Where to Dine: Authentic Mexican at Disney’s Epcot

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San Angel Inn (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

San Angel Inn (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

Disney Vacation Guide to the best restaurant for authentic Mexican cuisine

Dine out at the San Angel Inn and you’ll be transported to the 17th-century hacienda that sits near Mayan ruins in Mexico. Modeled after this famous Mexican restaurant with the same moniker, Disney’s San Angel Inn restaurant has a variety of zesty and subtle flavors that Mexican cuisine is known for. While you’re exploring Epcot’s Mexico pavilion, go all Mexican here and sample some authentic cuisine for either lunch or dinner.

Zesty Mexican cuisine

Appetizers include the traditional Sopa Azteca, a broth floating with tortilla strips, pasilla pepper and avocado or the classic ensalada César with anchovies for a twist on Caesar salad. For a traditional Mexican entree, try chipotle spiced pulled chicken served with refried beans, green tomatillo sauce on a tostada in Tostadas de Tinga or fish tacos stuffed with chipotle-lime aioli and cabbage in Tacos de Pescado. There is only one traditional dessert on the menu so avoid the flan and try the traditional Crema Bavaria, a rich mousse mixed with berries and spiked with orange liqueur.

The Drinks

Sample Partida Blanco, Don Julio Reposado and Tres Generaciones Añejo in a tequilas flight or a Chardonnay from Mexico. The zip of Tajin chili powder on the rim of the signature San Angel Inn margarita sets the stage for spicy Mexican cuisine.

The Ambience

Mexican food is exciting enough but couple that with great scenery and a memorable moment is in store. Make sure you ask for a lakeside table if you’re there for dinner – with the Mayan ruins and  World Showcase Lagoon, it’s an intimate moment. The next option is to sit close to the Gran Fiesta Tour where you’ll see the boats drift on the water.

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