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19 of the Best Secret & Not-So-Secret Places to Dine at Disneyland

It is a well-known and much heralded decree that Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth for children and adults alike. It is a place where “age relives fond memories of the past - and youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future,” according to Walt Disney himself. Walking into Disneyland is for most, like taking the hand of an old friend. While the cherished Disney churro and Dole Whip are magical childhood food memories, Disneyland also has utterly delicious, grown-up, secret and not-so-secret spots to linger over a proper meal, if you know where to look. Here are the most delightful places to dine at Anaheim's Disneyland and beyond.

Reporter: Katie Bush
1 / 19
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Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats

Anaheim, California
Satisfy your sweet tooth and head to Paradise Pier, soon to be part of the new Pixar Pier at Disney’s California Adventure Park. Just past Knick Knack’s, this quick service counter serves a variety of Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats like frozen soft-serve in flavors like white chocolate-capped lemon, vanilla, chocolate and then swirled to perfection.
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2 / 19
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Plaza Inn

Anaheim, California
For a hearty, down-home breakfast in an opulent setting, look no further than the Plaza Inn located within the Disneyland Park at Main Street U.S.A. Plaza Inn is one of the original landmarks of Disneyland and was one of Walt’s favorite places to dine back in 1955. Back then it was a VIP lounge, wet bar and private bathroom that accommodated Walt’s special guests, and smartly jacketed doormen greeted diners at the entrance. Lillian Disney, Walt’s wife, handpicked many of the restaurant’s authentic 19th-century interior furnishings. Today, you’ll want to order the herb-seasoned fried chicken or all-you-can-eat “Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park,” but keep an eye out for your favorite Disney characters, as it’s the only character dining experience at the Park.
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3 / 19
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Mint Julep Bar

Anaheim, California
Located within the lush gardens of New Orleans Square at Disneyland within the French Market Restaurant, Mint Julep Bar is a time-honored Disney tradition. Nestled within the garden patio of the restaurant, the Mint Julep Bar is a walk-up window serving non-alcoholic versions of the traditional southern drink. Don’t forget to order hot, fresh Mickey-shaped beignets that pair perfectly with a cup of fresh coffee.
4 / 19
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Flo’s V8 Café

Anaheim, California
Located in Disney’s California Adventure Park Car Land, Flo’s V8 Café is a Route 66-inspired diner, featuring homemade classics like mouth-watering milkshakes and a ton of kitschy memorabilia. From the classic black and white checkered floor to the vintage neon signage and views of the Radiator Springs Racers cars as they zoom by, Flo’s is a fun, nostalgic place for a home cooked breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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5 / 19
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Alfresco Tasting Terrace

Anaheim, California
As many a Disneyland aficionado of drinking age knows, alcohol is impossible to come by in the Mouse’s House, but heading over to Disney’s California Adventure Park ensures you’ve got A-list access to all the fun as well as adult beverages and non finger-food fare. One such spot is the Alfresco Tasting Terrace, at the Golden Vine Winery. “Tour” wine country with expertly chosen flights by glass or bottle and pair it with a delicious assortment of Italian-inspired appetizers.
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6 / 19
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Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

Anaheim, California
Located within the Disneyland Hotel, Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is a tropical oasis inspired by the world-famous Jungle Cruise ride. Modeled after an adventurer named Sam, mementos of his exploits decorate the bar, accented on certain nights by soothing Hawaiian-style harmonies of a live acoustic duo. Order beautiful Polynesian elixirs like the Mosquito Mojito, made with strawberry rum, organic agave nectar, falernum, mint and fresh lime juice with a delicious Pu Pu Platter consisting of sweet-and-spicy Asian wings, fried spring rolls, panko-crusted Chinese long beans, pork gyoza, and togarashi aïoli to share.
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7 / 19
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Blue Bayou Restaurant

Anaheim, California
As with every ride and restaurant in Disneyland, Blue Bayou Restaurant transports each guest to another time and place while serving Cajun and Creole cuisine. A unique feature of the upscale dining spot is being able to spy Pirates of the Caribbean passenger boats as they sail through the eatery. Indulge in a signature gumbo or bone-in ribeye washed down with a (non-alcoholic) mint julep as you dine in an ambiance of perpetual twilight, lit by overhanging, colorful balloon lanterns and set amid chirping crickets, croaking frogs and fireflies.
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8 / 19
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Cafe Orleans

Anaheim, California
Located in New Orleans Square within Disneyland Park, Cafe Orleans is a fast-casual stone’s throw from Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion rides. Savor soups, sandwiches and salads with a French Quarter flair and sip delicious espressos from the machines that made the same coffee for Walt Disney back in 1966. Featuring dark woods, brass fixtures and stained glass, it’s a lovely way to bring a little Big Easy to your afternoon as you sit outside and enjoy picturesque views of the Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia gliding by on the Rivers of America. Insider Tip: The Monte Cristo sandwich is a park-wide favorite, featuring turkey, ham and Swiss, deep fried then dusted with powdered sugar and served with a berry purée.
9 / 19
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Dole Whip at the Tiki Juice Bar

Anaheim, California
Head over to Adventureland within the Disneyland Park and make a sweet stop at the Tiki Juice Bar, serving Disney’s most renowned frozen treat, the Dole Whip, a pineapple flavored soft serve dessert. Located specifically at a counter just outside the Enchanted Tiki Room, where tropical birds, tiki gods and colorful flowers come to life in a 15-minute South Seas musical celebration.
10 / 19
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Catal Restaurant

Anaheim, California
In the downtown Disney District, a real-world continuation of Disneyland and California Adventure Parks without the ticket prices, you’ll find the relaxed yet elegant eatery, Catal Restaurant. Featuring a modern and airy dining room with perfect people-watching views of the promenade from the second floor, it’s known for modern interpretations of classic Mediterranean specialties. On clear summer nights, you might be able to catch Disneyland’s famous summer fireworks show.
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11 / 19
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Uva Bar

Anaheim, California
Soak up some sweet California sunshine at Uva Bar, a swanky, outdoor bar in the downtown Disney District located just outside Catal Restaurant. Featuring Spanish style tapas to share as well as entrees all day, signature cocktails and craft beers, it’s a perfect place for a pick-me-up or simply a spot to linger over a lovely meal.
12 / 19
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Beignets at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Express

Anaheim, California
A delicious offshoot of Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in the downtown Disney District, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express is located in the Disneyland Resort. Stay for a quick breakfast and order the Big Easy platter of breakfast burritos and sandwiches, or cinnamon “French toast” dippers made with classic beignets cut into sticks. But don’t forget to pick up a a few (or fifty) signature fresh beignets dusted with powdered sugar and made fresh throughout the day.
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13 / 19
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Carthay Circle Restaurant

Anaheim, California
At California Adventure Park, you’ll find a delicious throwback to Hollywood’s Golden Era in the form of Carthay Circle Restaurant, a radiantly retro movie theater featuring a rotating menu of eclectic Southern California flavors and fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Carthay Circle Restaurant occupies the second floor of a detailed reproduction of the iconic Carthay Circle Theatre. The original theater was built in 1926 and played a significant role in the life of Walt Disney as his first feature-length film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was screened here for the first time. Certainly make a stop at the grand entrance of the theater and have an artfully crafted cocktail at the elegantly appointed Carthay Circle Lounge. Insider Tip: order the Carthay Martini, made with Hendrick’s gin and bleu cheese-stuffed truffle olives, all kept perfectly chilled with an ice sphere made from locally sourced water.
14 / 19
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Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen

Anaheim, California
Take a stroll through the downtown Disney District and find yourself at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, featuring delicious Cajun and Creole flavors from the Big Easy in a beautiful, two story, jazz-filled setting with an open-air atrium. Complete with striped awnings, wrought-iron balconies and nightly jazz, pick a seat in the garden courtyard or in the dining room amidst Mardi Gras umbrellas, beads and colorful murals. Tuck into French Quarter fare like Gumbo Ya-Ya, Pasta Jambalaya and Southern fried chicken washed down with a traditional New Orleans Hurricane or a Louisiana Lemonade.
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15 / 19
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Ice Cream Nachos at The Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland

Anaheim, California
The Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland is one of several original buildings dating back to Disneyland’s opening in 1955. It was also where Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian, celebrated their 30th anniversary with the debut performance of the original Golden Horseshoe Revue. You’ll find Western flair everywhere as well as legendary secret menu item, ice cream nachos, consisting of three scoops nestled on a bed of cracked waffle bowls, and doused in hot fudge  then topped with that signature Disneyland whipped cream. It’s huge, an attention-grabber and you want all of it, thank you very much.
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16 / 19
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Napa Rose

Anaheim, California
Napa Rose is an upscale, warm-hued and craftsman decor inspired restaurant located within Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Anaheim. Tuck into seasonal California fare paired with an extensive wine list and views of Disney’s California Adventure Park. Pull up a seat at the chef’s counter at the exhibition kitchen and see how the lovely food is made or pop into the more casual Napa Rose Lounge for light sips and bites.
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17 / 19
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Mac 'n Cheese Bread Bowl at the Pacific Wharf

Anaheim, California
Park your squad in the sun at the Pacific Wharf Cafe at Disney’s California Adventure Park and be prepared to nosh on some seriously good Bay Area Boudin sourdough bowls. Order the kids menu Mac n’ Cheese and be prepared for the amount they stuff into one of their delicious bread bowls.
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18 / 19
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Wine Country Trattoria

Anaheim, California
Located at Disney’s California Adventure Park at the Pacific Wharf, Wine Country Trattoria features fresh Italian flavors paired with wines in a lovely Mediterranean garden setting. Think hand-carved limestone fountains, fresco covered walls, tiled floors and wood beamed ceilings, creating a warm and elegant setting. Expect menu items like fresh bruschetta, osso buco and a to-die-for olive oil lemon cake accompanied by wine flights or over 25 wines by the glass.
19 / 19
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New Orleans Fritters at the Royal Street Veranda

Anaheim, California
Pop over to the Royal Street Veranda, an unassuming counter underneath the staircase to the Dream Suite — right next to Pirates of the Caribbean in New Orleans Square within Disneyland Park. Known mainly for their delicious sourdough bowls of clam chowder, you’ll want the fabulous New Orleans fritters, listed on the menu under “sweets.” Choose from Apple, Pumpkin and Banana they come as a trio and are coated with cinnamon and sugar and topped with raspberry sauce.

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