Friday, December 3, 2010

The Happiest Place on Earth

For the past year I've been a passhole. I've held an annual pass to Disneyland in Anaheim, California and I have enjoyed the hell out of it. The reasons why I go are many, but the reason why I keep coming back has a little bit to do with the food. Here's a list of some of my favorite things and places to eat, keep in mind I haven't eaten everywhere and I am not including the Disneyland hotels or Downtown Disney.

Dole Whip
A magical soft serve sorbet made from Dole pineapples, only found outside of the Enchanted Tiki Room. Completely refreshing and completely addictive, best enjoyed with popcorn or while watching animatronic birds click and sing above an enchanted fountain.

The Monte Cristo
Best known served at the Blue Bayou, which is the restaurant next to the legendary Club 33 and inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Definitely worth visiting once or twice, if only for the ambiance. Make a reservation way ahead of time for best seating.

Freshly popped. Need I say more? The black pepper popcorn in California adventure is also good but becomes too intense after a while.

Soup/Gumbo/Chowder in a Bread Bowl
Best in California Adventure, right where they bake the bread. The line is longer but it's better than you'll find in New Orleans at the little gumbo stand.

Mickey Mouse Beignets
That lovable scamp may just be most lovable when deep fried and coated with powdered sugar.

Cream Cheese Filled Pretzels
Delicious. Sweet inside, salty outside, warm and delicious.

Corn Dogs
Famous and deservedly so. I never enjoyed a corn dog until I had one here. I like them best in Frontierland where they are served with apple slices to make you feel like you shouldn't hate yourself for eating such a deep fried calorific treat.

I have had very few bad meals at Disneyland. I will warn you away from their mediocre chicken tenders, as well as their drenched-in-dressing salads. Honorable mentions for this list include french fries, churros, ratatouille, stir fry tofu bowls, and anything from the mexican places.

Happy eating fellow Mouseketeers!