In honor of the grand opening of the renovations/add-on park within Disneyland’s California Adventure theme park, I thought it was high time to continue my comprehensive guide to vegan restaurants within the Disneyland Resort!
I love Disneyland soooooo much, my fiancée and I were just there in April but I’m already trying to think of an excuse to go back! Can I justify it as a blogging research trip?
The Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to Vegan California Adventure — UPDATED!
Wine Country Trattoria
Location: Golden Vine Winery in “The Golden State” area of California Adventure
Vegan Options: Broccolini Aglio Olio – Lightly tossed with Spinach, Arugula, Tomatoes, Garlic, Chili Flakes, and Olive Oil.
Notes: Neither my fiancée nor I drink alcohol, so a winery just wasn’t our thing. We walked by the restaurant but didn’t go in. It is one of the most upscale of California Adventure’s full service restaurant (and the only one to serve a vegan option on their menu). I believe they have a full wine list (they should anyway, being a winery and all….) so if you enjoy a fine wine or just plain wine ;) this may be the dinner place for you!
Location: The Boardwalk on the bridge going towards California Screamin’, Midway Mania and The Mickey Ferris Wheel.
Vegan Options: The chef will make an off-the-menu vegan option! Call ahead and let them know you’re vegan when you make the reservations. I hear they will even make a vegan dessert for you!
Price: ? Off-the-menu
Notes: Thank you Gary for commenting!
Location: Hollywood Pictures Backlot
Vegan Options: Portobello-Mushroom Philly – Grilled Portobello, onions & bell peppers sautéed in hefeweizen, topped with
pepper jack cheese. Served with sliced apples or chips.
Notes: Not sure if this truly is a vegan option. The menu did not elaborate or give allergen information. I would love some comments on this!
If you were to try to order this, obviously you would have to ask them to hold the cheese (in which case you would get a Portobello & veggie saute on a hotdog bun). It would also be wise to ask if the hotdog buns contain milk/milk powder/casein/whey. Who knows? Milk is sneaky these days.
Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill
Location: A bit hard to describe, but on your way to The California Boardwalk (home of California Screamin’, The Mickey Sun Wheel, & World of Color) there is a little alcove of restaurants before you cross over the bridge.
Soft Tacos Monterrey –
Beef, Chicken or Roasted Vegetables with seared peppers and onions, topped with cheese served in warm flour tortillas.
Burrito Sonora –
Beef, Chicken or Roasted Vegetables with refried beans, seared peppers and onions, and shredded cheese topped with a traditional Guajillo sauce.
Soft Tacos Monterrey $9.99
Burrito Sonora $10.49
Notes: “All plates include Mexican Rice and Refried Beans, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole and
Sour Cream. Sauteed Vegetables may be substituted for Rice or Beans.” Substitute the sautéed vegetables since the rice is sure to be made with chicken stock & the refried beans may contain pork or other meat. If you order the burrito, don’t forget to ask about the refried beans, if they are non-vegan it’s possible they can substitute for whole beans. I’m also not sure what exactly Guajillo sauce is… any readers want to enlighten me :)? I’m picturing some kind of salsa….
Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
Location: Buena Vista Street, Cars Land (?) California Adventure
Food – None
Coffee – Yes!
Notes: This is new since I was last at CA Adventure in April. I think this must have been part of the addition of Cars Land. Don’t let the strange cafe name fool you… this is a STARBUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So if you will just die (like I will) without your coffee & soy, you better run your butt to Fiddler, Fifer & Practical/Disneyland Starbucks. I know I will.
Flo’s V-8 Cafe
Location: Cars Land
Vegan Options: Veggie Tater Bake – Roasted Vegetables, Cauliflower, Bulgur Wheat, Soy Crumbles and Smashed Red Skin Potatoes topped with
Cheddar Cheese. Served with your choice of one side and a garlic chive roll.
Additional Vegan Sides:
Hot Sides – Roasted Corn Medley, Vegetarian Baked Beans, or Peas & Carrots
Cold Sides - “Radiator” Pasta Salad
Notes: What’s this?! Bulgur Wheat? Soy Crumbles??? Plus, look how RAD this place looks!!! Omg I have to get back to Disneyland. I’m assuming since the veggie bake is topped with cheese, that they can leave it off completely. Also, since this is a new restaurant that I have neither seen in person not eaten at (full disclosure) I am not sure if the corn or peas & carrots are prepared with butter. I also don’t know if the pasta salad contains meat (sometimes they do, but let’s hope not).
Lucky Fortune Cookery
Location: Right before the bridge to the California Boardwalk & Midway, next to the Pacific Wharf Cafe & Cocina Cucamonga.
Vegan Options: Asian Rice Bowl – With Tofu, Mandarin Orange Sauce, Teryaki Sauce or Spicy Korean Sauce (The Thai Curry Sauce is NOT vegan). Each bowl contains steamed rice and seared Asian vegetables.
Additional Vegan Options:
Edamame – slightly salted and served chilled $2.99
Fresh Mango Slices $3.69
Notes: I ate here while waiting for the World of Color show to start. It was super tasty, reasonably fresh and worked great for a grab-and-go meal. Rice bowls are served in a little chinese takeout box so they’re great for eating while standing or walking around. No mess!
Pacific Wharf Cafe
Location: San Francisco Area, California Adventure
Vegan Options: Vallejo Vegetarian Chili – Medley of tomato, bell peppers, onion, carrots, zucchini, pinto & black beans, simmered in a rich tomato broth, with just a hint of jalapeno and chile pepper.
Additional Vegan Options: BREAKFAST! Oatmeal – Hot bowl of oatmeal served with brown sugar, honey and raisins. $3.99
Notes: I didn’t eat here since I live in San Francisco & I can get sourdough anytime (lucky me!) ….but I’m sure their chili is tasty and I always appreciate clear labeling ‘Vegetarian’/’Vegan’ it takes the guess-work out.
If you’re doing the breakfast here, just ask and make sure the oatmeal is cooked with water and not milk :)
Paradise Garden Grill
Location: A little bit hidden… It’s in Paradise Pier (California Boardwalk) passed Midway Mania (the Toy Story 3d ride) and the Mickey Sun Wheel… it’s nearer to the small children’s rides in the Boardwalk…. I’m confusing you. Just ask someone, that’s what I did. It’s worth it!!
Mediterranean Skewers – With Tofu & Veggies, and Moroccan Chili Sauce (A Spicy Sauce with Tomato, Harissa Chili, and Garlic) or Chimichurri (Fresh Herbs, Citrus, Garlic and Olive Oil). The Tandoori Spiced Yogurt and Tzatziki Sauce are NOT vegan.
Each platter includes Rice Pilaf, Cucumber Salad and Pita Bread
Notes: Delicious!!! I had the skewers with the Moroccan Chili Sauce and it was DEEEE-LISH! The counter clerk was kind enough to pull out his huge 3-ring binder of allergen information for me to make sure that everything was vegan! Thank you!
Taste Pilot’s Grill
Location: Golden State Condor Flats, near Soarin’ Over California
Vegan Options: Flyby Fries – barbecue sauce, hot sauce, salsa, or jalapenos available from the toppings bar.
Additional Vegan Items:
Oatmeal – Hot bowl of oatmeal served with brown sugar, honey and raisins $3.99 (Again, ask if the oatmeal is prepared with milk)
Fruit Cup $3.49
Notes: Burgers are the primary menu item here, veggie burgers are “available upon request” however I’m not sure what kind of veggie burger they are using (Gardenburger? Boca? Housemade?) Some veggie burgers are vegan, others have eggs. Would one of you lovely readers out there find out and comment? Thanks!!!
Location: Hollywood Studios Backlot
Vegan Options: Fairfax Market is a little market offering healthy snack such as, fresh fruit, coconut water, humus & chips and more.
Location: Hollywood Studios Backlots
Vegan Options: Schmoozies offers made-to-order smoothies which can be easily be made vegan.
Explicitly Non-Vegan Restaurants:
Nothing to see here folks…
Hot Dog Hut
The Cove Bar
Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta
Corn Dog Castle
Al Fresco Lounge
Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
Paradise Pier Ice Cream