REVIEW: Merriest Nites Exclusive Red Beans & Rice Stew Delights at Royal Street Veranda in Disneyland

After a long day at the parks before the Disney Merriest Nites event at Disneyland, we were ready for dinner. Luckily, the food is available at 7 p.m., one hour before the event officially begins. We stopped at Royal Street Veranda to try the Red Beans and Rice Stew.

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Red Beans & Rice Stew – $11.49

Spiced Red Beans simmered with Ham and Andouille Sausage, topped with Jasmine Rice and served in a Bread Bowl

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This dish was very hearty, with a touch of heat. This is less a stew than the menu would have you believe and more of cooked beans with rice.

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We suspect the ham was replaced with shredded beef, but it worked quite well. The andouille sausage was sliced and a touch overdone, but the flavor is great. It didn’t work within the small confines of the bread bowl, but as a garnish or even a side dish, it is very welcome and pairs well with the beans and rice.

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The spice isn’t too heavy, nor is the heat, making for a more accessible dish for all palates. It’s a shame that this creole classic isn’t on the menu year-round, because we would get it again and again. 

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