Snacking Around the World Showcase: Part I

We’ve talked here on Dole Whipped in the past about drinking around the World at Epcot. During our girls trip in January, though, we decided to try something a little bit different! We wanted to snack around the world. Trying one snack in every country, we set out to find the best of the best at Epcot. Here are our first three countries and what we thought about the snacks we tried at each!

United Kingdom, Fish and Chips at Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Jamie: One of my favorites, especially with vinegar! I liked the Fish & Chips at Epcot much better than the same dish I had at Universal later in the week. A-

Shannon:  Really great and I’m not a huge fish fan!  Fish was crispy and perfectly done. A.

Tara: B+ I do not like Fish so I had the Victoria Sponge Cake. It was awesome and has jam so who does not love Jam. I did try some of the “chips” aka fries and they were good.

France, Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich at L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot

Jamie: A+ I got the chocolate and it was the perfect ice cream treat. Wish I’d gotten 2!

Shannon: I got the strawberry and it was good, though I thought it had a fairly strong fake strawberry flavor.  I think I would have preferred the chocolate.  B+

Tara: A- I tried the strawberry and cream and really liked it a lot! It was light and refreshing and just sweet enough.

Morocco, Moroccan Kefta Sandwich, Tangerine Cafe

Jamie: I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was very good and perfect for sharing. B+

Shannon: Very pleasantly surprised.  I probably wouldn’t have chosen this dish on my own, but I’m glad I had it.  The salsa was pretty good.  B

Tara: A- I liked it a lot. I am a big fan of Moroccan food and Tangerine cafe. There are other things on the menu I like better but when sharing this worked perfect.

Stay tuned for our choices from the rest of the world showcase!

Beyond Burgers and Fries: Epcot

In the final installment of the “Beyond Burgers and Fries” series, we explore counter service options at Epcot! I think we saved the best for last, but it is kind of a cheat. With all the amazing counter service options at Epcot you’re actually going to be hard pressed to find that burger and fries. If you have a picky eater in your family and you’re looking for a quick burger, it is an option at the Electric Umbrella. But for the more adventurous eaters in your family be sure to check out some of the best rated options in Walt Disney World at Epcot.

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Sunshine Seasons: Sunshine Seasons is recognized across the internet in many “Top 10” or “Best” counter service meals in Walt Disney World and for good reason. Boasting a large menu with soups and salads, sandwiches, wood fire grilled options and many choices with Asian flare there is a lot to choose from. Sunshine Seasons also has one of the most extensive dessert lists with options from their bakery section. One thing to note is that, like Cosmic Rays, there are different bays to order from for their different options. A family will often have to split up to order their meals and plan a meeting place, so be aware of this! Because of it’s fresh, unique, delicious options Sunshine Seasons is a do not miss quick service at Disney, not just Epcot. If you make your FastPass for Soarin’ (located in the same building as Sunshine Seasons) in the lunchtime range you’ll have a great afternoon for sure!

Tangerine Cafe: Tangerine Cafe is another quick service restaurant that is often listed on “must have” lists in all of Disney World, not just Epcot. Tangerine Cafe is located in the Morocco pavillion, between France and Japan in the World Showcase. Famous for their schwarma platters (chicken, lamb or a combo with both), chicken wraps and Mediterranean sliders combo, Tangerine Cafe is a great introduction to truly authentic Moroccan food if you’ve never had a chance to try it.  Oh, and don’t forget to try one of their alcohol slushies if you’re “Drinking Around the World”, they come in strawberry and tangerine and are perfectly refreshing.

Yorkshire County Fish Shop: If you’re a fan of fish and chips Yorkshire County Fish Shop is the best place to grab yourself a quick lunch. While the menu here isn’t as extensive as our other top choices (as it consists almost in it’s entirety of, you guessed it, fish and chips) it excels at it’s specialty. There’s often a line at Yorkshire County, and it’s for good reason. The line isn’t all bad though, it means you’re served up a fresh piping hot serving of those fish and chips hot out of the fryer every time. As a fish and chips enthusiast Yorkshire County Fish Shop is a do not miss meal for me!

La Cantina de San Angel: I had a really tough time choosing the fourth restaurant for this blog post. With so many outstanding options I really could have put so many counter service restaurants in this spot and I still would have been missing out on some great options. Cantina de San Angel has the standard nachos and tacos, but I prefer the empanadas… and margaritas ;). The margaritas aren’t quite as good as the ones served in Mexico’s table service restaurants but if you’re looking for a nice refreshing fruity tequila beverage it still definitely fits the bill.

What is your favorite quick service restuarant at Epcot? Do you agree or disagree with my choice to include Mexico’s La Cantina de San Angel over another country in the World Showcase? Please, tell us about it! We’d love to hear your thoughts.