Lunch at Liberty Inn – Epcot’s World Showcase (America)

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We got a lazy start on the day, and when we left our resort and went to the bus stop, we decided to take the first bus to arrive, unless it was going to Animal Kingdom (we’d been there twice already).  The Epcot bus was the first to arrive, so off we went.  On the bus ride, I went through my notes to determine where we could go for lunch and get a gluten-free meal for me.  The two top choices were either the Electric Umbrella or the Liberty Inn in America of the World Showcase.

The Electric Umbrella was closer to the entrance, but we had difficulty finding it.  It was tucked out of the way and we apparently missed it the first time by going around Planet Earth on the opposite side.  By this time, we decided to try for Liberty Inn, mostly because I was anticipating the gluten-free pizza.

We took a boat across the World Showcase Lagoon from Canada to Morocco.  At some point in our vacation, we tried to take every available mode of transportation at least once.  We missed out on the train that goes around the Magic Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom Ferry Boat, but we’ll try for those on the next visit.

Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders, Cookie & Fruit
Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders, Cookie & Fruit

When we got to Liberty Inn, we spoke to Earl, the manager, and learned that they no longer serve gluten-free pizza.  Waaaah!  I had really been looking forward to it.  Pizza is the #1 food that I miss the most since I went on the gluten-free diet 14 years ago.  The Liberty Inn offered a couple other gluten-free choices, though.  My choices were a hot dog with gluten-free bun, a hamburger with a gluten-free bun, Amy’s Macaroni & Cheese, or gluten-free chicken tenders.  I chose the chicken tenders, not only because of preference at the moment, but because I’ve never had gluten-free chicken tenders at a restaurant.  I’m glad that I did!

I was expecting small chicken nuggets, like what you’d get at McDonalds.  Instead, I was treated to 3 rather large pieces of breaded chicken pieces, and they tasted so good!  The seasoning was great, and it reminded me of what McDonald’s chicken nuggets tasted like, and what I’d been missing.  Their french fries are cooked in their own fryer, but the manager told me that the oil is mixed with the oil from the other fryers at night.  He offered to bake some french fries for me, but I decided to go with the fresh fruit bowl instead.  Dessert was a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie.

Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders
Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders

I ate most of the chicken and fruit, so I didn’t have room for the cookie, so I saved it for later.  I didn’t have a good place to store the cookie, though, and it was so soft and moist, it broke apart into crumbs inside the package.  It still tasted good, though, when I finally got around to eating it as a midnight snack.  I’d never tasted a gluten-free cookie that was that soft and light!

All in all, it was an enjoyable and tasty lunch.  We were very happy that we chose to get on the Epcot bus that day!

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