This tiny little quick service gem is located on the left "corner", just as you turn to head into the back pavilion. It is a charming little building with a grass roof. A quick google search on the grass roofs of Norway, yielded a few fun facts. "Turf Roofs" as they are literally translated, are more than just green in color, they are quite "green" environmentally. They provide architectural stability, good insulation, are long lasting, and are not made of petroleum products. The grass actually is used to hold a layer of birch bark in place which is used to make the roof waterproof. (Bet you did not expect an architecture lesson in the middle of a dining review...but it is Epcot after all!)
Now back to the fun stuff... Due to it's small size, I would recommend you check out Kringla at off peak dining times. The interior of the restaurant is tiny - just a series of refrigerated cases from which you can make your selections with just enough room for you to snake through to the cashier. There is a small outdoor seating area behind the restaurant, where tables are at a premium. As you enter the cafe, you will head to the far right corner of the room, where a very small menu board hangs over the sandwich case.
|Vegetable Torte with Goat Cheese|
(Pictured with a Fruit Cup because
Cauliflower soup is not nearly as pretty!)
|Case of Norwegian Deliciousness!|
|Cloudberry Horn & School Bread|
Overall, the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe is a solid counter service dining option, and an absolute stand out if your are on the dining plan. This little spot is charming and elevates the simple sandwich into something more. The sandwiches are filling and when combined with a side item and dessert is more than enough for even the biggest eaters. The cast members are sweet and helpful (and exceedingly blonde!) It did take a bit longer than I would have expected to get through the line due to a small bottleneck in the drink section. But it really did not matter, as it almost helped with crowd control in the seating area.
At the end of the meal my husband summed it up nicely by saying "I know we have to try other places, and I do want to try other places... but if I had to eat every meal here, I would be fine with that. Just sayin'..."