One of the great things about a Disney vacation is that you can explore different cuisines that you may not have considered before. Grabbing a quick service meal or snack that might ordinarily be outside your comfort zone is more fun on vacation. There is no better place than Walt Disney World Resort to try new things. I actually explored Latin food for the first time on a Walt Disney World vacation. If you are looking to indulge in some Latin cuisine on your next Disney vacation, you are in luck because there are some excellent choices. Let’s chat about the best Latin food at Disney World!
Is there anything more fun than a food truck?! A delicious and convenient option to enjoy Latin cuisine on the go is during a shopping day at Disney Springs is Four Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck, located on the West Side of Disney Springs. This food truck serves up Latin Mexican and fusion dishes that hit the spot. Open for lunch and dinner, this quick-service option is a great way to enjoy fun food on a budget and to enjoy the excellent Florida weather. I am of the opinion that some of the best food at Walt Disney World is at Disney Springs.
Based on the award-winning Four Rivers Smokehouse this food truck merges the deliciousness of smoked meat with incredible Mexican and Latin flavors that are sure to satisfy. I am a huge fan of the birria quesadilla. This quesadilla is only $11.75 and is composed of beef birria with melted or oaxaca cheese on a fresh flour tortilla. This cheesy and savory dish gets even more savory when dipped in the rich beef jus and onion cilantro salsa that accompanies the dish.
Another affordable and delicious option at this food truck is a mulita. This dish has a major yum factor because it is made from crispy tortillas melted oaxaca cheese with your choice of filling then drizzled with onion cilantro salsa. I can almost hear the crunch now, don’t miss sampling a mulita if you’re around the West Side of Disney Springs and searching for a snack. Again, mulita is an affordable eat at only $11.75.
If you’re looking to enjoy a dessert, Four Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck serves up an adorable and delicious margarita bar. It’s not the margarita bar you are probably imagining, this is a literal margarita dessert bar similar to a lemon bar. It’s made from a lime mousse, has a graham cracker crust and white chocolate on top with flaky salt, and is only $6.49. This is a sweet end to your meal.
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Argentinian Skirt Steak
Let’s stroll over to The Landing at Disney Springs for our next recommendation. Latin food lovers and those looking to explore the cuisine cannot miss Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas. This waterfront restaurant serves up American and Latin cuisine in a steakhouse environment. Known for its brightly covered booths with a Latin decor flare inside and a beautiful Village Lake view, Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas is as aesthetically pleasing as it is delicious.
We recommend you start out with a classic crowd favorite, the P37 queso dip. This queso dip rings in at $12 and is a restaurant favorite. If you’re looking for a second appetizer to share, we recommend the San Juan-style beef empanadas. This dish is composed of handmade pastries that are filled with savory delicious beef and served with a side of sour cream. The San Juan-style beef empanadas are $16.
This menu has a mix of salads, flatbreads, burgers, chicken dishes, and more traditionally prepared meat and vegetable dishes. Among flatbreads, we are a huge fan of the Havana flatbread — which is basically a Cuban sandwich turned into a pizza. Costing $20, this flatbread is covered in ham, pork, pickles, Melty Swiss cheese, and drizzled with delicious housemaid mustard. That said, the Philadelphia flatbread that comes in at $22 looks pretty delicious too. This flatbread is covered in grilled steak, caramelized onions, and that gooey and delicious P37 cheese.
When it’s time for the main course, I can’t pass up the Argentinian skirt steak. This $38 dish serves up a chargrilled 10-ounce steak that is served with caramelized onions, zesty chimichurri sauce, and your choice of sides. Speaking of sides, delicious and hearty mashed potatoes will make the perfect accompaniment to the Argentinian skirt steak. That said, french fry lovers should try the gourmet fries at Paradiso 37. For $6 you can have your choice of wasabi, truffle, or barbecue fries. Another delicious and authentic side is the Pao de Queijo, a Brazilian cheesy bread. I’ve never tried this side, but it sounds incredible.
Fried Yucca Bowl
Walt Disney World Hotels have some delicious Latin dining options as well. Centertown Market located at the Old Port Royale section of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort serves up some excellent Caribbean and Latin fare. Visit during lunch or dinner to enjoy some of our favorite Latin cuisines. This quick-service dining option offers affordable and delicious dishes that are perfectly priced for trying out new flavors. One of the specialties of Centertown Market is the fried yucca bowl. Coming in at $15.49 this bowl consists of delicious fresh fried yuca topped with black beans, cotija cheese, pico de Gallo, and your choice of protein. Choose from chicken shrimp or pulled pork to top this bowl. If you’ve never tried yucca, think of a more fibrous but still incredibly delicious potato-like consistency. It’s definitely worth a try, and what better place to taste this dish for the first time?
Braised Pork Tacos
This next recommendation is at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. If you are lucky enough to be lodging at this Resort, do not miss dining at Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago. If you are not staying at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, consider blocking off an evening to take the Disney Skyliner to this Resort for dinner and drinks. Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago Offers an open-air dining experience that is so incredibly relaxing and idyllic. This casual dining restaurant runs from around $15 to around $35 per adult.
Start a meal off with a bite from the “spreadable, dippable, shareable” menu. The roasted corn dip is only $12. This dip is made from flavorful roasted corn, smoked tomato aioli, Parmesan, and tajin and is served with crunchy tortilla chips. If you are craving a cheesy start to your meal, try the warm manchego cheese and Oaxaca cheese dip. This $14 appetizer blends cheese with chorizo and roasted red peppers to create one melty and delectable appetizer. The Szechuan peppercorn chicken wings are a great option if you are looking for a heartier non-dip appetizer. They are well priced at only $14.50.
If you are feeling salad, I recommend the villa de lago salad with grilled chicken. This salad is made from roasted red peppers, crunchy romaine and arugula lettuce, warm pillowy Yukon potatoes, and white beans drizzled with sherry vinaigrette. This salad is $16 and provides a delicious and unique spin on a usual salad.
This menu is peppered with delicious entrées, so choosing one is difficult. I love the steak frites with smoked paprika-covered fries and chimichurri alongside a char-grilled sirloin. The coconut curry chicken with marinated chickpeas and cashews is another delicious favorite. That said, my main course recommendation is the braised pork tacos. The flavors converge to make one especially delicious dish of braised pork, fresh, cool, crunchy slaw, salsa verde, and cotija cheese with marinated fruit atop a taco shell. Take our word for it, you will not be sorry you ordered this entrée!
These are just a few of our favorite Latin food offerings at Walt Disney World. To enjoy more Latin and Latin fusion dining, try Frontera Cocina, Tiffin’s at Animal Kingdom, or Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom.