Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina Opens for Epcot Food & Wine Festival

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If you’re anything like me, you love quick-service restaurants at Epcot. They offer some of the most diverse cuisines in Walt Disney World, much of it reasonably priced, all of it delicious! One notable exception from my recent excursions has been Tangierine Café in the Morocco Pavilion. It closed as Disney took over operations in the Morocco Pavilion, and has yet to reopen. Until now. Sort of.

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Tangierine Café has been reimagined as a Food and Wine Festival booth. It’s called Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina. The menu boasts some fantastic traditional foods, as you’d expect. Try the Moroccan-Spiced Lamb, the Fried Falafel Pita, or Stone-Baked Moroccan Bread with various dips if you’re stopping in for lunch. What immediately grabbed my attention was the Pistachio Cake. I have a mild sweet tooth and this beautiful dessert was right up my alley.

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As if the pretty green coloring of the cake wasn’t fancy enough, the architects of this dessert decided to put some white chocolate with a mosaic pattern on the top. That detail is reminiscent of the cookie with apricot jam that came out recently. While it’s lovely to look at, it’s even better to eat. The cinnamon pastry cream in the center has walnuts in it, and the cake legitimately tastes of pistachio, making this a lightly sweet and spicy, but firmly nutty dessert. It’s moist, but the cream will melt in the Florida heat if you don’t eat it right away, so don’t plan to take it to your hotel for later!

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There are lots of interesting things to try at this temporary version of the Tangierine Café. It’s whetting my appetite for a permanent reopening! But I can’t complain too much as long as I can eat couscous and sip on Blood Orange Juice. Which menu items are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments!

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Allison Luna