Thursday, October 25, 2012

10-16-12 Carthay Circle Dining Review

I woke up Tuesday morning, thinking about how much time we would have to waste in the evening staking out a spot for World of Color, and decided that since we'd only eaten at one table service restaurant the whole vacation, it was time to do something spontaneous.

I called the dining line at 10:00 asking about lunch seating for that day and they had an 11:50 open.

The restaurant is designed as a smaller scale replica of the Carthay Circle Theater on San Vicente Blvd in LA during the golden age of Hollywood. It opened its doors in 1926 and hosted the world premier showing of the very first movie-length animated feature film, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (as well as Gone with the Wind). It was demolished in 1969.

Some pictures:

The exterior with neon sign, like its namesake.

The interior lounge area. Stairs to the left lead to the dining room.

We were seated in the center of the room. The mural was painted in the style of the backgrounds of Snow White. The chandeliers had an iron heart hanging from the center.

The pattern in the wood of the table hides the Evil Queen's silhouette.

I should have ordered what Samantha chose. It is a Udon Noodle Bowl, with red Thai curry broth, shrimp, and mussels, shitake mushrooms, bok choy, diakon, mint, cashews and fresh coriander. $19

Instead, I went for the Angus Burger with Tillamook Cheddar, black pepper bacon, grilled onions, and house made pickles. It was the pickles that tricked me. Two very lame burger slices that were not particularly tasty or crunchy.  $22 (Bob got the same)

To get the preferred seating passes into World of Color, everyone must not only order an entree, but also a dessert or an appetizer. In hindsight, probably should have tried some of the appetizers. The desserts run $12-$15 each and are.... tiny.

This is Bob's face when he realized this was the Fried Banana Split Monte Cristo Sundae. $15

I loved the flavor of mine, just not the portion. This is the Toasted Lemon Pound Cake with marinated blueberries, lemon curb cream, and tahitian vanilla chantilly. $12

This is Samantha's Simple Scoop of Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream. The "chocolate cookie croutons" are, for us mortal folk, brownies. $12

The walls were filled with great old memorabilia of the theater's heyday and of vintage Disney photographs.

Overall, after discovering entry in to the "preferred" area landed up directly behind a very large light pole, although we did have a spot along the upper rail, we still couldn't see the surface of the water and had to camp out an hour ahead of time here anyway, I'd probably not do this one again. Seeing the interior of the place and dining here was nice, but not worth the $150 tab once you added in drinks and tip.


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