We’re heading into Disneyland for a taste of the Big Easy. Let’s check out Royal Street Veranda!
Located in New Orleans Square, this spot is a great place to relax with a cup of coffee or a bite to eat before hopping aboard your Pirates of the Caribbean boat.
Today, I’m enjoying a classic Disneyland meal — and sampling a unique dessert!
The atmosphere of Royal Street Veranda is actually the atmosphere of New Orleans Square, since it’s really just a walk up window. That slice of Deep-South-Meets-Colonial-Port-Town is evident all around you.
The stone terrace that serves as the spot’s seating area bumps right up beside the line for Pirates of the Caribbean.
After a busy morning of fun, I was so ready to tuck into a light lunch. Join me!
Royal Street Veranda offers a very limited menu. Basically, there are a few drink options; three soups — clam chowder, steak gumbo, and vegetarian gumbo; and a trio of fritters.
May seem minimal, but it fits the bill nicely for this little stand. And you know how much we love unique, can’t-get-it-anywhere-else Disney menu items!
This is also your destination for coffee — both regular and fancier versions. There are a couple of iced options, and you can even add flavors if you’d like.
Once you receive your food and beverages, you can pick up condiments and napkins at this little condiment stand. You’ll find stir sticks and all the usual coffee accompaniments.
I skipped the Cup o’ Joe and opted for Creamy Clam Chowder. Served in a beautiful sourdough bread bowl, the soup was thick, creamy, and satisfying. Perfect for a chilly So Cal day.
I also dug into the Trio of Apple Fritters. They were served warm in a paper bag and amply coated in cinnamon sugar.
Alongside, you’ll find a chunky apple dipping sauce, and I thought there was a good amount of sauce for the three fritters.
The sugar provided an extra crunch that contrasted nicely with the soft, slightly moist inside of the fritters. These were pretty tasty; and I thought they were a good fit, theme-wise, for this part of the park.
And as much as I love the beignets that you can get at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express — or the Mickey version over at the Mint Julep Bar — it was nice to have a snack that didn’t trail powdered sugar down the front of my shirt.
Disneyland does soup in a sourdough bread bowl extremely well. I’ve enjoyed it with Santa Rosa Corn Chowder at Pacific Wharf Cafe in Disney California Adventure, and we’ve also sampled the seasonal Pumpkin Squash Chowder in Disneyland’s Harbour Galley. It’s always a solid choice.
And for a little something sweet that’s off the beaten path, I think the fritters are a great option as well. Classic, unique Disneyland. Nothin’ better!
Now it’s time to weigh in: is a stop at Royal Street Veranda a must-do for you when in Disneyland? Let us know below in the comments!