After all of our coverage of Cars Land, we’ve got another great gem in the heart of Disney California Adventure’s new Buena Vista Street! I’ve already been there a few times and I can tell you that the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe is a great stop for a quick bite to eat.
This, by the way, is also where you’ll find the very first Starbucks to be located inside of a Disney theme park.
Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe is a counter service restaurant themed with The Silver Lake Sisters in mind. Who are the Silver Lake Sisters you ask? The story here is that they were a trio of singers with a love for coffee & performing.
Wanting to show off their tour memorabilia and provide customers with a good cup o’ Joe, Dottie, Dolly & Ethel opened Fiddler, Fifer, & Practical and are said to be Walt’s inspiration for The Three Little Pigs! Come on in…
So, walk right up, place your order, and find a nice place to sit.
Interestingly, Starbucks has its own menu board.
Fiddler Fifer & Practical has lots of indoor seating: booths, tables & even a counter.
I love the openness of the dining room; the booths and tables are very roomy and spread out making it comfortable to eat in peace — i.e. not having to move so someone can squeeze by to get to the table next to you
The booth backs are so high here that there’s no way to have a “visitor” peek over your booth to join in on your meal. Awesome planning!
Also, notice the detailed stained glass on the booths. Each one is a different instrument to keep with the Silver Lake Sisters themeing.
There are also a few tables and benches outside in case you’d like some fresh air.
The food here at FF&P reminded me a lot of the eats over at The Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland.
The first thing I noticed when we got in line were the rows and rows of treats in the bakery case. I wanted to order everything until my husband stopped me and was like, “Ummm, you can get all of that at Starbucks!” HAHA! Oops, obviously I’m not a big Starbucks frequenter.
Anyhow, the way the case works? With a few exceptions, the top two shelves are Starbucks treats, the rest are Disney.
On this visit we stuck to sandwiches, but there were several treats that caught my eye — and some that I’ve tried before. Mickey Tart or Lemon Meringue Bar anyone? Here are the Disney desserts that caught my eye!
There were even a few Starbucks treats that caught my eye…
After drooling over the bakery case, it was time to make our sandwich decisions. First though, you need to pass the little case of grab and go items. Here, offerings such as fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits, bottled sodas, water, milk, chocolate milk and juice are available.
For lunch I went with the Turkey Reuben Sandwich: turkey, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and signature sauce on rye bread. Normally I am not a fan of sauerkraut, but this sandwich sounded really tasty so I went for it. So glad that I did because it was fabulous.
The sandwich was served up toasted and still warm, the cheese was melty and the sauerkraut was flavorful. There was plenty of turkey, which seemed to be more of a carved style: nice, thick and juicy. It was served up with a dill pickle spear and house made chips that are pretty delish.
My husband went for the Salami Royale Sandwich: layers of salami, fennel salami, sopressata, provolone & asiago cheeses, pepperoncini, red onions, and olive tapenade served on ciabatta bread. Also, served with a pickle and house chips, this is the only “cold” sandwich that FF&P offers.
Unfortunately, my husband wasn’t a huge fan and thought that it was a bit too salty and dry. It wasn’t bad by any means, but mine was way better!
Although I didn’t get a chance to try it, I was able to snap a shot of the Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich: tender roast beef, creamy horseradish sauce, cheddar cheese sauce, on a garlic chive bun. Looks pretty A-Ok!
A Little More About Starbucks
Starbucks items are ordered at the FF&P counter. And although they have their own menu board and some bakery items, it is integrated into the the restaurant.
After ordering your drink, the adorable baristas make your drink and call your name, just like at a “regular” Starbucks. You can then head to the condiment counter to add whatever familiar Starbucks ingredients you may need to your drink.
I think that Disney and Starbucks did a great job of blending the two brands together without screaming, “Starbucks, get your Starbucks here!” or plastering their logo everywhere. The signage is subtle and blends in well with the establishment.
Fiddler, Fifer & Practical is a great addition to Disney California Adventure. I love the spacious seating and the fact that I can grab something simple to eat while feeling like I’m dining in a table service restaurant.
The food was very enjoyable and I’m looking forward to going back to try out their soups and that roasted veggie sandwich!
Personally, I am not a Starbucks drinker BUT I do know many many people that are ecstatic to have Starbucks in the park. Thanks to the Silver Lake Sisters there is finally a place where guests who need a caffeine pick me up can get a decent Cup o’ Joe!
Have you visited Fiddler, Fifer & Practical yet? Did you go for the Starbucks or the food?