We went to Disneyland and California Adventure for a few days earlier this month. It is safe to say I ate my way through both parks! California Adventure is definitely more of a food lover’s paradise in my opinion. Here are a few things I enjoyed in both parks:
The Carnation Cafe is on Main Street USA in Disneyland. It’s a fun place to get a tasty breakfast before a nice, long day in the parks. Sometimes Chef Oscar walks around and chats with the guests. We made reservations so there was no waiting around (especially since we have two 8-year olds and a 4-month old). My new favorite thing here is the cinnamon-spiced hot chocolate!
My breakfast this time around at Carnation Cafe: Country Fried Steak & Eggs with Potatoes. I may have already gotten into my potatoes before I remembered to take a pic. 😉
Another of our favorite places to eat in Disneyland is Blue Bayou (the restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride). We also made reservations here, as this is sometimes a difficult restaurant to get into (especially with the summer crowds). It feels nice to go here on a hot day because it is dark and relaxing (and cool) inside. I always start of with a Mint Julep here. So good!
We ate lunch at the Blue Bayou this time. I ordered the Jambalaya. They warned me that it was spicy, but it wasn’t really that spicy (and I can’t really handle things that are too spicy). I would order this again!
I treated myself to a Minnie Marshmallow Pop at the Candy Palace in Disneyland. I’m pretty sure anything you pick up at the Candy Palace is going to be delicious!
My goal on this trip was to try the Mickey beignets. I found them at the Mint Julep Bar in Disneyland. I ordered the 3 pack of Mickey Beignets and a hot chocolate for breakfast one day. They come in a giant, white bag filled with powdered sugar and were so good! I wished I had ordered the 6 pack! I will definitely be getting these again!
One of the places we loooooove at California Adventure is the Cozy Cone Motel. We usually stop there a couple of times per trip to get some “cone food”. They have ice cream cones, “popcone”, chili cone queso, etc. The lines are usually relatively short (with the exception being the ice cream cone line in the summer) and it’s an easy place to get food quickly. This time I went for the pretzel bites with cheese (in a cone, of course). Nothing special, but quick and it did the job.
Later on in the trip, I tried the Bacon Mac n Cheese Cone at the Cozy Cone Motel. This is ridiculous, but so good! It is literally mac n cheese in a bread cone, topped with bacon.
Another of my favorite pit stops in California Adventure is Ghirardelli. It happened to be right next to the Baby Center (which came in really handy with our 4-month old). They have delicious shakes and ice cream sundaes here. However I kept going in for the frozen and iced decaf coffee drinks (obviously you can get them caffeinated as well). My favorites on this trip were the frozen decaf cappuccino and the iced decaf mocha (pictured below).
We took the whole family to the Wine Country Trattoria in California Adventure. We made reservations the same day (a few hours before). We sat outside and were able to see the parade go right by as well! I had been here before so I knew it was good. I ordered the Shrimp Scampi this time (which has a white wine sauce, parsley, garlic, chili flakes and lemon) and chose the fettuccine noodles. This was so good and I devoured it in no time!
Last, but not least, we went to Carthay Circle in California Adventure for our date night. This is our all time favorite place to eat in the Disneyland Resort. We made reservations well in advance as we knew this is where we wanted to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary! We started off with the Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits (stuffed with white cheddar, bacon, jalapeño and served with apricot honey butter). Yummmmmmm! My husband was a big fan of the apricot honey butter.
I ordered the Sustainable Fish of the Day at Carthay Circle. This was halibut with avocado relish and tree ripe peach-almond gazpacho. This was truly remarkable and definitely my favorite meal from the entire trip!
I could go on and on, but decided to just post a few of my favorites from this trip. I can’t wait to go back and try some more Disney food (and some more Mickey Beignets). 😉