Tuesday, August 2, 2011

More Disneyland Dining!

Food is everywhere in Disneyland.. It is an experience in itself!

Bengal Barbeque: What a surprise! We really enjoyed it here, except for the face we needed to stalk a table like a tiger stalks its prey. Maybe that’s why they named it Bengal? We had the Banyan Skewer and the Safari Skewer. Both were excellent choices. The Banyan Skewer was in a hot and spicy sauce, it wasn’t too hot or spicy it was just right. And the Safari Skewer was amazing! I’ve never seen my husband eat asparagus before, but if you wrap anything in bacon it automatically becomes something interesting. The Tiger Tails were ok, they were just grilled bread sticks and should come with some kind of dipping sauce or maybe be roasted with a garlic butter, they were a little plain. But overall we really enjoyed eating here.

French Market: We had to get the Mint Julep, we did and they were very refreshing. No food just drinks here.

Rancho del Zocalo: Ugh. This had to be the worst Mexican food in the WORLD! It had no taste, none, zip, zilch. It was so bad I don’t even want to write anymore about it. If you’re in Disneyland and seconds away from dying of starvation, pick starvation it probably has more flavor.

CafĂ© Orleans: This was another hit just for the Pommes Frites alone. They were amazingly good fries, and the basket of them was quite large so it was big enough to share. I had the French Onion Soup, I thought it was ok; my husband finished my bowl and thought it was better than I did. He had the New Orleans Gumbo and thought it was very good, not Acme Oyster House good but not bad. Our daughter went with the Mac-n-Cheese and didn’t complain so it had to be good.

Ariel’s Grotto: We had made reservations here for the World of Color package, we arrived checked in and waited for about 30 minutes. We were seated in an almost empty restaurant, we asked for a booth they said no. Really? This made my husband agitated, you make us wait for no reason we ask for a booth and are told no, the line to get a cinnamon roll at the cart outside has more people in it than this restaurant! We looked at the menu, weighed the pros and the cons and left. The value isn’t there; it’s not worth the money for a slightly better spot to see World of Color.

Very limited choices for a very over inflated price, we opted for…..
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen: We love New Orleans and its food and thought this would be a better alternative than Ariel’s Grotto. What a brilliant stroke of genius this move was! What a fantastic place to eat, the building looks like it was plucked out of the French Quarter and plopped right in the middle of Downtown Disney; it had the look and feel of New Orleans. And the food had all the Taste of the Crescent City. We started off with the Filet Mignon Muffuletta and Soups 1-1-1, very good choices. The Muffuletta was to die for, it was sliced filet, it was thin like a cheese steak on rosemary ciabitta bread with provolone and olive salad, and this was a hit. The Soup 1-1-1 were 3 cups of soup a trio of Gumbo Ya-Ya, Louisiana Soup of the Day & Creole Onion Soup. This was delicious; we were fighting over the last spoonfuls.

For our entrees my husband had BBQ Shrimp & Grits. My husband loves grits and he kept saying after every forkful these are the best grits I’ve ever had! I heard that seriously after every forkful! The shrimp were plentiful and a good size, they didn’t skimp. I had the Pasta Jambalaya it was superb, it had just enough spices but wasn’t over bearing; it had the right level of heat. Our daughter had the corn flake crusted chicken which was a big hit with her, we were happy that she didn’t pick Mac-n-Cheese again! And for dessert we splurged and went with the Banana’s Foster, it was &17.00 and is meant for 2. They make it table side and depending on how breezy it is it can get interesting when they flambĂ© the banana! Our server got a little scorched; he was alright and got a bit of an extra tip for hazardous duty pay. 

Tangaroa Terrace: This is located in the Disneyland Hotel, we ate here one night out of laziness and being tired from an all day tour of LA. We were happy with our choice, it looked a lot like Captain Cook’s in the Poly making my husband happy and sad all at the same time. I had the Kalua Pork Flatbread, I always get the flatbread at Captain Cook’s and it’s always over cooked, I thought I’d give Captain Cook’s West a shot and I was happy, they know how to cook flatbread better! It wasn’t a cracker like pizza! It was very tasty; the BBQ sauce was really good. My husband had the Tamarind Glazed Island Pork Shanks, they were like little spare rib nuggets, the pork was so tender it fell off of the bone and the tamarind glaze (something I thought my husband would never try) turned out to be a huge hit for him. Laziness paid off for once!

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