“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” – J. Wellington Wimpy
Sometimes the greatest surprises come in the most unusual places. We never expected this to be the case the day we stepped up to the window at Wimpy’s in Toon Lagoon to order a meal. While the experience as a whole wasn’t the most pleasant, the quality of the food at Wimpy’s completely caught us off guard in the best way possible.
If you’re unfamiliar with Wimpy’s, it probably has to do with the fact that it’s always closed. It’s located directly across from the entrance to Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and is considered a seasonal restaurant. The name comes from the character in the Popeye cartoons that has an unhealthy obsession with hamburgers the same way Popeye has a penchant for spinach. Therefore, the main focus of the restaurant is burgers, but there is way more to Wimpy’s than what meets the eye. We’ll start with the best part of Wimpy’s – the food.
The menu for Wimpy’s is very small, but it seems pretty spot on for a counter service restaurant that isn’t very large itself. There are four main entrees, including a Bacon Cheeseburger, Specialty Burger, Grilled Fish Pita, and Foot Long Hot Dog. These four items can be served as a Combo with Fries and a Milkshake or with just the fries for a discounted price. A Caprese Salad and Fruit Plate are also listed if you’re looking for a lighter option of sorts. The only dessert on the menu is a Raspberry Whoopie Pie, which sounds like it could be delicious, but we ultimately passed on it.
Specialty Burger – $18.99 as a Combo or $15.49
Wimpy was in fact a burger connoisseur, so it would be disrespectful to not order a burger at his restaurant, so we chose the Specialty Burger, because it fit in perfectly with the Popeye theme. The Specialty Burger was topped with spinach, special sauce, and a sunny side egg according to the menu. There was also a piece of American cheese on the burger as well. The special sauce was your basic Big Mac sauce, and complemented the spinach and egg. The spinach was cooked, but I’m unsure of whether or not that was from being placed under a hot burger patty and absorbing all of those juices. The egg was about as perfect as you can get with a small amount of yolk pouring out, but still not overly runny. Despite being a typical thin quick service patty, it was cooked to a perfect medium and not dried out at all. This burger would fit in at a craft burger joint if it was twice the size, but on a hot theme park day, it was the right amount of food and completely delicious.
Grilled Fish Pita – $17.49 as a Combo or $15.49
Instead of a boring chicken sandwich, Wimpy’s went with a Grilled Fish Pita for their menu and it is a solid choice. The Grilled Fish Pita is filled with blackened cod, lettuce, caramelized onions, pineapple salsa and citrus mayo. This item is made fresh every single time it’s ordered, so expect an extra wait if you choose it. The pita was soft and fluffy like a cloud. The blackened cod had just a slight hint of spiciness that you’d expect from anything blackened, but it wasn’t overpowering for those who prefer their food to be more mild. The saltiness of the fish danced beautifully with the sweetness from the caramelized onions, pineapple slaw and citrus mayo. It’s a very messy sandwich, due to the amount of ingredients inside that are dripping, but the portion and taste is worth every bit of hassle.
It’s not all rainbows and happiness at Wimpy’s. There are several issues we encountered when having our meal. The first was line management. What should’ve been a relatively quick and easy process was extremely difficult due to confusion amongst guests. Some were ignoring the Order Here windows and lining up in the exits causing issues and most were asking to alter the options on the menu to suit what they wanted. The guests are completely at fault here, but there were no Team Members stepping up to help handle and expedite the situation. Ultimately, we waited 15 minutes to order with only three people in front of us in line.
The next hurdle was seating. There are two seating areas for Wimpy’s and neither is big enough. To the right of the restaurant, there are eight tables – five under cover and three with umbrellas – and to the left of the restaurant there is another group of tables with some under cover and some exposed to nature. Wimpy’s is not just by the entrance to Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges, but it’s also next to the exit, which means there are a lot of lingering guests taking tables to wait for their family members, as well as soaked guests who just got off the attraction and need a place to dry off. Because of this, the tables were occupied constantly and you had to have perfect timing to grab a seat.
If you’re lucky enough to catch Wimpy’s when it is open and you see there is plenty of seating available, do not hesitate a second and give the restaurant a try. Wimpy’s is rumored to stick around for the rest of the summer, but nothing is guaranteed, so give it a shot while you still can!