Food at Disney
I hate to say it, but I think the food at the Magic Kingdom is downright bad. We are taking our kids back this year and will be going to Epcot for the first time. Please tell me the food it better. Any suggestions?
Epcot is so much better. There are a few ways to approach the food options here.
Dine in with reservations World Showcase. The restaurants around the world showcase are very decent. Our family loves the Beir Garten in Germany. It's a buffet and it's good, not super foodie but great for kids and the show they put on is awesome.
I'm sure other ChowHounders have their favorites.
It's been a while since I've been to the others and I've heard wonderful things about Via Napoli in Italy.
Another way to approach it is eating at the quick stop places. It's less expensive but not quite the same experience or foodie pleasure than the larger restaurants. This is good option if you don't want to spend much money on food, or you just want something quick.
Another fun thing I like to do is make it an activity, snacks, drinks, desserts and food items around the world. You'd have to do some research to find out what is available but there is plenty to eat.
We were just at Epcot a few weeks ago and I enjoyed my meals very much. We started in Mexico at the first cantina that you come across, simply because we were hungry and the lines were reasonable. I ordered the chicken tacos, which featured 3 tacos on corn tortillas with pico de gallo, cilantro, & lime and was served with chips. My husband tried the beef tacos and SIL ordered the nachos. Guac was ordered to share. Those of us who'd been to Mexico enjoyed the tacos more than those who didn't. I enjoyed both meats, but the beef was slightly better than the chicken.
The nachos were similar to Taco Bell with the cheese sauce and ground beef. Not that there's anything wrong with that- we enjoyed it- but it was a different style than the tacos. The guac was good and even better after we squeezed a hint of the lime on it.
Snacks were from France- the patisserie had very well made desserts and coffee at reasonable prices. We tried the chocolate cake and chocolate croissants. Both delicious.
Dinner was in Italy- I believe the restaurant was called Via Natale. We put our names in earlier in the day and were thankful that we had. This was one of the best meals of the week. We shared the arancini (risotto balls) which were amazing. The server came back to find us scooping the remaining sauce off the plates with our forks- it was that good. We shared a large pepperoni pizza. This was outstanding. Slightly well done, chewy crust... amazing marinara, fresh mozzarella, and crispy little pieces of pepperoni. We ate it all and loved every minute of it. Service was wonderful and our 7pm reservation allotted us plenty of time before the light show.
I hope this helps!
Epcot has some very good food if you know where to look. I just wrote an article about the best cheap eats (http://bit.ly/xaEWEG) and found that Norway far and away has the best fast food. The little place at France has good quiches too, and the Morrocco fast foodery has a great sampler platter. In the Future World section, the cafeteria-style Seasons in the Land pavilion has excellent full meals for about $10. When it comes to sit-down, I'd suggest either of the France restaurants, Norway if you aren't pestered by princesses, Le Cellier in Canada if you're simply meat-and-potatoes folks. Also, Via Napoli in Italy has very good pizza and pasta in a casual setting. The other Italian restaurant was closed for renovations, last I heard.
Yes, the food at MK is pretty awful. I actually just wrote a blog post about the inedible food at Pinocchio Village Haus.
Epcot on the other hand has very good options. World Showcase has a large variety of very decent food. Many people love Le Cellier in the Canada pavilion. It's a steak house and advance dining reservations fill up quickly. I like the Rose & Crown for pub food, Bistro de Paris for special occasion dining, Biergarten for the show, Marrakech for the atmosphere, and La Cava del Tequila for drinks.
There are great snacks to be had throughout the park - you have to try the school bread at the bakery in the Norway pavilion!
The only places I avoid eating are Nine Dragons (though I've heard some better reviews lately), Teppan Edo, and Tokyo Dining.
Enjoy your trip!