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Vegan at Disneyland – Cafe Orleans, post 2

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.  Eventually, I plan to put together my own comprehensive list.

On this visit, we ate at Cafe Orleans around sunset, so we could stay and watch Fantasmic after dark.  I wanted to try something different this time, so I ordered La Salade de Maison, described as “Our Cafe Orleans signature house salad, featuring tossed baby greens in a raspberry vinaigrette, topped with cherry tomatoes, crumbled goat cheese and caramelized pecans. C’est bon!”  I asked about the vinaigrette and was told that it was vegan and asked for no cheese.  I was unhappy to see the salad arrive without the pecans, but was told that they weren’t vegan.  With the non-vegan toppings removed, this was a pretty empty salad.  The dressing was tasty, though.

La Salade de Maison - Vegan at Disneyland | A Vegan in Progress

Between the two vegan options at Cafe Orleans – La Salade de Maison (sans cheese and pecans) and N’awlins Vegetable Ragout (without cheese or corn cakes) – I would go with the salad, because it is about a third of the price.  Neither of them make for a great meal in my opinion, they are more of a compromise, which we vegans are used to having to make when dining out.

However, there’s another option, which in my opinion is far superior.  The waitress told us that guests are welcome to get the Royal Street Veranda vegetarian gumbo (just across the way) and bring it over to Cafe Orleans to eat with the rest of your party.  Absolutely worth doing!  See my review of the amazing vegetarian gumbo here.

As a note for those who avoid such things, the waitress nicely came over to tell us that the garlic Pommes Frites are fried in the same oil as the Monte Cristo, which has cheese and meat in it.  I obviously avoid such things when cooking for myself and my husband, but I figure there are thousands of times that this sort of thing may be happening while I eat in restaurants and I’m never told, so this sort of thing doesn’t really bother me.  If you decide to order them, remember to ask for no cheese.

Vegan at Disneyland – Cafe Orleans, post 1

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.

Vegan at Disneyland | A Vegan in Progress

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.

Vegan at Disneyland | A Vegan in Progress

Now population 650,000,002!

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.

N'awlins Vegetable Ragout - Vegan at Disneyland | A Vegan in Progress

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.

Vegan at Disneyland | A Vegan in Progress

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.

BEIGNET

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!