Where to eat? Lunch at Epcot's Les Halles Boulangerie and Patisserie
Written by Robert Niles
Walt Disney World visitors for years have been cramming into Epcot's France pavilion to enjoy a variety of tempting sweets and bakery treats. So last year, Disney gave Epcot's counter-service eatery a new, larger home, expanding into the space adjacent the exit of the Impressions de France theater to create Les Halles Boulangerie and Patisserie.
As its name implies, Les Halles offers more than just pastries and sweets. (In France, a "patisserie" is a pastry shop and a "boulangerie" makes bread. Some foodies insist that no one can be an expert at both, but it's not like there's only one person back there running this eatery.)
Some of the many pastries at Les Halles.
We selected both sweet and savory items for a family lunch last month.
Our lunch for four, clockwise from top: A baguette ($2.95), Quiche Lorraine ($5.20), Chocolate Eclair ($4.25), Jambon Beurre (ham and cheese sandwich - $6.25), Creme Brulee ($3.75) and Lobster bisque ($4.90).
Coming from Southern California, Les Halles reminded me -- a lot -- of the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe at Disneyland. We enjoyed what tasted to me like the same Lobster bisque that I'd enjoyed at Jolly Holiday during the "One More Disney Day" event last year.
Epcot's bisque came without the breadstick (and seafood garnish) accompanying the Disneyland version, but cost $1.09 less. The ham and Gruyere quiche at Les Halles sported a flakier crust than the more biscuit-like crust on the Jolly Holiday version, but the Disneyland quiche offered larger chunks of ham and a side salad for its $7.19 price - $1.99 more than the Epcot quiche.
Quiche Lorraine ($5.20)
We ordered a full-sized baguette with our meal ($2.95) and were glad we did. We hadn't anticipated finishing the whole thing, but the chewy crust and warm interior paired so well with the tangy bisque that Laurie found herself dunking piece after piece.
Our kids split the delightful Jambon Beurre, a ham and cheese sandwich on a buttered baguette, while saving space for our desserts, a silky Creme Brulee with the requisite sugar crust that shattered upon first contact with a spoon, and a chocolate eclair that disappeared so quickly that I couldn't take proper note of it. No one claimed responsibility, though somehow everyone felt qualified to declare that it was delicious. Hmmmm….
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