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Kill, Refurb, Marry: World Showcase Counter Service Spots

Kill-Marry-RefurbIt’s time for another Kill, Refurb, Marry!  I’m excited about this month because we are talking about my favorite thing…FOOD!   Yes, that is a huge topic when looking at all of Walt Disney World, so we are narrowing it down to World Showcase Counter Service Spots.  Ooooh that’s a good one, right?!  I love World Showcase for its diversity and the food really is the best part…you know how I love the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 🙂  So let’s dive in!

Kill – Refreshment Port

I don’t understand the Refreshment Port.  It really seems to have no identity.  The current menu consists of chicken nuggets, a soft serve waffle cone, croissant doughnut, and various beverages.  That’s a little random…  If I was a newbie to WDW and walked past there, I would have no idea what they served.  To me, refreshments are cool and well, refreshing.  Chicken nuggets aren’t refreshing.  This spot would be much better utilized as a character meet  & greet area, or simply put some benches and tables down for people to rest their weary Epcot touring feet in the shade.

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Refurb – Tied: La Cantina de San Angel and Liberty Inn

I had a tough time deciding which location I would want to refurb, so I decided to go with two.

First is La Cantina de San Angel.  Yes, I know it went through a refurb not too long ago, but I wish it would’ve been just a bit better.  The tacos are a great start, but they definitely leave something to be desired.  And really, nacho cheese on the nachos?  Come on…  Plus, those red chips really freak me out.  That color can’t be natural!  Give us simple carnitas, real cheese and basic yellow corn tortilla chips!  Give us a real taste of Mexico!

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And then there is Liberty Inn.  This was a strong contender for Kill, but I think there is a real opportunity here to showcase some great American cuisine!  American food should not be defined by a chili-cheese dog, chicken nuggets and a burger.  Wouldn’t it be great if they could focus on local cuisine?!  Maybe a combination of the Florida Local from the Food & Wine Festival and The Smokehouse from Flower & Garden.  Sounds good right?  Or maybe a dish from various regions of the US.  There are so many options!

Marry – Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie

Now this is what all World Showcase Counter Service Spots should strive to be!  First, the exterior is so incredibly inviting.  You really escape into a small French village.

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But when you enter the building, it is spacious and more importantly smells delicious.  There is a large variety of options from the basic croissant, to sandwiches, quiches, and the most delectable desserts. Good luck trying to pick just one thing!

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And if all of that isn’t enough, you can head over to L’Artisan des Glaces next door for some artisan ice cream or sorbet.  You can even get an ice cream martini!!  It really is the perfect place to grab a snack and take a break.

So those are my choices…what about you?  What World Showcase Counter Service Spots would you Kill, Refurb & Marry??  Make sure to visit This Happy Place BlogMouse on the Mind and all of the other great blogs participating in Kill, Refurb, Marry today!

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Friday Feast: San Angel Inn

Due to still not having power, I’m finally getting this week’s Friday Feast up using free WiFi and power at Starbucks 🙂  Hopefully, I’ll be back to a normal schedule next week.  Enjoy!

San Angel Inn used to be one of my favorite restaurants in Walt Disney World.  I am a Mexican food addict and here you can enjoy some different and unique dishes compared to your local Tex-Mex joint.  The Mexico pavilion is also my favorite in World Showcase.  I love how it completely takes you to another place.  You can go from the sweltering Florida sun and humidity to a cool evening in a Mexican marketplace.  The restaurants atmosphere is romantic and oddly scenic if you can get a table overlooking the El Rio del Tiempo…oh wait, the Gran Fiesta Tour 🙂

When La Hacienda de San Angel opened across the way a few years ago, I forgot about San Angel Inn for it’s newer, spiffier cousin.  I love the simplicity at La Hacienda and kept returning there when I had a Mexican craving.  So recently, I decided to head back to my old favorite for lunch with my friends Amanda from Disney Every Day and Tony from Disney By the Numbers to see if it was still as good as I remembered.  Let’s take a look at the menu first before diving into the meal…

Drink Menu

Appetizers & Entrees

They have an extensive tequila and margarita list here that is very similar (if not the same) to La Cava De Tequila’s menu.  I went with the San Angel Inn margarita, which is the classic preparation.  I was very excited when they came to the table with the shaker and then left a “2nd round” for me to pour.

How cute is the mini ice bucket?!

As with most Mexican restaurants, we were brought chips and salsa after we placed our drink orders.  The chips were very good and seemed homemade, but the salsa left something to be desired.  It was very spicy, but was lacking in overall flavor.

Amanda and I ordered the Enchiladas Verde de Pollo which are corn tortillas filled with pulled chicken, covered with green tomatillo sauce, topped with sour cream, queso fresco and onions, served with black refried beans.  Salsa verde is one of my favorite sauces, so I was sold immediately on this one.  This was insanely flavorful, the chicken was moist and the black beans were great to scoop up with the tortilla chips.  Big winner here!

Enchiladas Verde de Pollo

Tony ordered the Tacos de Carne (my second choice!) which is a grilled New York strip on flour tortillas, topped with chipoltle pepper sauce, scallions and avocado.  Served with rice and beans.  I don’t think I would’ve been happy with the whole scallions in the tacos, but Tony said the dish was really good.

Tacos de Carne

It wasn’t very crowded during lunch, so this is a great options if you are looking for a good meal for lunch without an ADR.  San Angel Inn has moved back to the top of my list of WDW dining.  The food is tasty and fresh and the atmosphere is unlike anywhere else.  I’d highly reccommend giving it a try!

What do you think of San Angel Inn?