There are certain musts as you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.
In Hollywood Studios, you must spend time in Galaxy’s Edge. You must placate your inner child with the rides in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.
In Animal Kingdom, you must ride Kilimanjaro Safaris.
And in EPCOT? Guests must sample as much of the variety of cuisines offered as possible.
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How many days do you need in EPCOT?
If you wanted to try a good amount of food options? Well, if you count quick service and table service, and – especially if you go during the International Food & Wine Festival? A week.
You’d need a good, solid week, eating three meals a day in EPCOT if you really want to try things out.
Obviously, spending a whole week eating in EPCOT is either poor vacation planning or maybe the best vacation planning ever!
On our trips, we always try to do something different every time, but also something familiar. We’re big fans of Chefs De France and loved Restaurant Marrakesh. We’re hoping for its return.
But whether you’re doing table service or quick service, you’re going to find something good to eat at EPCOT.
What’s the difference between a quick service and a table service restaurant?
Essentially, at a quick service restaurant, you order your food from a counter. In fact, it’s also called a counter-service restaurant. With a table service restaurant, you’ll be dining with the service of a full waitstaff.
Dining reservations are a good idea for most table service restaurants but depending on the day, the time and the crowd, you might get by with a walk-up on a whim.
What are the best quick service restaurants at EPCOT?
Let’s take a look.
27. Popcorn in Canada
This shop makes me laugh every time I pass it.
It’s possible that there’s some Canadian connection to popcorn that has eluded me over the course of my nearly 50 years on the planet.
Maybe Canada is the high ruler of snacks. Anyway, popcorn. Canada. There ya go.
26. UK Beer Cart
No food. All beer. The residents of the British Isles don’t play and neither does the United Kingdom Pavilion.
Technically, since there’s no food here, this spot should be above Popcorn in Canada but beer trumps popcorn in most civilized cultures.
25. Les Vins De Chefs De France
Vin is wine in French. So here is where you can find wine, beer and alcoholic slushes.
It’s just like you’d get on the streets of Paris.
24. Block & Hans
There is not a lot to eat on the menu at the Block & Hans located in the American Adventure Pavilion.
However, you can get a Mickey Pretzel to go with a selection of all-American craft beers.
23. Refreshment Outpost
If I’m being honest, this small African-themed spot bums me out. Specifically, as much as I love the World Showcase, it’s missing a few things.
While Morocco represents North Africa, there is the only reference to the rest of the massive continent. Sure, Animal Kingdom has a wonderful Africa-themed world, but EPCOT could use a taste as well.
Anyway, year round you can get an all-beef hot dog and a drink at the Outpost. However, during the Flower and Garden Festival, there are the much more interesting pineapple skewers and an ice cream float with tangerine soft serve.
22. The Land Cart
Located in World Nature, this is the place to go for healthy snack fare.
They use the word nosh in the publicity for this cart, which irritates me. Nosh is an irritating word. But I’m willing to look past it for the hummus.
21. Connections Café
Located in World Celebration, this eatery offers Starbucks coffee and Disney baked goods.
20. Funnel Cakes
Located in the American Adventure in World Showcase, this creatively named stand sells funnel cakes.
19. Yorkshire County Fish Shop
My wife is a big fan of fish and chips. I’m not, therefore, I’ve never eaten at this stand.
Leslie says it’s quite good, though.
18. Gelataria Toscana
You can’t go to Italy without trying some gelato. Here they offer a variety of ice cream, desserts and alcoholic beverages.
17. L’Artisan des Glaces
Located in the France Pavilion, this ice cream shop is fantastic. One day it would be fun to compare this to Gelateria Toscana and see who reigns. But for now, it will have to remain up in the air.
This Germany Pavilion spot is chiefly for the beer – team Warsteiner Dunkel – but the bratwurst with sauerkraut is hard to pass up.
Also, check out our story on the Pretzel Bread Pudding. It’s one of the more popular EPCOT treats, and it is delicious.
15. Joy of Tea
Located in the China Pavilion, Joy of Tea offers a variety of flavored teas as well as pork egg rolls and specialty cocktails.
Try the Tipsy Ducks in Love, which has bourbon, black tea, coffee, cream and chocolate. It’s good. But it’s also just fun to say.
14. Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
The Norway Pavilion may be my least favorite culinary stop. The Scandinavian flavors do not fit my palate.
However, the School Bread, which has sweet rolled filled with custard and dipped in coconut, is quite good. In fact, most of the sweet treats at this stand are pretty good.
13. Refreshment Port
I’m a big counter-clockwise guy on the Showcase. Start in Canada and end in Mexico.
And Refreshment Port is located right at the Canada Pavilion entrance/exit of the World Showcase Pavilion. It’s a good place to get a snack or Dole Whip before embarking on your tour around the World Showcase Lagoon.
Entrees year round include chicken nuggets and poutine – French fries with beef gravy and cheese curds – just what you want before embarking on a long hot trek.
Maybe you really are supposed to start in Mexico.
12. Sunshine Seasons
This World Nature Pavilion spot uses the fruits of Disney’s works in the greenhouses of the Land Pavilion to make delightful dishes inspired by cuisine around the world.
Entrees include oak-grilled rotisserie chicken, Mongolian beef and stir-fried shrimp. The Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich is a standout as well.
11. Connections Eatery
It’s the world showcase in a single spot with American, Italian and Asian and I think, French cuisine.
You can score a burger, chicken sandwich or pizza. Salad offerings include a General Tso Chicken Salad and a Niçoise-style Salad.
And also, I should note if you have a picky eater or someone with a lot of food allergies – and we have both – the kids menu offers cheese pizza and chicken tenders with fries.
10. Kabuki Café
Enjoy Japanese cuisine like otsumami (chef’s recommendation) sushi choices, edamame, kakigōri, assorted Japanese sodas & beer, plum wine and hot or cold sake.
Look, I’m not a big drinker, but I cannot imagine ordering a round or two of sake and completing the World Showcase tour. If I order the sake, I have officially moved to the Japanese Pavilion.
I live there now.
9. Tangierine Café
I think the Morocco Pavilion is among the most underrated in the showcase. The theming is impeccable, the food is great and it’s just got a good vibe.
The world will be a better place when Restaurant Marrakesh reopens. Until then, we have the Café which gives us kebabs. Who doesn’t love a kebab?
8. Via Napoli Counter
You don’t have to have a reservation to try the great pizza at the Via Napoli table service restaurant.
There’s a little window and counter on the side where you can get your slice to go.
7. Katsura Grill
At this grill, you can order a variety of sushi, noodle dishes and osusume (recommended) dishes like chicken and beef teriyaki.
6. La Cantina de San Angel
Tacos, nachos, empanadas and rice? This is the good stuff.
This is another quick service restaurant that serves chicken tenders on the kids menu.
5. Lotus Blossom Café
I suppose it’s not shocking to find good Chinese food in the China Pavilion. Here is where you’ll find crispy egg rolls and orange chicken.
I don’t eat here as much as I should because it’s harder to find some of the other flavors in World Showcase close to home. But this is a great stand.
4. Choza de Margarita
This snack stand in the Mexico Pavilion features a variety of margaritas and beers as well as some Mexican flavors, the best of which is the Empanada de Barbacoa – empanadas filled with Barbacoa beef, topped with chipotle sauce, crema Mexicana and queso fresco.
It is served with a side of Corn Esquites.
There is also the Tacos de Cochinita, with tender citrus marinated pulled pork served on corn tortillas with pickled red onions and a mango habanero relish with a side of Corn Esquites.
I also like the Tostada de Pollo with crispy corn tortillas with black beans and chipotle chicken. It’s garnished with crema Mexicana, shredded lettuce and Queso Cotija.
3. Crêpes À Emporter by La Crêperie de Paris
I feel like from the name you get the gist. This place sells crepes – wonderful, delicious crepes. The savory ones are technically Galettes made with buckwheat flour, but it’s pretty much the same thing.
They don’t sell my personal favorite, ham, cheese, egg and mushroom but they’ve got good options nonetheless.
2. Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
Ah, my friends. This is a place of beauty and wonder. It has pastries, sandwiches, bread and lobster bisque. And I love a good bisque.
When I was in Belgium, every day I went to the same place for lunch and ordered the Croque Monsieur – an open-face ham and cheese toasted sandwich. It’s the simple things that make life great.
1. Regal Eagle Smokehouse
Located in the American Adventure Pavilion, this quick service restaurant offers craft drafts and barbecue.
This is a tour of American barbecue stylings offerings including Memphis-style dry rub ribs, Kansas City smoked half chicken, sliced Texas beef brisket sandwich and North Carolina chopped smoked pork butt platter.
Look, Disney does barbecue well. But if you are prone to the itis, also known as a food coma, you might be best moving along.
What is your favorite quick service at EPCOT? Let us know in the comments!