EPCOT - Your Favorite FoodsWalt Disney World: List your favorite food stuffs at Walt Disney World's EPCOT Theme Park.
From James RaoWe recently had a discussion about people’s favorite foods to eat while visiting WDW's Magic Kingdom. Continuing in that vein, what are some of YOUR favorite EPCOT food items? These items can be snacks, sandwiches, dinner platters, candy, ice cream, beverages...whatever. Just make sure you explain what the food is and where you bought it so others can benefit from your experience.
Posted December 12, 2009 at 10:59 PM
Please, try to keep your posts focused solely on EPCOT, the nearby resorts (Beach Club, Yacht Club, Boardwalk, Swan, and Dolphin), and Disney's Boardwalk area.
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From James RaoFor reference, here is the link the WDW's Magic Kingdom - Your Favorite Foods discussion thread.
Posted December 12, 2009 at 11:22 PM
Once again, I'll lead the charge! EPCOT here I come!
Beach Club Resort
Those entries should get us started! Take it away Theme Park Insiders!
From Amanda JenkinsOne of my favorite beverages is from Les Vins des Chefs de France. It is the Grey Goose Citron Lemonade Slush. I love anything with a lemon flavor, and this was by far the best. For snacks, well I am a sucker for soft pretzels, which is great and puts you in the mood at Sommerfest at the German Pavillion. I hate to say it, but I haven't sat down to dine in the World Showcase since I was a little girl. The last few trips we have eaten at the Coral Reef and the Garden Grill. They were ok, but we will not be eating at the Coral Reef again. Our food was not up to expected standards, and even though we had made reservations months in advance, we waited over two hours for our table. Next year, I hope to try out the places in the World Showcase. Hopefully I'll get some good tips of where to go from everyone else.
Posted December 12, 2009 at 11:20 PM
From Michael OwenI think everyone needs to try Beverly at Club Cool at least once.
Posted December 13, 2009 at 6:02 AM
From James RaoHeck, try everything at Club Cool at least once - not just the bitter Italian flavor! ;)
Posted December 13, 2009 at 6:51 AM
Amanda, have you ever had the "Frankfurter Sandwiches" at Sommerfest? Are they just hot dogs with fancy names, or is there more to it?
From Brady AllenCreme Brulee at Le Cellier.
Posted December 13, 2009 at 9:01 AM
Anything at the pastry shop in France Pavillion.
I 2nd the comment on the dry heave Italian coca cola.
From Amanda JenkinsI've not had the sandwiches there at Sommerfest. I am not a fan at all of sauerkraut, though I am sure you could get one without it. That does make me wonder though, if it is just a fancy named hotdog LOL.
Posted December 13, 2009 at 11:31 AM
From Anthony MurphyWell the Food and Wine Festival is the best, but as for regular foods at EPCOT and their Resorts, in no paticular Order:
Posted December 13, 2009 at 6:40 PM
Cheddar Cheese Soup at Canada
And Beverly is the sickening Italian Soda at Club Cool. It supposed to stimulate your taste buds to get ready to eat. It does its job since its so bitter, you need to put something else in your mouth fast! I like the Watermelon Flavored one (China)
Can't think of many more right now, but I might come up with some later!
From Amanda JenkinsThe drink from Israel was my favorite at Club Cool. Anyone else get tired of their shoes sticking to the floor there?
Posted December 13, 2009 at 8:13 PM
From James RaoGood stuff, gang! Keep 'em coming.
Posted December 14, 2009 at 4:14 AM
I need more food stops for my upcoming 2010 vacation!
From Rob PThe Lotus Blossom Cafe deserves a mention. For fast , counter-service food it was pretty good fare.
Posted December 14, 2009 at 5:51 AM
When can we move on to Animal Kingdom so I can vote for my all time Theme Park favourite counter service outlet ?
From James RaoI think I will combine DAK, DHS, and DTD in one post...in about a week.
Posted December 14, 2009 at 8:02 PM
For now, though, please, be specific...what was your favorite item at the Lotus Blossom Cafe?
From Anthony MurphyRed Bean Ice Cream for Me.
Posted December 14, 2009 at 8:55 PM
Pretty much anything from it is tasty!
From James RaoThe Caramel Ginger Ice Cream sounds interesting too. Have you tried it? Are the egg rolls as good as those sold from the egg roll wagon in Adventureland? How are the potstickers?
Posted December 14, 2009 at 9:35 PM
I am getting hungry!
Also, anyone had the Crepes in France?
One more question: does anyone know if you can view Illuminations from the Teppan Edo restaurant in Japan?
From Anthony MurphyYou can, but I think its called Tokyo Dining now. You can also watch it on the balcony outside. Its very pretty through the Japanese Gate.
Posted December 14, 2009 at 9:37 PM
From James RaoTeppan Edo and Tokyo Dining are still separate entries on the Epcot website. Teppan Edo is one of those "cook-your-food-in-front-of-you" joints, and Tokyo Dining looks to be a more traditional sit down restaurant. I have not visited either place, so I could be wrong, however I think Robert Niles posted a review of Tokyo Dining not too long ago, and it definitely was not a Teppanyaki type meal.
Posted December 14, 2009 at 10:22 PM
As a family we like the Teppanyaki style of cooking, and are curious to see if the Disney presentation has even more flair than what we usually see here in Kansas City. Besides, the prices, for a Disney restaurant, seem pretty much in line with what you would expect to pay at a similar restaurant off-property (like Benihana).
From Anthony MurphyThanks for clearing that up. I usually call it the "Cooking in front of you" and the "Sushi Bar". The way its set up now, the Tokyo Dining is right by the windows looking at the lagoon. Teppan Edo is in the back in which there is no windows, at least where you sit.
Posted December 14, 2009 at 10:52 PM
In all honesty, they both are in the same building with Teppan taking about 2/3 of the floor and Tokyo Dining taking up the rest. They redid the entire place and it looks great. They also give you more food than they did before. Worth a try, but its one of the more expensive than the rest of the countires/
From Rob PJames asked me :
Posted December 15, 2009 at 12:50 AM
" For now, though, please, be specific...what was your favorite item at the Lotus Blossom Cafe?"
We like the chicken with orange sauce and the beef stir-fry dish with noodles.
From James RaoThanks, Anthony, that's what I was afraid of... no view. Oh well. We can just walk outside after dinner and find a spot, I guess.
Posted December 15, 2009 at 5:23 AM
And Rob, thanks for the specifics, and keep 'em coming! Epcot is a huge place, I am sure there are other foods/snacks you've enjoyed. What about Maple Syrup from Canada? =)
From James RaoMore?
Posted December 15, 2009 at 7:14 PM
Come on, this is Disney's flagship "eating" park! There must be other entrees, appetizers, snacks, and desserts folks enjoy! How can I plan a trip around 18 posts????!!! =)
From Anthony MurphyAs for the Lotus Blossom Cafe, egrolls and potstickets are the best.
Posted December 15, 2009 at 11:58 PM
Speaking of China, you should go to the Nine Dragons for Lunch. It is deserted and they have a great dish if you are a General Taos Chicken fan (its very good there). It is a combo dish with the chicken, a General Taos dumpling (think potsticker with the general's sauce in it) with rice. Ammazing. The other two amazing lunch locations is Chefs de France and Biregarden in Germany.
As mentioned before, the Boardwalk has some great places. Riverworks is a Microbrewery with great American food. The hidden gem was Couzzina by Cat Cora which was spectacular, causal, and not too hard on the wallet.
From Josh KThe Shaved Ice in Japan is really good. I also buy several candy bars in the shopping area in the United Kingdom. I recommend Toffee Crisp and the Lion candy bars. There is unique candy in all of the countries, though those are my favorites.
Posted December 16, 2009 at 5:14 PM
From Mark FairleighAnother vote for the shaved ice...especially the melon flavor.
Posted December 16, 2009 at 8:50 PM
As far as food food...Curry Beef from Japan.
From sarah garskeMmmm, epcot.
Posted December 16, 2009 at 8:45 PM
First of all, at sommerfest, they do serve a "franfurter", which yes, is a hot dog. HOWEVER, they also serve an amazing bratwurst with saurkraut on a warm sourdough roll- its delicious and has become my favorite epcot snack. I always thought I hated saurkraut- the german pavillion has changed my mind!
Seasons at The Land pavillion offers a great variety of fresh food options- its a great place for lunch when visiting epcot in a group as there is always something to please everyone.
I also am a huge fan of the fish and chips in the UK- they are among the best I've ever eaten.
A couple additional delights :) it is my tradition that when I visit epcot on a colder, rainy evening, my experience is not complete without a visit to the Norway bakery- though I indulge in the coffee spiked with baileys and kahlua, and the "viking cookie"- chocolate chip nut cookie with a chocolate medallion. De-lish.
Also, the new cava de tequila has an often overlooked (albeit pricey) tapas menu, which has phenomenal items- the guacamole is superb and has become another must-stop snack, along with a flight of tequila of course!!!
From Anthony MurphyOh yeah, when I was down there for the Food and Wine Festival, I went to "Cava" and was impressed at their tapas selection.
Posted December 16, 2009 at 11:14 PM
Still, not a big fan of the sit down resturant in Mexico, but like the rest!
From Erin BJames, I had chocolate crepes when I last went [...6 years ago?] and they were DELICIOUS. Definitely give them a try.
Posted December 17, 2009 at 12:49 AM
My family also ate some Teppanyaki style Japanese and it was good, from what I remember. Also tops on our amazing food list was the Fish and Chips. Oh my gosh, I still remember the taste.
I'm a huge foodie and I want to go back to Epcot just for the food, haha.
From James RaoNow we're talking! Great advice, gang, keep 'em coming.
Posted December 17, 2009 at 7:29 AM
How about some of the shops in the World Showcase? Seems like during our visit in '07 we found some pretty good candy bars and things like that which were wholly different from the usual candies sold in most of the country. Anyone find something interesting at one of those shops?
And, I am still wondering about some of the Epcot resorts and Disney's Boardwalk area...
Also, for all those who love fish & chips, make sure to visit Raglan Road in Downtown Disney...their F&C are delightful!
(but we'll have more about DTD in the next *Favorite Foods* thread...)
From Amanda JenkinsThe Boardwalk Bakery!!! That is an amazing place to get a treat when you decide to walk from Epcot to DHS and vice versa. Especially when pushing a four and two year old in strollers and carrying the three lightsabers that all the guys had to have along with the shirts and toys that no one could wait on having sent back to the hotel. Sorry, got caught up in the memory of our trip back in February. The Boardwalk Bakery...is heaven. Just stepping into the place and smelling all those wonderful smells is pure bliss. The boys ( including my husband) got giant chocolate cupcakes and I got a mini lemon bundt cake (can't tell how much I like lemon from each of my previous responses). They were so good, that we plan on doing the walk again next year just to reward ourselves with dessert.
Posted December 17, 2009 at 8:56 AM
From Crystal AI love the Chocolate Crepes in France. And I love the sit down restaurant in Mexico. Their beef dishes are very good.
Posted December 17, 2009 at 9:16 AM
From Anthony MurphyThe desserts at Kouzzina are fantastic, but the Boardwalk Bakery is where you want to find your sweet tooth!
Posted December 17, 2009 at 10:28 AM
As for EPCOT, The German Pavillion has a candy store which is not to be missed! Trobolones and gummie bears? HHHHHHHHHHHH
From Joshua CounsilPick up some Cadbury chocolate in the U.K. As I understand, it's not readily available in the States. Mexico did an excellent pina colada. Norway's Restaurant Akershus had great cheese, bread, and cold fish.
Posted December 20, 2009 at 9:12 PM
Germany's Biergarten had good soup and, obviously, great beer. Stick to the beer that isn't your run-of-the-mill import. Can't recall what I had, but it was an amber beer and was excellent - I had two liter mugs.
I really enjoyed my meal at Les Chefs de France. I opted for the escargots, about as good as you can get for a theme park, and salmon. Both had excellent flavor and texture.
Both times I've eaten at Restaurant Marrakesh were disappointing. The lamb and couscous were good, but in their attempt to appeal to the masses, the food lacked Moroccan spice. I love African food, but this disappointed. Too generic. I've found more adventurous African food in my city (albeit, it is a college town).
The German buffet is overrated, but the beer and live music make it worthwhile.
Restaurant Akershus and the Teppanyaki Dining Room were both excellent when I ate there years ago, but may be different since their upgrades.
Avoid the ESPN Club - $18 pitchers and over-salted food. I loved the Flying Fish Cafe, but that was replaced.
From Anthony MurphyNo,Spoodles was replaced, Flying Fish is still there.
Posted December 20, 2009 at 11:14 PM
In regards to ESPN club, its good for a late night snack!
From James RaoMore good stuff. Thanks for keeping it real, gang.
Posted December 21, 2009 at 7:11 AM
Question: anyone besides Amanda been to Coral Reef? Apparently she did not have the best time.... =) If yes, what was your favorite dish? And, is the view good enough to overcome the high prices?? We have one vote against (Amanda), any votes for the place?
From Amanda JenkinsJames, I forgot to talk about the view of Coral Reef. We didn't really have one. There are three tiers of tables. We were on the top one and furthest from the viewing windows. We were also placed at a table for six (though there were only two of us). I expected to just fall in love with the place. I was disappointed at how little there is to see of the aquarium. The only positive thing I can say about it, is that they knew that I was highly allergic to seafood, and made sure to not cook my meal near any of it. My husband loves seafood, which is the reason I booked the reservation.
Posted December 21, 2009 at 12:10 PM
From Jeff CarrollBeer flights at Biergarten. I would order two flights and drink them both before you try the food...or skip the food all together.
Posted January 9, 2010 at 12:25 PM
Fish and Chips at the Rose and Crown. I like to pick it up at the counter service location outside of R&C and eat it on a park bench in park square at the back of the UK pavilion.
My new must stop is the Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream. I will not visit WDW in the future without a stop at Beaches and Cream. Picture
From James RaoGreat photo, Jeff! Now I need to run out and get a couple gallons of ice cream so I can make a Kitchen Sink of my own!
Posted January 9, 2010 at 4:00 PM
From Tim WWow big ice cream!
Posted January 9, 2010 at 8:47 PM
From Tiffany AlfonsoThe Kinley Ginger Ale at Club Cool's the bomb!
Posted January 12, 2010 at 9:16 AM
From Steve WardMy absolute fav food from Epcot has to be the Sushi at Tokyo Dining. Really is something special and doesnt break the bank
Posted January 14, 2010 at 5:42 AM
as for beer (i know, not food but for some beer is more important lol ) i found that MooseHead was the best when we did our Drinks around the world.
but then again coming from the UK we get a lot of french,german etc beers as a standard
From Diane GraebnerI just ate at Coral Reef the other day. I enjoyed it, although we were seated in the first level right by the tank. I had the steak (those fish stares got the best of me, although I'm a fan of seafood usually) and it was heavenly. I also found their signature dessert (The Wave) too good to pass up.
Posted January 14, 2010 at 12:52 PM
The cheese soup at Le Celier is my favorite. I also had the salmon and I loved it although my Dad found the seasonings on it overwhelming.
Other favorites include the crepes in France, the selection of teas in UK, and Fish & Chips in the UK.
We eat at the Garden Grill frequently, and for a character meal it's also extremely good food. It's served family style, at least it was last time I was there, and featured a lot of fresh veggies from the greenhouse. The quick service area there is also terrific as was previously stated.
I've eaten at all of the World Showcase restaurants at one time or another, and Le Celier, France (downstairs), Germany, and Japan are my favorites.
From James RaoMore great stuff! I should never read these threads when I am hungry!
Posted January 14, 2010 at 7:46 PM
Keep 'em coming!
From Beth OlligesThe pot roast at Rose & Crown is scrumptious!
Posted January 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM
We've eaten at Restaurant Marrakesh twice, and got the same thing both times (because we loved it so much the first time)! Combo appetizer for two, chicken couscous for me, and shish kebab for my boyfriend! Yummy!
From Eugene KohCoral Reef Restaurant! Great atmosphere, nice theme, fresh seafood!
Posted February 27, 2010 at 2:08 PM
From James RaoI'd love to go to Coral Reef just for the atmosphere, but without "free dining" the expense of the place is just not within my May budget. Maybe during another trip I will have a better opportunity.
Posted February 27, 2010 at 4:26 PM
From Manny BarronTime is money at theme parks so I prefer quick counter service dining inside the parks as opposed to traditional sit down meals. The large counter service restaurant in the Land pavilion Sunshine seasons is the best of its kind.
Posted February 27, 2010 at 11:04 PM
Club Cool is awesome. They have my favorite apples soda from Mexico. Mexico has the best soda pop in the world so sometimes I cross the border into ciudad juarez, Mexico just to stock up on some of this apple soda(and other flavors). Club Cool allows me to have a taste of Mexico in Disney world and thats just great.
From Eddie NMy Favorite Place to have food at Epoct is the San Angel Inn the food was fantastic and the dark atmosphere is very nice after a long day in the sun. But my favorite desert is from the Sommerfest in Germany the apple strudel and black forest cake is out of this world!
Posted May 29, 2010 at 5:41 AM
From luis gonzalezengland: fish and chips, guinness!
Posted June 1, 2010 at 6:19 PM
mexico:beef medalions, dos equis, tequila!
france:cheese plate, red wine
italia:never ate there
america:funnel cake w/ice cream, sam adams
canada:any thing in le celier, moosehead lager
japan: tepanyaki(spelling?), SAKI KAMPAI!!!!!!!!!
china:egg rolls (x4), sing sao
germany:bratwurst, spatten optimator (its like having two beers!)
WORD around the world, ay.. ay.. yay!!!!!! i cant find my baby
From James RaoI guess I need to update my "Best Of" list based on my recent vacation! Presented here are the food items we enjoyed most while touring Epcot in May 2010:
Posted June 1, 2010 at 7:01 PM
Lotus Blossom Cafe (China)
Kaki Gori Cart (Japan)
Tokyo Dining (Japan)
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (Norway)
Sunshine Seasons Food Fair (Land)
Beaches & Cream (Beach Club Resort)
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