We’ve got new eats over at Disney California Adventure! Two new dishes have arrived at Carthay Circle Lounge & 1901, and we’re very excited to share them with you here on the blog.
Carthay Circle Lounge is open to all Disney guests, and can be found at the entrance to Carthay Circle restaurant. You don’t need a reservation to dine here! However, 1901 Lounge is an exclusive lounge open only to Club 33 Members and their guests.
Updates to the Carthay Circle Lounge/1901 Lounge Menu
Sharing a menu, these two fabulous lounges serve up Bites & Snacks, Rolls, Small Plates, and Carthay Signature Desserts. The menu has barely changed from its opening almost exactly one year ago, but now we’ve got some updates!
Since opening, they’ve ditched the Hot Shrimp, Roasted Moroccan Lamb Meatballs, Warm Spanish Pimentos, Warm Barbeque Pork Roll, Jumbo Asparagus, and Market Soup (you can still order soup; tomato soup is always on the kids’ menu and it is great!).
I have to say the item I will miss most is the Warm Barbeque Pork Roll, it was SO good. RIP tasty little roll… . But here’s what you can find on the NEW menu!
New to the family are the Queso Fundido in the Bites & Snacks category, and the “Cala” -Rita Flat Bread in the Small Plates section. With 8 people in our group, we basically ordered the whole menu, but knowing there were lots of cheese lovers in the group, we made it 2 Queso Fundidos!
Spanish for “melted cheese,” this Queso Fundido is so amazing that we ignored all other dishes until these were gone.
Served up in a glass pot with a side of tortilla chips for dipping, the menu item is described as “Melted Monterey Jack Cheese, Ranchero Sauce and Crisp Tortillas.” The Ranchero Sauce was a mix of bell peppers, grilled onions and salsa — so amazing. The consistency of the cheese was perfect for dipping, and the Ranchero Sauce mixed with the cheese made for a great flavor.
The only complaint at our table was that the chips were just your typical “Tostitos” type chip. Not that there is anything wrong with this, but we all agreed that a more traditional Mexican Restaurant-esque, thick, traditional type tortilla chip would push this dish over the top and make it even more awesome.
Cala-Rita Flat Bread
In addition to the Queso Fundido, there is also the new “Cala” -Rita Flat Bread.
The first flat bread to be offered in the lounges, it makes a great addition as it’s perfect for sharing!
Topped with Summer Tomatoes, Smoked Bacon, Basil & Redwood Farms Cheddar, the flat bread’s toppings are fresh and flavorful. The smokiness of the bacon along with the basil were my favorite flavor combination, and the tomatoes were sweet and juicy. Although not listed on the menu, there were chunks of garlic on the flat bread as well.
And that crust! Soft with a crisp edge; baked to perfection. The flat bread is a great option for vegetarians, as it can be ordered without bacon or even plain with just cheese.
On my next visit, I plan to ask why the dish is named “Cala” -Rita; I’m mad at myself for forgetting to ask. I guess I was just too excited about new food! Will keep you posted on that one…
I will definitely miss some of the older menu items, but both of these new additions are crowd pleasers; the Queso Fundido especially. I can’t wait to go back for more cheesy goodness. I MIGHT just pack my own tortilla chips next time!
Have you ever dined at the Carthay Circle Lounge or 1901? Which new lounge menu item would you most like to try? Let us know in the comments below!