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Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editor

Father's Day at Disneyland: Dining Options

June 15, 2001
by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer


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 Two

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
Call: 714-327-8053

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.

The Entertainment: 

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 
Call: 714-776-5200

House of Blues - Sunday Gospel Brunch

The Food: 

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 more.

The Entertainment:

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 site

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. 
Adults: $33.00
Children 3-11: $17.00
Children under 3: Free
Call: 714-778-Blue

Catal Restaurant - Father's Day Brunch 

Catal Restaurant

The Food: 

Again, a direct repeat of the Mother's Day menu, which was very well received. (Read 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 course. 

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 "ice".

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 barnaise 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 cheese.

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. 
Adults: $21.95
Children: $7.95
Call: 714-774-4442

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
Call: 714-533-8272



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 
Call: 714-300-3776

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.

Father's Day at Disneyland


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