Grilled Chicken & Jack Sandwich @ Smokejumpers Grill

Price: $9.79

When: July 18, 2015, 12:10 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

Smokejumpers Grill is a counter-service restaurant in Disney California Adventure. It replaced the “Taste Pilots Grill” when Condor Flats was redeveloped into Grizzly Peak Airfield.

While waiting to order, I asked the line-wrangling Cast Member which lunch item she thought was best (I do this a lot; it’s usually a great way to find tasty stuff I would otherwise miss). She suggested the “Grilled Chicken & Jack Sandwich.”

Disney’s Web site describes this sandwich as “a Chicken Breast grilled and topped with Monterey Jack Cheese and Chipotle Aïoli served with Zesty Coleslaw and French Fries“.

The Cast Member also suggested I order it with extra aioli.

Hey, she’s the professional: let’s try this!

I’m sorry to say, people: this is not a good sandwich.

The chicken was dry and generally flavorless. The bun was something you’d get from a supermarket. And the aioli, while fine, does 100% of the heavy lifting in terms of flavor. (And the aioli is being asked to do a lot, here.) The Jack cheese was physically present on the burger (the photo proves it!), but I have no memory of it interacting with my taste buds.

Yes, you can doctor the sandwich up with tomatoes and pickles and other stuff from the condiment bar. And yes, you can slather it in ketchup, mustard, and other sauces to give it a bit more zest. But if you’re having to dump gigantic quantities of other stuff on your meal to get it to taste like “something”, that’s a problem.

In short, this is pretty much the Platonic ideal of a $10, flavorless theme park chicken burger. It’s that standard and forgettable.

The coleslaw? Not good. It’s basically just cabbage and lettuce. It’s not nearly as good as the slaw at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ.

The fries? Standard Disney fries. My buddy Paul ordered the chili fries (hold the cheese) and the chili was the best thing on them.

Paul also tried the onion rings, and was nice enough to share one with me. It was over-fried to the point of being burned. (Our friendship will survive, but he’s still apologizing.)

Ultimately, I don’t recommend this sandwich (or the sides). I know people don’t expect much of theme park food, but there are so many good choices at the Disneyland Resort … don’t let yourself down by settling for something this mediocre. Hell, you could pop in to the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical and get a standard Starbucks sandwich for the same money. (And those are actually tasty!)

UPDATE: As of December 2017, this dish is no longer available.

Smokejumpers - Fries, Chili