When it comes to the perfect vacation, food is always at the forefront of our minds. One of the things that we always enjoy most is the prospect of devouring exciting new meals that we perhaps haven’t always tried before with our family. Traveling to Epcot in Disney World is by no means exempt from this due to its extensive and exciting plethora of offerings.
Due to it’s World Showcase and Future World developments, Epcot is lucky enough to play host to some of Disney World’s finest counter service restaurants. What sets Epcot apart from other dining options in the park is the sheer volume of restaurants available, fast, convenient service and exciting availability of food. From unique themed restaurants to stunning settings, Epcot has it all. So here it is, five of the very best!
1. La Cantina San Angel
If its a Mexican flavor that you’re looking for during your vacation then this particular restaurant comes highly recommended. A quick-service restaurant nestled on the edge of the World Showcase Lagoon, it makes the most of its lakeside location with beautiful open-air seating for guests to utilize. Whether you’re after lunch or dinner, the restaurant has plenty to offer its guests with a wide range of Mexican favorites available on the menu such as Tacos de Pescado, Nachos, Empanadas con Queso and Pollo Cascabel and for those of us who haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing true authentic Mexican, this is a great place to start.
For those of us that enjoy a cocktail, you reap the benefits of the restaurant’s exceptional specialty drinks. With an excellent offering, guests can find themselves sipping on Patron Cranberry Margarita’s, Mango Frozen Margarita’s and Lime Frozen Margarita’s while enjoying the views of the lagoon. An experience here incorporates everything there is to love about a dining experience; great food, great drinks, and even better views.
2. Kringla Bakeri Og Norweigan Kafe
Another exceptional offering in the World Showcase comes from Kringla Bakeri Og Norweigan Kafe; a quick-service dining experience that offers a rather interesting take on Norweigan cuisine. For the foodies amongst us, this is food gold, as guests look to enjoy something very different from what they’re used to. Aesthetically, the restaurant offers a very traditionally Nordic vibe with warm wood paneling, a beautiful custom mosaic tiled floor as well as furniture that boasts Norweigan touches.
With a large open-air dining patio, guests benefit from being able to experience their meal while enjoying the fantastic views of the bustling World Showcase. The Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe is open every day for both lunch and dinner with a vast menu offering exciting Norweigan cuisine including a Vegetable Torte, the infamous Ham and Apple Sandwich and Traditional Kkottkake but the real selling point is the stunning selection of delicious pastries including school bread, Lefse, Rice Cream, Mousse Kiss and Sweet Pretzel, filled with Almonds.
3. Sunshine Seasons
For the more popular of offerings, Sunshine Season is an absolutely fantastic restaurant to visit. Located on the ground level of The Land Pavilion, Guests can reap the benefits of a visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three, if you fall in love with it as much as so many do!). The restaurant benefits from an on-site greenhouse where they grow lots of produce used in their dishes, bringing a real vibe of the locality to your dining experience. The restaurant boasts multiple counters all with separate menus with unique options for guests to peruse.
After being seated in the beautiful open-air atrium of The Land, seasonal balloons floating overhead, guests can sample many delicious food options including Croissants, the Adult Breakfast Platter, Spicy Fish Tacos, Turkey and Monteray Jack on Ciabatta, Slow Roasted Pork Chops, Asian Shrimp Stir Fry and Oak-grilled Salmon. In addition to an array of exciting meals, the restaurant is also lucky enough to be home to an in-store bakery where you can order incredibly popular items such as the Carrot Cake Cupcake and the Strawberry Shortcake cupcake.
4. Lotus Blossom Café
Chinese cuisine holds a huge place in the heart of so many across the world and that’s where Lotus Blossom is the place to visit for all those who are partial to their Asian delicacies. Located in the bustling China Pavilion in World Showcase, this beautifully set restaurant is a showcase of global cuisine.
The café is architecturally stunning with a huge open-air balcony to enjoy your dinner al-fresco. Guests can enjoy a special dining experience with their favorite Chinese dishes from an uncompromised setting that cannot be replicated with menu options including Beef Noodle Soup Bowl, Pot Stickers, Sesame Chicken Salad, Orange Chicken and Shrimp Fried Rice with Egg Roll.
5. Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
One of the more popular restaurants in the bustling World Showcase’s, Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie offers an exciting and delicious education in the things we foodies love most about French cuisine, waving the flag in the French Pavilion. Prolific for its speedy quick service, it’s a great way to taste some of the finest global cuisines. The interesting thing about this restaurant is that it incorporates part-market, part-bakery alongside its traditional quick restaurant vibes offering an authentic experience for Epcot’s guests.
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie is open every single day for lunch and dinner and provides a fantastic selection of exciting and traditional French dishes. Such as Nicoise, Brie aux Pommes, Jambon Buerre and Dinde B.L.T and if you’re not satisfied with a main alone, why not take a look at their fantastic selection of sensational pastries such as Macaron’s, Crème Brulee, Chocolat, Croissants and the fan-favorite Pain au Chocolat. With fantastic champagne to top off your experience, it is easy to see why it is such a hotspot for diners.
Epcot is the place to be for the finest dining experiences at Disney World with a huge array of offerings, including local and global cuisines. It doesn’t matter what kind of food you enjoy, whether you’re after the comforts of home or you’re excited to try something completely new, the restaurants you can find here at World Showcase means that you’ll benefit from not just a full stomach but an exceptional dining experience.
If you’d like to check out more about counter service restaurants in Epcot then check out this video from our friends over at Theme Park Ohana.