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Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editor
Father's Day at Disneyland: Dining Options for 2002

Disneyland is a popular place to celebrate Mom's special day, so why not treat Dad to the same on his? Although the Disneyland Resort restaurants do not offer the same variety of special menus for dads, there might just be something here that your father will enjoy.

 

Disneyland Resort Hotels

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel

Napa Rose Father's Day Brunch

Napa Rose offers a three-course Father's day brunch that includes includes:

First Course – Choice of:

  • Lobster martini, "shaken not stirred", with mango-lime vinaigrette
  • Baked chef's creek oyster with braised leeks, bacon, and lemon hollandaise
  • Grapevine smoked salmon with corn fitters and roast pepper sour cream
  • Goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms with fresh marinated tomatoes and basil pesto
  • Grilled quesadilla filled with chipotle-braised duck, ranchero cheese and spinach with mango-avocado pico de gallo
  • Santa Barbara field green salad with a Solera sherry vinaigrette

Main Course – Choice of:

  • "Lamb and Eggs" Poached eggs on country corn bread topped with jalapeno hollandaise and a grilled lamp chop with home style pinto bean ragu
  • Crepes filled with rock shrimp and oyster mushrooms with a yellow tomato butter sauce
  • Orange brioche French toast with summer berries and vanilla chantilly
  • Oak roasted northern halibut with red pepper, caper and lemon vinaigrette
  • Fettuccini "Rossi" with prosciutto ham, asparagus and Grana Pagana parmesan
  • Grilled medallions of angus beef filet with saut┌ed mushrooms and white cheddar-chive whipped potatoes

Dessert – Choice of:

  • Summer peaches and pecan buttermilk ice cream and marion berry sauce
  • Flourless Majari chocolate cake with bing cherry sauce
  • Lemon Italian custard with marinated summer berries
  • Warm Santa Rosa plum tart with whipped brown sugar crÂme fraiche

Meals include valet parking. The regular menu is offered for dinner.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Adults: $38.50, plus tax and gratuity.
Add "endless champagne" for $10 more

Children's menu available.

Includes: Valet parking at the Grand Californian Hotel.

Call: 714-300-7170


All of the following restaurants are located within Downtown Disney District. After brunch, you can take Dad shopping at any of the many shops, or stop for a movie at the AMC theaters. (For more information on Downtown Disney, be sure to read my two-part series. Part One / Part Two)

 

ESPN Zone

Father's Day Game Card Bonus

ESPN Zone

ESPN Zone offers dads a free $10 game card with any purchase on Sunday, June 16th. Treat dad to lunch or dinner, and then turn him loose in the interactive Sports Arena. He can also watch the Anaheim Angels vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers in the interleague Freeway Series, or Tiger Woods in the U.S. Open from a leather recliner in the Screening Room.

Regular menu and children's menu served 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Call: 714-300-3776

 

House of Blues

Father's Day Gospel Brunch

"Praise the Lord, and pass the biscuits." The Sunday Gospel Brunch is a tradition throughout the House of Blues chain. The Anaheim location has added a third seating for this Father's Day because this popular holiday brunch has sold out in the past. The two-hour Father's Day program features live music by the "Sons of Christ" and an appearance by Miss Trameka Richardson. The Sunday Gospel Brunch is an experience you must try at least once.

The food is a combination of traditional breakfast foods and Delta-inspired additions. The two-hour brunch includes pastries and muffins, prepared salads, chilled shrimp, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, barbecue chicken, prime rib and ham carving stations, omelet bar, cheese grits, bread pudding, and more.

Show Times: 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m.

Reservations are essential. Make them by phone or in person at the House of Blues box office.

Adults: $35 in person, $37 by phone

Children 3-9: $18.50 in person, $20.50 by phone

Children 2 and under: Free, but must be included in your reservations.

Call: 714-778-2583, option 3, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen

Sunday Jazz Brunch

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen

The Jazz Kitchen offers its popular Sunday Jazz brunch for Father's Day, featuring live jazz music and a variety of Creole specialties.

Call: 714-776-5200

 

Catal Restaurant

Father's Day Brunch

Catal Restaurant

Catal offers a three-course menu, featuring a choice of appetizer, entr┌e and dessert, for $35. Menu details were not finalized as of press time, call for information.

Call: 714-774-4442

 

The remaining Downtown Disney restaurants did not have Father's Day menus available at press time. Please call the location for more recent information.

Rainforest Cafe
Call: 714-772-0413

Naples
Call: 714-776-6200

La Brea Bakery and Cafe
Call: 714-490-0233

Y Arriba Y Arriba
Call: 714-533-8272


Concluding our Father's Day dining round up we offer a few suggestions about in park dining, at both Disneyland and California Adventure.

 

Disneyland

While none of the Disneyland restaurants are offering a special meal for Father's Day, you may not want to take several hours out of your day to experience one of the hotel meals.

Instead get to the park early, and head for New Orleans Square to make lunch or dinner reservations for the Blue Bayou. Your Dad will enjoy a table served meal in the unique Blue Bayou atmosphere. 

Prices are slightly lower at the Bayou for lunch if cost may be an issue, also that's the only time they serve the rather infamous Monte Cristo sandwiches.

 

Disney's California Adventure

Like Disneyland, none of the DCA restaurants (at press time) have planned a special Father's Day meal.

Keep in mind that two of the park's upscale options from last year, the Mondavi Winery complex and Wolfgang Puck's Avalon Cove have been taken over by Disney and offer more standard dining fare.

It's a good idea to check with guest relations first thing upon entering this park as to which locations will be open, as operating schedules vary quite a bit.


Father's Day at Disneyland


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