Fairfax Fare’s 5-Layer Rice Bowl

This review reflects our experience from February of 2018.

If you’ve been following any sort of Disney World news, you know that Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been under some major construction for a few years now. Disney’s Toy Story Land opens June 30th of this year and Star War’s Galaxy’s Edge will follow sometime in 2019. With that construction has come a pretty low amount of vegan options in the park, or so we thought.

5-Layer Rice Bowl with Vegan Chili

During a recent excursion to Disney’s Hollywood Studios we decided to get our hands on some of the harder to find vegan options in the park. We had seen on Disney’s website that Fairfax Fare had a 7-Layer Rice Bowl with Vegan Chili. So we ventured over to Sunset Boulevard to check it out. To our surprise the menu board doesn’t indicate any sort of vegan chili, so we got in line to ask.

Fairfax Fare Menu

When we spoke with the cast member she said they did in fact still have the vegan chili. We asked to see the allergy binder and a manager came over to show us the ingredients. He informed us that the 7-Layer Rice Bowl can be made vegan with the chili instead of other proteins and with the removal of sour cream and cheese, and lastly by swapping for an allergy friendly rice, thus making it actually a 5-Layer Rice Bowl. Additionally, you can add guacamole for $1.00 extra, which we noticed after since they didn’t offer it.

Allergy Binder Vegan Chili Ingredients

Within a minute our 5-Layer Rice Bowl was in our possession, this was the fastest we have ever received a “special” meal at a quick service location. The bowl was loaded with rice, vegan chili, peppers, pico de gallo and roasted corn, and when I say loaded, this thing was heavy!

5-Layer Rice Bowl from Fairfax Fare

The chili was the same that they have on the nachos at Min and Bill’s (review for that coming soon, will link to it when we have that up) but seemed a bit spicier, which could have actually just been the additional toppings on this dish.

5-Layer Rice Bowl with Vegan Chili

This meal was great, it was very filling and a total bang for your buck if you’re looking for “real food.” The bowl would have been better with guacamole, but without it we still really enjoyed everything. If you’re looking for lunch or dinner in Hollywood Studios, we highly recommend this dish.


Would we go again?

Melissa & Bridget

Author: Melissa Kramer

Back in 2014 I created Vegan Disney World after going to Walt Disney World several times and finding no resource for vegan options. Corey and I began this blog from our trips and have now moved closer to the mouse to eat around the parks on a weekly basis. Since the blog started we have cruised on Disney Cruise Line, gone to Tokyo Disneyland and to Disneyland in California!

11 thoughts

  1. Hi, thanks for all your posts! I was just wondering why the rice isn’t vegan. Thanks so much!

    1. The coordinator didn’t specify, he just stated that we needed the “allergy friendly” rice.

  2. Thanks! I never would have known to ask for this is an option, and DHS is so hard to eat at that more options are always welcome! One question, since you’ve seen the allergy binder – do you know if the chili has mushrooms in it? I have a mushroom allergy alongside being vegetarian/almost-vegan and it makes life tough (the vegan sausage at Ale & Compass is made with mycoprotein, for example.) Any insight would be appreciated! Thanks!

    1. Hey Carrie, we have a photo of the ingredients of the chili in this post. You should be fine with it.

      1. I actually figured this out myself and then as I was eating this (DELICIOUS) meal, I googled it and found this! The chili tasted like meat so much that I went back up and confirmed that it was infact tofu! My bowl looked identicle to the pic. 100% agree. Great bang for your buck, but I do wish I knew about the guacamole as well. Next time for sure!

      2. Way belated, but thanks! Somehow I missed the ingredients the first time around. Super jazzed about the 5 layer bowl and the nacho option at Min & Bill’s!

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