Review: Stage Door Cafe Classics in Disneyland’s Frontierland

Howdy, pard’ners! We’re traveling back to Disneyland’s Frontierland for a trifecta of favorites at the Stage Door Cafe!

Stage Door Cafe sign

Stage Door Cafe sign

Seriously, this simple little spot holds more Disneyland food legends than you can shake a stick at. It’s pretty much a must-visit every time I’m in Disneyland. (I say that a lot, don’t I? ;-D) Let’s take a quick look around.

Atmosphere

And I do mean quick, because Stage Door Cafe is a pretty darn tiny counter service spot tucked around the corner from The Golden Horseshoe. Still, it’s got some cool old-timey details outside, like wrought iron on the doors and lanterns overhead. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Eight Spoon Cafe in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Was your mouth totally watering a while back when we gave you a first look at the Baked Mac and Cheese creations at Eight Spoon Cafe in Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Mine totally was. And today, we’re back to share more — in our latest DFB Video all about this special little corner of the ‘World.

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I seriously lie awake at night, planning the very next time I get to take in one of these Baked Mac and Cheese treats. Can’t you practically smell that melty cheese and tangy barbecue? Sigh.

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The DFB Bi-Coastal Disney Grilled Cheese Crawl!!!!!!

If you haven’t heard the big news, I’m here to deliver it: April is Grilled Cheese Month. And that, my friends, is a food holiday that we can totally get behind.

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Because we know of a BUNCH of seriously worthy grilled cheese choices in the Disney parks and resorts that we can’t wait to tell you about!

And if you love what you see here, be sure to check out our 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, which includes tons of bonus features, like fun food crawls throughout Walt Disney World!

Now pack your bags and your stretchy pants, cause it’s time to head to both coasts to partake in the Disney Food Blog Grilled Cheese Crawl!

(Should there be Rocky music playing here or something? I feel like there should be.)

Who’s coming with? Let’s go!

Our first stop: Walt Disney World! 

Pimento Grilled Cheese, Planet Hollywood Observatory

If you were there with us when Planet Hollywood Observatory opened (or actually, reopened) its doors earlier this year, then you know that we weren’t all that impressed with most of what we tried. But there was one standout: the Pimento Grilled Cheese.

Pimento Grilled Cheese -- Up Close

Pimento Grilled Cheese — Up Close

The triple decker sandwich is two meals in one. First, you have a fairly traditional Grilled Cheese, spiced up with the addition of Pimento Cheese. But then, the second story involved super cheesy Mac and Cheese layered between crunchy Grilled Bread. Yep, that’s A Layer of Carbs on Top of More Carbs. And we are completely fine with that. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Top 5 Magic Kingdom Counter Service Restaurants

Some of our favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World are counter service spots, and that’s definitely true in Magic Kingdom. They’re tops for great food and great theming in equal measure — and they’re the subject of our latest DFB YouTube Video to share with you today.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Be Our Guest Restaurant

From French-inspired cuisine at Be Our Guest for breakfast and lunch, to dreamy Corn Dog Nuggets at Casey’s Corner, to yummy snacks at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, there are truly some fantastic eats at Disney World’s flagship park.

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Review: Blueberry Lemon Funnel Cake at Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland

We always love a trip to Disneyland’s Hungry Bear Restaurant!

Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country

Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country

This place has some great food, but we really love them for their desserts!

Who can forget that super cute Lemon Bumblebee Cupcake (make it at home with this handy recipe), or the individual Blueberry Pies? [Read more…]

News: The Polite Pig Set to Open Monday, April 10th in Disney Springs

The dining landscape in Disney Springs continues to evolve, and we’re preparing to welcome another new restaurant to the scene as The Polite Pig opens in the Town Center this coming Monday, April 10th!

The Polite Pig

The Polite Pig

James and Julie Petrakis are a husband and wife team who own The Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder and Swine & Sons in Winter Park, FL. [Read more…]

Review: Falafel at Mr. Kamal’s in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Today, we’re heading into Disney’s Animal Kingdom to do what we always do…

A little exploring, accompanied by a little snacking!

And once again, we’re going vegetarian, because that’s a particularly easy thing to do when it comes to snacking at Animal Kingdom. We’ve already learned, in fact , that the focus on providing above par vegetarian options will continue in Animal Kingdom’s upcoming land, Pandora — The World of AVATAR, thanks to a look at the full menu for Satu’li Canteen (the land’s primary dining establishment).

But today we’re winding down a well-traveled path heading from the Africa section of Animal Kingdom into Asia, with a visit to Mr. Kamal’s, which remains one of our favorite kiosks in the park.

Mr. Kamal's Kiosk

Mr. Kamal’s Kiosk

Mr. Kamal’s kiosk has proven itself time and time again as a great (and convenient) spot to grab something quick, portable, and vegetarian. The current menu features Hummus served with mini pitas and veggies, Samosa, and falafel, to give you an idea of what to expect. [Read more…]

New DFB YouTube Video: Chuck Wagon Fresh Fixin’s Food Truck at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

Hello! The subject of today’s DFB Video is one of my most favorite things to come out of Walt Disney World in recent history — the Chuck Wagon Fresh Fixin’s Food Truck at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground.

The Chuck Wagon

The Chuck Wagon!

I seriously cannot get enough of this thing. I mean, the food is pretty great. We really enjoyed the interesting array of sandwiches here. Um, Tillamook Pork Belly Cheeseburger? YASSSS.

But the truck itself is styled after a camper, circa-1970s. And it’s AWESOME.

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Review: Pacific Wharf Cafe in Disney California Adventure

During my recent visit to Disneyland, I decided it was time to check in once more with one of my favorite counter service spots, Pacific Wharf Cafe in Disney California Adventure.

The restaurant is located on Pacific Wharf (natch), and features a San Francisco signature item — Boudin Bakery’s famous Sourdough Bread – made in the bakery next door!

Pacific Wharf Cafe

Pacific Wharf Cafe

I really love the food here, and I’m especially partial to their hearty Soups served in Boudin Sourdough Bread Bowls.

On this visit, I figured it was time to introduce you to a few new flavors, though. So come with us as we explore some of Pacific Wharf’s other must-have menu items!

Atmosphere

If you’ve spent any time on Cannery Row in Monterey, then Pacific Wharf Cafe will look familiar to you in terms of style. The restaurant is actually owned and operated by San Fran’s Boudin Bakery, a landmark of the city, dating back to 1849.

If you’d like to know more about the bread making process or the history of Boudin Bakery, be sure to take The Bakery Tour, which you’ll find just next door. (Yep — that bread baking smell isn’t piped in! They really really really bake fresh bread for the parks here every day!!! SO GOOD!)

Wall Decor

Wall Decor

Inside, the counter service stop is fairly straightforward in design. Warm wood paneling covers the walls, and exposed duct work echoes the industrial feel of the space. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Disneyland Secret Menu Items

I recently returned from Disneyland, where Dining in Disneyland expert Heather Sievers and I had the pleasure of being speakers at the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival! And we had so much fun sharing our tips on Secret Menu Items in Disneyland that we had to share all about it in our latest DFB Video!

Secret Disneyland Menu Item: Macaroni and Cheese in a Sourdough Bread Bowl!

Secret Disneyland Menu Item: Macaroni and Cheese in a Sourdough Bread Bowl!

We love allllll Disney food, obvi. But there’s something really awesome about those secret menu items that you’ve gotta know about to get.

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