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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My top five restaurants from all over the world... in Epcot!

The World Showcase at Epcot is a blast. It's fun to hear the different music, see the different clothing, and I just love some of the perfume I can find here!

You can also find some wonderful dining options here. Disney didn't go half in when they made the World Showcase- they made sure every detail was taken care of. As such, they also created some authentic restaurants that you could only otherwise experience by visiting these countries!

Without further ado, I'll list my top five restaurants in Epcot. Please note- yours does not have to be the same, and our taste buds may differ. I know that I can vouch for these restaurants, and I had a wonderful experience at them. If you disagree, or have a favorite of your own, leave me a comment with your thoughts!

5. San Angel Inn-Mexico

I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for Mexican food. What really sets La Hacienda de San Angel apart in my mind are the wonderful and tasty Margaritas. Seriously, these are soooooo good. Don't have too many, or you'll be sleeping on the bus ride back to your resort. Of course, you can also purchase a Margarita from the stand in front, but there's nothing like eating some authentic Mexican food along with the Margarita. I also love the location of this resort, it is so awesome inside! 

4. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall-Princess Storybook Character Dining-Norway

They could serve day old bread, stale chips, and warm soda at Akershus and it would still probably make this list. If you're going here, it's not so much about the food, as it is the experience. You are able to dine with the Disney princesses, and its a wonderful experience. My daughter was thrilled to be able to have a conversation and dance around the restaurant with Ariel. She was able to wait in a 5 person deep line to get a picture with Belle. Good luck having these same experiences outside in the park... you'll be waiting for quite some time. The food is ok- honestly, it's not my favorite, but I don't leave hungry- but this is one place you can't miss if you have a Disney Princess fan. The time you save visiting the characters that you can devote elsewhere is extremely valuable as well.

3. Biergarten-Germany

I just love the atmosphere here. It's full of fun, and is also home to a tasty buffet. The inside of the restaurant looks like an outdoor beer garden... or should I say, Biergarten? The singing and polka with the kids is a blast too.

Just check out a few of the menu items you'll find on the buffet-

Gegrilltes Brat Huhn mit Rosmary und Thymian (Rotisserie Chicken flavored with Rosemary and Thyme)
Eissbein-Gratin mit Gebackenen Zwiebeln (Pork Shank-Gratin with Fried Onions)
Gebratene Kartoffeln mit frischen Krautern (Roasted Potatoes with fresh Herbs)

And there's plenty more. Seriously- where can you get the same experience, and find the same menu, in your town? Biergarten is worth a visit, just to get the cultural experience. It's a wonderful place to find a cold beer, if that's your thing. Is the food the best? Not everything matched up with my tastes. But thats ok- there was plenty that I did like, and the experience was so much fun.

2.Chefs de France-France(duh!)

I think this one has to be obvious... as France is known as a culinary delight. Sorry, no french fries and french toast here- it's the real deal.

There are a lot of items that are way too adventurous for this Missouri girl, and I have zero ideas on how to pronounce them.

But I do know you macaroni and cheese snobs will change your tune here. Yes, I know.. France, and you're talking macaroni and cheese? But this is no ordinary Mac and Cheese.

It's Gratin de macaroni - Baked macaroni with cream and gruyere cheese!

And the dessert.... OMG. Just Fedex a box of these suckers to my house, please!!!

My favorite is the "Profiteroles au chocolat" .. in English, that means Puff choux with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Unbelievable!!

You'll also find Remy from Ratatouille here at special times. He even says "cheese" for pictures. Another part of the Disney magic!

1. Le Cellier- Canada

This is the ultimate restaurant in Epcot. The food is out of this... country?!

First, the bread you receive at the beginning is wonderful. I just love the pretzel bread.

Next, you will have a hard time finding a negative review of the cheddar cheese soup. It's legendary. Made with Moosehead Beer and's something that you will yearn for when you are sitting at your home, dreaming of Walt Disney World.

You can't go wrong with any of the steaks here. The Le Cellier Mushroom Filet Mignon is my favorite... and I don't even really like mushrooms. The poutine fries are an unforgettable experience as well... soooooo delicious!

We always top off our dinner with Maple Créme Brulée, it just seems right when you are in Canada, eh? 


  1. I'm excited to see that our 3 Epcot TS meals made your list! We had a blast at Biergarten. And I pulled off a last minute ressie change to Chefs de France from 8pm to 4:30pm (at 24 hours to the minute before 4:30 the day before!! LOL) so my kids were able to see Remy. And Akershus was definitely a great move for my daughter's princess lunch. Her favorite princess (Snow White) even presented her with a birthday card signed by all the princesses. It really was the perfect setting to have her all dressed up in her Cinderella dress & dance around with the princesses. At only 5, she was even thrilled to be able to eat some worldly cuisine and not another hamburger or hot dog. She loved all the cheese & salads on the salad bar.

    San Angel & Le Cellier are definitely on our list for next time. Since we only did the standard dining plan this time, we couldn't justify doing another TS meal at Epcot (we needed our credits for other days at pricey meals like Chef Mickey's & 'Ohana!).

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