1. Smiling Tiger Salad with Mushroom Cappuccino at Napa Rose
Note: Napa Rose is currently open for dinner only.
There are quick, do-the-trick restaurants in Disneyland, and then there are the restaurants you should reserve for a capital-M meal. The gem of them all is Napa Rose, not only one of the best restaurants in Disney’s park and in Anaheim, but one of the best restaurants in Orange County. The lauded California-cuisine affair boasts nearly 20,000 bottles of Californian and European wines on offer (complete with tastings), plus an always-booked chef’s counter, making this a destination not just for park-goers. It also offers a lounge, a bar and its standard dining room for a more casual experience. Given the extreme focus on seasonality, the menu is ever changing, but you’ll always find two items here, both fantastic: the Smiling Tiger Salad, where spicy Thai-style marinated beef meets lobster-and-shrimp fritters with greens tossed in a coconut vinaigrette; and the portobello mushroom “cappuccino,” an earthy, silky, luscious bisque under thyme froth. Order one, order both, order anything here.
Location: Grand Californian Hotel & Spa