We’re suckers for original Disneyland locales, and The Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland is one of those that totally steals our hearts. A mainstay of the park since day one, there’s plenty of lore about this now-quick service spot, including the presence of Walt’s personal box — at the right-most corner of the restaurant’s balcony — which is now open to the public.
And there are plenty of tasty reasons to step into The Golden Horseshoe, too. This is the home of Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches (we told you about them earlier this year!), and our Disneyland correspondent Heather (howdy, @DiningInDisney) dove into everything chili not too long ago! But the menu here changes with some frequency, so I like to make a visit every time I’m in the Land. And I’m so. glad. I. did!
Because Vegetarian Pepper Jack Mac.
Yup. It’s amazing. Of course, with words like “pepper jack” and “mac” in the title, one generally hopes for something awesome. And in this case: you get it!
The base of this deliciousness is fried pepper jack mac bites, which are packed with flavor and have a really cool texture.
These are topped with pasilla cheese sauce (yum!) and “Cowboy Caviar“. This combo of corn, beans, red bell pepper, cilantro, and more is a perfectly southwestern addition that goes perfectly with the overall vibe of the Pepper Jack Mac.
This is a seriously hearty and seriously yummy bowl of food. And even as delicious as it is, you might want to consider sharing because it’s a little heavy. (Plus you’re gonna want to save some room for Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches — mental note.)
Of course, The Golden Horseshoe also has some tamer favorites — like these Chicken Tenders that come with Creamy Buffalo or Kickin’ Bourbon Sauce and a side.
Yeah, I had to get in on these, too. The amount of crispy coating is dynamite — and the Creamy Buffalo sauce is buttery and only vaguely spicy.
But how irresistible do they look? Your picky eaters will enjoy these with ketchup, but really, chicken tenders are a staple Disneyland food for many.
This last little item is a must — a MUST! Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches that are hugely fun!
Because listen: these aren’t simply chocolate chip cookies — they’re Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies!
And they aren’t just filled with a massive scoop of vanilla ice cream, they’re also topped with Chocolate Sauce and Caramel Sauce!
And that means they’re not just Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches — they’re totally addictive, must-eat Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches! They’re a simple treat done really well with special components. The cookies have a homemade feel that makes this “Grand Finale” truly grand.
Even if you’re not stopping for a meal, you’ll want to check out The Golden Horseshoe every time you’re in Frontierland. Between the nostalgic ambiance and the tasty grub, it hits you in the feels and in the stomach. 😉
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What’s your go-to quick service spot in Disneyland? Tell us in the comments!