At long last (and as you may know from a previous DFB post), the final food truck has arrived at Downtown Disney’s West Side in Walt Disney World!
We’ve got a full review of that $18 lobster roll for ya, so scroll down to see that! In the meantime, let’s take a peek at this sleek truck!
Each Food Truck reflects the theme of a different Disney World Park (thus far Superstar Catering for Hollywood Studios, Namaste Café for Animal Kingdom, and Fantasy Fare for Magic Kingdom). World Showcase of Flavors represents Epcot — more specifically, the beloved Epcot Food & Wine Festival that comes to Epcot every Fall.
The adventure of travel and exploring other cultures for which World Showcase is known is captured in the design of the truck. I think the way it brings to mind an old-fashioned travel trunk covered with vintage-style “badges” collected along the way is pretty cool!
My favorite touch is the row of suitcases on top of the pickup window.
By the way, my next pictures appear in a different setting – that’s because the trucks move :)! I snapped a few close-ups at its location by Cirque de Soleil pre-opening hours, but went back to eat when it was parked at the grassy area by Bongos Cuban Café.
The menu brings “The Best of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival” to guests year-round.
The three entrees are Festival favorites
: Pierogies with Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions from the Poland Booth, Grass Fed Beef Sliders with Monterey Jack and Sweet Pickles from the Florida Local Booth, and the Lobster Roll from the Hops & Barley Booth.
Wine is also available for purchase, and pairings are suggested via the rotating images on the digital menu.
I went with the Lobster Roll. And, let’s face it – at $18.25 a pop, we’ve got a few things to talk about. Let’s start with the sandwich itself!
The Lobster Roll is beautifully presented in a fresh roll with some of those awesome house-made chips. The dressing is crafted of mayonnaise, chives, parsley, and dill, which differs from the Festival dressing of Garlic Herb Butter.
The other difference is the size of the sandwich compared to the Festival (true of each of the entrees). If you look closely at the picture below, you’ll see a quarter to give you an idea of scale. Additionally, I can tell you that the sandwich measured in at 6 inches (5.95 to be exact). How do I know? As it turns out, there’s an app for that ;)!
When I received my order, I noticed two things: first, the lobster and herbs smelled heavenly. Second, though, I thought it looked like it had a bit too much dressing for filler.
The initial glance was deceiving. The minute I moved my fork around to check it all out, I was seriously stunned by the substantial amount of lobster in this dish – and when I say substantial, I mean it is PACKED. I took a few more pictures to give you an idea of how every time I moved my fork, I found more and more ENORMOUS chunks of lobster.
It was so completely decadent and delicious. The dressing was perfectly balanced and flavorful while letting the taste of the lobster shine through.
There weren’t any tables near the truck (more on that in a bit), so I’d taken my meal several steps down. After I finished I just had to march right back to the booth to say thanks to the Chef for the amazing food.
So, yes, it is pretty darn awesome. Truly one of the most remarkable things I’ve ever eaten at Disney World.
But I also know the real question here: “So it’s awesome. Got it. But is it $18.25 worth of awesome?”
Honestly, I’m struggling here. It is the right dish – seriously, SO right — but I think it may be in the wrong setting. If I’m spending $18.25, then I want a table and a chair. It felt strange to spend that amount of money, and then have a hard time finding a place to eat it. I’d rather be somewhere where I can truly savor and enjoy it – even just a casual place, nothing fancy.
For instance, the Boardwalk Bakery has a great Maine Lobster Sandwich (though this one trumps it), but it costs a couple dollars less (without a side), and you can grab a casual table outside. My other thought is it might work to bring back the Festival size roll (keeping those chips 🙂 ), and sell it closer to the Festival price.
What I know for sure is that it has been an absolute blast checking out each of these trucks – both their themes and their offerings. I’ve been honestly and consistently impressed with the level of quality, freshness, and creativity of every dish I’ve tried, and with the enthusiasm of the Cast Members at every booth.
My highest recommendation overall is the Hand-dipped Corn Dog at Fantasy Fare for the best combo of flavor, price, and just downright fun.
P.S. Oh, truck hours this week (which have fluctuated during beginning stages) are repeating their hours from last week: 5 – 11 pm, every day of the week (as opposed to the original Wednesday through Sunday operations). Because of their mobility, I still think anything goes, but evenings are your best bet to catch them!
Will you be searching for the trucks on your next stop at Downtown Disney? Please let us know with a comment!