I almost don’t want to push this post live because that means my secret lunch oasis will be outed 🙂
It was hot and crowded when we were in California Adventure, so we decided to take an air-conditioned break by wandering around the Grand Californian. (For those who don’t know, the Grand Californian hotel is connected to California Adventure, with an access gate for anyone who has a valid ticket to enter/exit through). Our admiration of the stunning lobby was loudly interrupted by two very hungry tummy grumbles.
Thankfully, we didn’t have to walk very far until we stumbled upon the Storyteller’s Cafe, nestled inside the hotel, away from the hustle of the park.
It’s a nice contrast to the crowds and noise of the park, that’s literally just steps away from the restaurant. When you enter, you’re greeted by smiling cast members (and air conditioning!) who add you to the wait list and hand you one of those buzzer things. We arrived shortly after 12pm, and our wait was only 5 minutes. Once your buzzer goes off, you’re escorted into the restaurant and you see a massive breakfast buffet display. While the scent of bacon was
calling screaming my name, we were there at the tail end of breakfast and we couldn’t partake in the breakfast feast.
This actually worked out in our favor, because after a quick search, I learned that the buffet is a whopping $27.99 per person! We ordered a Los Angeles Farmers’ Market Field Greens salad and Slow-roasted Turkey Clubhouse sandwich off the regular lunch menu, and our total, with taxes + tip, and after our AP discount was applied, was just under $27 for the both of us. That’s just $13/person to have waiter service, a comfy booth, peace and quiet, and did I mention, air conditioning? That’s the same price as a just-ok chicken sandwich and fries from the Taste Pilots Grill!