Of all the Disney parks, Epcot is the one where, no matter what your culinary inclinations, you should have no problem finding something to eat. The Norwegian-themed Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway pavilion) and the fresh-food-peddling Garden Grill (The Land pavilion) both offer character dining.
The Coral Reef restaurant at the Seas pavilion offers fresh seafood, although you’ll be surrounded by a saltwater tank and your kids will likely have just finished communing with Nemo, so it may actually be somewhat unsettling.
For quick-service dining, the Sunshine Season food court is far and away the best option. Located in the Land pavilion, it offers and array of ultra-fresh and veg-friendly dishes ranging from sandwiches, soups, and salads to wok-tossed Asian dishes and noodle bowls as well as rotisserie chicken and salmon cooked over a wood-fired grill.
The best of the nationalistic dining options is the exquisite Bistro de Paris; reservations are mandatory at this dinner-only establishment, which also enforces a resort-casual dress code. Abstaining from flip-flops is a small sacrifice for the decadent (and expensive) dishes; while not strictly limited to French cuisine, the preparations are elegant and precise.
Less intimate but still serving remarkably good food is Les Chefs de France, which serves up traditional fare—quiche, crepes, goat cheese salad and more—as well as a macaroni-and-Gruyère casserole that will have you forever foreswearing the blue-and-yellow boxes.
Also recommended would be the modern flair of Japan’s Tokyo Dining and the Rose and Crown in the UK pavilion; the latter’s menu options are limited to traditional pub food, but it’s prepared excellently and the atmosphere is extra-friendly, even by Disney standards.
Don’t neglect to pick up a churro and a potent frozen margarita at Mexico’s San Angel Inn or one of the signature frozen teas at the stand across from the China Pavilion.
© Jason Ferguson from Moon Florida, 1st Edition