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In December, Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort began testing a new Buffet format in their Quick Service Restaurant, Pepper Market. The test was scheduled to end at the beginning of January, but they decided to continue in hopes of getting more feedback. I attended the Buffet for lunch, both during the original test, and again mid-January, and for so many reasons, this is now one of my favorite restaurants on Walt Disney World Property.
I liked Pepper Market just fine before. The food was awesome, and a good value, but the setup of the restaurant was a bit odd. Guests were seated and had a waitress, like at a table service restaurant; but the waitress only got drinks for the table. Guests then went and ordered and picked up their own food, got a card stamped showing what they ordered, and then after they ate, went and checked out at a cash register.
The buffet works so much better in the space they have. It operates much like a table service buffet, so much so that I kept forgetting it was a counter service restaurant. The only thing that is different, is that you still walk up to the register to pay at the end of your meal.
The food selection is outstanding. They have pizza, pasta, fresh paninis, carved meats, potatoes, salads, soups, build-your-own taco bar, enchiladas, grilled chicken, burritos, and much more. They also have a good children’s selection with chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, french fries, etc. While some of the options sound like standard buffet fare, this isn’t your typical Disney food. Pepper Market is owned by an outside company, and so they don’t have the same standard pizza, chicken, and macaroni. Everything we tried was fresh, hot, and delicious.
Another fantastic thing about the Pepper Market buffet is that it isn’t crowded. It’s at a fairly out of the way resort, that most people don’t visit unless they are staying there, and those that do eat at the restaurant are cycled through fairly quickly because of the buffet/quick service style. On the right you can see a picture of what the dining room looked like at 12:30 in the afternoon on the day we decided to go. It was only our table and 3 others!
Possibly because it was so quiet, the service was fantastic. Everyone from the seaters to the waitstaff to the folks behind the counter and in the kitchen spoke with us, played with the kids, asked if we needed anything…it was outstanding. The whole restaurant just felt very welcoming and friendly.
For guests using the Disney Dining Plan, the Pepper Market buffet counts as a Quick Service restaurant. So, you can eat at the all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet for just one quick service credit. All you can eat for one counter service credit is a pretty incredible value for Disney’s meal plan.
As a local, the Pepper Market is someplace that I will frequent. Good food, good value, good service…it’s an all around win.
Update: The price for the Pepper Market Lunch Buffet is $16.99 for adults and $9.99 for Children 3-9. Children under 3 are free.
Have you visited the Pepper Market Buffet? What did you think? Would you go to a Quick Service Buffet?