The Morocco pavilion at Epcot is one of my favorite spots. I love the architecture, the music, the shops featuring Moroccan clothing, jewelry, and so much more, and, especially, the food. Every year I look forward to having lunch at the Tangerine Café – an open air, counter-service restaurant featuring a variety of Moroccan dishes.
The décor of the Tangerine café features an abundance of Moroccan tiles giving the café an authentic feel, and the slowly rotating ceiling fans add to the atmosphere while keeping it cool. Seating is somewhat limited compared to other counter-service restaurants, so I recommend arriving a little before or after the lunch or dinner rush.
My personal favorite meal is the Vegetarian Platter, which includes hummus, tabouleh, lentil salad, falafel, olive salad and Moroccan bread. The hummus is creamy and pairs wonderfully with the Moroccan bread. The tabouleh has a fresh lemony taste. The lentils are tender and flavorful. The falafel adds a little extra body to the meal, and the olive salad is a nice salty kick. This is a perfect meal on a hot, humid day Epcot – it will fill you up, but not weigh you down!
The menu at Tangerine Café also has a good variety of chicken, lamb and kefta (spiced ground beef) dishes, including wraps loaded with your choice of meat, hummus, marinated red onions, lettuce, tomatoes and cool and creamy Taziki sauce. If you are a looking for something a little more adventurous, opt for a Shawarma platter which includes your choice of meat with hummus tabbouleh, Tangerine Couscous Salad and Moroccan bread. I strongly recommend ordering an extra side of the Tangerine Couscous Salad – this is a delicious, light salad with a slightly fruity, but not overly sweet, finish.
Kids meals are a little more tame. You can choose either a hamburger or chicken fingers paired with carrot sticks, apple slices and your choice of juice or milk. For guests on the Disney Dining Plan or Quick-Service Dining Plan, a meal at the Tangerine Café is a single counter-service credit, and includes a non-alcoholic beverage and baklava for dessert.
Before you leave, make sure to stop by the pastry counter in the back of the restaurant. Here you can choose from a variety of Moroccan sweets, including baklava, almond cookies, semolina cookies, and other Moroccan specialties, as well as a traditional Moroccan mint tea and a selection of coffee drinks. Adults will appreciate some of the more grown-up options, including frozen fruit drinks, as well as a good selection of Moroccan beer and wine. Personally, I can’t leave the Tangerine Café until I have at least one glass of their red Guerrouane – not too sweet, not too dry, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a great afternoon at EPCOT.
If you would like to try the Tangerine Café or any of the other amazing restaurants at Walt Disney World, please send me an e-mail at Erica@MikeyTravels.com. I can help you plan a magical vacation at Walt Disney World or any of Disney’s other destinations.
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