If you haven’t been to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café inside the Magic Kingdom lately, you may be in for a bit of a surprise. Many of the traditional favorites that you enjoyed are no longer on the menu. The BBQ sandwich is gone. Burgers are gone. The deluxe chicken sandwich is gone. Chili cheese fries are gone. For that matter, French fries in general are gone. Disney has given the Pecos Bill menu a total makeover, and it bears very little resemblance to what you may have been used to. The good news however, is that the new menu is quite good. And there are a number of things that remain comfortably the same. Here are some of the new reasons to love Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café:
1. The Mexican Food
The new menu features Mexican food items, including a Fajita Platter, a Burrito, a Rice Bowl, and a Southwest Salad. You can have your choice of beef or chicken for any of the items, with the rice bowl also coming in a roasted vegetable option. The fajita platter and burrito both come with cilantro rice and black beans, with the fajita platter also including tortillas. The Southwest Salad consists of beef or chicken, mixed salad greens, tomatoes, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, jalapenos, roasted corn, and chipotle ranch dressing. There is also a Chicken Enchilada Soup on the menu.
Changes have also been made to the children’s menu, with the options now being a Rice Bowl, Quesadillas, or Smucker’s Uncrustables. The quesadilla and Uncrustables come with grapes and carrot sticks. For the picky child who was easy to please with the burger or turkey sandwich on the old menu, the new Mexican options may be a deal breaker for families seeking dining options. Likewise, anyone that doesn’t like the taste of cilantro may want to take a pass on the new menu.
2. The Serving Sizes
For those who remember the large half-pound burgers that were formerly available at Pecos Bill’s, you’ll be pleased to know that the new menu items are very generously sized as well. The burrito covers the plate, and that’s even before you customize it to your preference. Two people looking for a small bite to eat could easily share one of the food items on the new menu. The fajita platter is particularly good for sharing, as it comes with several tortillas – three on my visit – that allow each person to assemble their own serving.
3. The Toppings Bar
The famous toppings bar at Pecos Bill’s is still available, but it has been through some necessary changes to make the toppings more appropriate to the menu items. The available sides include: salsa, pico de gallo, roasted corn salsa, guacamole, verde sauce, shredded cheese, banana peppers, jalapenos, diced onions, chipotle ranch, sour cream, and sliced lime. With so many items to choose from, you still have the ability to tailor your food item to your specific taste.
4. The Desserts
While I’m sure that some people enjoyed the chocolate cake, carrot cake, or strawberry yogurt available on the old Pecos Bill’s menu, there is very little doubt that most people will prefer the new dessert items. These include churros and sopaipillas, which I’m pretty sure are Spanish words meaning “heavenly” and “get in my mouth!” The mini-churros are cinnamon sugar pastries that come with chocolate dipping sauce, and the sopaipillas are light and airy fried puff pastries that are dusted with powdered sugar. Either one makes a wonderfully sweet finish to your meal. Can’t decide which one to get? Get them both! Calories don’t count on vacation anyway, right?
Oh, you can also get yogurt for dessert if you like, but seriously – why?
5. The Old West Theme
With only a few days of closure, a big change in décor was unlikely. And sure enough, things look pretty much the same in Pecos Bill’s, with the exception of the menu boards. The Old West theming is still very much as it has always been.
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6. The Strawberry Lemonade Slush
Fans of this strawberry-sweet, lemon-tart slush will be pleased to note that it still has a place on the Pecos Bill menu. It is the perfect cool-down drink when you find yourself strolling through Frontierland on a hot afternoon. And for just 69 cents you can add a Mickey straw!
7. The Country Bears Souvenir Jug
The only real change of note regarding the beverages is that Pecos Bill’s no longer offers the souvenir boot that once held the root beer slush and then the strawberry lemonade slush. Instead, you may now get your fountain beverage or strawberry lemonade slush served in a cute – yet still appropriately themed – souvenir Country Bears jug.
A recent trip to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café confirmed that the new menu items are very tasty and a perfectly acceptable change in cuisine. And for those Disney fanatics craving a burger or BBQ sandwich, Cosmic Ray’s in Tomorrowland still serves these items. Are you likely to try the new menu at Pecos Bill’s? Or will these changes result in you passing by this longtime Frontierland location?
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