There are now nine wonderful lands found within Disneyland. Within those realms of enchantment, you'll find attractions, characters and — one of our favorite things — delicious food choices. Every trip, we like to hop over to one of our favorite Disneyland quick-service restaurants to grab a bite of tasty food to refuel and recharge. Restaurants and offerings are always changing, and we toadally love to try new dishes and restaurants.
Here are a few of our old time favorites (and some new ones, too!). Be sure to scroll down to learn about the newest dining locations in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. All of the restaurants (except the hoppening new drink spot — Oga's Cantina*) in the new land are quick service. You'll want to hop by and try the new foods.
Best Disneyland Quick-Service Restaurants
Royal St. Veranda and Harbour Galley
Located just outside of Pirates of the Caribbean, the Royal St. Veranda serves up soup in sourdough bread bowls. I am a sucker for soup (or anything really) in a bread bowl! You can get gumbo (beef or vegetarian) or clam chowder (Chowda for our Boston readers) in a bread bowl. The fritters are really good! If you are drooling for clam chowder, get it quicker with Mobile Order.
Harbour Galley, across from the Haunted Mansion and near the dock for Sailing Ship Columbia, also serves clam chowder in a bread bowl. In addition to the chowder, you'll find good eats such as tuna sandwiches, salads, a lobster roll and even more items in bread bowls! You can get lentil chili, lobster man 'n' cheese or broccoli and cheddar soup in a bread bowl.
Hungry Bear Restaurant
In Critter Country, Hungry Bear is tucked away along the water. The dining area is one of the more peaceful and scenic places to eat in the park. We choose a table closer to the Rivers of America and wave to guests sailing by on the Mark Twain Riverboat or Sailing Ship Columbia. You can get Fantasmic! dining packages and tasty treats such as funnel cakes, loaded French fries and onion rings (Disneyland secret menu items) and seasonal offerings. It's also a great place to pick up a crispy fish sandwich, cheeseburger, honey-spiced chicken sandwich or BBQ chicken salad.
French Market and Mint Julep Bar
French Market in New Orleans Square serves up New Orleans fare cafeteria-style. Pick up a freshly tossed salad and some slow-roasted Louisiana beef stew or creamy corn chowder (yep, you guessed it — in a bread bowl)! It's hard to decide what to get between the jambalaya, pulled pork, roasted half chicken or shrimp po' boy sandwich.
You can get your nonalcoholic mint julep at French Market, as well as around the corner at the Mint Julep Bar on the patio (where you'll also find the famous Mickey-shaped beignets). You'd better save some room for dessert! Hop tip: lean forward and do not inhale when biting into a beignet. Otherwise, you'll be wearing and breathing powdered sugar!
Jolly Holiday Bakery Café
Come parade time, Lily loves to hop into the Jolly Holiday for a Jolly Holiday Combo: a very tasty toasted cheese sandwich and tomato soup. For our family, it is a great deal because it is big enough for Lily and Mommy Frog to share! There are also other delicious deli sandwiches and treats. It's a great location to pick up seasonal treats, but some of our favorites are always there such as the raspberry rose Mickey macaron or the Matterhorn macaroon. We like to get there before a parade so that we can watch the parade go by as we eat. No wonder that it's Jolly Holiday Bakery Café that we love!
If you need more than a snack but aren’t quite looking for a full meal, then the best deal to fill you up (and on a budget, too!) is the Bengal Barbecue. Its sweet or spicy beef, chicken or bacon-wrapped asparagus skewers are packed with protein and flavor. The hummus trio with veggies is fresh and tasty, too. We covered these in our blog post on the cheapest food at Disneyland. Another good snack spot in Adventureland is the nearby Tropical Hideaway, where you can find Dole Whip (in pineapple, raspberry and orange flavors), bao, sweet lumpia and chilled ramen.
The Galactic Grill's menu may be more domestic than out-of-this-world, but it's a great place to find a burger, fries, quick salad or even a veggie wrap. You can order the Galactic Burger "Alien Style" off the secret menu with thousand island and fries on the burger. The tadpoles are comfortable with familiar turkey sandwich, hamburger and nuggets. If you came in on an early arrival, this is a great spot to grab a quick breakfast int he morning.
Alien Pizza Port
During Pixar Fest, the little green aliens from the Toy Story movies took over Tomorrowland's Redd Rockett's Pizza Port and have permanently transformed it into Alien Pizza Planet. And everyone agrees it's a better place. It offers out-of-this-world salads, pastas and pizzas. You can chill out with some Alien Ice slush. The tadpoles go for space-getti with meatballs when they tire of chicken tenders and fries. We're big on the greens — colorful salads. Be sure to pick up the alien macaron, which is almost too cute to eat. Almost!
Rancho del Zocalo
For a taste of local Mexican food, check out Rancho del Zocolo for enchiladas, burritos, tacos or salads. This is a hidden gem that's tucked away in Frontierland. The hard part is deciding what to order. From fresh salads to enchiladas, burritos, street tacos to even cauliflower tacos, it's all so authentically good. We often can't decide, so we get the "hidden burrito," The Zocalo, which has some of everything all rolled into one dish! Toddlers can enjoy arroz con pollo or arroz can frijoles. By the way — check out our toddler tips on bringing a baby to Disneyland to make your day with your little one a sweet success. You can wash it all down with a refreshing blended horchata or a Jamaica freeze with candied hibiscus!
Golden Horseshoe/Stage Door Café
Hello everybody, we're mighty glad to meet you, here at the Golden Horseshoe! If chicken fingers and French fries are a must for your tadpole, Lily recommends the Golden Horseshoe or the Stage Door Café for Disneyland quick-service meals. You can also get fish and chips. The other foods used to be similar at both locations, which share a kitchen, but the Golden Horseshoe revamped their menu, adding chicken wings, pepper jack chili mac and more. Stage Door can supply you with corn dogs, a grilled chicken spinach wrap or a chicken fried steak sandwich.
Outside seating has a view of the water, but if seating is full, head inside the Golden Horseshoe and up the stairs. You can almost always find free tables upstairs. The tadpoles like to sit in the special tables on either side of the stage. Save room for dynamite desserts such as ice cream sundaes and cookie ice cream sandwiches in the Golden Horseshoe.
Red Rose Taverne
The Red Rose Taverne in Fantasyland is Beauty and the Beast-themed and filled with murals, furniture and special details such as stacks of dishes and rose stained glass windows. Hop in and BE THEIR GUEST for breakfast, lunch or dinner. (LEAP'S NOTE: Yes, it's Blogging Law that we need to include that line when we mention Beauty and the Beast and food.) With enchanted Cauli-Flower sandwiches, slow cooked beef poutine and tasty flatbreads, the food features a French flair. It also offers a 1/3 pound Beast’s burger with Pommes Frites. Wash down the yummy with Gaston’s Famous Brew — an apple-mango punch topped with passion fruit foam. For dessert, the dishes recommend the Lemon Rose Cake. Try the Grey Stuff Gateau (a white chocolate mousse and red velvet cake with a raspberry center). IT'S DELICIOUS. Be sure to hop by for breakfast to get Mickey-shaped pancakes, stuffed French toast and more.
If you want some of the tastiest fried chicken you’ve ever had, then hop on into the Plaza Inn. This buffet-style restaurant also offers other comfort foods such as pot roast, pasta and a healthy sustainable fish option. In the morning, it offers a character dining breakfast. Be sure to make reservations if you want to attend character dining.
Docking Bay 7 and Ronto Roasters
Disneyland's newest and largest land, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, has two quick-service restaurants (plus a couple unique drink and snack stands). Both locations are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The two locations offer Mobile Order service and serve themed specialty juice blends.
Docking Bay 7, where the metal spork is the utensil of choice, is very large and has extremely cool themed dining spaces inside plus a nice outdoor patio. We had a chance to try almost everything on the menu and definitely have some favorites in the lunch and dinner categories. The tastes and themes are definitely out of this world.
The sticky Smoked Kaadu Ribs (with slaw and blueberry muffin) and Roasted Endorian Tip-yip Salad (chicken with greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa, pumpkins seeds and green curry ranch dressing) are available for lunch and dinner. The Braised Shaak Roast (beef pot roast with pasta, kale and mushrooms) is only found on the dinner menu. Those stood out as favorites. There are more choices, vegetarian options and kids' meals as well, as long as your tadpoles are adventurous eaters. The desserts are colorful and perhaps the fanciest desserts we've ever seen in a theme park.
The other hot spot, Ronto Roasters, has a more limited menu of street fare. When you are shopping the Market, you can't miss the giant spits of ronto meat being heated by a podracer engine. A droid keeps the meat evenly cooked on all sides. The big menu item is the Ronto Wrap — a soft pita filled with roasted pork, tangy slaw, peppercorn sauce and thin pork sausage. The Ronto Wrap is quite tasty, although it does have a spicy kick. There is an additional breakfast version in the morning along with Rising Moons Overnight Oats. You'll also find both sweet and spicy Nuna Turkey Jerky on the menu. But the wrap is where it's at. There are a few tables to sit and enjoy your food (plus more seating at the nearby Docking Bay 7), but you can also enjoy these items on the go.
No matter what your family likes to eat, you are sure to find something for everybody no matter what land you find yourselves in. Most locations offer kid meals and toddler meals in addition to food for taller family members. (Be sure to feed picky eaters before entering Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.) Many of the Disneyland quick-service restaurants have gotten even quicker lately. Many offer Mobile Order, allowing you to skip the food line and order from the Disneyland app. We are loving the time savings, as well as the instant gratification.
*Reservations are required for the lightsaber experience and to Oga’s Cantina.
The Frog Family has found these to be the best Disneyland quick-service restaurants, but if you have a different favorite we have missed, we would love to hear about it. Share in comments below!