Category Archives: Restaurants

The Carthay Circle Restaurant raises prices despite health violations and bad Yelp reviews


Carthay Circle Restaurant (2)

The lounge in Disney California Adventure’s Carthay Circle Restaurant has made some changes in its menu. The biggest change is the addition of two item items: Queso Fundido for $14 and a flatbread pizza for $18. The second biggest change is an upward trend in prices. Several items, such as the $11 Santa Monica deviled eggs, cost $1-$3 more than they did a year ago. Now everything costs $11 or more, with butchers plate of meats, dried fruits and nuts topping the list at $19, according to the Press Enterprise.

Wow.  Those prices are simply awful but this story gets even worse.  The Carthay Circle Restaurant was inspected by the Orange County Health Agency on April 17, 2013.  Here is what they reported: Continue reading

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Have you ever had dinner at Disneyland’s exclusive Club 33?


Entrance to Disneyland's Club 33

I have been very fortunate throughout the past decade to have had the opportunity to eat at Disneyland’s exclusive Club 33 several times.  An organization I teach for holds their annual meetings there.  You have to be a member to eat there – and of our colleagues has been a Club 33 member for years.  I am told that membership costs about $10K a year.

I had the presence of mind to take pictures this time around, which was just a few weeks ago.  Here then is my personal tour of Club 33 – and a food review too. Continue reading

The critics like Carthay Circle, but the Yelpers and the Health Inspectors don’t


Carthay Circle Restaurant

LA Daily News reporter Linda Fields Gold gushed over Disney’s gourmet Carthay Circle restaurant, at California Adventures, in a recent article that was published on April 20, 2013.  But I don’t think she looked them up on the Orange County Health Agency’s Restaurant Inspection website.

Fields Gold reported that “The creative talent behind Carthay Circle is Andrew Sutton, executive chef of the Napa Rose. While the Napa Rose is true to Northern California Wine Country taste, Sutton said he wanted Carthay Circle to pick up the “warm flavors and brighter heat” of Southern California. He has worked the past few years with chef de cuisine Gloria Tae, who describes her style as “California Rustic with Asian accents.” They concentrate on using locally grown, locally raised ingredients and sustainable seafood.”

She then went on to describe their dishes, which to be honest sounded great.  But it looks like she didn’t know about the Orange County Health Care Agency’s inspection of Carthay Circle, on April 17, 2013.  Here is what they found: Continue reading

Disneyland passholder offer is $35 for a show, a sandwich and a cup of fritos


Picture Courtesy of the Golden Horseshoe Facebook Page

Picture Courtesy of the Golden Horseshoe Facebook Page

Ok, so here is the deal.  Disneyland is offering special deals to their Annual Passholders, which you may read about here.

Their latest deal is “a salute to the Frontierland stage show that opened with the park in 1955 and ran into the ’80s. It is selling dinner shows to annual pass-holders for $35. The package includes ham or roast beef sandwiches, like in the old days when the Golden Horseshoe saloon had table service, plus a souvenir cup filled with Fritos. (Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante near the saloon was once the site of Casa de Fritos.),” according to the Press Enterprise.

Wow.  $35 for a sandwich and a cup of Fritos?  And some sort of stage show?  Good grief!  How is that a special offer?  Here are the details courtesy of Disney: Continue reading

A look at Knott’s Berry Farm’s restaurants’ food safety record


Picture Courtesy of the Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant's Facebook Page

Picture Courtesy of the Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant’s Facebook Page

A few weeks ago we took a look at the health inspection record of Disney’s top restaurants – and it was somewhat shocking.  Even the new hard to get into Carthay Circle restaurant, at California Adventures, had two major food safety violations when it was inspected on Nov. 29, 2012.

Now it’s time to have a look at the food safety record of the restaurants and eateries at Knott’s Berry Farm.  Let’s see if they’re any better…and keep in mind the fact that Orange County’s Supervisors chose a few years ago not to use letter-grade health ratings at our restaurants, which is why you will never know how bad a restaurant really is unless you click here and look up their food safety inspection records.

And what better place to start our food safety review of Knott’s than their famous Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant! They were inspected by the Orange County Health Care Agency on August 22, 2012, and here is what those intrepid inspectors found: Continue reading

Does your favorite Disneyland restaurant have a clean bill of health?


Redd Rockett's Pizza Port

Orange County’s Board of Supervisors rejected letter grade health ratings for our restaurants, so if you visit Disneyland, or California Adventures, you won’t know if their restaurants have had any food safety issues.  But don’t despair!  You can read all about their inspections online.

Disney does have a safety department that includes several full time food safety professionals – and most of them used to work for the County of Orange Health Agency, as restaurant health inspectors.  But the turnover at restaurants can be high, and Disneyland also employs a lot of youngsters, who may lack experience.  As such the Disney restaurants have pretty lengthy inspection records, that can make for interesting reading, to say the least.

Here are links to the restaurant inspection information for all of the restaurants at Disneyland: Continue reading