by Kristin Casagrand
As most of you already know, this week is the big D23 expo out in California. With Disney enthusiasts traveling out to the west coast this week, I thought it was appropriate to feature another Disneyland resort restaurant this week. For those of us not it Anaheim this week, we can get a little taste of it at home this way.
On my recent trip to Disneyland, my family had the opportunity to try out the PCH Grill on property. Located in the Paradise Pier Hotel, right by Downtown Disney, the PCH Grill is a surf-themed restaurant. When you first walk into the restaurant, it is brightly colored with bold decorations and a mini surf shop along the wall. It is known for its “Surfs Up” character buffet breakfast in the mornings, but we had dinner there off a traditional menu. PCH Grill has a very fun feel, but also provides a quiet place to have a meal with family (at least for dinner). The staff was quick to seat us and our waitress Helen was wonderful, catering to anything we needed throughout the night.
The menu was traditional of one you’d see at any grill, but with a California, beachy flair. Menu items include things like Mexican Caesar salad, soups, flatbreads, hummus, pastas, steak, fish, mac n cheese, chicken, and burgers. I was pretty impressed with my meal considering I had no idea how the experience would be beforehand. I started off with a “beer cheese soup” which was the soup of the day and then had the “la Mesa southwest burger” as my entree. Warning: if you’re currently hungry, don’t read on. The La Mesa Southwest Burger was a 1/2 pound angus burger with pepper jack cheese, roasted Anaheim chili, barbecue sauce, and an onion ring on a pretzel roll. I didn’t successfully finish it by myself, but oh my was it good.
Being completely stuffed from dinner, I didn’t get to taste test any of the desserts. However, they did have a table of desserts on display, which looked delicious. One dessert that I noticed was a “kitchen sink” 10-scoop sundae. Next time I might have to go to PCH with some friends just to try that out.
All in all, I would recommend the PCH grill if you are looking for a more low-key dinner outside of the parks for the night. It is a perfect family spot and offers a good menu for pretty reasonable prices by Disney standards!
For some reason, Disneyland recipes are hard to come by! Since I couldn’t find a PCH Grill recipe to share, I would like to share pacific coast inspired recipe (actually from the PCH Grill’s chef!) to stay in the California mood! Recipe brought to you by http://spoonful.com/recipes/fusion-of-flavors?page=4
Panko Shrimp with Mango Sauce
1 cup Japanese panko bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup flour
16 large shrimp (1 oz. each), tails on, peeled and de-veined
3 whole eggs, beaten
16 6-inch wooden skewers
Canola or peanut oil for frying
First, season the bread crumbs with salt and pepper. Next, lightly flour the shrimp. Then, dip each one into the beaten eggs and coat lightly with bread crumbs. Set the shrimp aside while you prepare the mango sauce.
2 fresh, ripe mangoes, peeled and pitted
1/2 cup water
1 red bell pepper, seeded
1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
1 tsp. sriracha-style Thai chili sauce (available in Asian markets)
1 tsp. lime juice
1 tsp. sugar
Salt to taste
Put 1 mango in a blender with the water, and puree. Place the puree in a mixing bowl and set aside. Finely dice the remaining mango and the bell pepper and add to the mango puree. Stir in the remaining ingredients and salt to taste. Place the shrimp on the skewers and straighten them out. Deep-fry the shrimp a few at a time, in 350-degree oil. Each batch should take 2 to 3 minutes. Serve with the mango sauce for dipping and a salad of mixed greens. Serves four as an appetizer.
Kristin Casagrand is a student currently studying physical therapy at Bellarmine University. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kristin has taken many a family vacations as a child driving 24 hrs, cramped in the back of the car and fighting with her sister to get to Disney (definitely worth it though). She looks forward to sharing “A taste of Disney” with everyone each week.