First taste: Louisiana Crawfish Cake!
Every time we travel, we learn something about ourselves. Deep down, that might be my favorite part. During our whirlwind long weekend in Asheville in January, we learned that Mom and Dad making the big plans and leaving room for the daughter to suggest the smaller, daily plans is a successful combination. Therefore, on our second night in Anaheim, we embraced that plan and followed our younger gal to Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. (Wait, jazz, shrimp and Creole food? I was so in!)
With temperatures in the mid 70s and low humidity, we embraced dining al fresco as often as possible on this trip and this restaurant has the sweetest open air courtyard with padded ironwork chairs and inviting round tables centered around a funky, intriguing planter – the perfect relaxing atmosphere after a day at Disneyland! (A note: we got seated inside first, but open tables in that courtyard beckoned, so I nicely went back to the hostess and asked to be seated outside, out of the sun. Of course, nicely is ALWAYS the key!)
” Aside from the martini, the mint julep may be the most iconic cocktail in America.” – Jonathan Miles
We started with a sangria for me and a hearty mint julep for my older-than-her-age 22 year old. Yes, there’s Woodford Reserve in that there julep and not just a drop! My hubby and chose the Louisiana Crawfish Cake and the girls chose the Popcorn Calamari. Both were absolutely delicious, though next time, we’ll order the calamari with mostly or all “rings”! Some legs are okay, but I’m not always that…brave!!
For dinner, the girls ordered Blackened Chicken Mac-n-Cheese and Pasta Jambalaya. The penne mac-n-cheese was rich and creamy and the jambalaya had just enough spice, cut heartily by the spinach fettuccine. As for my husband and I, we had to order the Shrimp and Grits. I mean, it’s a NOLA themed restaurant. Though the shrimp were a bit overdone, the flavors did not disappoint! We would order it again.
After all that delicious, savory food, as usual we did not leave room for dessert. However, on a previous visits we got the beignets from the Jazz Kitchen Express window for breakfast. If you’re staying on property or close to Downtown Disney, do it! They’re a hot, sweet, delicious way to start the morning and perfect with a steaming hot OR iced cold cup o’ joe!
As a Downtown Disney restaurant, the Dinner Menu is a bit limited and the Kids Menu has standard, but also a bit limited fare, so be sure to check it out before you go: http://www.rbjazzkitchen.com
That said, do it! Make a reservation, ask for a table in the courtyard or outside to enjoy the people watching and drink in that Nawlins vibe!
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P.S. We had a GREAT day at Disneyland and I’ll probably post some snack food and family pics, but there are a gazillion options out there that review Disneyland, so I think I’ll leave it to them.
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*Coming soon…. our last, very California, dinner in Anaheim!
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