Epcot - The Perfect Date Night!
No one disputes that Disney World is centered on the kids in the family, yet over the past few years Epcot has made a tremendous push to draw in the big kids with their focus on gourmet food and drink selections at their signature restaurants and with the food carts that are open during Food and Wine Festival and the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
Their push has certainly worked on us! Whenever we are in Disney World my husband and I make it a priority to have alone time to eat and drink at Epcot. Soon we will have eaten at every fine dining location in the World Showcase!
With so many options it is hard to go wrong, but if I had to pick, here would be my ideal date night at Epcot!
First Stop: School Bread in Norway
Located on the left side of the World Showcase Lagoon in the Kringla Bakeri, the School Bread is one of the most hyped Disney deserts (And I guess it should really be at the end of my date night...but its the first one on my path!) Most people either love or hate it. I happen to love it. The flavorful combination of savory cardamom roll with the sweet coconut and frosting makes this a huge hit with me! My husband always orders a Carlsberg beer to go along with it. Not the best pairing in the world, but we like it!
Second Stop: Prosecco in Italy
Following the Lagoon, my next stop is always to get a glass of Prosecco in Italy! Where we actually buy my glass just depends on the weather. If the weather is nice and its not too hot, I prefer to buy from the stands, sit and enjoy the people watching! But another great option is hop into the Wine Cellar. Ask for the couches! There is an area to the right of the entrance that has 4 or 5 secluded couches that are perfect for a flight of wine and a cheese plate. This is a great choice for rain or if its just too hot! (Side note - the cannoli at the Wine Cellar is the best in Disney World!)
Third Stop: Le Cellier Steakhouse
OK - Any of the signature restaurants will do here. I love Monsieur Paul's and San Angel Inn, but my favorite is Le Cellier Steakhouse. Designed to feel as if you are eating in a wine cellar in an exclusive Canadian chateau, Le Cellier is warm and comfortable. By far the best thing to eat here is the steaks and the poutine. Admittedly, I have had a strange obsession with poutine since I was 13 years old, but any restaurant that has 4 different poutine offerings is bound to be my favorite. The steaks here are all perfectly cooked! Did I mention they have poutine?? Order that...
Fourth Stop: L'Artisan des Glaces
While the desert options at Le Cellier and other restaurants look great, pretty much nothing can keep me from the Pressed Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich at L'Artisan des Glaces. Officially named the Crogue Glaces, this ice cream sandwich is a warm, chewy gloriousness pressed together right in front of you! The take the freshly baked brioche, fill it with ice cream, smother it in sauce (chocolate or raspberry), press it together and cook it inside a press. The end result is a warm and crispy brioche oozing with still cold ice cream. Try it! It will not disappoint.
Fifth Stop: Anywhere you'd like!
At this point if you are not unflatteringly full of food, then the world (showcase) is your oyster. The sangria in Morocco or the pretzels in Germany, whatever it is that sounds good to you - HAVE AT IT!
Have we missed your favorite date night spot in Epcot? Let us know!
Tara is a Disney-obsessed Mom of two active boys!