You may remember the Margaritas stand that stood across from La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot. It closed a few days before the Frozen stuff opened in Norway, ostensibly so this website wouldn’t post sarcastic wide angle pictures of the Royal Sommerhus with a margarita stand sitting in front of it.
But instead of closing down the operation entirely and denying the sage tourist the opportunity to purchase a pre-made, watered down margarita, Disney kept open the Flower and Garden kiosk that sits just in front or just past the rest of the Pavilion.
The placement here eases traffic flow compared to when it stood closer to the pyramid.
The prices are a little goofy. They originally did not include tax and instead of rounding the prices up or down, they just added tax to the original numbers and left them. Typically, Disney will include tax at most kiosks and at all Marketplaces during Food/Wine/Flower/Garden for the sake of more easily making change for people, not that anybody uses cash anymore.
For this year’s Food and Wine, I think I’m going to find a garbage can that I like and just carry it with me from Marketplace to Marketplace as I take my pictures. It’s a lot easier than having to try three or four to get just the right angle.
This is the now-$5.86 Chilaquiles de Pollo – Layers of fried corn tortilla, seasoned chicken, green tomatillo sauce, topped with queso fresco, onions, and sour cream.
I reviewed a similar offering from last year’s Food and Wine Festival positively:
The current offering is just as good and potentially even more tasty. It’s also a relatively large portion considering the sizes of most Food/Wine Festival items, packed with nicely seasoned chicken inside of a slightly crisp corn tortilla. The red onion offers a nice contrast to the mild sauce and creaminess of the cheese. I think it’s a great snack if you want something substantial but don’t want to commit to a full entree. With that said, you can get more food for around six bucks, but I think this is nicely prepared with elevated flavors compared to a lot of other offerings.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever reviewed one of Mexico’s Food/Wine/Flower/Garden tacos positively and this won’t exactly be the first time that happens. This is the Pork Belly Taco – Corn tortilla filled with pork belly covered with salsa verde and crispy onions. But while the flavors are perhaps the best of any offering in the last five years, they’re just so small. That is a regulation size fork, meaning this taco is maybe four bites if you go about it in a dainty fashion.
But the taste is there this time around and with pork belly being an uppity ingredient these days, there may be more value than past options. I really liked the crispiness of the pork against the soft tortilla and crunchiness of the onions. It was prepared nicely and the sauce offered a bit of spice and otherwise livened up the flavor profile. Very fresh tasting.
Combined, these would run you about $12 and are about half of the heft of an entree at La Cantina or elsewhere. But I think both items taste really good, so if you don’t mind the price point, they are good choices.
The Guava Margarita, which this is not a picture of, returns from the 2015 Food and Wine Festival. I have not had much luck with these, which typically taste like juice mixed with cheap tequila. It would save you a couple of dollars over heading inside to La Cava for what is now basically the same thing.
Quality on the frozen margaritas, which are also available in more flavors at La Cantina, are sometimes strong and sometimes not in my experience. They are on the refreshing side and should last a little longer than the liquid margaritas as they take more effort to consume.
I am not sure if they are currently mixing the Patron Margarita fresh, but it might be the best of the bunch if they are, though $15.71 ain’t cheap.
Over at La Cantina de San Angel, The $10.95 Nachos – Tortilla Chips topped with Ground Beef, Nacho Cheese, Tomatoes, Jalapeños, Beans, and Sour Cream are one of the best values at Epcot, I think.
It’s a ton of chips and a pile of toppings. They are happy to keep any ingredient off or serve it on the side.
I’m less enthusiastic about the $4.25 Churros with Caramel Sauce, though it’s a decent portion and the caramel sauce is intriguing. But quality goes directly to freshness and these often aren’t.
Overall, there are some smart options to be had in Mexico, though the taco is still a dollar or two overpriced, even for Disney. But that doesn’t have to stop you.