REVIEW: Latkes Finally Arrive at L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen for the 2019 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Here’s how Disney promotes the L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen: “Propose a toast to life—sink your teeth into classic Jewish noshes with a side of New York flair.” In previous years, this booth was missing what we here at WDWNT felt was a very important Hanukkah food – latkes. For the 2019 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, the booth is offering a potato or salmon latke and we’re very excited to try these new additions.

L'Chaim! Holiday Kitchen at the 2019 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Menu for L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Menu for L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food:

  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard – $5.00
  • 🆕 Smoked Salmon Potato Latkes – $5.00
  • 🆕 Potato Latkes with Sour Cream – $3.75
  • Sufganiyot: Mini Jelly-filled Donuts – $3.50
  • Black and White Cookie – $2.50

Beverages:

  • Egg Cream: Milk, Chocolate Syrup and Seltzer – $3.50
  • 🆕 Shmaltz Brewing Company Chanukah Hanukkah Pass the Beer, Clifton Park, NY (8.0% ABV) – $4.50
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail – $10.00

Photos of Menu Items for L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Photos of Menu Items for L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard – $5.00

Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard – $5.00

With well-seasoned pastrami and a lovely mustard, this was one of the best sandwiches at the Festival. It came with a great pickle as well. This is highly recommended.

*NEW* Smoked Salmon Potato Latkes – $5.00

*NEW* Smoked Salmon Potato Latkes – $5.00
*NEW* Smoked Salmon Potato Latkes – $5.00

The Salmon Latkes are a really great deal for the price, considering how much salmon is provided. This latke also has plenty of capers, which surprised us due it being a higher-price ingredient. The dill sour cream on top adds a nice flavor with the potato and salmon mixed in. Creamy, salty, and with a slight herby kick from the dill, this is a great latke, and a great option from the festival overall.

*NEW* Smoked Salmon Potato Latkes – $5.00
*NEW* Smoked Salmon Potato Latkes – $5.00

Our only complaints about the latkes is that we wish they were a little bit crispier, but it’s still really good.

*NEW* Potato Latkes with Sour Cream – $3.75

*NEW* Potato Latkes with Sour Cream – $3.75
*NEW* Potato Latkes with Sour Cream – $3.75
A salmon-less version for the vegetarians, these latkes are are delicious, even though they seem to be made out of mashed potatoes, rather than the traditional shredded potatoes. 
*NEW* Potato Latkes with Sour Cream – $3.75
*NEW* Potato Latkes with Sour Cream – $3.75
This is the same dill sour cream that was used in the salmon latke. If you’re not a fan of dill flavoring, we recommend you pass on these.

Sufganiyot: Mini Jelly-filled Donuts – $3.50

Sufganiyot: Mini Jelly-filled Donuts – $3.50
Sufganiyot: Mini Jelly-filled Donuts – $3.50
We loved these donuts! They are small, but fresh and little bit dense. The jelly is sweet with a slight touch of tartness, but not overly sweet, which is nice.
Sufganiyot: Mini Jelly-filled Donuts – $3.50
Sufganiyot: Mini Jelly-filled Donuts – $3.50
The glaze on the donuts is also pretty sweet, but it helps balance out the tart jelly filling. We were surprised by how good these donuts were this year, when last year, we were not the biggest of fans. 

Black and White Cookie – $2.50

Black and White Cookie – $2.50

Another cookie on the cookie stroll, this was the worst of the bunch. If you’re not seeking out the final cookie stroll prize, don’t get this.

Egg Cream: Milk, Chocolate Syrup and Seltzer – $3.50

Egg Cream: Milk, Chocolate Syrup and Seltzer – $3.50

The classic milk, chocolate syrup and seltzer combo has the light milky taste you’d expect from this beverage. If you’ve never had one, know that it’s not very sweet compared to many of the other drinks at the Festival. Set your sugar expectations in advance and you might enjoy it.

*NEW* Shmaltz Brewing Company Chanukah Hanukkah Pass the Beer, Clifton Park, NY (8.0% ABV) – $4.50

From MarketWatch‘s Charles Passy: “…It’s a golden strong ale, a Belgian style known for its complexity. But what gives it a special Hanukkah taste, literally, is that it’s flavored with cocoa nibs — reminiscent of the chocolate in Hanukkah gelt. Even if we weren’t looking for a bottle to toast Hanukkah, we’d reach for this Hanukkah beer. It’s got a subtle chocolate-y taste that’s quite appealing, though the flavors go beyond that as well. The Shmaltz team says you should pick up notes of everything from biscuits to peaches.”

Blue Cosmo Cocktail – $10.00

Blue Cosmo Cocktail – $10.00

This cocktail tasted like twenty packets of sugar dumped into a glass of Powerade. Skip it, for sure.

Location of L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen is located on World Showcase Promenade between the Morocco and France Pavilions. L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen is number 19 on the map below.

As you can tell, we take latkes around here very seriously. Did you happen to try them or was there another booth that caught your eye?

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Hannah
Hannah
11 months ago

I’m happy the sufganyot are better this year (they’re my favorite food:) and that they’ve added latkes. Too bad it’s not the real traditional latkes, but at least they’re good! The sufganiyot are also not traditional, because they’re supposed to be covered in powdered sugar, not a glaze, but again – at least they’re good! The rest of it is New York food…not Jewish. Come to Israel for the real deal ;)