Okay, Okay. ‘Drinking around the World’ may be synonymous with a visit to the World Showcase. But, what if we told you about an even better journey? One that the entire family can get involved in next time you’re in the World.
We’re talking EATING around the World!
This ultimate foodie playground is bursting at the seams with delicious delicacies that span the globe. Craving some poutine? They got it. How about some shawarma? Check!
With a well balanced mix of savory and sweet, we’re bring you the ultimate snacking quest.
If You Only Eat One Thing In Each World Showcase Country, Here’s What it Should Be!
Are you up for the challenge? To make this list practical, we are going clockwise around World Showcase beginning in Mexico.
The Mexico pavilion is a treasure trove of bites and drinks making it difficult to narrow in on how you should kick off this fiesta, so we’re going with convenience and flavor. Choza de Margarita is a walk-up bar just outside the pavilion offering seriously potent margaritas and a small plates menu.
We’re starting the crawl strong with the Empanada de Barbacoa. Priced at $10.50, the order comes with two deliciously flaky and stuffed barbacoa beef empanadas and a side of corn esquites. This dish is absolutely delicious! You’re going to want to share this one because it could easily pass as a meal (and you’ve still got tons of snacking left to do!).
Carry on, Vikings, we’re headed next to the Norway Pavilion. The longtime fan-favorite Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe offers up Scandinavian-inspired fresh-baked pastries, desserts, and open-faced sandwiches. We’re sticking to the classics here and ordering up the Norwegian School Bread. Priced at $4.49, this dessert is a sweet roll that is filled with custard and coated in coconut.
While on our crawl, sometimes our cravings are more vanilla, something with no frills. One of our favorite snacks comes from the Lotus Blossom Cafe in the China Pavilion. Sure to please even the pickiest in the family, we love their Pot Stickers served with a tangy dipping sauce. Priced a $5.50, these babies are steamed and then pan fried for that crispy base.
While a pretzel or bratwurst may have been the obvious choice here, at this point in our journey around World Showcase, our sweet tooth is a-calling. You can’t miss Karamell-Kuche in the Germany pavilion thanks to its intoxicating aromas begging us to pay a visit. From cookies to cake, and even popcorn, you can’t go wrong with any treat from this cozy bakery. Our favorites include the boozy caramels (yes, caramels WITH booze) and their Werther’s Original Milk Chocolate Caramel Popcorn.
I don’t know about you, but after all that walking (and some beverages *obvi*) there’s really nothing I want more than a slice of pizza. There are some standout table service options in the Italy pavilion, but Pizza al Talgio is a walk-up window serving pizza by the slice from its neighbor, Via Napoli. While only open seasonally, when they are open, we can’t resist a slice of their Margherita.
The American pavilion has been all the rage lately and for good reason! The opening of Regal Eagle Smokehouse has brought along with it top-notch classic American Barbecue and Craft brews. This Quick Service spot is serving up quality smokehouse favorites, from platters to sandwiches. Now is a good chance to sit back and relax (we are halfway through!) and enjoy their outdoor seating.
The Sliced Texas Beef Brisket Sandwich is piled high with Regal Eagle’s rubbed beef brisket that is slow-cooked and smothered in their house-made Spicy Mop Sauce. The meaty goodness is placed between two slabs of garlic toast.
We may have had to roll ourselves out of the American pavilion, but we’re heading next to the Japan pavilion for something a little opulent and lighter on the palate. Takumi-Tei is the newest table service spot to open in the pavilion offering up gourmet traditional Japanese dishes in an elevated setting. Our must get here? The Termari Sushi, a Nigiri style entree featuring an assortment of under the sea delicacies hand-picked by the chef.
North African delights await your fancy inside the Morocco pavilion with several dining options to choose from. For stunning views of the lagoon and a variety of Mediterranean inspired bites, our go-to is Spice Road Table. Here, they are serving up the addictive Hummus Fries. Available as a side to an entree or on its own as an appetizer, this handheld treat with hints of coriander and cumin is a take on falafel. They up the ante with a side dip of heavenly Preserved Lemon Aioli. If that’s not your thing, they are also serving up other pretty stellar small plates, like their baked brie fondue.
Leave it up to the French to perfectly combine carbs, meat, and cheese. Next on our list is a long time favorite of ours and readers’ alike. The Bacon and Cheese Roll at Boulangerie-Patisserie les Halles may be the most perfect combo of the three ingredients. This bakery in the France Pavilion is serving up delicious pastries, decadent desserts, sandwiches, and more for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Pretty much anything you decide on here will be satisfying and high quality.
In the United Kingdom pavilion, you have three options for how you’d prefer to indulge in Fish & Chips. With pricier options found inside at the Rose & Crown Pub and Dining room, we prefer to partake in this classic British fare al fresco, outside at the Yorkshire County Fish Shop. Here you’ll receive two perfectly battered pieces of white fish over a bed of fresh and hot chips. Pair it with a draught beer and kick back in the quaint, waterside outdoor self-seating.
While it may be odd for a soup to have a cult-like following, you’ll thank us later for this one. You’ll need to snag a table at Le Cellier Steakhouse to grab their Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup. Thanks to the delicious and savory Nueske’s Apple-wood smoked Bacon, you’ll understand the obsession. This soup has also been known to pop up in the Canadian booth during Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival with a smaller price tag ( and no reservations needed!).
We’ve stuffed ourselves silly, but we did it!
What are you favorite bites around World Showcase at Epcot? We’d love to hear from you!