Oct 23

Paradise Garden Grill – Anaheim, CA

Disney California Adventure Park

1313 Disneyland Dr

Anaheim, CA 92802

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Located on the outskirts of Paradise Pier, Paradise Garden Grill serves up Mediterranean dishes in a partially shaded patio area. After reviewing the menu at this quick service facility, we decided to order the lemon oregano chicken skewer with chimichurri sauce and the grilled steak skewer with tzatziki sauce. The chicken was actually very tender and seasoned well with herbs. The accompanying rice and salad went well with the chicken and sauce. The pita was still warm and tasty. The steak skewer was also seasoned well and went well with the mild tzatziki sauce. The steak was tender as well. As with much of the other food on the Disney property, prices are a bit high for the amount of food received, but this time around, the meal came to a decent price. If you are at California Adventure and wanted something healthier, then Paradise Garden Grill will be a great option.

Oct 19

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles – Long Beach, CA

730 E Broadway

Long Beach, CA 90802

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Located just a short drive away from my hotel, Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles serves up southern cooking to Southern California. An adequate amount of parking is available via the attached parking lot and street parking. As I entered, a hostess quickly seated me at a table and provided the menu. A server promptly came by and took my drink order and answered any of my menu questions. After mulling through the menu, I decided on my order.

Today, I decided to order Herb’s Special, which included 1/2 a chicken prepared southern style and 2 waffles. For the 1/2 chicken, I opted for all dark meat. After sipping on my iced tea for a few minutes, the server brought over the chicken and large waffles. The chicken pieces did not seem very big and looked a bit dry. The drums were definitely dry, but the thighs had some juice in them. I was really expecting more flavor from the southern breading, but it was actually a bit bland. The waffles were a lot more interesting because they were very soft and not crispy at all. Their mix produces a soft, yet very sweet waffle. Each syrup-covered bite was enriched with brown sugar while coated with excessive amounts of soft butter. The plate did come with three containers of syrup, but I really only needed 1 and a half.

Overall, Roscoe’s serves up OK chicken and great tasting waffles, but it was not worth the money. If the chicken came out juicier or tastier, then the cost may be worth it. The waffles are great, but I felt like I was eating a ton of sugar. If you are into waffles, you should definitely give Roscoe’s a try, but don’t expect too much from the chicken.

Oct 16

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – Long Beach, CA

87 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, CA 90802

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Located at the Pike, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. serves up fresh shrimp to the masses. I entered the restaurant near closing time, but staff were still friendly and accommodating. I was seated near the bar, where I learned about the menu and their license plate style signaling system to flag down a server. After receiving my iced tea, I was ready to order.

Today, I decided to order the shrimper’s heaven, but I requested to substitute the french fries for broccoli. The fancy shrimp cone holder was lined with four different types of shrimp and three dipping sauces. The coconut shrimp were very big and came heavily breaded with tasty coconut. Each bite was hearty and full of shrimp. The grilled shrimp was one of my favorites because it was cooked perfectly and tasted fresh. The golden shrimp was classically breaded with a thin coat. The tempura shrimp had the lightest and tastiest breading coating the large shrimp. Out of the three sauces, the tangy Asian and Cajun marmalade were my favorite and both went well with all four types of shrimp. The broccoli was cooked fresh and had some delicious butter over the crowns. The broccoli added a great balance to the fried shrimp.

Overall, Bubba Gump serves up delicious tasting shrimp at reasonable prices while providing excellent service. Closely located to plenty of shopping and the aquarium, Bubba Gump is a great option for shrimp lovers. If you are in the area and love shrimp, then you must give Bubba Gump a try.

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