Monday Top 10: The best quick-service restaurants at the Disneyland Resort
Written by Robert Niles
Two weeks ago, we featured the Top 10 quick-service restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort. As promised, this week we're turning to the west coast and honoring the top counter-service eateries at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. These include not just long-time popular places to eat at the original Disneyland Park, but also some of the hot new restaurants at Disney California Adventure. As an added bonus for repeat visitors, many Disneyland restaurants shake up their menus with seasonal and holiday specials that are as much an attraction for locals as the seasonal decorations, lights, and parades.Tweet
10. Rancho del Zocalo
The successor to the original Casa de Fritos (renown as the birthplace of Doritos), Frontierland's Mexican restaurant wins extra points from fans for its holiday tamales.
9. Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
Enjoy a salad, sandwich, or quiche along with Jolly Holiday's selection of sweet treats, including the Matterhorn Macaroon.
8. River Belle Terrace
The carved turkey and roast beef might get you in the door, but it's getting to eat on the porch overlooking the Rivers of America and Tom Sawyer Island that keeps many fans coming back to this Frontierland favorite.
7. Pacific Wharf Cafe
Sure, there are other places you can get soup or stew in a bread bowl at the Disneyland Resort, but they always seem to taste best when you get them here, right next to the park's Boudin Bakery.
6. Flo's V8 Cafe
Disney recreated a Route 66 roadside, comfort-food diner for Cars Land, featuring carved-meat dinners and a selection of pies for dessert. And as is custom at the Disneyland Resort, most counter-service meals in the parks here are served on real plates with metal utensils, unlike the ubiquitous paper and plastic at Walt Disney World.
5. Harbour Galley
The loaded baked potatoes have helped propel this quick-service window, across from the Haunted Mansion, into the top half of our list.
4. French Market Restaurant
Don't have a reservation for the Blue Bayou or Cafe Orleans? Just walk into the French Market and choose from a selection of Cajun and Creole-inspired entrees and salads, then maybe enjoy one of the live bands that sometime play out in the dining area.
3. Paradise Garden Grill
Mix and match to create a skewer combination at this popular new eatery on the boardwalk in California Adventure...
2. Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta
...Or go next door and choose from the selection of flatbread pizzas, salads and pasta.
1. Plaza Inn
We're all about the fried chicken dinner at Disneyland's Plaza Inn. Try to get a table in the lovely Victorian "greenhouse" room at the end of the restaurant to enjoy your chicken (or maybe one of the seasonal specials that often show up on the menu) at one of the few remaining Disney restaurants that Walt himself once enjoyed.
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