Liberty Inn is the name of the quick service located to the left of the entrance to The American Adventure in what may or may not be called the United States Pavilion. It has two big things going for it. First, it offers incredibly rare, expansive air-conditioned seating in World Showcase. Second, the menu is straightforward, offering familiar Disney favorites with the occasional twist. While the website typically gives the nod to options that it deems “more interesting,” sometimes you’re just in the mood for a hamburger. And that’s okay.
Here’s a look at the current menu, which debuted during the last week in March.
And the previous version of the menu. There’s quite a few differences. First and in something that virtually never happens, the burger is actually down two dollars, if you can believe that. It’s now served with your standard hamburger patty rather than what was advertised as a “7-ounce Angus Burger.”
Steak is no longer available, replaced with a Fried Shrimp plate similar to what’s on the menu at Columbia Harbour House.
The Southern-Fried Chicken Sandwich replaces this Grilled Chicken with Bacon and Avocado. The grilled version might have been a little healthier, which is obviously a bad thing. The Vegetarian Chik’n Breast is also out with a Grilled Vegetable Burger taking its place. I won’t haunt you with a picture of the “Chik’n.”
The Red, White, and Blue Salad is no longer available with a Cobb Salad with or without chicken taking its place. The previous iteration was tasty, but it “felt” more like an oversized side salad without any real protein. The bun on the Pork Sandwich is also now your standard Brioche rather than the Onion Kaiser that was available prior to March 2k18.
There’s more to it than what we see on the first menu board, with the availability of Chicken Nuggets, a Classic Cheeseburger, and a Side of Macaroni & Cheese, in addition to Dessert, Kids’ Meals, and Beverages.
The $12.49 “All-American Burger – Flame-broiled 1/3 lb Angus Burger with Vermont Sharp Cheddar, Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Pickle on a Brioche Bun served with Apple Slices or French Fries” is a little goofy in that the toppings are served on top of the bun. At one point, it was called “The Picnic Burger.” This is a standard offering for the most part with Disney’s typically-overcooked hamburger patty gussied up a little with the sharp cheese and bacon that might be best-described as “meek.” The tomato, lettuce, and pickles are all fresh and appropriately crunchy. If you’re willing to skip the bacon and pickles and don’t mind a standard slice of American cheese, you can save two bucks by ordering the “Classic” instead.
$11 buys you eight freshly-fried shrimp that I enjoy more than I probably should. They’re incredibly crispy, relatively large, and dip nicely into Ken’s Cocktail Sauce. I don’t often seek them out at Epcot, but they’re here.
A look at the $11.49 “Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich – Crispy Fried Southern Chicken topped with fresh Lettuce, Pimento Spread and Smoked Bacon served with Apple Slices or French Fries.”
This was pretty good as far as Disney fast food chicken sandwiches go. Their version of pimento cheese is unlikely to rank among anybody’s favorites, but it’s appropriately creamy with a little bit of spice. You may need to spread it out a little bit as ours was pooled in a big cold blotch in the middle of the bun. The single slice of bacon was crispier than usual, which was nice, and the chicken itself was a large piece that spilled over the sides of the soft, buttery bun. The shredded lettuce was a nice touch too, freshening up the flavor profile and adding a little bit of a crunch along with the chicken. I wouldn’t go out of my way to order it, but it was just fine.
The $11 “Grilled Vegetable Burger topped with Crispy Onions and Barbecue Sauce.”
It’s a “Beyond Meat” Vegetable Burger which is quite thick and meaty. And with 20 grams of protein, is quite filling as well.
Personally, I didn’t love it.
The beet red color is a little off-putting, almost like the burger is bleeding, and I found the patty to be unusually slimy and a little too sweet. The burgers are also not particularly healthy – there’s a a lot of coconut oil involved, which means the fat content is almost identical to ground beef. But it likely comes down to personal preference and the burger is actually a good value as a pair will run you about ten bucks at the store, if you can believe that.
The onions aren’t as crispy as advertised and with so much of it being breading, don’t seem to add much to the flavor profile. There’s also a dollop of Ken’s Cannonball Barbecue Sauce involved, which adds some sugar and spice. The sauce is only available for purchase in 1-gallon jugs, so you would really have to enjoy it to serve it at home.
The “Cobb Salad – Field Greens, Avocado, Egg, Bacon, Tomato, Cucumbers, Apples and Blue Cheese tossed in a Sherry Vinaigrette” is available for $9 or with chicken for $11.
It was a surprise hit. I’m not sure if the size is evident from the picture, but it was a huge salad packed with an assortment of fresh vegetables and a lot of tangy blue cheese and nicely-seasoned, perfectly-grilled chicken. I think it’s the best quick service salad available at the theme parks and perhaps property-wide. My only complaint is the dressing, which didn’t seem to impact the flavor profile whatsoever. But with all that avocado, egg, tomato, bacon, and the rest of it, I didn’t really mind. If you’re after a salad, this one is worth seeking out. Very impressive.
The $5 “Marshmallow Cookie Crunch Cupcake Chocolate Cupcake topped with a Cookie Marshmallow Frosting, sprinkled with Chocolate Pearls, Mini Marshmallows and a Chocolate drizzle” sounds promising, but like the majority of Disney’s mass-produced cupcakes, falls flat.
It’s little more than just another very dense, very dry, very chocolaty cupcake without much else going on. It looks good though.
The $4.49 “Apple Pie Cheesecake – Classic New York-style Cheesecake covered with Apple Pie Filling and Graham Cracker Crumbles.”
This was actually pretty good. The cheesecake is cold and refreshing on top of the fresh apples that line the bottom of the ramekin with flavors of cinnamon and spice. With all of the goodies available in World Showcase, I don’t think I would make this my single dessert choice, but it was one of the better quick service desserts that I’ve run into in recent memory.
$10.75 buys you the “Buffalo Trace Frozen Coke – Frozen Coca-Cola Slushy with a float of Buffalo Trace Bourbon,” which tastes like you might imagine. The amount of whiskey that you receive depends on the cast member, but we looked to get about 1.25 ounces, which is largely lost in all of the sugar and ice from the Frozen Coke. I like the Jim Beam Red Stag Lemonade from Fife & Drum Tavern more.
You should also see a Seasonal Soup offered, just in case something hot and steamy sounds good outdoors in Florida in July.
Overall, Liberty Inn offers a menu that I would recommend a lot more if it weren’t located smack dab in the middle of World Showcase, where more interesting flavors abound. But if you’re visiting Epcot with a food blog that only eats chicken nuggets or the in-laws will die if they don’t find a cheeseburger in some air-conditioning, then Liberty Inn does a nice job for the most part. The Cobb Salad is really good and at worst, your meal should be average overall.
We’ll see what else is going on around The American Adventure.