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Friday, September 28, 2007

Rainforest Cafe

Date of Visit: September 23, 2007
Rainforest Cafe
@ Downtown Disney
1515 S Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 772-0413

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Made a visit recently to Downtown Disney where I met up with some friends from Pennsylvania. They asked me to pick a place for lunch and I narrowed the choices down to Tortilla Jo's and Rainforest Cafe as places they might enjoy on their first visit. We decided to find out what the wait was like at Rainforest Cafe and were told it would be 25 minutes. About ten minutes later we were called to our table.

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To get to our table we followed some gorilla tracks on the ground, took a flight of stairs up past jungle foliage and creatures (this place really plays up the rain forest theme), and were seated next to a giant saltwater aquarium. Perusing the menu I found one Mexican item: the "Amazon Fajitas: Sizzling chicken or beef Fajitas served over grilled onions and bell peppers. Served with sour cream, lettuce, Cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, Caribbean rice, black beans and warm flour tortillas."

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For food from a place that is more about theme and not very much at all about mexican food these fajitas were still serviceable. The chicken was a tad dry but it's not meant to be eaten alone so everything was fine when made into fajita tacos. The one thing missing from this fajita platter was guacamole which should be a standard part of any fajita platter. No guacamole meant me using the sour cream more than I normally do. Still, there wasn't anything about my meal that I actually disliked and the company was good and the atmosphere is something you have to experience at least once.

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Judged on its own merits, and not in competition with actual Mexican restaurants in the county, Rainforest Cafe at Downtown Disney earns a four "Panchito" rating:

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Went about a month later and got the "Lava Nachos." These are huge and could easily count as an entree:

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-Gina L. said...

I just wanted to thank you for posting this. I absolutely LOVE Rainforest Cafe!!! It's such a fun experience for the whole family.

Gina Loya
Newport Beach, California

Captain said...

I guess I'm an old poop. I was dragged into the one in Ontario for a family thing, and hated everything about it except the service and the drinks. If I want animatronics, I know where Disneyland is.

The only theme I'm looking for in a Mexi restaurant is great food, hole in the wall, faded, junky, cluttered, Ranchera and NorteƱo on the jukebox, and a B or C placard, but A will be accepted in a pinch.

ChristianZ said...

Well, Rainforest Cafe isn't making any attempt whatsoever to be a Mexican place but they do have a couple Mexicanish items on their menu.

Wolfy said...

Yeah, Captain Moron there seems confused on ethnic restaurants. It's a restaurant, not spicific on any food, specially not Mexican. Anyways, thanks for posting this article :D Love the Rainforest Cafe! (oh, and the one in Toronto, Ontario rocks)

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for backing me up. My blog is about Mexican restaurants in Orange County but is also about Mexican food that can be found in Orange County from places that aren't actually Mexican restaurants.

Captain said...

At least Captain Moron knows how to spell specific.....

Wolfy said...

You should try the Mexican food here in Chicago :D. We're lucky to have the occasional street vendors selling Elotes. Man is that yummmmyy <3

ChristianZ said...

And I'm a big stickler for spelling.

ChristianZ said...

We've got a big discussion going here. Wolfy, have you ever been to Frontera? I don't know much about it except that Rick Bayless seems to know his stuff.