We continue from Flavors From Fire.
Earth Eats is one of the three “Next Eats” Marketplaces located in the courtyard outside what was once Innoventions West. That’s it in green straight ahead with Active Eats on the left and then Coastal Eats down to the right out of frame.
The Marketplaces here are typically less crowded than their World Showcase counterparts and have plentiful high-top tables. The close proximity also makes it easier to grab items from multiple locations and then meet up at a single table in the middle of the area.
The website laments the loss of “The Chew,” not only here at the Festival, but in general. I return home to visit family a couple of times a year and and my mom always has the show on during lunchtime. It was always funny, entertaining, and informative.
Without “The Chew,” the menu is all-new.
And I suppose there must have been a last minute switerchoo as this was supposed to be home to Kombucha, but “Suja Cold Pressed Juice” is served instead with no pictures of it on the larger menu. Also, it’s nice to know that after the Council of Elrond disbanded that they were able to find work on The Mushroom Council.
The Steakhouse Blended Burger: $5
Blended Beef and Wild Mushroom Slider with Brie Cheese Fondue, Arugula, Truffle and Blue Cheese Potato Chip on a Brioche Bun
This is three or four bites worth of food with at least half of that being the soft bun. The beef was juicy and seasoned well, potentially mixed in with some wild mushrooms that don’t lend as much of an earthy quality as they would if they were sauteed in butter and served on top of the meat. The Brie Cheese Fondue added a creamy, buttery element, but not too much flavor, and the potato chips added a little bit of a crispy quality, though the sauce reduced the crunch by quite a bit. You could pick one of these up, but it doesn’t taste any better than your average “artisinal” hamburger that would cost twice as much and be five times more food. The Chimichurri Skirt Steak at Flavors From Fire is significantly more interesting.
The IMPOSSIBLE Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Asian Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun – $5
Vegetarian items are all the rage at Walt Disney World these days as Beyond and IMPOSSIBLE burgers, dogs, and more make their way onto menus across property. Just yesterday I enjoyed a vegan hot dog at Casey’s Corner of all places and recently, deemed the Vegan Brat superior to the regular version over at Friar’s Nook. One does not need to eat strictly vegetarian to enjoy vegetarian food and we would all be better off by reducing our consumption of meat. With that said, what we were served with this Slider didn’t impress – the patty itself was dry and gritty and the Spicy Asian Slaw lacked any sort of kick and was also somehow dry, particularly with the dry greens stuck on top of them. The Wasabi Cream also lacked flavor and was more like a tangy mayonnaise than anything. Vegetarians probably still want to seek one out as it’s one of the few non-dessert vegetarian items served at the Festival, but it still amounts to about four bites for the money. My assumption is that other people will have better luck down the line than we did, but those that do eat meat probably won’t find it a compelling buy even under the best circumstances. I was still happy to have tried it.
Suja Cold Pressed Juice Flight – $7
With Suja Cold Pressed Uber Greens, Suja Cold Pressed Vibrant Probiotic, and Suja Cold Pressed Mighty Dozen
There’s three different prices listed for this flight on the three different menus, but it is indeed $7. Still, I would just pretend like it’s $25,000 so you’re even less likely to try it. I typically enjoy these uppity drinks. I don’t buy them because I’m cheap and not really looking to extend my life any longer than absolutely necessary, but these were so disgusting that I almost couldn’t believe it. They also took a hilariously long time to be served. They’re just poured out of bottles you could (but shouldn’t) buy at the grocery store – it should take five seconds. But I stood there for several minutes while my flight was “prepared.” Upon placing the tray with the bright liquid on the table, the “juice” immediately began to separate into what appeared to be swamp water, mush, and what I’m assuming was concrete. The pink drink actually wasn’t bad. It apparently contains water, strawberry, raspberry, lemon, honey, tart cherry, vegan probiotics and stevia. But I don’t know why you would want that over a handful of berries. Anyway, if your life depends on trying Suja juice at the Festival, it’s here. Otherwise, I don’t see much upside beyond the fact that a 12-ounce bottle of it costs like $5 at the store, meaning you’re only getting ripped off as much at Walt Disney World as you would outside of Walt Disney World. And how many opportunities are there to do that? Assuredly, the only reason this is here is because Suja cut Disney a check.
Overall, Earth Eats is a disappointment this year. At best, the two Sliders are going to taste above average and at five dollars each, still be below average values. Two sliders for $6 or $7 would be much more attractive. I’m sure there’s a market for the Soju juice, but unless you live in a compost pile, I don’t see much upside to spending $6.50+ to try it here at the Festival.
Active Eats is up next with the review here.