Eric and I just got Annual Passes to Disneyland again to celebrate his 30th birthday and my college graduation. I have posted about Disneyland before and will continue to update as I try different vegan options in both Disneyland and California Adventure. Click here to see all posts about Disneyland.
It seems like it has been a really long time since we had passes. We’re looking forward to making it a main source of entertainment for the next year.
For lunch, of course, we beelined to the Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square for some long awaited Vegan Gumbo. It didn’t disappoint. I love that stuff.
For dinner, we decided to eat at an old pre-vegan favorite, Cafe Orleans. We made reservations for sunset and requested a table outside so we could watch the park go from day to night over a nice meal. Thanks to the blogs I linked to in a previous post about vegan options at Disneyland, I knew that there was an entree that could easily be made vegan. I got the N’awlins Vegetable Ragout (no cheese, with the corn cakes on the side for Eric to try) for $15.49.
The vegetable ragout (like a stew) included eggplant, red onions, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, and fresh garlic, with a tomato sauce. The vegetables were cooked very well and the sauce was delicious, but the dish felt like it was lacking in substance. Without the corn cakes to mop up some of the sauce, I was simply eating vegetables topped in sauce. This dish would have been so much better on top of some pasta or accompanied by some sourdough rolls. As it was, I would grade it a B level meal.
We also ordered the Pommes Frites ($5.99) to share. They very nicely veganized the traditional French-fried potatoes with garlic and parsley by omitting the Parmesan cheese. These tasted kind of boring… they were definitely lacking in the garlic department.
As a nice treat, the Cafe Orleans offers a Mickey shaped Beignet (a French pastry, similar to a puffy donut without glaze) for guests celebrating a birthday. I always loved those pre-vegan days and enjoyed celebrating.
I have to make one more note about the Cafe Orleans and probably all restaurants in Disneyland. This has never happened to us before, but their water on this visit was nasty. Eric’s water tasted soapy (probably a soapy glass) and mine had a *cue Psycho music here* brownish ice cube in it. I’m not saying this is an ongoing problem, but I am saying that I will be ordering drinks without ice from here on out. Gross.
Stay tuned for more Disneyland reviews. We’ve already planned visits for the next two weekends!