Some evenings we just prefer to nosh and skip a big dinner – and whether our cocktail has a splash of gin or we go non-alcoholic, here are some of our favorite finds in the Disneyland Resort lounges. Do you have a favorite from the lounge menus?
At The Cove Bar at Disney California Adventure park, we love to sit outside and watch the goings-on along Paradise Pier and munch the fish tacos with grilled mahi mahi, shredded cabbage, tomato, red onion and chipotle cream. Meat fans recommend the tender tri tip sliders with mojo criollo sauce and crispy onions on toasted brioche.
Across the park at Wine Country Trattoria, escape with a generous heap of fritto misto: calamari, mussels, green beans and artichoke hearts, hot and crisp and delish dipped in pepperoncini aïoli. Go a little lighter with a Caprese salad with slices of tomatoes and fresh mozzarella with fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic.
For a quiet getaway, we head for a corner at Hearthstone Lounge at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and nibble the artisan cheese and candied pecans with a hearty Cabernet Sauvignon. Or get messy with sticky spare ribs and a side of soba salad. (It’s OK to lick your fingers.)
And if you’ve got a hankering for Chef Andrew Sutton’s cuisine at Napa Rose but forgot to make a reservation, tuck in at the Napa Rose Lounge where several of the tastes are from the dining room menu: the pan-roasted diver scallops, the rich Portobello mushroom bisque “cappuccino” or the Sizzling Beach Rock with garlic seared shrimp, soy-glazed ribs and lemongrass chicken skewers.
The sophisticated Steakhouse 55 Lounge at the Disneyland Resort is the place we head for a Dungeness crab cake or to share a pizzetta – our favorite is the grilled chicken, prosciutto, mushrooms and decadent Brie. The bartender can recommend a crisp Chardonnay.
In the lobby of Paradise Pier Hotel, go casual with a bite at Surfside Lounge, either an old-fashioned, double-decker club sandwich with turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on toasted sourdough, or a hefty 1/3-pound Angus burger with melted Cheddar. Cold beer or tall iced tea?