ABC Commissary is a quick service restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s a unique location, sandwiched between Sci-Fi Dine-In and (soon to be) Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens next year, the entire street they’re on is sure to be queue space. Anyway, ABC Commissary offers a wide variety of solid entrees and a dinner service that’s a step-up from regular quick service and a little below table. You order your food, get a pager, and a Cast Member brings you your tray full of delicious calories. Previously, we checked out the lunch options at this location, and you can read that review here. Dinner recently added numerous new items so we dug-out our ‘Bring Back Home Improvement’ shirts and wandered over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a meal.
Southwestern Steak Fries – Signature Southwestern Steak Fries dusted in Chili-lime Seasoning finished with Chipotle Aïoli Drizzle and Queso Fresco – $5.49
Let’s first talk about the french fries you’re going to see throughout the review. They’re steak fries, and they’re made of magic and pixie dust and everything Casey’s Corner doesn’t have. Recently ABC Commissary has started coating them with a chili-lime seasoning, making them even more irresistible. This side of fries, the Southwestern Steak Fries, is covered with a chipotle aioli that’s pretty unfortunate. It’s cold, which directly contradicts the hot fries, and there’s only sauce on the top of the bowl with plenty of dry fries below. Not horrible, but there’s room for improvement on Disney’s part here. At least put some fries in, then some sauce, then more fries, then top it off. See? Solved.
Kids’ Meal – BBQ Quesadilla – served with Steak Fries, Roasted Corn and choice of Beverage – $6.99
We love kids’ meals at Walt Disney World. Not only do you get the entree, but you get two sides and a small soft drink for such a small price. $7 here gets you the quesadilla, fries, corn, and small coke which is a great value. The quesadilla was very straightforward: Barbecue pork, cheese, wrapped-up nice and tight. There’s about four bites worth to it, almost 20 fries, and a few forkfuls of corn. You could do a lot worse for seven bucks at Walt Disney World.
BBQ Rib Platter – House-made Dry-rubbed Smoked Pork Ribs in a Sweet BBQ Sauce served with Coleslaw, Pickles and Steak Fries – $18.29
Endless ribs, or at least it felt that way. For a little over eighteen dollars you get three slabs of four grisly ribs, a side of green beans, coleslaw, and a bunch of french fries. As we said, the ribs were grisly and difficult to tear apart and eat. We ended up using a fork and knife for most of the meal for convenience sake. There’s no reason why ABC Commissary needs to continue adding these high priced mediocre entrees, but they’ll continue to do so as long as the Disney Dining Plan is around. If you do fancy the ribs, you can easily share them between two people, because there’s plenty. Almost three pounds plenty. It’s a lot of food.
Braised Beef and Enchilada – Braised Barbacoa Beef served on Cilantro Slaw with a Roasted Corn and Cheese Enchilada topped with Fire-Roasted Chipotle Sauce and Queso Fresco – $15.99
We’re a little torn about this dish. Sure, the braised beef falls apart with just a simple fork touch and the enchilada makes you wish for a second one, but it’s a relatively small portion for the price. There’s a lot of great flavor and all of the different components of the dish complement each other well, but there’s just not a lot to go around. If there was another side available for the current price, say a side of french fries, then the price would easily be validated. At the current price and portion size we can’t recommend it if you’re looking for a huge meal, but those with smaller appetites will find value and quality.
Southwest BBQ Burger – Flame-broiled 1/3 lb Angus Burger topped with Sweet BBQ Pulled Pork, Bacon, Bread and Butter Pickles and Cheddar Cheese finished with Garlic Aïoli and Crisp Onion Rings between Texas Toast served with Signature Southwestern Steak Fries dusted in Chili-lime Seasoning – $14.99
This one’s a winner! There’s two pieces of Texas Toast with a perfectly cooked burger, pulled pork, onion rings, and pickles between. It’s a mess of a sandwich, the crispy exterior of the toast attempts to keep the interior together but might not always hold. The onion rings are crispy, the pickles add a nice crisp crunch, and the pork brings a great barbecue flavor. Everything works together well and it’s really a fantastic entree.
Vegan Burger – Vegan-friendly Burger topped with Lettuce, Tomato, Sautéed Peppers and Onions in a Balsamic Glaze, Vegan Mayonnaise Ketchup, Sriracha Mustard on a Brioche Bun served with French Fries – $12.49
Do you like vegetables? Wonderful, because this is literally all vegetables. We weren’t able to confirm if the bun was also vegan friendly, and typically brioche buns are made with eggs and/or butter. You get a straightforward patty here that’s pretty thick. There’s some not-so-great vegetable burgers on property, fortunately this doesn’t fall into that category. It’s an acquired taste, but the vegan or vegetarian in your family may really enjoy this unique option.