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Take a Trip to Mediterranean at Paradise Garden Grill at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 21st, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


On a recent sunny Southern California afternoon, we had the pleasure of noshing our way through Disney California Adventure park – and marveling at the diversity of quick bites, from Mexican to Asian to all-American. Among our favorite picnic-style meals was the hearty beef gyro at Paradise Garden Grill, found at a walk-up window with a surprising repertoire of robust Mediterranean tastes.

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That gyro had thick slabs of spiced beef wrapped in a warm pita, slathered with cool, creamy tzatziki and a side of taboulleh, the Middle Eastern version of a green salad with bulgur wheat, tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh parsley in a lemony dressing. Enough for two. But we also shared the generous Greek salad, a plate full of greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, spicy pepperoncini, feta cheese and lots of olives with a lemon-oregano dressing and warm pita to scoop it all up.

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If you’re looking for a simpler taste, the skewers are another good bet – pick from grilled steak, chicken, meatball or veggies and tofu, each with a side of rice, cucumber salad and warm pita. Kick it up with one of three sauces: spicy chili with harissa (hot chili pepper paste), chimichurri with a base of fresh citrus and herbs, or mild cucumber yogurt.

The skewers go from savory to sweet with a strawberry-brownie skewer with caramel, chocolate sauce and mini-marshmallows. But we prefer their classic baklava, the sweet Mediterranean desserts with layers of flaky phyllo, honey and nuts. Sit, back, enjoy the sunshine and imagine you’re in Greece, or Turkey – but California Screamin’ awaits!

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Dolores from CA on February 21st, 2014 at 7:35 pm

I have eaten the chicken skewer and loved it. Very light and the pita was optional. Aside from pita, it was a great gluten free choice if I’m not mistaken. Paradise Garden Grill is never busy when I visit and the picnic tables in that area are great!

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Deborah from CA on February 21st, 2014 at 8:48 pm

OK don’t get me wrong I’m NOT complaining,I love that you have a vegetarian option,But why Tofu? Why not a chickpea or Fava bean “burger”. It just strikes me as odd. Of course I plan to try it next time.

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Dinah on February 24th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I love Paradise Garden Grill – it’s definitely one of my favorites at DCA. The food is yummy, the seating area is relaxing and atmospheric, and the entertainment is great. And I LOVE the pita bread. Funny story: The last time I went, I was so looking forward to my meal…and the pita bread, telling the person who was with me how much I loved it. We ordered, got our food, and sat down. I immediately went to the pita bread, split it in half, and – I don’t know what I did – but it fell to the ground. I’m sure my face showed my disappointment, and if I had been the other person, I probably would have laughed at me. It was too comical. THANKFULLY, I went back and the CMs were really great and gave me another pita bread. Yay! Crisis averted. ;)

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Camille from OR on February 24th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

The landscaping is really good there too. A great place to relax and take in the beauty.

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