11/15/13 Update: Menu updated.
Location: ABC Commissary is located behind American Idol Experience on Commissary Lane. The easiest way to find it is to walk behind the Sorcerer’s Hat and take a left.
Food Type: Seafood, Burgers, Salads.
Dining Plan: One quick service credit and some items count as snacks.
Unique Items: Most entrees are either unique or prepared slightly differently than the alternatives.
- More indoor, air-conditioned seating than any other Studios quick service. Outdoor seating if you prefer.
- Menu and food have improved vastly.
- Lines are usually short and when they’re longer, there is just one line that feeds the registers. This way, you shouldn’t run into a problem with a particularly slow cast member or multiple people with huge orders.
- Almost always operates until Park close.
- Salads have the option to add chicken or salmon.
- For whatever reason, the burgers and fries here seem to be prepared worse than anywhere else.
- Service is ordinarily slow. It takes a while for the food to come out of the kitchen.
- Not a lot of choices.
Value: Average to above average. The salads are very good, particularly with the addition of the salmon. The seafood and burgers are typical Disney quality.
Reputation: Terrible. For a long time, ABC Commissary was hands down the worst quick service on property and a lot of people knew it. With a significant menu update in August 2012, things have improved greatly.
The first thing that should pop out at you is that the plate is sort of sad looking. You couldn’t build a much blander scene. Otherwise, it’s what you can expect from Disney fried fish and shrimp. I’m not too fond of the Fish here or at Columbia Harbour House. It’s much better at Yorkshire Fish at Epcot or Cooke’s of Dublin in Downtown Disney. The Shrimp are also smaller than what’s served at Columbia Harbour House. That said, it’s a pretty good amount of food for the money.
1/3 Pound Angus Cheeseburger and Fried Shrimp:
This one is kind of an odd duck. Unless you have a jaw that unhinges, you’re not going to be able to fit the shrimp on top and the burger in your mouth at the same time. So it’s basically a hamburger with a side of large shrimp. That said, the shrimp are very good – the same as what’s served at Columbia Harbour House. The hamburgers here tend to be overcooked and flavorless. The burger is also slathered with an unadvertised thousand-island-like dressing. Overall, I like the Onion Straw Burgers over at Backlot Express and Rosie’s All American Cafe more, but you might get lucky.
Asian Salad with Chicken:
I like the Asian Salad a lot and it’s great that you now have the option to add chicken or salmon. That’s a healthy side of sesame ginger salad dressing on the side.
Couscous, Quinoa, & Arugula Salad with Salmon:
This one is kind of hard to describe. Along with the advertised ingredients, there’s also cucumber, red onions, kalamata olives, and a piece of lemon included. It was good and had a “very interesting” flavor to it. That’s a hearty piece of perfectly good salmon on top, adding a nice bit of protein to the dish. You can also order it “plain” or with the chicken you see on top of the Asian salad. So the next time someone tries to tell you Disney dining is nothing but Burgers and Nuggets, you can tell them about your Couscous Salmon salad. This is a nice, seemingly healthy dish that isn’t just a simple chicken salad. Recommended.
ABC Commissary has a massive indoor air-conditioned seating area. There are almost always enough tables, though it does get busy during peak meal times when crowds are heavy during Star Wars Weekends or major holiday weeks. You’ll also find covered patio tables outside.