Today, I’m heading back to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe!
Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
I hadn’t been to this corner of Magic Kingdom for a while to eat, and it was time to visit again.
The legend of Pecos Bill is an interesting one.
But first and foremost, where the Tall Tale Inn — Pecos Bill’s for short — is concerned, it’s the story of two restaurants in one. That’s because Pecos Bill’s straddles two different Disney “lands”: Frontierland and Adventureland.
And depending on which side you enter from, you’ll either feel like you’ve stumbled in from a Western frontier town, or a just colonized Caribbean island. It reminds me a bit of the dual personalities of another Magic Kingdom counter service favorite, Columbia Harbour House. (Check out pics of the two styles you see there — one Fantasyland, one Liberty Square — in this review.)
You’ll see nods to both settings inside as well. More on that in a minute.
But back to the story. You can read all about Pecos Bill in the story about how the Tall Tale Inn came to be. (And fans of classic Disney film will recognize Pecos Bill’s likeness at the top from Melody Time, the Disney anthology featuring the Pecos Bill short.)
And you should really brush up on the Code of the West. Just in case you’re tempted to, you know, spit or something. Be sure to check out other fun Codes we found on a tour of Magic Kingdom in this post.
But don’t just grab a burger and rush through it here! (I know, I know. FastPasses and all that.)
Remember the story above? Of course you do. It was two pictures ago! Well, there are some really cool “artifacts” at Pecos Bill’s that you’ve gotta see.
Check out this pistol and group of playing cards, courtesy of superstar sharpshooter Annie Oakley. The display commemorates one of her most famous tricks, splitting playing cards and shooting them through in mid air.
And of course, there’s memorabilia from Bill’s best girl, Slue-Foot Sue. She autographed these gloves just for him.
In fact, you can see the gloves in this pic. They hang right around the corner in the seating area from a portrait of Slue-Foot Sue herself!
Regarding seating, it’s plentiful, and you’ll find a fun mix of decor here, befitting its setting at the corner of two Lands. Here, it looks like a tavern in a Texas frontier town.
But here, the setting is more like Adventureland. Caribbean Island? Mexico? It’s a little of this and a little of that with hanging lanterns, potted flowers, and a verandah overlooking the seating area.
There are also lots of seats outside, and many are conveniently shaded.
Ordering at Pecos Bill’s is classic Disney counter service. Cast Members are ready to take your order as soon as you mosey up to the podium.
After we placed our orders, it was time to take a look at one of Pecos Bill’s most famous “attractions” — their condiment bar! This collection of toppings is one of my favorites. They have everything here! Peppers and Pickles to top your sandwiches? For sure.
And while the Salsa clearly isn’t the handmade variety I usually enjoy in Texas, it’s still pretty awesome to have it as an option.
Sauteed Mushrooms are a hearty favorite of lots of people (not me, but you’re welcome to them). You could practically make a side dish out of ‘em.
More traditional options are also available, like Shredded Cheese, Lettuce, and Sliced Tomatoes.
But all of it pales in comparison to the very best condiment available — Plastic Cheeeeeeeeese!
Plentiful pumps of Ketchup, Mayo, and Mustard also make easy work of dressing your sandwich or covering your fries.
A central stash of other condiments and plastic tableware are located conveniently so you can grab them on the way to your table.
And now it’s time to dig in!
A while back, I enjoyed the Root Beer Slush in the clear Souvenir Boot here at Pecos Bill’s. On this visit, they were featuring a new drink in the Souvenir Boot — and as it turns out, a new boot altogether!
The boot is Black these days, and currently comes filled with Strawberry Lemonade Slush.
As for eats, I was a little sad to see some of my favorites gone from the Pecos Bill menu. Those killer Onion Rings? Gone. And we’ve all heard about the demise of the Taco Salad; it’s still not back. You can breathe a sigh of relief that the Chili Cheese Fries are still here, though.
But there are also some additions. I had seen the Deluxe Chicken Sandwich before, and decided to give it a try on this visit. A Grilled Chicken Breast is topped with Cheese, Bacon, and a Chipotle Mayonnaisey type of sauce. The whole thing is served on a Ciabatta Roll.
Honestly, that roll was a little dry, and really soaked up the sauce. I could have done with a lot more, but the flavors were good.
There was a good portion of tender, shredded Pork Barbecue on the sandwich, and we both liked this bread choice a little better.
Still, my friend likes LOTS of sauce — so it was handy that we could grab a little extra Barbecue Sauce on the Condiment Bar.
And here’s a TIP: we weren’t terribly hungry, so we decided to order just the sandwiches without the side order. (Both come with your choice of Corn on the Cob, Fries, or Apple Slices.) We saved a little money and a little stomach room by taking advantage of this off-menu secret! (You’ll find lots more tips like this in our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, by the way!)
However, a little later in the evening, I happened to be back at Pecos Bill’s for a late night snack, and opted for an order of French Fries. This is what the a la carte fries look like.
And they were pretty awesome dipped in Plastic Cheese.
Overall, Pecos Bill’s is still a good, solid choice if you’re looking for a quick meal at the crossroads of Adventureland and Frontierland.
Sure, the menu items here aren’t all that original for the most part; they closely resemble lots of your choices at Cosmic Rays on the other side of Disney World.
But that beautiful condiment bar allows you a certain level of customization, and you’ll find that the menu leans slightly to the Southwest, which does make it a bit more interesting than standard hamburgers and fries. Every once in a while you’ll find specialty items here as well — like steak, or short ribs.
Besides, who can resist the opportunity to check out some fine Disney film history? Make sure you absorb the intentional details in the decor here. To a great extent, they really set it apart.
What’s your favorite detail about Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn — the food or the themeing, or both? We want to hear your thoughts in comments below!