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    I am fortunate enough that when I go to Disneyland I often stay for three to five days which allow me to branch out from classics and be a bit more adventurous. My hope is that each trip I go on that my food photography and reviews will help inform you of some additional options at the resort you may not have known about before.


    If I visited an eatery more than once I will combine the items into the same section to make it easier when reading.


    I will be posting the reviews in this thread with the appropriate pictures attached as I write them. If you want to see all of the pictures I had previously posted you can do so by clicking here.

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    The Jolly Holiday salad was light and fresh with crisp lettuce. The red and yellow tomatoes were perfectly ripe and burst with flavor in your mouth. The pecans, craisens, dried cranberries, and spiced pecans provided a great texture balance. The raspberry vinaigrette is similar to the one served at The Blue Bayou Restaurant, but I found this blend to be a little on the sweet side when not balanced with some feta in the same bite. The salad also comes with a toasted onion breadstick.


    I was a little wary of the breadstick at first because the last ones I had on Main Street were from Plaza Inn last November and were literally as hard as a rock. I have a video of my using it as a drumstick on the table to demonstrate the point; I might post it sometime.

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    "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing ... That it was all started by a mouse ... and inspired by a rabbit."

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    Re: Food Reviews and Pics (July 5 - 9)

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    When we arrived for our breakfast service we were happily greeted and seated upon our arrival. We recognized our waitress as one from a prior visit and her attentions to our requests and needs was perfect.



    by the way if you want to friend me on yelp I’m lussier.yelp.com ) and noticed many people speaking positively to the Huevos Rancheros ($9.99) which were a Carnation Specialty.

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    The Huevos Rancheros came with several freshly baked corn tortillas that were topped with fire-roasted salsa, jack cheese, and poached eggs. This was served on top of an avocado-black bean pico de gallo. While one of the simplest items to cook, a perfect poached egg can be a difficult task to recreate consistently in a kitchen. When I cut open the eggs they were cooked to perfection and silky golden yolk poured out over my tortillas. I cleaned my plate and it will definitely be an item I order again.

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    The classic Mickey Waffles ($10.49) were also ordered at my table by a pescatarian who ordered extra fruit in place of the bacon. The waffles were cooked just right, if they had been pulled out sooner I might have said they were a little under-cooked. On their own they are a little bland, and a generous covering of maple syrup definitely helps. The fruit was vibrant and fresh.


    The Mickey Waffles are a classic, but I just don’t see or taste my money’s worth from them. Especially considering they are fifty cents more then the Huevos Rancheros.


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    I was very much looking forward to coming back to the Carnation Cafe for lunch. I had been reading online that one of the new must have eating items was the fried pickles and dipping sauce ($5.99).


    We had already had a busy morning and came in 45 minutes prior to our reservation to see if we could be seen early. The hostess’s were great, gave us our buzzer to wait and were seating within ten minutes.


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    I love all forms of Cherry Coke so I was intrigued to try this item with my lunch. They use dark chocolate syrup that they blend into the cherry coke for an even taste. The closest thing that I can use to describe it, as my wait staff described it to me, is that it tastes like a liquid tootsie-roll. It definitely wasn’t bad, but I’ll admit I did not finish my glass. It was something I had to try, but probably something I will not order again. Perhaps the PB & J soda next time for me.

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    Side note if anyone has not noticed. Heinz makes a variety of ketchups, including one called All-Natural Ketchup. When I was in the parks in November the ketchup packets were of the traditional variety of ketchup, but this time they were of the All-Natural Heinz Ketchup variety at the different eateries in the park. It does taste different since there is less sugar in it.

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    We also ordered the Turkey Sandwich ($10.99). It has smoked turkey, tomatoes, monterey jack, lettuce, mustard aioli, on a toasted pretzel roll. Just before coming to Disneyland I had read on The Awesomer about how using pretzels or pretzel rolls as buns/bread was a new food trend, and if other options are as tasty as this sandwich I would agree with them. The pretzel roll was fluffy and light, but sturdy enough to hold the sandwich fillings. The turkey was cut just right to add the right texture with the vegetables. The sandwich was also served with the same fries as mentioned above.





    After Oscar our hosts brought us out a silver tray with their two current mason jar deserts. One was a lemon-merengue pie and the other was based on smore’s. I asked about the Fourth of July mason jar desert and it has been layered with vanilla, raspberry, and blueberry reductions and some graham cracker for texture. Definitely wish I hadn’t missed the opportunity to order it (it was only available from July 1-7).

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    We decided on the Smore’s Mason Jar Dessert. It was topped with a little bar of milk chocolate and some mini-marshmallows. It was layered with chocolate fudge, graham cracker bits, and mini-marshmallows. It was absolutely delicious. Make sure when you eat it you get a bit of each level for the whole experience.
    "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing ... That it was all started by a mouse ... and inspired by a rabbit."

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    • #3
      Re: Food Reviews and Pics (July 5 - 9)

      that tuna sandwich made my mouth WATER.
      i defiantly will be trying this!
      maybe stray away from my usual chicken nuggets and fries. lol
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      • #4
        Re: Food Reviews and Pics (July 5 - 9)

        @PrincessLizz The sandwich was very good. Closest I suppose I will get to the Chicken of the Sea Tuna Boat in old Fantasyland.

        Currently at work, hopefully will be posting a few more reviews to this thread tonight.
        "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing ... That it was all started by a mouse ... and inspired by a rabbit."

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        • #5
          Re: Food Reviews and Pics (July 5 - 9)

          Originally posted by OswaldTheRabbit View Post
          @PrincessLizz The sandwich was very good. Closest I suppose I will get to the Chicken of the Sea Tuna Boat in old Fantasyland.

          Currently at work, hopefully will be posting a few more reviews to this thread tonight.
          well you defiantly making my park withdrawals a little worse!! i havent been in a good month, so im a bit upset about it. and one of my favorite parts is just relaxing and eating in the park, and your making me very hungry!! lol
          cant wait to see what else you post that makes my mouth water )
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          -ig: thelipsticklizz tw:lipsticklizz

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            Re: Food Reviews and Pics (July 5 - 9)

            My next trip is only two days... I don't know how I can possibly pack all this food in, but I'm going to try my best!

            The juevos rancheros at Carnation Cafe are my go-to breakfast item. *drools*

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            • #7
              Re: Food Reviews and Pics (July 5 - 9)

              Fantastic! I love to see pictures of the various foods in the resort! Only problem is... it makes me hungry! Looking forward to seeing and hearing more!




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              • #8
                Re: Food Reviews and Pics (July 5 - 9)

                Great photos and great trip report.

                Originally posted by OswaldTheRabbit View Post
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                Side note if anyone has not noticed. Heinz makes a variety of ketchups, including one called All-Natural Ketchup. When I was in the parks in November the ketchup packets were of the traditional variety of ketchup, but this time they were of the All-Natural Heinz Ketchup variety at the different eateries in the park. It does taste different since there is less sugar in it.



                More sugar, actually. It's all natural, so uses real sugar instead of HFCS.

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                • #9
                  Re: Food Reviews and Pics (July 5 - 9)

                  I appreciated your pix but the reviews are so helpful! I've never had any of the items you reviewed so far. Thanks for taking that leap and trying new things for us.

                  I have had the Jolly Holiday combo of tomato soup & grilled cheese. I won't get it again. It was OK but the soup wasn't creamy enough for me and the gc was just ordinary. I can't use my AP discount there and I haven't found something there that I love yet so I try to stay away from JH.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Food Reviews and Pics (July 5 - 9)

                    @PrincessLizz I agree that one of my favorite parts of going to the Disney Parks is not just the experience but also the variety of food. I got a little busy lat night but will be posting a few more reviews in a couple hours.

                    @KellyMcG86 I am glad I finally got something different and tried the Huevos Rancheros, definitely my favorite sit-down breakfast item at the Disneyland Resort so far.

                    @penguinsoda Thanks so much.

                    @MAH4546 I always appreciate feedback. After reading your comment I went to Heinz website and it turns out we are both wrong. Normal Heinz, All-Natural Simply Heinz, and Organic Heinz actually all have the same amount of sugar per serving 4g. However the all natural heinz that was at the park when I was actually contains 1 additional carb and 30mg more Sodium in every serving.

                    @smartlabelprint I agree that the tomato soup & grilled cheese is OK, but it is good at what it is. And for the pickier younger members of my party it works out great, especially on a cold day. The Tuna Sandwich has still been my favorite thing at Jolly Holiday, and I have had better salads elsewhere in the park. Sadly the Tuna Sandwich is not a permanent stay but an on-again off-again menu item.
                    "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing ... That it was all started by a mouse ... and inspired by a rabbit."

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                    • #11
                      Re: Food Reviews and Pics (July 5 - 9)

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                      Main Street USA - Plaza Inn


                      The Plaza Inn, formerly the Red Wagon Inn has always been a stop for at least one lunch or dinner. A member of my party who is a little pickier loves coming here for their Penne Pasta with Marinara sauce ($13.49). Personally I was never really impressed with their pasta, although the atmosphere inside and out was nice. However this time I decided to try the much hyped Plaza Inn Specialty Chicken ($13.99).

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                      My plate included three pieces of chicken, seasoned with herbs and spices. Served alongside the chicken was mashed potatoes, gravy, a buttermilk biscuit and a mixture of vegetables (today was asparagus and red bell pepper). I started off with the chicken, it was cooked to perfection and the skin was golden and crispy. The seasoning on the skin was right on as well. Next I tried the mashed potatoes with gravy, again perfectly seasoned and cooked. The potatoes were between a creamy and chunky consistency to give them a better texture. However the last time items made the meal go down hill for me. The buttermilk biscuit with inedible and almost what I would call bordering stale. It was hard, heavy, and dry, and literally drained all the moisture out of my mouse. As for my side vegetables they were undercooked and tasted like they had no seasoning what soever. If my biscuit and vegetables would have been up to par with the chicken and mashed potatoes I could easily have given then an amazing review. But sadly it was not, and when it makes me crave a KFC biscuit over one produced by Disney there are problems. Perhaps next time I will try the Chicken-Fried Chicken when I am in a chicken mood.

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                      As always another member of my party ordered the Penne Pasta with Marinara sauce. The pasta also comes with a breadstick. I am happy to report that the breadsticks have definitely been upgraded in quality since my last visit in November. In November the breadsticks that the pasta came with were so hard you could use them as drumsticks on the table. They were not seasoned and generally were awful. Now however the breadstick tasted fresh and soft and was seasoned nicely with herbs and a butter glaze. The pasta itself was a little bland (please just add a little salt Disney), but the marinara sauce was pretty good. Again if you have a picky eater or just want something plain this can work.


                      Lastly for the first time we thought we would try some of the deserts at the Plaza Inn. We decided on the carrot cake and the apple crostata. The only reason I initially wanted to get the crostata was I thought it was a fourth of july week special. Turns on only the No-Sugar Added Crostata, with no caramel sauce was the special item.

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                      First we tried the carrot cake. This was a winner. The carrot cake itself had a perfect texture of nuts, berry, and cake. The frosting itself was also light and did not weigh down the cake. Two of us finished one of these pretty fast and cleaned the plate. Definitely something I might get for my group to eat while we are waiting on Main Street for a parade.

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                      The second desert item we tried was the Apple Crostata. The flaky crust of the crostata was cooked perfectly and the caramel and toasted nuts added a great flavor and texture as well. However the main reason you would buy an Apple Crostata is for the apple’s. Sadly the apple’s in the crostata were all under cooked and after a few bites we ended up discarding the majority to the trash. It’s really sad considering how good it looks, I just wanted the taste to match up. I might try this again as a stand alone item, because if the apples are cooked right it might be a major score.




                      "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing ... That it was all started by a mouse ... and inspired by a rabbit."

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                      • #12
                        Re: Food Reviews and Pics (July 5 - 9)

                        I can't wait to talk about my trip and get pics (I haven't caught up on my last trip). That carrot cake looks awesome. I so want to try that! Heck I got excited on being able to eat and keep a piece of cheesy garlic bread tonight so you can imagine how much more this is getting me excited. It's two weeks until we fly out on Tuesday, so yes I'm counting down the days

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                        • #13
                          Re: Food Reviews and Pics (July 5 - 9)

                          @Blackwidow The carrot cake was great and I highly recommend it. Something I will be posting later is I got to try to Limited treats from Candy Palace. The caramel and white chocolate covered pretzels, as well as their test item "Candy Sticks". Every holiday season the Candy Palace makes a limited amount of hand-made candy canes and its truly an event. I haven't had one yet. However this last week they tested the same technique in a silent test with three flavors of hand-made candy sticks (orange creme, cinnamon, lemon-lime). By the time I heard of the silent test all they had left was cinnamon and lemon-lime, and by the time I purchase lemon-lime was all the was left. I haven't tried it yet, but maybe while you are there they might try making a second batch.

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                          One of my family members got the classic Breakfast Sliders. Mini egg sandwiches on toasted slider buns with american cheese and served with breakfast potatoes. The breakfast potatoes were perfectly seasoned. The buns were perfectly toasted and the egg was light and fluffy. I know these are just basic breakfast sliders but they still are very tasty and filling.

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                          To our surprise when we were done the waitress had overhead us talking about one of my family members birthday plans that day and brought us out a little cupcake with a candle. A very nice touch. The cupcake had a dense vanilla based and a whipped cream top with a dash of sprinkles. Although just an average cupcake, the touch was nice considering we never specifically said it was anyones birthday.
                          "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing ... That it was all started by a mouse ... and inspired by a rabbit."

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                          • #14
                            Re: Food Reviews and Pics (July 5 - 9)

                            Pie of the viper sounds awesome though not my cup of tea! Though aspects of it I would eat.
                            breakfast sliders sound interesting as I have not heard of them before.
                            The candy palace and carnation cafe are two places I want to visit on my first day.
                            thank you for the reviews

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                            • #15
                              Re: Food Reviews and Pics (July 5 - 9)

                              The Carrot Cake looks awesome
                              but whats the berry in the Carrot cake?
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