I have read a dozen or so threads and think I have a plan of attack for Disneyland now. Special thanks to sku, Das Ubergeek, degustateur, and Kitchen Queen for your great reviews and suggestions in past threads. I learned so much (like avoiding eating in DLR from sku's two great threads).
First a little about us: DH is lactose intolerant but otherwise eats everything. We really only have a problem at French and Italian restaurants that use cream or cheese in many dishes. I eat everything and have a hearty appetite. We have 2 and 5 year old girls who are relatively adventurous eaters for kids. They regularly enjoy Fijian/Indian, Afghan, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Muslim Chinese, Greek, Filipino, etc. Older one doesn't like spicy food but younger one loves it. A prime example of her commitment to good spicy food was when her nose was running, eyes crying with tears dripping off her chin, and wailing when she wasn't swallowing, yet she kept shoveling in spicy Fijian/Indian rice with both hands at 20 months old!
Budget isn't an issue, but I want the most bang for my buck, not a fancy place just because we can afford it. Given the fact that we have our kids. I don't want to do Napa Rose. That kind of experience (and those prices) are best on date nights, IMHO.
We drive in Thursday, arriving sometime that evening. No dinner plans yet for Thursday night. I would love to go somewhere where leftovers could be reheated for breakfast (we're staying at the HoJo in a Kids' Suite which has a microwave and fridge). Ideas? Probably someplace off the 5 given our drive from NorCal. Not sure what time we hit the LA area which is why we might just play this by ear. I am a Bruin but haven't been back to LA in nearly 15 years. My college favorites were the Cuban and Brazilian restaurants (can't remember where--Sawtelle? Sepulveda?), Monterey Park, and K-town eateries.
If we don't have any Thursday dinner leftovers for Friday's breakfast, we will just eat Lee's Sandwiches for breakfast or pick up something to go from Mimi's so we can get to the security tables early. I know Ariel's Grotto has crappy food but my 5 year old is obsessed with princesses and I don't want to wait 2 hours in line at PFF. So that will be Friday's lunch.
My girls still nap so we will walk back to the hotel and relax in the afternoon. Before heading back to DL, I want to grab an early dinner at Marisco Puerto Esperanza. Fri dinner hopefully won't take too long (I need to see how early they open for dinner) as I believe DL will close at 7 pm for the Halloween party and then DCA will be packed. If MPE is crowded on Friday nights, maybe we should go to Thai Nakorn Fri? I need a relatively fast option, which is why I'm skipping the Ethiopian restaurants.
Sat morning we will pick up Lee's Sandwiches for lunch and possibly for Sat breakfast too. Then dinner at Thai Nakorn before heading back into the park.
Finally, for Sunday breakfast (leisurely since we leave for NorCal and won't be going back to DL), I want try the homemade corned beef hash at Jagerhaus.
Backup options I also have on deck include Park Ave., Break of Dawn for breakfast, and a couple other standard Mexican restaurants (but we have plenty of them up here so the seafood and the Oaxacan paces most intrigue me).
Your thoughts? I am sure we will snack on corn dogs, churros, and Dole Whips in the park. Maybe even try the Monte Christo just to say we tried it (if we don't have to sit down to get it!)?
ETA: Argh! Just found out MPE closed when the auto-add of restaurants didn't include it. Maybe the Oaxacan place Das Ubergeek mentioned in one of the threads?
Napa Rose Restaurant
1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
2525 E Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92806
Thai Nakorn Restaurant
12532 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843
Break of Dawn
24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653