Gluten Free at Disneyland: Carthay Circle

THIS WAS EATEN IN AUGUST OF 2014. AS ALWAYS, PLEASE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THE DISH IS STILL MADE GLUTEN-FREE OR IS MADE SO FOR YOU BEFORE ORDERING!

The hubby and I had kept meaning to go to Carthay Circle but things had always been not quite right for a number of reasons. During a recent trip, we FINALLY made a point to go there for my boot’s off celebration dinner!

We started off downstairs. Once you check in, there’s usually a bit of a wait but there are cocktail waiters ready to hand you a beverage. After a glass of the Fairy Tale Cuvee, we were brought up to the gorgeous dining room. The space is surprisingly large and there are smaller dining rooms off the main room. The walls are lined with wine, all with numbered tags on them. The ambiance is very nice, a quiet respite from the madness outside.

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forgive me for the dark photos. The lighting there is definitely for mood and not photography!

When I asked, I was told that anything could be made gluten-free. Awesome! I like to hear that! Ultimately, I went with the Heirloom Tomato and Avocado salad and the Summer Garden Risotto, both of which required little-to-no changes (salad usually includes croutons.) The salad was amazingly good, so good that I ordered it on my second trip and I’m not usually a salad person! The risotto was good, but not for me. It was quite citrus-y which I know some people love but I’m not among them. However, still a fantastic risotto and something I’d suggest to anyone who did enjoy citrus!

We had wanted to order dessert but we were WAY too full after our dinners to even consider it. In fact, that was the case the second time we went as well! Overall, this is definitely not a cheap option (with drinks, I think it worked out to around $100 per diner) but if you’re looking for a very nice meal inside California Adventure, do consider Carthay… if you can get in!

Gluten Free at Disneyland: Carnation Cafe

THIS WAS EATEN IN AUGUST OF 2014. AS ALWAYS, PLEASE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THE DISH IS STILL MADE GLUTEN-FREE OR IS MADE SO FOR YOU BEFORE ORDERING!

I’m happy to report that I’ve just returned from my most recent trip to Disneyland after six weeks of being in a boot post-surgery! So, you know what that means, more eating gluten free at Disneyland! First up, our lunch on arrival at Carnation Cafe on Main Street USA.

My husband is a huge fan of their Baked Potato Soup which is sadly not gluten-free. However, if you’re missing it or just want a fantastic baked potato soup recipe, use this one from DisneyFoodBlog. I replaced the standard flour with Cup4Cup and it was fantastic! However, the texture changed overnight in the fridge so leftovers became more like mashed potatoes. Still fantastic, but definitely not soup!

Usually when I come to Carnation, I get the fresh catch of the day special which has always been awesome. Today, I was feeling like something a little heavier than usual (it was 3PM-ish and my first meal of the day!) so I went with the Sourdough Bacon-Cheese Melt on an Udi’s bun with fries:

Sourdough Bacon-Cheese Melt

As you can see, I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture when it arrived! The description on the site is “Angus Chuck Patty, Pepper Jack Cheese, Grilled Onions, Hickory-Smoked Bacon, and Spicy House Sauce on Grilled Sourdough served with your choice of fresh Fruit or Seasoned French Fries” and that’s what you see here. The sandwich, especially on the Udi’s roll instead of the sourdough, is massive. I have a big mouth and I decided to cut it in half first to conquer it. The onions are an awesome addition to the sandwich if you like grilled onions. The pepper jack cheese was good, but don’t expect to taste the spice. I didn’t even realize that’s what it was until I just went to get the description off the site!

I was only able to eat about 3/4ths of the sandwich before I had to tap out and that was even after leaving quite a few fries. I’d say the one thing it really needed was a kick of something else. The “spicy house sauce” also gets lost in the mix. I feel like it probably could of used something with a bit more oomph but that could have probably been done with some mustard or similar. 

I wasn’t sure how I was ever going to be ready for our next reservation at Carthay Circle in a few hours after eating that monster sandwich, but I found a way! That’s a post for another day however!

So, bottom line? Disneyland gluten-free diners, I would give a happy thumbs up to this dish right here with the addition of a bit of some other condiment. No tears dears over the lack of potato soup, you’ll need the room in your stomach for the massive sandwich. And if you’re feeling saucy and don’t have an issue with dairy (I always do and don’t have issues), enjoy a root beer float along side. Perfect complement to the cheesy greasy melt!


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Off topic moment: we arrived pretty much just in time for the new Elsa and Anna pre-parade float to go by. The float was gorgeous and sadly all I got was this picture of the back because I didn’t realize I’d forgotten the card for my DSLR at home until that moment! Oops! I wanted to catch more parades during this trip which didn’t pan out (I think I’m the only parade fan in our group!) but I did get to see the tail end of this gorgeous float. I love all the floats in the Soundsational Parade. For more photos, check out MousePlanet’s photos here!



 

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