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Disneyland doesn’t have a dining plan like Disney World but their food isn’t bad priced. Actually if you go to a table service restaurant outside besides Denny’s you are going to pay almost the same price. There are a few exceptions but for the most part everything is pretty good price wise. Best part is anyone can order a kids meal here. And if you have an Annual Pass no matter if it’s a Deluxe or a Premium you get a discount of some sort.
Best kept Secret: Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country. This restaurant has been one of my long standing favorites. It sits back where no one goes and has a great view and some great food. They serve burgers and chicken sandwiches and salads of sorts. They are a counter service restaurant. The food prices range anywhere from $5.00 for a meal to about $12.00 for a meal. A meal including either fries or apples. This restaurant is two stories and on the bottom story is a set of bathrooms that no one goes to. Great if you gotta go fast. It is also a great restaurant if you need some quiet time for little ones to relax.
Rancho del Zocalo is a great “buffateria” restaurant. This restaurant sits in Frontierland right next to Big Thunder Mountain. It also has a great hidden bathroom. They offer several options here for dining. They offer Mexican food and BBQ under one roof. It is great for that family who can’t decide. They also offer these killer lime salt chips which are a must every time we go. Some great hints here are the portions are big enough for two people and the kids portions are big enough for an adult. The sodas can be refilled as well. We always share a soda because of this.
If you want to get in out of the heat head across to the Golden Horseshoe. There is a great show that goes on here during different times of the day but they have some really fun and good food. It just recently has been opened for all day service. May I suggest the Mile High Chocolate Cake that feeds about four for $5.49 or perhaps the Fish and Chips or the Chicken Tenders. Grab a bite to eat, a seat upstairs, and enjoy. (P.S. Secret Bathrooms Upstairs)
Lastly as far as favorites go nothing beats the Riverbelle for Breakfast. This is a must everytime we go. Why? Mickey Mouse Pancakes, need I say more. Made by the same pancake lady that has been making them since I was little right in front of you. With a little powdered sugar on the ears and a cherry nose and pineapple smile it is a must. Here is a tip. The Mark Twain and the Steamboat are both the same price at $7.99. The Steamboat comes with Three pancakes and no biscuit. The Mark Twain is vice versa. It is cheaper to add on a biscuit then a size of pancakes. By doing this it makes it a meal for 2. They do offer indoor and outdoor seating and this a pretty great place to watch Fantasmic at night as well.
A family of 4 can easily survive on $100 a day at Disneyland and advanced reservations can be made for most of the sit down restaurants. All the ones noted above are first come first serve however.
I hope that this wets your whistle a little bit. Again I am sorry for my delay but I didn’t want to keep you hanging if you were needing some help planning a trip. As always I am here to answer any questions.
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