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REVIEW: Mexico – 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Mexico is great every year, and it’s back again for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2017!  Offering killer Margaritas and Tacos, it’s always a must stop, but this year they have a re-vamped menu.  How are the new offerings this year?  Let’s see how the menu is this year in my Mexico Review: 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival….

Mexico Booth:

You’ll find the Mexico Booth just before arriving at the Pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion coming from Future World…

Mexico Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Mexico Booth

Mexico Booth

 

Mexico Menu:

So this year Mexico has an entirely new menu, with all three things changed from last year, but bringing back an old favorite, the Rib Eye Taco, which replaces the Barbacoa Enchilada.  Also instead of the Taco de Camaron, we have a Tequila Chipotle Shrimp Taco, and instead of the Flan we have a Mousse.  In Mexico there was a big jump in price from last year with both entrees increasing by $1 each!!

2016 Menu:

Mexico Review: 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Mexico Menu 2016

Here is this year’s menu 2017:

Mexico Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Mexico Menu 2017

Mexico Menu 2017

Food:

  • Rib Eye Taco: Marinated Rib Eye, Roasted Chipotle Sauce and Grilled Scallions on a Corn Tortilla – $6.75, DDP Snack Eligible  *Ziggy Recommended
  • Tequila Chipotle Shrimp: Served on a Black Bean Huarache garnished with Red and Green Cabbage, Queso Fresco and Crema Mexicana – $6.50, DDP Snack Eligible  
  • Cajeta Mousse served with Cajeta Sauce and White Chocolate Flakes – $4.25, DDP Snack Eligible  *Ziggy Recommended

Beverages:

  • Spicy Apple Margarita – $10.75
  • Classic Lime Margarita – $10.25  *Ziggy Recommended
  • Mexican-style Sangria -$8.75
  • Corona Draft Beer with Floater – $4.75
  • Mexican Mule – $9.25

 

Menu Review:

So you know I wouldn’t be stopping in Mexico without a Margarita, and what better one to get than the Classic Lime Margarita.  I’m at a struggle for words to tell you how good this thing is, really.  Everyone that tried it all had the same look of amazement when drinking it.  The margs in Mexico are always great, but this was really exceptional.  Had the perfect blend of tequila and lime juice, and all the ingredients tasted really fresh, not lime juice out of a bottle.  The rim was also perfectly salted, just how I like.  Really exceptional and rivals Frontera Cocina for the best Margarita in Walt Disney World!  Yeah, you should probably get one… 😉

Mexico Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Classic Lime Margarita

Classic Lime Margarita

 

Next we tried the Tequila Chipotle Shrimp: Served on a Black Bean Huarache garnished with Red and Green Cabbage, Queso Fresco and Crema Mexicana.  Mexico always has a shrimp taco it seems, and this was pretty good, but not as good as last year imo.  The shrimp were tasty, cooked right, lightly fried.  The cheese sauce was really good too, rich, but there wasn’t enough of it on there and you couldn’t taste it over the black beans.  I like black beans, but that seemed to be all I tasted.  Also, I don’t know what the shell (Huarache I believe) is made out of, maybe beans too, but I didn’t like it, too stiff, and had a funky taste.  Shell from last year’s taco was more traditional and tasted better.  While I didn’t hate it, I was a little disappointed.

Mexico Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tequila Chipotle Shrimp

Tequila Chipotle Shrimp: Served on a Black Bean Huarache garnished with Red and Green Cabbage, Queso Fresco and Crema Mexicana

 

Mexico always seems to have a shrimp dish, and it always has a beef dish next to it.  So we tried the Rib Eye Taco: Marinated Rib Eye, Roasted Chipotle Sauce and Grilled Scallions on a Corn Tortilla.  This too seemed better in the past.  The meat that was on there was very tender and succulent, pretty good, but just not enough of it for the price. The tomato based sauce was a hit with everyone, smooth and the tomato didn’t overpower the meat.  It’s just hard justifying the price, I mean with almost $7 you can go to some of the best Taco stands in the country and get 2 for that price which are much bigger too.  This was a corn shell, which was also really hard and ripped when we went to fold it, which made the sauce drip everywhere.  I have seen other pics from other people, where it looks like a flour tortilla, so I’m not sure it’s always the way it was served to me.  Again, it’s pretty tasty, but beware you are paying a high price.

Mexico Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Rib Eye Taco

Rib Eye Taco: Marinated Rib Eye, Roasted Chipotle Sauce and Grilled Scallions on a Corn Tortilla

Lastly is the Cajeta Mousse served with Cajeta Sauce and White Chocolate Flakes.  The desserts in Mexico are usually pretty good, though I didn’t like the Flan from last year.  This one is more palatable, a caramel mousse and even more caramel sauce drizzled over the top of it.  Very smooth and creamy, probably because of the goat’s milk it’s made from.  I’d say it’s worth a shot and probably the best thing here as far as food goes this year.

 

Booth Summary and Grade:

I have to drop Mexico down a bit from last year unfortunately.  Again, not because the food was necessarily bad, it wasn’t, but for one the price was too high for what you were getting, and second there was one or two changes that could have been made to each dish that would have dramatically improved the quality of the dish.  The Classic Margarita, while expensive, is life-changing, so give that a try for sure!!

If you have to get just one thing: Classic Lime Margarita

Grade:  8

Take a look at all of my 2017 Epcot Food and Wine articles.  I have a 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Info Guide with a complete Index of the Food and Wine Menus, The Top NEW Items for 2017, Top Food and Wine Booths and more…I want you to be able to have the best info on the Festival so you have a great time and don’t waste your time!

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