When: August 20, 2016, 11:50 AM
Verdict? Not recommended
Pacific Wharf Cafe is a counter-service restaurant in the Pacific Wharf area of California Adventure. It specializes in lighter fare (soups, sandwiches, salads) and baked goods.
I thought it might be fun to try a sandwich, and went with the Turkey Pesto Club.
This is a no-frills dish. It’s a sandwich, pre-cut on the diagonal, served on a thin black plastic plate with a side of Lay’s potato chips. There no artful arrangement, here: it’s basic food on a plastic dish. Boom.
The sandwich itself looks good. The bread looks fresh. There’s a generous layer of turkey. You can see green leafy lettuce popping out one side, and pieces of bacon popping out the other. With my hopes high, I take a bite.
First of all, this is surprisingly tough to eat. The bread forms a hard shell around the sandwich, which makes it a chore to get in your mouth. It really fights you. And: sharp edges! I savaged the roof of my mouth with a couple bites at bad angles.
Second, the ingredients are wholly unmemorable. This is straight-up grocery store packaged-food-quality meat and cheese, here. The bacon tasted undercooked and a little spongy. And the mayo, while trying to help, just didn’t have enough oomph to get the job done.
In short: a sandwich you can make at home, anytime, that just happens to be served in a theme park and encased in a unpleasantly hard shell.
Elaine mentioned that this is a very “safe” sandwich, and maybe that’s the point. For people who have a hard time with spice or strange ingredients, this could be a reasonable option. I buy that.
For the rest of us, however, give it a miss. Not recommended.