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Looking for Aloo Paratha?

April 9, 2013

Salomi Restaurant

5225 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood (across from the television academy)


Indian and Bangladesh restaurant serving delicious traditional favorites – tandoori, korma, masala, biryani, vindaloo, naan, plus more – with a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Open for lunch and dinner in the heart of No Ho, I was surprised to learn that Salomi had been serving since 1979. Portions are very generous and so flavorful. The attentive staff never hovers yet your glass is always quickly refilled and special requests are easily answered. Prices are very reasonable for table service menu this robust. A hidden gem, in plain sight on Lankershim.

On a Friday night after a long week of deadlines I was looking forward to seeing a friend in a production at the Actor’s Workout Studio. Grabbing a sandwich or burrito by myself after work didn’t interest me so I launched Open Table to find someplace nearby to eat. To my delight, Salomi didn’t have any reviews posted on Open Table, so the thrill of discovery whetted my appetite as much as as the promise of good Indian food.

As I walked into a lovely yet empty restaurant, greeted by several smiling faces, it looked promising. Looking over the lengthy menu, I knew I had found a new favorite. Names of dishes came rattling off my tongue – chicken korma, saag paneer, vegetable biryani, and of course aloo paratha. Iced Tea please. Did they open recently? How did they find the neighborhood?

Turns out, according to the chatty head waiter that Salomi had been open since 1979. He was oh so proud of their Yelp status, “Do write a review and you will see.” I explained that I found them on Open Table. His professed claim of how popular Salomi was simply wasn’t evidenced by butts in the seats. Where were all the loyal fans?

From my window table I could see the tall walls of the Television Academy screening rooms across the street, nestled in its driveway courtyard. Down the street was the latest Laemmle Cinema. With lunch specials this place must be a real hit in the arts community. Why was it empty?

Ordering beloved dishes that I had ordered from India’s Oven, Angara, Addi’s Tandoor, I had a good point of comparison. Would this food measure up? The spinach was not creamed but well-cooked in the saag paneer and lightly-spiced to bring out the flavors. I melted at the chicken korma! So “nummy” in taste and texture with a vibrant saffron yellow hue. The biryani tasted really, really good, a personality among rice dishes yet way too many peas or is it that I just plain don’t like them and will hand flick them out of any plate served to me…Salomi was a hit! (And the play to follow was too!)

A family arrived, kissed and hugged the staff nearest the door and sat in what sounded like their usual spot. Other people entered and were seated as my meal was enjoyed. (Upon leaving I think I even saw Hawk Koch, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences enjoying a conversation and meal.) So much for my thought that this place was unknown. Yet with food this good and reasonably priced, Salomi on a Friday night should be hopping!

When favorite restaurants shutter their doors in Los Angeles, which happens too frequently, it is easy to forget that neighborhood gems are still out there to be found. When word-of-mouth and local publicity don’t bring in the patrons, services like Open Table can help non-franchise dining thrive.

Fearless Art of Food for Pleasure #cookforJulia @TheAcademy

August 13, 2012

It is with absolutely no intended disrespect that I confess that my childhood impression of legendary Julia Child was that she…was a female impersonator; a male comic in pearls wielding a knife. My respect for her since then has dwarfed such a foolish notion. I have learned much from her remarkable gift for making cooking pleasurable and validating the fact that loving good food requires no pedigree or certification. I see Child as an inspiration for Pixar’s Ratatouille (2007). Think back where restaurant critic Anton Ego concludes: ” I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto, “Anyone can cook.” But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist *can* come from *anywhere*.” @PixarTalk Was it Julia Child who launched the modern foodie movement with her “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” cookbook and television show? Learning that August 7-15 was dubbed Julia Child Restaurant Week (by Knopf her publisher, of course) set me scrambling to celebrate.

This year marks her would-be 100th birthday (she passed in 2004). What better place to raise a glass to Julia Child’s contribution to foodies the world over than near her Pasadena upbringing, in Los Angeles. Okay, it’s a stretch but you want to hear why.
Los Angeles offers the experience of TAIX French Restaurant, where a special prix fixe menu features a Julia Child inspired meal. Savor your choice of signature dishes prepared a la Child: sole meuniere, boeuf bourguignon, or coq au vin. Your meal also includes an amuse-bouche, a salad or soup (TAIX vegetable soup is legendary), french bread (don’t expect sourdough), and a dessert of floating island. Order a glass of your favorite red wine and enjoy.

TAIX vegetable soup

TAIX vegetable soup

TAIX opened in 1927 and relocated to its current location in 1962. Before you start out for 1911 W.Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026, note that you’ll be looking for the Glendale Blvd, Sunset Blvd. and Reservoir Street intersection in Echo Park region. Valet parking and atmosphere await you. The Julia Child menu is offered as a special only through August 15. TAIX is celebrating a milestone of their own, 85 years in business, and the roast chicken dinner is $10 but only Sunday through Friday until August 31. Make a reservation using @OpenTable and ask for Bernard.

“The French Chef” – PBS television series which created my first impression of this tall, jolly, alto-voiced chef – is available for viewing online at @PBSFood A reconstruction of her home kitchen which doubled as the actual tv show set is on display at the Smithsonian’s national Museum of American History. Although, according to the Wall Street Journal, it has been closed for renovations earlier this year, it will be open from August 15-September 3.

Meryl Streep channeled the bon vivant spirit of Julia Child in 2009 and won an Oscar for “Julie and Julia.” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been hosting “Oscars Otdoors: Summer Film Series” this summer. By pairing food trucks (organized by @RoamingHunger) with with a outdoor picnic setting for weekend film screenings, the Academy has created a signature L.A. recipe for summer entertainment. The surprise addition and concluding film is “Julie and Julia” – not in keeping with Child’s 100th but in honor of fellow fearless creative femme, Nora Ephron. The film was adapted from the book of the same name where the author/blogger was inspired to fearlessly cook hr way through Child’s own cookbook. Fearlessness inspires art and this reason above all seems an ideal one to celebrate!
Bon Appetit!

@HarrietKCRW Evan Kleiman to close Angeli Caffe January 13 :(

January 5, 2012

On January 13, Angeli Caffe on Melrose will serve its last meals before closing forever. Evan Kleiman, chef, restauranteur, best-selling author, and host of “Good Food” on KCRW, shared her passion for Italian cuisine, especially for breads, with hungry Angelinos. “In December of 1984, Evan Kleiman opened Angeli Caffe, a hip Italian restaurant on Melrose Avenue designed to serve simple rustic food in a modern environment.”

It was only in March of 2010 that we were celebrating Angeli’s 25th anniversary. The web is abuzz this morning with news about this sad reality in the life of Los Angeles food culture.

Evan will continue to be featured on KCRW 89.9 FM, sharing her insights and her encounters with chefs and vendors alike at the weekly Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. Very “Good Food” indeed.

Open Table reservations are recommended. The restaurant will be open every night for dinner up until closing except on Monday, January 9.

Angeli Caffe
7274 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046,0,7238851.story

Thanks to @elinashatkin for the video link:

@EaterLA 1st evah Chinese Food Week 2011 special menus @ChurchStateLA @PiccaPeru @ConeyDogLa @SmithHouseLA

November 1, 2011

Chinese Food Week – Eater’s exploration of “Chinese food” in Los Angeles: see website for interviews, maps, guides, tips, and secrets from some of this city’s known and unknown gems.

Several of Eater’s very favorite non-Chinese restaurants are offering special menu items for a limited time only, made just for Chinese Food Week. Did Sun Tzu ever write on the Art of Food War – the definitive work on restaurant marketing strategy and business operations? This “ode to Chinese food” lacks some respect to venerable established and great Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles. Mànmàn chī!

1850 Industrial Street at Mateo Street
Confit Duck Spring Roll, $9, served at dinner (except for Sunday night).

Peruvian cantina 9575 west pico blvd., L.A. with tons of love
Alpaca Spring Rolls with Pineapple Aji Amarillo Dipping Sauce, $13, served at dinner.
Tinga-licious on 142 South La Brea L.A., (Jonathan Gold-stamped, broken web links and no social media mojo and food truck in the planning stages)
JuanTon (short rib with five spice and Chinese mustard, rice, mushrooms, pickled red cabbage, green cabbage, cilantro, bean sprouts, Thai chili, and special sauce in a burrito) with “salsa” on the side, $12.50, served at lunch and dinner (takes 15 minutes to make).

Sunset Blvd. next to Whiskeyagogo
Chow Dog Roll (noodles, cabbage, egg, hot dog, and soy sauce rolled and fried), $5.95, served all day, this week only.


10351 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, (across from Westfield Mall), Chef Angelo Sosa
Black Bean and Garlic Rice Bowl, $13.99, served at lunch and dinner.
Open Table reservations

@1321Downtown, Dress “sharp casual” – Torrance Locals Tuesdays

October 4, 2011

1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro (1321), located in downtown Torrance, serves inspired American pubfare, artisanal cocktails, and craft beers and wines in a stylish, comfortable and convivial setting. Serving weekend brunch, lunch, late lunch and dinner seven days a week, 1321 promises to anchor the downtown Torrance dining scene with its delicious, yet approachable menus made from the freshest seasonal ingredients, and its inclusive, service-driven philosophy that authentically cares about its guests and community.

The first venture from the MOD (manage/operate/develop) Restaurant Group, 1321 brings a MODern sensibility to the very old world charm and hospitality of a classic American taproom. Los Angeles Times describes MOD as ambitious new restaurant group that “aims to bring savvy dining to underserved areas, beginning with 1321 in Torrance – MOD is headed up by Max Schlutz, formerly of Domaine Restaurant Group, which launched the successful 25 Degrees restaurant inside Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel.
“1321’s executive chef Greg Paul (The Oaks Gourmet, Boa on Sunset, The Belmont) is trained in French technique and has crafted an intriguing bistro menu, including grilled flatbreads with truffled goat cheese, leeks, crispy potatoes and spring onions; basil-pistachio chicken paillard with roasted baby Yukon potatoes; a 1321 burger, with house-ground prime chuck, brisket, short rib, pub cheese, stout onions and half-inch slabs of bacon; spatchcock chicken, a marinated half-bird roasted with green chile potato gratin; braised oxtail enchiladas with dirty rice, salsa roja and poblano crema; and chicken and waffles with blue corn, truffled horseradish honey and goat’s milk butter.”

I am really looking forward to it with my Torrance Local ID in hand. But what is sharp casual and if I’m not sharp enough does that disqualify me for happy hour?

1321, 132 Sartori Ave., Downtown Torrance 90501 (310) 328-1321

funkified online contact page, website is graphic-heavy with little live text, lower SEO rating

@dine_LA is here! Oct 2-7 & Oct 9-14

October 2, 2011

dineLA Restaurant Week is a two-week dining event established to introduce diners to the vast array of restaurants in neighborhoods throughout LA County. Local foodies and visitors to LA will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced three-course meals from some of LA’s best restaurants during this dining event.

Participating restaurants will opt into one of three dining categories and present a specially priced three-course meal for lunch and/or dinner. Diners will be able to choose from three choices for each course including appetizer, entrée and dessert. These dineLA Restaurant Week menus will be viewable online at Prices and meal periods vary by restaurant and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity.


Deluxe Dining: $16*
Premier Dining: $22*
Fine Dining: $28*


Deluxe Dining: $26*
Premier Dining: $34*
Fine Dining: $44*

*Prices and meal periods vary by restaurant and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity.

Make your reservations on:

@restaurantchris Get Happy at Restaurant Christine

September 30, 2011

This tiny South Bay restaurant has long been a favorite of mine with a menu that reflects the delicious and culinary whimsy of Chef Christine. Officially, it is “contemporary cuisine laced with flavors of Tuscany, Provence and the Pacific Rim” or satisfying and inspiring.  Open for lunch, dinner and catering, the start of the offering of weekly themed specials at Restaurant Christine came to my attention with their email marketing campaign. These are comfort food variations, reasonably priced that offer the more discerning diner a great excuse to step out for dinner on a weeknight and try Restaurant Christine.

Grilled Cheese Mondays
Taco Tuesdays
Christine’s Crepes Wednesday
Thursday’s Oodles of Noodles
(5:00-6:30 patio and bar only)
Friday’s Burgers, Sliders & Dogs (5:00-6:30 patio and bar only). See full menus online .

On October 13, Restaurant Christine proudly presents comedian Angela Hoover for a night of comedy, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Show starts at 7:30, with food and drinks at 6:30. This show, for $45 per person, will sell out fast, as space is limited to seating in “Room Next Door” so you’ll want to get your reservations in today (310) 373-1952.

Restaurant Christine
24530 Hawthorne Blvd., past PCH, on the left as you start ascent up the hill into PV.
Torrance 90505
(310) 373-1952

And Chef Gary Robbins is making German Oktoberfest creations at Koreatown’s Biergarten one more weekend only Oct 1-2 – Don’t miss it!

@SteingartenLA – Westside gem as Oktoberfest nears

September 24, 2011

As you walk into the dining room for family-style seating, appropriate for a hoffbrau, the gorgeous Southern California sunlight cascades down softly over the room. The valuted ceiling at Steingarten LA is accented by a rather large skylight opening that is completely open. (In poor weather, the retractible roof is restored as a cover to keep rain out.)

The menu is simple, (click here to download from their website) a few well chosen and elegantly served German cuisine standards. Sausage lovers will find 20 gourmet variations to try. Very tasty comfort food and, with quiet laid back atmosphere, fosters a relaxed dining experience. Try the red cabbage slaw as a side or the pretzel as a starter.

Pan-Fried Natural Chicken Schnitzel

Pan-Fried Natural Chicken Schnitzel

The beer menu is a beauty paegent of Bavarian and German beers with some American French and Italian brews thrown in for levity. No Czech pilsners, alas. 70 beer selections. 20 rotating craft beers. Happy Hour offers some offbeat mixed drinks, “exotic signature drinks” and lots of beer. Happy Hour is every weekday from 4 – 7 pm. Full bar.

Steingarten LA
10543 West Pico Blvd., Westside L.A. 90064
No parking, public meter lot nearby on Prosser Ave.

“Steingarten LA is the city’s finest authentic biergarten and sausage eatery.”

Chicken Sausage with Sun-dried Tomato & Basil

Chicken Sausage with Sun-dried Tomato & Basil


Check the next threepointspark post for Steingarten’s October beer tasting events.

getting ready for Oktoberfest @OpenTable coupon for Steingarten LA

September 22, 2011

More on Oktoberfest coming soon…

Disney Dining 714-781-3463 + 4 or @Disneyland

September 19, 2011

Disney Dining

(714) 781-3463 + 4

Plan ahead and you may be able to save time waiting for a meal. Reservations may be arranged for many Disney Resort restaurants by contacting Disney Dining up to 60 days in advance. Park dining options beyond fast food fare include table service, special and unique dining, signature dining and character dining. If call in the morning when you are visiting the parks/”resort”, you can make reservations for lunch or dinner that day. Blue Bayou is a very popular venue and may have limited availability.

Obviously, valid theme park admission is required for any restaurants in Disneyland or California Adventure. All restaurants in Downtown Disney will validate for Downtown Disney parking lot. Caveat: “All information, including, but not limited to, prices and offerings, subject to change without notice. Seating times may vary during weekend and holiday periods. Location hours may differ from Park operating hours.” Whew! I’m so glad I didn’t forget that part. I’ve included some very recent and candid feedback from Yelp reviews from patrons of these restaurants. The opinions do not reflect the views of ThreePointSpark but reveal the general opinions discovered online. MORE RESTAURANTS SHOULD OFFER FREE WI-FI – just saying!

Disney California Adventure Park

Ariel’s Grotto

Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, character dining (kid-centric)

Dine on dishes fit for royalty while you spend quality time with some of your favorite Disney Princesses. Make a reservation to join Ariel, Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella for breakfast and lunch. While the princesses have other engagements at night, a prix fixe dinner may include tickets to a Preferred Viewing section for World of Color.

Cove Bar upstairs offers a full bar and appetizers. Prix fixe dinner ($39.99) and World of Color preferred seating is limited and very popular.

$$$, Casual, full bar, no Wi-Fi

“Overall, it’s a good dining experience and the food is good and priced well for everything that you’re getting.”

Wine Country Trattoria at the Golden Vine Winery

Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian

Wine Country Trattoria restaurant at Disney California Adventure Park serves freshly made California and Mediterranean style cuisine for lunch and dinner and offers more than 25 different wines by the glass.

$$, Casual, full bar, no Wi-Fi

“There is a new chef at the Trattoria and he is actually making the food wonderful.”

Disneyland Park

No alcohol is served in Disneyland Park. See Downtown Disney options and Hotel Bars

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, all-you-can-eat family-style

Celebrate a special occasion cowboy-style — with juicy barbeque, live wild west entertainment and a Critter Corral! Feast on an all-you-care-to-eat family-style meal ($25+) featuring mouthwatering barbeque delights like cornbread, chicken, ribs, baked beans, Cookie’s Cole Slaw and more. Overseas visitors might love this chance to dig in to truly American fare!

$$, Casual, no Wi-Fi

“for theme park food, this place is not too bad”

Blue Bayou

Cuisine: Cajun-Creole, Vegetarian, “experience” dining

Relish Louisiana-inspired cooking and full table service in a moonlit setting while boats from Pirates of the Caribbean float past. Savor rich Cajun creations like jambalaya and gumbo as well as specialty entrees including Cajun-spiced salmon and surf and turf. The “open patio” seating inside the Pirates ride is just below the balcony of Club 33 – member-only restaurant.

In the 1970’s, I remember running through the park when it opened in the morning of our visit to Blue Bayou to make a reservation to eat here and that our order was taken on a form of limited by delicious offerings. Much more expensive now.

Recently the cast members at Blue Bayou did make an exception and were very gracious to a friend of mine who is a wheelchair user. He could not ride Pirates (not accessible for folks who can’t transfer). We asked if they could make room for us so we could share Pirates ambiance by eating here. They did and we enjoyed our meal even more knowing that helping guests really does motivate every cast member. Just be nice and remember when you ask for help, know that cast members are working folks and may not be decision makers.

$$$, no Wi-F, no outdoor seating (obviously)

“Price for the Monte Cristo Sandwich = 25.00”

Café Orleans

Cuisine: American, Cajun-Creole, Vegetarian

Enjoy a grand view of the majestic Rivers of America at this delicious table-service restaurant serving classic American flavors with Cajun-Creole flair. Select from appetizing French Quarter favorites — including signature crepes and the irresistible Monte Cristo sandwich.

$$, Casual, no Wi-Fi, outside seating option

“Everyone that goes to Disneyland, needs to try this place.”

Carnation Café

Cuisine: American, Vegetarian

This quaint courtyard eatery on Main Street U.S.A. features café classics such as seasonal pot pies, meat loaf and crowd-pleasing sandwich plates for lunch. Popular breakfast items include croissant sandwiches and Mickey Mouse waffles, cinnamon roll French toast. Chance to meet Oscar, Disneyland’s longest-tenured employee, chef at the Café (weekdays). Great spot to wait for the parade and enjoy it from the shade under red and white striped umbrellas.

$$, all outdoor seating, no Wi-Fi, breakfast and lunch

“It’s a typical breakfast food kinda place.”

Plaza Inn

Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, buffet

The Plaza Inn, originally called the Red Wagon Inn, has been feeding hungry Guests since opening day in 1955, and was one of Walt Disney’s favorite dining spots. Step back in time to a beautiful Victorian restaurant with ornate interior detailing, offering a grand setting for classic cafeteria dining. Enjoy delicious pastas, fried chicken, pot roast, salads, specialty desserts and a special Character Breakfast. My Birthday Party events ($16 per person):

$$, Casual, no Wi-Fi, character dining (breakfast), “Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park”

Downtown Disney District

Note: Rainforest Café please call 714-772-0413 (sorry, phone reservations not offered through Disney Dining)

Catal Restaurant

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Steak, Vegetarian, Uva Bar service,

2011 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award Winner!
Voted one of the top three dining options in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney® District, Catal is a fine dining oasis., as part of the Patina Restaurant Group. Catal Restaurant offers a relaxed, elegant setting with balcony seating, a panoramic view and a tantalizing menu of Mediterranean favorites including delicious grilled seafood, select meats and the freshest salad entrees.
Uva Bar serves a wide range of refreshing cocktails, wines by the glass and a refined café menu.

Pixar chief John Lasseter offers Lasseter Family Wines at Catal and Napa Rose restaurants.

$$, Casual, no Wi-Fi, happy hour, also reserve on Open Table


Cuisine Type: American, Vegetarian, sports bar


Feast on generous portions of expertly prepared American food like chops, steaks, burgers and salmon — all grilled to perfection. The food is only part of the total ESPN entertainment, shopping and dining experience.

*Two separate, bad dining experiences because of staff and management – not recommended.

La Brea Bakery Café

Cuisine: American, Californian

Enjoy the relaxing confines of the delightful outdoor patio while selecting from a menu featuring gourmet sandwiches, pastries and other unique rustic choices. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this celebrated family bakery is famous for “bringing bread to life.”

The first La Brea Bakery was opened in 1989 by top chef Nancy Silverton. She won the prestigious James Beard award for “Pastry Chef of the Year” in 1990. Since then, La Brea breads have been considered by many the standard for artisanal breads throughout the country. (La Brea loaves on sale in Costco are a huge temptation with each shopping trip).

Silverton is also known as the creator of Campanile Restaurant, a cherished Los Angeles eatery (on La Brea Boulevard). In 2006, she partnered with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich to open Osteria Mozza, which has since been hailed by critics as one of the finest new restaurants in Southern California.

$$, Casual, outdoor seating, indoor seating without A/C

“it was good, nothing special, but everything on the menu is super over priced.”

House of Blues Gospel Brunch

Cuisine: American, Cajun-Creole, buffet

The world-famous House of Blues Gospel Brunch features uplifting live gospel performances and an amazing all-you-can-eat Southern buffet.

$$$, indoor only, includes gospel show (very loud), very dim lighting, no Wi-Fi, no cameras

“I will not be returning to the House of Blues. Very disappointing.”

House of Blues Restaurant

Cuisine: American, Cajun-Creole, Steak, bar service

Dine on cuisine inspired by the South as renowned musical acts light up the stage for your entertainment. The menu features down home temptations like Voodoo Shrimp and Cajun-Creole seafood jambalaya, along with sizzling steaks, burgers and ribs.

$$, outdoor seating, indoor ventilation complaints, no Wi-Fi, no cameras during concerts

“All in all – HOB Anaheim needs to make some improvements!”

Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria

Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian, pizza, bar service

The authentic soul of Southern Italy in the heart of Downtown Disney, Naples provides a fun, casual environment in which to enjoy delicious thin-crust pizzas and a full menu of regional Italian specialties. With spacious patio dining, refreshing wines and spirits and a special menu for our younger guest, Naples is the perfect destination for celebrating with family and friends, operated by Patina Restaurant Group.
Recently named one of the top pizzerias in Orange County by Haute Living!

$$, Casual, no Wi-Fi, outdoor seating, full bar

“I eat at Naples quite frequently since it is at my home away from home, Disneyland!”

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

Cuisine: Cajun-Creole, Steak, bar service

Sample the spiciness of Cajun cuisine with gumbo, Gulf seafood, po’ boy sandwiches and decadent desserts. As part of a total entertainment and dining experience, the music never stops and Bourbon Street’s legendary party atmosphere pulsates to life.

Where the culinary culture of New Orleans is concerned, you don’t get much more in-the-thick-of-it than Ralph Brennan. A third generation scion of the family whose name is synonymous with New Orleans restaurants, he is steeped in the industry as a consummate professional – and as an enthusiastic wine and food connoisseur, in the truest sense of the word.

Operated by the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group

$$, Casual, outdoor seating, no Wi-Fi, Sunday brunch, full bar, live music

“The bathroom is so beautiful! The ceiling glimmers and mimics a starry night sky and the artwork is just amazing in there.”

“The go-to place in Downtown Disney!”

Tortilla Jo’s

Cuisine: Healthy Selections, Mexican, Vegetarian, bar service

Celebrating the vibrant spirit of Mexican culinary tradition, Tortilla Jo’s is a haven for families and friends looking for festive authentic south-of-the-border dishes and drinks in the heart of Downtown Disney. Enjoy handmade tortillas, made-to-order guacamole, and 100 different tequilas to choose from. Dining rooms, terraces and sweeping balcony views offer perfect settings for dinner and margaritas, or even a quick snack to go.

Operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, no Open Table reservations.

$$, Casual, outdoor seating, full bar, no Wi-Fi

“I can’t say enough good things about Tortilla Jo’s!”

Disneyland Hotel

Goofy’s Kitchen

Cuisine: American, buffet (kid-centric)

Rub elbows with Chef Goofy and his pals at this whimsical all-you-care-to-eat buffet with inventive culinary surprises. Goofy’s Kitchen is a great place to celebrate birthday parties too — so if you are celebrating a big day, be sure and come party Disney style! ($40 for dinner)

$$$, Casual, no Wi-Fi, character dining

“The food was bad. It was high fat, processed food that the people who LOVED it had the bodies to prove that is what they eat every day.”

Steakhouse 55

Cuisine: American, Steak, Vegetarian

Indulge in an elegant dining experience with unparalleled service and a menu featuring an award-winning selection of prime steaks, chops and seafood. Savor certified Angus beef cuts and take advantage of a premium wine list. Breakfast is available.

$$$, Casual dress in an elegant restaurant atmosphere, full bar, no Wi-Fi, no outdoor seating,

“The atmosphere was very well elegant, right when you walk in it’s dark, and quiet.”

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Disney’s PCH Grill

Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, buffet (kid-centric)

Share breakfast with some of your favorite Disney Characters at Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends. For dinner, fill up on selections like quesadillas, pizza, cheeseburgers, fountain treats and more. Kids can even design their own pizzas

$$, no outdoor seating, no Wi-Fi, character breakfast

“Surprisingly good. Service was okay, food was good, portions were good, and the bathrooms were very clean.”

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

Napa Rose

Cuisine: American, Californian, Vegetarian, bar service

Enjoy a glass of wine from the award-winning collection with exquisite seasonal creations for a fresh culinary experience that rivals fine-dining establishments anywhere in the world. Napa Rose was named the Most Popular Restaurant in the 2008 Zagat Survey for Orange County. Napa Rose won the prestigious Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) award of excellence for the second time in 2007. Head Chef, Andrew Sutton

$$$$, Dressy, no outdoor seating, no Wi-Fi, full bar

Pixar chief John Lasseter offers Lasseter Family Wines at Napa Rose and Catal restaurants.

Storytellers Café

Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, buffet option

Hearty home-style favorites like wood-fired pizzas, fresh salads, grilled sandwiches and scrumptious fish highlight the rustic menu, while the storytelling tradition is saluted in beautiful period murals depicting tall tales from early California. Don’t miss the Character Breakfast. Ask your server for a copy of the Corn Chowder recipe.

$$, Casual, no Wi-Fi, breakfast and dinner, no outdoor seating,

“Amazing gluten free food – no separate menu, but the chef will come out and alter pretty much anything on the menu.”

ThreePointSpark: “I personally have celebrated birthdays, entertained out-of-town guests, joined friends, and had a wonderfully romantic dinner here – Storytellers Cafe is by far my favorite dining choice for Disney Resort eating that does not require much planning, much money. Corn Chowder soup and bread pudding are highlights! Highly recommended, reservations highly recommended!”


For additional opinions on Disney Food (Walt Disney World) see the following online resources. For those of us who are loyal to Walt’s first park, original vision and creation in Disneyland, the inclusion of Walt Disney World in the same breath seems misplaced. There is a disproportionate amount of information about Walt Disney World dining on the blog – perhaps the blog should be renamed “”…