Press Releases: Best Food Values (and a splurge) at Disneyland Resort
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Economy-minded vacationers will find plenty of choices for delicious dining that won’t break the budget. Think beyond hot dogs and hamburgers. Here are some interesting picks for inexpensive dining ($10 or less) at the Disneyland Resort:
At Disneyland Park
- Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland (bacon-wrapped asparagus, vegetable, chicken or beef skewers)
- Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland (four cheese enchiladas with red chile sauce)
- Carnation Café on Main Street, U.S.A. (a bowl of loaded baked potato soup)
- Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland (fish ‘n chips)
- Hungry Bear in Critter Country (grilled chicken Caesar, veggie burger, turkey club)
- Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland (slice of veggie pizza, tomato-basil pasta)
- Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square (gumbo in a sourdough bowl)
- Tomorrowland Terrace (grilled veggie sandwich, fresh fruit plate)
At Disney’s California Adventure Park
- Wine Country Trattoria in the Golden State (caprese salad, chef’s soup)
- Lucky Fortune Cookery (Asian rice bowl with beef, chicken or tofu)
- Pacific Wharf Café (Santa Rosa corn chowder, Vallejo vegetarian chili served in sourdough bowls)
- Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill (tamales and tacos)
- Taste Pilot’s Grill, Golden State Condor Flats (three large pork ribs, fries and slaw)
At Disneyland Hotel
- The Coffee House (chef salad, ham and cheese sandwich)
- Tangaroa Terrace (all breakfasts, salads, flatbreads, fish & chips and most burgers) – Fab
- Trader Sam’s (most pupus, including tacos and wraps) – Fab
At Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
- PCH Grill (one-third-pound Angus burgers, club sandwich, grilled chicken breast sandwich, skinny melt with beef or turkey patty on bed of grilled zucchini and caramelized onions)
At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
- White Water Snacks (veggie burger, nachos, personal pizzas) – Fab misses the Beef Dip.
- Storyteller’s Café (at lunch, corn chowder, chicken quesadilla, sticky ribs with soba salad)
At Downtown Disney District
- House of Blues (chicken shrimp gumbo, crispy catfish nuggets, spicy calamari, chicken quesadillas.)
- La Brea Bakery Express (soup in a sourdough bread bowl, various sandwiches and salads)
- Napolini (paninis, baked pasta, pizza by the slice)
- Rainforest Café (buffalo wings, chili con queso)
- Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express (jambalaya, gumbo, po’ boy sandwiches)
- Tortilla Jo’s Taqueria (tacos, burritos, nachos)
On the other end, there’s Steakhouse 55. When Goofy’s Kitchen has a long lunchtime wait, they open their lounge and serve light lunches there, including one of the best burgers we’ve had in our lives. It’s more than ten dollars – but well worth it.
Steakhouse 55 A Cut Above With Indulgent Angus Beef, Award-Winning Wine List
ANAHEIM, Calif. – With an vintage Hollywood ambience that includes classic photos of Walt Disney dining with movie stars, white linen tablecloths and servers in old-fashioned bowties, Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel is an upscale-yet-comfortable culinary indulgence.
“My goal is to capture the feeling of a traditional steakhouse, but with our own flair, and to celebrate a great steak,” said Chef Jason Martin.
The “55″ is an ode to 1955, the year Disneyland opened, an era when a night on the town was a glamorous experience. Start the evening with cocktails in the cozy adjoining lounge before settling in at a curving banquette or table in the handsome, 108-seat restaurant with touches of oak and etched glass, and an impressive wine cellar.
Beautiful, thick Angus steaks are the star, from the signature 18-ounce bone-in ribeye with steakhouse rub to a flawlessly broiled 7-ounce filet mignon. The ideal sidekick is Martin’s potato stack au gratin with countless layers of thinly sliced potatoes baked in decadent butter and cream.
If you prefer surf to turf, tuck in to the cold water lobster tail, broiled Atlantic salmon or the Chef’s sustainable fresh fish selection. Start with a taste of the sea – shrimp cocktail, Dungeness crab cakes or chilled ahi. Beyond other cuts of beef including New York strip, prime rib and a generous porterhouse, meat entrées include herb-crusted rack of lamb and free-range chicken breast.
Steakhouse starters such as Seven Onion Soup with Parmesan Crisp, “wedge” iceberg lettuce with Gorgonzola, Caesar salad or the Steakhouse Salad with bacon, tomato, cucumber, and cheddar pair nicely with any entrée choice.
Most of the servers, as well as Chef Martin, are sommeliers, and they happily will offer a taste or two or offer a vintage from the award-winning selection. When he’s not too busy in the kitchen, Chef Martin said he enjoys a visit to the restaurant’s wine cellar with guests.
“I enjoy sharing the celebration of fresh, vibrant food and wine, and introducing guests to new flavors,” said Martin.
Steakhouse 55 has been awarded “Four Stars” from the Orange County Register and a Golden Bacchus from the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. Zagat rates the restaurant “amazing,” “a gem,” “elegant” and “the best ribeye in town.”
Prix-fixe and children’s menus are available. The private Oak Room may be reserved for parties of up to 22.
Breakfast feels like a special occasion at Steakhouse 55, where guests tend to relax and sip lattes and cappuccinos – or maybe a hot chocolate with whipped cream. Specialties such as buttermilk pancakes with warm Bananas Foster or French toast with warm berries are an indulgent way to start the day, or fill up on eggs Benedict, omelettes, huevos rancheros or a hearty breakfast burrito. Splurge with the 7-ounce Angus steak and eggs, or behave with granola, yogurt and fruit or the Smoked Salmon and Bagel platter. For kids, Mickey-shaped pancakes, scrambled eggs or favorite breakfast cereals are on the menu.