The Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country is what I’d consider a hidden gem of Disneyland. The counter service restaurant is nestled way in the back of the park along the Rivers of America. The lines are never too terrible, there’s plenty of seating, and more importantly the food is quite wonderful!
Immediately upon walking up to the order kiosk, I noticed that they had the coveted Poison Apple Mug. These things were a HOT commodity this season and I’m sorry to say that as I type this post, they are already sold out resort-wide. I’m told that they will not be returning until next Halloween. What a bummer!
They also offer the Chernabog “made with magic” sippers. These sippers react with glowing color at Fantasmic, World of Color and Paint the Night. These are not sold out, but they will set you back around $25.
Ordering at Hungry Bear is simple because the menu is pretty basic. Menu staples include burgers, salads, and sandwiches and currently they are offering a few seasonal eats and treats too! Let’s start with the Pulled Pork Hot Dog.
A Seared Hot Dog in a Toasted Roll topped with BBQ Pulled Pork and Citrus Slaw finished with Fried Jalapenos and Fresh Cilantro; otherwise known as messy and delicious!
I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. The pulled pork was sweet and tender, and mixed with the slaw and spice of the fried jalapenos it was really a great flavor combination.
The hot dog had a perfect snap to each bite, and the bun was fresh and toasted to perfection. On a side note, my husband tried this hot dog a week later and said his bun tasted sort of stale. So hopefully that isn’t a common problem. Although extremely messy, I ended up eating it with a fork and knife (highly recommend going this route) and I thoroughly enjoyed this meal!
We ordered our Pulled Pork Hot Dog with both Sweet Potato Fries (shown above) and Onion Rings. I preferred the onion rings, but you can’t go wrong with either option.
We also figured we’d try the Picnic Salad – you know to “Healthy Up” our meal… . The salad is described as Smoked Turkey Breast, Strawberries, Feta Cheese, Cranberries, Roasted Almonds, Jicama, on top of Mixed Greens with Strawberry Vinaigrette.
The ingredients of the salad itself were actually great; very fresh and a nice combination of flavors. However none of us enjoyed the dressing. I’m not even sure what it was — I think maybe it seemed too sweet and creamy for a vinaigrette dressing. I think a balsamic vinaigrette would have been perfect for it.
And just for kicks, here’s a Plain Hamburger with French Fries… It’s what my 11 year old prefers, and honestly it’s good sized and cooked to perfection. Boring, I know, but as long as everyone is happy with their meal, I don’t care. We’ve long outgrown the kids menu, so it’s nice to know there are “adult” sized portions for big kids with picky palates.
To wash all this down, we ordered a Honey Bee Frozen Lemonade!
On a hot day, the Honey Bee Frozen Lemonade is the perfect Disneyland drink. The Fruity Frozen Lemonade comes topped with Whipped Cream and a Honey Flavored Icicle. The lemonade is tart and delicious, but the sweetness of that “icicle” evens it out. It’s like a honey flavored candy stick and oh so yummy! The icicle looks like a straw, but it’s not, so don’t forget to grab one!
Also seasonal to the Hungry Bear for Halloween Time is the Apple Pie Funnel Cake. This treat is not to be missed and trust me when I say it’s worth a walk to the Hungry Bear!
This gorgeous thing of beauty comes topped with Apple Pie Filling, Streusel Crumbs, Mickey in Whipped Cream form and some Caramel Drizzle. It’s got a touch of cinnamon and is served up piping hot. Even if you don’t eat a meal at the Hungry Bear, go get yourself an Apple Pie Funnel Cake.
Now, on a sad note, the popular Fried Green Tomato Sandwich has been removed from the menu. I asked if this was a permanent decision and was told that it may be back because guests are continuously asking for it. Hopefully we’ll see a return because I know this was a very popular vegetarian option.
Overall, I say get yourself to the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Great waterside views, great food and great prices. Another perk? Plenty of seating and clean restrooms!
Have you visited Hungry Bear lately? Have you tried the seasonal items? Let us know in the comments below!