Both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando offer some wonderful dining experiences featuring your favorite characters and fantastical food options. While everyone loves a feast in Cinderella’s Castle or a Frozen Butterbeer with Bangers and Mash from The Three Broomsticks, sometimes, it is hard to beat the perfection of a well-made plate of nachos. It’s the ultimate shareable entrée with infinite possible variations, and for the family travelling on a budget, it can be one of the most affordable options available.
Over the past few years, our family has spanned the resorts and theme parks of the Orlando area and come up with this list of the best locations in all of Disney and Universal to satiate your nacho cravings.
Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner | Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Let’s start with the basics. If you just have a desire for some straightforward, traditional nachos, the Loaded Chili Cheese Nachos at Min & Bill’s is exactly what you need. They are priced in line with most everything else at a Disney quick-service location, buy while many of the options on our list are shareable-size portions, this one is not. These nachos are a single serving of chips piled high with chili, shredded cheese, and Pico de Gallo. They are also served with a small side of sour cream and guacamole.
A kid’s version of this nacho is also available topped only with the meat and cheese and served with carrot sticks, apple slices, and a choice of a small, low-fat milk or Dasani® water.
La Cantina de San Angel | Disney’s Epcot Center
Located directly across from the pyramid in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion is the often overlooked La Cantina de San Angel. This great, little counter service holds Epcot’s answer to the ultimate nacho dish. These nachos are the epitome of the traditional dish – tortilla chips topped with ground beef, nacho cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, beans, and sour cream. Nothing new or over the top, but they well-proportioned and very tasty.
This dish is a step up in portion size from the nachos at Min & Bill’s in Hollywood Studios. If you are with a family and can share this order between an adult and a child or two moderately hungry adults, then you can save some money. We are typically on the Disney Dining Plan, and this is an excellent opportunity for us to save a couple of quick services credits. We will split two nachos between the four of us and still have room to indulge on some snacks in the World Showcase.
NBC Sports Grill & Brew | Universal City Walk
For our next stop, we are jumping over to Universal City Walk and the NBC Sports Grill & Brew. We have been very impressed with this location overall and, particularly, with their Pulled Chicken Nachos.
This dish steps away from the traditional style by introducing a pulled chicken topping instead of beef. It also takes us into an entirely new realm of portion sizes. It is listed as a starter and is priced around $13. I split this as an entree with my two kids, and we struggled to finish it. The Chicken Nachos at NBC Sports Grill & Brew could easily be shared between two to three adults, making it an extremely good value.
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville | Universal City Walk
Just down the way from our previous stop is Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, home of the Volcano Nachos – tortilla chips layered with chili, cheese, Pico de Gallo, fresh guacamole, sour cream, and jalapeños. The key in this description is the word “layered.” There is an important distinction between nachos that are topped with meat, sauce, and cheese and nachos that are layered.
This dish is piled insanely high with chips, and the toppings are perfectly distributed throughout the mountainous plate of goodness. So don’t worry about eating the top half only to be left with a giant plate of plain chips with no toppings. They are everywhere, and again, the portion size is huge. This plate was even bigger than the serving at NBC Sports Grill & Brew. Depending on hunger level, this dish can easily be a satisfying meal for two to three adults.
Capt. Cook’s | Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Meanwhile, back over on the Disney side, our next nacho option brings something totally different. Capt. Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort offers up a plate of Pulled Pork Nachos that takes our list to another level. Traditional tortilla chips are replaced with thick-cut potato chips and topped with onions, cheese, spicy mayo, tomatoes, and pineapple salsa.
While the portion size is smaller than some of the other options on the list, the amazing flavor profile more than makes up for it. Located just off the main pool at the Polynesian, this dish makes for an excellent poolside snack that you won’t soon forget.
Drhum Club Kantine | Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
For the final stop on our nacho tour of the Orlando resort area, we land at one of the newest and largest options on the list. The Drhum Club Kantine at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is the poolside bar and offers food service directly to your lounge chair. While we have seen some sizable nachos piled incredibly high on over-sized plates, this ultimate shareable dish eliminates the plate entirely. The Drhum Club fills a whole serving tray with tortilla chips, black beans, cheddar cheese sauce, sour cream, Pico de Gallo, guacamole, and a choice of fire-roasted chicken or beef picadillo. Priced around $15, this is an amazing value as it will serve your whole family and the nice couple sitting next to you at the pool. Delicious, humongous, and served poolside – that’s a hard combination to beat!
So, that rounds out our list of the best nachos in the Orlando resort area. Let us know which is your favorite and if we missed any.