As my friends know, I take pictures of my food. How and when did it start? A few years into owning my Disneyland Annual Pass. I'd run out of clever things to photograph in the park and one morning, I took that first photo of my plate of food.
To the left is that photo. Wow, I've really been doing this stupid thing for ten years!? It had more to do with sharing with (read, bragging to) friends how I was spending one weekend morning, chilling out on the patio at the River Belle Terrace enjoying a relaxing view of the Rivers of America.
Been taking pictures of my food ever since. Many of them have been uploaded to a gallery on Flickr. Uploading my latest batch, I scrolled through the lot of them and decided to share some of them in a new blog. I also just recently discovered something new at the park that's immediately became one of my new favorite things to order.
So here are my favorite things to eat at Disneyland. Descriptions are taken from AllEars.net's excellent Disneyland Resort Menus resource page that I recommend you bookmark on your smartphone.
Enjoy. And bon appetit!
Main Street USA
Penne Pasta with Shrimp
Pasta and Sauteed Shrimp with Broccoli and Mushrooms in a creamy Garlic Sauce. $17.99
I haven't been here much since it reopened last June, expanding into the former coffee shop next door. I used to come here for breakfast often with friends, often enjoying the friendly service of server Bob! But since its remodel, I've been here to try a delicious seasonal special and this pasta dish. At first I thought it was a special, but now it's on the menu. Good! I loved it!
Coca-Cola Refreshment Corner
Mac & Cheese Hot Dog
Featuring a Premium Hot Dog
Includes sliced apples or small bag of chips
Topped with bacon bits. $7.19
This was taken a few months before it was permanently added to their menu. I had attended an exclusive annual passholder event where we got to preview Mickey's Soundsational Parade before its debut to the general public, and this was among the unique new food items offered during event. I haven't had it since, but at least I know there's now a place I can order it if ever I get the whim.
Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
Hot Angus Roast Beef on Toasted Onion Roll
Served with House Chips
Caramelized Onions, Horseradish Aioli and White Cheddar. $9.99
Another new place I really haven't visited often for meals. But the Jolly Holiday opened around the same time as the remodeled Carnation Cafe, offering an expanded place to get your mocha and latte plus bakery items. This was a year before Starbucks moved into the park, but it's still a busy place. And I remember really enjoying this generous roast beef sandwich and chips.
Plaza Inn Specialty Chicken
Three pieces of chicken, fried to a golden brown, seasoned with distinctive herbs and spices. Served with mashed potatoes, buttermilk biscuit and mixture of vegetables. $13.99
Tasty, delicious fried chicken! Finish this and it's guaranteed you won't leave hungry.
Little Red Wagon
Hand-Dipped Corn Dog
With sliced apples or a small bag of chips. $6.69
There's often a long line at the Little Red Wagon next door to Plaza Inn, because the corn dogs at Disneyland are huge, battered in tasty corn meal, and deelish! You can also order corn dogs at the Stage Door Cafe in Frontierland. I've never ordered them there; it just seems traditional for me to get them from here.
Tiki Juice Bar
Dole Whip Float
If you're never had a Dole whip or Dole whip float, SHAME ON YOU!
For the longest time, I only ordered the Dole whip, which is simply a generous serving of pineapple-flavored soft serve ice cream. Then I tried it as a float with pineapple juice added. It was on a hot sunny day, and that was it. Float every time!
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus $3.89
I don't come here often. The line's always a tad too long for essentially snack food. But when I do, it's bacon-wrapped asparagus all the way. There's a Chieftain Chicken Skewer (in polynesian sauce) shown here too that I got for variety's sake.
Crispy Chicken Mixed Green Salad
I've made an effort to order more salads and meatless meals at restaurants the past few years. If it weren't for that, I likely never would have tried this. What I like about this meal is it's like have a main course - the chicken tenders which I dip in BBQ sauce - with a dinner salad.
Stage Door Cafe
Fish & Chips
with tartar sauce. $9.99
They only added Fish & Chips in the last few years as I recall, but I'm glad they did. The fish fillets aren't overly greasy, and the fish inside is very flaky. So I'm glad I have a quick and tasty fish option to choose when I'm at the park.
River Belle Terrace
River Belle's Roast Beef
Served on a fresh baked roll with our signature savory salad with horseradish aioli. $11.99
Here's I place I used to come to often for dinner. When I first got my annual pass, they served fried chicken and BBQ ribs here. Then the menu was changed to offer sandwiches. I think the park was adopting a new mandate to offer more health-conscious options. Remember when you could buy McDonald's fries next to the Mark Twain loading dock or at the Harbour Galley by the Haunted Mansion? The fries disappeared when Disneyland didn't renew McDonald's contract. Anyway, early online reviews weren't flattering so I avoided it for the longest time.
Then, recently I finally dared to walk in and see what the food looked like. First off, I was surprised to see the roast beef and turkey was hand-carved for each freshly-made sandwich. Second, they also offered hot plates with mashed potatoes and other sides. So I gave the roast beef sandwich a shot...and enjoyed it! Glad I finally had an open mind to give this place a try.
Big Thunder Ranch Celebration BBQ
We're serving up fun FAMILY STYLE
at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue
ENJOY Our Barbecue Chicken and Ribs with all of the fixings served family style at your table!
Adults: $26.99, Kids 3-9 $11.99 (not including tax and gratuity)
Each supper includes:
BBQ Chicken and Ribs with Miss Chris' special sauce
(Vegetarian Option Available)
Corn Cob Wheels
Just four words: "all you can eat". What's not to like! Just come in with a huge appetite so's you can get your money's worth. By the way, this is their dinner menu. For three bucks less, the lunch menu omits the smoked sausage and corn cob wheels.
New Orleans Square
Blue Bayou Restaurant
Buccaneer's Boneless Beef Short Ribs
Each entree served with choice of the following:
Blue Bayou House Salad or Cup of our Signature New Orleans Gumbo
Braised Short Ribs, Boursin Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and Cabernet Reduction. $33.99
I usually come here for friend's special events like celebrating birthdays. And I've sampled about half of their menu offerings. Of them, these have become my favorite so far. The meat is falls apart easily and the sauce is tasty!
"Crescent City" Salad
Choose Blackened Chicken or Pan-seared Atlantic Salmon on top of fresh Spinach and Mixed Baby Greens, tossed with Carmelized Pecans, Red Grapes, Navel Orange Segments, Caramelized Onions, Chopped Green Onions, Roasted Sweet Corn, and Orange-Cilantro Vinaigrette.
-- With Blackened Chicken $15.49
During many visits here, my go-to meal here was the Monte Cristo Sandwich or Three-Cheese Monte Cristo with the Pommes Frites. I used to have a hell of an appetite! But these days, I can barely finish half the sandwich, plus I've been trying to be more health-conscious. And the fried sandwich filled with cheese isn't at the top of my list of choices any more. Instead this salad just barely beats the fresh Cafe Orleans Salmon Sandwich.
Pan Seared Chateaubriand
with Truffle Vintage Port Reduction $59.75
I've had the pleasure of getting to visit Disneyland's members only VIP restaurant, Club 33. And man, it's cool!
This is what I had on my first visit and it is one of the best steaks I've ever had.
Here are the rest of my photos from that visit and here are ones from my second trip.
in a buttered brioche roll served with Old Bay seasoned home-style chips. $13.99
I had this when it was only offered during a limited time celebrating Mardi Gras. It's since become a regular item on their menu.
Daisy's Special Pepperoni Pizza $7.99
In all the years I've owned a Disneyland Annual Passport, I'd never once had anything to eat inside Mickey's Toontown until last month when on a whim I tried this personal size pizza. Filled with tasty pizza sauce, I found it way better than the pizza offered at Pizza Port (which for some might not be saying much). I've seen been back four more times to enjoy this. Don't really know when I'll become tried of it.
Fish Sandwich with Chipotle Crema
served with fresh fruit or French fries. $10.49
A friend and I decided to eat here one day recently, a place that is not normally even on our radar when considering places to eat.
We both chose this to eat, and we were both sincerely shocked at how good it was. The Cast Member at the order window told us the fish was baked, not fried, and together on a fresh, un-toasted bun and all its fixings, it's a great, fresh-tasting meal.
Redd Rockett's Pizza Port
Count Down Chicken Fusilli
Fusilli pasta tossed with seasoned grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and Parmesan cream sauce with a touch of fresh basil $9.49
This became my regular order during the first few years I visited Disneyland. Seriously, BOTH the fusilli AND a slice of pizza. plus a drink. I can't do that anymore, but when I come here, I always get the fusilli (and now save my pizza appetite for Daisy's).
Village Haus Restaurant
BLT Flatbread Pizza
Thin flat bread crust, smoked bacon, Provolone and Mozzarella cheeses, caramelized onions, marinated tomatoes, topped with arugula and shaved fennel. $8.49
I never really visit Fantasyland much, so I don't have a long history with sampling their fare here. They currently updated their menu and while I'm not usually a big flatbread pizza fan, this has bacon!
That's it. Nothing from the Hungry Bear Restaurant or Rancho del Zocalo, which I've been to but just wasn't particularly knocked out by anything they've ever ordered.
Coming soon: My favorite foods at DCA and elsewhere at the resort. Check out the rest of my Disney food fotos on my Flickr page.
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