Honey Bee-stro is an Outdoor Kitchen between Future World and World Showcase at Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival. 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 or Disney Dining Plan credits.
Located on the Culinary Corridor (or whatever it’s called during this event), Honey Bee-stro is one of two food booths that’s not along World Showcase Promenade. This one is right across from the new/temporary Starbucks, meaning it’s “close enough” to World Showcase and is an easy stop on your way to Northern Bloom or Refreshment Port.
One of the cool things about the Outdoor Kitchens at Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival is that several provide a glance at important sectors of Florida’s $120+ billion agriculture industry that includes citrus production, pollination, and even honey. In fact, Florida is one of the top five honey-producing states in the United States, producing 17 million pounds of honey per year…
Here’s a look at the menu for the Honey Bee-stro Outdoor Kitchen:
Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, Charred Vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Citrus Greens
Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses (KA)
Now our photos and reviews of each item…
Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Puree, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey Blistered Grapes, Sunflower Brittle and Coriander Flowers ($4.50) – We eat a lot of cauliflower at home, so I feel pretty well-versed in this vile vegetable. In my expert opinion, there is no good preparation of cauliflower–just some less awful ones. From that perspective, I appreciate Disney’s effort here. Using honey and brittle were admirable efforts, but ultimately futile.
Sarah is a big fan of cauliflower, but even she wasn’t particularly keen on how the eclectic dish came together. The honey carrot puree is definitely the most interesting aspect of the item, and I’d love to see that find its way into a respectable beef or seafood dish in the future.
Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread ($5.75) – This is topped with white cheddar cheese, charred vegetables, clover honey sour cream and micro citrus greens. We both liked this, and felt that the honey sour cream did wonders to compensate for otherwise lackluster “tandoori” chicken.
We’d recommend ordering it on that basis, especially if you want something savory to accompany the next item, which is an absolute must-order…
Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake ($5) – This dessert is served with orange blossom honey ice cream and garnished with fennel pollen meringue kisses. This dessert was created a few years ago by Chefs Bobby Rivera Otero, sous chef at Le Cellier Steakhouse at Epcot, and Jason Stricker, pastry sous chef for Epcot, as Walt Disney World’s entry into the Orlando’s Signature Dish competition. (It was thereafter served at Le Cellier.)
It’s a signature dessert in two senses of the term, and I’d be completely satisfied if I ordered this at Le Cellier and paid [amount redacted because I don’t want to give Walt Disney World any ideas] for it. I hesitate to write this, but for the price at Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival, this cheesecake is a downright bargain. One of the very best items you’ll find at any Epcot festival–not just this one.
Here’s a look at the Souvenir Spike the Bee Sipper Cup, which we did not buy because we already have too much stuff like this. However, I really appreciate the deep cut, and feel like I had a responsibility to purchase this to support production of more Walt Disney World merchandise featuring obscure characters.
For those who are unfamiliar with Spike the Bee (as I was), he often tormented Donald Duck, plus Pluto on an occasion, in Disney cartoons back in the 1940s and early 1950s. He also made one appearance as a hero to Mickey Mouse.
Of course, there are plenty of options on the alcohol menu for this Outdoor Kitchen:
Honey-Peach Freeze in a Souvenir Spike the Bee Sipper Cup (Non-alcoholic) (KA)
Overall, the Honey Bee-stro Outdoor Kitchen at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a must-stop for the Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake alone. Whether you should order anything else here is pretty much a toss-up. We’d give the flatbread a tepid endorsement, but not the cauliflower…unless you’re really into that sort of thing.
What do you think of the Honey Bee-stro Outdoor Kitchen? Have you tried any of the dishes at this booth? Similarly impressed by the Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake? What else did you like or dislike? Portion-size or quality-wise, did you have better or worse luck than us with what you ordered? 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!