Have you ever stopped to dream up your Perfect Disney Day? I bet I’m not the only one who’s whiled away the hours in this way. But I’m sure you won’t be surprised to find out that my daydreams about upcoming trips are frequently planned around — what else? — the FOOD!
So today, we’re going to have a little fun. I want to hear all about what your Perfect Disneyland Dining Day would look like! Where would you eat your meals? What would you have for snacks? Would it be an all fancy-meal affair? Or would treats and counter service eats make the cut too?
I’ll get the ball rolling on the food fantasy by sharing my picks!
Breakfast at Steakhouse 55
One of my favorite places for a serene breakfast is Steakhouse 55. This historic restaurant has been welcoming guests since the very earliest days of the resort. Formerly known as Granville’s, you’ll find a cool and classy atmosphere here with a retro vibe to it.
But the digs aren’t the only retro touch. The menu celebrates the past too, with classic dishes. That’s true for dinner as well as for breakfast.
And that combination of serene surroundings and delicious food with a touch of elegance makes Steakhouse 55 a great way to start your day on vacation.
Besides, how you can resist a good plate of steak and eggs?
Morning Snack at Corn Dog Castle
I must admit, a plate of steak and eggs will probably keep me going for the better part of the day, so I’m likely to skip the morning snack after a meal like that in the real world. But this isn’t the real world at all — it’s the Best. Day. EVER! Right? So you guys, there’s totally gonna be a morning snack stop at Corn Dog Castle.
And making a choice here is no small feat. I mean, you’ve got the amazing classic Hand-Dipped Corn Dog, and you absolutely cannot go wrong with it. But there’s also the nearly-as-delightful Cheddar Cheese Stick if you’d like to skip the sausages altogether.
For me, on this Dream Day, I’m going all the way — and opting for the Hot Link Corn Dog!
In this case, that hand-dipped, made to order treat consists of crunchy Cornbread Coating that enrobes a Hot Link. And it’s definitely got a little zip to it.
Believe me when I say to you — Go there. Get this. One of the three options, anyway. A trip to Corn Dog Castle must be on your list. I insist. (You’ll thank me, I promise.)
Lunch at Cafe Orleans
OK, you guys KNOW that this place is going to be on my “list of anything awesome in Disneyland,” so if you’ve read all of my goings-on about the restaurant already, you’re allowed to skip this section. ;-D Yep. One of my very favorite Disney table service stops is Cafe Orleans.
As much as I love their Gumbo here, it’s the Pommes Frites that I never pass up. Perfectly cooked fries are tossed with Parmesan, Garlic, and Parsley and served with a side of Cajun Spice Rémoulade for dipping. So, so good!
Next, I always make space in my Disneyland eating plans for a Monte Cristo. The battered and deep-fried Turkey, Ham, and Swiss Cheese Sandwich is dusted with Powdered Sugar and served with a side of Berry Puree. It’s one part lunch, one part dessert — and incredibly delicious, whatever you call it!
But don’t think we’re skipping a bona fide sweet ending! Save room for their trademark Mickey Beignets, served with two different Dipping Sauces for your dunking pleasure! Use the berry sauce for the perfect jelly donut approximation!
Notice how everything at Cafe Orleans comes with a dipping sauce? Clearly, they have my number.
Peanut Butter Heaven for an Afternoon Snack
Welp, we’ve done a few e-ticket rides, and our energy is waning. It’s time for an afternoon snack! And I have just the thing in mind — Peanut Butter Heaven!
There are a couple of reasons why this ginormous bonbon has made the leap to my must-have list. First, it has a bunch of peanut butter in it. And if you know me at all, you’ve figured out that Peanut Butter has a direct line to my heart. But also, I’ve just never seen anything like it! It’s a Peanut Butter Candy, built on top of a Turtle, so it’s like two candies in one!
And what could be more heavenly than that?
Dinner at the Napa Rose Chef’s Counter
We’ve played our way through a spectacular day in Disneyland. Now it’s time to head back to the room and freshen up a bit before heading out to dinner at Napa Rose.
Located at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the restaurant is home to award-winning Executive Chef Andrew Sutton. And when I dine here, I love to book a seat at his Chef’s Counter.
If you put any premium on eating out as an experience, ya gotta try this. Chef Andrew and his incredible staff are amazing to watch in action, and you’ll enjoy a dinner that features the very best seasonal fare available.
Without exaggeration, this is one of the best meals I’ve had at Disney — or anywhere, for that matter. Don’t miss it if you have the chance to eat here.
Late Night Drinks at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
We’ve taken in the best of the best when it comes to food during our perfect Disneyland Dining Day. But before we call it a night, it’s time for a nightcap, and so we’re heading to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in Disneyland Hotel.
While I always enjoy the stellar selection of fun drinks here — can you say Uh-Oa! — the atmosphere is just as much fun. There is so much to explore, and many of the artifacts that adorn the space come with Disney facts and puns aplenty.
How will I be riding off to Dreamland? With the help of a Kungaloosh — Old Style, of course!
Now It’s Your Turn!
It’s time for you guys to weigh in! I want to hear what your favorite, must-visit restaurants are in Disneyland, and what snacks you absolutely can’t live without when you visit!
What are the places you’d tell visiting friends that they have to check out — and what are you recommending they eat once they’re seated?
To join in on the conversation, share you Perfect Disneyland Dining Day by leaving a comment below!