Our Favorite Foods at Disney’s California Adventure

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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 California Adventure.

Ghirardelli chocolate in a plastic cup with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

Our Favorite Foods at 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.

Ghirardelli ice cream in a plastic cup with whipped cream and cherry on top.

2. Boudin Sourdough Bread Bowl Chinese Chicken Salad

Tender, crispy chicken salad inside the famous Boudin sourdough bread is one of the must haves on our list, because of all the incredible flavors packed into one meal!

Chicken salad in bread bowl.

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!

Clam Chowder - Boudins Bakery.

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.

Disneyland Churro Bites with chocolate syrup on the side.

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 sip alongside your favorite foods at California Adventure.

Ramone's "Pear of Dice" Soda at Disneyland.

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.

Mac and cheese bread cone in a checkered wrapper.

7. Doc’s Wild Grape Tonic at the Cozy Cones

Fizzy and refreshing, this yummy grape flavored drink is a kids’ favorite! Perfect for cooling down on a hot California day.

Disneyland Doc's Wild Grape Tonic.

8. Asian Rice Bowl with Beef at the Lucky Fortune Cookery

One thing I love about foods at California Adventure is how versatile they are! These rice bowls are custom made the way that you like them. Served with steamed rice, seared Asian veggies, you can then select your choice of sauce: Mandarin Orange, Spicy Korean, Thai Coconut Curry, or Teriyaki.

Disneyland Asian Rice Bowl with Beef.

9. Custom Kebab Platters at the Paradise Garden Grill

This is probably my favorite meal in the park! You can find the Paradise Garden Grill next to the Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta place. Choose your favorite protein and one of their tantalizing sauces, then eat it alongside rice pilaf, cucumber salad and grilled pita bread.

A red plate with a kebab platter with veggies.

10. Chicken Sun-dried Tomato Pesto at Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta

Campanelle Pasta tossed with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Cream Sauce is another favorite. We also love the Five Cheese Ravioli in Basil Pesto Sauce. This restaurant also has a terrific a la carte menu for picky eaters; they can snack on Smuckers un-crustables peanut butter and jelly sandwichs, apple slices, and chocolate milk while you enjoy your pasta.

Chicken sun dried tomato pesto on a white plate.

11. Lobster Nachos at the Cove Bar on Paradise Pier

These tasty nachos are a fan favorite and among the tastiest foods at California Adventure. Enjoy tender lobster pieces atop fresh corn tortilla chips, black beans, pico de gallo, serrano peppers, cilantro, chipotle crema and lots of cheese. You can find the Cove Bar right above Ariel’s Grotto and so you can take in the amazing view of the pier while you eat.

Lobster Nachos - Cove Bar.

12. Cream Cheese Pretzels and Jalapeño Cheese Pretzels at Bayside Brews on Paradise Pier

These pretzels are both so cheesy and savory, the perfect snack for a quick pick-me-up in between rides. You can also find these at the Refreshment Corner on Main Street in Disneyland. Try our scrumptious copycat version of these Jalapeno Cheese Stuffed Pretzels at home!Planning a Disneyland trip in the near future? Have we got a treat for you! Go to Get Away Today and use the promo code: FAVORITE for an additional discount on your next trip! With the added discount you will be able to cover the cost of some of these goodies!

Cream Cheese Stuffed Pretzels and Jalapeno Cheese Stuffed Pretzels - Coca Cola Refreshment Corner.
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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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