One of Disneyland’s most coveted meals is the fantastic fried chicken at the Plaza Inn on the corner of Main Street and Tomorrowland!
While this location is a table-service character buffet (serving Breakfast With Minnie and Friends) in the morning, it switches to a counter service buffet in the afternoon and evening.
Guests are greeted at the door by a large buffet and an ornate dining room full of velvet curtains, crystal chandeliers, and the kind of opulence you’re not used to seeing at a counter-service location!
Seating can be found outdoors and indoors.
Once you’ve entered the restaurant, it’s time to hit the buffet! You’ll find salads, fruit, and desserts in the center, and main entrees around the outsides of the buffet.
Don’t forget to stop at the bronzed soda pop dispenser on your way to the table!
If you’re celebrating a birthday (especially a kids’ birthday), pick up one of the fun celebration cakes available!
Your choices for dining aren’t necessarily plentiful, but I can pretty much guarantee that anything you try is going to be quite good. The quality of food here is what you’d find at most table-service restaurants in a Disney park, in my opinion!
Start out your meal by picking up a pre-made salad or some fruit!
You can even get a Cobb salad!
The Pot Roast is a fan favorite here as well!
If Pot Roast isn’t your thing, consider a pasta entree. There are several sauces available, including alfredo, bolognese, and marinara!
We, of course, tried the Chicken Platter at the restaurant, and it totally lived up to its reputation!!!
This was some of the best fried chicken I’ve had in the parks; and the side dishes were authentic and delicious. The platter is so large, Heather and I had no hope of finishing it between us!
For the kids, there are several smaller portioned dishes available. Apologies for the sickly looking kids’ chicken drumstick! I think (hope!) it’s plastic!
On to desserts! These aren’t your “crappy cake in a plastic cup” desserts, no siree!! These were amazing!
Just LOOK at this strawberry shortcake. Have you ever seen anything like this at a Disney counter-service restaurant? Amazing. And it was as delicious as it looks!
The apple crostada was my least favorite dessert of the day, but it was still outstanding. (Needed ice cream ;-D)
We didn’t sample the carrot cake (I know — blasphemy), but we opted instead to try the next dessert on the list!
This red velvet cheesecake cupcake looked too good to pass up, so we purchased one.
Now, as soon as we sat down, we saw a little girl who had taken the frosting completely off of her cupcake and was just eating the cake. This, to me, seemed like a giant waste, but when we got around to tasting this cupcake, I saw why.
The “frosting” was actually straight cheesecake! Honestly, there wasn’t much “frosting-ness” to the topping, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you like very sweet cheesecake! We asked a cast member on the way out about the “frosting” — she mentioned that it was pretty much just cheesecake…
As it is, though, Heather and I agreed that this dessert would probably not be loved by children, as the cheesecake topping had a flavor that might be a bit too “cheesecakey” for kids.
After my Plaza Inn visit, I can promise you that I will be back again! The fried chicken and desserts were over-the-top delicious, and the easy experience makes it that much more time efficient when you’re doing some serious park touring!
The way that Disneyland pairs table-service quality food with counter-service efficiency is brilliant, I think. I’m always impressed with what their counter-service restaurants are able to do, and I can guarantee that I will continue to tout this amazing restaurant — and it’s fried chicken!
Have you tried Plaza Inn’s Fried Chicken in Disneyland?? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!