Pixar Fest Eats: Pork Chop TV Dinner and Fried Bologna Sandwich at Disneyland’s Carnation Cafe

Lest you think Disneyland Resort’s Pixar Fest is just serving up snacks like Funnel Cake Fries topped with sugary, fruity cereal and Cocoa Churros with Mexican-Spiced Chocolate Dip, today we invite you to step into the past at Carnation Café. It’s here you’ll find two throwback entrées: a Pork Chop TV Dinner and a Fried Bologna Sandwich.

Carnation Cafe in Disneyland

Carnation Cafe in Disneyland

These two Grandma’s kitchen-worthy dishes are inspired by the heartwarming (tear-jerking) Pixar film Up!, in which viewers watch sweet Carl and his love Ellie grow old together.

Carnation Cafe's Pixar Fest Menu

Carnation Cafe’s Pixar Fest Menu

Carl’s Fried Bologna Sandwich is served on Toasted Pullman Bread, which is buttered and cooked on a griddle.

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Fried Bologna Sandwich

You’ll also find Aioli, Lettuce, Tomato, and Pickles on there — not to mention a huge side of crispy French Fries.

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Fried Bologna Sandwich

And the Fried Bologna? It’s seriously amazing! Think: hot dog sandwich. That’s basically what this tastes like. And we love it!

Fried Bologna!

Fried Bologna!

The Pork Chop TV Dinner is served in the classic divided tray (although not the foil version of the TV dinner’s hey day). All the components are here — and they’re all terrific!

Pork Chop TV Dinner

Pork Chop TV Dinner

The Pork Chop is perfectly cooked, with a light sear, Spiced Apples, and Mashed Potatoes (skin on).

Pork Chop with Spiced Apples and Mashed Potatoes

Pork Chop with Spiced Apples and Mashed Potatoes

The Pork is juicy and not overdone. It goes as well with the Apples as the classic combo should.

Interior of Pork Chop

Interior of Pork Chop

The Peas and Carrots are a bit more upscale than a traditional TV dinner — with some caramelization and a ton of flavor.

Carrots

Peas and Carrots

The Cornbread is simple and tasty, with a healthy dollop of butter.

Cornbread with Butter

Cornbread with Butter

Even the Molten Lava Cake — which in a typical TV dinner would be a dried out hockey puck — was awesome!

Molten Lava Cake

Molten Lava Cake

The interior was piping hot and gooey! Molten Lava Cake, indeed!

Gooey center in the Molten Lava Cake

Gooey center in the Molten Lava Cake

So if you’re in need of a full meal during Pixar Fest (rather than dining exclusively on churros all day…), head on over to Carnation Café for two truly stellar options!

Click here to read all of our Pixar Fest reviews and print your own Pixar Fest Food Checklist!

Are you ready to dig into these throwbacks? Tell us which one gives you all the feels! 

Heather Sievers is DisneyFoodBlog’s Dining in Disneyland columnist! Check out more of her adventures at @DininginDisney on Instagram!

Comments

  1. Michelle says

    Wow. $13.00 for the bologna sandwich? I guess prices in Disneyland must be a lot higher than in WDW. You get a lot of fries, but still. It’s a bologna sandwich.

  2. Pablo says

    Carl’s TV dinner was amazing. That apple sauce and mashed potatoes were a perfect compliment to the tender pork chop. Also don’t forget about the SuperNOVA Pizza at the Pizza port, it is a holy matrimony of a cheeseburger and pizza! Lastly, the Adorable snowman at DCA isn’t serving up some lemon soft serve awesomeness!

  3. Allison says

    @Michelle I’m hard pressed to come up with a sit down restaurant off the top of my head with a sandwich entree for under $13.00. Even Plaza in’s cheapest sandwiches – the reuben and the club – – are $15.00 each! And that’s supposed to be the cheap place to eat in MK!!!

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