It’s no secret that Cafe Orleans is one of our favorite places to dine in all of Disneyland. That’s due both to its cool history in the park and iconic dishes. You can take a full tour to learn why we love it so much here.
But our purpose today? To sample the specialty holiday items on the menu for the Holidays at Disneyland Resort!
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While the specialty holiday treats and eats span far and wide around both parks and the Resort’s hotels, Cafe Orleans offerings include Braised Beef and Grits and Lumps of Coal Beignets!
The Braised Beef and Grits takes nicely tender beef and plates it on top of a generous pile of cheese grits. The dish is further topped with caramelized onion, pickled radish, and salsa verde.
Not only is the tender beef really well prepared, but the flavors are terrific. It’s a super savory dish with a hint of spice from the pickled radish and salsa verde, while the touch of sweetness from the caramelized onions adds even a little more complexity. This is a great dish.
The Lumps of Coal Beignets are peppermint mocha-stuffed beignets topped with peppermint ice cream. The beignets are dusted with espresso, and the ice cream is topped with crushed candy cane.
When looking at the list of all the holiday eats in Disneyland, this was one of the items I found most intriguing. I love me some Cafe Orleans Beignets, and the festive twist is really creative and fun, reminding us of what Santa will put in our stockings if we misbehave in those days leading up to Christmas 😉 . What could go wrong?
Everything, apparently. Not only were the beignets cold, they also tasted dry and stale. The peppermint ice cream is tasty, but as the finishing touch, the dish isn’t worth ordering just for that. As always, this dish could improve with time once the kinks are worked out. But going forward we’ll be passing on the (appropriately named) Lumps of Coal, and sticking with the classic Beignets that Cafe Orleans is known for.
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