*This dining experience took place in February 2016.
La Cantina de San Angel offers quick service Mexican options at Epcot’s World Showcase. Located in the Mexico Pavilion, it is connected to La Hacienda de San Angel, a table service dining location that I love.
La Cantina used to be one of my go-to quick service spots in Epcot. I love a good taco, and the ones at La Cantina de San Angel have always been great. However, many years ago, they stopped serving safe gluten free chips, and so ended my visits to La Cantina.
But recently, Gluten Free in Orlando reported that the restaurant has been serving tacos with sides of rice and beans instead of tortilla chips.
Well, that was music to my gluten free ears!
Recently, I stopped by La Cantina and was told the following options are gluten free:
- Pollo Cascabel – grilled chicken, Mexican rice, corn, Cascabel sauce, and pickled onions
- Tacos de Barbacoa – seasoned beef, homemade corn tortillas, Mexican rice, refried black beans, and red salsa
- Tacos de Pollo – seasoned chicken, homemade corn tortillas, Mexican rice, refried black beans, and red salsa
I was dying to try the tacos de pollo because they used to be my favorite, so I didn’t ask if any of the other dishes were gluten free and dairy free. The chicken tacos only need to have the cheese removed from them, which is great!
As you can see from my photo, I couldn’t wait to dig in and forgot to take a photo of my food before I took several bites of rice and beans (which I like to mix together).
I have to say that these chicken tacos were everything I remembered and more from La Cantina de San Angel. The chicken was super flavorful and well grilled. Topped with fresh mild salsa, chopped onion, and cilantro, the tacos de pollo were so delicious.
The rice and beans were also fantastic, and I recognized as the same kinds served at La Hacienda de San Angel.
The only thing I need next visit to make my meal complete is a classic Margarita!
Here’s a photo of the chicken tacos my mom ordered. The only difference is that hers contained queso fresco on top of the beans.
Sadly, the tortilla chips at La Cantina de San Angel are still not safe, and I’m told that they are no longer safe at La Hacienda de San Angel either. Having dined at San Angel, it was a mixed bag whether or not the chips were safe that day depending on what had been fried in the oil, as they fry churros later in the day in the same oil.
All three locations in the Mexico Pavilion are not owned and operated by Disney and therefore do not have allergy friendly menus. You can find the gluten free menus for San Angel and La Hacienda de San Angel on my menus page.
Overall, I was so thrilled to head back to La Cantina de San Angel for a meal and get to enjoy their tacos de pollo. My only complaint would be the lack of safe gluten free tortilla chips, but now that I know I can order tacos with a side of rice and beans, I’m very happy to add La Cantina de San Angel back on my regular Epcot dining rotation!
Have you been to La Cantina de San Angel? What did you order there?