Review: Paradise Garden Grill in Disney California Adventure

I’m not sure how beautiful a day it is today in your neck of the woods, but on my last visit to Paradise Garden Grill in Disney California Adventure, it sure did FEEL like paradise! Ah, the SoCal weather…

Paradise Garden Grill

Atmosphere

This dining spot is an outdoor eatery. It shares its Paradise Pier location and seating with Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta next door, and Bayside Brews nearby.

The whole group forms a little mini-town at the edge of the Pier, and its relatively remote location means that you could luck into an un-crowded eatery if you’re dining at the right times!

Paradise Garden Grill and Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta Seating Area

Available seating includes covered and uncovered outdoor seating, so if it’s unseasonably cold or warm, take that into consideration before dining here.

But, like I said, it’s SoCal, so it’s probably going to be beautiful. ;-) (Yes, I’m originally from Buffalo, and yes, I’m jealous.)

Paradise Garden Grill Covered Outdoor Seating

Once you’ve ridden Toy Story Midway Mania a few times and checked in with Ariel “Under the Sea,” it’s time to head on over for a relatively healthy meal!

Eats

The menu here follows the (I think) awesome trend of customizing your eats to  your liking. It’s basically a mix-and-match Mediterranean menu where guests get to choose their skewer base: Steak, Chicken, Beef Kefta, or Veg/Tofu; and their sauce: Moroccan Chili, Chimichurri, Tandoori-Spiced Yogurt, or Tzatziki.

(Note that the price has gone up to $11.49 for the platters since this photo was taken.)

Paradise Garden Grill

Dessert choices include Baklava and a Brownie and Strawberry Skewer (not noted on the menu, but reviewed here!), and you can indulge in [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Paradise Garden Grill

Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers checks out one of Disneyland’s newest additions!

After a few months of being open, my family and I finally made it over to check out the Paradise Garden Grill at California Adventure.  I’d actually been hearing pretty good things about the food there, and I’m excited to say that the things I’ve heard are true!

Atmosphere

Nestled in between Goofy’s Sky School and Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, the Paradise Garden Grill is a small counter service restaurant featuring Mediterranean eats.  This place seems to be a hidden gem.  I’ve never once seen a crowd lined up to order, but the folks I’ve talked to that have eaten there rave about it (except for the baklava, we’ll get to that later).

"Teaser" Sign Upon Entrance to the Paradise Pier Dining Area

The outdoor seating at Paradise Garden Grill is shared with Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, so there are tables aplenty.  We’ve never had a problem finding a nice spot to sit in this area, even on a [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 7, 2011

Kevin Kidney's WDW ceramic paper cup

Two words sum up this past week: Free Dining! It’s now available for the rest of 2011 and Spring 2012! See more details below.

After you book your vacation package, make sure to reserve your ADRs early! Any time free dining is offered, table service restaurants tend to be in high demand and often fill to capacity.

Latest Disney Food News

Reminder: The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book Now Available!

Our friends over at Walt Disney World For Grown-Ups were inspired to create a list of their top five Magic Kingdom snacks after checking out our newest e-Book, the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks! Many thanks, WDWFG!

You can get your own inspirational copy of our new mini-guide here! ;-)

On to the Round-Up!

Progress City, U.S.A. shows us a coaster from World Showcase! Hint: It’s not a thrill ride.

Studios Central helps us stay cool with refreshing beverages at Hollywood Studios. Bottoms up!

Bonnet Creek Blog shows Florida’s largest cupcake created during Cupcake Lovers Weekend at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World salutes National Tequila Day!

Main Street Gazette visits the Anandapur Local Foods Cafe this week!

The AllEars Blog takes us up close to the new restaurant complex at Disney California Adventure. Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill serve up yummy eats at Paradise Pier!

All Fare’s Food Blog shares a personal experience with obtaining Disney’s Advance Dining Reservations for dining. And she even uses The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining for guidance! Woo-hoo!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 10, 2011

Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta Five Cheese Ravioli

We have two very exciting events coming up soon here on the Disney Food Blog!

First, you’ll be able to purchase tickets for the 2011 WDW Foodie Fest Snack Attack event this week. Second, we’re just about ready to publish our very first DFB Mini-Guide! Stay tuned for details! In the meantime…

Disney Food News

Check out some of the latest news in the Disney food world!

Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book Review by AllEars.net

Thanks to AllEars.net blogger Alice McNutt Miller for a fantastic review of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book! Here’s a bit of what she has to say:

I found that while the guide is focused on dining, the advice, tools and tips on budgeting and planning—including choosing resorts and vacation package types—will help the reader plan his or her entire Walt Disney World vacation.

See her full review here!

You can get your copy of the DFB Guide here!

On to the Round-Up!

Thanks to the WDW Today Podcast for the chance to answer listener dining questions with Matt and Len. Listen here! And be sure to tune in on July 31st for the WDW Today Live Show with yours truly!

Team Tizzel reviews each individual course of a visit to the Victoria and Albert’s Chef’s Table with some fantastic photos! As an aside, Holly and Dave are raising money for the fight against Breast Cancer via Team AllEars!

Disneyland Compendium considers the start of Mickey Mouse pancakes. (Thanks to George Taylor for the heads up.)

Yesterland covers a few of the restaurants that are in Ko Olina, the town surrounding Disney’s new Aulani Resort in Hawaii.

Main Street Gazette heads to Epcot’s Lotus Blossom Cafe!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World gives us a wrap-up of his weekend eats around Disney World, including yummy trips to Captain Cook’s, Artist Point, and Trail’s End!

Babes in Disneyland reviews the brand new Paradise Garden Grill in Disney California Adventure.

Disney California Adventure Opens Two New Restaurants July 1st!


As we previously mentioned here, two new restaurants are slated to open in Disneyland.

Mark your calendars for July 1, 2011, when two new counter-service restaurants open at Disney California Adventure. The new eateries will share a 900 seat location in Paradise Pier where they’ll serve lunch and dinner including healthy menu items.

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

With an on-stage kitchen, the menu will feature flatbreads, pastas and salads tossed fresh! Flatbread choices will include cheese or pepperoni for less adventurous diners. For guests that want more variety, choose a Portobello mushroom and spinach option.

Pasta lovers can twirl their forks with spaghetti and savor meatballs on the side. Try the pasta mixed with chicken in a sun-dried tomato sauce or sample the ravioli (did we mention it is a five-cheese version?) with pesto and toasted pine nuts.

meatballs

Salads can be hearty too! Choose between

[Read more…]

New Restaurants on Track in Disney California Adventure

As part of Disneyland Resort’s ginormous expansion and refurb of Disney’s California Adventure, the park is welcoming several new restaurants to the mix!

Paradise Pier

At Paradise Pier, you’ll soon find Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and the Paradise Garden Grill taking up residence. You can see the concept art for the new restaurants here! Clearly Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy are very excited, as indicated by these fun construction walls set up in DCA (thanks to our Disneyland Correspondent, Heather Sievers, for the pics!).

Cars Land

And over in Cars Land, we’ll find three new spots to munch: The Cozy Cone Motel will sell “cone” themed goodies, Fillmore’s Taste-In will sell “natural snacks and drinks,” and Flo’s V8 Cafe will serve diner food inspired by the restaurants found along Route 66. The OC Register published an awesome map of the space recently, and they have more Cars Land info here.

copyright Disneyland; published by OC Register

Can’t wait!! (And for those who got the pun in the title, my apologies ;-D)

New Disney California Adventure Paradise Pier Dining Concept Art

The OC Register is reporting on the up coming changes to Disney California Adventure’s Paradise Pier. Here’s a bit of concept art for what the Pier will look like come next year…

Gone are Pizza Oom Mow Mow and the Burger Invasion restaurant, which will soon be replaced by an 800-seat dining area — part of the $1-billion renovation project at Disney California Adventure.

When it opens next year, the area will include:

* Paradise Garden Grill, in the former space of Burger Invasion.
* Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, where Pizza Oom Mow Mow used to be.
* Corn Dog Castle, which closed last year, will re-open in the same spot.

A Beer Garden is not part of the plans at this time.

Update! Thanks to Carolyn Hoagland on facebook, here’s the map from the Blue Sky Cellar of the new dining area! Pizza and Pasta and Garden Grill are located on the left.