We’ve reached our last Mirror Image Post Day with our good friend, Ryan from Main Street Gazette. Just in case you haven’t been following our Wednesday posts, our two blogs have been showcasing “mirror-image” food topics in Disneyland and Disney World throughout the month of May (if you’ve missed ’em, check out the last paragraph of this blog to see all the links!). Today, we’re exploring two of our favorite character breakfasts — Chef Mickey’s and Goofy’s Kitchen!
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present — Disneyland’s premier (IMHO) character breakfast — Goofy’s Kitchen! For those of you who love Chef Mickey’s, Crystal Palace, and Disney World’s other character breakfasts, you’ll feel right at home at Goofy’s Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel. While the setting might not be quite as dramatic, the characters are an incredible mish-mosh of rarely-seen folks and the food is an amazing spread.
Goofy’s Kitchen seems like a bit of an afterthought in the Disneyland Hotel, but once you finally find your way there, you’ll see they’ve incorporated a lot of the decor standard at Chef Mickey’s. The restaurant is broken up into several rooms with big, block-y, colorful wall designs; textured and patterned fabrics; light woods; and geometric shapes scattered throughout the restaurant.
While it’s not as bright and light as Chef Mickey’s, there are still plenty of window tables to snag.
And there are even some coveted (when it’s not too cold or too warm, of course) outdoor patio tables.
I have no idea if Baloo, Aladdin and Jasmine, Pluto (who stays at the front and takes photos), Goofy, and Chip are the regulars here in Goofy’s Kitchen, but I was ecstatic when I realized who I’d get to share my breakfast with on my morning here.
Hugging Baloo in the morning is just about the best way to start a morning, and listening to Aladdin and Jasmine chat about their camels is a great bit of banter in the background! Loved the idea of a completely random collection of characters that make absolutely no sense whatsoever. (Incidentally, this was also the case in Minnie’s Plaza Breakfast later in the week — awesome.)
The best word to describe the brunch buffet is: extensive. It took me about 25 minutes just to photograph everything. There’s nothing repeated here, either — every available surface is covered with unique dishes ranging from customized omelets to peanut butter pizza to oatmeal to and entire island full of desserts. There’s just no way you can try everything, so be sure to look around first — prioritize your stomach space!
My favorite item? The Louisiana Scramble. A mix of eggs, sausage, peppers, onions, and other deliciousness — almost like an egg-y gumbo! Stunning. Try it. Try a LOT of it.
But, of course, there were plenty of other options…
Whew. You still with me?
My first impression of Goofy’s Kitchen was that it was about 50 times better than Chef Mickey’s. The buffet (which, to its credit, was brunch instead of just breakfast) was far more extensive, with a wide range of options you won’t find at Chef Mickey’s. The characters were impressive and interesting (Baloo, Chip, and Jasmine at the same breakfast?! It’s like a free-for-all!). The service was great.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the basic setting at Chef Mickey’s — all vaulted ceilings and open space — trumped its Disneyland counterpart’s awkward architectural feeling of being jammed into too small a space.
I’d choose Goofy’s Kitchen if I had to choose between the two, but the pros and cons are a compelling and balanced set, to be sure!
Thanks for visiting Goofy’s Kitchen with me today! Be sure to check out Main Street Gazette for Ryan’s take on Chef Mickey’s in Disney World! And to check out the previous “mirror-image” posts in the series, see WDW’s Confectionery vs. Disneyland’s Candy Palace, Pizza Planet vs. Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, and Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival vs. the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!