Location: New Orleans Square across from Pirates of the Caribbean, entrance on the opposite side
Type: Sit down service
Specialty: New Orleans / French Quarter cooking
Cost: Pricy but filling
Craig’s Favorite: Believe it or not, the Monte Cristo Sandwich
Here’s the thing, you’ve probably passed by this place a dozen times and never really noticed it. I know I didn’t. Oh, sure, I knew it existed, but never gave it much thought. The menu isn’t obtrusive, the entrance is on the side of the building, and it’s off a street I don’t often go down. If it wasn’t for a friend’s recommendation, I don’t know if I would have tried it…and I would have missed out. This classic Louisiana sit down restaurant is a great reflection of some fun Southern cuisine. They have salads, soups, sandwiches, and crepes, but you come here for the Monte Cristo!
I can’t get enough of the Monte Cristo Sandwich. This whopping, deep-fried sandwich will set you back a calorie or two-thousand, but it is so scrumdiliumciously good, you won’t mind. Besides the Monte Cristo, they have a number of great food choices, both healthy and less healthy for you. And of course, kid options that should satisfy most children’s palettes. The Monte Cristo is probably the highlight of the menu and for some unknown reason I resisted this flavor combination for a long time. The first time I tried it was about twenty years ago and I just did not like it at all. I refused to try it until this year when my friend John offered me some of his. Wow. What have I been missing for two decades? It’s basically a jelly donut with ham and cheese! Okay, that might sound gross. But the flavor profile is amazing. It’s a great combination of sweet and savory mixed together in just the right proportion. It’s served sparsely with nothing but berries, but considering that I haven’t been able to finish one, there really isn’t much more that’s needed.
For a more healthy choice, yet still incredibly yummy, try the Cafe Orleans Salmon Sandwich. Served with tasty sweet potato waffle fries, this is another great flavor combination. Although I haven’t tried it, I’ve heard the crepes are very good as well and there are two to choose from. When my friends and I go, we tend to share an appetizer of pomme frites (french fries with garlic and parmesan cheese). The remoulade that goes with it is the best. Just ask for extra. The French Onion soup is also a must have. Quite tasty. The smooth broth slides down your throat with plenty of cheese and not too much bread. And as far as I know, this is the only place in Disneyland that serves Minute Maid Light Pomegranate Lemonade. It’s a nice break from regular light lemonade and definitely a nice low calorie, low sugar option.
If you want something tasty, classy, and relaxing, then come to the Cafe Orleans and enjoy a fine meal. And make reservations in advance. There is usually available seating, but don’t miss out on the off chance they book up.