UPDATE: La Cava del Tequila downgraded to 3 Mice

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La Cava del Tequila

Three sad Mice…three sad Mice… I suppose everything changes, but this was one unpleasant surprise for our little family. We’ve come to really look forward to visiting La Cava del Tequila in EPCOT’s Mexican pavillion, not just for the amazing tequila selection, but for the excellent tapas. In fact, La Cava was the inspiration for this blog and rating system. The first time we visited, I looked at Mr. MouseChow and said, “Wow, I wish this place were in our neighborhood. We’d be here every week.” Thus, my previous 4 Mouse review. I should have known something was up when on our third visit the vegetarian chicharones had been replaced with regular tortilla chips. The slide toward mediocrity had begun.

But let me back up a little and tell you the sad tale of our September visit. It was the final day of our long weekend in Disney, and we’d planned to spend the day snacking our way around World Showcase, playing the Kim Possible game. Our first stop? La Cava del Tequila of course! We were there 15 minutes prior to opening, cooling off in the darkness of Plaza de San Angel and anticipating yummy Mexican snacks. While the family shopped around the empty plaza, I spent some quality time with the tequila menu.

Finally the doors opened and we bopped inside and grabbed our favorite spot – the settee with the low coffee table and stools.  All was looking good until we picked up the menu and…
Wait!  Where are the taquitos?  The vegetarian chicharrones?  The MANCHEGO AND GUAVA???
They are gone, gone, gone.  Now you can get chips with either queso, guac, or salsa, or go crazy and get chips with queso, guac, AND salsa.  The crab tostadas are still there, and now there is shrimp cocktail.  With salsa.  And chips.  Can you tell how sad we were?
The drinks were pretty much the same, but they were never great.  The draw was the creative and tasty app menu. 
So this time, here is what we had:
The “Trio Combo Sampler”
Trio Combo Sampler
We didn’t see them making the guac, and it wasn’t served in the molcajete, but it was OK.  The queso was nothing special.  Melted cheese with some jalepenos.  The salsa was actually the highlight of the plate.  It had a nice dark chipotle en adobo smokiness.
The Margarita menu was the same as far as I can tell.
The pineapple and jalepeno margaritas were fine, but smaller than they look.
Pineapple Margarita

Jalepeno Margarita
The best drink we had was the non-alcoholic Pinata.  It’s a frozen combination of strawberry and coconut, and it’s very yummy.
Pinata
I can only imagine that it was not profitable to stock the fairly diverse number of ingredients that comprised their former menu.  So now they have to buy onions, avocado, cilantro, lime, prepackaged queso and salsa, shrimp, canned crab, and tortilla chips. 
So sad.
La Cava del Tequila is one of the few Disney World restaurants that maintains a separate website.  It’s much easier to read the tequila menu there.  http://www.lacavadeltequila.com/menus.html
Update as of 12/10/2011: Menu still the same.