Disneyland!! – Destination Dining

The happiest place on earth wouldn’t be that happy if there wasn’t happy, delicious food to enjoy in the parks.  Any of you who have followed my blog at all know that I am a major foodie.  

It is spring break at ASU, and at our house that means Disneyland.  Yea!!  A few years ago we started the hidden Mickey search that a friend told us about — so fun!  We enjoyed the “searching and finding” so much that I thought it would be fun to go on a Disney Dining Food Quest this time.

Sooo…I researched online and made my “Disney Dining Bucket List”. SWEET!!   I had no idea my list would be so long!  I started with the foods that we always eat as our 5 Mickey Ear 🐭must haves, and based on others raving reviews, added many, many more mouth watering delicacies.

To qualify for the list, the food item had to be mentioned in at least three different online or word of mouth sources.  My “Mickey Ear” 🐭rating is based on the very scientific rating of my family as we came to an agreement on the “Do Not Miss This” factor of the taste test. 5 ears is a Disneyland repeater!

Let’s face it, I couldn’t possibly eat all of this food by myself!  So I bought one item and we split it four ways.

Soooo…after all of this introduction,  here are the reviews followed by the complete bucket list in case your family wants to go on a quest of your own.  This list may, and probably will, grow with our future visits:). These are not in any specific order except in the order of the time we saw them and ate them….

3.5 🐭🐭🐭–Oreo Churro at the California Churro Company @Downtown Disney 

This churro looks and sounds like it should be the churro to end all churros.  When I read all of the rave reviews I immediately put it on the bucket list, but I’m sorry to report that it tasted more like a cake doughnut and the filling was overpowered by the chocolate flavor.  I will be just as happy if not happier with an ordinary churro inside the park.  BUT they do have an ice cream sandwich churro that I will be trying  next time that sounds promising:)!

5🐭🐭🐭🐭🐭- Lobster Nachos and Tri-tip Sliders at the Cove Bar in California Adventure by Ariel’s Grotto


Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!  DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT miss these!! Wow! That just sums it up.  We stopped here for a light lunch.  There were four of us.  We ordered one order of nachos and two plates of sliders.  It was perfect!  We halved all of the sliders and shared the nachos.  Perfect!  By unanimous vote, this will be a part of every trip to Disney from now on:)

5🐭🐭🐭🐭🐭- Hand Dipped Corndogs at the Little Red Wagon in Disneyland at the end of Main Street 


This one took us all by surprise.  I am not a huge fan of corn dogs, but hold the phone…!  These corn dogs take it to a whole new level!  We bought two and split them for dinner, but we could have each eaten a whole one.  They are big, but so so yummy.  That breading, wow! It was soft, thick, and just a little sweet.  I will be adding this to my annual trip.  Yumm!!

4🐭🐭🐭🐭 – Bacon Wrapped Asparagus at the Bengal Cafe in Disneyland by Indiana Jones


These little morsels are just that.  Little.  They taste good.  I mean ..bacon, hello!  But the portion size felt way too small.  It was good, but I think I will try to make my own at home. I will make a lot of them:)

5🐭🐭🐭🐭🐭- Matterhorn Macaroon at the Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland at the end of Main Street


This Macaroon is absolutely beautiful.  It seems almost too pretty to eat.  My daughter and I shared one.  At first we thought it was good, but….after the second, and third bites we knew that we would be having another.  In fact, it is the only treat we ate that we really wanted to go back and buy another!  Love, love, love it❀❀.  I am on the hunt for a copycat recipe now…..

5🐭🐭🐭🐭🐭-  Monte Cristo Sandwich and Pomme Fries at Cafe Orleans in Disneyland behind Pirates down the walkway


It is a good idea to make a reservation at this restaurant.  It’s not always needed, but it sure makes it easier to get in.  We ate here last year and being a 5 ear restaurant , we of course had to eat here again!

The Pomme Fries and sauce are to..die..for!  We ordered two baskets for 4 people, but one would have been plenty.  Our waiter brought us extra dipping sauce.  Yummy!


But the gem of the menu is the Monte Cristo sandwich.  It is a French toast sandwich that is stuffed with ham and cheese. It is dipped in a batter and deep fried to achieve a beautiful crunchy crust.  It is dusted with powdered sugar and served with raspberry jam.  Really?!!  

 One order has four large halves of sandwich.  You really want to share one plate. Unless of course, you want to be uncomfortably full the rest of the day:)!

4🐭🐭🐭🐭- Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone at Paradise Pier in California Adventure 

Now don’t get me wrong, this is a very good ice cream cone. If you are into soft serve ice cream, this is really the best there is.  But I have tried the Dreyers hard pack ice cream at Clarabelles by  Soarin’ and like it much much better. My grandson may not agree though:). He loved it!!

—We had a super fun Dining Adventure Quest at Disneyland this week.  Here is our complete Disney Dining Bucket List if you are interested in starting your own quest.  

Disneyland

  • Hand dipped Corn Dog @ The Little Red Wagon
  • Green Chili Cheeseburger w/an egg @the Carnation Cafe
  • PB&J soda or float @ The Carnation Cafe
  • Cherry milkshake @the Carnation Cafe
  • Matterhorn Macaroon @ Jolly Holiday Bakery
  • Dole Whip Float @Tiki Room
  • Monte Cristo & Pomme Fries @Cafe Orleans
  • French dip @ French Market
  • Tigger Tail & Chocolate Covered PB&J @Pooh’s Corner Bakery
  • Funnel Cake @the Stage Door Cafe
  • Chocolate Cake @Horse Shoe Review
  • Pumpkin Twist @Maurice’s Treat Shack in the Fall

California Adventure-

  • Lobster Nachos & Tri-tip sliders @ Ariels Cove bar
  • Chocolate dipped cone@the cone motel
  • Brioche French Toast @ Flos V8
  • Apple cheddar pie @ Flos V8
  • Fields cookie bit or Sea salt caramel sundae @Ghirardellis
  • Chili lime corn on the cob on the Boardwalk 
  • House Biscuits @Carthay Circle
  • JalapeΓ±o cream cheese pretzel @a cart

Downtown Disney

  • Churro Ice cream Sandwich @California Churro Cart
  • Chicken and waffles @Jazz Kitchen 
  • Shrimp & Grits @Jazz Kitchen
  • Carnitas Nachos @White water Snacks in Grand CA Hotel

There it is!  I have done all of the research for you!  Have I missed any of your favorites?  If you are headed to Disneyland, I hope you will give some of these a try and let me know if they are 5 ears or not.

Until then, I hope you are thinking wonderful, happy little thoughts….:)!



Toto- We’re Not In Kansas Anymore…

My best friend’s daughter got married today in Utah.  Here is what my car looked like this morning….This Arizona girl is NOT used to this!  The blanket of snow is so beautiful, but I must admit that I am worried about my drive home tomorrow.

Yesterdays drive from Eastern Arizona through Las Vegas to Utah was a wet, messy drive the whole way.  Back splash from trucks made the drive especially exciting.  Not!

We did have one highlight though.  We had a Destination Dining experience.  Whenever we go through Las Vegas, we HAVE to stop at Tacos El Gordo.  Have you ever been there?  If not, you really should make it  a must stop on your next trip to Las Vegas.

This taco shop is the real deal.  I don’t know why they call them Gordo though. They are little 3 inch tacos.

They shave the meat off of this big skewered thing and cover it with a green sauce of some sort.  Yummy yummy!!  Really, give this place a try.  It is a definite dining destination:)!

But of course, the highlight was the wedding.  It was beautiful.  I am glad we braved the cold.  The couple is so happy. Just as newlyweds should be:)

It has been a very SWEET day!

Destination Dining – Sparky’s


Ok-  I am definitely a foodie.  I have no problem at all with waiting in line for a party in my mouth. Because I like adventures in dining so much,  I thought I would start a new post section called “Destination Dining”

Today was the second year in a row that my sister in law, Michelle, and I drove three hours each way to get a hamburger and chicken tenders at Sparky’s in Hatch New Mexico.  


Hatch is all by itself in the middle of nowhere. There is really nothing there except green chiles and Sparkys.  It is the green chile Capitol of the world.  But even though there is nothing there, people come from all over and wait for Sparkys world famous green chile hamburgers.  They are a good day’s drive!


Every time I set out for the drive I ask myself, “is this really worth it?”  And then we drive up and get out of the car.  Ooooh, the smokey, green chile smell!!!!!  Yes, yes, it is worth the drive.  I take one bite and I know that I will do this drive again.  Maybe even next week! Lol:)

It’s hard to describe why this hamburger is different than all other hamburgers, but I will try.  It’s not that it is the most beautiful burger ever put on a plate, it is just the most flavorful.  The meat shines with perfect seasoning.  It is moist with flavor that explodes in your mouth.  The green chiles are mild, yet give just the perfect amount of heat. If you are ever even a little bit close to Hatch, it is worth the detour!  


We splurged and  bought a green chile lemonade .  Yum!  It is definitely a different flavor. My husband doesn’t like it, but Michelle and I do. Sweet, tart, and spicy.  Just what a birthday girl needs:)


Also a delight are the homemade, beer battered fries and chicken tenders.   So good!

And of course we had to buy some roasted chiles while we were there.  Luckily Michelle’s birthday is right in the middle of chile season:). 
They place the chiles in a roaster and let them sizzle and pop until the skins are all black.  Then they spray them with a pressure wash to remove the skins.  They come out so green and pretty.  And the smell is SWEET!!


As you can tell, I really had a great, foodie day today.  A birthday road trip for a Dining Destination.  Life doesn’t get much better than this:)!

Thank you for stopping by:)

–Tracy

Oh ps- Sparkys is only open Thursday-Sunday