure we’d be trying these today. I mean, chorizo, guys. Come on.
Another interesting feature of Pollo Campero is the Beverage Bar. While you have your standard Coca-Cola fountain drink options, the restaurant also serves up some interesting Latin American soft drinks, like Horchata.
The freshly prepared salsas are a great touch as well. These will add a little zip to chicken and side dishes nicely.
There’s also an assortment of chips and desserts in the grab n’ go section, located in the middle of the ordering area.
Create Your Meal
When it came time to order, we went with — surprise — chicken! My friend chose the Signature Fried Chicken with Fries.
The fried chicken here is not your typical, heavily breaded, corn-flakey fast food variety. The crust is very thin and crisp. The chicken is juicy, tender, and delicious. I would definitely recommend it!
For our other option, we went for the Chicken Strips and the Campero Beans.
The chicken strips were pretty standard, although good. The dipping sauce tasted like a combination of ketchup and mayo combo. It complemented the chicken nicely.
The Campero Beans were fantastic, though!
Full of flavor and served with rice, these could easily be a meal by themselves. They tasted as though they had been slow cooked, with well-developed flavors.
We skipped the dessert and specialty drinks on this visit. But there’s always next time!
So, here’s the deal with Pollo Campero: it’s very good, and has some unique options that you’re just not going to find often at other Disney World counter service restaurants. But, as good as it is, it’s competing with some seriously awesome quick service spots in Downtown Disney. Wolfgang Puck Express? Earl of Sandwich? Ghirardelli? (OK, so that’s just ice cream, but I can make a meal out of it.) Those are hard to top.
However, if you find yourself at Downtown Disney in need of a meal…and it’s gotta be chicken, I would definitely give it a try. For fresh, interesting flavors at reasonable prices, Pollo Campero is a really good choice!
Is Pollo Campero a favorite spot for you? Leave a comment below!