Epcot Canada Pavilion entrance

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are reviewing the quick service restaurants in Epcot’s World Showcase.

And I got stuck with the Canada pavilion.  Yep, not exactly the pavilion you think of for quick service restaurants.  In fact there isn’t even a quick service restaurant there.

So why then am I writing this post.  Well, first it is because Melissa of Rolling with the Magic told me too (and I always do what she tells me to).  And second it is because I am Canadian and have a soft spot for this pavilion.

So let’s go see what we can dig up in the way of food you can carry (my new definition of quick service).

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Northwest Mercantile (the corner quicky mart)

Epcot Canada Pavilion - Northwest Mercantile Gift Store Our first stop in our quest for a bite to eat is to check out the Northwest Mercantile at the front of the Canadian pavilion. (head up the stairs and take a right)

You are going to enter the Canadian gift shop and be immediately overwhelmed by flannel shirts, hockey clothing and anything they can slap a moose or a bear onto.  Yes, an entire country wears hats with moose antlers on them (insert sarcasm here).

If you get beyond all that flannel you will find a couple of tasty nuggets here that are also Canadian favorites.  Grab some maple candy (sorry, I had no photo of that – I don’t recommend drinking maple syrup from the bottle but who am I to judge), Tim Horton’s hot chocolate mix (ask for a cup of hot water at the nearest quick service – oh the irony on that one) or a bag of ketchup chips (Canadians are known for putting ketchup on everything but this is one item that never grew on me).

Le Cellier (beggars can’t be choosers)

At the other end of the pavilion, on the lower level, is one of the best signature restaurants on property.  It is known for the importation of mouth watering Alberta beef, a cheddar cheese soup with a hint of beer and pretzel bread that melts in your mouth.

Now having the words signature and restaurant in the title means it is definitely not a quick service.   Most of the time you won’t even be able to get a reservation here.

BUT if you are lucky you can go up to the hostess stand and ask for an order of the pretzel bread to go.  By no means is this a given as it is not Disney’s policy to provide take out.

If there is a crowd waiting to be seated it is not even worth asking but if it is slow our front it is worth a shot.  And since Canadians are so nice they may bend the rules for you.

It is a long shot but what a long shot!

Unnamed Beer Cart (drinking your lunch)

Right next to the entrance to the pavilion gardens there is this unassuming popcorn cart.  The popcorn could be considered food item but it not Canadian in any way so look beyond that and focus on those beer taps.

Here you can order some Canadian classics like Labatt Blue, Moosehead Beer, and La Fin Du Monde beers. The really interesting thing here is that this is the only place in the United States you can get Moosehead beer on draft.  (Now you are going to have to go there – right?)

If you need something a bit harder you can also get the Crown Royal Maple Whiskey or a Torontopolitan (a combination of Iceberg Vodka, Chambord, and Cranberry and Orange Juices)

Maybe not the most suitable items for a meal but hey, you are on vacation.

Epcot Food and Wine Booth (only once a year)

In the fall the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival sets up shop in the World Showcase.  And as luck would have it they place a Canada booth right out front of the Canada pavilion (amazing isn’t it? I am actually surprised it is not covered in bear and moose carvings).

Epcot Canada Pavilion - Canada booth at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The good news is this IS a quick service option and it offers those wonderful food items mentioned above.  So grab yourself a filet, some cheddar cheese soup and glass of beer.  That is the perfect quick service meal!

Oh wait!! I forgot dessert.  This is the best part.  They offer ice wines here.  They are so sweet and smooth.  Perfect with a nanimo bar.

What is a nanimo bar you ask?  The perfect Canadian dessert item. A crust of pecans and cocoa covered with custard and topped with a layer of chocolate.  Yummy!!! Grab two – you won’t be disappointed.

Last Thoughts (did I pull it off?)

Even though the Canada Pavilion only has one classic dining option (Le Cellier signature restaurant) there are classic Canadian flavors that can be unearthed if you put some thought into it.

From famous snacks to hearty beers.  You just need to look below the surface (and bear and moose) to find the hidden gems.

Have I made you look at the Canada pavilion dining options a little bit differently?  Did I miss a quintessential Canadian food item?

Let me know.

For more World Showcase quick service reviews, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Green | World Showcase Quick Service Reviews Loop:
  • 1st Stop - The Disney Chef | Japan
  • 2nd Stop - Dad for Disney | France
  • 3rd Stop - Superheroes and Teacups | American Adventure
  • 4th Stop - Home is Where the Mouse Is | Mexico
  • 5th Stop - Running on Disney | United Kingdom
  • 6th Stop - Capturing Magical Memories | Canada
  • 7th Stop - What's the Point? | Germany
  • 8th Stop - Magical Mickey Tips | Morocco
  • 9th Stop - Rolling with the Magic | Norway

Discovering some authentic Canadian foods in Epcot Canada Pavilion