We need to write a jingle in which the only words are “Secret Menu Item! Yeah!” because we feel the need to sing whenever we discover a new, amazing Disney food item that’s, like, part of a secret food society. And we have a totally awesome one for ya. It involves…tater tots.
Before you run out the door to get to the airport for your emergency Disney tot run, you’ll need to know that these secret menu items are located at Disneyland’s River Belle Terrace.
Many of us knew this place as a counter service location until about…a year ago. These days it’s table-service lunch and dinner, and the outside terrace is still sheer Disney theming perfection. The stuff of wrought iron dreams, umbrella tassels and all.
Our Disneyland correspondent Heather Sievers (@DiningInDisney) checked it out after it’s rebranding, and discovered that it’s BBQ-licious now. (They serve the “caviar of the south” — Pimento Cheese Dip — so it’s a winner in our (cheese-filled) world.)
But you’re thinking “Hey, DFB, you promised tots! Where are the tots?!” Friends, they are worth the wait.
Remember these are NOT on the menu. So when you place your order at River Belle Terrace, you’ll need to request the Loaded BBQ Tots and/or (we prefer and) the Loaded Buffalo Tots. They are both great. Our Disneyland pal Sabrina Lizette got us the skinny on these delicious bites.
The Loaded Buffalo Tots are a hefty portion of golden fried tater tots, a thick drizzle of pimento cheese dip, some tangy Frank’s hot sauce, gorgonzola cheese crumbles, celery leaves, and pickled onions. Deep breath; we know this is exciting.
Seriously, these hit every Buffalo chicken flavor note and then some — but they’re vegetarian. Such a tasty option! We love the use of the celery leaf, which imparts that quintessential Buffalo sidekick without chunks of celery. Meanwhile, the pimento cheese dip is the stuff of cheese dreams!
Of course, if you want to chow down on some taters and ‘Q, the Loaded BBQ Tots are made for you! But it’s not standard BBQ pulled pork (which we love in every incarnation, including Animal Kingdom’s BBQ Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese!). Nosiree, this here is BBQ brisket! Y’all! For real!
The brisket is accompanied by some satisfyingly zippy BBQ sauce and a smattering of fresh green onion. And, because everything is better with cheese, there’s more pimento cheese dip on this dish too! It’s a messy, delightful plate of food. We. Must. Devour.
Secret Menu Items! Yeah! We are allllll about these tot varieties. Sabrina suggests you run — RUN — and get these if you’re within the vicinity. And it’s pretty easy to see why.