Flame Tree Barbecue is one of our favorite places to grab a quick bite at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s a great place to grab a snack or to load up on a filling meal. Located just on the outskirts of Dinoland USA in Discovery Island, you’ll smell this quick service restaurant before you can see it!
An Easy Quick Serve Option
Most people either love or hate Flame Tree, but we are definitely fans. If you aren’t a BBQ lover you’ll find it hard to dine here, but if you are, you’re in for a treat. For those who imbibe, a delicious mandarin orange vodka lemonade is also on the menu.
You’ll find ample seating to the left of this quick service restaurant. With most of it being covered and in the shade, this is a nice place to rest for a bit. We try to dine at off times (between 2-4) to avoid lunch and dinner crowds, and the line tends to move quickly during this window. Make sure you make your way to the very end of the path behind Flame Tree. You will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Expedition Everest.
Great Food For The Value
We love to over-order anywhere we dine and Flame Tree is no exception. On our most recent visit we shared: the chicken and ribs combo (comes with coleslaw, baked beans and jalapeño cornbread), the smoked pulled pork sandwich (also served with coleslaw and baked beans) a side of onion rings and key lime mousse for dessert. After adding on a couple Safari ambers and the vodka lemonade and we were good to go.
The onion rings are the most magical thing on the menu. The corn batter has just the right amount of salt verses sweet and they aren’t overly greasy at all. They are good enough to enjoy plain but taste even better dipped in BBQ sauce. The order is large enough to split with a couple friends but you may want to keep it all to yourself.
We found all the meat to be moist and well seasoned. Both the ribs and the chicken fell off the bone with little to no coaxing. By itself, the sandwich was a bit dry but again sauce saved the day. The coleslaw is your typical Disney park coleslaw, nothing fancy but pairs nicely with the other foods. The baked beans are spicy, saucy and served warm. To round out the meal, jalapeno cornbread. It holds just the right amount of heat to be interesting but tame enough to enjoy without large amounts of water.
Lastly, the lime mousse. This is not exactly a pretty dessert nor a delectable one but it fits the bill for something sweet to end your meal. We felt it wasn’t a repeat, especially with loads of other options (dole whip with rum?) nearby.
Overall, we give Flame Tree Barbecue high marks. You get a fair amount of food for the price, location is great and we feel it’s unlikely you’ll find a better BBQ quick serve at Walt Disney World. Stop in and give it a whirl next time you have a chance, you may just be surprised!