Editor’s Note: Studio Catering Co. closed in early April 2016 to make way for construction of Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Join me in welcoming Bob Sikon with a guest review of a counter service eatery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — Studio Catering Co.!
I have to confess, if my wife and I eat a meal at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we typically stop in to visit the ABC Commissary. Oh, we’ve eaten meatloaf at 50’s Prime Time Cafe and cobb salads at The Hollywood Brown Derby, but our trips to the Studios usually include the commissary’s burgers.
This last trip, however, we tried something new – an early dinner at Studio Catering Co.
Another confession – in all our past visits, we had never given Studio Catering Co. even a little bit of thought. Part of the reason is that it is sort of hidden without really being hidden. In other words, it is clearly there, but if you didn’t know it was there, the signage wouldn’t help you much.
Despite that, the thing that struck us from the moment we approached the restaurant was the amount of available space. There is PLENTY of seating. Look at the size of this place!
There are five ordering kiosks and ample room to move at the food windows. Notice the condiment and utensil station in the foreground.
When it comes to food, the overhead menu boards are clear and easy-to-read. There is a small collection of sandwiches to choose from:
In addition, there is a grilled vegetable sandwich. There is also a Greek salad. Finally, you can choose one of several different options for children.
Beverages are pretty standard fare, but beer and wine is available. When it comes to dessert, if we weren’t on one of our never-ending diets, I would have been all over that marble cheesecake!
As it was, we tried to be good and ordered the Pressed Turkey Club. We also shared a Greek salad.
When it comes to the turkey club, I can’t say that I prefer it to the commissary’s burger, and I can’t say that I would run back for another serving, but it did hit the spot as far as a simple dinner was concerned. To be honest, I think my feelings about the sandwich are somewhat clouded by the fact that I’m not a big fan of hot panini-type lunch meat sandwiches. With that in mind, though, I have to admit this one was pretty good.
On the other hand, the Greek salad was very tasty. We thought it was a bit over-dressed, but we would order it again. They are undoubtedly pre-made, but next time we’d probably try to get one with the dressing on the side.
If you don’t frequent Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I think the first thing you need to know about Studio Catering Co. is its location. Situated in the back of the park, it is between the Streets of America and Studio Backlot Tour and adjacent to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure.
When it comes to the food, we would rate it as a good but lesser alternative to other Studios Quick Service options. Whether it is ABC Commissary, Starring Rolls, or even Backlot Express, if we dined in Hollywood more often, I think we’d choose a cupcake or a good old-fashioned burger. In spite of that, though, if Studio Catering Co.’s menu options strike your fancy, it is certainly worth a shot!
Bob Sikon is a Cast Member “Wanna-Be”. He fell in love with Walt Disney World on his first visit 13 years ago, and that’s because of the Cast Members. The way they take care of you, they make you want to be part of The Magic. Someday, his dream will come true, and he’ll proudly wear a Cast Member name badge; but, for now, you can find him working in the “real world” in Atlanta, GA, planning his next trip to The World, and blogging about the place Where Dreams Come True at allinwdw.com.
What is your favorite counter service spot in Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Let us know in the comments below!