I love meat and potatoes and I love melted cheese and nothing brought it all together better than the nice heat of the jalapenos. Try this dish for $6.25 at the Smokehouse located next to the American Adventure. Although the Pulled Pig Slider (pictured) was good, it did not quite make the top 10.
Yep, the infamous grapefruit beer is a staple at the Germany pavilion and all festivals at Epcot! It's cool, it's refreshing and it's German through and through. The picture below may be a bit deceiving since we decided to skip the $4.25 sample at the Bauernmarkt (next to the Germany pavilion) and head straight to Sommerfest for a full cup for $9.50. Even though this is an everyday item here, try a small cup at the Bauernmarkt to see what you think of grapefruit beer while at the festival!
Visit Hanami right in front of the Japan pavilion for this thin sliced beef, onions, and noodles tossed on the grill with soy and ginger for only $6! Udon is a truly classic Japanese dish and we eat it anytime we see it presented at the festivals. This udon was perfectly seasoned and extremely flavorful. Try it and if you enjoy it, head right up the stairs to the Katsura Grill (counter service) for even more udon dishes.
The Fleur de Lys outside of the France pavilion is serving up tasty treats such as raspberry macarons with chocolate fudge, Grey Goose L'Orange slush's and my favorite, the Kir Pomegranate. This fancy pink cocktail consists of sparkling wine with Pama Pomegranate Liqueur. Such a delight on a hot spring day while visiting the gardens and the Beauty and the Beast topiaries!
"A battered poblano pepper filled with ground beef, covered with tomato sauce, and garnished with queso fresco and toasted almonds just sounds flat weird. Too many ingredients and what is up with the tomato sauce?" These were my thoughts as I hesitantly ordered my food. Honestly, I really didn't care for this dish when trying my first bite but something happened and it quickly grew on me. So much so that I wanted to order another as soon as I ate the whole thing in what had to be less than a minute! At $6 I decided to save my money for the next stall and make a mental note to come back for lunch... soon! The Jardin de Fiestas is located in front of the Mexico pavilion and offers many items that might sound strange (like the Elderflower Pineapple Margarita) but taste wonderful!
Certainly not as visually stunning as some of the dishes on this list but the spicy chicken lettuce wrap made #5 because it tastes great and can appeal to even the pickiest of eaters. It's not to spicy and the Chinese flavors work well in this popular dish for $5.95. This Lotus House is located in front of the China pavilion and make sure to try the wine coolers here - they were on my favorites list last year!
Head to the Primavera Kitchen outside of the Italy pavilion for a delicious mix of cerignola olives, sweet soppressata and salami, ovolini, mozzarella, sweet roasted peppers and ciabatta bread all on one plate for $6! Every item on this plate was superb. My mind is made up, I am heading to Epcot as soon as I get done with this blog and I will order two of these, pair it with my favorite Chianti and not share with anyone!
This is by far the best adult beverage at the festival and you can find it at the Pineapple Promenade in Showcase Plaza. It's crisp, it's fruity, its a pleasure to drink and its $11.75 so be prepared! I wondered if it would be super sweet but it was nicely balanced and the pineapple wasn't over pronounced. I loved it and I will buy a bottle Festival Center (near Ellen's Universe of Energy) next time I go to Epcot - basically later today. It will make for a nice backyard patio drink this summer.
Served with steamed rice and coconut-lime sauce, you'll think you're in the Caribbean on a hammock with steel bands playing in the background competing with the sound of waves lapping onto the beach. Yep, just until your foot is run over by a stroller because you're daydreaming in front of La Isla Fresca but you are enjoying one of the best eats at the festival! It has to be the sauce, or maybe it's the super fun sugar cane skewer that makes it so appealing. Whatever it is, this dish is sure to satisfy the saucy shrimp lover in you and it's only $6!
Not sure where to even start with this one. There's drool on my screen just thinking about this dish! I am a huge scallop lover and very particular on how they're cooked and presented. These scallops were perfection! They would have been good all by themselves but the Canadian chefs had to go and serve them with green beans, butter potatoes, brown butter vinaigrette, and smoked bacon to make this a dish of my dreams. It's a must have at the festival so expect a line. I would be interested to know if it made your #1 as well!
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