The Spotlight Is on Disney California Adventure Award Wieners

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Today we review a fixture of Disney California Adventure since day 1 over 20 years ago, Award Wieners! This quick service eatery in Hollywood Land hasn’t won any actual awards, but as they say in Hollywood, “Fake it until you make it.”

Visually nothing has changed on the facade since Award Wieners opened in 2001. (We’re not saying that’s a good thing.)

First up we have the Bacon Street Dog ($9.79). It includes a beef hot dog dipped in a roasted red pepper ketchup, topped with grilled onions, bell peppers, and crispy bacon, and served on a toasted bun. It also comes with “Filmstrip Fries” which we’ll get into more later. I really enjoyed this dog. The red pepper ketchup gave it a nice kick and the crunch from the bacon is satisfying. The grilled onions and bell peppers also add a lot of flavor to what would be a boring hot dog on its own.

The bun is perfectly toasted even tasted slightly buttered to me. What’s great is that the same bun is included with all the hot dogs from Award Wieners.

Before moving on to the other dogs, let’s talk about the fries. Each dog includes thick cut “Filmstrip Fries” which are fantastic. You can add chili cheese fry toppings for $1.69, or for $10.49 you can get a separate order of Asada Fries topped with carne asada, cheddar cheese, cilantro, onions, and guacamole.

The Asada Fries are very good. We’re big fans of them. This isn’t fine dining or healthy in any way, but it’s very satisfying.

Also on the menu is the Uptown Chili Dog ($9.99). It includes a beef hot dog topped with chili, pepper jack cheese, and Fritos. I’m not much of a fan of Disneyland’s chili, so I didn’t think this was as good of a dog as the Bacon Street Dog, but it’s still a good choice that most people will probably be happy with.

They definitely don’t skimp on the chili or cheese.

Finally we have the Plant-based Philly Dog ($10.49). It’s topped with mushrooms, grilled onions and peppers and dairy-free crema (although the above picture shows my friend’s order with cheese). The Philly Dog is another solid option. There’s so many flavors that I’d never be able to tell that the dog was plant-based.

Overall Award Wieners has some great items for hot dog fans. It’s also a relatively affordable option, with beef hot dogs coming in at under $10. TouringPlans readers give Award Wieners a 90% thumbs up rating, which ranks it 24th out of 48 restaurants at Disneyland Resort.

What’s your opinion on Award Wieners? Let us know in the comments. 

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Guy Selga Jr.

Disneyland writer for TouringPlans.com and co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. Also a Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. Twitter and Instagram: @guyselga

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