11 May 2012

What Restaurant Would You Move to Disney World?

Disneyland has so many unique, great dining experiences that you can only find there. It's hard to pick just one! Rancho del Zocalo is one of the best quick service restaurants at the Disney parks and I never pass it up when heading out west. Goofy's Kitchen is my favorite character meal of all time. Then there is Napa Rose with its beautiful dining room, fantastic service and exceptional food. And of course, Club 33, Walt Disney's private dining room for members and their guests. However, I'm going with a restaurant with cuisine that is near and dear to me - Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen.

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
I'm glad you asked! I spent a few years working in a Cajun and Creole restaurant that was based out of New Orleans. The food was incredible, not a single dish on the menu wasn't fantastic. Because of this (and trips to New Orleans) I love the food but I must admit I'm quite picky about it.

What Makes It So Great?
Step inside an be transported to the Big Easy. This two-story French Quarter designed restaurant has wrought iron balconies, an open-air courtyard, a fountain and lush greens. At ground level is the dining area and Creole Cafe, a quick service location. Upstairs from the restaurant is Flambeaux's, a New Orleans-style jazz club.

Ralph Brennan's has wonderful food! They offer some of my favorites such as Gumbo Ya-Ya, crab cakes, po' boys, red beans and rice, jambalaya, BBQ shrimp & grits (I love making this at home!)... And for dessert, bananas foster, beignets, New Orleans bread pudding; but the most indulgent and decadent dessert is the double chocolate bread pudding that you have to order at the beginning of your meal.

Oh, and they have a Jazz Brunch on Sundays! This way you'll have a dinner and a concert all in one.

Crawfish Beignets
BBQ Shrimp and Grits
Double Chocolate Bread Pudding
Where Would It Go?
Pleasure Island in Downtown Disney! This area could use a little bit more since the closure of all of the bars and clubs. It's already home to two other unique restaurants - Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant featuring Irish food and Paradiso 37 featuring South, Central and North American food. What better place to add a Cajun and Creole restaurant!

That's what I'd move from Disneyland to Disney World. How about YOU? Share you thoughts and comments below. I'd love to read them.

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Posts About Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Review: Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen 2009
Review: Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen 2011
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  1. What? Kristen chose a restaurant and not an attraction? I'm shocked, shocked I tell you! (^_^) The BBQ shrimp & grits look really good though...

  2. I love this place! This is one of my MUST DOs any time I visit Disneyland Resort! I say open it already!

  3. Hi Kristen,
    Thank you for the great write up! We hope to see you again soon!

    Warm regards,
    Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen


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