Today, we’re heading over for a light lunch and a treat at one of my favorite stops in Disneyland, Pacific Wharf Cafe at Disney California Adventure in Disneyland Resort!
Bread, bread bowls, soup, and baked goodies are the name of the game here, so bring your carb-loving gene! Let’s head in to to see what tempting options we can find.
Taking its theme from the famed Cannery Row in Monterrey, CA, Pacific Wharf Cafe is owned and operated by San Francisco’s Boudin Bakery. Imagineers have done a great job creating a space with the look and feel of the unique area.
The Boudin Bakery is San Francisco’s oldest company — it’s been in business without interruption since 1849. They still use many of the original old world techniques, and their bread bowls are legendary. They’ve decorated the cafe with some fun bread creations — you can even get a bread Mickey!
Serving counter service breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this is a great go-to spot if you haven’t made plans in advance for eating and you find yourself in need of a meal or snack.
Head inside the open and airy space to order. You’ll only find the counter and queue area once inside; all the seating is outside of the cafe.
Check out some of the incredible baked goods as you place your order, and when you pick up your food, head back outside to this sunny spot to eat. The tables are actually shared by all of the nearby Pacific Wharf restaurants, like The Lucky Fortune Cookery (here’s our review of this Asian hotspot) and Cocina Cucomonga Mexican Grill.
I was ready for a light lunch, so I decided to head in and check out some of the options available.
As I said, the stars here are the amazing sour dough bread bowls. You’ll find all kinds of things served in them — from breakfast egg and bacon options, to soups and salads at dinner. (We’re thinking this is the inspiration for the BoardWalk Bakery’s new Breakfast in a Bread Bowl!)
The cafe displays some of the menu options so you have an idea of meal size before you order. In addition, there’s a bakery case with several tempting bakery and pastry options, most of which are familiar Disney favorites.
Did I indulge in one of these yummy treats? You’ll just have to wait and see.
When my eye landed on one of my favorite dishes, I knew what I’d be getting — the Santa Rosa Corn Chowder, served in a Bread Bowl!
First off, let me say, this is not your typical corn chowder. It is equal parts zippy, rich, and sweet, thanks to a mix of spicy and sweet red peppers. Since I love both corn chowder and spicy food, this was a perfect AJ soup! This one made my list of Best Disney Soups!
The bread bowl is an ideal edible container. Use the top to dip into the soup as you eat! Many folks don’t finish the whole bread bowl itself, since it can get soggy and messy; but you’re welcome to try!
We hear that the soup came off the menu at the end of last year. Fingers crossed that this is a seasonal move and the soup will be back for the summer months!
Now for dessert! Immediately, I spied one of my most favorite treats at Disneyland — the incredible Cinnamon Roll. Oh yeah. This one was going with me for sure.
Rich, tender dough is wrapped around ribbons of sweetened cinnamon, and then the whole thing is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese icing.
While I still need more icing, this is a good start!
The cinnamon roll is incredible, and I absolutely must have at least one on every trip to Disneyland!
While the menu might be small, I think it delivers on fresh flavors and good variety, making the Pacific Wharf Cafe one of my favorite stops for a counter service meal at California Adventure. And with the Boudin Bakery viewing window right next door, you can watch the bakers making the incredible breads, too.
If you’re looking for light meals and classic Disneyland pastries, definitely check out Pacific Wharf. You’ll be glad you did!
What’s your favorite option at Pacific Wharf Cafe? Let us know in comments!