11/15/13 Update: Menu updated.
Location: Studio Catering Company is located on the Streets of America behind Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure. You’ll also find it in between the entrances to the Backlot Tour and Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. High Octane Refreshments (a bar) sits adjacent.
Food Type: Sandwiches and Salads.
Dining Plan: One quick service credit and a couple items count as snacks.
Unique Items: All entrees are more or less unique, whether in their ingredients or preparation.
- Plenty of covered seating. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it full.
- Lines are usually short and service is fast.
- Sandwiches and Salads are freshly prepared and pressed (where applicable).
- The food is lighter and at least appears healthier than many of the alternatives.
- No indoor, air-conditioned seating.
- Menu is relatively limited.
- It often closes at or slightly after 5:30pm, particularly when crowds are low on weekdays. Check your Times Guide to verify when it closes and plan to visit accordingly.
Value: Above average. $9 – $10 is how much you’re going to spend on an adult entree at Walt Disney World and the sandwiches here are above average in quality. For whatever reason, their fries have always been served hot and the portions are larger than what you’ll get elsewhere because they load up the plate rather than filling a separate container.
Reputation: Most people enjoy the food here, though it isn’t as popular as Toy Story Pizza Planet with the name recognition. It’s unlikely that you’ll have a poor experience.
Pressed Tuscan Deli:
Since it’s listed first on the menu, we’ll start with my least favorite of the sandwiches.
There really wasn’t much to this sandwich, especially for the price. It was a couple of slices of cheap turkey and ham served with melted cheese on a roll. As you can see from the picture, there isn’t a lot of pesto sauce on it and thus, not a lot of flavor. You may do a lot better than me though in pesto/meat quantity.
Chicken Caesar Wrap:
Oven Roasted Breast of Chicken, Romaine, Caesar Dressing, and Wheat Flour Tortilla served with Coleslaw, Apple Slices, or French Fries.
I was surprised this sucker was so large and so packed full of chicken. It’s served cold and would also be portable if you wanted to haul it over to Fantasmic. With its size and heft, it was quite filling. On the downside, there wasn’t a ton of Caesar dressing or lettuce, so it was almost entirely flavorless. I would have preferred to fill it with honey mustard dressing instead. You might want to order the dressing on the side or ask for it dry. But I love honey mustard. I’d definitely order this one again.
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich:
The Buffalo Chicken Sandwich is my favorite item on the menu. While it might not look like much, it’s a large piece of breaded chicken that isn’t at all greasy. The roll and lettuce were fresh and the Spicy Ranch Dressing helped carry the dish. This is one of my favorite entrees at the Studios.
Pressed Turkey Club:
It doesn’t look much like the menu. The fact that it’s pressed flattens it quite a bit. The number of peppers in the menu picture is also a little optimistic. I pulled the turkey back to expose the bacon underneath in my picture, but you can actually see all of the peppers that were on the sandwich in that image. It’s a far cry from the hefty slices pictured. That being said, this was actually pretty good. The fact that it’s pressed makes it nice and crunchy and it was a huge portion, especially compared to the Pressed Tuscan Deli, which was pretty sad. The only real downside is that it lacked more pronounced flavor, which was surprising considering everything that was going on with it. Disney might consider finding a dressing or mayo that would accompany it well, as it’s served dry. A large helping of fries – but you can chalk that up to luck. I actually found the meal to be a bit overwhelming in size, which is rarer these days than it used to be. It was a ton of food. Overall, I think Studio Catering Company should be on your short list of Hollywood Studios quick service locations. Granted, the others aren’t much to write home about, but it’s a nice fresh, seemingly healthier option to ABC Commissary’s fried food or Toy Story Pizza Planet’s pizzas and meatballs.
Sloppy Joe with Cheddar and Chipotle Sauce:
An overly edited shot of the Sloppy Joe, which may make it look better than it probably was. It wasn’t “bad” by any means, but AJ (from Disney Food Blog) described the meat as “mealy” or like elementary school taco meat. I don’t think either of these are positive characteristics.
I ate half myself and the flavor was okay – kind of bland all things considered and the cheese was what I would consider to be a gross slimy texture. In the grand scheme of Disney food, this isn’t a terrible option.
And the $8.95 Treasure Chest, filled with a cupcake and a couple of cookies. This was a chocolate-on-top-of-chocolate cupcake with rice krispies on top. It was moist and quite chocolate-y. Again, I wouldn’t spend nine bucks on this sucker, but I’m also not on vacation(?).
Studio Catering Company has a ton of outdoor tables, most of which are covered. It’s a relatively cool area for being outside, but it can still get hot when there are a lot of people and temperatures are high.
The condiment bar at Studio Catering isn’t much to write home about. The addition of honey mustard is nice, but everything else is the usual.