Full Disclosure: I paid for this meal with my own money and I was in no way reimbursed for this blog post. The opinions are completely my own.
Our second day in Disneyland was a whirlwind just like the first. It was almost time for dinner, and we were again trying to figure out where we could go since we hadn’t made reservations. Thank goodness for smart phones. We both took out our smart phones and started to search different sites for reviews and menus from the restaurants that we thought we might like to go. After deciding on a couple of possibilities, we called the dining reservation line, and ended up getting a reservation at Storyteller’s Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. Again, this is within walking distance from the parks. This hotel definitely has more of a Disney feel than the Disneyland Hotel, but maybe that isn’t fair to compare since the latter is currently being renovated and Grand Californian is newer.
Tip #1: If you arrive at the restaurant a while before your reservation time, consider checking in early. This doesn’t work for the most popular restaurants, but there is a good chance that the restaurant can accommodate you before your scheduled time.
Tip #2: Don’t freak out (too much) if you don’t have a reservation. The most popular places might be full, but most of the restaurants do still take walk-in reservations. Just be willing to wait if you really want to go to a particular place.
Storyteller’s Cafe is a casual restaurant with buffet and table service options. We did not know that there was a buffet before we got there – apparently we didn’t research well enough. We were tempted by the buffet (who isn’t tempted when dessert is included in the meal price?!) but decided to order entree’s from the menu. Again, I failed to bring the correct lens for my camera, so iPhone photos it is! Some photos are better than none, right?
To start they brought us fresh bread and cornbread. Both were very good. In fact, the Husband told me “this is the kind of cornbread that you are aiming for.” Meaning that the cornbread is delicious and I should find out how it is made and make it for him as it is better than other recipes that I have made.
I also had a the Los Angeles Farmers’ Market Field Greens with Blue Cheese, Roasted Pecans, and a Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette to start, since it sounded delicious. Turns out, it was delicious. It had pears on it, and pears with balsamic vinaigrette is so, so good.
For my entree, I had the Lemon Prawns tossed with a Low-fat Citrus Sauce, Tomatoes, and Julienne Vegetables served with Orzo Pasta. This was delicious! The prawns were huge and the orzo was oh, so good. In fact, it tasted very similar to the parmesan basil orzo that I make and love so much.
The husband had the Four-Cheese Ravioli with Roasted Peppers, Spinach, Asparagus, and Whole-roasted Garlic Cloves. He said it was good, but he wasn’t blown away.
Overall the meal was very good, and the atmosphere was comfortable and casual. Perfect to sit down and relax after a day at the parks.
Taste: A, really good. Everything from the bread to the salad to the orzo.
Cost: B-, it was pretty expensive. Even though I thought it was delicious, I don’t know that my entree was worth the $24.95 that it cost.
Would I go there again? I’m not sure. While the food was very good, the menu wasn’t huge and there wasn’t a whole lot else that I wanted to to try.