I know everyone's going batty over this, but I can't help but wonder...will these prices and menu choices appeal to anyone -but- local AP's who like to splurge when they visit the park? (AKA us) Can you picture mom and pop from Peoria ordering -anything- with a 'zesty citrus aioli'? Even my wife, who is definitely finicky but not a burgers-only type, really doesn't see anything on this new menu that makes her want to eat there. (She doesn't do seafood...and there goes much of the menu.)
You have to do the math on what's over in NOS now:
Royal Street Veranda: moderate-low prices, very small menu, VERY small amount of seating (often held by people watching entertainment and not eating).
French Market: Moderate prices, decent menu, plenty of seating.
Cafe Orleans: Moderate-high prices, decent but semi-gourmet menu, relatively low capacity -plus- full-service (longer dining times and gratuity).
Blue Bayou: Exceptionally high prices, gourmet food, full service.
I'm seeing a gap here. While French Market doesn't have bad prices, two people are going to spend around $30 there if they get entrees and a drink. Cafe Orleans used to be the moderate-low price option on that side of the park, other than Hungry Bear's bland options way on down the line in CC. Now, that moderate-low price option is gone, leaving the crowded and tiny Royal Street Veranda as the only place around NOS where you're going to get away with food for one under $15 or so.
I think that's a mistake, and I think the attendance at the new CO and BB will demonstrate that, with a menu change before the year is over. I don't think you'll see either menu change out completely like Rancho over in Frontierland has had, but I think you're going to see a couple of new lower-priced (and less exotic) sandwich options pop up at CO, and I think you're going to see a general price shift at BB, especially for lunch.
French Onion Soup Sautéed sweet-onion medley in a traditional broth with melted Swiss cheese cup 4.99
Entrees: New Orleans Gumbo A rich, flavorful stew with chicken, andouille sausage and tasso ham, served with Cajun-style "dirty rice" cup 4.99 Pommes Frites Traditional Parisian-style potatoes, lightly fried and tossed with Parmesan cheese, garlic and parsley, served with a Cajun spice aioli 4.99 La Salade de Maison Our Cafe Orleans signature house salad, featuring tossed baby greens in a raspberry vinaigrette, topped with cherry tomatoes, crumbled goat cheese and caramelized pecans. C'est bon! 5.99 Mardi Gras Crab-Salad Sandwich Crab salad with garlic, scallion and diced tomato, lightly tossed in a zesty citrus aioli, served on an onion roll with avocado and sliced tomato 14.99 'The Big Easy" Shrimp Salad Grilled Jumbo shrimp atop wedged lettuce, with asparagus, tomato, avocado, aged prosciutto and shaved Parmesan, lightly tossed in a Lemon-herb vinaigrette 15.99 French Quarter Blackened Chicken Caesar Crisp Romaine hearts tossed in a traditional Caesar dressing, topped with blackened chicken and shaved Parmesan 13.99 Monte Cristo Sliced turkey, ham and Swiss cheese in a light batter, fried and served with berry puree 14.99 Three-Cheese Monte Cristo Swiss, mozzarella and double crème Brie in a light batter, fried and served with berry puree 14.99 Freshly Prepared Stuffed Crepes
Delicate crepe - made to order. Served with buttered asparagus and fingerling potatoes. Chicken Gumbo Crepe Sautéed chicken, andouille sausage, tasso ham, and Creole gumbo sauce 15.99 Seafood Herb Crepe With a traditional Mornay sauce, shaved Parmesan and mozzarella 15.99
DESSERTS “Mickey" shaped Beignets
Topped with powdered sugar and served with raspberry coulis and vanilla crème anglaise 6.99
Chocolate Crepe Soufflés Flourless chocolate indulgence! Raspberries wrapped in crepes and baked to perfection, served with raspberry coulis and whipped cream 6.99
Last edited by akfandisney; 06-06-2006 at 05:32 AM.
I see where your coming from with that. But honestly, the fact remains that:
Cafe Orleans was VERY rarely open before the change
Disneyland only had 1 sit-down full-service restaurant before this
Granted I think they could have gone with a better choice in converting another restaurant to full-service instead of one directly across from the other sit-down restaurant. I would have liked either Rancho Del Zocalo or something else converted. Heck, bring back the Tahitian Terrace!!!
I see this as a direct alternative to Blue Bayou. When the line for BB is too long they will inform people they can eat at Cafe Orleans. ALOT of people I know (not just AP's) want sit down restaurants.