Royal Street Veranda is a counter-service restaurant in Disneyland. Located behind Pirates of the Caribbean and in the alleys of New Orleans Square, Royal Street Veranda is largely unassuming with a counter and a small seating area. The restaurant serves soup, salad and a vegan wrap and does accept a Magic Key (annual pass) and DVC discount. In this post, we’ll review Royal Street Veranda’s offerings as well as the atmosphere and value.
There’s a hub of counter-service restaurants in Disneyland from Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland to Harbour Galley on the edge of Critter Country. That’s a small stretch of the park but it includes 8 different restaurants (6 counter-service and 2 table-service) before even considering any snack stands. It would be easy for places to get lost in the shuffle and some, like Stage Door Café, certainly do.
But a surprising amount of them, with simple menus and all, succeed and are quality spots to grab a bite to eat. That’s exactly what Royal Street Veranda does. The seating is not as elaborate as Rancho or French Market and there’s no signature items that Harbour Galley has, but there is a place for it!
Royal Street’s atmosphere isn’t as much crafted from the counter you order at but instead by the other surroundings. If you’re eating late in the evening you might be able to catch an okay view of Fantasmic or the fireworks. Sitting at the edge of the New Orleans Square’s Royal Street adds charm all on its own and it’s excellent people watching territory. No, the restaurant isn’t really themed but instead fits into the area. I was going to call the restaurant a wallflower but that definition doesn’t totally work. Instead, the Veranda blends into the environment beautifully without adding much on its own, at least in terms of aesthetic.
There are very few tables to sit at here and you probably won’t be missing much by taking your food somewhere else where seating is more readily available. That said, unless there’s live music going on next door at French Market then I wouldn’t say that anywhere nearby has much better seating.
Moving on to the food, here’s a look at the menu! There aren’t many options here but they all are quality choices under $12.
We’ll start with the soup served in a bread bowl, which comes in at $11.49. As of August 2022, Royal Street Veranda is only serving Clam Chowder. That’s a break from prior menus where the restaurant also carried Gumbo. Both are quite good, I especially like the Clam Chowder, and are worth trying. A bowl of soup and as much bread as you can fit in your stomach is a hearty meal and one that’s worth the slightly inflated theme park price.
Also on the menu is the Street Steak Salad. This consists of chilled Steak on Mixed Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, Blue Cheese, Candied Pecans and Fried Onions with a Horseradish Dressing. I’ve slowly made my way through most of the counter-service salad options in Disneyland (a post will eventually appear about this subject) and this is one of my favorites. There’s a surprising amount of steak included with this and it has some good flavor. The Horseradish Dressing adds a nice kick, although there are other dressings offered if that’s not your thing. All of the other ingredients blend in nicely, as well.
Funnily enough, the salad would benefit from a little more lettuce. There’s so much of the other ingredients that it’s easy to run out of the whole salad part of the dish. Outside of that minor quibble, the Street Steak Salad is a good option at $11.49 and one that I will return to.
The restaurant’s most unique option is the Hoppin’ John Impossible™ Royal Wrap. What a name, right? This consists of seasoned Plant-based Meat with Rice, Black-eyed Peas, Dairy-free Cheddar, Lettuce and Cajun Dressing in a Spinach Tortilla. Strangely enough, this was the spiciest dish I’ve ever had at Disneyland. There was no shortage of flavor even though I don’t think the Plant-based Meat added much of it. Instead, the rice, peas and Cajun Dressing carried this dish. I’d put it up there with the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich at Hungry Bear Restaurant for best vegetarian option at the park. This option is also $11.49, which felt like a fair price.
Finally, Royal Street Veranda usually offers seasonal fritters as a dessert. For summer 2022, those seasonal fritters have been Blueberry with a Lemon Curd Dipping Sauce. They are pretty tasty and not overly greasy, which is usually a concern with the fried stuff. They aren’t as good as the beignets next door but they are a nice option, especially with the Lemon Curd, and only $5.99.
Overall, I came away pleasantly surprised by Royal Street Veranda. The restaurant offers a fun area in the park to sit and some surprisingly good meals at a decent price. I’m not sure it will wow anyone but it’s much better than a number of counter-service restaurants at Disneyland Resort.
Overall Rating – 8/10
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