When: November 18, 2015, 10:30 AM
Carnation Cafe is a table-service restaurant on Main Street, USA. It’s one of Disneyland’s original restaurants – it started as an ice cream parlor – and it’s endured for the 60+ some years of the park’s operation.
Carnation serves a breakfast menu when the park opens, and a lunch/dinner menu starting late morning. Assuming you’re not trying to beat feet for some key attraction first thing in the morning, the Carnation breakfast menu is an excellent way to start your day. A little coffee, a little entree, a little Disneyland history. What’s not to love?
On this fine morning, I went with a classic: the Ham and Cheese Omelet. At $10.50, it’s not that expensive (there are foil-wrapped burgers that cost more), but I wasn’t sure what to expect.
The dish comes with a small-to-medium sized omelet (it’s not one of those sprawling, plate-filling monstrosities you see at many greasy spoon restaurants), a helping of breakfast potatoes, and a side of fruit (two kinds of melon and a small strawberry).
This is a fairly good breakfast, and I recommend it. The omelet was tasty. It’s mostly a ham-and-egg affair; the cheese was very mild, and the overall texture of the omelet was a bit on the watery side.
The potatoes, for their part, were a tad undercooked (I prefer crispy potatoes). They also mix in mild, cooked onions, and the whole affair has light salt-and-pepper seasoning.
Finally, the fruit was solid. I feared/expected bland melon, but was pleasantly surprised to find that the flavor was strong and the consistency wasn’t mushy.
This is a good meal, and a fine way to start your morning in the parks.
Carnation accepts reservations, and I recommend them. It’s possible to get service without a reservation (we didn’t have one), but waits quickly go from 20 minutes to 45 – 60 minutes, depending on park popularity. Book in advance for the easiest experience.