By: Jeff Ellis | 3 Minute Read
Not a morning person? Here are three restaurants at the Disneyland Resort where you can take your time waking up!
Carnation Cafe - Main St., Disneyland Park
At the Carnation Cafe you can literally sit back and watch the madness pass by. Tucked away on a side street, under a candy striped umbrella, you can relax with your coffee as throngs of excited guests hurry down Main Street towards their first adventure of the day. Here you will find breakfast choices like Classic Eggs Benedict ($12.00) and Country-fried Steak and Eggs ($15.00). If you’re in the mood for a waffle, this one comes in the shape of Mickey Mouse, and includes whipped cream, sausage, and apple or strawberry topping ($13.00)!
Carnation Cafe usually opens before Rope Drop, so it’s an excellent choice for folks wanting a Table Service breakfast, as well as a head start to their day. Be sure to make Advance Reservations for this popular restaurant.
Fun Facts: For many years, breakfast at the Carnation Cafe frequently included a pleasant visit with the restaurant’s Chef, Oscar Martinez; who, at the time of his retirement in 2017, was the longest tenured Cast Member at Disneyland. Oscar’s Choice ($13.00), which is a traditional American Breakfast with eggs, potatoes, meat, and toast, is still on the menu; and the breakfast potatoes that are served with many dishes, are still made according to his recipe.
2. Flo’s V8 Cafe - Cars Land, California Adventure Park
Although Flo’s V8 Cafe is a Quick Service dining location, it’s still one of our favorite laid back breakfast spots. Eating at Flo’s V8 Cafe really feels like eating at a roadside cafe on Route 66. And like many of the real cafes that used to exist along that famous stretch of road, it’s the perfect place to fill your tank while leisurely gawking at the beauty of the American West.
We really enjoy the food at Flo’s. For breakfast we especially like the Chicken Tamale Breakfast ($8.99) and the Brioche French Toast ($8.49). Both entrees are fresh, delicious, and filling - which is great given their reasonable prices.
There’s plenty of seating at Flo’s V8 Cafe, you don’t need Advanced Reservations, and with Mobile Ordering there’s no waiting in line!
3. River Belle Terrace - Frontierland, Disneyland Park
By far, our favorite place to enjoy a laid back breakfast is the River Belle Terrace. No other dining experience demands that you slow down and soak it all in like eating pancakes on the banks of the river as the iconic Mark Twain Riverboat lazily glides by. Legend has it this was Walt Disney’s favorite place to eat breakfast and it’s easy to understand why.
In addition to pancakes, the River Belle Terrace serves hearty southern-inspired foods like Country Biscuits and Gravy ($17.00), Becky Thatcher’s Fried Green Tomato ($16.00), and a Short Rib Skillet ($19.00). For lunch and dinner, Advanced Reservations are definitely required; but during non-peak seasons breakfast is easily available on a walk-up basis!
Fun Facts: Back in the day, before Mickey Mouse waffles became the maple syrup delivery method of choice, the only Mickey-shaped food you could find in any of the Disney parks was the Mickey Mouse Pancake. And the only place you could find a Mickey Mouse Pancake was at the River Belle Terrace. In the 1970’s and 1980’s food was served cafeteria style, and people lined up to watch the chef carefully flip the singularly-shaped flapjacks! (Picture kids with their hands and noses pressed to the glass!)
For a few short years, the River Belle Terrace stopped serving breakfast, and the traditional Mickey Mouse Pancake (with blueberry eyes and cherry nose) were moved to Rancho Del Zocalo. In 2018, following a lengthy refurbishment, the River Belle Terrace began serving breakfast again; this time as a Table Service restaurant…and this time with a grown up version of the Mickey-shaped Pancake ($15.00) on the menu!
So what do you think?
What’s your favorite place to eat a leisurely breakfast at the Disneyland Resort? Tell us in the comments below.