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Old 07-09-2010, 09:59 AM   #31
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Not everyone is into restaurants like Napa Rose, so to say it's the best restaurant is subjective. There are lots of foodies, self-professed food snobs and people who want gourmet dining, so to those folks perhaps Napa Rose is the best. Other people I know think the best place to eat is Pink's Hot Dogs on La Brea out here in L.A., or The Gumbo Pot counter service place at the Farmers Market. It's all subjective.

Like Laurie (DizNee Luver) said earlier about her family, I'm a simple girl. I don't need fine dining or gourmet food. I will be happy with a hearty breakfast, and any meal that tastes good to me after that is what I consider good. Honestly, I have no interest in ever eating at Napa Rose because that type of food holds no appeal for me at all. I really don't even care for Blue Bayou - I love the atmosphere, of course, but the menu is too limited and I am pickier in what I like to eat to where the BB doesn't offer enough options for my taste buds.

Outside of DLR, give me a nice bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, a nice chicken dish, a nice pizza or a juicy burger and I'm happy!
Inside DLR - and that includes DTD - I find many things that I like to eat at a variety of places, and eating at those places is truly a part of my whole enjoyment of going to DLR. Maybe prior to 1990 or so, I would eat the cardboard food at DL just to get some sustenance, and was bland and very much what I would expect for amusement park fare. Since 1991 or so, when DLR improved its food tremendously, dining has become a big part of my enjoyment in my trips now! I haven't had anything anywhere at DLR that I would say is even close to the worst meal I've ever had. I can't even think of the worst meal I've ever had at the moment, but I know it wasn't at DLR.

I love Goofy's Kitchen - it's my favorite place to eat in DLR (and has been for 17-18 years), and I would even eat there without the characters!! So, again, it all boils down to personal tastes, preferences, expectations, perspective...and what you're used to.
I totally could have written the part I bolded above!

The things I love at Disneyland aren't gourmet meals, by any means. But they are things I LOVE. They are the Disney foods I crave when I'm not there. Like the chicken fusilli at Pizza Port. It's just pasta and sauce but for some reason I just love it. Same with the soup in a bread bowl at Pacific Wharf. Food snobs would turn their noses up at those things but I love and look forward to them.
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:04 AM   #32
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Having been to DL prob 100 times or more and to DW 3 times I have to agree that I think DW's food is better and generally of higher quality however we always manage to find things we like and that are edible at DL as well. We like Cafe Orleans, Rancho Zocal, Taste Pilots, Tratoria (although I haven't been since it reopened) Napa Rose, SH55, and several others. There are those that I am NOT fond of but there are several that I like. I wouldn't say ANY of the restaurants are over the top although I very much enjoyed NR and SH55 but we always find something to satisfy us.

One thing I WAS dissapointed with on our latest trip was Country Bear. We have always enjoyed their hamburgers and esp the view over there. That has been one of our fav break spots to sit and relax and watch the ducks and the boats but the food was AWFUL. The hamburgers were puny and like a rock! I didn't try a burger anywhere else but I hope that is not how they ALL have gone!!

We had french market and have enjoyed them as well as CC, Ariel's etc and enjoyed pretty much everything but again if I had to chose I would take DW food any day. I had some AMAZING meals there!!
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:09 AM   #33
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It met my expectations for theme park food. I hated Cafe Orleans, loved Ariel's and thought PCH breakfast and Goofy's dinner were 'meh'.

However, I did eat a broccoli and cheese soup in a bread bowl for lunch three days in a row from Pacific Wharf Cafe.
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:38 AM   #34
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I agree that if you care that much about the food you eat at a theme park, then it is too bad you didn't go to Napa Rose. Really excellent food, setting and dining experience. It's a must do on every trip we do there. I would much rather spend my money and have ONE really great meal there than to spend the same amount to eat two or three bad to so-so meals.
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Looks like we all have our opinions and tastes, good days at the parks and not so good.

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Old 07-09-2010, 12:19 PM   #36
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it all boils down to personal tastes, preferences, expectations, perspective...and what you're used to.
Exactly...add me to one who like simple foods. Nothing foo-foo or fancy.
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:33 PM   #37
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I totally could have written the part I bolded above!

The things I love at Disneyland aren't gourmet meals, by any means. But they are things I LOVE. They are the Disney foods I crave when I'm not there. Like the chicken fusilli at Pizza Port. It's just pasta and sauce but for some reason I just love it. Same with the soup in a bread bowl at Pacific Wharf. Food snobs would turn their noses up at those things but I love and look forward to them.
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Exactly...add me to one who like simple foods. Nothing foo-foo or fancy.
Woo hoo!! Yay for the No-Foo-Foo club! I do like a menu with a lot of options, so I can have a lot to choose from, but I end up choosing the simple, basic, anti-foo-foo foods!!
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I totally could have written the part I bolded above!

The things I love at Disneyland aren't gourmet meals, by any means. But they are things I LOVE. They are the Disney foods I crave when I'm not there. Like the chicken fusilli at Pizza Port. It's just pasta and sauce but for some reason I just love it. Same with the soup in a bread bowl at Pacific Wharf. Food snobs would turn their noses up at those things but I love and look forward to them.
Oh My Yes..that soup in a breadbowl is great!
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We just went to WDW last August and one thing I will say is that they have waaaay more restaurant options. We had the free dining so ate at a lot of the sit down restaurants where I would say the food was better. Normally I would not be able to afford to eat at the nicer restaurants. DL is more limited on its restaurants (unless you want character dining) but I still have my favorites. (Carnation Cafe, Blue Bayou, Plaza Inn) and of course Mimi's (offsite)
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Old 07-09-2010, 01:00 PM   #40
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Woo hoo!! Yay for the No-Foo-Foo club! I do like a menu with a lot of options, so I can have a lot to choose from, but I end up choosing the simple, basic, anti-foo-foo foods!!
LOL! I should put "Member of the No-Foo-Foo Club" in my signature!
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I agree that if you care that much about the food you eat at a theme park, then it is too bad you didn't go to Napa Rose. Really excellent food, setting and dining experience. It's a must do on every trip we do there.


Napa Rose is an amazing food experience if you're looking for this type of meal (with apologies to Sherry and the other "plain food folks" ).
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I am amazed at how much emphasis people put on food when going to Disneyland (and even more at WDW). We have our favorite places to go while there (Plaza Inn, Rancho, Pacific Wharf) but our focus is the attractions, food is not.
I think that because there is so much emphasis on food at WDW that we are sort of doing the same for DLR....

at WDW we love to do TS restaurants and booking the ADR's are part of the fun. There are so many FUN restaurants at WDW...and yes the food isn't fantastic...but it is really the experience...

so I find myself looking for those same experiences at DL...I will be booking some ADR's on Sunday (my 60 mark)
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I sometimes think that DLR is a theme park and it serves typical theme park type food. I am luckeyto have had the chance to eat a different places all over the world and at fancy places and scummy places. When people compare the $$ that the food costs vs Bob's Big Boy (or In and Out)or what ever, it will never equal up. I dislike Hungrey Bear, could never get a reasonable tasting hamburger, love PWC, simple fresh food.

We never budget food other than a total expense for the trip because we never know what we will eat other than a dole whip or pomme frittes. I hate to see people shy away from trying something because someone states the food was horrible(base on those personal tastes.)

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Old 07-09-2010, 02:00 PM   #44
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i love the alfredo lasanga, OMG what a great idea, the meatball sandwhich with extra marina, man my mouth is watering.


Aww carlos!! I love you already!! I LOVED the Alfred lasagna also!!!!! they don’t have it anymore… FAIL!!!! But the grilled veggie Panini was soo good, I have a photo I will send it to you in a pm so your mouth can water.. shoot in hungry now!

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I have to add that Disneyland food is still way better than some of the food I've had at other theme parks - for the same price. Six Flags is just as pricey, and the food isn't nearly as good - in my opinion of course ... I know everyone has different tastes. Not everything is spectacular but there are things that I just absolutely love and I can't say that about any other theme park I've visited (Various 6 Flags, Universal Studios, Sea World, Great America, Raging Waters, etc.)


Mm yes, got to AGREE with this—I have never had very much luck with getting better food at other amusement parks either. i have to say the two Mexican restaurants DL has is far better then the one that Knott’s has—in my opinion though. But umm hands down, DCA has the best food EVER! The BEST bread soup bowls, the best burgers, the best everything!

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I am a self professed foodie snob, so yes, I agree with you, I think that most of the sit down food is horrible. Goofy's Kitchen was one of the worst breakfasts I've ever had. I prefer to eat from the stands - I kind of like the veggie gumbo, and or the Bengal BBQ. I think the best sit down food is the Mexican place inside the park, but even that is so so.


Eh! The gumbo at royal street veranda was not that great the day I had it. but then again I have had the soup bowls from pacific warf, and so maybe I am spoiled , cause those are MUCH better.. also umm suggestion, try the rancho Cucamonga Cocina at pacific wharf the Mexican dishes are dangerously yummy!! And thanks to all the reviews I know where I won’t be eating at Disneyland or in the hotels..well besides Napa rose, cause if I could afford it I be all over that menu! Lol oh and I am a foodie snob also…




FYI..this was my lunch at the wine country trattoria a few weeks ago. the grilled veggie panini paired with a prosecco! THIS WAS GOOD!!

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so I find myself looking for those same experiences at DL...I will be booking some ADR's on Sunday (my 60 mark)
just part of the planning FUN
Hopefully you will not get too frustrated with this as DLR just does not lend itself to that as well WDW - even if it had better restaurants.

FWIW I wrote up some of thoughts here "From DLR to WDW and Back Again: My Challenge With WDW Dining Philosophy at DLR" - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2449979
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