Regal Eagle Smokehouse Review
A new restaurant, Regal Eagle Smokehouse, has redefined casual dining at Epcot, and we were there on opening day to take a look. We not only have plenty of photos from the new Regal Eagle, but we do a podcast review as well.
You can find that complete review to include a review of the menu here on Podbean and here at iTunes. You can also type in “Disney at Work & Play Podcast” when you visit Spotify. Be sure to subscribe!
Let’s start with some memories of the past. Remember the old Liberty Inn? It was known for lots of light, noisy wrought iron chairs, and a fountain in the center that was made into a planter. Oh…and terrible food.
Along the walls were 13 flags representing the original 13 colonies in some way.
The kitchen had a feminine touch, with a light blue color, lots of white crown molding, and steel rails that told you where to go.
The new smokehouse is themed to 1876, and includes Sam Eagle as its mascot.
This restaurant ties to a scene in The American Adventure where dreamers and doers are honored in the Philadelphia’s Exposition Hall during the nation’s centennial. Here we have Mark Twain, Alexander Graham Bell, Andrew Carnegie and Susan B. Anthony. That same style and setting accompanies us here at the Regal Eagle Smokehouse.
The room is still fresh with light, but has lots of bunting and theming.
The counter service is rail-free, and includes mobile ordering.
Lots of props and furnishings with themes reminiscent of the 1876 period.
I love the references to the 1876 United States Centennial. These are found in posters on the wall.
Along the walls is plenty more decor celebrating the time period, and even the Muppets!
Not a lot of references to the Muppets, but what’s available is really cute and fun. There are four sets of black and white images, along with a review by Sam Eagle of their barbecue efforts. Here’s one set below:
They’ve nearly made a brand out of these sauces. I love the design of the posters below. I’ll be surprised if they aren’t bottled and sold somewhere soon.
Didn’t get a chance to review all of the food on opening day, but what’s shown below was really great–and plentiful.
A very handy addition to this restaurant is a sink where you can wash up after sinking your soul into barbecue.
Stepping outside we have a walk up bar, a smoker, plus tables & chairs.
One wonders if these other kiosks that have littered the plaza of the American Adventure really need to continue on.
NOTE: I came back with my wife on Saturday night. Long line that stretched outside the restaurant to get in. When did that ever happen at the Liberty Inn?!
We tried almost all of the meats minus the burger and the sausage. All were terrific with the exception of the ribs which were a little dry. Beans were okay. Mac & Cheese were phenomenal. Don’t bother with the Banana pudding despite what you hear. There are other great choices for dessert around World Showcase. Still, a very solid meal.
We recommend getting the American Platter with three choices (make chicken one of them) and ordering the Mac and Cheese as the side. Maybe add onion rings, but otherwise, you have a huge meal to share as a couple.
While you’re listening to the podcast, you may also want to check out my earlier celebration of The Great Movie Ride. You can find the show notes page here: