When: April 9, 2017, 6 PM
Galactic Grill is a counter-service restaurant in Tomorrowland. It’s a “seasonal” overlay of the Tomorrowland Terrace restaurant. It launched in late 2015 with “Season of the Force” (Tomorrowland) and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (every movie screen on Earth).
I describe Galactic Grill as “seasonal” because it’s become obvious that “Season of the Force” is staying in Tomorrowland until the launch of Star Wars Land in late 2018 or early 2019. In other words: Galactic Grill is a semi-permanent installation. Until Star Wars has its new, shiny home at Disneyland, Galactic Grill isn’t going anywhere.
What was I talking about?
Oh, right. The food.
Galactic Grill’s menu is standard burgers-n-fries, gussied up in Star Wars terminology. It’s not a cheeseburger; it’s a Cheese-3PO Burger. Craving chicken nuggets? Ask for the AT-ST Chicken Walker Nuggets. You get the idea.
After considering the menu (and weighing how silly I would sound while ordering), I settled on the Jedi Order Chicken Sandwich.
Detail: the sandwich includes either Danon yogurt or fries. While you technically get to pick, there’s one obviously-correct answer, here.
The burger arrives wrapped in silver foil that’s prominently emblazoned with the “Star Wars” logo. Fries come on the side, in a small paper basket. I get a tray, collect some ketchup packets and a handful of napkins, and head for a table.
I unwrap the foil. My initial impression of the burger is pretty … meh. It seems a little run-down. Low-rent. Like it’s been hiding behind other burgers all day long, trying to evade capture. The bun seems a little deflated. The chicken patty seems a little dry. The optics aren’t promising.
I take my first bite…
…and it’s not too bad!
It’s tasty. Honestly! The bun is much breadier and heavier than I expected (and, frankly, a little too heavy for the rest of the dish). There’s BBQ sauce, but it’s a faint flavor – not overpowering. The cheese is a smoked gouda, and that makes a huge difference. The smokiness of the cheese really gets underneath everything, and boosts the flavor profile up a few notches. The other ingredients – chicken, tomato, lettuce – are all OK. (The fries stick with Disney tradition and underwhelm.)
I liked this burger much, much more than I expected to. Frankly, it’s much better than it needs to be. It’s not the best chicken sandwich I’ve ever had, but it delivers the goods. I’d definitely eat it again.
UPDATE: As of July 2017, Galactic Grill no longer has a Star Wars theme. This dish is now called “Chicken Sandwich.”