One of my favorite quick service Disneyland restaurants is the grand Jolly Holiday Holiday Bakery on Main Street. In this Disneyland Jolly Holiday review we will discuss every aspect of the food that is for sale and dive into my favorite part–the desserts.
“We can’t have them gallivanting up there like kangaroos, can we?” —Mary Poppins
Join us for our Disneyland Jolly Holiday Review, on the opposite side of Main Street U.S.A. from the Plaza Inn. Themed with light touches from the Mary Poppins film in 1964, this eatery was a grand improvement over this locations former use as a Disney Vacation Club / Disney Passholder discussion and purchase location. Opening from its extensive remodel in 2012, the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café has been cooking up your usual sweet treats as well as some fresh salads and sandwiches.
A Spoonful Of Sugar
Every morning freshly baked treats are re-stocked, including usual favorites like the “Mickey” cookie and the sinfully decadent giant cinnamon roll (see at the bottom of the picture). You can get the same giant cinnamon roll at the Starbucks on Buena Vista Street, and when in a hurry, it makes a quick breakfast to split with a friend as you wait in line.
Don’t forget to try their seasonal and holiday cupcakes. They are delicious and large enough to split with a friend.
Editors Note: New treats were added to the menu. During my recent trip to the parks, I tried the fantastic Raspberry Rose Mickey Macaroon. Oh boy! This is a good one.
This red Mickey-shaped macaroon is stuffed with fresh raspberries and sweet raspberry rose cream sandwiched between two macaroon cookies. Heather has photos at the Disney Food Blog.
You should always have some sort of vegetables during your day in the parks, and Jolly Holiday has the best tasting salads in Disneyland. My personal favorite is the self-named Jolly Holiday salad for $7.49.
The Jolly Holiday Salad has a fresh lettuce blend, mixed with spiced pecans, feta, tomatoes, and cranberries. It is served with a fresh parmesan breadstick and a side of raspberry vinaigrette. The lettuce was crisp, and having that crunchy texture of the pecans mix with the creamy texture of the feta was delightful. The dressing isn’t overly sweet and makes for a perfect complement to a lunch that doesn’t leave you feeling weighed down.
The Bakery Café also makes two other salads including the Angus Roast Beef Salad that includes pickled onions and a blue cheese dressing for $8.99 as well as a Grilled Vegetable & Whole Grain Salad that includes seasonal vegetables, mixed greens, barley, spelt, with a basil vinaigrette. Like I said, you need to be healthy, but grilled vegetables and whole grains sounds a little too healthy.
During our first visit for lunch I was looking for something different beyond the turkey, pastrami, roast beef sandwich incarnations you can find throughout the resort and I decided on the Albacore Tuna Salad on brioche for $9.29.
Two things became obviously clear with the first bite, the brioche was fresh and the tuna salad was made in-house fresh. The brioche was warm and tasted like it had come right out of the oven. The tuna salad was a perfect creamy blend of albacore, celery, red onions, mayonnaise, and just a little dijon mustard. I was also impressed that the house chips were not the inedible potato chips you get as a side with so many items in Disneyland including the famous Corn Dog (I advise choosing Apple slices instead). The house chips were nicely cooked and seasoned.
On another visit I tried the Hot Angus Roast Beef on a Toasted Onion Roll. The roast beef is smothered in caramelized onions, and the inner portion of the roll is coated in a mild horseradish aioli sauce. Did I mention the white cheddar perfectly melted over roast beef? A splendid combination of flavors in a perfectly sized package.
It’s A Jolly Holiday With Mary
Probably the single most popular item on their menu is the Jolly Holiday Combo. For $9.29 you get a toasted cheese sandwich with a cup of tomato basil soup. There is something nostalgic and heart warming about dipping a grilled cheese sandwich into a freshly prepared cup of tomato soup. The sandwich was perfectly toasted, sealing the yellow cheddar inside until you take your first bite. This makes for a perfect lunch or light dinner on a cool or rainy day at the parks and will warm you right up to continue your adventures at the resort.
Four Out of Five Stars
The Jolly Holiday Bakery Café is a great addition to Main Street U.S.A, providing additional lighter fair and healthy eating options, as well as a great place with many shaded tables and great viewing spots for the parade during the day, and fireworks during the evening. Four out of five stars.
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