• Caitlin McAninch

Top Places to Eat at Disneyland Resort

I wouldn’t call myself a real foodie, because I don’t go out of my way to try new things, post pictures of my food, and I’ve never written a review. But, I am a foodie in the sense that I LOVE good food. I way rather go out and eat a great meal, than, well, do a lot of other things.

I think there are strong views that Disneyland is filled with plain theme park food, but what many fail to realize, is that there are some GREAT places to eat there. I never fuss about cost at the parks, because you’re at Disneyland, you’re going to spend money, why complain when you know that going in?

The past two times we have been at the park, I’ve tried my best to remember to take photos of the food I eat, so I can compile a list of my favorite meals and treats. Read on to see what my top choices are at Disneyland and California Adventure.


To be honest, we aren’t great about eating the most important meal of the day while at the parks. We have ventured into Jolly Holiday Bakery Café for a breakfast sandwich, and we did go to the River Belle Terrace after my half marathon for food. But, my top choice is by far the character breakfast at the Plaza Inn with Minnie Mouse and her friends.

The breakfast is buffet style, with lots of great options. We had great waffles, bacon, and amazing little yogurt parfaits! We even were able to stock up on chocolate milks and put them in our bag for the day. The other great part, was of course all of our great pics with the characters!

Lunch & Dinner

Since there are so many options, let’s move to bullet points! The following are all places we regularly visit for lunch or dinner, depending on the day and what we are craving:

- Plaza Inn Chicken - three pieces of Chicken fried to a golden brown and seasoned and served with Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables, and a Buttermilk Biscuit. Holy moly. I truly feel like this meal is crack. The gravy alone is absolutely to die for. It is my FAVORITE meal at Disneyland. I now always order two orders of potatoes, and a side of extra gravy. YUM.

- Royal Street Veranda – the Steak Gumbo in a bread bowl is super good. One of old traditions was to eat it while waiting for the Fantasmic show to start. I know the menu also has a vegetarian gumbo option!

- Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta – We always get Chicken Sun-dried Tomato Pesto to share. It’s super delicious!

- Cove Bar – Back in July we ventured into the Cove Bar. I had read about their fun secret menu drinks and the reviews of the Lobster Nachos. All reviews were right. It’s such a great spot for an afternoon break! The nachos were perfect size to share, and the drinks were strong enough to provide a buzz! The drinks below are the Neverland Tea (left) and The FunWheel (right).

- Blue Bayou – The Surf & Turf at the Blue Bayou is perfect. The lobster is prepared pretty perfectly, and nothing beats that atmosphere. Last time there, Dylan ordered the Broiled Filet Mignon, and he loved it. Make sure to get dessert too!

- Café Orleans – Because many blogs talk about the amazing Monte Cristo Sandwich from Café Orleans, of course it made it to my food list. But, I must say it is something Dylan and I can’t handle. It’s so heavy, and not great. Maybe it’s an acquired thing? But we ordered it on our trip in July, and were so thankful we ordered the famous Pommes Fries too. Because, they were the only things we ended up eating!

Snacks & Desserts

Throughout the day, we always stop and get treats throughout the park. Dylan loves the churros, and I love ice cream sandwiches. But, there are plenty of other treats we always stop for too!

- Tiki Juice Bar – the Dole Whip Float is a must have at Disneyland. Although it’s a little sweet for me, I love sipping on Dylan’s! It’s too good to skip!

- Jolly Holiday Bakery Café – although I missed the classic pic of the Matterhorn Macaroon in front of the ride, this small treat is still perfect.

- Wine Country Trattoria – back in July we did the World of Color dining at the Wine Country Trattoria, and dinner was fantastic. But the Wine Country Tiramisù, Chocolate Caramel Panna Cotta, and macaroons were by far the best part. Anytime dessert is included, I’m all in.

- Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company – it’s simple, but there’s nothing better than a huge ice cream cone. Am I right?

What are your favorite meals and treats when you visit the Disneyland Resort? Share your thoughts below!

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