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NEWS: Disney Announces New Restaurant Coming to Epcot

The American Adventure at Epcot is one of our favorite pavilions to visit. We love watching the show and especially, the Voices of Liberty. Now we have another reason to look forward to a visit. A brand new barbecue restaurant will be opening later this year in the pavilion. Catch all the details below.


Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Jeremy Schoolfield:

Prepare your taste buds for something special, because a new fast-casual barbecue restaurant featuring craft brews on tap will debut at The American Adventure pavilion in Epcot later this year.

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue will take the place of Liberty Inn, which will close July 8 to make way for this mouth-watering experience in World Showcase.

The new location will be a modern barbecue smokehouse, with all the accompanying sights, sounds, smells and flavors you love – including a large smoker preparing fine food every day right on the pavilion’s promenade. There will also be a redesigned patio for you to enjoy, so get ready to grab a brew, some barbecue, and relax inside Epcot.

RELATED ARTICLE: Our Favorite Eats at Each World Showcase Pavilion at Epcot

by Mike and Jamie Sylvester

11 pavilions… 22 eats… what more could we ask for?! Epcot’s World Showcase is a foodies paradise because within just a few steps you’re in a totally different “country” – putting your taste buds in delicious mass confusion. Between table service restaurants, quick service restaurants, and simple kiosks and carts – it’s time to put on your favorite stretchy pants and eat your way around the world. Check out our 22 favorite eats around Epcot’s World Showcase.


1 – Mexico

  • Esquites@ Choza de Margarita
    • Look for the small thatched roof hut near Mexico’s iconic pyramid which will likely have a lengthy line – that’s Choza! Multiple frozen and “on the rocks” margaritas are on the menu, but be sure to snack while you enjoy a drink. The Esquites – a Spicy Corn topped with Chipotle Mayo, Queso Fresco and Tajin Chile-Lime Powder is our top eat here. It’s just the right size for a snack and well, Mexican Street Corn is veggie goodness.
  • Taco Trio@ La Catina de San Angel
    • What’s a visit to Mexico without tacos?! Make the most of your taco delight by devouring not one, but three tacos. The Taco Trio is where it’s at with one Seasoned Beef, one Chicken, and one Fish taco, all served on a homemade Corn Tortilla with Mexican Rice, Black Beans, Red Salsa, Habanero aioli and slaw.

2 – Norway

  • Ham and Apple Sandwich@ Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
    • While Kringla is mostly known for its yummy School Bread and Troll Horn, we actually favor a menu item here that’s not a dessert. Our pick goes to the Ham and Apple Sandwich. Toasted on Multigrain Bread, get ready to bite into Ham, Apple and Jarlsberg and Muenster Cheese with a Sweet Apple Chutney. Snow White would surely approve of this one!
  • Tradisjonell Kjottkake@ Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
    • Try spelling that one without looking it up! In simpler words – this delicious eat is the Norwegian Meatballs served at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. This one isn’t a quick eat, however, so be sure to make a lunch or dinner reservation to taste this plate. Served with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and Lingonberry Sauce – plus, you’ll get a chance to see multiple Disney Princesses which will greet you right at your table. It’s a win, win.

3 – China

  • Pot Stickers@ Nine Dragons Restaurant
    • Fried dumplings anyone? We simply can’t get enough of the Pot Stickers served at Nine Dragons. These Pan-fried Chicken and Vegetable Dumplings served with Soy Dipping Sauce should come with refills.
  • Caramel-Ginger Ice Cream@ Lotus Blossom Café
    • While you can also get Pot Stickers at Lotus Blossom, for some reason they taste better at Nine Dragons. Our pick for the best eat at Lotus Blossom goes to the Caramel-Ginger Ice Cream. We are ice cream fans, but this ice cream is definitely different… in a good way. The mixed flavors leave a superb pop of refreshing taste.

4 – Germany

  • Bratwurst@ Sommerfest
    • If you have the opportunity to dine at Germany’s table service restaurant, Biergarten, we highly recommend it. But if eating on a hurry, check out Sommerfest right next door. Of course, the Bratwurst makes our Germany list as it’s served on a freshly baked Roll with Sauerkraut and House-made Paprika Chips.
  • Salted Caramel Cupcake@ Karamell-Kuche
    • You’ll likely smell the wonderful aroma seeping out of Karamell-Kuche the moment you step foot into Germany. Get ready for caramel-filled treats galore! It’s impossible to pick just one treat but we’d have to say the Salted Caramel Cupcake tops our list. The perfect sweet and salty treat!

5 – Italy

  • Gelato Sandwich@ Gelati
    • Italy equals Gelato, right?! Skip along to the Gelato kiosk for some true Italian Gelato. Better yet, sandwich that gelato between two chocolate chip cookies and enjoy yourself a Gelato Sandwich. This is literally one of our favorite kiosks in all of Walt Disney World.
  • Pepperoni Pizza@ Via Napoli
    • You’re thinking – really, in all the eats around the World Showcase, you’re picking pizza? Absolutely! This is Italian Pizza we are talking about that comes out of a wood-burning stove. Tomato sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni… it may sound simple enough but it’s definitely going to take your pizza love to a new level.


6 – The American Adventure

  • Jumbo Turkey Leg@ Fife and Drum Tavern
    • Let’s get American real fast. Nothing screams American cuisine like a huge turkey leg in hand. So, go ahead… roll up your sleeves and bite into that turkey like a caveman. You’ll be surprised at just how large these jumbo legs are, so you may want to bring someone along to share.
  • Macaroni & Cheese All-Beef Foot Long Hot Dog@ Liberty Inn
    • Let’s move right along from a turkey leg to one impressive hot dog! The Macaroni & Cheese All-Beef Foot Long Hot Dog at Liberty Inn combines two American favorites that leave us full and almost unable to tackle the fries it comes with.

7 – Japan

  • Tokyo Sushi Combo@ Katsura Grill
    • When in Japan one must try a Japanese cuisine favorite! Step on over to the quick service spot known as Katsura Grill to get your sushi fix. The Tokyo Sushi Combo comes with four California Rolls and three Nigiri.
  • Wafu Ribs@ Teppan Edo
    • For Teppan Edo you’ll want to snag a reservation as it’s not only a great place for a meal but also very entertaining watching the Chefs work their magic! Our delicious go to eat here is the Wafu Ribs. It’s ginger-braised pork ribs with the perfect kick of sake and soy sauce. One “eat” we could eat endlessly!

8 – Morocco

  • Vegetable Platter@ Tangierine Café
    • As you can probably tell from this list, we typically prefer a good meat dish. There is something however about the Vegetable Platter at Tangierine Café that refreshes the palate. Fresh veggies come out as a Tangierine Couscous Salad, including Hummus and Tabouleh. Plus, it’s good for the diet!
  • Chocolate Pyramid@ Spice Road Table
    • Views of the water and yummy food! Loads of fantastic Moroccan cuisine await, but a must-do eat while in Morocco is definitely the Chocolate Pyramid. Just go ahead and start with dessert here as the Chocolate Pyramid is an actual pyramid of rich and heavenly chocolate!

9 – France

  • Macaroons@ Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
    • Are you ready for this? No really – when you walk into Les Halles and see the display cases of all the treats, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the most wonderful way! You really can’t go wrong with anything you select. Our favorite eat in France however is the Macarons at Les Halles. Light with a crisp shell and filled with fresh raspberry and lime cream in every bite – you’ll want to get enough for the whole family so you don’t have to share.
  • Cheese Board@ Chefs de France
    • Don’t skip the appetizers when dining at Chefs de France! On the menu, you’ll spot “Plateau de fromages de France” which we know and love as a Cheese Board. This is a fun family favorite that includes a variety of imported cheese with raisin and walnut bread. Family approved as a great France eat!

10 – United Kingdom

  • Fish and Chips@ Yorkshire County Fish Shop
    • You already knew we were going to list this one for the United Kingdom, didn’t you?! We dare you to try to walk by Yorkshire without snacking on some of their delish food. The best eat here is no surprise… the Fish and Chips.
  • Shepard’s Pie@ Rose and Crown
    • British fare at its finest! Go ahead and make a dining reservation that coincides with Epcot’s nighttime spectacular to dine and watch the show all at once. The best eat here is the Shepard’s Pie with Ground Lamb and Beef, Seasonal Vegetables, English Peas, and Mashed Potatoes with McCall’s Irish Cheddar. YUM!

11 – Canada

  • Maple Popcorn@ Popcorn In Canada
    • In looking around Canada, there really aren’t many dining options. But, we will say we are surprisingly pleased with the Popcorn Cart. Sure, it has the regular Disney popcorn – but there is a Canadian twist! Check out the Maple flavored popcorn and you’ll feel like you’re right at home in Canada.
  • Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup@ Le Cellier Steakhouse
    • For this ever so popular eat, you’ll need dining reservations. The intimate and timeless Le Cellier Steakhouse is a memorable experience because the food is mouthwatering good. The favorite eat here goes to the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup with Moosehead Pale Ale and Nueske’s Applewood-smoked Bacon. It screams “Oh, Canada!”

There you have it! 22 of our favorite eats around Epcot’s World Showcase. Do you have any you’d add?

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