Lobster Nachos @ Cove Bar

Price: $14.49

When: July 30, 2015, 7:00 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

I’ve written elsewhere about the awesomeness that is the Cove Bar, so I won’t repeat myself here. Suffice to say that the Cove is a great place to get a drink and soak in the atmosphere of California Adventure.

Unfortunately, it’s not a very good place to get nachos.

The Cove Bar’s Lobster Nachos are a bona-fide fan favorite of the Disneyland Jet Set. Most of my Disney nerd friends rave about them (and frankly, I’ve raved about them in the past); they are often described as one of those “don’t miss” things, similar to the Monte Cristo at the Blue Bayou.

However, something has changed. And not for the better.

My last Lobster Nachos encounter (November 2014) was wonderful: fresh chips, plenty of cheese and lobster; lots of chipotle crema sauce; heaps of pico de gallo and other goodies. In other words: fully loaded nachos. And perfect.

These July 2015 nachos, on the other hand, were a disappointment. The chips were meh. The lobster was flavorless. The cheese was skimpy. And the flavorful bits were both not-that-plentiful and not-that-flavorful.

At first, I attributed this to a bad plate. However, since there were three hungry diners (me, Bryce and Sharon), we preemptively ordered a second round … and found it was just as meh as the first one.

I don’t know what’s going on, but I fear that the MBAs have ruined this dish. It happens a lot – once the popularity of an item spikes, the spreadsheet guys take notice and “value engineer” it to make it more profitable. If that’s true, they may have taken cost out of the dish … but they took all the other things that made it special along with it.

At this point – and heartbreaking as it is to say – I don’t recommend the Lobster Nachos. There are other things in the park worth eating (and drinking); don’t burn your budget on something this mediocre.