Review: Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

Come with me as we head to the Big Easy – by way of the Downtown Disney District in Disneyland – and experience the party at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen!

View from our Window

Set in the heart of Disneyland’s shopping and entertainment district, the restaurant offers the perfect marriage of “N’awlins” jazz and flavorful Cajun cuisine – the two sensual experiences that put this famous Louisiana city on the map in the first place.

Atmosphere

With a refined decor that is both understated and yet fun at the same time, you will swear that you have been somehow magically transported directly from Anaheim to the heart of the French Quarter. Several dining rooms on two levels of the restaurant surround a vibrant [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Downtown Disney’s UVA Bar is Back!

After a short renovation, Downtown Disney’s centrally located UVA Bar, an extension of Catal, is back in biz with a fresh new look. 

They were closed when I walked by, but I just had to snap a few photos for sharing! I love the bright colors and new seating. Can’t wait to try some of the new menu items as well.

Downtown Disney's UVA Bar

Sign me up for some Fried Chicken and an Orange 50/50 Shake please!

UVA Bar New Menu

The round booth style seats and long community-like tables are a [Read more…]

New! Re-Vamped Tutto Italia Menus in Epcot!

Coming up soon — new Italian food in Disney World! Soon we’ll have even more news about the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, but first…

We’ve got a sneak peek at some of the eats you’ll be able to try at the newly re-vamped Tutto Italia!

As we await the re-opening of this beloved Italian eatery in Disney World’s Epcot, we can finally share with you the new lunch, dinner, dessert, gluten free (!!), and kids’ menus!

Ready to dive in??? Let us know what YOU can’t wait to eat at Tutto Italia!

NEW Tutto Italia and Tutto Gusto Signs

Appetizer Menu

Appetizer Menu

Dinner Menu

Dinner Menu

Dessert Menu

[Read more…]

Cars Land Restaurants: What We Know So Far

As we get closer to the June 15, 2012 opening of the new Cars Land in Disney California Adventure, we wanted to take a look at what we know so far about the Radiator Springs’ restaurants.

Artist Rendering of Cars Land, copyright Disney

After all, we’ve come along way in gathering details about these venues since our earlier reports. And while we’re not holding our collective breath, we’re still crossing our fingers that someday we’ll see an announcement for a drive-in type restaurant similar to the Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.

For now… let’s take a look at what we DO know is coming in just under two months.

Flo’s V8 Cafe

This is the hot-spot when traveling along historic Route 66! Resembling a giant air filter in Radiator Springs, Flo’s V8 Cafe will serve cuisine inspired by the Mom ‘n Pop Diners we all know and love. As a quick-service option for breakfast meals, lunch, and dinner, the cafe will also have an outdoor patio overlooking [Read more…]

News! Princess Dinners at Ariel’s Grotto in Disney California Adventure

Starting June 15, 2012, Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure will offer character dining during dinner with Ariel and other princesses. Choose between breakfast, lunch, or dinner! While Ariel’s Grotto has offered fun character breakfast and lunch dining, princesses at dinner will be a welcome addition to this whimsical restaurant.

Each character meal will include music, yummy food, and Disney Princesses. Before you book, check out our Ariel’s Grotto review!

Dinner reservations are now available for booking via 714-781-DINE (3463) or email to dine@disneyland.com.

NOTE: After June 14, 2012, “World of Color” dining packages will no longer be offered at Ariel’s Grotto.

Top 5 Disney Dining Plan One-Credit Table-Service Values for 2012

Now that you’ve booked your 2012 Disney World vacation, it’s time to make your Advance Dining Reservations. Which restaurants are credit-worthy?

The vacation package add-on called the Disney Dining Plan is a meal plan with a set price in exchange for a certain number of credits. Many table-service meals in Disney World cost one credit, but are you getting the best value?

Stick to the one-credit restaurants, order the most expensive meal on the menu, and maximize your savings! Let’s get to my top picks for best value at “one table-service credit” Walt Disney World restaurants. I think some of them will surprise you!

Criteria Used

When we looked at values, our main criteria was price. These restaurants offer a great bang for your buck when paying with the Disney Dining Plan.

We also looked at enjoyment level and food quality, but these criteria were secondary and tertiary to cost. Note that these aren’t necessarily our favorite restaurants, but they are good values for one Disney Dining Plan credit.

Tutto Italia

Tucked into the Italian pavilion at Epcot, Tutto Italia Ristorante boasts regional cuisines from Italy in an Old World setting. Table service is attentive, although the fine-dining atmosphere can lead to longer waits.

This restaurant serves up a Roasted Rack and Leg of Lamb ($34) as an entree. End your meal with Copetta Sotto Boscue, a dessert specialty comprised of berries, zabaglione cream, gelato, and chocolate sauce, which has an out-of-pocket price of $14. When both of these items are ordered, Tutto Italia becomes quite possibly your best one-credit table-service value in Walt Disney World.

There’s also a Veal Roast which would run you $31 out-of-pocket but… perfectly worth one dining credit!

Veal

Tutto Italia is closed for refurbishment until [Read more…]

News! Beer Dinner at Downtown Disney’s Portobello Restaurant

Even more beer news on the blog this week!!

Teaming up with Orlando Brewing, Downtown Disney’s Portobello Restaurant has announced a Beer Dinner for February 22, 2012!

Portobello’s Executive Chef Steven Richard has teamed up with Celebrity Chefs Tony Mantuano and Sara Grueneberg to create a four-course, trattoria-inspired menu with perfectly paired brews.

Enjoy interacting with Chef Mantuano (Top Chef Masters, Season two) and Chef Grueneberg (Top Chef-Texas).

We’ve been told that this will book up quickly, so make your reservations soon!

Reception: 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $59.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Menu

ANTIPASTI
Salumi, formaggi, crostini, farmer’s market [Read more…]

Le Cellier Dinner Will Require 2 Dining Plan Credits Beginning March 2011

UPDATE: This is confirmed — click here to see the full 2011 Disney Dining Plan PDF. Below is a screen shot of the Le Cellier credit expenditure.

Thanks to Len Testa for the confirmation and GDPinvestigation for the PDF.
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While the “Le Cellier 2-credit” rumor had always been alive and well among Disney circles, I’ve never found enough evidence to report it here on the Disney Food Blog.

However, I received a mysterious email in my inbox last week mentioning that Le Cellier dinner will begin to require 2 Disney Dining Plan Table-Service credits starting in March 2011. Alas, the rumor has been confirmed.

Epcot’s Le Cellier Steak House will require 2 Disney Dining Plan credits for dinner, beginning March 1, 2011. Lunch will still be 1 credit.

Click the following link to read more about Disney World’s Dining Plans.
Click the following link for information and menus for Le Cellier Steak House.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wow! What a week! Two days at Disney World can be exhausting! Here are a few links to some news and info reports from the World this week:

Stay tuned for more stories this week from my trip to Disney World! Now, on to the round-up!

Disney Geek reports that corn dogs are on the menu at Disneyland’s Stage Door Cafe while the Corn Dog Castle is closed for refurb through 2011.

@Marcomboy, via twitter, shared some Valentine’s Day Desserts at Disneyland’s Storytellers Cafe. In the photo: Red Velvet Mini cupcake, Snickers cheesecake, and flourless chocolate cake. Also available are a heart-shaped chocolate raspberry tart and a heart shaped strawberry mousse.

cheshireDisney Family.com has some great Alice in Wonderland ideas! Check out these edible teacups, this smiling Cheshire Cat cupcake, and this cool make-it-yourself Alice cupcake topper!

The Red Carpet takes us along with her as she dines at Disneyland’s Club 33!

Main Street Gazette shares a memory of an extinct restaurant, the Polynesian’s Papeete Bay Verandah, along with one of its lost recipes: Chicken Toa Nue.

DisneyShawn shows us the detail of Pinocchio’s Village Haus.

A World View shares a review of Cat Cora’s Kouzzina.

Disney Parks Blog shares their top WDW Romantic Restaurants. (You can also check out the DisneyFoodBlog top three romantic restaurants in Disney World, based on our reader survey!)

Chip and Co shows us how to do a DIY breakfast from the Kona Cafe!

Liberty Tree Tavern Character Meals Available January 3-February 14, 2010

Liberty Tree TavernWDWMagic is reporting that Liberty Tree Tavern will open as a character meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the Crystal Palace refurbishment closure.

Character meals will be available from January 3, 2010, through February 14, 2010. Meals will be family style. Update: The characters at the meals will be Minnie, Pluto, Chip and Dale (thanks Dan!). All characters are subject to change, of course.

You can book online at DisneyWorld.com or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Enjoy!