Truth: it’s not very often that I visit Epcot’s Electric Umbrella in Future World.
From time to time, it’s been known to debut something unique, but other than that, the regular items don’t hold a ton of appeal when compared with so many crave-worthy hits around World Showcase. However, they’ve switched up the menu here a bit recently, so it’s time to check it out and see how the new items fare.
But first, I should mention that there is potential for this to be the scene when you hit Electric Umbrella around dinner time while everyone else is tasting their way around World Showcase during the Food and Wine Festival…
The last time we headed to Electric Umbrella to check out a new burger was when the Macaroni and Cheese Burger arrived on the scene. That one didn’t make the cut for the updated menu (and it definitely wasn’t my favorite). Neither did the Meatball Sub, though the fan favorite Vegetarian Flatbread remains.
Now you’ll find a Sausage and Pepper Sandwich (Italian sausage, peppers, onions, and tomato, topped with Provolone cheese), and a Veggie Naan Wich (broccoli slaw and edamame topped with tofu wasabi dressing). I found the Veggie Naan Wich of interest because that brings the vegetarian options to two — which doesn’t sound very impressive until you consider that there are only five spotlight items on this menu.
But having tried the previous version of an “Extreme” burger at the Electric Umbrella, I just had to get the final new item on the menu: the French Dip Burger.
Of course, it comes with fries.
This Angus burger is topped with brisket and crispy onions, and a slice of Muenster cheese is tucked underneath the burger.
I must admit: I’m always a little hesitant about the whole meat-topped-with-even-more-meat thing, even though it often ends up being pretty delicious (cases in point: the Barbecue Slaw Dog found at Fairfax Fare and Casey’s Corner, and Sci-Fi Dine-In’s Famous All-American Picnic Burger). I entered into this new dining scenario with the same hesitation.
Unlike a regular French Dip sandwich with the au jus set on the side for dipping, the brisket here is… well, already dipped :). It’s drenched just enough to give it plenty of that delicious, brothy-beef flavor without making a huge mess (a small miracle, considering everything going on here).
The result ends up being a Disney burger that is, overall, really quite moist — and since a common complaint about burgers at Disney is that they are often dry, this is a very nice surprise.
The crispy onions break up both the the texture and the flavor. I’m a huge onion fan, so believe it or not, I could’ve happily taken more of them on the top. And the Muenster cheese was a good choice here (you can finally see it under the big ol’ beef pile in the pictures below), adding just a bit of mild creamy flavor to finish everything off.
I’m shocked to say, I didn’t find it to be overkill. In fact, I kind of loved it. For me, it’s made for sharing, but my husband said he easily could have finished it on his own. The French Dip Burger is fun, tasty, and I think this is a good addition to the choices at Electric Umbrella.
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