Want some ideas on what to eat in between rides on your Disney vacation? From simple sips to luscious lunches, read on for our top 12 favorite foods at Disney’s California Adventure.
Our Favorite Foods at Disney’s California Adventure
California Adventure has its own unique and delicious menus with flavors from popular California restaurants. We used to live in the San Francisco Bay area and were crazy about Boudin sourdough and Ghirardelli chocolate. It’s fun to go to Disneyland and California Adventure and eat these things again. In case you missed, it, check out our list of Our Favorite Foods at Disneyland too! And if one of your favorites didn’t make the list, be sure to tell us about it in the comments. Here are our top 12 most favorite foods at California Adventure:
1. Ghirardelli Hot Fudge Sundae
Ghirardelli has a shop right inside California Adventure! Treat yourself to one of the best hot fudge sundaes in the world (we recommend the dark chocolate) or a banana split. Perfect as a mid-day snack or as a delicious treat to end your day at the park.
2. Boudin Sourdough Bread Bowl Chinese Chicken Salad
Boudin sourdough is a staple in the San Francisco Bay area and it’s now available at the Pacific Wharf Cafe right next to the Boudin Bakery Tour. The tasty salad comes with diced chicken, fresh salad greens, won tons, almonds, sesame seeds, scallions and a soy ginger dressing right inside a famous sourdough bread bowl. A filling and satisfying lunch to keep you going throughout the day!
3. Clam Chowder in a Boudin Sourdough Bread Bowl
This clam chowder can also be found at the Pacific Wharf Cafe. We use to get this exact meal on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. If you love clam chowder, this is an absolute must!
4. Churro Bites with Cinnamon-Spiced Chocolate Dipping Sauce
Disneyland is famous for its delicious churros, but these little bites are my new favorite! You can find them at the Cozy Cones in Cars Land. They win hands down because of the tasty cinnamon chocolate dipping sauce, and the bite size pieces make them much easier to share.
5. Ramone’s “Pear of Dice” Soda
The Cozy Cones are the perfect place to stop for a mid-day snack before getting back to the rides. While you’re stopping for mini churros, try this yummy pear flavored drink! It’s not too sweet and is a perfect refreshment to cool you down on a hot California day.
6. Bacon Mac and Cheese in a Bread Cone at the Cozy Cones
What could be better than mac and cheese on the go in an edible cone? We shared one of these as a snack and we were fighting over the last bites.
7. Doc’s Wild Grape Tonic at the Cozy Cones
A yummy grape flavored drink that my daughter is crazy about.
8. Asian Rice Bowl with Beef at the Lucky Fortune Cookery
I love that these are custom made the way that you like them. These are served with Steamed Rice, Seared Asian Vegetables and your choice of sauce: Mandarin Orange, Spicy Korean, Thai Coconut Curry, or Teriyaki.
9. Custom Kebab Platters at the Paradise Garden Grill
This was probably my favorite meal to get while we were in California Adventure. It was so yummy and so filling. We were usually pretty depleted by dinner time from all our running around and this meal was seriously the best for re-charging me. I loved the steak and my husband loved the chicken. We definitely ate here more than once. This was right next to the Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta which was so nice if our kids wanted Pizza, we could all get what we wanted and sit together in the outdoor tables. Here is how it works:
Choose your favorite protein—grilled steak, lemon-oregano chicken, ground beef kefta or tofu and vegetable—then choose which sauce you’d like on the side:
Moroccan chili – tomato, spicy harissa chili and garlic
Chimichurri – fresh herbs, citrus, garlic and olive oil
Tzatziki – cucumber, garlic, lemon juice and Greek yogurt (my favorite)
Each plate comes with a yummy flavored rice pilaf, cucumber salad, and grilled pita bread
10. Chicken Sun-dried Tomato Pesto at Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta
This is a yummy Campanelle Pasta tossed with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Cream Sauce. Another favorite of ours here was the Five Cheese Ravioli in Basil Pesto Sauce. They were both so good, it was hard to pick which one we liked the best. Another favorite thing of ours here was the a-la-carte kids menu. This was perfect for my picky eater. We could pick out a Smuckers un-crustables peanut butter and jelly sandwich, some apple slices, and some chocolate milk while we ate delicious pizza and pasta. Everyone was happy.
11. Lobster Nachos at the Cove Bar on Paradise Pier
These tasty nachos are definitely a fan favorite at California Adventure. They come with tender Lobster Pieces atop fresh Corn Tortilla Chips, Black Beans, Pico de Gallo, Serrano Peppers, Cilantro, Chipotle Crema, and Jack and Cheddar Cheeses. The Cove Bar is right above Ariel’s Grotto and has an amazing view of the pier.
12. Cream Cheese Pretzels and Jalapeño Cheese Pretzels at Bayside Brews on Paradise Pier
These pretzels are both so good, go for the Jalapeño if you are in the savory mood and the cream cheese filled if you are wanting something more sweet. You can also find these at the Refreshment Corner on Main Street in Disneyland.
Be sure to check out our favorite foods at Disneyland too! (HERE)
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