It’s funny: Liberty Square Market is smack dab in the middle of Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square. And yet, somehow it remains something of a hidden gem. I’m referring to the structure itself, and also its food offerings. You never know what you might find at Liberty Square Market.
Well, that’s not entirely true. You do always know you’ll find lots of grab-n-go options, like bagged chips and whole fruit. And you’ll find them in a pretty cool setting! But there are always a few surprises here, too! Let’s check out a few of the details.
There is a lot of charm packed in this not-so-huge space. And all of it perfectly complements its Liberty Square surroundings, from the open-air building…
…to the font used on the menu.
I like the barrels of Mead, Ale, Grog, and potatoes! (Please note: Liberty Square Market sells neither mead, nor ale, nor grog ;D) . It does, however, sell potatoes! More on that in a few…)
My very favorite is the cart full of chips. I like to think this was how the Founding Fathers picked up their Doritos and Cheetos after a long morning of drafting Constitutions and what-not. You know.
You can take your goods to this seating area behind the Market. Tables are often full around lunch time, but since this is primarily a spot for grabbing a very quick bite before heading to the next attraction, turnaround is pretty quick and you can usually find a seat before too long.
You can find plenty of better-for-you fare in this spot, specifically an array of whole fruit and packaged veggies.
While I mentioned the more popular chip brands, you can also find healthier choices like bagged rice crisps, baked chips, pretzels, and Craisins.
You’ll also find some snacks for special diets, like gluten- and allergen-free caramel corn and candy.
Need a cold drink? The Market is one of a few spots that features Honest Ade, along with an assortment of bottled juice.
There is a small variety of hot items available, too. But the trick here is to be sure to take a peek at the moveable signs, because they’re constantly changing. So, you really never know what you might find.
While the Baked Potato is on the permanent menu, the Sweet Potato is on a moveable sign (though I have seen it on nearly every visit, so I think your chances are good!). Hot sandwiches are also available fairly often, though they’re not the best option on the menu we don’t think.
Or you may find the snack we’re trying today: Roasted Corn on the Cob.
It’s such a simple thing, but if it’s available during your visit, the scent of the roasted corn and melted butter is a little hard to resist. AJ has tried the fried corn on the cob here as well as the regular corn on the cob. But this spiced version is N-E-W!
I ordered the Italian Spiced Roasted Corn as advertised on the sign, expecting… well, roasted corn with Italian Spice on it. However, when I received the corn, it came to me like this:
Plain corn, with just butter. As it turns out, if you want your corn “Italian Spiced,” you get to add it yourself, so you can put on as much or as little as you want.
I’ll admit… at first, I was a little less than impressed. But when I went over to the condiment area to grab the spice, it was nice to see a few options: the Italian Spice, of course, but also Jamaican Jerk Seasoning and Barbeque (you can also doctor it up with just a little salt and pepper, if you prefer).
So ultimately, it didn’t end up bothering me too much – especially since there is no additional charge for the spices. Basically, the sign is there to let you know that spices are available if you are interested.
Plus, it ended up being kind of fun giving each option a try!
The Italian Spice is pretty much the same mix that you’ll find in the spice section at the grocery store (oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme), but with salt added. This offered a mild herb flavor, but still allowed me to taste the butter and corn (which, incidentally, had a satisfying crunch without being overly crisp. I also thought the charring was just right).
The Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, on the other hand, just about took over! It was yummy and had a good punch, but I couldn’t taste much of the corn or butter. I did pour it with a heavier hand, but even so, it’s just a really strong flavor.
The Barbeque was your basic BBQ rub — when mixed with the corn, it tasted like a good ol’ summer cookout.
Of the three I liked the flavor of the Jamaican Jerk the best, but I have to give this round to the Italian Spice, since I could still enjoy the flavor of the corn. All truths told, though… I think my favorite is still just the regular corn with butter! I mean, really… what can possibly trump melted butter 🙂 ?
Next time you’re strolling (or racing!) from Haunted Mansion to Big Thunder Mountain, you may want to stop by Liberty Square market to grab a snack and see what’s available for your visit. Not only are there some tasty and healthy options, but it gives you the chance to soak up a little more of the terrific atmosphere of Liberty Square (my favorite land!).
Would you take your corn plain or spiced? Please let us know with a comment!