8. Carnation Cafe
Main Street (Magic Kingdom)
The basics done right, potentially within eyeshot of the Main Street parades, if you time your reservation properly. Nothing is complicated here: penne pasta with shrimp, sourdough bacon melts, fried pickles, simple salads, and several of Walt's favorites, from his preferred chili to chicken-fried chicken and meatloaf. The results, however, are consistently satisfying, appropriately priced, and swiftly delivered.
7. Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante
Frontierland (Magic Kingdom)
Don't recognize the name? Probably because you've blitzed past this place en route to Big Thunder Mountain and assumed the tables out front were simply a rest spot. Everyone else knows that space houses a walk-up, self-serve Mexican joint with quality bites -- maybe not to the level of El Cholo, but you've certainly had worse at El Torito. Try to get the carne asada immediately off the grill, if possible, lest it toughen from overcooking. Better yet, tear apart the citrus-lime half-chicken, after first asking for extra salsa. The less-involved -- and less-expensive -- choices actually taste better, from a right-sized trio of street tacos (chicken, steak, and carnitas) to a chock-full tostada salad (chicken or beef). Bonus: a rare DIY soda fountain, and no one bats an eye when you go back for refills.