For the first time since the new DCA we had a multiple day visit to Disneyland and as always, one of our favorite things is trying out the new food offerings and new experiences.
This weekend we tried out the new Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe, a return visit to Ralph Brennan's for the first time in a few years and breakfast at the newly remodeled Carnation Cafe.
I also got to ride Luigi's Flying Tires for the first time.
Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe
This wasn't only our first time eating here, but the first time we'd been inside. Frankly I was apprehensive because I thought it would be too similar to the "ok" Jolly Holiday. To say I was impressed would be an understatement. My wife and I split the Roast Beef Sandwich and I'm glad to report it was absolutely fantastic. There was so much Roast Beef on the sandwich, I expected a half re-heated sandwich and instead what we got was a hot, fresh sandwich with an appropriate amount of melty cheese and horseradish. We will certainly be eating here again.
For lunch on Saturday we ate at Ralph Brennan's. I probably hadn't eaten here in 5 years, I had very underwhelming experiences here in the past. This visit was great. I think most of the people in our party of 14 were equally impressed. The Shrimp Po' Boy had an adequate amount of shrimp, the bread wasn't too soft or too hard. My one disappointment is that I ordered the potato salad, got fries, was told they'd bring me some potato salad and I never got it. I realize we had a large party but I found this unacceptable. Overall though the service was great and the food was good. It won't be 5 years before we eat here again for sure.
Unfortunately there had to be one stinker of the weekend. We had breakfast at the new Carnation Cafe' Sunday morning. Sad to report that the service hasn't improved with the expanded dining location. It looks great, the heaters outside were appreciated. I got the Huevos Rancheros and frankly, my food wasn't even warm. The salsa had no kind of kick to it at all and I don't know if they don't have hot sauce (not tabasco) or if it just wasn't offered. By the time I would have been able to ask it was too late. I just don't get how there are so many places in SoCal that serve great Mexican food yet Disneyland just can't seem to get it right.
I'll also say that I absolutely LOVED Luigi's Flying Tires. I hadn't ridden it before but due to the light crowds we were able to ride twice. I wasn't expecting much out of it but it was absolutely fantastic. Obviously riding with fun people makes all the difference in the world.