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Review: Apple Fritters and Clam Chowder at Royal Street Veranda at Disneyland

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.

Walk Up Window for Ordering

Today, I’m enjoying a classic Disneyland meal — and sampling a unique dessert!

Atmosphere

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.

Seating -- Right 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!

Eats

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!

Royal Street Veranda Sign and Menu

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.

Coffee Menu -- Click to Enlarge

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.

Condiment Stand -- Napkins

The Other Side of the Condiment Stand

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.

Famous Chowder in a Bread Bowl

I also dug into the Trio of Apple Fritters. They were served warm in a paper bag and amply coated in cinnamon sugar.

Trio of Fritters in the Bag

Alongside, you’ll find a chunky apple dipping sauce, and I thought there was a good amount of sauce for the three fritters.

Apple Fritter with Dipping Sauce -- Up Close

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.

Apple Fritter -- Inside

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.

Overall

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!

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5 Comments

  1. Alan says:

    Maybe it’s me, and the DFB photos are usually very appealing, but the clam chowder and bread bowl sort of look like an accident. I guess as a former NYer I favor Manhatten style chowder.

  2. William Wells says:

    Oh I miss sourdough Bread. Sourdough Bread was invented in I think San Francisco, Ca so you people are very special to be living there. We do have a few resturants back nere on the East Coast that have Sourdough Bowls of Soup but ….not the same.
    The clam chowder Alan is taking about is what some circles call the Red Chowder or Manhatten Chowder. The REAL chowder is New England Clam Chowder with is clams, heasy cream, potatoes and butter.
    The photo shows a New England version. of which looks delishes.
    As for the apple fritters. I would use a coffee stir stick to scoop out sauce and rub it on the fritter, may take some time but worth it.

  3. Elana says:

    Love their clam chowder in the bread bowls. Its a “must have” for us on our Disneyland trips. Haven’t tried the apple fritters before, but will have to try them next time, they look delish!

  4. Essie says:

    I like both Manhattan and NE clam chowder, and what the DLR has looks very good. I enjoyed a bowl of it at WDW’s CHH once. As for the fritters, they look interesting, but very different from what we call fritters in the N.E. part of our country. Ours are larger and flatter and they have a shiny finish from a translucent whitish sugar glaze made from 10x sugar and water. They’re crispy and crunchy and the glaze is a nice covering for them. I certainly wouldn’t mind trying the DLR version though.

  5. Angelina says:

    RSV is my hands down favorite place in all of DLR! No ADR needed and always dishing out some delishes dishes (say that five times fast). I usually go with the vegetarian gumbo since i’m basically in N’Awlins. Plus at about $10/ HUGE bowl it makes a very substantial bang for your buck. I usually try to get someone to share with me (leaves more stomach room and money for snacks throughout the day), everybody wants their own bowl…Lastly, the best part RSV soups are that they come with a package of oyster crackers (i didnt’ see this in the pic above, are they still there?) which if you don’t use, make a great snack to pocket for later. :)

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