When: September 11, 2015, 5:00 PM
The Plaza Inn is a sit-down counter-service restaurant at the intersection of Main Street, USA and Tomorrowland in Disneyland Park. Like Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta in California Adventure, Plaza Inn has a handful of food-service stations scattered around their main room; each station serves something unique. Customers grab a tray, walk to the station(s) they’re interested in, assemble their meal, pay, and then head for a table.
For this visit, I went with the Cobb Salad.
The salad station is front-and-center when you walk in the restaurant, and ordering is as straightforward as it gets. The (very) nice lady behind the counter asks you what dressing and ingredients you want; she then pulls a plate of lettuce, scoops your tomatoes and whatnot, and mixes the salad right in front of you. Boom.
(As a side note: if the question is, “do you want blue cheese dressing?” the answer is always a resounding yes.)
The salad was wonderful. I went with the fully-loaded Cobb – the tomato, the egg, the bacon, the cheese crumbles … you name it, I added it – and the result was a flavorful, crisp, delightful salad that rivaled most of the Cobb salads I’ve had, anywhere. (Admittedly, this may not be a high bar: crummy Cobb salad is more prevalent in the universe than Hydrogen. Still, this dish is a treat, particularly if you like Cobb.)
The one discordant note with the Cobb is its accompanying breadstick. It’s an oversized, sad, rosemary-infested tube of desiccated bread. It has no business being on the plate. Set it aside and move on.
One other note: the Plaza Inn is very, very, very nice. The Victorian theming adds a lot (and is tastefully done); the location between Main Street and Tomorrowland grants some amazing people-watching opportunities; the overall vibe is very relaxed. This is one of those “refresh and recharge” places in Disneyland.
Just don’t eat the breadstick.
UPDATE: As of February 2018, this dish is no longer available.