We’re all friends here, right? Right. So it’s safe to say Disney burgers aren’t the brightest star in the sky. Once in a while, you’ll get a surprise hidden gem. But “acceptable” is pretty good in the grand scheme of things, unfortunately. That being said, Electric Umbrella, located in Future World at Epcot, recently had a menu update. The former Macaroni & Cheese Burger, which I can proudly say I never reviewed, has been replaced by a French Dip Burger. Some other items have changed as well, and vegetarians may (or may not) want to brace themselves, because there is something on the menu for them that ISN’T a veggie burger.
But first, the burger. The French Dip Burger gets rid of that grainy mac & cheese and instead adds Brisket, Crispy Onions, and Muenster Cheese to their 1/3lb Angus Burger. The burger comes with grapes or fries, but chances are you won’t be asked and will receive fries. Side note: They don’t have RFID soda here yet, so you can refill to your heart’s content.
I’m not a big brisket fan, speaking in generalities. And while this cut of meat is probably very well brisket, it’s prepared like pot roast. That’s another thing of which I am not a fan. The first bite I took of this burger had unrendered fat. So despite all these things going against it, after the second bite, it was pretty darn good. And if “acceptable” is good, this is definitely a few steps up from there.
Sure, the Muenster could have been a bit more melty instead of recoagulating. There could have been more crispy fried onions. Baby steps. I’m still happy they nixed those awful wheat buns. I pick my battles. 🙂 At the end of the day, I’d order this burger again. I wish Matt was with me, because I really think this would have been a win in his book as well. I had asked the Cast Member when I received my food if they had plastic covers, but they didn’t. I wanted to bring half home for Matt to try. Between the burger itself and the fries, I couldn’t finish the plate.
And as you know with Disney fries, they can be hit or miss. These were certainly NOT fresh from the fryer, but they were fine for mindless noshing.
Here is a look at the new menu. I really want to try the Sausage and Pepper Sandwich, which replaces their Meatball Sub. I recommend the Vegetarian Flatbread, which I ordered from the Kids’ Menu in the past. And for vegetarians who are sick of sad Veggie/Black Bean Burgers, you now have a Veggie Naan Wich, which features Broccoli Slaw, Edamame, and Tofu Wasabi Dressing. Could this be Epcot’s take on the Lighthouse Sandwich?
And in case you’re wondering, here’s a look at the former menu. Cheesecake has gone up 20 cents, and Chocolate Chip Cookies have been replaced by a (more expensive) Chocolate Cupcake.
We’ll be starting our Food & Wine coverage VERY soon, but I do see a revisit to Electric Umbrella in the near future. The restaurant has felt like an afterthought to me; very utilitarian in its menu, but that’s how it’s always been. It’s nice to see it getting some menu love over the past year or so (seriously, that Vegetarian Flatbread is quite delicious – leaps and bounds beyond that awful Black Bean Flatbread they used to offer). With Sunshine Seasons and all of World Showcase just steps away, it’s difficult to opt for Electric Umbrella as a dining destination, but with a few items that set it apart, it is worth a look.
Do you ever stop by Electric Umbrella for a meal when at Epcot? What do you think of the new options?