[Full] Dining Recon: Spice Road Table

It’s all Doug’s fault!  I’m speaking of Doug Davis of the WDW Main Street Podcast, of course.

First, he enticed me into falling in love with the Rose & Crown’s Bangers and Mash.  Then, he got his partner, Dennis Conroy, and I all wrapped up in the delights served by Morocco’s Spice Road Table!

Located across from the pavilion’s main area …

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… you’ll find Spice Road Table!

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This, as yet, under-appreciated destination for sampling Mediterranean small plates opened earlier this year with ample outdoor …

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… and indoor water-side seating.  Perfect for watching Illuminations!

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It even houses its own bar!  Want to stop in for a quick drink as you stroll around World Showcase?  Here’s your spot!

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When it comes to the food, I have to confess, I was a bit apprehensive of what Mrs. All in WDW and I were to find.  You see, my previous experiences with Moroccan fare – mainly at Epcot’s annual Food & Wine festival – always left me feeling that the flavors weren’t in my palate’s “happy zone”.

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It was early in the day, and quite a bit chilly in Florida, so we started our experience with Café Espresso …

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… and Café Au Lait.

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We wanted a light bite for our early lunch, so we decided to order one small plate for each of us.  Following Dennis and Doug’s recommendations, I just had to have the Tingis Sampler.

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This “little taste of everything” includes Moroccan Lamb Sausage – a North African Spicy Lamb Sausage served with Tomato, Red Onion, and Cilantro Salad.  I found this to be quite tasty.

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It also presented a Harissa Chicken Roll with Spicy Ketchup.  I have to tell you one thing … that ketchup was phenomenal and went very well with the lamb sausage!

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And, finally, the “star” of the plate was its Lamb Slider.  Served on Brioche with Cucumber Dill and Mint Tzatziki Sauce, it was just a tad overdone but very, very good.  The little bit of olive salad was a good accompaniment.

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Saying that nothing on the Tingis Sampler interested her, Mrs. All in WDW went a different direction and chose the Mix Grill Skewers.  Beef and Chicken with Garlic and fresh Herbs graced the plate.  She loved, loved, loved it!

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Folks, my words of advice are this … we approached our visit to Spice Road Table with hesitation.  We weren’t sure that the tastes were going to be “our type of thing”.

Fortunately, we listened to Doug and Dennis.  In fact, did you catch the show they did for All in WDW?  It was a special audio “Dining Recon” and can be found at this link.  Please go back and take a listen.

They inspired us to give Morocco’s new eatery a try.  Now, we’d add it to our list of WDW’s “not so” hidden gems.  Folks, we’ll be in The World with our son and his fiancee’ over the holidays, and I have to tell you, Spice Road Table is on our “hit list”!

“All roads lead to the spice road table!”?  Let it lead you there as well!

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Dining Recon: Spice Road Table

Hello, my friends!  This morning, I’m proud to publish an audio All in WDW Dining Recon!  Yes, that’s right.  AUDIO!  And, the “recon” is very detailed and extremely entertaining!

Presented by our friends, Doug Davis and Dennis Conroy of the WDW Main Street podcast, here’s Spice Road Table!

Find Doug and Dennis in iTunes by searching for, and subscribing to, WDWMainStreet in Podcasts.  Or, go here for a direct link.

But, back to the show!  You’ve heard of Spice Road Table, haven’t you?

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It’s World Showcase’s relatively new and eclectic tapas restaurant.  Located across the promenade from Morocco, it specializes in Mediterranean small plates.

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With décor inspired by outdoor cafés from the Moroccan seaside, it’s a great place to sample Mediterranean flavors and fare, enjoy legendary hospitality, while watching Illuminations.

And, as you listen to the show, follow along with these great pics … taken by Doug himself as he dined with family.

Hummus and Imported Olives

Hummus and Imported Olives

Mix Grill Skewers ... of beef and chicken!

Mix Grill Skewers … of beef and chicken!

The Tingis Sampler - a trio of Moroccan Lamb Sausage, Lamb Slider, and Harissa Chicken Roll.

The Tingis Sampler – a trio of Moroccan Lamb Sausage, Lamb Slider, and Harissa Chicken Roll.

Spicy Garlic Shrimp

Spicy Garlic Shrimp

Hey!  On a scale of 10 out of 10, what ratings do Doug and Dennis bestow on Spice Road Table?  Listen to the show to find out!

Have you given Spice Road Table a try?  Yes?  Then, please, leave us a comment and let us know what rating you give the restaurant for ambiance, service, and quality of food.

But, wait!  Like Mrs. All in WDW and I, you say you haven’t been there yet?  Well, then, listen to “the guys”.  Maybe they’ll talk you into making a quick visit!

Bon appetit, everyone!

The All in WDW Readers’ Top 10 Epcot Quick Service Restaurants!

Good morning!  Did you have a chance to listen to the WDW Magical Main Street Memories Podcast starring … me?!  Well, not “starring” little ole me, but I made a solid contribution … I think!

Anyway, if you missed it, Doug Davis and Dennis Conroy of the aforementioned show asked me to “pull up a barstool” and join them in a rousing discussion of Disney food and, most of all, the upcoming Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival.

It’s worth the listen … if I do have to say so myself!  See that nice “triple-shot” picture off in the top-right margin of All in WDW’s home page?  The one labeled “All in WDW Talks Food & Wine ’14!”?  Click it!  It’ll take you right to the show!

Did you listen to the show?  Which one of these Sunshine Seasons dishes did Doug Davis rave about?

Did you listen to the show? Which one of these Sunshine Seasons dishes did Doug Davis rave about?

OK.  Enough with the commercials!  Back to today’s business!  To formally conclude our contest to crown Epcot’s “king” of Quick Services, let me introduce your Top 10 Epcot Quick Service Restaurants!

  1. Sunshine Seasons
  2. Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie
  3. La Cantina de San Angel
  4. Kringla Bakeri og Kafe
  5. Yorkshire County Fish Shop
  6. L’Artisan des Glaces
  7. Sommerfest 
  8. Tangierine Café
  9. Electric Umbrella
  10. Liberty Inn 

Great support last week, my friends!  Thank you, very much!  You constructed a great Top 10, too, by the way!  Have a great Monday … if there is such a thing!

Let’s “Quickly” Unveil the Epcot “Champ”, Shall We?!

It’s no secret that Epcot is the All in WDW family’s favorite park, so it should come as no surprise that we’ve sampled the cuisine from most of the Quick Service options in this week’s “tournament”.

Take the Yorkshire County Fish Shop, for instance.  One of our favorite activities is to take a seat in the Rose & Crown Pub, sample some of Carl the “infamous” bartender’s beer, and nibble on a serving of Yorkshire’s delicious fish and chips.

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Where’s my beer, Carl?

It’s an excellent way to relax and spend a few hours out of the Epcot crowds and Florida heat.

Then, there’s La Cantina de San Angel.  One evening, some months back, Mrs. All in WDW and I staked out a table at the edge of La Cantina’s “deck”.  Prime Illuminations real estate.

Armed with waves of nachos and margaritas, we held onto that spot for hours … much to the chagrin of other hungry diners.  Of course, the show was great!

Who can turn down a School Bread?  I mean, really.  We were skeptical the first time we bought one from the infamous Kringla Bakeri og Kafe, but it, too, has become a family favorite.

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I knew that Norway was one of my favorite pavilions!

Custard.  Coconut.  It’s a great treat to have between meals or as a dessert.

Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie.  Oooh, fancy name.  Great selection of food!  An example of a refurb that went right.  Sandwiches upon sandwiches, and much, much more!  The only thing we don’t like about France’s bakery is the seating.  I wish it weren’t so darn hard to find a seat!

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Like I said, sandwiches and …

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… much, much more!  Delicious!

So.  Why do I babble on about virtually every contender in Epcot other than the true “champ”?  Simple.  Because, as good as all of the aforementioned places are, as good as any Quick Service in Epcot is, you can’t escape one undeniable fact.

The monumental variety of options and quality of cuisine at The Land’s Sunshine Seasons cannot be beat. In this series of polls, it wasn’t even close!

Step into the "Sunshine"!

Step into the “Sunshine”!

Seasons?  You are our “sunshine”. There’s not much more we need to say.

From soup to salads or sandwiches to entrees, you are the best. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, your overall offering is top-shelf. As a Quick Service option, you are the total package.

And, as a result, you are the two-time All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Quick Service Restaurant! Congratulations on the repeat!

One Last VOTE! It’s the HUGE Epcot Quick Service Finale!

The “destination” is always fun.  I love it when the winner of one of All in WDW’s “tournaments” is revealed.  And, I’m really excited about our Top 5, Top 10, and Top 15 lists.

But, the “journey” getting to all of these final results is the real entertainment.  For me, at least.  I love watching you guys vote.  To see two or three attractions, resorts, or restaurants engaged in a day-long “dogfight” for your support is an absolute blast!

Oh, I DO love a French bakery!

Oh, I DO love a French bakery!

OK!  One last day … one final vote!  It’s the HUGE Finale!

Vote!  Vote!  Vote!  Keep bringing your friends!  Your support this week has been PHENOMENAL!  Vote for ONE!  YOUR favorite!  One of these Counter Services will become the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Quick Service Restaurant!  Which will it be?!