I do like to eat. Even though the Mayne Mafia knows me for being a simple guy when it comes to food, that does not mean that I don’t get excited when a new eatery opens. Especially when it is one that has always been my favorite at the festivals.
In the heart of The American Adventure pavilion, a glorious restaurant named after the regal-est eagle, Sam Eagle of The Muppets, joins the ever-growing collection of dining establishments around World Showcase. Just the smell of this amazing BBQ place alone will have you coming in for a tasty try.
This distinctly patriotic casual restaurant has won the honor of hosting “Sam’s Centennial Cook-Off: A Salute to All Cook-Offs but Mostly Barbecue,” a competition fit for all patriots and pit masters. The contest brings a variety of classic backyard barbecue selections from across the country together to battle it out for Sam’s top award. I feel that a BBQ place is going to be great if they have a roll of paper towels sitting on the table!
On the menu are BBQ dishes such as Kansas City smoked chicken, Memphis dry-rub pork ribs, North Carolina chopped smoked pork butt, and a Texas beef brisket sandwich – which is a much larger and beefier version of the amazing slider that is served at festivals. For those looking for a lighter option, the Power Greens Salad is a great choice, too, with fresh citrus fruit, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and radishes drizzled with a fresh citrus vinaigrette and topped with chilled pulled chicken. There is also a plant-based BBQ Jackfruit Burger served on garlic toast.
I think that the best part about this place is the outdoor bar and patio which is a great place to sit back and enjoy a selection of all-American beverages and take in the sites of Epcot. The drink menu features craft brews and ciders from across the country on draft as well as wines from the west coast, Coca-Cola fountain beverages, and specialty regional cocktails like the Tennessee Lemonade with whiskey and peach or the non-alcoholic Berry Punch with white grape juice, strawberry, peach, and blackberry.
In addition, at a nearby merchandise cart, you’ll be able to browse a selection of exclusive merchandise featuring none other than Sam Eagle. So what are you waiting for? I know that I will be checking out some yummy selections soon and I hope that you will give it a try when you visit EPCOT as well. For more information as well as full menu details, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or check out the My Disney Experience mobile app.