Nerdie Foodies! Oh boy oh boy oh boy! I am still recovering from our mega Disney-fied trip that was the D23 10th Anniversary Expo and three whole days of Disneyland. Yep, you read that right. We tripled the number of days than our usual 1-day whirl in Disneyland and Disney California Adventures. You’d think that we would have taken it easy since it’s spread over three days… we were so wrong! But it was definitely a foodie’s dream! We checked out some new places and went back to some of our favourites. Let’s get crackin’!
This place has become one of our new all-time favourites. The sideshow guac is so worth it! And the rest of their dishes that we’ve tried so far are just spot-on delicious! Plus, it can’t hurt sitting right in front of the tequila wall too. Me encanta! Check them out here!
Buca di Beppo
A great place to have a hearty meal and to share it with great friends and family! This place has also become one of our go-to spots, especially when you have a large group to accommodate! We’ve learned from our last attempt in San Diego and didn’t order as much food, yet we still had a ton of leftovers to take home! Check them out here!
The Cheescake Factory
It’s goes to show that we love the Cheesecake Factory. Not only for their extensive list of dishes and cheesecake options, but also because they are open late at night and we need to get a bite to eat! Cue the photoshoot photos! No, seriously, we had two cellphone lights and two cellphones taking these photos for y’all to enjoy. So, enjoy! Check out there locations and menus here!
California Pizza Kitchen
Another great place to go to when the Cheesecake Factory has a heck of a long line up. What do we do? We just hop next door to the California Pizza Kitchen for our final meal for D23 Expo. And honestly, it was a pretty good meal and we shut the place down. Check out there offerings here!
D23 Expo Food Trucks
The food trucks that were present throughout the entire Expo were fantastic! It was great to have many choices other than the food options inside the convention center and I’m glad that Disney brought the food trucks back this year. They were located outside the convention center but within the secured area. Here were the ones we went to.
This food truck is a keeper! If you want something fairly healthy at the expo, this food truck is the place to go! And not only that, their rice bowls are filling and tasty to boot! Check them out here!
Our friends from Gender Biased Reviews got this beauty of an iced coffee at the Drizzle food truck. They also serve some Insta-worthy cone-shaped funnel cakes, lemonades, Asian iced teas and floats! And best of all, they were sold out on those cold drinks while at the Expo. Check them out if you’re around the OC area! You can catch them here!
Mess Hall Canteen
Can you go wrong with barbeque and tots? Heck no! Another excellent choice by GB Reviews! I mean, just look at that bun – so shiny, so fluffy! This was the beef brisket sandwich with a side of tots. It could pass off as a burger with the amount that they give you. Yum! You can find them here!
I decided to try this food truck this time around. You can’t go wrong with a gyro! The pita was soft to bite into, the meat was flavourful, and I forgot to mention to them to go light on the onions, but when I got my gyro pita wrap, I wasn’t overwhelmed with onions. And they put fries inside the wraps y’all! It’s like putting in chips into your sandwiches when you were a kid. Anyone else do that too? So good! Check them out here!
This is the first time we’ve every had the chance to make dining reservations at both Disneyland and California Adventures. Since we had 3 whole days at the parks, we decided to take advantage and check out some of these classic restaurants and experiences! You can check out the different dining options on both the Disneyland website here and on their phone app.
Ever wondered what it was like to eat inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride? I have, every time we get on that ride. I’ve wondered what the food was like and would you be able to see the riders from where you were sitting having your meal. Turns out, it was as if you were in a completely different place all together. Granted we were seated right in the middle of the restaurant and it was during their lunch service, so it wasn’t too packed. The food was so good and that bread…so yummy with the rosemary rock salt on top. And the opera cake dessert, well that one is a Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary special, so it’s a seasonal item and one that I would order over and over again!
Breakfast with Minnie & Friends
I couldn’t resist for a character breakfast. After finding out the price for the Princess breakfast (it was too rich for our blood), we settled on the Breakfast with Minnie and Friends at the Plaza Inn first thing in the morning! It was cheaper than we had expected at $34 per person, and we got to meet a lot of the classic Disney characters. Minnie greeted everyone at the entrance for the entire breakfast!
A spur of the moment pit stop for lunch! They have skewer options available and we tried the beef and pork belly skewers, along with the poke bowl special. The poke bowl was a complete surprise. Totally delicious and the sauce is addicting!
The first day, we hit the rides hard. So dinner turned out to be Mickey Beignets from the Mint Julep as we were waiting for everyone else to join us for the 2nd showing of Fantasmic. It was so worth the carb calories.
This place was a must visit for me. The Star Wars fan that I am, naturally, I was jazzed to be inside Oga’s Cantina alone. The blue milk with the Bantha cookie was so good! And the cookie itself wasn’t too sweet. Definitely come here for the non-alcoholic drinks as they really are tasty! And if you buy the souvenir cups, just note that Disneyland will not hold them for you at the stroller area while you enjoy the rest of the day on rides.
Love pretzels? Then check out the pretzel stand that’s right across from Star Trader. Ask for the pretzel with the cream cheese filling. No joke. So good. Get it if you can, you won’t regret it.
You cannot go to the Incredicoaster and not have a Jack-Jack Cookie Num-Num. All warm, soft, melty chocolate and with a slight crispy edge, this cookie is a must try. I recommend sharing one since it is a lot of delicious chocolate and a whole lot of cookie.
Wine Country Trattoria
The is the one place where you will find six women having a colouring contest with the kids’ activity sheet. We quickly forgot about the contest and were genuinely engrossed in completing the little booklets before our dinners arrived. The food itself was nothing short of delicious! No seriously, what I thought was going to be one of our more expensive dinners actually turned out to be fairly decently priced. Similar to what you would see at a mid-ranged restaurant. I would definitely come back here again. But do make sure you make reservations for this spot as it is quite a bit of wait without reservations.
‘Til next time,