Dining in Disneyland: The New Smokejumpers Grill at Disney California Adventure

While the Disneyland Resort continues to prepare for the much anticipated Diamond Anniversary later this month, some of the refurbishments are already starting to open.  Formerly known as Taste Pilots’ GrillSmokejumpers Grill at Disney California Adventure has its doors open and is ready to serve hungry adventurers.

Smokejumpers Grill

Smokejumpers Grill

Atmosphere

Located right next door to Soarin’, this counter service restaurant specializes in burgers and chicken sandwiches.  Enormous in size, Smokejumpers has plenty of seating both indoors and out.

Outside Seating

Outdoor  Seating ( I predict a 2nd side to the left of the restaurant once the wall for Soarin’ comes down)

This indoor seating area is located at the entrance of Smokejumpers Grill.

Just Half of the Indoor Seating at Smokejumpers

Just a Small Portion of the Indoor Seating at Smokejumpers

There is also indoor seating both to the left and right of the ordering kiosk/kitchen.  Below shows the seating to the left. It is basically identical with some different decor on the right side.

More Indoor Seating

More Indoor Seating

My absolute favorite thing about the new Smokejumpers Grill (besides the french fries) is the

new decor.  I hadn’t been to Taste Pilots’ Grill in forever, but from what I remember, the layout is exactly the same; it’s just been rethemed from plane/pilot paraphernalia to an homage to the often unsung heros that fight California’s forest fires.

There’s lots of gear, photos and even some fabulous vintage Walt Disney  movie posters on the walls around the seating. The decor makes you feel like you are in the employee cafe of a National Forest Visitor’s Center.  There are uniforms on display, “personal” coffee mugs hanging on racks, and other little things to make you feel right at home.

This poster! I LOVE it!

This old Disney move poster! I LOVE it!

The little wall/door below leads to the kitchen. This decor makes me imagine the smokejumpers heading here after a long day at work to unwind and relax with a cup of coffee served from their favorite mug… I’m seriously obsessed with the vintage props Disney imagineers have incorporated here.  That little vase on top is way too cute.

"Personal" Coffee Mugs on Display

“Personal” Coffee Mugs on Display

I love the little details like this cute collection of souvenir spoons!

Mini Souvenir Spoon Collection

Mini Souvenir Spoon Collection

This wall features some forestry gear and some initials!

Anyone know what the initials stand for?

Anyone know what the M & H initials stand for?

Another vintage Disney movie poster to drool over.

Photos and

Smokejumper Photos and Vintage Beaver Valley Movie Poster

Industrial type walls and doors remain the same (pre-remodel) throughout the restaurant.

Sliding Door with

Sliding Door with Heros & Hotshots Signage

Even the trash cans are forest appropriate!

Be Bear Aware!

Be Bear Aware!

Food

You can see by our past review of  Taste Pilots’ that even the menu hasn’t changed much.

Menu Board Above Ordering Kiosks

Menu Board Above Ordering Kiosks

Ordering is done at a kiosk.

Ordering Kiosk

Ordering Kiosks

While in line, you can grab a menu to look at more closely.  I find this handy, as the close up photos help with decision making.  It’s not always easy to see the details on those ceiling level menu boards.

Timberline Favorites (Adult Menu)

Timberline Favorites (Adult Menu)

For Jr. Smokejumpers (Kids Menu)

For Jr. Smokejumpers (Kids Menu)/Beverages

After ordering at the kiosk, you’re handed your receipt and you head up a few steps to the pick up area.

Food Pick Up

Food Pick Up

My boys both went for the Bacon Cheddar Burger, minus the cheddar, so here you go! I’m sure it would look (AND TASTE) much more appetizing with the cheese.  The 1/3 lb. Angus Beef Patty is generously sized and the bun was soft and fresh.  I was also pleasantly surprised by how crispy the bacon was.  No complaints here!  All burgers and sandwiches are served with either French Fries, which are totally amazing, or Zesty Coleslaw.

Bacon Cheddar Burger Sans Cheddar

Bacon Cheddar Burger Sans Cheddar

Don’t be too appalled by the plainness of this burger, because once you are served, it’s time to head over to the condiment bar and dress your burger to your liking.

Fresh Produce to Dress Up Your Meal

Fresh Produce to Dress Up Your Meal

I was extremely impressed with the condiment bar.  All of the produce was chilled and looked fresh. The area was also spic and span. I watched cast members clean up spills on demand.

More Fresh Produce!

More Fresh Produce!

Here, you can also decide if you’d like to add condiments such as Ranch or Thousand Island dressing.

Chilled Ranch & Thousand Island Dressings

Chilled Ranch & Thousand Island Dressings

Looking for the more traditional toppings like ketchup, yellow mustard , BBQ Sauce or mayo? They’ve got that too!

Ketchup & Mustard Station

Ketchup & Mustard Station

I ordered the Grilled Chicken & Jack Sandwich; a grilled chicken breast topped with melted Monterey Jack Cheese and  Chipotle Aioli.  Like the burgers, you are free to visit the condiment bar to dress your sandwich as you please.

My cheese wasn’t quite melted to my liking and I really didn’t like the Chipotle Aioli.  But, I saved the day by scraping off the aioli and throwing that Zesty Coleslaw right on to my sandwich.  Also added some pickles, lettuce and a little regular mayo and voila! I had a great lunch!

If you have to choose though, I’d say stick with the fries as your side. My boys had them, so we shared, but unless you’re worried about the calories, fries > coleslaw.

Grilled Chicken and Jack Sandwich

Grilled Chicken and Jack Sandwich

There are also some menu items we didn’t get to try, but don’t worry, I stalked other guests to get some photos! Below are more menu items available at Smokejumpers Grill.   My creeper level stops at photos.  Although I’d love a taste, I never ask for a bite!  How serious does this Chili Cheeseburger look?  It’s a 1/3 pound Angus Burger Patty topped with Cheddar and Chili.

Chili Cheeseburger with Fries

Chili Cheeseburger with Fries

Looking for a nostalgic kids meal in an adult size? Check out these Chicken Fingers Baskets.  They looked so good!  If you’ve got two little ones wanting chicken fingers, I’d actually recommend ordering this basket to share. You get way more food for your money than ordering 2 of the smaller kid-sized meals.

Chicken Breast Nuggets and Fries

Chicken Breast Nuggets and Fries

Love Onion Rings? You can order a side of them for $3.69 or for just 50 cents you can order them in place of French Fries.  They look crispy & delicious; I’m hoping to try them soon! Don’t forget to visit the condiment bar for dipping sauce options galore!

Onion Rings

Onion Rings

Other menu items include The All American Cheeseburger, a Garden Vegetable Burger, and a Grilled Chicken and Feta Salad.  A side not pictured here are the Chili Cheese Fries, so imagine that Chili above on a bed of French Fries topped with cheese, YUM!  Fresh Fruit is available for purchase as well as Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Fresh Fruit and Baked Goods

Fresh Fruit and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Smokejumpers Grill has plenty of beverages to choose from, too.  They have fountain drinks, chocolate and vanilla milkshakes, tea, cocoa, coffee, milk, juice boxes, and for the 21+ crowd, red sangria & beer on tap.

Beer on Tap

Beer on Tap

Overall

Smokejumpers offers a pretty decent meal.  It definitely won’t be my go to spot, but I would for sure visit again.  I love the build your own toppings bar, and really appreciated the freshness of the produce.

The overall cleanliness of the restaurant is a plus and I’d also say that it’s a great spot for pleasing kids.  If you’re looking for a burger and fries, Smokejumpers has you covered.  Need a good french fry fix, this is your spot.  Want a shady spot to grab a drink, perfect…  I can’t wait for the walls of Grizzly Peak Airfield (formerly known as Condor Flats) to come down to see the rest of the area’s new look!

Heather Sievers is the Disney Food Blog’s Dining in Disneyland columnist. See more of her columns here!

Comments

  1. says

    @Rick – I may go back and ask!

    @Richard – Were the ribs a recent menu item? I don’t remember them being there on my last visit and they aren’t listed on the menu from AJ’s review in Sept 2013. The menu in that post is almost exactly the same as the current menu.

  2. Richard says

    Actually no Heather, they haven’t been on the menu since 2012-2013 season. I just miss them…

    The Chili Cheese burger is really, really good though. they do it right and don’t make it as runny as other places.

    Great coverage!

  3. Matt says

    I had the chicken sandwich and I’d get it again, minus the chipotle sauce. I was not expecting it to be THAT spicy (I don’t do well with spicy). It was just too much for me, even after scraping it off.

    One thing I wish they had at the condiment bar here at the California parks was the plastic cheese sauce that they have at the Florida parks. It would taste so good on this sandwich, not to mention the fries!

  4. Richard says

    @Matt, did you know you can usually ask to sample most of the sauces and they’ll get you a little sample?

    My wife doesn’t do well with a spicier chipotle sauce either so we always ask!

  5. says

    @Richard – Ahhh, got it. I think I remember them there years ago, but for sure not in the past few years. Thanks for clarifying and thanks for reading!

    @Matt – I SO wish they had plastic cheese there too. It would be so heavenly on the chicken sandwich but even better on the fries!!!!

  6. Dan says

    We were there last week and ended up at Smokejumpers twice. Between five of us we had the Bacon Cheese Burger, Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Nuggets, Veggie Burger, Fries and Onion Rings. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals and would gladly go back.

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