We have eaten our way around EPCOT a LOT, all in the name of science of course!
While some snacks have been a total WIN for us, others have been disappointing or just not worth the calories or price! Want to know what food we’d skip? You’ve GOT to check out our list.
Now, just because an item is on this list doesn’t necessarily mean it’s inedible or horrifying — there’s just a LOT of good food at EPCOT, and the last thing you want to do is fill up on the “okay” or “passable” stuff and miss out on the true stars! So, without further ado, let’s get into the details. We begin our tour in Future World.
We’ve had some delicious dishes at Sunshine Seasons in the Land pavilion (hello triple decker garlic toast pulled pork sandwich!), but some of the items on their menu leave something to be desired.
SKIP: While these may be good for picky eaters, we’d recommend skipping the regular cheeseburger, bacon cheeseburger, and cheese pizza at Sunshine Seasons. Again, if you’re looking for a quick meal, these are not a bad choice, but they’re not terribly exciting. They’re just…food.
The burgers are served on brioche buns though, so that’s a nice touch, but still there are better options here (like The Land Crusher) and elsewhere around EPCOT.
Click here to read our review of the triple-decker garlic toast pulled pork sandwich (a.k.a. The Land Crusher)!
Alright, now we’re off to World Showcase! We know there’s a bit of a debate on this, but for the purpose of this virtual walk around EPCOT, we’re going to start on the left.
SKIP: Though not bad by any means, we would say skip on the Guacamole with Totopos from La Cantina de San Angel. There’s 3 different guacs at your fingertips in this Pavilion and you can find better ones close by!
So, if you are going to get them, be sure to grab some of that 75 cent queso! That queso is the bomb!
EAT INSTEAD: You could just pass on this taco entirely for something tastier at this same spot, like the Pollo Cascabel.
Over in Norway, we’re headed to Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe! We think some of the items here might be a skip, but there are plenty of other good options at Kringla to try. Grabbing some School Bread here is definitely worth it, especially if you’ve never had it before. It’s classic and iconic, so if you’ve never tried it before, it’s a good choice for a first-time treat at Kringla.
We also LOVE the rice cream (if it’s available), and the sweet pretzels here are also super yummy!
SKIP: Now, if you’ve reached China in your walk around World Showplace and are thinking about grabbing a snack there, we’d say skip on the Pot Stickers over at Lotus Blossom Cafe, the quick service spot you’ll find at this pavilion on the left-hand side.
The potstickers here are just pretty standard take-out pot stickers that you could get anywhere in the U.S.
EAT INSTEAD: If there’s a festival going on, we do suggest you check out the options at the China festival booth which may have more flavorful and fun options! We typically really enjoy most of the offerings China’s fest booths have to offer (still dreaming of Chengdu Street Fries!).
SKIP: If you’ve reached Germany and you’re looking for a unique snack, we’d say skip out on the Black Forest Cake Roulade from Sommerfest. It’s not on the menu right now, but it has been in years past. We’ve seen it as a rolled cake and we’ve also seen it take a slightly different shape. This treat is generally made of a cake sandwiched together with whipped cream around a cherry compote, and then covered in chocolate flakes.
We did think that the bit of cherry filling was fantastic and we love the chocolate/fruit combination, but in the older rolled version, we’ve found the cake to be a little dry and the flavor wasn’t as chocolatey as we would have liked (but we did have a Black Forest Cake Roulade at Biergarten earlier this year that was decadent and chocolatey).
EAT INSTEAD: There’s a whole shop full of incredible caramel goodies just steps away, so we’d recommend you eat some of the amazing treats from Karamell-Küche instead.
We’ve had our fair share of great, cheesy pizza from Italy’s Pizza al Taglio (a.k.a. the pizza window), but some other items in the Italy pavilion might be a skip.
SKIP: The food items at Italy’s Festival of the Arts booth were okay, but they didn’t wow us compared to some of the other options at the festival.
If you’re going to eat your weight in Disney food, you might as well be eating something DELICIOUS, and these just didn’t do it for us.
The American Adventure
Alright! We’re officially half-way through our tour around World Showcase. The American Adventure has definitely stepped up their food game with the opening of Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue.
SKIP: So, we’d say skip the Turkey Leg from Fife and Drum Tavern at the American Adventure, and head to Regal Eagle for some BBQ instead!
In Japan, we’d say to SKIP the desserts at Katsura Grill. These can be a bit pricey for what you’re getting and not the most exciting options necessarily.
There are so many yummy choices in France, it’s hard to say what to skip.
SKIP: We’d say skip anything “ordinary” or plain from Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie. While these may be good, they lack the punch of flavor you can get from other dishes at this pavilion.
EAT INSTEAD: Instead, grab something packed with more flavor like some of the items from the France Festival of the Arts booth, or some of the delicious macarons from Les Halles. If you’re really in the mood for a full French experience, head over to Chefs de France for an absolutely spectacular meal.
SKIP: At the United Kingdom, we’d say skip on some (or most) of the packaged treats that you can often find inside some of the gift shops at the pavilion.
EAT INSTEAD: While some of those packaged treats may look enticing and can be tasty and fairly inexpensive, we’d recommend you opt for some hot and delicious Fish & Chips from Yorkshire County Fish Shop.
Finally, we’ve made our way to the last pavilion on our tour — Canada!
SKIP: There are SO many things to love at the Canada pavilion, but if we’d have to skip anything here, we’d say skip some of the desserts at Le Cellier Steakhouse — specifically the Maple Leaf Cheesecake and Warm Pecan-Brown Butter Tart.
While both of these are okay, they fall flat in terms of overall flavor. Neither of them have blown us away in the past.
EAT INSTEAD: Instead, we’d say grab the classic Maple Creme Brûlée at Le Cellier if you feel absolutely compelled to get dessert there, or opt for some dessert at one of the other pavilions in EPCOT!
Well, that’s our list! If you’re eating around the world, you might as well spend your money (and your calorie count) on some truly unique and flavorful items. We’d say skip the items listed above, and grab some other treats instead!