LEGO bricks rule the floor of the Frog Pond. Tad and Llly are avid builders, so it's no surprise that Legoland California is one of their top parks. It's hard to go wrong in a park built on memories made with the famous bricks. While Leap and I aren't builders, we have our fun by filling our stomachs. Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad, Calif., offers some of the more diverse theme park food and healthier choices we have seen in our travels. Of course, their familiar theme park staples are pretty tasty too! And we like that some of the food choices are of an international flavor.
Here’s a look at the Best Legoland California Food and Treats
In the new Ninjago World you can fuel up for battle by eating street food at Ninja Kitchen. This quick-service outside eatery has a bit of a food truck feel with seating and standing areas. Try the Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwiches filled with crispy pork belly or lemongrass chicken or sweet chili tofu on a freshly baked baguette. Other options include a steamed Bao Bun or rice bowl.
Wok N Bowl Ramen
Another Asian option that is healthy and full of fresh vegetables is located in Lego Friends Heartlake City. Wok N Bowl Ramen is a Japanese-style ramen house where you can choose your meats and vegetables, and have it stir-fried right in front of you while you wait. They have orange chicken and teriyaki as well as ramen bowls in broth. They offer kids chicken bowls. You’ll find no mass-produced fast food sitting under a heat lamp here. The food is custom made to order.
Ocean Journey Café
After visiting the Sea Life Aquarium, you’ll end your journey in this indoor air-conditioned café. They offer locally sourced food in a market-style restaurant. You can also access the restaurant without going through the aquarium. Choices include gourmet mac and cheese, Angus beef sliders, salads, and havarti and cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches.
Knights’ Smokehouse BBQ
Meat lovers will be drawn towards the wafting smoke of the Knights’ Smokehouse BBQ over on Castle Hill. Feast on some Texas BBQ that was cooked slowly in a smoker. Enjoy pulled pork, chicken, pork ribs and beef brisket. Adults can enjoy a craft beer. They also have burgers and hot dogs. Lily enjoys the kid meal, which comes in a bag we keep to reuse.
Pizza and Pasta Buffet
Pasta lovers with a big appetite might get the most for their money at this all-you-care to eat buffet. They offer pasta and sauces, pizza, salads, breadsticks and soft drinks.
The Garden Restaurant
After you make your way up the hill past the Lego Star Wars Miniland, you’ll find yourself near the Garden Restaurant. This health-conscious dining location is the place to get your gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups and salads. You can reward yourself with healthy eating by treating yourself to a chocolate churro from the stand outside for dessert.
Fun Town Market
This market-style restaurant in Fun Town offers fresh food that is prepared in front of you. They offer Philly cheese steak sandwiches, Asian chicken stir-fry and a full salad bar. Save some room for Breyers ice cream or their Create-a-Shake counter where you can create your own custom shake recipe.
Lego Club House
Another spot for treats in Fun Town is the Lego Club House, where you can find candy, popcorn, ice cream and other snacks. Everything is awesome here. Sorry, had to.
Granny’s Apple Fries
Oh, those apple fries. Grannys Apple Fries on Castle Hill are a unique treat that was invented at Legoland. They look like French fries but are apples dusted with cinnamon and sugar and topped with a vanilla cream dipping sauce. Yum! Definitely high on our list of the best Legoland California food and treats.
There are plenty of other places to get your traditional theme park burgers, hot dogs, pizza and sandwiches throughout the park (especially if your froglet is not an adventurous eater). But we enjoy trying something a little different each time we visit Legoland. We find that they offer enough diversity to satisfy all the members of the Frog Family.
We often end our day with a Magic Swirl flavored ice cream near the park exit. It somehow makes leaving the park a lot sweeter for the kids (whom we often need to bribe in order to leave). You can also pick up locally grown strawberries (in late winter through spring) and other healthy treats at the market near the entrance/exit before leaving.
If your mouth is watering after reading about the best Legoland California food and treats, let us know what your favorite bite is in the comments. Brick appetite!