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madamsg Apr 7, 2012 06:24 PM

Leaving Monday...please help!

  1. Discerning1 May 18, 2012 10:20 PM

    Was at California Adventure this week and had what appears to be the best value for decent food: Sonoma Terrace bento box lunches for $14.99 each.

    One box had 2 pieces of good fried chicken, tasty potato salad, coleslaw, a flavorful slice of apple pie, and a beverage plus admission to a reserved section for the World of Color spectacle at night.

    The other box had miso-glazed salmon, a soba salad, greens, cucumber-radish salad, an orange mousse-like dessert and a drink plus admission to World of Color. And they came in a reusable World of Color tote bag.

    Quality of the food and ingredients was surprisingly good for DisneyFood.

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      mikester Apr 11, 2012 04:23 PM

      My wife and I love Napa Rose - weve been many times (mostly for special occasions) and have never been disappointed. We consider NR to be one of the top-tier restaurants in the county.

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        wienermobile Apr 11, 2012 04:26 PM

        In agreement with mikester. Have always had a nice experience at Napa Rose.

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          OCAnn Apr 13, 2012 04:42 PM

          +1. We now only sit @ NR's Chef's Counter and order the Chef's Choice. It's not cheap, so we usually go twice/year and have never been disappointed. I'd put it in our top 3 for OC.

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          hawkeyeui93 Apr 9, 2012 08:58 PM

          Adiamo at Downtown Hilton ...

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            ns1 Apr 9, 2012 12:27 PM

            get drunk and wasted at cove bar, eat some nachos.

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              love2eat Apr 10, 2012 12:49 PM

              cove bar is closed for renovations until mid-june.

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                ns1 Apr 10, 2012 01:16 PM

                oh the horror!!!!

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              sayrob Apr 7, 2012 10:18 PM

              Definitely agree with Napa Rose. Wonderful food, service and wine list. Call now for reservations, though. If you have kids (girls), Ariel's Grotto in California Adventure for a total princess experience (food not bad) or Goofy's Kitchen in the Paradise Pier Hotel for more characters.

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                trolley Apr 8, 2012 08:45 PM

                I say Steakhouse 55. and probably Napa Rose but i've never been to Napa Rose. Steakhouse has steakhouse prices and the quality is decent. It's certainly not Cut but surprisingly good. Storyteller...well, we've been there a bunch of times and it's pretty uneven. The service there is pretty consistently slow bc i think they mainly bet on you getting the buffet which is always mediocre. ordering off the menu is a hit or miss and i think the prices are up there with the steakhouse and Napa Rose. Note, that all 3 restaurants especially storytellers will accommodate kids. After all, you're at Disneyland!

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                  latindancer Apr 9, 2012 05:19 PM

                  I respectfully disagree about Storyteller.
                  The buffet, at least when we were staying at the Grand California for a week, was one of the better breakfast buffets I've been to in Disneyland...
                  Children love it because of the character hands-on experience and the wait staff was excellent. All in all I think ithe Grand Californian Hotel is worth the money and so is the food...Napa Rose is also very good.

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                    trolley Apr 9, 2012 06:50 PM

                    well, we can agree to disagree latindancer. i've had pretty good to very bad smelly fish at storyteller from ordering off the menu. the service wasn't horrible but just very slow. then once they got the food to the table the order was wrong. however, i didn't go to breakfast there. maybe that's the difference. between Goofy's Kitchen and Storyteller's I would do Goofy's for character dining for breakfast. The buffet is very much the same as one another but i find there's more characters at Goofy's. they're done with the remodel of the hotel so it's much better view. i personally found the Grand Californian to be overpriced with food and stay. our room was average and slightly dirty(reminded me of a sheraton) for close to Four Seasons prices. As i said, I don't know about Napa Rose since I have yet to go there.

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                      latindancer Apr 9, 2012 08:37 PM

                      Well thanks for the response.
                      Our room was a suite, with lots of rooms so I can't relate to the average part or the dirty part or the Sheraton part...the room service and service all the way around was tremendous....and I'm pretty selective when it comes to hotels.
                      Storyteller for breakfast is equally wonderful....their breakfast buffet did not disappoint. Any waiter who brings the Fresh Squeezed OJ coming, with no extra charge, is my idea of great service....everything was fresh.
                      I haven't been there for lunch, only break.fast, and it's the only place we'd go for the first meal of the day in Disneyland.

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                  ocshooter Apr 9, 2012 11:26 AM

                  I can not recommend Napa Rose. Overpriced and crammed full of families still in shorts and tee shirts. Of course, if that resembles you, go for it.

                  Catal at Downtown Disney is a friend's favorite spot in OC. It is part of the Patina Group.

                  There are a number of excellent ethnic options a short drive from the park.
                  Thain Nakorn (I prefer the Garden Grove location) is arguably the best Thai in OC.
                  There is a small collection of African establishments in Anaheim. I have been to Merhaba, and I have been told tat Tana in the same general area is better.
                  There is a large Vietnamese population close by. Brodard Chateau is more high end French/Vietnamese, while Brodard and Trieu Chau are both excellent and much more informal.

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                    attran99 Apr 9, 2012 12:25 PM

                    Make sure you go to the original Broadard located behind the 99 cent store on Westminster...not the Chateau...that place is overpriced.

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                      ocshooter Apr 9, 2012 04:20 PM

                      They do different things. I have been to both and enjoyed the meals both times. Brodard is a lot less expensive, but it does not really lean on the French influences like they do at the Chateau.

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                      latindancer Apr 9, 2012 05:20 PM

                      I agree with your friend's favorite....
                      Catal is excellent.

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                    latindancer Apr 7, 2012 10:18 PM

                    Storyteller's inside Disney's Grand Californian Hotel
                    for Breakfast...
                    Off the menu and a huge, excellent buffet.

                    1. wienermobile Apr 7, 2012 09:34 PM

                      Napa Rose inside Disney's Grand Californian Hotel.
                      http://disneyland.disney.go.com/grand...

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