Our reporter Charly Shelton has a lot of thoughts on his dining experience in our YouTube video review, which you can watch below, and keep scrolling for photos and more information.
Construction walls currently line the bayou interior, blocking the usual view of Pirates of the Caribbean — which is still closed until July 1.
We stopped by for lunch, but the lunch and dinner menus are the same.
We got the seasonal mint julep, Hearts of Palm Escabèche, and Monte Cristo and Seasonal Salad.
Hearts of Palm Escabèche – $13
Peppers, Tomatoes, Olives and Cauliflower with Paprika Dressing
We didn’t know what to expect from this but were pleasantly surprised.
The bright vinegar dressing on the hearts of palm, cauliflower, and pepper salad was a perfect complement to the thick, creamy paprika dressing that was on the side of the plate.
This is a subtly spicy, unexpected dish that kept us guessing until the last bite.
Monte Cristo and Seasonal Salad – $29
Battered and Fried Turkey, Ham, and Swiss Sandwich with a Market Fruit Salad and Seasonal Preserves
This is as classic as the mint julep. It’s a long-time favorite that just feels like coming home after not visiting Blue Bayou for a while.
It is a ham, turkey, and swiss sandwich, battered and deep-fried and served with raspberry preserves and crème anglaise, and it’s just perfection.
It’s almost like eating a donut stuffed with cheese and meat, and slathered in jam.
Even without the view of Pirates of the Caribbean, this sandwich is worth a trip to Blue Bayou.
We heartily enjoyed this sandwich and will continue to revisit it as often as our journeys through the park will allow.
Mint Julep – $5.50
The seasonal mint julep was blood orange. You can get it with a glow cube for $8.50.
This is a fairly straightforward Disney mint julep. The addition of the blood orange is subtle, almost not present. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just doesn’t bring anything incredibly new to the already beloved classic julep. It’s served in a steel cup, which makes it feel more upscale than the one in a plastic cup outside the restaurant. We loved it, but the mint julep at Disneyland is always good and it just feels like a classic treat.
This restaurant is famous for being inside of a ride, and without the boats going by, some of the majesty is lost. The food is still spectacular and the service is immaculate, but the novelty of dining inside the attraction really did help soften the blow of the price tag. If you really want the full experience, wait to visit Blue Bayou Restaurant until Pirates of the Caribbean has reopened.
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