The pommes frites are worth the price of admission. If you don’t eat anything else in the park your entire visit, try these. We like to hit Café Orléans for a midafternoon break, kick our feet up for a soda or sweet tea, and pick through a plate of the fries while we people-watch. The small menu makes ordering easy, provided you bring a big appetite and aren’t afraid of a little cholesterol and trans fat. The Monte Cristo sandwiches are as good as Blue Bayou’s and a few bucks cheaper. Kids will love the three-cheese version: Swiss, mozzarella, and double-cream Brie between thick slices of deep-fried, egg-battered bread. The gumbo is passable, if a little bland, while the salads, including a blackened-chicken Caesar and the Crescent City salad (a mix of baby spinach, field greens, caramelized pecans, roasted corn, grapes, orange slices, and pan-seared salmon in an orange-cilantro vinaigrette), are very good. For something different, try the crêpes—paper-thin pancakes stuffed with a variety of fillings, including chicken gumbo or beef. A Dixieland jazz band periodically provides lively entertainment.
Setting and Atmosphere
Across the alley from Blue Bayou, Café Orléans overlooks the Rivers of America. There’s a small patio and limited inside seating, but the table-side service offers a nice break from the serveyourself and buffet options in the same price range. After a day of traipsing around the park, it’s nice to kick back amid the wrought iron and scrolled-wood accents.
The chef’s pommes frites have to be among the best sides in the park: traditional thick-cut fries tossed with Parmesan cheese, garlic, and parsley and served with a mildly spicy Cajun rémoulade sauce. If they aren’t served piping hot, send them back. Mickey-shaped beignets are also a treat for dessert.
A decent French onion soup with melted Gruyère cheese; an artery-clogging Monte Cristo sandwich in two versions, traditional and three-cheese; and a nice selection of sweet and savory crêpes.
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|Type||Discount||Valid Weekdays||Valid Meals|
|Disneyland Premium Annual Pass||15%||All||All|
|Disneyland Annual Pass - Not Premium||10%||All||All|
|When to go||Early or late lunch, early evening.|
|Lunch Hours||Daily, 11:30am-4pm|
|Dinner Hours||Daily, 4pm-12am|