Father's Day at Disneyland: Dining Options
June 15, 2001
by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Yesterday we learned that the Disneyland Resort restaurants seem to have
overlooked Father's Day. But that doesn't mean you have to drag dad to McDonalds
- California Adventure and the Downtown Disney restaurants have come to
the rescue with a handful of menus and events for his big day.
All of the following restaurants (except for the one in California Adventure-the
Golden Vine Winery) are located within Downtown Disney District. After
brunch, you can treat dad to a few hours at ESPN Zone, or stop for a movie
at the new AMC theaters.
For more information on Downtown Disney, be sure to read this two-part
series. Part One / Part
Golden Vine Winery - California Adventure
A meal at either the Vineyard Room or the Golden Vine Terrace makes for
an enjoyable afternoon or evening with dad. The winery is currently offering
complementary wine tastings each afternoon. For Father's Day, consider
taking dad for one of the multi-course fixed-price meals. Your dad's wine
pairings will be upgraded to include Mondavi Reserve wines, with the compliments
of the winery. This is a $35.00 upgrade, and is the restaurant's way of
giving your dad "the very best" for all he's done. (Keep in
mind admission to California Adventure is required.)
Golden Wine Vinery
Disney's California Adventure
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen - Sunday Jazz Brunch
Jazz Kitchen is repeating their popular Mother's Day Jazz Brunch. The
Brunch Specials menu includes a starter, entree, and dessert for one
price. Starters include: gumbo ya-ya, soup du jour, butter lettuce salad
and Hambeaux salad. For your entree, choose the eggs sardoux#000080
(poached eggs served with creamed spinach, artichoke hearts and hollandaise
sauce); lamb chops with#000080ise sauce, accompanied by herb roasted
veggies; seafood cakes and eggs (eggs benedict, with seafood cakes instead
of English muffins); tournedos of beef in black pepper sauce, served
with grits, green beans and crispy sweet potatoes; or a crawfish omelet.
For dessert, you'll choose between strawberry shortcake and traditional
bread pudding with whiskey anglaise. An a la carte menu, and children's
menu, is also available.
A strolling jazz trio will entertain your dad. A souvenir jacket, containing
Polaroid photos of your family, will be presented to each dad as a special
memento. If you visit in the evening, the house band will entertain
you, starting at 6:30. Be sure to stop back for beignets, served at
the adjacent Creole Cafe.
Jazz Kitchen Sunday Jazz Brunch
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Adults: Brunch Specials, $18.00 - $27.00, depending on entree selected.
Children's menu available
House of Blues - Sunday Gospel Brunch
A combination of traditional breakfast foods, along with Delta-inspired
additions. Your brunch will include pastries and muffins, an assortment
of prepared salads, chilled shrimp, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage,
barbecued chicken, prime rib and ham carving stations, an omelet bar,
cheese grits, bread pudding, sweet potatoes cheesecake squares, and
The Sunday Gospel Brunch is a tradition throughout the House of Blues
chain. The program is a mix of live music, from Rock to Blues and everything
in between. If you've never been, it's something you must experience
at least once. From the company web
Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits! Come to the House of Blues and
experience our popular Sunday Gospel
Brunch, featuring inspiring gospel performances and an amazing buffet
to feed the body and the soul... Replenish on Sunday at the House of
Blues Gospel Brunch!
House of Blues Father's Day Gospel Brunch
Show Times: 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Children 3-11: $17.00
Children under 3: Free
Catal Restaurant - Father's Day Brunch
Again, a direct repeat of the Mother's Day menu, which was very well
the review here) A three-course menu, featuring a variety of starters,
entrees, and desserts, all for $21.95. You choose one item for each
First course selections: Lamb and pine-nut sausage with cucumber, tomato
mint, and feta cheese; classic Caesar salad#000080ed tomato gazpacho
with poached shrimp and avocado; or a mosaic of summer fruit with melon
Main Course offerings: Caramelized banana stuffed French toast with
walnut butter and maple syrup; smoked salmon "lox" with traditional
accompaniments; "Steak and Eggs" - a Chateau beef steak with
scrambled eggs, garlic spinach, melted tomatoes and b┌arnaise sauce;
Sicilian rigatoni with grilled eggplant, ricotta cheese and tomato basil
sauce; blueberry buttermilk pancakes with a blueberry orange compote;
or omelette of artichoke hearts, sun dried tomato, oregano and goat
Dessert tray: Strawberry shortcake with vanilla ice cream and strawberry
gelee; warm apple tart tatin with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce;
chocolate hazelnut crunchy cake with hazelnut sauce; or a trio of tropical
fruit sorbets with a coconut cookie.
Catal Restaurant Father's Day Brunch
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Y Arriba Y Arriba
The restaurant had no plans for a Father's Day brunch at press time.
A special event concert will take place that evening, featuring a Latin
electric violinist. Call Saturday for more details.
Y Arriba Y Arriba
Chiildren's menu available
If the NBA Finals go to a 6th game, take dad to ESPN Zone Sunday morning
for tickets to Monday night's game. Tickets are free, and will be distributed
at 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning in the store area. When you come back Monday,
you can relax and enjoy the game on the restaurant's giant TV screen.
There is a minimum order of $20.00 per person during the game.
ESPN Zone-NBA Finals, Game 6 (If necessary)
Door Time: 4:00
After you've secured your tickets, take dad upstairs to the Sports
Arena, where he can play over 100 interactive sports games. The Studio
Grill downstairs is a good place to grab a bite for lunch after you've
conquered the climbing wall.
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