It’s all happening at the Disneyland Resort at the moment as the Downtown Disney Refurb gets underway and celebrations like the Lunar New Year and Disney100 Anniversary are underway. In more exciting news, the dining region will be seeing a few old friends open their doors shortly, as well as some new ones.
Earl of Sandwich – Downtown Disney
If you are a fan of fancy sandwiches, then you will be delighted to hear Earl of Sandwich will return to the Downtown Disney area, occupying the current La Brea Bakery location. “La Brea Bakery is exiting the restaurant business, and we thank them for two decades of partnership in the Downtown Disney District. Keep your eyes peeled for Earl of Sandwich opening in the coming weeks!” said Disney Parks Blog.
Porto’s Bakery – Downtown Disney
In more news for the area, Disney announced at D23 that Porto’s Bakery would join the Disney dining lineup in Anaheim and “will be bringing their famous Cheese Rolls, California-Cuban cuisine, and more to the district.” An all-new Porto’s location is in the works near the Esplanade.
Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio – Downtown Disney
The transitions from Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen into Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio continue. Before long, “you’ll be able to enjoy the open, warm, and welcoming ambiance across the outdoor patios, veranda, and dining rooms.”
Jazz Kitchen’s “all-day” menu will feature the popular Pasta Jambalaya and Gumbo Ya-Ya, plus fresh riffs using coastal-inspired ingredients like the new open-faced Grilled Lobster BLT Po’ Boy, pictured below. Signature hand-crafted beignets will continue to be a staple, with an expanded menu including specialty glazed beignets that are dipped, drizzled, and sprinkled in jazzy signature and seasonal flavor combinations. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is closed for a short time to accommodate continued work in the first-floor dining space and will debut its exciting new look and menu soon!Disney Parks Blog
Din Tai Fung – Downtown Disney – Coming Soon
Concept art for the new Din Tai Fung restaurant is still impressive as we wait for the new addition to open on the west side of the district. I absolutely love dumplings, so this one will be high on my must-try list when it opens.
After hearing some pretty dismal reports about the current state of food in Disneyland, I’m looking forward to seeing some of this turnover come to fruition, hopefully restoring Downtown Disney’s reputation as a fabulous culinary destination once more.
Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.
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