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Where to Eat: Lunch at Disneyland's Bengal Barbecue

February 3, 2015, 11:20 AM · Skewers are one of my favorite lunches when visiting the Disneyland Resort. The grilled meat or veggies fill me up without weighing me down, providing a boost in the middle of the day while leaving me room for a mid-afternoon snack later. But with Disney California Adventure's Paradise Garden Grill serving burgers while the Taste Pilot Grill is being refurbished, it's back over to Disneyland for my skewer fix.

Bengal Barbecue

Bengal Barbecue was the first place to serve skewers in Disneyland, but I can't remember the last time I ate there. It's located at what often is an awful traffic pinch point in Adventureland, opposite the entrances of the Indiana Jones Adventure and the Jungle Cruise, and just steps away from the treehouse entrance, too. It's an area I try to snake through as quickly as possible, even when I'm visiting one of the attractions there. Ever since Paradise Garden Grill opened, I prefer to get my skewers in California Adventure, where I can enjoy the ample seating and live bands performing in the Paradise Garden on the Boardwalk.

There are just a few tables here at the Bengal Barbecue, and the only entertainment is watching the other people crowded around you as they wait to order or get their skewers. (Most people seem just to get theirs to go.) But on a relatively uncrowded winter weekday afternoon, with no crowds blocking the way, I decided to give the Bengal Barbecue a try.

Bengal Barbecue menu

I opted for the Bengal Beef Skewer with Zulu sauce ($4.49), Safari Skewer (bacon-wrapped asparagus, $4.19), and a Tiger Tail ($3.69).

Skewers and bread

The Zulu sauce is a sweetened barbecue sauce that spiced the tender steak without overpowering it. But my favorite skewer was the asparagus. Sure, it's a decadent way to get your veggies, but the combination of fire-grilled asparagus and crispy bacon just rewards my taste buds like few other selections in the park. It reminds me why so many people fight through the crowds on busy days to queue for these skewers. The skewers at Bengal Barbecue are smaller than the ones at the Paradise Garden Grill, and don't come with any sides, but they're priced less per skewer over here so I find the value to be about the same.

While I'm resolving to not wait so long before visiting Bengal Barbecue again, next time I will skip the Tiger Tail. A bland mass of white bread with a touch of cheese baked onto the crust, the Tiger Tail just didn't deliver enough flavor to be worth wasting all those carbs and calories on. Stick to a couple of skewers, instead, and you can keep the bill under 10 bucks while saving that space in your stomach for another tasty reward later in the day.

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Replies (5)

February 3, 2015 at 12:24 PM · The congestion in this area is awful. It's been a problem for years and never really has been addressed very well.
February 3, 2015 at 1:24 PM · Finding a place to sit was a nightmare last time we were there as well. But the skewers were pretty good. Paradise pier area is much easier to enjoy a meal.
February 3, 2015 at 3:10 PM · You can usually find a seat inside the River Belle Terrace dining room. There is a door leading inside right next to the seating area for Bengal BBQ. And yes, the Safari Skewer with bacon-wrapped asparagus is my favorite too! And try the Banyan Beef if you like spicy food. It's not overwhelming but is not totally wimpy either as so many so-called "spicy" selections tend to be.
February 3, 2015 at 8:42 PM · Bengal BBQ has been my favorite theme park restaurant since I was kid. You really can't beat those skewers. Great review!
February 4, 2015 at 9:34 AM · Just don't go at lunch time, as those lines and the congestion become, well, less than magical.

Skewers are a nice, small size lunch--the kind I like to have when saving room for ice cream on Main Street or a Dole Whip.

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