I can not say enough about the jazz kitchen! The food is amazing and the service is great. I also like that I can usually make reservations day of and it works out. Napa rose is also a great place if you want a nice sit down meal. If the Carnation Plaza is open when you go- it's a must try as well.
As far as quick bites through the park- bengal BBQ is a good mid-day snack... it pairs nicely with some dole whip located a short walk away. If you like Mint, be sure to try the mint julip in new orelans. They have a window just for them around the back hidden by the restroom... or you can go into the french market and get it. For some reason, turkey legs, clam chowder, corn dogs and chimichangas just taste better at disneyland- so don't hesitate to enjoy those while waiting for fantasmic or the parade.
At Disneyland, try the skewers at Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland for snacking options. It's good to munch on them in between lunch and dinner.
At DCA, the NY Steak at Flo's V8 in Cars Land was really good, and it was filling for the price. The chicken pesto pasta at Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta over at Paradise Pier is also pretty good! The flatbread pizza can be yummy too if they came fresh out of the oven. Otherwise beware cause sometimes they've been out there for too long.
If you go to Downtown Disney and don't mind spending a little bit, I agree with the others that the Jazz Kitchen is also really good. They have a jazz band for dinner, and I recommend the Andouille crusted snapper. Super yum! Don't forget to preorder the chocolate souffle
I had beignets for the first time a few months back, and any time somebody asks what they should get to east at Disneyland, I always recommend them. They are so good, but they can be really messy. They're covered in powdered sugar, so grab some napkins and put them on your lap so you don't get your pants all covered in it, it'll be impossible to get all the way off. You can get them at the Mint Julep Bar at the French Market.
Also, you should get a cream cheese filled pretzel in Fantasyland. Simple, yet satisfying.
Village Haus has a great flatbread BLT
French Market Citrus Chicken
Jolly Holiday Bakery grilled cheese and soup, if you dont like tomato basil they will sub the chicken noodle
Riverbelle Terrace for breakfast
Steakhouse 55 at the DL hotel has the best breakfast in the resort but it'll cost about $15pp,
Catal has a great unique breakfast as well, but again about $15pp
House of Blues has an amazing lobster mac and cheese
skip the Blue Bayou too expensive
skip the Trattoria no worth the money
Try the Cove bar for cocktail and lobster nachos, feeds two well and four if youre not that hungry
Paradise Garden Grill for mediteranean food (greek and Italian) plus live music while you eat.
Flo's V8 cafe is great classic diner food at a great price
First and very foremost..... you MUST have a Dole Whip. Whatever you do, don't leave DL without trying one! Frozen pineapple goodness! There will be a lonnnnngggggggg line, but believe me, it's worth it. (If you plan on going to the Enchanted Tiki Room show, the line is sometimes shorter on that side because they are trying to get guests served that will be attending the show.) And, IMO, the soft serve is where it's at, not the float with the juice.
The Monte Cristo at Cafe Orleans is epic. The Pommes Frites are pretty much to die for as well.
And last but not least, my third favorite thing was the fried green tomato sandwich at Hungry Bear, with onion rings, of course!
P.S..... If you like onion rings, and they are not on a menu, just ask the CM. The gal at Hungry Bear told us that they have them at every counter service, but that they are not on all of the menus.
Enjoy your trip!
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boisemice, in my experience, you don't have to watch the Enchanted Tiki Room show to get served on that side. I'm not a Dole Whip fan personally (criminal, I know), but I've been over on that side with friends and made it pretty clear that we weren't planning to stay for the show, and we've never been told to wait in the other line.
Wow! As someone who has had many meals at the DIsneyland Resort a lot of these are enw to me... can't wait to try them... green fried tomato sandwhich may become my new fav.
Paradise Grill! - (anything on their menu)
Jolly Holiday - Angus Beef on Toasted Onion Whatever... mmmm
Cozy Cone - Pretzel Bites... best thing in the cars land and soo far.. and the shortest line.
French Market - Jambalya or Salmon
I'm preaching to the choir, but the Jazz Kitchen is my favorite Downtown Disney restaurant. But inside Disney, for a "quick" bite, I like Pizza Port or Hungry Bear. But the sit down restaurants like Napa Rose, Wine Country, and Blue Bayou are all must try's at least once! I have yet to try Carthay Circle!