With the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival lasting over a full month than normal, Walt Disney World has expanded the park’s event calendar to almost the entire year. Along with that, the number of food booths has proliferated, bringing many new festival favorites to World Showcase and Future World in the last few years.
However, it’s been 5 years since we’ve seen any new kiosk that has been this much of a home run. That’s when Flavors from Fire debuted at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, bringing with it a stacked menu from top to bottom. That booth has remained a perennial favorite since, with menu changes that have kept things fresh but familiar. It’s also just a flat-out fun spot.
It would be premature–and hyperbolic–to say one of the Outdoor Kitchens at this year’s EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival has surpassed or is even on par with Flavors from Fire. So we’ll just say that this is the best new food booth since that debuted, with dishes that are destined to be instant Walt Disney World fan favorites of the 2021 spring and summer festival…
Enough with the suspense: we’re talking about the EPCOT Sunshine Griddle in Future World East during the 2021 Taste of EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival. For those of you who don’t carry a compass with you to Walt Disney World, this booth is adjacent to Cool Wash and the EPCOT Experience. If you take a hard right at the Test Track sign, you’ll pass it. (I didn’t realize until writing this review that this Outdoor Kitchen is a bit tricky to find–I’ll replace the top photo with a more useful one later today.)
This little cube has been the Donut Box during the last couple of EPCOT Food & Wine Festivals, and I think it had another name at some point, but I don’t recall. Whatever the case, the EPCOT Sunshine Griddle is far and away the best incarnation of this location.
The menu encourages guests to “get ready to brunch it up with savory and sweet treats at this innovative location that thinks outside the box.” In this Walt Disney World dining review, we’ll look at the menu prices, share food photos, and offer thoughts on what is worth your money and what to skip.
We’ll start with a rundown of the EPCOT Sunshine Griddle Outdoor Kitchen food menu:
- Avocado Toast with Marinated Toybox Tomatoes and Fresh Goat Cheese on Toasted Ciabatta
- Shrimp and Grits: Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Sweet Corn Salsa
- Corned Beef Brisket Hash with House-Made Potato Barrels, Onions, Peppers, Cheese Curds and a Soft-Poached Egg with Tabasco® Hollandaise
- Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites with Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Bacon
…and the EPCOT Sunshine Griddle Outdoor Kitchen beverage menu:
- Froot Loops Shake (nonalcoholic)
- Joffrey’s Coffee Cold Brew Cocktail with Milk, Kahlúa Rum and Coffee Liqueur, and Vanilla Vodka
Select dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce. Now our photos and reviews of every dish at EPCOT Sunshine Griddle…
Avocado Toast with Marinated Toybox Tomatoes & Fresh Goat Cheese on Toasted Ciabatta ($5.75) – After eating her half of this, Sarah proclaimed that it was better than the avocado toast she had a couple weeks ago at the Boathouse’s brunch. (Our favorite table service restaurant at Disney Springs.)
It’s not an apples to apples comparison, but she’s right. The avocado was delicious and generously applied, further enhanced by the tomato halves. This all was fresh and delicious, with the goat cheese providing a savory, earthy flavor. The toasted ciabatta bread gave a nice crisp texture, and held up well under the substantial toppings. Highly recommended.
Shrimp and Grits: Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Sweet Corn Salsa ($7.25) – This dish falls about halfway between the healthy and indulgent ends of the spectrum, and is also fantastic. The shrimp were delicious, plump and perfectly-prepared. The sweet corn salsa is refreshing and offers a mild kick, which is offset nicely by the comforting flavors of buttery cheddar cheese grits.
This is Floridian comfort food done to perfection, and is another dish we highly recommend–even despite that price. For those keeping score at home, this is now the second shrimp dish of the event we’ve endorsed, which is fairly rare.
Corned Beef Brisket Hash with House-Made Potato Barrels, Onions, Peppers, Cheese Curds and a Soft-Poached Egg with Tabasco Hollandaise ($6.25) – This is like the brunch version of something that would be served at Flavors from Fire. Everything about it was exceptional, with the flavors melding together fantastically and the hollandaise providing a light punch.
It’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect from this gloriously decadent mess of ingredients, with one notable exception. Rather than the potato barrels being something cheap or low quality like you might find in the Totchos at Woody’s Lunch Box, they’re more akin (texture-wise, at least) to the yuca in a similar dish at Spyglass Grill. Crisp, hearty, and delicious. We both agreed that this was the savory highlight among highlights at EPCOT Sunshine Griddle. Highly, highly recommended!
Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites with Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Bacon ($4.25) – The best dessert we’ve had (so far) at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival is these Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites. From the moment we saw this on the menu, we were cautiously optimistic.
Our enthusiasm was only tempered by the possibility that these would be overly dense and mass-prepared. That was not even remotely the case. The rolls were light and airy, with the pastry being flaky on the outside but soft and gooey on the inside. That was aided, no doubt, by the cinnamon cream cheese cores. The candied bacon is the proverbial icing on top of these masterpieces–and there’s also literal icing on top, too. Another top tier item that gets our utmost endorsement.
Froot Loops Shake ($4.50) – Finally, an item from the drink menu. Unlike everything else, which the two of us unanimously loved, this dessert drink was polarizing. One of us loved it, the other thought it was a nasty mix of artificial flavors.
Not naming names, but I’ll add that same person said it “sounded gross” just when looking at the menu. I mean, she’s not wrong, but also…that sounds pretty great to me! 😉 I will concede that, unlike the other inventive twists on brunch favorites, this is solely a guilty pleasure. With that said, the flavors are a dead-ringer for Froot Loops and that in milkshake form works really well. You’ll know based solely on the name and photo above whether this is or is not for you.
Overall, the EPCOT Sunshine Griddle is the must-do Outdoor Kitchen of the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, with a stacked menu from top to bottom. It’s not just the best new booth at any festival in five years, it’s the best overall Outdoor Kitchen. So good that we’ll soon be modifying our 1-Day EPCOT Itinerary to include this as a late morning stop where you should order one of everything.
Beyond that, the EPCOT Sunshine Griddle is a pretty formidable Walt Disney World brunch option that holds up surprisingly well as compared to table service restaurants. Again, not an apples to apples comparison, but our “meal” at EPCOT Sunshine Griddle was better than our brunch at the Boathouse and we spent significantly less on this ($28.00 for everything pictured above). The only real downside is the booth’s location, which is nowhere near any live entertainment or noteworthy floral displays–it’s behind the Innoventions construction/demolition. But that can pretty easily be remedied by taking a short stroll over to the over-the-water walkways near the EPCOT Experience.
Check out our Outdoor Kitchen Booth Menus & Food Photos at 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival post if you want to see and read more about every menu this year. You’ll also want to read our full Guide to the 2021 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival before you go to get an idea of what to do, strategy for the festival, photos of the topiaries and floral displays, and much more!
Planning a Walt Disney World trip? Learn about hotels on our Walt Disney World Hotels Reviews page. For where to eat, read our Walt Disney World Restaurant Reviews. To save money on tickets or determine which type to buy, read our Tips for Saving Money on Walt Disney World Tickets post. Our What to Pack for Disney Trips post takes a unique look at clever items to take. For what to do and when to do it, our Walt Disney World Ride Guides will help. For comprehensive advice, the best place to start is our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide for everything you need to know!
Have you eaten anything at the EPCOT Sunshine Griddle? What do you think of this Outdoor Kitchen? What did you like or dislike? Portion-size or quality-wise, did you have better or worse luck than us with what you ordered? Agree or disagree that this is the best new booth in 5 years? Questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!