I’m not sure how to emphasize how good the Plaza Inn‘s Fried Chicken is. Let me just say this: it is the best fried chicken I have ever eaten. (Yes, that includes Homecomin’, which is incredibly tasty as well.)
Fact: Plaza Inn’s Fried Chicken — literally — is the best.
Plaza Inn is located on Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A., and its exterior is quintessentially Disney. So many great details on the awning and posts, not to mention the swirls of wrought iron on the sign.
Plaza Inn has both indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor seating is dwarfed by the Matterhorn and the entrance to Tomorrowland in the background. It’s a cool juxtaposition that you can only find in a Disney Park.
Outdoor seating is beneath large, fancy umbrellas. Lots of delicate white chairs and tables dot the patio area, which has a relaxing vibe.
Inside, you’ll find the Plaza Inn has a unique set-up. The restaurant is actually a buffet character spot for breakfast, so there are several stations designed to maximize the options of a buffet. For lunch and dinner, though, you visit specific stations to select specific items.
But there’s really only one station that you need to visit: Chicken.
Seriously. Chicken. But, hey, in case you just have to know about the other options, the menu provides insight. The Pot Roast is quite good, and I love a good Cobb Salad.
But my heart only belongs to one meal. The menu highlights “distinctive herbs and spices,” and that’s totally the key to the addictive nature of this Fried Chicken. Specialty, indeed!
I did want to try a couple of desserts as well because… Carrot Cake! AND Strawberry Shortcake!
But first: golden brown, crispy, crunchy, salty, juicy Fried Chicken! Served with two classic comfort food side dishes: yummy Mashed Potatoes covered in gravy and tasty Green Beans. A Biscuit finishes off the plate, making this meal big enough for two.
Here’s a close-up on that unbelievable FRIED CHICKEN.
Okay, phew. Moving on. Because I lurrrrrve Carrot Cake, and this is a good one! There’s a nice, thick layer of Cream Cheese Frosting on the top, plus decent layers of frosting in between layers of moist Carrot Cake. A duo of sauces frames the cake and provides a little extra tang.
The Strawberry Shortcake is also terrific. A moist and generous Pound Cake Round is sliced in half, filled with sweet Whipped Cream, and drenched in Strawberry Sauce (with tons of strawberry pieces!). A sprig of bright green Mint completes this really well-done, classic dessert! Note that this one is seasonal.
The Plaza Inn is amazing (understatement!). The location can not be beat, and the the decor screams everything we love about Main Street, U.S.A. Plus, the food is phenomenal! So don’t miss it on your Disneyland trip!
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