Fellow Disney food fans, I want you to close your eyes for a moment and picture the best Disney breakfast you’ve ever had. How did it smell? Taste? How did it make you feel?
Well, here’s my version of that incredible breakfast that you wish you could repeat over and over again…
Basic. Red and white, soda shop tables and chairs, umbrella’d outdoor seating, pretty much squashed between the buildings on either side. That’s what you’ll find at the classic Carnation Cafe on Disneyland’s Main Street, USA. For the full history of the Carnation Cafe — and all of its former names — check out this great post featuring a historic menu from 1962.
Though the Carnation has played many rolls over Disneyland’s history, today it functions as a small table-service spot dishing up simple favorite. But — as I am often finding in Disneyland restaurants — the “simple favorites” are consistently plussed.
On the tip of a few fellow Disneyland fans, I headed to the Carnation early — before the park opened — to have a relaxing breakfast and planning session for the day. After taking a look a the menu, which included the Croissantwich, apple pancakes, croissant benedict, and a Mickey waffle.
One of the most well-known breakfast dishes, “Oscar’s Choice,” was also my husband’s choice. Scrambled eggs with melted cheddar, cafe breakfast potatoes, and a croissant served with smoked bacon and sausage links. Hey, if it’s good enough for Oscar, it’s definitely good enough for us.
The dish was amazing; just look at the colors in the photo! I’m pretty sure everything tastes better in Disneyland.
However, I hit the jackpot, also known as the Cafe Cinnamon Roll French Toast. I knew this was what I was going to order before we even boarded the plane for California.
A grilled cinnamon roll coated in egg batter and cinnamon sugar, topped with cream cheese icing and powdered sugar, and served with maple syrup. You can even add bacon and sausage, or apple or strawberry topping!
One look at this and you’ll know you have to have it. I DREAM about this thing. Of course, I’m a cream cheese icing addict, so…
This is a truly charming restaurant serving absolutely delicious food quickly and efficiently. It’s a great place to stop in the morning for a relaxing breakfast, people-watching as you sip some coffee or OJ; and it’s a great place to stop mid-day or later to indulge in the lunch offerings and enjoy the parade headed down the street!
Carnation Cafe, though changed from past incarnations, is still a delightful hidden gem in Disneyland and well worth a visit! What’s your favorite thing to order there?