If the name ABC Commissary conjures up memories of average meals scarfed down in a noisy dining room, we hear ya. But Disney’s Hollywood Studios is constantly revamping menus, so we stopped in to try a few new-to-us dinner options. And we gotta say: we were pretty surprised by what we found!
At present, ABC Commissary is offering slightly different menus for lunch and dinner. We grabbed shots of the lunch menu, too, so you can compare them. Only one of the dinner options we tried — the Barbecue Ribs Platter – is available at both meals, so keep that in mind when you’re deciding when to eat here. So, here’s a look at Lunch:
Even the desserts vary from lunch to dinner!
And now, for dinner! The dinner menu includes two burger options (one vegan), one salad, and a few more unique options. We wanted to dig into those to see if they’re worth making this quick service spot a more regular stop.
If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, note that you can opt for wine, beer, or the Happy Daze — a specialty cocktail. Non-alcoholic beverage options are a snooze here as far as DDP value, but they’ll wet your whistle.
ABC Commissary also has these handy menus that give you a more close-up view of the dinner options. This is helpful if the overhead screens are a little tough for you to read. Be sure to request a handheld menu if you need one!
We went all in for three entrees, a side, and one dessert — all unique to the dinner menu, except for the ribs!
It’s important to note that the dinner options are kind of all-over-the-place as far as style of cuisine. And that’s actually a good thing because if you’re stopping in with your crew, there’s likely to be an option for everyone.
We went with the Southwestern Steak Fries as a side… but we’re starting with them, because they’re delicious. We do love a thick-cut fry, and these are nicely dusted with chili-lime seasoning, too.
You can just about make out the chipotle aioli, of which we could’ve used a bunch more. It’s tasty and adds a lot to the dish when you get some in a bite.
Queso fresco completes the dish an adds some light creaminess.
Overall, these are an awesome side or make a great snack if you’re still eating your way around the park!
The first entree we tried this visit is the Braised Beef and Enchilada. This was a surprise hit!
The enchilada is great — packed with corn and vegetables and topped with fire-roasted chipotle sauce and queso fresco.
The vegetables include peppers (green and red) and onion. And while the enchilada isn’t spicy like we might prefer, it was really flavorful.
The braised beef here is such a surprise: fork tender and really, really tasty.
It goes well with the chipotle sauce, which adds even more moisture to the already-tender meat.
Overall, the Braised Beef and Enchilada is a solid and satisfying counter service meal! Definitely impressed with this one!
But that wasn’t the only surprise of the meal! The BBQ Ribs Platter is also terrific — and HUGE!
The ribs consist of three slabs — more than enough to share! They’re dry-rubbed and then slathered with a smoky, sweet sauce that has a bit of a kick!
The ribs are well-cooked, with lots of tasty, crispy bits along the edges. And they aren’t dried out, which is a concern when ordering quick service ribs.
A couple of dill pickle slices garnish the ribs and provide a nice contrast. We would’ve loved to have a few more!
Seasoned steak fries come with the ribs, and they’re a tasty addition.
A tiny tub of cole slaw finishes off the meal. The BBQ Ribs Platter is one of the best values on the Disney Dining Plan for quick service — and we have to admit we are so surprised by the quality of these!
The last entree we tried is a Teriyaki Shrimp Bowl. This is definitely a lighter and more creative option, but it was also easily our least favorite of the meal.
Overall, it lacked flavor, and the rice was still hard. After a couple of bites, we were turning back to the beef and ribs dishes. Hard pass on the Teriyaki Shrimp Bowl, unfortunately.
For dessert we tried the Chocolate Banana Crispy, which honestly might as well be called the Chocolate Crispy, because the “Banana” part was totally lost here.
Chocolate comes in many forms in this dish: this light milk chocolate glaze and some chocolate sprinkles create a pretty exterior.
And it’s certainly something to look at, with lots of visible layers.
Inside is even more impressive, with the chocolate mousse, cake, and crispies giving loads of textural contrast. But despite its unique appearance, this just wasn’t very good.
The second dinnertime dessert — the Apple Almond Tart — is the same one we recently tried at Trolley Car Cafe. Definitely go for this one instead! Click here to see what we’re talking about!
So color us surprised, because ABC Commissary has added two stellar dishes to its dinner menu! And we’re glad because Hollywood Studios hasn’t exactly been known for its high-quality counter service eats, with lots of guests considering their meals at this park to be a total throw-away. We hope that menus here keep undergoing changes that improve the quality and selections — and we’ll keep reviewing them so you’ll know just what you’re getting into!
Which of these dinner items would have you queuing up at ABC Commissary? Let us know in the comments!