While I was at Disneyland for the premiere of World of Color, I stopped by Café Orleans. What a fabulous place to catch a meal. The nearby Blue Bayou is often filled to capacity, and same-day reservations can be tricky. I was able to get immediate seating at Café Orleans, however. The Cajun-Creole menu is similar to Blue Bayou, including the famous Monte Cristo, but at lower prices.
At the suggestion of my buddy AJ, doyenne of the Disney Food Blog, I ordered the Pommes Frites and the New Orleans Gumbo. The former were delectable morsels of fried potatoes smothered in garlic and parmesan and served with a spicy Cajun dipping sauce. The latter was a heavenly stew featuring Andouille sausage and Cajun dirty rice. Both were to die for (although they required a liberal post-meal dose of industrial-strength Listerine).
The best part of the meal may be the view. Weather permitting, ask for an alfresco table. Mine was located at the outer edge of the dining area, overlooking New Orleans Square and the Rivers of America (see photo). What a joy to munch on frites while watching the Mark twain Riverboat paddle down the river.
Photo: Big Thunder Mountain looms in the distance from my table at Café Orleans. Arthur Levine, 2010. Licensed to About.com.