In addition to our meals at the Blue Bayou, the Wine Country Trattoria, and the Storyteller’s Cafe, D and I tried many of Disneyland’s quick service restaurants and other eateries. If there is one thing that can be said about Disneyland and California Adventure, it’s that there is certainly not a shortage of food options available.
On our first night, we had dinner at the Rancho del Zocalo which is located in the park’s Frontierland section. The menu is Mexican oriented, the decor reminiscent of a 19th century Spanish colonial ranch in the American Southwest. I ordered the soft chicken tacos platter which came with two tacos heaped high with filling (generous size chicken pieces, tomatoes, and cheese) and accompanied by Mexican rice and beans and guacamole (all of the platters come with rice and beans). The tacos were good but the rice and beans tasted too much like mass production cooking, which is essentially what it is. D had the carne asada red chile enchilada platter which he really liked and did not share in my sentiment regarding the rice and beans taste. Our two platters plus a bottled water and a soft drink came out to $30. The restaurant also offers items like house made chips and salsa, tortilla soup, fish tacos as well as various kids selections.
Our second night we ate at the Lucky Fortune Cookery, an Asian inspired restaurant located in the Pacific Wharf area of the California Adventure Park. The Lucky Fortune Cookery offers rice bowls with diners getting to choose their type of meat (chicken, beef or pork) and their sauce (Teriyaki, Mandarin Orange, Spicy Korean, and Thai Coconut Curry). I went with the beef and Mandarin Orange for my bowl, which I was quite pleased with. Both the meat and rice portions were generous (not that it was exactly cheap to begin with) and the bowls also came with snow peas and onions. D opted for the chicken and Spicy Korean sauce. Unfortunately, he said the Spicy Korean was a bit too cutting taste wise; once you finished the meat, the rice was on the bottom but was literally drowning in the sauce. Two rice bowls and drinks once again came out to around $30. The restaurant also offers edamame and mango slices.
For a light breakfast we dined on two different occasions at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe which is in the Main Street section of the Disneyland park. One morning we split a quiche which came with a small cup of cut fruit, a massive cinnamon roll, a cappuccino and bottled water. Another morning we ordered a croissant, blueberry muffin, chocolate croissant, and two drinks. Both breakfasts cost around $20.
On our very last night at Disneyland we ate at the Village Haus Restaurant which is located in Fantasyland. This was probably the most average meal we had the entire trip. While bearing a German name, its theme was Pinocchio, who is an Italian character. The menu offers hamburgers/cheeseburgers, cheese and pepperoni pizza in addition to a slightly more exotic sounding one (at least for quick service dining at an amusement park) as it was topped with arrugula, and a couple of different sausages. I went with the personal size cheese pizza, which honestly tasted like something a school cafeteria would produce. Not bad but certainly not high quality. D seemed to make out better as he went with the chicken sausage sandwich topped with sauerkraut and served on a pretzel roll, which came with French fries. For this meal along with two beverages we spent about $25.
One of the great things about southern California are the churros, fried dough that has been covered in cinnamon sugar. It’s probably my favorite street sweet (or amusement park) food as it is ideal for walking and eating. Disneyland and California Adventure both had churro carts located all over and while the lines were almost always extremely long, it was worth it. A churro cost $3.50.
One afternoon we needed a snack to tide us over until dinner so we got a Mickey shaped soft pretzel from a cart in California Adventure’s Paradise Pier section. Although I’ve certainly had better tasting soft pretzels, there’s not much that can compete with one that looks like Mickey Mouse. The cart also offered Jalapeno cheese pretzels and pretzels stuffed with cream cheese, neither of which sounded really appetizing to me.
There’s no denying that food and drink are expensive and even overpriced at Disneyland. But part of the food and drink prices is the convenience of not having to cart food and beverages with you, pay for a locker to store it, etc. While there’s definitely some “miss” worthy food inside Disneyland, there are enough special and unique places to try so do your research beforehand to know exactly what spots you want to visit before your worn out legs do the deciding for you and you simply end up in the nearest eatery.