Last week I headed over to the parks to partake more in California Adventures Food & Wine festival, but also to give the Red Rose Taverne a shot. I do love it when new things pop up in Disneyland, and I always have to try!
First things, yes the rumors are true, the line is crazy-town long. I popped over around 2:30 or 3pm hoping to have missed the lunch crowd, but alas that wasn’t the case. It was a Sunday, so maybe that had something to do with it. They were also very much out of the rose cups, but I didn’t expect there to be any at that time of day. To be honest, I didn’t see anyone in the parks with one either – so maybe they started the day without them.
The branding of the Red Rose Taverne is spot on, but I am not surprised, it’s Disney! They don’t do anything halfway. It’s mildly reminiscent of the Village Haus (which it was before), but all the décor is “Beauty and the Beast” – from the stained glass door (which I wasn’t able to see because the line had it propped open), to the art on the walls.
To the menu! I am one of those people who usually has to ask for an alternative menu, because I’m a vegetarian. But even before I set foot in the restaurant I checked out the menu online and was completely overjoyed that there was a good vegetarian option. Not just a typical “veggie patty” but actually vegetables. It’s the Enchanted Cauli-Flower Sandwich. A thick cut of cauliflower, battered green beans, lettuce and tomato – let me tell you it’s a mouth full. I highly recommend it, for any of you non-meat eaters out there. (Sorry I didn’t get pics of the food… We ate it).
The complete opposite of any vegetarian choice is Beast’s Burger. It’s a good-sized patty, with slow cooked meat atop that – then the caramelized onions, cheese and lettuce. I got full just looking at it. My boyfriend seemed to enjoy it, as it was gone before too long!
After the meal, there is an exit right into a Beauty and the Beast gift shop. Which is anymore, usual Disney style. It’s not very big, but it’s a nice place if you’re looking for anything B&tB specific.
The Red Rose Taverne is a pop-up, and as much as I enjoyed The Village Haus, I kinda hope this one sticks around for a while. I like the new options and am hoping to try the salads and the flatbreads. Since this location is the only eatery in Fantasyland, maybe they could find a place to fit Red Rose along with Village Haus – we could also use more breakfast places in Disneyland (hint hint!).
End result – go try Red Rose Taverne! For a grab and go, counter service restaurant it’s worth the visit!! Have you tried The Red Rose Taverne? What did you think?
Bonus pic!! While in California Adventure we spotted these rose cake pops at Trolley Treats. I thought this would be a good place to share them with you!
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