Dining in Disneyland Review: The Earl has Finally Arrived!

With an original opening date scheduled early last Summer, Southern California sandwich lovers have been abuzz about the new Earl of Sandwich restaurant not opening their doors on time. 

I am ecstatic to announce that the doors have been opened and those lovely golden bricks have been flying through that little toasty oven faster than you can say “Holiday Turkey Sandwich, please!”

Earl of Sandwich Downtown Disney

Atmosphere

Located directly next to the AMC Theater Complex across from The Rainforest Cafe, the Earl of Sandwich has replaced the Compass Cafe and Bookstore. 

And although the bookstore was fun to browse and the cafe sold Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, I’d much prefer a sandwich from Earl any day. Last week the doors soft opened with a 25% discount on all menu items, and then “officially” opened this past Friday. I snuck over Thursday to get my fix.

Main Entrance

The soft opening was no secret, and with the entire menu being 25% off I expected there to be a pretty substantial line. And I was correct.

When my boys saw the line they about had a panic attack because A: It was already 1:00 and they were beyond ready to eat lunch and B: They had never been to an Earl of Sandwich, so they had no idea how quickly the line moves. After visiting the Orlando and Vegas locations, I was fully aware of how well-oiled this sandwich making machine was

I assured them that we’d move quickly and that it would be well worth the wait. I also bribed them and told them they could pick whichever dessert they wanted…

Hallelujah!

Menus While You Wait
My guess is that there were approximately 100 people in front of us in line, but we managed to order and have our food on the table in about 25 minutes. The line was outside the building and wrapped back to the temporary ice skating rink, but there were friendly Earl helpers [Read more…]

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…]

News! Downtown Disney Anaheim Celebrates Avocado Week

The second annual California Avocado Week is being held July 1-7 at Downtown Disney Anaheim at the Disneyland Resort. Guests can take part in cooking demos, munch on featured menu selections, and more!

Throughout the week, Downtown Disney restaurants will feature special California avocado menu items, and Sephora will offer refreshing avocado facials. Celebrate the Avocado season in Disneyland!

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney

Main Stage Schedule

4 p.m.: Cooking demonstrations will feature dishes made with California avocados by a chef from one of the premiere restaurants at Downtown Disney. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis will be available for 100 guests and each seated guest will have the chance to taste the menu item. Unlimited standing room will be available as well.

6 p.m.: A Guacamole contest will feature three participants (selected by the California Avocado Commission) with the challenge to make guacamole out of ingredients provided. The winning dish will be awarded a $100 gift card to a participating restaurant in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney District.

Nightly until 10 p.m.: DJ Wendy will entertain.

Food Demo Calendar

Sunday, July 1
Chef Meyer, House of Blues, California Avocado and Blue Cheese Crusted Rib Eye

Monday, July 2
Chef Thomas Keaveny, ESPN Zone, Mini California Avocado Shrimp [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…]

Disneyland’s La Brea Bakery Café Introducing New Menu Items in Late May

Classic favorites and new menu items will be unveiled when La Brea Bakery Café’s expansion is complete, according to DisneyParkBlog.

Goodies at La Brea Bakery -- Pre-Renovation

Located in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney (Anaheim), La Brea Bakery will re-open in late May showcasing an exhibition kitchen, a dining room with welcoming earth tones, an express area with fresh food displays, and outdoor seating covered with an awning.

Everyone knows this is the place to pick up some morning eats before heading into the parks, and fans of breakfast fare will love the new entrees: order Brioche French Toast or a Croque Madame Sandwich (made with gruyere cheese and featuring a fried egg on top)! See photos below! [Read more…]

St. Patrick’s Day at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland Resort

Celebrate St. Patrick’s day at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District!

Start out by toasting your friends with Green Beer at this fun New Orleans-themed restaurant! You can get your tinted beer for $6.00/Small and $8.00 for a Large. And if you’re not seeing leprechauns yet, green Jello shots will be offered all day. ;-)

Say cheers with green beer!

Executive Chef Darrin’s Corn beef and cabbage will be a menu highlight. Follow it up with an Irish coffee, and don’t forget to indulge in Ralph Brennan’s famous beignets!

Share the luck of the Irish (Creole style) with Kenny Sara and the Sounds of New Orleans performing 7:00 – 11:00pm in the Flambeaux Room.

In a hurry to get back to the Magic of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure? Visit Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express downstairs for Corn Beef and Cabbage Slaw Po’boys!

Will you spend St. Patrick’s Day at a Disney destination? Let us know your party plans!

Disneyland Dining Options for “One More Disney Day” Event

According to the DisneyParks Blog, Disneyland is serving up fun, a midnight snack, and special eats for the One More Disney Day event!

Midnight Snack

Disneyland Park is gearing up for One More Disney Day with the announcement of the “Midnight Snack” at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue.

Stop in 11:45 p.m. – 12:45 a.m. on February 29 (to March 1st) for yummy treats, hot beverages, Disney character meet ‘n greets, live music by Denny Moynahan, and other surprises.

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ

No need to RSVP. Guests will be admitted from 11:45 p.m. until capacity is reached. This event is extremely limited to approximately 200 guests. You’ll need park admission, and lining up for the event can be no earlier than 10 p.m.

Other Special Menu Items

The Disneyland chefs are creating exclusive menu items for this [Read more…]

Sno-Balls at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express (Disneyland’s Kaki-Gori!)

To kick off Mardi Gras weekend, I thought it’d be fun to highlight one of the little-known treats at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District!

This is a counter-service location serving some great New Orleans specialties, including hand-made beignets (AWESOME — stay tuned for a review of those babies), po-boys, catfish, gumbo, jambalaya, Mint Juleps, and more! And how many times have I just walked right by this place on my way to Disneyland??

Anyway, one of the newer treats debuted at the Jazz Kitchen Express are the Sno-Balls! A lot like shave ice or Kaki-Gori, these are icy treats doused in sweet, sour, and specialty syrups!

They even have condensed milk, chocolate, and coffee flavored options. You can easily compare these to the Kaki-Gori found in Epcot’s Japan in Disney World!

Sno-Balls Menu

Predictable me chose sour lemon and cherry for my Sno-Ball! It was [Read more…]

News! Disneyland’s La Brea Bakery Renovations and New Menu

More fun expansion news out of Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District!!

La Brea Bakery Cafe, one of the original restaurants in Downtown Disney Anaheim, began an exciting refurbishment on January 3, 2012, with the temporary closure of the counter-service area.

The full-service section will remain open until mid-March, and the renovations will be officially unveiled in April. According to OC Register’s Around Disney, the renovation will include the addition of 900 sq. ft. and showcase a new exhibition bakery where guests can watch dough being rolled before heading to the new wood stove! Plus, an awning will be added to shade full-service, outdoor diners.

Early Concept Art

When La Brea re-opens, the counter-service side will have its own kitchen enabling guests to order their quick-service food at the counter and then take a seat where their order will be delivered.

Menu

According to Disney Parks Blog, freshly baked items will be prepared right at the restaurant!

Look for a variety of [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 22, 2012

Did the Frito Kid have a hand in inventing Doritos?

Lots of Disney food news popped up this week, including lovely, flavorful things like wine, chocolate, caramel, coffee, cake, and more!!

Plus, we’ve found some seriously interesting posts to share with you — did you know that Doritos may have been invented in Disneyland?? Check it out…

Treat Yourself to Updated Disney Food News

For more decadent food news, stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis — even little stuff that you might not see in a full post on the blog! Worth a look… :-)

DFB Disney Dining Adventures e-Book

Have you read our newest Disney Food Blog e-Book?

DFB Disney Dining Adventures includes over 80 pages of pre-planned food fun to add to your family’s plans on your next trip! Let us do the planning for you — all you need to do is have a blast!

Want a day full of Dole Whips or a day planned for a Princess? Perhaps you have a dino fan in the family — we’ve got two days of pre-planned Jurassic-sized fun! And if you’re traveling with the grown-ups, check out our full two-day Beer Adventure!

The e-Book includes:

  • Fully themed strategies that cover one day, two days, or a full week
  • Themed breakfast, lunch, and dinner suggestions
  • Disney attraction and ride suggestions that complement each Adventure theme
  • Our favorite snacks that are within easy access during each Adventure
  • Historical and behind-the-scenes tips and details that make the Adventure come alive!
  • Plus more bonus sections!

You can check out sample pages and even more details here! Or get your instantly downloadable copy right here! Use code: ADVENTURE for a $2 discount!!

On to the Round-Up!

AKL Resort takes us to the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Sanaa at Kidani Village. Try the yummy Naan bread!

OC Weekly investigates the origins of Doritos? There may be a Disneyland connection!

Main St. Gazette clearly agrees with me that the Picnic Burger is a slam dunk at Disney World’s Sci Fi Dine-In! Woo!

WDW Parkhoppers heads to dinner at the Polynesian’s Kona Cafe.

MousePlanet reviews the story behind Mama Melrose’s at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

DisneyParks Blog shares favorite healthy eats at Walt Disney World.