Disneyland Resort Restaurants Wins Big Awards

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Disneyland Resort is celebrating because they have just picked up 12 new awards from the Southern California Restaurant Writers, with tributes for 2013-2014 going to restaurants at Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and the Disneyland Resort hotels.

Each year, the Southern California Restaurant Writers evaluates restaurants from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border on food, service, ambiance and beverages. Three Disneyland Resort restaurants received highest honors, earning the coveted Five Star award and the Golden Bacchus Wine Award: Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge in Disney California Adventure Park, Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel.

These, plus several other prestigious awards, were presented to the Disneyland Resort staff at the 2013-2014 Southern California Restaurant Writers Annual Awards Banquet held on April 13 at the Astor Classic Events Center in Anaheim, Calif. The highlight of the evening was the recognition of Jose Barragan, named “Manager of the Year” for his work at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.

Barragan has been with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for 17 years. He brings 35 years of food service experience, plus a business administration education, to Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge. Prior to his Disney career, he spent 11 years at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and four years at the Ritz-Carlton.

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge take you back to the Golden Age of Hollywood at the heart of Disney California Adventure Park. The seasonal menu, created by award-winning Executive Chef Andrew Sutton, celebrates California’s diverse cuisine. Guests enjoy varieties of sustainable fish, both wild and farmed, in dishes such as ceviche of blue cobia and sesame-soy-glazed Skuna Bay salmon. The lunch menu includes seasonal salads, such as Strawberry Chicken, an Angus burger with cheddar cheese and house-made pickles. A friendly wine program includes both Old and New World wines, with a focus on California vintages.

Napa Rose, at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, also earned 5 Stars and the Golden Bacchus Wine Award this year. Napa Rose showcases California wine country cuisine, changing its menu seasonally to source the finest, freshest ingredients. The cuisine is created to complement the restaurant’s extensive California-dominated wine collection. The 17,000-bottle cellar carries more than 1,000 different labels, with 80 wines available by the glass.

With 12 awards going to eight restaurants, 2 in Disneyland Park, 2 in Disney California Adventure Park and 3 in Disneyland Resort hotels – Disneyland Resort guests have some amazing dining options and locations to pick from.

The complete list of Disneyland Resort awards from SCRW:

Manager of the Year:

  • Jose Barragan (Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, Disney California Adventure Park)

Golden Bacchus Wine Award:

  • Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge
  • Napa Rose (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)
  • Steakhouse 55 (Disneyland Hotel)

5 Stars:

  • Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge (Disney California Adventure Park)
  • Napa Rose  (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)
  • Steakhouse 55 (Disneyland Hotel)

4 Stars:

  • Ariel’s Grotto (Disney California Adventure Park)
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant (Disneyland Park)
  • Café Orleans (Disneyland Park)
  • Storytellers Cafe (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)

3 Stars:

  • Goofy’s Kitchen (Disneyland Hotel

Way to go Disneyland!

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