Most meal for the Money

Discussion in 'Disneyland (California)' started by tirby, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. tirby

    tirby Mouseketeer

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    What places in DR and DTD gives you a good portion of food for the buck.
    With teenages and a hungry hubby the fancy plate with decorated meat just wont cut it.
    What about Rain Forest or Pacific warf Rockets, piolets grill
    or ????
    List your experiances.
    For referance a foot long subway sandwiches is no match for my kids or hubby
     
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  3. disneegrl4eva

    disneegrl4eva <font color=darkcoral>now we just need a secret ha

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    well for breakfast you can always do a character meal...all you can eat :thumbsup2
     
  4. hlbtimes2

    hlbtimes2 <font color=teal>Stretch that spine out big and ta

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    We found the meals at River Bell Terrace and the Plaza inn to both be very large. At pizza port I usually get a kids meal, dh gets a slice of pizza, and we share one of their big salads. I'm sure there are other, but those come to mind first.
     
  5. MateasMom

    MateasMom <font color=teal>We're Mimis junkies<br><font colo

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    If they're pasta eaters, the portions at Pizza Port are HUGE. My kids love the Chicken Alfredo and 1 serving ($7.99) easily serves the two of them (5 and 7) and myself.

    I've never had the burgers/sandwiches at Tasty Pilot (or whatever it's called...next to Soarin) but the portions always look big to me. I get the chicken salad BTW which IMO is super tasty.
     
  6. Mary Jo

    Mary Jo Techarita Moderator

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    Here's another vote for Plaza Inn. They have good size pasta, roast beef, fried chicken, and cobb salad dishes. I can never finish my plate.
     
  7. Alex2kMommy

    Alex2kMommy <font color=purple>I'm going a little nutso myself

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    I agree, our meals in both these places were very generous. Goofy's Kitchen also has a buffet dinner (character meal.) Someone posted a plate of nachos (I think it was from Rainforest Cafe) that looked enormous and very yummy! So if that's any indication of the size of their meals, that might be a good place for hungry teenagers!
     
  8. drag n' fly

    drag n' fly Bucket list alert!!...Rode the Lilly Belle and din

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    Plaza Inn has big portions...Offsite Mimi's has huge portions for a really great price!
     
  9. spazzyjazzy

    spazzyjazzy RUFF! RUFF!

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    I agree with Mimi's Cafe. They do have yummy big portions.
    Also try Rancho Del Zocalo in Frontierland. My son has a big appetite too. He ate two slices of pizza from the Pizza Port last time we were there and they are huge slices.
     
  10. birdmom

    birdmom ONE BY ONE THE BIRDS TOOK MY SANITY!!!

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    yes I agree the pasta at pizza port is great, and more then enough to share.
     
  11. brandonbr

    brandonbr Fantasmical!

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    My votes are for the launch pad pasta ($8.49 which feeds two and has lots of carbs from the pasta and proteins from the chicken for your day, and it tastes really good) at the pizza port, chicken wings at golden horseshoe (Although you can still see the show if you don't buy anything) are a nice way to do a lunch or dinner. Carnation Cafe is a nice quiet place to eat and not too much and the service is always great.

    In DCA test pilot is popular because you can put as many toppings on yourself as you'd like. I like the bakery though in the wharf. The $6 or $7 for the becon egg bowl is worth it, but I usually would get a huge cinnamon roll for $3.50 for breakfast. The other things in the store are really good for the price. The crescent rolls with eggs are really good too. I actually have never had lunch at the bakery but breakfast is cheap and good there, I'd imagine lunch or dinner would be the same.

    In DTD tortilla joes express (Not the restaurant) is good and a few bucks less thant he park for the same amount of food. A nacho will fill one and a half people for $5.

    The character meals are fun, but I'd recommend doing them the second day or mid vacation so you can stuff yourself and work off the extra lb's the rest of the trip. I'll stuff myself with plenty of protein which you usually don't get when trying to save money on eating at the park. Night meals are usually better so you can sleep off some of the food than waddling around for the morning if you do a breakfast. :)
     
  12. dbanzai

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    One time I survived well on a meal from the Pacific Wharf Cafe... When I was done eating the salad, I put the bowl in a bag and had it to nibble on the whole day. The salads and soups are great to begin with IMHO.
     
  13. tirby

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    Ok first let me say THIS SITE IS ADDICTING!! :surfweb: (and I like it :goodvibes )
    Gosh thanks for the info. Anyone else?
    I really hadent even thought of the character meals because I thought the kids would think it was silly, and that they were outrageous expensive. :confused3
    But I do know I'm hungry and excited!!! :woohoo:
     
  14. Misskitty3

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    The Mexican restaurant at DL had huge portions too.
     
  15. Another^Dimension

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    White Water Snacks - The yummy nachos, a large tasty cheeseburger or chicken sandwich or the very good French dip sandwich! :thumbsup2
     
  16. tirby

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    Is white water snack a counter service?
    Is Pacific warf a counter service?
     
  17. MATTERHORN

    MATTERHORN <font color=purple>HA HA take that all of you unco

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    Whitewater snacks all the way! They have huge portions and pretty decent prices!!
     
  18. got2travel

    got2travel <font color=green>Disney lover<br><font color=deep

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    White Water Snacks and Pacific Warfh Cafe are both counter service. However WWS is in the Grand Californian hotel and is an enhanced counter service. At least that's my term for it. If you order hot food, you pay for it, they give you a number to put on your table, then they bring it to you.

    I just posted a picture of the nachos in the dinning review with pictures thread that is a sticky on the top of the board.

    Other choices for large meals would be Rancho del Zocalo (I posted pictures of this too) and Plaza Inn or French Market fried chicken platters. Its 3 pieces of chicken with fries or potatoes.

    Don't be a afraid of character meals either. I've seen many teenagers let down their 'cool' and allow themselves to have fun. And if you get one of the latest breakfast seatings, it can be more of a brunch and will be less expensive.
     
  19. tirby

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    So you do not have to have a room at the Hotel to eat there? COOL.
     
  20. MATTERHORN

    MATTERHORN <font color=purple>HA HA take that all of you unco

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    Nope! Anyone can eat at any of the Disneyland properties! It's one of my favorite things to do when I am staying off site - eat at the hotels!
     
  21. RangerPooh

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    Over the years DH and I have discovered which places are the best (in our opinion) for portion size. Rancho del Zocalo has good sized portions. We usually split a plate and dessert. Carnation Cafe has good sized portions and prices. Since you ahve a group you might always try buying a whole pizza at Red Rockets. This is what we've done with a group, and then if there are leftovers we jus ask for aluminum foil to take it with us. Test Pilots Grill and White Water Snacks are also good sized.
     

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