Can you guess the LA icon that inspired this churro cart at Disney’s Calif. Adv? (at Willie’s Churros)
Disneyland’s holiday menu looks awesome! I can’t keep up! (at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree)
UPDATE: If you haven’t been to the Disneyland Resort in a while, it’s time to go back. Disney’s California Adventure, or “The Other Park,” as it was often groaned in the past, has completely transformed into a place that you want to visit. Indeed, as a frequent visitor myself, I can attest that the changes are almost all for the better—especially concerning the food. Before the renovation, you could find good food (as evidenced in the list below), but the selections were never center-stage. For that reason, the food always felt more like theme park concessions than the carefully curated menu items that you find across the giant compass at Disneyland. That has all changed, and in an upcoming post, we’ll snack our way through the new California Adventure. In the meantime, I wanted to resurface this old post.
This was first published on the old LA Foodie blog in October of 2009. In a way, we get to do a little bit of culinary time-traveling. Some of the foods on the list aren’t there anymore (noted where relevant). There are selections from both parks.
(originally published 10/14/2009)
As I confessed in my earlier post, Top 10 Best Foods at Disneyland, I spend more time at Disneyland than any man in his early 30s should probably ever admit. One of the main reasons for this is that the food is pretty exceptional—and it seems like I make a new culinary discovery every time I go back.
That said, it’s high time I post an addendum to the list I crafted last year. This time, I’ve broadened the scope to include food at Disney’s California Adventure, which sits directly across from Disneyland.
10) Soft-Serve Swirl Cone at Catch a Flave (California Adventure)
NOTE: Catch a Flave is still there, but they no longer serve these beautiful flavor-infused cones. It’s just run-of-the-mill soft serv now.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in May of 2008. It has since become a very popular post. Here is the same article, updated with some notes and glorious, brand-new photos by various foodies around the web.
I recently found out that Disneyland annual pass-holders are referred to as “Passholes” by Disneyland cast members. I guess that makes me a grade-A Passhole. My wife and I visit the park frequently, so I’m often asked, “Why do you go so much?” and “Don’t you get sick of it?” The answers, in order, are “Because it is immaculately clean, everyone who works there is friendly and polite, and the food is awesome,” and “No.”
10) Gumbo Bread Bowl at The Royal Street Veranda
It is in New Orleans Square, right by the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean. This quick service stall serves a few Cajun-y items, but the ever present banner attached to the wrought iron framework invites you to “Try Our Gumbo.”
So I did. And it was pretty dang good.
1313 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92802
Call Disney Dining (above) for hours and reservations.
Only members and guests of members may access Club 33.
The Los Angeles Foodie Rating:
My wife and I recently had the great pleasure of dining as guests of members of Disneyland’s Club 33. If you ever have the chance to visit this place, do what it takes to make it happen. Not only is Club 33 a beautiful and significant part of Southern California culture, it is one of the best American steakhouses I have ever visited.
The walls are covered with original Disney art. Many pieces are concepts for Disneyland attractions. It’s a giggle-inducing, fun experience starting with the secret entrance and ending with the “Mickey Mousse” birthday dessert. Just inside the door is a deep-red portal to the source of much Disney lore.