So, as my twitter and facebook friends know, I am embarking on a series of posts with the working title, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate at Disney.” (What? I love the Food Network!) I’ll be including in the series a bunch of suggestions from readers and friends about delicious, not-to-be-missed Disney foods, so stay tuned for those posts.
But I thought it’d be fun to start off the series with my own picks for the five best things I ate on my recent trip to Disneyland! I’ll be reviewing each of these restaurants separately as well — but here are the dishes that really knocked my socks off while in the “west coast office.”
#1. Pommes Frites: Cafe Orleans, Disneyland
I’m pretty sure my husband and I both dream about these at night. Think about the best french fries you’ve ever eaten, and then make them about 50 times better, and then you might come close to imagining the Pommes Frites at Cafe Orleans. According to the official Disneyland Cafe Orleans menu: Traditional French Fried Potatoes tossed with Parmesan, Garlic, and Parsley served with Cajun Spice Remoulade. The amazing part? They cost $5.
#2. Cinnamon Roll French Toast: Carnation Cafe, Disneyland
This stuff pretty much speaks for itself. The Cinnamon Roll French Toast came frosting-less, with a cup of cream cheese frosting and a cup of syrup on the side. The plating itself was gorgeous — the prefect start to a Disneyland day — but once you added that frosting, it quickly morphed into one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.
#3. Signature Pizzetta: Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Resort and Spa
I was on the fence about including this, but it truly was outstanding. The problem: Napa Rose changes the menu so often that it might not be there when you go! For your sake, I hope the signature pizzetta on your visit is just as good as this one was. Ingredients list: “La Quercita” Smoked American Prosciutto, Red Flame Grapes, Carmelized Onions, and Cambozola Cheese.
#4. Mickey Beignets: Cafe Orleans, Disneyland
I couldn’t help it. I had to go back to Cafe Orleans for #4. (By the way, I could have included their gumbo in this list, too. Note to self: go back to Cafe Orleans as much as possible.) These beignets are the most lovely little fluffs of Mickey Mouse sugary love you’ve ever tasted. Dipped in the signature Raspberry Coulis and/or Vanilla Bean Creme Anglaise, they become jelly donut deliciousness or your own little bread pudding. Heavenly. Get two orders unless you’re by yourself. Just sayin.
#5. Soft Tacos Monterrey: Rancho del Zocalo, Disneyland
OK, I have no idea why this makes the list except that I wanted to go back and eat more and more and more of these (we had the chicken ones). Something in the spicing, the ambiance, the general je ne se quoi of the restaurant…makes it outstanding. I fully expect to get a little criticism on this one, but, at least a few of you have to admit, the food at Rancho is pretty good. Too bad it’s not still called Casa de Fritos…
Coming Up Next…
Our series will continue with a new “The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Disney” post soon, but until then, let me know how you’d answer that question! What’s the Best Thing You Ever Ate in Disney?