*This dining experience took place in March 2017.
Dinner at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe
When it comes to quick service options at the Magic Kingdom, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe and Columbia Harbour House have long been my two favorite spots. Pecos Bill’s has always offered burgers and the famous fixins’ bar, but over the past year or so, they restaurant has changed its offerings from burgers and fries to more Tex-Mex inspired options. On a recent visit, we checked them out for dinner. I’ve become a fan of their rice bowls, so it was nice to grab a solid meal in between riding attractions.
The atmosphere at Pecos Bill’s is bustling. It seems like it’s always busy in here, which sort of goes well with the Frontierland theme of a nearby saloon or watering hole. The seating in here is ample, but usually pretty full. I do love that the interior of the building looks like you’re outside. There’s lots to look at when you explore the restaurant, and my favorite room has to be the one to your immediate left when you enter the seating area (pictured below). If you go further into the restaurant, you’ll actually wind up in the seating area for Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland, since they are technically right beside each other.
When it come to Pecos Bill’s, it’s all about the rice bowls. Pecos Bill’s does have an allergy-friendly menu, and you can also speak to a manager about special diets options. In fact, when I ordered, I asked to speak to a manager so that I could make sure I got fixins’ from the fixins’ bar from the back of the kitchen to avoid cross-contamination. The manager I spoke with was happy to oblige, and I was able to pick and choose the fixins’ I preferred. The process to get my meal took about 10 minutes or so, which wasn’t too bad.
I ordered the Chicken Rice Bowl. Because I’m reintroducing dairy back into my diet, I did not ask for white rice, which is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. The regular seasoned rice contains dairy (cheese) in it. If you have an allergy or want to avoid dairy, do make sure to ask for white rice when you order your rice bowl.
My rice bowl came with seasoned rice, black beans, and chicken. On the side, I received several very generous portions of fixins’. I got guacamole, cheese (which I use sparingly), regular salsa, and corn salsa. You can also get other toppings like jalapenos, salsa verde, and sour cream — depending on your special dietary need. My favorite topping has to be the corn salsa. It’s ridiculously good.
Overall, the rice bowl was good. It’s not the best I’ve ever had, but compared to some of the other quick service options in the Magic Kingdom, it’s a pretty good option. Plus, it’s super filling. If you add enough toppings, you can easily split them with your family.
On a site note, someone asked me about the Secret Nachos Rio Grande Challenge at Pecos Bill’s and if you could get it gluten free. At first the manager told me yes. Then she said no. She mentioned the chips were safe. Then said they weren’t. And, she also noted that the ground beef would need to be swapped. With this in mind, I’d say proceed with caution if you’re interested in the nachos. Of course, I wasn’t getting them so I didn’t ask to see the ingredients list which would have helped a lot. For me, I’m sticking to the rice bowls for now!
Pecos Bill’s always hits the spot when I visit there. If you are looking for a solid quick service meal that’s filling, Pecos Bill’s is definitely a place to go to. Plus, those fixins’ from the back make a perfect addition to the rice bowl.
Have you been to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe? What did you think of the rice bowls and other options there?