Our fast food escapades continue in Frontierland.
We began our tour by checking out everything that’s available along Main Street with a special focus on Casey’s Corner and Plaza Ice Cream Parlor in this post. We also stopped in Liberty Square to check out the Frog Prince Whoopie Pie, Churro Ice Cream Sandwich, and Foot-long Corn Dog, among other items. Then it was off to Adventureland for the Hei-Hei Cone up above, along with a number of other tasty snacks. Now, we’re headed to the wild wild west.
Westward Ho is the name of the snack outlet across from Pecos Bill and lining the Rivers of America.
The Candied Bacon Skewer and Sweet and Spicy Chicken Skewer debuted at Liberty Square Market last summer before they moved to Frontierland.
The price point is potentially on the rough side as this is $15-worth, which is enough money to cover most quick service meals in the Park. This is probably about a third of the food that you’d receive at Casey’s Corner if you were to get a Foot-long Hot Diggity Dog meal.
The $8 “Candied Bacon Skewer” is more of a soft, tender pork belly situation than your typical thin, crispy bacon. I was expecting more of that crispiness, both from the bacon and the sweet glaze, but there really wasn’t much of that going on – the texture was much softer and without the satisfying bite that usually accompanies thick-cut pork. On the plus side, the sweet glaze is a nice foil to the salty bacon and the meat is tender enough without the high fat content that sometimes accompanies pork belly. For the money, I think it’s kind of a rough prospect, particularly now that the meat isn’t being grilled fresh just outside of where it’s being served, like it was at Liberty Square Market. The quality is high, and if you’re looking for a lot of portable protein, it may be a good choice. But I think it’s two dollars overpriced, even for Disney.
The $7 “Sweet and Spicy Chicken Skewer” is a larger portion with six or seven sizable chunks of tender chicken covered in a sweet and mildly spicy sauce. It’s more food for less money than the Bacon, but it’s also a little more run-of-the-mill.
Both would be killer deals as snack credits on the Disney Dining Plan, but both pack too much protein to qualify. Out of pocket, they’re interesting, somewhat healthy snacks, but I’m not sure either necessarily demands a purchase.
The $9 Corn Dog served with a bag of Lays Potato Chips is a lot shorter and plumper than the Foot-long version we saw at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments. I actually prefer it that way – the batter here is thicker and crispier and houses a more flavorful dog. Back when these were around $5, I think they presented a pretty good amount of value, but you’ll find much more significant, tastier entrees right across the way at Pecos Bill for just a dollar or two more.
Westward Ho offers a Cold Brew Coffee similar to the one we tried in Fantasyland at Cheshire Cafe. While that was on the bitter side, I think the fact that Westward tosses in a choice of Caramel, Hazelnut, Vanilla or Pumpkin Spice Flavored Syrup will sweeten things up considerably. You’ll probably find more bang for your buck in one of the larger size drinks from Main Street Bakery Starbucks, but that’s quite a ways from Frontierland.
Lines at Westward Ho are typically short to nonexistent, which is a big positive if you’re just stopping in for a quick snack.
Westward Ho also offers an early morning option with this $6.49 “Breakfast Sandwich – Bacon, Egg, Cheddar and Pepper Jack served on a Multigrain Croissant.”
Pecos Bill is the name of Frontierland’s major quick service, now serving a variety of burritos, tacos, burgers, and salads.
The menu has seen another refresh with Pork Carnitas replacing the Spicy Beef that previously arrived with the Fajitas and was offered alongside the Southwest Salad.
Here’s the original version of the Fajitas Platter when it was served with Steak. The plate definitely looks the part.
The tortillas were warmed and wrapped in aluminum foil – a nice touch.
Here’s the current plating.
You might notice that mobile order has a new look. The idea is still the same, but you can use the headers to quickly jump down to a section of the menu. Scrolling through the whole thing remains an option for those with three to four extra seconds to spare.
I almost always use mobile order via the My Disney Experience app to bypass the line. It doesn’t always seem to save a lot of time. At Pecos Bill, there might be eight registers open with two or three groups waiting for food per line. My estimation is that after you put your mobile order in, it goes to the end of those orders waiting to be filled. Thus, just about everyone that you see around the counter will receive their food first. But at a minimum, mobile order gets you away from the long lines and the people that are surprised to find out that they’re on the Dining Plan and have no idea what anyone wants to drink.
Even if you’re not planning on submitting a mobile order, it may be worth opening the app and picking out what you think you’d like so you have an idea about some of the modifications that can be made. For example, there’s no indication whatsoever on the menu that you can substitute the meat out for Zucchini and Squash in the Fajitas screenshot above. You can also double up on Chicken if you’d prefer or get two servings of Black Beans or Yellow Rice instead of both.
Back to the Fajitas.
The Pork is okay…it resembles your basic, finely-shredded food services pork that would ordinarily be slathered in barbecue sauce as part of your standard Disney Pulled Pork Sandwich. There’s a very mild, generic taco spice to it. It ends up being just fine, but I preferred the classic, Spicy Beef more.
I’m not sure if other people like the Zucchini and Squash more than I do – it suffers from a really slimy, mushy texture. I would guide vegetarians towards the Spicy Cauliflower Tacos that we’ll be seeing momentarily.
The $9.49 “Veggie Nachos – Tortilla Chips topped with Queso, Zucchini and Squash” are an even worse proposition, in my opinion. You’ve got the same slimy mush topped with over-processed cheese sauce.
The Chicken is worth a try. While it’s dry on its own, all of the sour cream, cheese, salsa, etc. from the toppings bar helps liven things up.
Finally, the Black Beans are a fine accompaniment and probably exactly what you would expect – hefty and without a ton of flavor on their own. The “Yellow Rice” is now much closer to the sort of Mexican Rice you’d expect from Rice-A-Roni. There’s also some onions and peppers on top, which is what makes this a Fajitas Plate instead of a Tacos Plate. They’re nicely grilled and bring a little bit more spice.
Overall, the Fajitas are the most expensive entree on the menu and may not do enough to demand two or three extra dollars. Just three small tortillas accompany it. With two more tortillas and with a hefty pile of toppings, you’d have enough food for two to share.
The Beef Nachos are my favorite thing on the menu. Piled high with Cheese, Pico de Gallo, Corn Salsa, Sour Cream, and more, there’s enough food here for two people to share for $12.49. It’s also available with Chicken if you prefer.
If you’d prefer Lettuce to Tortilla Chips, then the Southwest Salad is also an option. Add the same Chicken or Pork Carnitas that we saw earlier for two more dollars.
Here’s the other half of the main menu.
The Taco Trip brings four options – Seasoned Ground Beef, Seasoned Chicken, Pork Carnitas, or Spicy Breaded Cauliflower topped with Five-Spice Yogurt and Pineapple Salsa. The Cauliflower is terrific – the same stuff that we saw at Golden Oak Outpost, served here with a little drizzle of yogurt that adds an herbal element along with a little punch of tropical sweetness from the pineapple. That’s it in the middle. You can order three of those or mix and match.
For a while, Disney was doing a Taco of the Month, but that seems to have ended. It was a good idea, but they were making you order three of the same taco rather than simply adding it as an option to the Pick Three.
The $11 “Jerk Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Bib Lettuce Cups filled with Jerk Chicken topped with Vegetable Slaw and tossed with Soy Lime Vinaigrette” are potentially worth revisiting.
According to my review:
These were a bit awkward to eat by hand. First of all, each “wrap” was made of two individual pieces of lettuce pushed together that had a tendency to fall apart given the fact that they overlapped in the middle ever-so-slightly underneath the pile of what was largely crunchy slaw. It was also harder than I was expecting to differentiate between the lettuce underneath and all of the green stuff on top. Typically, these sorts of Lettuce Wraps are filled with a mixture that’s almost entirely made of meat.
Fortunately, the flavors were nice and light with the Soy-Lime Vinaigrette deftly balancing salt, sugar, and citrus on top of all the fresh, crunchy vegetables. The chicken placement was a little uneven. The far wrap is piled high with chicken, while the in-focus wrap towards the front is piled high with vegetables. After a little bit of rearranging, each wrap included a nice amount of the grilled, lightly-seasoned chicken that probably could have used a heavier pinch of seasoning. The one thing I didn’t like was the amount of parsley, which added an unwelcome-amount of bitterness to the dish. It was probably supposed to counteract some of the heat from the chicken, but there really wasn’t any there.
Anyway, I ended up looking like I was eating salad with my hands for about half the meal, intermittently cutting up the lettuce and eating it along with the other stuff via a fork. If you’re looking for a lighter option, then this is a good choice. The vinaigrette brightens things just enough and you feel like you’re eating quite a bit of food without being weighed down. I enjoyed it overall and it’s a really nice change of pace from all the rice, beans, and tortillas.
Maybe there’s nothing wrong with having Salad Fingers.
Kids have some good options here with smaller versions of the Rice Bowl or Beef Nachos, along with a Cheeseburger, Uncrustables, or Macaroni & Cheese. If you’re after a snack or a lighter meal, then choosing something from here might make sense.
Several Sides and Desserts are available.
And your usual assortment of Beverages alongside the Strawberry Lemonade Slushy.
Back outside, you’ll find the usual Mickey Pretzel and Churro cart. Your best bet for a Turkey Leg or Hot Dog is Liberty Square Market.
Overall, Pecos Bill is a worthy stop for a quick meal and Westward Ho offers an assortment of easy, filling snacks at prices slightly higher than we’d probably like to pay.
Fantasyland is coming up next.