French Dip @ French Market Restaurant

Price: $13.59

When: August 20, 2016, 3:55 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

The French Market Restaurant is a counter-service restaurant located in New Orleans Square. Service is straightforward. You walk in, grab a tray, and then wend your way through the options, grabbing whatever looks good. There are cast members doing made-to-order at a number of food stations. Everything is freshly made.

The French Dip sandwich is the French Market’s iconic dish. So today, we’re going to give it a shot.

As the friendly Cast Member put our sandwich together, she asked if we wanted extra horseradish. (Of course, we said yes.) She finished plating the sandwich, added housemade chips, and handed us the finished product. After we secured it on our tray, she handed us a small cup of au jus for dipping.

On of the nicest things about the French Market is its seating. You can get a table outdoors, under a lovely series of sun shades, and often featuring live jazz music. We found a seat in a sunbeam, and settled in.

My first impression of the dish is super-positive. It looks delicious. The sandwich has a generous portion of meat sitting atop a split bun. There are crispy onion straws on everything, and the horseradish is layered all over. The au jus is steaming away in its little cup. And the housemade chips look like serious business.

I take a bite, and … wow. Just wow.

This is a fantastic sandwich. Easy to eat. A delight on the tongue. The bun is soft, and collapses down easily. The meat is not tough at all; it’s tender, flavorful, and easy to eat. The onion straws add crunch and texture. The horseradish adds kick. And the au jus, should you go for it, adds some excellent savory notes to the whole affair. It’s just a big, big “pow!” in your mouth. Eating it made me happy.

The chips are sturdy. They have a mild cajun flavor. They’re solid. A good accompaniment.

This dish isn’t just recommended; it’s a standout. I’d eat this again, anytime, and have added it to my shortlist of don’t-miss Disneyland foods. Order it the next time you’re in the park. You won’t be sorry.