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.
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.