One of my favorite places to grab a counter service meal while touring World Showcase is La Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion.
This quick service restaurant is across the walkway from the pavilion's Mayan pyramid, and it offers good food, good margaritas, and really great views of the lagoon.
The al fresco dining location always seems to be swarming with hungry park goers, and you'll often encounter a line to order. If you have more than one person in your party I've found it's usually wise if you send one person to order and the other to search for a seat.
Don't worry too much about seating, as the location does have a couple options. The best seats (in my humble opinion) are those located right next to the World Showcase Lagoon. You get a great view and maybe even a nice "sea breeze" during your meal. The other seating area is directly behind the food queues and tends to be very busy.
[As an aside, watch out for the birds while you're eating. They have no shame and are clearly fans of the food as they'll come right up to your table while you are dining].
Now on the food, as this is the most important part!
The menu includes Mexican favorites and the portion sizes are enough to fill you up for the long journey around World Showcase.
Dishes include Tacos de Carne, Empanadas de Queso (my personal favorite!), and Nachos topped with ground beef, black beans, cheese, and jalapenos. Kids can choose from chicken fingers or cheese empanadas.
If you save room for dessert (and you should try) you can choose from churros or Paletas, which are Mexican popsicles and they usually are available in four flavors: lemon/lime, mango with chili, cantaloupe, and coconut.
And of course, no Mexican meal is complete without a margarita. Now, it should be noted that these are not the margaritas you'll find at La Cava del Tequila, they're closer to the frozen concoctions you'll get at the pavilion's frozen margarita kiosk.
But that's not to say they aren't good. They're cold and refreshing (which is important on those hot summer days!) and they tend might be a bit "strong" if you like your margaritas on the weaker side.
Overall, this is one of the better counter service locations at Epcot. Whether you're in the mood for a quick meal or maybe you just want to share some nachos over a few margaritas, you should check out La Cantina de San Angel!
Our friends at the Disney Food Blog are fans of the La Cantina de San Angel too, so be sure to check out their review.
Thanks to Kristen K. for the use of her photos!
Tell us, what is your favorite dish from La Cantina? Leave us a comment and let us know!