Cars Land Food: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Part 2)

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As we’ve said in the past, the new food offerings at Disney California Adventure have been almost as essential to that park’s popular relaunch as the rides. Nowhere is that more evident than inside Cars Land, the signature centerpiece of DCA’s expansion.

To start this series, I shared some thoughts on my favorite edible attraction in Cars Land, the citrus turkey salad prepared by Flo’s V8 Cafe. That appealing plate took first position in this taste trilogy. Sadly, my second contender isn’t nearly as savory. Grab your antacids and greet the Lee Van Cleef to the salad’s Clint Eastwood.

…The Bad…

On weekdays, I rarely ingest more than a cup of coffee before noon. But on weekends, I’m a strong advocate for a scrambled eggs with cheese and salsa for brunch. So on my first morning inside Cars Land, I was almost as excited to visit the Cozy Cone Motel as I was to ride Radiator Springs Racers. As one of the first customers of the day, I stepped up to cone #3 order a Verde Scramble Cone, billed as “Scrambled Eggs, Salsa Verde and Queso Fresco served in a Bread Cone.”

And then my pain began.

I don’t blame the mildly spicy green chile sauce for my intestinal suffering, nor the bland white cheese crumbled over the top. The fault fully lies with the infernal fiend who prepared the scrambled eggs, which were presumably cooked over the fires of Hades itself. If you want to know the proper way to cook scrambled eggs, check out Julia Child’s low-and-slow method, which takes a few more minutes but makes creamy, buttery, velvet-soft eggs every time.

The chefs at DCA apparently studied this technique, and then did the exact opposite, in a concentrated effort to create the densest, most rubbery, chewy, indigestible pseudo-egg substance known to man. If you are an afficiado of the reconstituted powdered yellow sludge served in prisons and military boot camps, you’ll be in heaven here; all others are duly warned. And as an extra joke, they wrapped the entire mess in a flavorless bone-dry bread cone that resembles a pretzel crust made from recycled sawdust.

Adding to my agony, my beverage of choice for washing this gut-bomb down was the closest thing on the menu to fruit juice, Filmore’s Pomegrate Limeade. a nearly-opaque red liquid topped with a vile-looking canned foam and loaded with enough syrupy sugar to make my teeth feel like they were wearing fur coats. It might make an acceptable afternoon energy-booster, but as a breakfast beverage it lags slightly behind a melted Jolly Rancher.

In the end, I was unable to eat even half of the eggs, and couldn’t consume all of the ‘ade either. I will consider that $10.28 (plus tax) well spent if I can spare just one reader from sharing my fate. Eat careful out there on Route 66!

Have you tried DCA’s breakfast cones? What’s the worst new flavor you’ve found in Cars Land? Leave your comments below, and return soon for the conclusion of this series.


Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

6 thoughts on “Cars Land Food: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Part 2)

  • July 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I thought the cone idea was ingenious, and I’m sad to hear it’s not too good, taste-wise.

  • July 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Quite a contrast to all the scrambled eggs we’ve had in WDW — Crystal Palace, Tusker House and Beach Club — those have all been very good!

  • July 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I broke fast on my first Cars Land visit with the same cone. I was impressed with the flavor added by the verde sauce, but had a similar complaint about the eggs. As I neared completion of the cone, I found a hidden reservoir of what can only be described as egg juice: the by-product of pressure-cooked, mass-produced scrambled eggs. Not an appetizing finish.

  • July 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Aloha Seth,

    Great story.. love your honesty… keep it up!

    Mahalo, Mark Hickson

  • July 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I’m sad to hear the breakfast cone isn’t good. Hopefully they’ll up the quality on the eggs, though honestly, until I had breakfast at Plaza Inn the other month I was never impressed with ANY breakfast offering in the Disneyland resort.

    HOWEVER. I LOVE the chili cone carne. Disneyland chili is always good. And as long as the bread cone isn’t stale, I think it tastes good and they go well together. I always go out of my way for the chili cone carne. It’s the perfect small meal/snack size.

  • August 1, 2012 at 12:17 am

    My family of four had breakfast at Flo’s in mid-June (less than a week after Carsland opening). We each had a different egg dish, and much like your experience, we were really disappointed. We all felt like we were eating powdered/ reconstituted eggs. We have had so many wonderful food experiences at DCA and DLR, we are always a little sad when the food disappoints.


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