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4 Great Counter-Service Turkey Options in Walt Disney World

It’s the Holiday Season! Festive holiday decorations are making their appearance in the “World,” and plans for merry-making with family and friends will be set in place.

Don’t get me wrong – that’s great and all. But let’s face it… those of us who gather here at Disney Food Blog are really thinking about all the FESTIVE FOOD we’re going to enjoy! Specifically, we’re ready to talk TURKEY (and gravy, cranberries, and stuffing) at Disney World Counter-Service locations! These are some great choices if you’re touring the World during the holidays and don’t have time for a sit-down situation. Grab your holiday eats on the go!

Holiday Turkey Sandwich – Earl of Sandwich

Perhaps you’re already familiar with the Holiday Turkey Sandwich at Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney: turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry all on Earl’s artisan bread.

Holiday Turkey Sandwich

Maybe you are among those who love it so much you have all but written a Shakespearean sonnet in its honor. And if you count yourself among the diehards, we certainly wouldn’t judge you if you danced a jig or threw a small party when it was announced that the Holiday Turkey Sandwich would be served at Earl’s year-round. It’s music to our ears!

Turkey Sandwich – Everything Pop Food Court

But Earl’s isn’t the only place where you can enjoy holiday flavors any time of year… Let’s head over to Pop Century’s Food Court, Everything Pop!

Everything Pop!

On the menu, you’ll find a listing for a “Turkey Sandwich.” But c’mon… this is Everything Pop we’re talking about, and we know their propensity for unusual eats! So it should come as no surprise that this is more than a simple turkey sandwich. Just check out the ingredient list!

Everything Pop Turkey Sandwich on the Menu

That’s right: oven-roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, watercress, and cranberry mayo in between two slices of Texas Toast.

Everything Pop Turkey Sandwich

Before we get into the details, here’s a quiz for you! At Thanksgiving dinner are you more likely to:

A. Mash up all the stuffing, corn, and mashed potatoes together on your plate; OR

B. Avoid having any of your food items touch each other at all costs?

If you chose “B,” this is not the sandwich for you. I’m a “B,” so I confess to disassembling mine and eating the components individually after the first few bites.

Regardless of where you fall on the does-food-touching-other-food-on-your-plate-drive-you-crazy continuum, there’s something you should know about the Turkey Sandwich: it’s served cold.

I think I understand why. Served hot, I don’t know how it would stay together. Served cold, ingredients like the mashed potatoes remain stable. Even so, for me, this one lost a few points there. I also felt that the Watercress seemed out of place.

Everything Pop Turkey Sandwich

Fortunately, I had an additional reminder of the Best Meals of the Year: Everything Pop is serving Gravy Fries.

Gravy Fries

If there is one thing I can’t get enough of at the holidays, it’s GRAVY! And when something already awesome (fries) is serving primarily as a conduit for something even more awesome (gravy!)… well, you know you must be livin’ right ;)!

Turkey and Brie Sandwich – The Artist’s Palette

Next, we’re off to Saratoga Springs Resort. The Artist’s Palette has an offering I just couldn’t resist: the Turkey and Brie Sandwich (with Arugula).

The Artist's Palette at Saratoga Springs

Sandwich Menu at The Artist's Palette

So where, you may ask, is the holiday element? Why, this sandwich is finished with Chambord-Cranberry Mayonnaise.

Turkey and Brie Sandwich

Oh, my. This was good. The turkey and arugula were so fresh, and the brie had sunk into the nooks and crannies of the toasted multi-grain bread.

Brie melted into the multi-grain bread

One thing I’ll be sure to request next time: MORE of that delicious Chambord-Cranberry Mayonnaise. As someone who typically requests no or light mayo, this is no small thing. If you can excuse: 1) my poor use of flash, and 2) the HUGE bite out of the sandwich, you might like to see one of the cranberry chunks in the spread!

Cranberry!

Turkey BLT – Old Port Royale

We’ve got one more stop: we’re heading to Old Port Royale at Caribbean Beach Resort for the Turkey BLT!

Old Port Royale at Caribbean Beach Resort

You can find the Turkey BLT at Montego’s Deli.

Montego's Deli

I love the Turkey BLT. LOVE it!

Turkey BLT

It comes with your choice of House-made Jerk Chips or Pasta Salad (house-made jerk chips!). It’s a difficult decision (house-made jerk chips!), as I’m sure both items are equally delicious (house-made jerk chips!).

Me? I went with the House-made Jerk Chips ;)!

House-made Jerk Chips

I’ve enjoyed this sandwich a few times, and it is consistently fresh and flavorful. The multi-grain bread lends a satisfying hardiness, and the serving size is more than generous. The basil aioli, though, is what elevates this sandwich to a higher level. Be warned, though! The very thing that makes it so delicious is also the thing that makes you reach for a breath mint after ;). This is some strong stuff!

Oh, and of course… there’s BACON involved. And what exactly does bacon have to do with the holidays?

Ummm… I wish bacon were involved in them! Ooooookay, so that’s a stretch! But this sandwich is such a hidden gem that I wanted to throw a little love its way. It deserves a nod here :).

No matter where or how you enjoy your festive meals this month, we hope they are happy ones!

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Do you have a favorite Turkey Stop in Disney World? Please let us know in the comments below!

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8 Comments

  1. Dawn says:

    Among the many things for which I am thankful today, I am also truly thankful for this site, and all its many delicious (and obviously lovingly written) posts. Being so far away from Disney, I am still able to get my daily dose of my favorite things about WDW- the food! Thanks for all you do here, and bringing me some Disney cheer every single day. :-)

  2. Sue says:

    Hear, hear! I agree with everything Dawn said. Happy Thanksgiving DFB.

  3. Chrissy O. says:

    Ah, yes, the turkey BLT and jerk chips is really a hidden gem of high quality that sometimes is hard to find when surfing the food court options. I usually eat 2-3 every vacation. Look at how they folded those turkey slices….such love! I still haven’t tried it with basil aioli (used to be cranberry mayo) but I’m looking forward to it! Those chips are so good, too. We’ve tried emulating them at home to some success by shaking calypso rub (jimmy buffet brand, Margaritaville…yay!) into a bag of plain kettle chips. So yummy…but not quite like the real thing.
    Love you Old Port Royale!!!

  4. Ken Alegre says:

    OMG…this was making me hungry while I was reading this. The stuff from Pop Century looks so good, especially the gravy fries! I need to try the Turkey Sandwich at Caribbean Beach. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  5. Kathryn W says:

    We’ve just head an amazing three course thanksgiving dinner at Wolfgang Express at the marketplace at DTD for $19! Butternut squash soup, turkey dinner and pumpkin pie. Amazing food and amazing value!

  6. Kathryn W says:

    Sorry forgot to add it was also a qsdp credit.

  7. Marc says:

    Gravy fries are also a thing here in Quebec. For those who don’t like cheese (guilty), you can always buy ‘frites sauce,’ which is fries and gravy without the cheese curds. How good it is usually depends on the quality of fries and the flavour of the gravy. Hope they’re still serving it when we visit in Feb.!

  8. Essie says:

    Yes, I’m also thankful that I found the DFB and all of you nice people. That said, I love the food at EOS (Both the American and Holiday Turkey), the turkey and Brie at SSR looks abs wonderful and since POP is going to be my next hotel (on my hotel list), I would def try their turkey sandwich, but I would ask them to please ‘zap’ it in their microwave to warm it up. I just think it sounds like it would be better heated up. I had a cold veggie sandwich in The Land once that I didn’t care for, so I asked them to heat it up in their microwave and then it was delicious! I couldn’t believe the difference it made.

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