So, todays blog is actually a day late BUT for good reason! For this blog, I wanted to review the new quick service location in Disney Springs, Chicken Guy, but my first experience wasn’t so great. I thought it would be unfair to completely rip it apart, so I made a quick decision to go back and try it again – which turned out to be a great choice! So, below is my review of Chicken Guy in Disney Springs. Enjoy!
Chicken Guy is a quick service restaurant that recently opened this past August. The mayor of Flavortown himself, Guy Fieri, created and opened this restaurant as a partnership with Planet Hollywood owner Robert Earl as a cannot-miss dining experience.
The chicken restaurant has a menu full of in-house made chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, chicken salads, and a variety of sides along with 20 house made signature sauces. What’s best about this quick service location is that it is affordable, with no single menu item more than $8.99. A full menu with pricing can be found on the WDW official site.
For this review, I focused on three main aspects: the service, the environment, and the food (of course). Let’s dive in!
During both visits, the service at this restaurant has been exactly what I would expect from a Disney dining experience (which is a great thing!). Each cast member I encountered was friendly and helpful, but still efficient in managing the time they spent with customers to reduce wait times in line for others.
What really impressed me was the knowledge of the different types of sauces (taste, details) considering there are so many unique sauces to choose from, and also that managers/supervisors were working just as hard as and performing tasks that cast members were doing as well. During both visits, the small eatery was busy both inside and out, and all cast members as well as managers were non-stop working to ensure the best possible experience for guests.
Aesthetically, the eatery is designed as a basic modern fast food restaurant. There is nothing that really “wowed” me as far as the decor and design. Especially with the colors of the restaurant, it reminded me of a Chick-Fil-A. Having said that, it isn’t a bad thing, it’s just nothing super special.
What did disappoint me is how small the indoor space is. Being that they added this eatery into Planet Hollywood’s building, I can assume they were limited on space. They made up for the small indoor seating options with plenty of outdoor tables but it all just feels very crammed and crowded. Luckily, I was able to score an indoor table during one of my two visits, but it is evident that an indoor table is hard to come across due to the limited availability.
Before trying Chicken Guy for the first time, I read nothing but good reviews for this place and was very excited to try it out! However, when going for the first time myself I was very disappointed with the food I ordered which is why I had to give it another try before this post. During my first visit, I had a chicken caesar salad with grilled chicken, and during my second visit I did the three tender chicken combo with fries. Here is a bit more detailed review of each dish:
- Chopped Chicken Caesar Salad – $8.49: Crispy Fried or Grilled All-natural Tenders, Crispy Romaine, Parmesan, House-made Croutons and Caesar Dressing.
I am normally a very big fan of caesar salads and was super excited to try this dish due to the huge raves of the restaurant as a whole but ended up very disappointed.
First of all, the salad was huge but came in a bowl/dish that was way too small. They didn’t toss the salad in the dressing, which is typical for a caesar salad (I know, first world problems), and the small bowl/dish that the salad came in made it too hard to mix on my own. Also, the dressing was alright, nothing to be too excited for, but they definitely did not give me enough for the large salad (and they charge for more!). Lastly, the croutons were soft and not hard and crunchy like you would expect.
The grilled chicken, however, was fantastic and definitely the highlight of the dish. It was packed with flavor, juicy, and perfectly cooked. It’s really the only part of the salad I truly enjoyed!
- Three Tenders – $5.99 ($11.49 combo with fries): three Tenders (Crispy Fried or Grilled All-natural) plus your choice of any two Signature Sauces.
This is one of the most popular items on the menu, and is what I decided to go with during my second visit. I was not disappointed! This is something I would absolutely recommend time and time again.
To begin, you could tell that these tenders were made with good quality chicken. You could also tell they were fresh and not frozen. The tenders themselves were juicy and perfectly cooked inside.
I went with the crispy tenders this time, and the breading was perfect – flavorful, crisp, and perfectly thick but not too-thick. What I loved most about these tenders was that they weren’t greasy, which is something I am always concerned about when ordering crispy tenders.
I also had the Bourbon BBQ sauce and the fries, which were both great items as well. You could tell the BBQ sauce was homemade and unique, and the fries were seasoned to make them a staple to this restaurant as well.
Overall, this is a great quick service restaurant in Disney Springs! I am glad that I went back and gave it another chance, because I now can understand where the hype has come from. Between the affordable menu to it’s unique offerings and tasty dishes, I would absolutely recommend this location to anyone heading to WDW.
Thanks for reading! Just in case you were wondering, I’ve posted a picture below of Guy’s 20 signature sauces available at Chicken Guy. Anyways, be sure to like and subscribe to my page to stay updated with all of my new posts. See you soon!