One of my absolute favorite "quick service" locations in all of Epcot is the Tangierine Cafe in the Morocco Pavilion. From the authentic and delicious food to the great seating areas - inside and out - this location is always top on my list when I'm visiting Epcot.
We will get to the food, but let's first talk a little bit about the gorgeous design of the restaurant and the pavilion itself.
The design of the Moroccan Pavilion was guided by the King of Morocco to ensure that it was authentic, and he sent Moroccan artists and designers to create and design many of the mosaics guests see in the pavilion. [And as an extra bit of trivia, since the very top of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror can be from an angle behind the pavilion the top of that attraction was designed to blend in with the architecture of the pavilion.]
As beautiful as the pavilion is on the outside, you'll want to step into the Tangierine Cafe for the food and the atmosphere. From the gorgeous chandeliers to the iron work to the tiling along the countertops, there's a lot to take in. And you really should take it all in. An added bonus is the ample seating area both inside and out.
Our favorite spot to sit is at the outdoor tables near the fountain in the courtyard. The area is semi-walled in with low walls and it gives you a great vantage point for people watching while you dine in the shade. If those seats are taken, another favorite spot is inside at one of the booths (not near the counter where you place your orders).
Now let's talk about the food. Go to the Tangierine Cafe hungry because you'll want to try a little bit of everything. The menu features shawarma, wraps, and platters in addition to tabouleh, hummus, lentil salad and falafel.
Whenever we visit, my husband and I always order the same thing (sounds boring, I know). He orders the vegetable platter that comes with falafel, tangierince coucous salad, hummus, tabouleh, lentil salad, and marinated olives. And I order the lamb shawarma platter that comes with lamb (obviously!), hummus, tabouleh, couscous salad, and fresh Moroccan bread.
This way, we have a little bit of everything - meat and vegetables - and we share! Other incredibly delicious items include the Moroccan Kefta Sandwich and the Mediterranean Sliders Combo. And for dessert you just have to try the Baklava. It's honestly some of the best I've ever eaten. And I've eaten a lot of Baklava.
So the next time you're wandering around World Showcase and you're starving, take a break in Morocco. It might just become one of your favorite quick service spots in Epcot.
Thanks so much to Traci C. for this fantastic post about this great eatery, and Disney Food Blog for exclusive use of their images. For a great review of lunch at the Tangierine Cafe be sure to check out the Disney Food Blog.