Need to discover some low cost entrees from Disneyland’s counter service eating places? This put up gives precisely that, with our favorites which might be filling, cheap (by Disney requirements), and really good. Disneyland has a few of the finest theme park meals on this planet, providing a wide range of choices which might be nothing just like the stereotypical theme park fare (though there are many peculiar burgers, sizzling canines, and pizza if you would like one thing secure and acquainted).
Sadly, a few of the finest counter service meals at Disneyland are actually pretty dear. This contains our beloved Plaza Inn, which now has a number of dishes at or above $18, together with that well-known fried rooster. Our different favorites within the park have additionally crept up in worth, together with French Market and Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante. Unsurprisingly, Docking Bay 7 in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge debuted with excessive costs, however no less than it has the standard to match. (The lunch-only Felucian Backyard Unfold served in Star Wars Land arguably deserves a spot on this listing–it’s pictured on the prime of the put up.)
Even go-to eating spots that traditionally supplied good worth for cash have vanished. Most notable amongst these is fan-favorite Bengal Barbecue. In a transfer that implicitly acknowledges this, that eating spot now sells a Bengal Rice Plate meal, which prices $17. The excellent news is that whereas the worth proposition has declined at a lot of Disneyland’s extra in style eating places, it has improved elsewhere…
Earlier than we get began, it’s value noting that Disneyland frequently adjustments its menus. Whereas a few of the gadgets right here have been mainstays for a number of years, others (together with our “new favourite” on the finish of the put up) are comparatively new–and served at eating places identified for churning via their menus.
In the event you’re planning for a visit months from now (or are studying this months after we’ve printed it), make sure you seek the advice of the official Disneyland eating web page for present menus. There’s sense getting overestimated about an merchandise that was faraway from a menu–or had its worth jacked up by $5–earlier than you had an opportunity to strive it.
We’ll begin on the entrance of the park, knocking out an apparent one earlier than we even go away Predominant Avenue USA. That’s Jolly Vacation Bakery & Cafe, the place you could find a variety of sandwiches which might be comparatively cheap by Disneyland requirements.
I’m a fan of the Roast Beef and Smoked Cheddar on Hoagie Roll, which I discover ticks the entire proper bins: sufficiently attention-grabbing, scrumptious, filling, and never too costly. Sarah’s go-to is the Jolly Vacation Combo. This has been a staple of the menu for a number of years, and it’s principally a scrumptious grilled cheese sandwich with tomato basil soup. Easy, however scrumptious and probably a shareable snack in case you’re relatively go that route. (Arguably, any of the sandwiches at Jolly Vacation belong on this listing.)
Sticking on this space, we have now what’s probably a questionable choose: the Sizzling Canine of the Month at Refreshment Nook.
Now, I’ve lengthy been skeptical of the worth for cash supplied by this location and Casey’s Nook, however I’ve tried the final two of those, and each have been foot-long sizzling canines which might be piled excessive with toppings and include a aspect of chips. They aren’t killer offers, however they’re higher than the ‘responsible pleasures’ you’ll discover in Tomorrowland (or elsewhere round Disneyland).
Again in Fantasyland at Crimson Rose Taverne, Disneyland’s as soon as non permanent however seemingly now-permanent Magnificence and the Beast-decorated restaurant. Right here, we have now a twofer: the Enchanted Cauli-Flower Sandwich (Sarah’s choose) and the Gradual-cooked Beef Poutine (my choose).
Each of those ~$11 choices verify the entire proper bins: formidable, filling, enjoyable, and engaging. Even I just like the Enchanted Cauli-Flower Sandwich, and need to admit it’s much better than I’d anticipate. The poutine is solely however decadent and satisfying–and at all times comes with a beneficiant serving to of beef.
If we needed to make this a “three-fer” the Stuffed French Toast served for breakfast at Crimson Rose Taverne is solely divine.
Breakfast wasn’t actually what I had in thoughts when penning this put up, however that’s the stuff of desires. I’m not completely satisfied it’s a great worth for cash given the portion measurement, however that received’t cease me from ordering it many times.
Lastly, we come to the entire purpose that this put up exists: the newish Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese in a Sourdough Bread Bowl at Harbour Galley.
We’ve had very hit and miss outcomes with Harbour Galley over time. I nonetheless vividly recall our final meal there, some two years in the past after we gave the $15 Lobster Galley Chips a strive.
These Lobster chips had been served in a paper bag with only some items of rubbery lobster and fewer chips than you’d discover beside a kind of sandwiches at Jolly Vacation Bakery. Actually pathetic, and made us swear off Harbour Galley for some time. (In perusing seasonal menus the final couple of years, I don’t suppose we missed a lot.)
The Lobster Mac & Cheese Bread Bowl is a traditional Disney redemption story. It’s solely $1 costlier than the scrumptious off-menu Mac & Cheese Bread Bowl at Pacific Wharf Cafe throughout the Esplanade, and this has has a beneficiant portion of lobster blended in with the mac & cheese.
It’s not gourmand high quality, however the Lobster Mac & Cheese Bread Bowl is excellent. It’s additionally roughly double the scale of these pathetic lobster chips, and for much less cash. That is now one in all my go-to entrees in Disneyland. It must be particularly good on a cold vacation night sitting alongside the Rivers of America.
Sadly, that’s actually about it when it comes to gadgets that fulfill our necessities of being not simply low cost, but additionally scrumptious, filling, and attention-grabbing. Positive, you could find cheap slices of pizza or pasta in Tomorrowland, nevertheless it’s not value consuming. Likewise, Fantasyland has quite a lot of choices for good smaller gadgets that aren’t too expensive, however these are extra snack-sized. The excellent news is that Disney California Journey and Downtown Disney even have a wide range of choices that fulfill our necessities right here, and we’ll be again with subsequent posts on this sequence to cowl what good low cost eats they’re serving.
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