For the past few days, I've been happily holed up at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland, hosting and producing a series of videos for About.com. One of the videos will focus on the best restaurants at the resort, which is based on my Best Disneyland Dining article. I had the chance to sample many eateries, including the Carthay Circle Restaurant. The sumptuous lunch I enjoyed at the new Disney California Adventure dining spot confirmed its place at the top of my listings of the resort's best table service restaurants. The food was creative, elegantly prepared, and simply delicious.
I also ate at some of the places on my list of Disneyland's best quick-service restaurants, including the French Market Restaurant (huge kudos for the shrimp po' boy sandwich), the Pacific Wharf Café, and Paradise Garden Grill. All were top-notch with tasty fare and reasonable prices.
It pays -- literally -- to do some advance planning when it comes to dining at Disneyland. One morning I thought I'd get a quick bite at White Water Snacks, a grab-and-go spot that also offers a few cooked items at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. I grabbed a bowl of cereal, juice, tea, and some fruit and was astonished when the cashier told me I owed her $23 and change. Yikes.
The following morning, I ate at one of my favorite spots for breakfast at the resort, Steakhouse 55. The atmosphere was hushed, the service was great, and the food was abundant and scrumptious. Best of all, the bill, including tip, for my full American breakfast of eggs, meat, toast, fruit, potatoes, juice, and tea was less than my overpriced cereal breakfast at White Water Snacks. My advice: The next time you visit Disneyland, skip the grab-and-go joints for breakfast and go to Steakhouse 55 instead. Your stomach and your wallet will thank you.