All right, all. I have to come clean. After trying many of the Disneyland restaurants — including some of the hoity-toity ‘spensive ones — I have come to the conclusion that Cafe Orleans is my favorite restaurant in the Disneyland Resort.
Cafe Orleans (known as Creole Cafe until 1972) started out as a counter-service restaurant, but was refurbished into a table-service restaurant in 2006. The decor of the restaurant includes its famous stained-glass, which accents rich color choices and dark-wood walls and tables.
Currently, the Princess and the Frog overlay (hopefully temporary) gives the place a bit of a haphazard feel. Half historical Disneyland restaurant, half Disney Store.
While there is indoor and outdoor seating, the patio is clearly the place to be if you can get there! However, personally, I enjoyed sitting inside with ample air conditioning and a view of the espresso maker that’s been in the restaurant since Walt’s day.
While the menu at Cafe Orleans is short, almost every item is worth trying (haven’t heard the greatest reports about the seafood herb crepe, but can’t comment firsthand) and many will win you over time and time again. Here’s the menu — just click to see a larger version.
We started out with the gumbo, which we’d had a Blue Bayou and absolutely loved! This thick, slightly spicy stew made with chicken, tasso ham, and Andouille sausage really hits the spot as an appetizer and fits the “New Orleans Square” theme nicely.
We also ordered as an appetizer the Pommes Frites, served with a spicy cajun remoulade and topped with Parmesan, garlic, and parsley. This is the drop-dead winner of the “favorite-thing-I-ate-in-Disneyland” awards. These are to die for. If you like french fries, you will never be able to turn these down. Hint — order TWO sauce servings. You’ll want/need them.
From there, it was on to the entrees. We ordered the famous Monte Cristo sandwich — sliced turkey, ham, and swiss in a light batter, fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar, and served with a berry puree — and the Chicken Gumbo Crepe, which was basically sauteed chicken, tasso ham, and Andouille sausage with spicy gumbo sauce.
The Monte Cristo has earned its excellent reputation, to be sure. This dish is like nothing else in Disneyland, and you’ll be craving it for days afterword. The combination of warm savory sandwich, crisp fried batter, sweet powdered sugar, and tart berry sauce will make every single taste bud happy.
The gumbo crepe was delicious as well. I could easily see us getting these dishes and splitting them over and over again, but there are a few other things on the menu I’d like to try!
Now, if you know me (and I know you do) you know we didn’t stop there. The dessert menu was calling our names! Click the photo below for a larger image.
The Mickey Beignets were a given. We knew before we even sat down that those would be an integral part of our dessert. So light and fluffy — like the best donut you’ve ever tasted — and then dipped in that beautiful Raspberry Coulis and Vanilla Bean Creme Anglaise. Heaven.
We also sampled the Banana Bread Pudding with caramel sauce and creme anglaise. This was fine, but nothing compared to ‘Ohana‘s Banana Bread Pudding! Next time we might end up with two orders of Mickey Beignets!
So, once we rolled ourselves out of there, we almost immediately wanted to go back! We couldn’t (and still can’t) get those pommes frites out of our heads, and the monte cristo is worth the hype!
While this spot isn’t the fanciest or the priciest, it does serve some delicious, quality-driven food. We definitely enjoyed our meal there, and I’m eager to hear your thoughts. Has Cafe Orleans made your must-do list, or did you have a less-than-stellar experience there? Let us know in the comments section below!