Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Food Finds: Boardwalk Pizza Window and Boardwalk Bakery

Out of all the Disney Parks, Epcot undoubtedly has the widest variety of food options and definitely the best.  Sometimes, though, you don't want an elaborate dinner, international delight, or healthy meal.  Sometimes you just want something quick, tasty, and bad for you.  Disney's Boardwalk offers two places for that quick fix, and it's just a short walk from World Showcase's International Gateway entrance.

The Boardwalk Pizza Window is located outside Cat Cora's Kouzzina.  It's a restaurant that barely needs a menu, as it features pizza by the slice or whole pies, drinks, and a couple desserts.  All seating is outdoors, with plenty of waterside tables available with too little shade.  Like the rest of the Boardwalk, it's virtually deserted during the day.

While the pizza is by no means gourmet, it's several steps above the low quality fare served in the park's quick service restaurants.  Since there is no counter service pizza option from Epcot's Italy pavilion, this is the closest slice that doesn't taste of cardboard.  For those lovers of drink, the Pizza Window also serves a decent sangria as well as beer by the bottle.  Pizza is about four dollars a slice, which is reasonable by Disney standards.

Just a few doors down from the Pizza Window is the Boardwalk Bakery.  The bakery features a wide array of desserts as well as sandwiches.  This location also does not have its own seating, but has plenty of tables outside.

While the array of sandwiches looked tasty, Nicole and I sampled the delicious gourmet cupcakes offered.  The Oreo Mickey Cupcake featured a cookie cream center with two somewhat soggy Oreos on top.  The Cappuccino Cupcake packed coffee flavored cream in side, topped with three coffee bean shaped chocolates.  Both cupcakes were incredibly moist and completely filling.  While the Boulangerie Patisserie in the France Pavilion is the best bakery in the area, the Boardwalk Bakery is a great option when you just want to get away from the crowds for a while.

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