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  • [Review] Paradise Garden Restaurants NOW OPEN!

    Today both the Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill restaurants in Disney California Adventure opened to the public. Along with the two new dining options a spacious new outdoor dining area was unveiled as well. The tacky Pizza Ooo Mow Mow and Burger Invasion themes were done away with in favor of a more refined, turn-of-the-century, beach side dining location and it is a huge improvement.



    The new wooden archways lined with popcorn lighting invite people into the new area of the park. There is the Italian food of Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and the Greek food of the Paradise Garden Grill.






    Along the parade route, palm trees line the canopy.

    PARADISE GARDEN GRILL:
    This is the restaurant we sampled today. This Greek style eatery is pretty tasty and actually recalls the way the Lucky Fortune Cookery operates; Choose your meat, choose your sauce, here's your meal. The skewers are served with rice, a cucumber salad and a piece of pita bread.








    Beef Kefta with Yogurt sauce



    Chicken skewer with yogurt sauce


    Or, if you are feeling adventurous, you could ask for a few sauces on the side.

    The food was surprisingly good. The chicken tasty and the sauces were flavorful. Too, the portions were fairly reasonable considering the $10.99 price inside a Disney Park.

    BOARDWALK PIZZA AND PASTA:
    This is the most impressive change. Nothing remains of the former Pizza place. Instead there is a clean, elegant, Main Street U.S.A. quality scramble serve restaurant.












    pasta with meatballs


    five cheese raviolli


    chicken and sun-dried tomato pasta






    peperoni pizza


    Portobello mushroom








    Boardwalk field greens.


    Italian chef salad


    Chicken Ceaser




    The registers

    DINING AREA:
    The new dining area is also phenomenal. Really good. The place was busy but it was still very easy to find a comfortable spot with shade.




    A live band entertains the crowd. NICE TOUCH.




    The new trees offer a large shaded area to enjoy food and music



    The gazebo, trees and canopy along Goofy's Sky school all but make you forget the thing is back there.






    The one sour note:
    It's too bad, but there is one small fly in the ointment. If you are still hankerin' for the tacky decor and theme of the previous route 66 you can still visit the bathrooms at the Paradise Garden Restaurants. Maybe this is something that will soon follow, as the project was plagued with delays. We hope so. Because after having nothing but a great dining experience it's jarring to be reminded of how awful the area was.






    But, despite the one minor problem with the restrooms, this new dining option is great. Go try it out as soon as you can. There's plenty to eat, lots of room to relax and live music. Good Job.

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    Darn! Missed it by just 2 days. Looks great. I know where I want to eat next time.
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    • #3
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      the food looks small. and the pasta only has 1 meatball?

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      • #4
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        WOW! Amazing what they did to Pizza Ooo Mow Mow, it's unrecognizable from before. Looks great, the seating area is wonderful, and the Kabob and Salad section looks great. Also a +1 to the flatbread pizza! Love these new options!
        -Monorail Man

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        • #5
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          ...looks great....Its a vast improvement from what it was...

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          • #6
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            ^^^ Glad to see the time honoured MiceChat tradition of replying to a thread bursting with praise and compliments with a nit-picking negative whine is still fresh and alive!

            Fishbulb thank you for the marvellous photos of this wonderful new area. I cannot wait to try the chicken kebab with tzatziki (is it sad that I've already decided?) for myself in a fortnight! Hurray.
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            • #7
              Re: Paradise Garden Restaurants NOW OPEN!

              Thanks for the post and pictures of the menus and pricing. I'm going to have to give them a try

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              • #8
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                They have Peroni on draft? WIN!! That is my 2nd favorite beer (after Kronenbourg 1664).

                The pastas look good, but the green sauce on the ravioli makes it look like it's gone bad.

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                • #9
                  Re: Paradise Garden Restaurants NOW OPEN!

                  Originally posted by DannyLand View Post
                  the food looks small. and the pasta only has 1 meatball?
                  While I'll agree there should be more than one meatball the portion looks fine for one imo. Most portions these days are too big.

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by DannyLand View Post
                    the food looks small. and the pasta only has 1 meatball?
                    Unless my monitors broken I see two...

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by DannyLand View Post
                      the food looks small. and the pasta only has 1 meatball?
                      The portions look perfect to me. Anything bigger would be typical gluttonous 21st century American-style sloth that has gotten our society to the sad state it is in.

                      If these portions look small to you, you would ABSOLUTELY HATE visiting Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea. These portions look quite healthy in comparison to the petite servings of food they give you there. Of course, you can go days at Tokyo Disneyland without seeing an ECV (I don't think they even rent them there, and personal ECV's are unknown to Japanese culture), and every single Attractions Hostess in Tokyo is a size 10 or smaller.

                      But if this big helping of carbs and protein looks small to you, double up and order a second entree. Eat up!

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                      • #12
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                        OT:
                        Some people in ECV's actually just can't get around the park due to physical limitations beyond their control. Personally, I'm glad we have the option in this country to allow those that are less capable to enjoy the theme park on their own terms. Sorry to nit-pick your random ECV comment, but this is a personal pet peeve... as a daughter of a polio victim, it irritates me that some people will assume my mom is just riding an ECV because she is too fat and lazy, when in reality she actually just can't walk more than a few steps without pain.

                        Just sayin..

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                        Anyhoo... can't wait to eventually see all of this new dining extravaganza in person. Unfortunately I won't get to the parks for at least another 6 months to a year. Thanks to everyone for posting pictures so I can live vicariously through you!
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                        • #13
                          Re: Paradise Garden Restaurants NOW OPEN!

                          Very nice! Can't wait to go see it in person!


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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by In the Parks View Post
                            The tacky Pizza Ooo Mow Mow and Burger Invasion themes were done away with in favor of a more refined
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                            • #15
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                              The new restaurant is looking good. The theme matches the rest of Paradise Pier without the tacky giant burger.


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