This is a hard one to define, because every Disney restaurant and place where you can buy food, is superb. Downtown Disney has many restaurants and eateries, running from ice cream and candy stores, to themed restaurants and cafes. Virtually at every place you can eat at on your Disney World vacation, they will be able to tell you about the food and if it contains allergens which you want to stay away from. If they don’t know, they’ll find out for you. You can also visit online and get a menu of allergy free food places for all of Disney World. A few recommendations for the best, follow.
The Earl of Sandwich restaurant is just past the transportation hub at one end of the Disney Marketplace complex. It’s a quick service cafe with plenty of choices. Of course, sandwiches are their specialty. You could buy lunch there then go and sit looking out at the Disney lagoon. after lunch, you can stroll through the retail and interactive areas. The Wolfgang Puck Express is close to this cafe, and you walk through and get the items you like, pay, then walk out the other way. Seating is available. This cafe has terrific Wolfgang Puck fast food. His soup is wonderful.
Also at this end of the Marketplace is the Rainforest Cafe. Kids love this one. Table service is offered, there’s an attached gift shop, and reservations ahead of time are recommended. There are interactive animatronic animals and it actually rains every few minutes or so. In this area there’s Captain Jack’s, which is a table service restaurant. They do have a favorite of kids — battered or breaded fish and chicken, but also grilled entrees as well.
Fulton’s Crab House is a table service restaurant built as an actual paddle wheeler boat. It’s table service and you can see the menu right outside so customers can make choices as to what they’d like. Further along, past the Lego store, there’s the T-Rex restaurant which has an adventurer’s themes. It’s table service. Just past that as you go towards the former Pleasure Island, is Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, which has table service. Check ahead, but they also have/had frequent live mini-Irish dances. In this area is the big globe of Planet Hollywood. They are table service but also have a lot of Hollywood memorabilia and good meals for the entire family.
In Downtown Disney you can find Bongo’s Cuban Cafe Express Window, which has counter service and which serves authentic Cuban food, and at the very end — there’s the House of Blues, which also has table service. As you are exploring Disney Marketplace/Downtown Disney, be sure and check out a real (tethered) hot air balloon ride, Disney’s Interactive Adventure (multi floor virtual reality games) and the Cirque Du Soleil, in residence here.