has been an afterthought due to uninspired food for quite some time; but when I started hearing some buzz about a new steak dinner, I knew I needed to get over there ASAP…
This counter service restaurant, located in the American Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase, has always been a reliable stop for “typical” American fare, like hamburgers and french fries.
And because of its large size, it’s a good place to find a spot to eat should you find yourself in Epcot without an Advanced Dining Reservation.
Let’s go check out the latest!!
“Liberty Inn Publick Dining Room” — known to most of us as Liberty Inn — is located in the large building that serves as the central location when you look at World Showcase. Situated across from the American Gardens Theatre, the building also houses the American Adventure, an animatronic and film attraction; and an American history mini-museum (a great place to get away from the crowds!).
Inside, you’ll find ample seating in the atrium-style dining area. Skylights allow for plenty of natural light, and flags from the original colonies line the brick walls. You can see them up close in this post.
The decor is decidedly colonial, and the surroundings contain many items that look like they came straight from Colonial Williamsburg.
But if you’d rather sit outdoors, there are several tables on the brick patio outside, with umbrellas to offer respite from the sun.
Liberty Inn is a counter service spot, and the set up is the normal Disney deal. There are multiple cashiers to take your order, which you pick up at the counter beyond.
We were pretty hungry and anxious to order, so let’s get down to the important stuff: the food!
There have been a few updates to the menu since we last visited, but basically, you have a nice selection of typically American fare here. That makes Liberty Inn a fantastic option if you have a non-adventurous eater in your group and you find yourself starving in World Showcase with no other plans. 🙂
A couple of the children’s items here also feature the Mickey Check nutritional guarantee, so you know that you’ll be providing a nutritious option for the kiddos should they eat here.
But being the steak lover that I am, I was excited to see confirmation of the rumor! Could a counter service spot deliver a decent steak? Hmm…
Once you place your order and get your food, it’s off to the condiments stand to get other essentials, like mustard, ketchup, napkins, and the like.
There’s nothing terribly interesting here in the way of condiments, but we did think the themeing on some of the pumps was typical of Disney detail!
Of course, I opted for the New York Strip Steak with Red Wine Butter Sauce. It was served with a side of Roasted Red Potato Wedges and Steamed Broccoli.
You can see the compound butter that had started on top of the steak, but was slowly melting its way off. 😉 They certainly didn’t skip on it!
This was definitely a fun addition to the menu. Normally I prefer my steak a little more rare; but for the price and the fact that this is counter service, I thought this was pretty good.
And fresh veggies are always a nice — and surprising — option. The broccoli was freshly steamed, leaving the guest to add any salt or butter as desired. The potatoes were freshly roasted and crinkly hot — a great addition with some yummy flavor.
We also tried the Grilled Chicken Flatbread with Fries. It’s interesting to note that “flatbread” here = pita. Other places, it usually means pizza. So make sure to look at those pictures so you know what you’re getting!
I loved the presentation of this meal; I couldn’t wait to dig in! And the addition of Monterrey Jack cheese, bacon, and red pepper aioli gave the flatbread some serious flavor!
A quick peek inside shows a closer look at all the ingredients in there. There’s quite a bit going on in this sandwich, and the burst of protein from the grilled chicken will keep you going for a few more hours in the park!
I was really impressed with this sandwich, and would definitely order it again. In fact; I might choose this over the steak!
We rounded out the meal with a fruit cup, which consisted primarily of melon and grapes. Just a warning, in case you aren’t a big fan of these fruits.
After those semi-healthy meals (huge amounts of melty butter and bacon aside), we decided to order the S’mores Mousse Brownie for dessert. I’d not seen this particular counter service dessert before, so I was eager to give it a try.
Get a load of this thing! Looks pretty yum, eh?
A super thick graham cracker crust is the foundation for this brownie cake, which is topped with a fudgy, generous swirl of chocolate “mousse” frosting (note: this is definitely more of a fudge frosting than a mousse). In the middle is this wonderful marshmallow-y creamy goodness.
This was incredibly rich, moist, and dense — and perfectly suitable for sharing. Three bites and I was done!
What an incredible find this brownie-cupcake fusion was!
We were quite pleased with our stop at Liberty Inn. To be honest, this is a spot that I normally walk right past. With all of the phenomenal food choices in Epcot, who has time for food that you can get on any street corner?
But with some thoughtful upgrades and twists on American fare, Liberty Inn has made this a spot worth your time and attention. If you’re in need of a counter service option in Epcot, I would definitely give it a try.
Are you a fan of Liberty Inn? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!