Phone a Friend! Dining Recon: Tangierine Café

My friends, I have to give my podcast-partner John Peters credit for this one.  Why?  Well, I said it a few days ago.  Mrs. All in WDW and I usually walk right by the Morocco Pavillion!

A few months back, I was taking an evening solo stroll through World Showcase and found hunger on my mind.  It was time for dinner, and I was in quest of Counter Service cuisine.

The Yorkshire County Fish Shop’s deliciously crispy Fish and Chips crossed my mind, but Mrs. All in WDW was back at the resort.  It didn’t seem right to enjoy a portion without her.

Sunshine Seasons and Sommerfest, they seemed a little bit “been there, done that”.  I checked out the Lotus Blossom Café’s menu.  I wasn’t enticed.  Hmm.  What to do?  Phone a friend!

One of John’s favorite – dare I say, “must do” – spots in Epcot is Morocco’s Tangierine Café.  A quick call to him, and I knew just what to have!

Step into this charming Mediterranean eatery.  It is known for its authentic shawarma platters.  It delivers terrific flavor.

Enjoy the architecture and decor, folks, but feast on the food.  You have to order the Shawarma Chicken and Lamb Platter!  Served with hummus, tabouleh, couscous salad, and fresh Moroccan bread, it is fantastic!

Take an Exciting Trip to Morocco … with ResortTV1!

A very under-appreciated pavilion, Morocco actually has a lot to offer visitors to Epcot’s World Showcase.  Hey!  Mrs. All in WDW and I are as guilty as most.  We usually walk right by!

Anyway, what do they have to offer, you ask?  Quite simply, my friends, it boasts amazing architecture, beautiful artwork, fantastic shopping, and food that is much better than one would expect!

We’ll be back in a couple of days with a delicious taste of some of that Moroccan cuisine, but, in the meantime, please click the picture below to join ResortTV1 for a full and exciting tour of Morocco!

Please Enjoy a Taste of Morocco!

An auditory taste, that is!  Good afternoon, my friends!  I caught this performance on a stroll through World Showcase a month or so ago, and I wanted to share.  Please enjoy — the sights and sounds of Morocco!

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“The World’s” Best Garlic Shrimp? It’s Spice Road Table!

Happy Friday, everyone!  I feel like it’s “Doug Davis Week” on the web site, my friends!

After yesterday’s nautical tribute to Skipper Doug’s Sassagoula River Cruise, we return, today, with one of his all-time favorite Disney dishes!  Where can it be found, you ask?

Spice Road Table.  Found on the edge of World Showcase Lagoon and across from Epcot’s Moroccan Pavilion, it’s an unheralded Table Service restaurant.

Oh, I’ve definitely been pretty critical of the place.  At first, Mrs. All in WDW and I really enjoyed their service and cuisine.

Their Mix Grill Skewers are (were?) phenomenal, for example.  It was the venues entry into the Disney Dining Plan and massive price inflation of those skewers that drove us away, however.

Undeterred, though, Doug continues, to this day, to coax us back for what he feels is their very best dish.  It is something that he always aims to have when he visits “The World” – Spicy Garlic Shrimp!

Sautéed shrimp with dried chilies and fried garlic, Doug swears by the absolute “delicious-ness” of this Mediterranean delight.  It is a $10.99 small plate, and he’d say it’s worth every penny.

Of course, the shrimp isn’t all he’d recommend.  Served, here, with a single Lamb Slider, we find another morsel on his “to-do” list – Hummus Fries!

You can buy the fries, alone, as a $8.99 small plate or, of course, sample them with Spice’s sliders.  Buy a plate of three of those for $24.99.

In closing, I’ll say this … Doug has never steered Mrs. All in WDW and I wrong.  That being the case, I guess we’ll have to give Spice Road Table another chance.  Shrimp and fries?  Here we come!

Note: my thanks to avid WDW Main Street listener and All in WDW reader – Judith – for pictures of the shrimp, lamb, and fries!

“Menu” Recon: Spice Road Table … Another Return Visit?

What have you done, Spice Road Table?!  What have you done?

I just announced to “The World” – via the WDW Main Street Podcast – that you had become one of my very-favorite Epcot table service venues!  Hah!  What bad timing, on my part!

What am I ranting about, folks?  Well, Spice Road has “tweaked” their menu … in a very bad way, in our opinion.

When Mrs. All in WDW and I last visited Morocco’s relatively brand-new waterside restaurant, we had a great lunch.  Take a look back at my last “recon”!

Mrs. All in WDW really enjoyed their Mix Grill Skewers.

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At $12, they were a delicious bargain, as far as she was concerned.  Hey!  I was sad that I didn’t try them myself!

Me?  I went with Spice’s Tingis Sampler.  A combination of Lamb Slider, Harissa Chicken Roll, and Lamb Sausage, it was a $16 delight!  A terrific trio!

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So, OK.  What’s my gripe?  Well, on our last visit to Epcot, we stopped in for some of those yummy skewers.  What did we find?  Disappointment.

You see, Spice Road Table has recently “re-furbed” their menu.  The sampler platters, both the Tingis and the Mogador (mussels, salted cod, and calamari), are gone!

If I were to want my slider, chicken roll, and sausage now, I’d have to buy them separately for a sum of $25!  Yikes!  From $16 to $25?

Good thing I went there for the Mix Grill Skewers, eh?  Nope.  Think again.

Look, I don’t know if the serving size is bigger or not … because we didn’t stay to find out.  Why?  Morocco has added rosemary-roasted potatoes to the dish, called it an entree as opposed to an appetizer, and re-priced the skewers at a whopping $28!  $28?  Wow!  It was $12!

You saw my post yesterday, my friends.  Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room’s Bangers and Mash is a fantastic and delicious $16 lunch.

Given the choice between a midday visit to Rose & Crown or Spice Road Table, our choice in the future is, without question, going to be the United Kingdom’s table service.

Lunch at $16?  Yeah, that, I can see.  Lunch at nearly $30?  I’m sorry, Spice Road.  Not for us.