Choosing a favorite dish is sort of like choosing a favorite child: depends on the day of the week which I like best. But here goes, 10 delicious “dishes of the moment” at Disneyland Resort.
C’mon, tell us your favorite Disneyland dish!
- The tender, pan-roasted diver scallops with a lobster-lemon sauce with a hint of vanilla at Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. We dream of these buttery little pillows of yum. Let’s hope they never leave Chef Andrew Sutton’s menu.
- Start a day in Disneyland park with Oscar’s Choice at Carnation Café: scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, Oscar’s potatoes, a croissant and your choice of bacon or sausage with fresh fruit. The eponymous “Oscar” himself cooks five mornings a week. Once his world-famous potatoes are made, Oscar greets and seats guests on the restaurant’s patio. (Oscar, by the way, is the longest tenured Disneyland Resort cast member.)
- It’s more than a sandwich, it’s a cultural icon – Le Special de Monte Cristo at Blue Bayou in Disneyland park. You can only order here at lunch, a decadent stack of turkey, ham and Swiss cheese in battered egg bread, fried golden. Dip in the little ramekin of grape jelly sauce for a savory-sweet wow.
- Balsamic braised short ribs at Wine Country Trattoria at Disney California Adventure park. These fall-off-the-bone ribs are served with roasted veggies and a white bean stew. Sip a crisp Zinfandel and relax.
- Bone-in rib-eye with chef’s potato stack au gratin at Steakhouse 55. Total indulgence, that hunk of beef. Paired with Chef Jason Martin’s potato creation, it’s a 10.
- Charred Nebraska Corn Chowder at Storyteller’s Café at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Creamy goodness with chicken, bacon and just enough cilantro to make it interesting. Call it lunch in a bowl.
- A south-of-the-border twist on the classic Caesar: Hacienda chicken Caesar salad at Rancho del Zocalo in Disneyland park. A heap of greens, sweet red peppers, Cotija cheese with housemade dressing and tortilla strips for croutons. Relax at a picnic table and people watch.
- The unusual Chicken Gumbo Crepe at Café Orleans in Disneyland park is a new favorite, with sautéed chicken, Andouille sausage , tasso ham and a kicky Creole gumbo sauce all rolled in a tender crepe with a side of asparagus and new potatoes.
- When we crave Tex-Mex, we head straight to Cocina Cucamonga at Disney California Adventure park for the Carne Asada (grilled beef) and Chicken Tamale Plato, with warm tortillas for wrapping it all up. Fill ‘er up!
- Best-kept secret: the sourdough bread bowl at Harbour Galley in Disneyland park. Plenty of picks: clam chowder, broccoli or Cheddar cheese soup or vegetarian chili. Nibble the bowl as you go.