We continue from Active Eats.
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 Impossible Cottage Pie joins the ranks this year and “suja organic kombucha” replaces last year’s cold-pressed juices.
The Impossible Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Asian Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun – $5.25
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. I enjoyed the vegan hot dog at Casey’s Corner of all places and 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 who do eat meat probably won’t find it a compelling buy even under the best circumstances. I was still happy to have tried it.
Impossible Cottage Pie: Impossible Ground Meat with Carrots, Mushrooms, and Peas topped with Mashed Cauliflower, White Beans, and Mozzarella – $5
This was not the most attractive dish that we were served during the Festival, with a pool of grease visible inside the small ramekin spilling out and making a stain on the plate as it was served to us. The haphazard placement of a couple of leaves on top also doesn’t seem to do much for the production value. With that said, this was actually pretty tasty if you could get your fork down far enough to scoop up some of the “meat,” along with the layers of other toppings. Served piping hot, the dish ended up being hearty and comforting with most of the flavor that you’d expect from your typical ground beef Cottage Pie. I missed the usual Mashed Potatoes, which are instead replaced by Mashed Cauliflower. Theoretically, the texture is similar with more of an earthy flavor, but ours ended up being grittier and oily. I’m also still bitter about losing the Fisherman’s Pie from Ireland. Overall, this was a good amount of food for the money and an item that vegetarians should seek out. Meat eaters will likely do better at nearby Flavors From Fire.
suja organic kombucha Flight – $6
With green apple, pineapple passionfruit, and mixed berry.
suja organic kombucha is readily available at most uppity grocery stores and health outlets. I’m not sure if what we were served was mishandled at some point, but each tasted like lightly-flavored vinegar with a little bit of effervescence. If you’re curious about kombucha and want to spend 400% more money for someone to pour you a little bit into a cup at Epcot, then you can give one of the flavors, or the flight, a whirl. Even the health-conscious in our group weren’t into this.
Overall, Earth Eats is a bit of a disappointment. The Slider is okay, but vastly overpriced, particularly considering the proliferation of Impossible Burgers. An Impossible WHOPPER from Burger King will set you back less than a dollar more, for example, and would be about five times as much food. The Impossible Cottage Pie was pretty good, though. I’m sure there’s a market for the suja kombucha, but unless you live in a compost pile, I don’t see much upside to spending a hefty premium to try it at Epcot.