Honey Bee-stro is an Outdoor Kitchen at the Epcot 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.
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.
Located along the Culinary Corridor of Future World, Honey Bee-stro is one of a few food booths that’s not along World Showcase Promenade. This one is right across from the Starbucks, meaning it’s “close enough” to World Showcase and is an easy stop on your way to Northern Bloom or Refreshment Port. This prime piece of real estate coupled with a fantastic menu makes it one of the most popular food booths at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival…
Here’s a look at the menu for the Honey Bee-stro Outdoor Kitchen:
Tupelo Honey and Sweet Corn Spoon Bread with Jalapenos, Bacon and House-Made Whipped Honey Butter (Gluten/Wheat-Friendly)
Lavender Honey Mustard-Marinated Chicken Flatbread with Whipped Honey-Ricotta Cheese, Marinated Vegetables and Purple Haze Lavender Goat Cheese
Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Whipped Cream, Whipped Honey, Crystalized Honey, Honeycomb, Dehydrated Honey and Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses
Now our photos and reviews of each item…
Tupelo Honey and Sweet Corn Spoon Bread with Jalapenos, Bacon and House-Made Whipped Honey Butter ($5) – Melt in your mouth delicious may not sound like an apt (or appetizing?) way to describe corn bread, but that’s totally the case here and it is fantastic.
This isn’t as dense as normal corn bread, and when mixed with that honey butter is is utterly glorious. A perfect marriage of savory and sweet, with the corn, bacon, and bread itself adding nicely to the textures and more substantial quality of this dish. Highly recommended.
Lavender Honey Mustard-Marinated Chicken Flatbread ($6) – This is topped with whipped honey-ricotta cheese, marinated vegetables and purple haze lavender goat cheese. We both liked this, and felt that the honey and cheeses did some heavy lifting to compensate for otherwise lackluster chicken.
With that said, topping coverage and freshness were both issues. (We had the same problems last year with a different twist on Honey Bee-stro’s flatbread.) This booth is often busy, so they’re cranking dishes out quickly. As a result, how this sits under a heat lamp can vary. We’d still recommend this with reservations, primarily to anyone who wants 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. It’s the only item of the event that we revisit regularly. 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 (nonalcoholic)
Overall, the Honey Bee-stro Outdoor Kitchen at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a must-stop for the Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake and Honey and Sweet Corn Spoon Bread. We’d give the flatbread a tepid endorsement, recommending it only if you don’t mind gambling a bit. Regardless, this Outdoor Kitchen is home to two of the top 10 items at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, including the #1 dessert. That’s not too shabby!
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!