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Adventures of a Lost Boy in Disneyland (Part 9): Food Break

Eating at Disney Parks over the years has become a bit of a chore with Disney constantly changing up it’s offerings to usually inferior products, but the opposite seems to be the case at Disneyland, it’s only gotten better over the years (and it was actually pretty good to begin with). In between discussing the two parks, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to talk about what I ate on the trip (and make you all hungry).

Hawaiian Cheeseburger

Where Can I Eat it?: Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel

By the time my family got up to Anaheim from San Diego and got checked into the hotel, it was already around 8:00 at night, so we were looking for something quick so we could have some time to walk around Downtown Disney before going back to the hotel and getting ready for our first day at Disneyland. We looked all through Downtown Disney for a good quick service restaurant, but the odd thing about Downtown Disney at Disneyland is that almost all of the restaurants there are sit down restaurants. As we were getting ready to leave the area hungry and frustrated, I suggested that we try the dining at the Disneyland Hotel; I had heard good things about what was going on at the hotel with it’s renovations, so it was worth a shot. I am very glad that we decided to do this, as the Hawaiian Cheeseburger was one of the best things I ate that weekend.

The Hawaiian Cheeseburger is a 1/3 pound angus beef patty on a multi-grain hamburger roll and the usual fixings, but add some bacon, grilled pineapple, and teriyaki sauce. The burger is served with some coleslaw in a papaya sauce that was surprisingly spicy and incredibly flavourful. All of this is made better if you eat your meal with some of the special flavour of lemonade that they have at the restaurant that I can’t exactly remember what it is, but I remember it being very fruity and tasty.

Steak Gumbo

Where Can I Eat it?: Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square at Disneyland

I was hoping that I would be able to get the famous Monte Cristo sandwich for lunch at the Cafe Orleans (as I was pretty sure that my mom would not go for a $25 sandwich at the Blue Bayou) only to find out that Cafe Orleans is a sit down restaurant. I was perfectly fine with eating there, but ultimately, my mom has the final say when we eat at the parks, much to my chagrin. It was time to fall back on my old stand-by of the Steak Gumbo at the Royal Street Veranda.

The Steak Gumbo is not exactly the prettiest dish out there, but it tastes pretty good. It’s kind of spicy and has a surprisingly large amount of steak in it, which is a good thing considering that it’s $9.99 per bowl. It’s served in a bread bowl (the bread isn’t the highest quality out there, actually it’s kind of mediocre. The fact that it absorbs the flavour of the gumbo and sucks up some of the moisture, it’s quality is greatly improved), so combined with the thick and heavy soup, it will fill you up and keep you full for a good while. I honestly do not know why they give you crackers when the gumbo is served in a bread bowl, but to each their own. Just remember that it’s a hot soup, so it’s not the best idea to get it in the middle of the summer on a swelteringly hot Southern California day, but it definitely hits the spot in the middle of February when it’s a bit cooler.

There is also a bit of novelty to the idea of getting gumbo from what is literally a hole in the wall quick service restaurant.

Dole Whip Float

Where Can I Eat it?: Tiki Juice Bar (and you should eat it while watching Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room) in Adventureland at Disneyland (or Walt Disney World)

There seems to be a trend going on here with Hawaiian-inspired foods, and that is definitely not a bad thing considering that pineapples are one of the most awesome fruits out there. But seriously, the Dole Whip Float is pineapple soft serve and pineapple juice with a cherry and one of those awesome little drink umbrellas. You can’t possibly make a better dessert than that, the sheer mouthwatering nature of the float combined with the immensely entertaining Tiki Room makes the experience very special.

You can actually buy the Dole Whip mix from Dole, and as soon as I get my hands on an ice cream maker, this will definitely happen so I can have Dole Whips whenever I please.

Big Al’s Chicken Salad

Where Can I Eat it?: Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country at Disneyland

It’s nice to see that even though the Country Bear Jamboree is gone from Disneyland (and replaced with a sub-par Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh) that there are still some references to the attraction and Bear Country (which became Critter Country with the opening of Splash Mountain) to be found in the Hungry Bear Restaurant. The particular reference that is the topic of this section is the salad named after everyone’s favourite Country Bear, Big Al (why it’s a salad and not a burger swimming in grease is a rather interesting conundrum).

Take some lettuce, smoked chicken, and tomatoes and add some watermelon, candied pecans, dried cherries, and pickled red onions and cover all of that with a honey-lime vinaigrette and you have what is easily one of the best salads on property. It was so good that it made me not care that the Southwestern Chicken Salad with it’s corn and bar-b-que sauce were gone from the restaurant. It’s the kind of salad that is so special because of the varieties of flavours that it fills your mouth with: the smokiness of the chicken, the sweetness of the watermelon and the honey-lime vinaigrette, the slight saltiness of the candied pecans, and the slight kick that the pickled onions provide all work exceptionally well together to make a very pleasing experience. If you are going to eat at the Hungry Bear, definitely get a spot near the water and depending on when you eat there, you may catch a glimpse of the cast members preparing for Fantasmic, which makes for some very entertaining sights during dinner.

Desserts

I didn’t actually eat any desserts (as they are really freaking expensive), but they looked so good that I had to post them here.

Hunny Lemon Cupcakes:

Various Candy Apples: 

(I really wanted to get the white chocolate Jack Skellington one, as it combines some of my favourite things: Nightmare Before Christmas, white chocolate, apples, and WHIMSY; but $9.95 is just too steep of a price for a candy apple)

There hasn’t really been that much at California Adventure that wow-ed me. The chicken sandwich at Taste Pilots’ Grill is pretty good and is made better that it comes plain and you can put whatever you want on it. California Adventure’s food will get better as the park gets better, so I’m hoping that when the park is finished in this current wave of renovations, that there will be a lot more great places to eat. I’ve heard good things about Paradise Garden Grill and Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, but they opened shortly after I was there, so there’s not much that can be said by me about them.

For a conclusion, I’m just going to leave this here:

Yes, that is a loaf of Mickey Mouse bread.

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