As is the case with most BREAKING news stories involving incremental price increases at Disney World quick services, easydubz was the first to bring you the news that La Cantina would be serving breakfast daily.
As if there’s any question that Frozen is going to open at 9am daily, Mexico offers breakfast now pic.twitter.com/5pktaZpfIt
— josh (@easywdw) June 17, 2016
Since I know my readership so well, I won’t waste your time:
They won’t sell you a margarita before 11am no matter how much time you spend on your knees crying. You are now free to close out of this review. Thank you for the pageview.
After Frozen Ever After opened in mid-June, Disney decided to open the Mexico Pavilion at 9am along with the Norway attractions and Kringla.
And while some people might have wanted to head over after first experiencing Frozen.
It wouldn’t make a lot of sense from a touring efficiency standpoint to visit before 11am.
Even if the entire queue for Gran Fiesta Tour is full, the wait is still going to be under ten minutes. And it’s rarely that long.
So Disney moved the pyramid’s opening back to 11am on August 7th.
But La Cantina does continue to serve breakfast beginning at 10am though the menu is still not on Disney’s own website.
After Disney announced Early Morning Magic at Magic Kingdom, which I review here in detail, it seemed like the logical continuation of that would be to extend a similar offering at Epcot. But there really isn’t a space large enough in Norway to host a breakfast with Kringla already serving a couple quick service breakfast items from 9am and the limited seating there. While it doesn’t make a lot of thematic sense to hold a Norwegian breakfast in Mexico, the seating section at La Cantina seems like it makes the most sense from a logistical standpoint should Disney elect to offer a morning event in Norway sometime in the future.
Anyway, if you like eggs and/or chorizo then you are in business. This is the Chilaquiles con Huevos – two fried eggs, layers of fried corn tortilla with green tomatillo sauce, topped with queso fresco, onions, and sour cream.
I thought the presentation was particularly impressive with the crispy eggs nicely prepared inside of the red onion rounds. Chilaquiles are kind of like softer nachos that you (ideally) eat with a fork, here topped with a mild green tomato sauce and sprinkling of cheese, in addition to the sour cream. It was everybody’s favorite dish and a good value at $8.75.
The Tamal Verde con Huevos – scrambled eggs, corn dough filled with pork chorizo, covered with green tomatillo sauce had a similar flavor profile, though the eggs here are scrambled.
The chorizo adds a bit of spice inside the tamal and like the chilaquiles, it’s topped with a sprinkling of a cheese similar to Monterey Jack and sour cream.
The eggs here weren’t quite as fresh as the fried eggs, but that may be luck of the draw. It wouldn’t surprise me if the total number of breakfast entrees that they serve is around 15 each day. Overall, this was a bit drier and blander than the chilaquiles, but pretty similar overall for the same money.
The $9.95 Pambazo de Chorizo con Huevo – Bread roll filled with scrambled eggs, chorizo, jack cheese, red onions, lettuce and guacamole is more than a little unique. I’m not sure that I’ve seen anything like it on property.
The overall flavor profile was akin to a hamburger topped with a mildly spicy salsa, though I think we are decidedly in knife and fork territory here. The addition of lettuce, red onion, and guacamole also leans towards hamburger. This was the most filling of the three items – I could see being ready for lunch in two or three hours after eating the other dishes, but this is going to keep you full for much longer.
The Kids’ option is the $5.95 Huevos Revueltos – Scrambled eggs topped with cheese served with potatoes and fruit.
The eggs were nicely prepared, fresh, and served hot topped with what they used to call chihuahua cheese that tastes like a mild white cheddar.
Overall, it was a straightforward dish and a good value at six bucks. The side of fruit was mostly melon and not quite ripe, but a bit of sweetness was welcome with all of the salsa and chorizo otherwise going on.
Overall, I think La Cantina’s breakfast is impressive and the quality and flavors surmount most of Disney’s resort quick service meals, which are typically dominated by powdered eggs and grease. But the location is so inconvenient that I’m not sure in what scenarios it would make sense to stop here. 10am-11am is typically a good time to ride the non-headlining Future World attractions or potentially use a FP+ or two before heading to World Showcase when the majority of it opens at 11am. But you could conceivably start your day in Future World, get breakfast here around 10:30am, and then continue with a tour of World Showcase. The bakery in France also operates from Park open as does Fountain View Starbucks. You may remember that Sunshine Seasons is not currently offering quick service breakfast.
But it’s an option for the time being.