BRUNCHCOT Booth Menu & Food Review: 2023 EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival
BRUNCHCOT is an Outdoor Kitchen at the 2023 EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival near Test Track. In this Walt Disney World dining review, we’ll look at the menu prices, share food photos, thoughts on what’s worth your money & what to skip, and how to find this exceptional booth.
With the festival getting longer in the last couple years, the number of food booths has proliferated, bringing many new festival favorites to the event. However, it’s been 5 years since we’ve seen any new kiosk that has been this much of a home run. That’s when Flavors from Fire debuted at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, bringing with it a stacked menu from top to bottom. That booth has remained a perennial favorite since, with menu changes that have kept things fresh but familiar. It’s also just a flat-out fun spot.
Now a few years old, it’s finally fair to say that the BRUNCHCOT Booth at the 2023 EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival isn’t just on par with Flavors from Fire–BRUNCHCOT has surpassed it. These dishes are destined Walt Disney World fan favorites of the spring and summer festival, and this is the best Outdoor Kitchen of the event…
For those of you who don’t carry a compass with you to Walt Disney World, the BRUNCHCOT Booth is adjacent to Refreshment Station or Cool Wash and the Citrus Blossom Booth at the Odyssey. If you take a hard right at the Test Track sign, you’ll pass it. (I didn’t realize until writing this review that this Outdoor Kitchen is a bit tricky to find–I’ll replace the top photo with a more useful one later today.)
This little cube has been the Fry Basket during EPCOT Food & Wine Festival, and I think it had another name at some point, but I don’t recall. Whatever the case, EPCOT’s BRUNCHCOT Booth is far and away the best incarnation of this location.
Prior to the 2023 Flower & Garden Festival, the location was known as EPCOT Sunshine Griddle. Honestly, I don’t know which name is better. EPCOT Sunshine Griddle had some old school vibes, but was also a fairly straightforward name. BRUNCHCOT is clear, concise, ALL CAPS, and embraces EPCOT’s time-honored tradition of puns. So I guess I’ll give it the edge.
The 2023 menu at EPCOT’s BRUNCHCOT Booth encourages guests to “get ready to brunch it up with savory and sweet treats at this innovative location that thinks outside the box.” 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 and what to skip.
We’ll start with a rundown of the EPCOT Sunshine Griddle Outdoor Kitchen food menu:
- Avocado Toast with marinated toybox tomatoes on toasted ciabatta (Plant-based) (Garden Graze)
- Shrimp and Grits: Blackened shrimp and cheddar cheese grits with brown gravy and sweet corn salsa
- Lox Benedict on Everything Focaccia with everything-spiced cream cheese, shallots, crispy capers, and hollandaise (New)
- Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites with cream cheese frosting and candied bacon
…and the BRUNCHCOT Outdoor Kitchen beverage menu:
- Froot Loops Shake (Non-alcoholic)
- Peach Bellini (New)
- Joffrey’s Coffee Cold Brew Cocktail with milk, Kahlúa Rum and Coffee Liqueur, and vanilla vodka
Select dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce. Now our photos and reviews of every dish at BRUNCHCOT Booth…
Avocado Toast with Marinated Toybox Tomatoes on Toasted Ciabatta ($6.00) – After eating her half of this, Sarah proclaimed that it was better than the avocado toast she had a couple weeks ago at the Boathouse’s brunch. (Our favorite table service restaurant at Disney Springs.)
It’s not an apples to apples comparison, but she’s right. The avocado was delicious and generously applied, further enhanced by the tomato halves. This all was fresh and delicious, with a savory, earthy flavor. The toasted ciabatta bread gave a nice crisp texture, and held up well under the substantial toppings. Highly recommended.
Shrimp and Grits: Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Sweet Corn Salsa ($7.25) – This dish falls about halfway between the healthy and indulgent ends of the spectrum, and is also fantastic. The shrimp were delicious, plump and perfectly-prepared. The sweet corn salsa is refreshing and offers a mild kick, which is offset nicely by the comforting flavors of buttery cheddar cheese grits.
This is Floridian comfort food done to perfection, and is another dish we highly recommend–even despite that price. For those keeping score at home, this is now the second shrimp dish of the event we’ve endorsed, which is fairly rare.
Lox Benedict on Everything Focaccia ($7.50) – Aside from the new name, the big change for this booth at the 2023 EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival is the addition of the Lox Benedict on Everything Focaccia, which replaces the Corned Beef Brisket Hash. Both dishes feature poached eggs, but are otherwise very different…and equally excellent.
The Lox Benedict comes with everything-spiced cream cheese, shallots, crispy capers, and hollandaise. Of the two dishes, this is the more inventive and envelope pushing, whereas the Corned Beef Brisket Hash was more comforting and crowd-pleasing. On balance, I’d say that the Lox Benedict is a net positive, as it makes the full menu (which you should absolutely order) more well-rounded and not quite as heavy. After all, this is brunch and not breakfast. That’s right, the best booth at any EPCOT festival got even better for 2023!
Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites with Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Bacon ($4.75) – The best dessert we’ve had (so far) at the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival is these Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites. From the moment we saw this on the menu, we were cautiously optimistic.
Our enthusiasm was only tempered by the possibility that these would be overly dense and mass-prepared. That was not even remotely the case. The rolls were light and airy, with the pastry being flaky on the outside but soft and gooey on the inside. That was aided, no doubt, by the cinnamon cream cheese cores. The candied bacon is the proverbial icing on top of these masterpieces–and there’s also literal icing on top, too. Another top tier item that gets our utmost endorsement.
Froot Loops Shake ($4.75) – Finally, an item from the drink menu. Unlike everything else, which the two of us unanimously loved, this dessert drink was polarizing. One of us loved it, the other thought it was a nasty mix of artificial flavors.
Not naming names, but I’ll add that same person said it “sounded gross” just when looking at the menu. I mean, she’s not wrong, but also…that sounds pretty great to me! 😉 I will concede that, unlike the other inventive twists on brunch favorites, this is solely a guilty pleasure. With that said, the flavors are a dead-ringer for Froot Loops and that in milkshake form works really well. You’ll know based solely on the name and photo above whether this is or is not for you.
Overall, the BRUNCHCOT Booth is the must-do Outdoor Kitchen of this year’s EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, with a stacked menu from top to bottom. It’s not just the best new booth at any festival in five years, it’s the best overall Outdoor Kitchen. So good that we’ll soon be modifying our 1-Day EPCOT Itinerary to include this as a late morning stop where you should order one of everything.
Beyond that, EPCOT’s BRUNCHCOT Booth is a pretty formidable Walt Disney World brunch option that holds up surprisingly well as compared to table service restaurants. Again, not an apples to apples comparison, but our “meal” at EPCOT’s BRUNCHCOT Booth was better than our brunch at the Boathouse and we spent significantly less on this ($28.00 for everything pictured above). The only real downside is the booth’s location, which is nowhere near any live entertainment or noteworthy floral displays–it’s behind the Innoventions construction/demolition. But that can pretty easily be remedied by taking a short stroll over to the over-the-water walkways near the EPCOT Experience.
Check out our Outdoor Kitchen Booth Menus & Food Photos at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival post if you want to see and read more about every menu this year. You’ll also want to read our full Guide to the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival before you go to get an idea of what to do, strategy for the festival, photos of the topiaries and floral displays, and much more!
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Have you eaten anything at EPCOT’s BRUNCHCOT Booth? What do you think of this Outdoor Kitchen? What did you like or dislike? Portion-size or quality-wise, did you have better or worse luck than us with what you ordered? Agree or disagree that this is the best new booth in 5 years? 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!
We visited this booth on your recommendation in 2022 and really enjoyed it, Tom & Sarah. I remember the shrimp and grits being a stand out dish and the Fruit Loops shake being a good one-time try. Haha Looking forward to the lox and everything focaccia this visit around. Thanks for your great work and advice!
Does this menu really get you and everyone else excited? There’s not one thing you describe that my family would eat or drink. It’s all so odd.
I’m down for most of it, as long as it tastes good! But I can’t say I find any of it to be particularly unique; YMMV.
was at Epcot on Wednesday, first time at flower festival. Food was ok, nothing compared to the food and wine festival though.
I’m pretty sure the Avo toast this year does not have the goat cheese on it, as it’s plant based this year. So those pictures with the cheese in it might be from last year?
That is a photo from last year, but in looking at my photos from this year…it still has what appears to be goat cheese on it. Maybe imitation? Odd that the menu doesn’t list that one way or the other. Guess I need to go back and order it yet again. Oh darn.
Are the booths – particularly this one – open during early entry?
I was told by a cast member at Epcot two weeks ago that the festival booths all open around 11am. That being said, I popped by this booth at 1030 and got my lunch, and even a nice shady table by the Creations Shop.
Thank you for letting us know where we can get this! I’m not sure how many food blogs discuss food.
Is the Sunshine Grill on the mobile quick service dining?
Thanks for telling us where this is! I don’t know how many food blogs talk about the food, get me salivating and then fail to mention where I can get my dirty little mitts on that this delicious grub! This one is on my list! Two more weeks! WooHOO!
Hello! We were at EPCOT Sunshine Griddle this week and here is what we thought……
Avocado Toast – yummy, fresh and generous by WDW fest standards.
Shrimp and Grits – yummy, flavorful and – dare I say it – a hint of spice!
Corned Beef – the sum of the parts is greater than each individually. We found the hash to be overly salty (a frequent fest issue) but the egg, cheese, and hollandaise balanced the salt out making a composed bite tasty.
Cinnamon Rolls – a delightful surprise! Most desserts are just too sweet, this was not. Particularly good with a cup of coffee.
We didn’t try the fruit loop shake – sounded way to sweet and icky.
Are they the same shrimp and grits that the Florida Fresh booth had last year or the year before? If I remember, the portion was actually on par with the price.
Everything looks great! Cannot wait to try! Where is the booth located and how were the lines? Is there a time we should visit?
This one is close to Test Track.
We visited many festival booths today and this was the only one where we ordered every food item. The corned beef brisket hash and shrimp & grits were both great, but if I had to choose I would say the hash had more depth of flavor. The cinnamon roll bites were perfect; light and flaky pastry with a slight crunch from the cinnamon/sugar. The only miss for us was the Froot loop shake. The kids did not love it, unfortunately. They would eat Froot Loops every morning if allowed, but their review was “it tastes weird.” 😉
That’s a surprise twist ending to your booth review, but thanks for sharing!
We agree with your review of the Avocado Toast. We had it today as well as the 5 items on the Garden Graze list. It was our top choice of the day.
Shrimp and grits look good plus the cinnamon roll bites also look good. But that soft poached egg looks way undercooked. Poached egg should have a runny yolk, but not a runny white.
This year, I’ve had two visits to Food and Wine, one for Holiday Festival, and one for the Arts Festival. I need only a teeny bit of encouragement to put a Flower and Garden visit on my calendar. This might be it.
Last trip to WDW was June 2019, I remember that this booth served a blueberry cronut. It was AMAZING! had fingers crossed that it would be there during our trip this year but I guess not. These offerings also look really good.
You realize Fruit Loops are actually all the same flavor right?
It was a hard day when I learned this.
Wow, this is the first report about food that has made me want to return to WDW. My family would order at least one of every item on that menu, and probably two of the shrimp and grits and three of the cinnamon bites.
That structure was Toast Track, and they did really great grilled cheese. There was a brie and apple one with a mustard dipping sauce that was to die for.
I have my second vaccination in 10 days and as soon as it’s safe, I’m going to go eat all those things!