Tomato Basil Soup @ Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Price: $5.79

When: September 30, 2017, 12:15 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

It’s a busy Saturday in the parks. We’ve fought through the crowds, secured some FastPasses, and are now in dire need of lunch. We’re near the hub in Disneyland, scanning for options … and spot the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe.

It’s been a bit since our last visit to the Jolly Holiday. We’re excited to go back. But, just as importantly: the line seems short.

We head over. The menu’s changed a bit. The Roast Beef & Smoked Cheddar on Hoagie Roll has been discontinued, and there are new options on the board.

I’m craving something flavorful and hearty. I have good memories of the tomato soup from the Jolly Holiday Combo, and notice they’re selling it as a standalone item.

Let’s give it a try.

The presentation of the dish is pretty bare-bones. It’s a decent portion of soup, served in a thin-sided black plastic bowl. It comes with a breadstick, wrapped in paper. It’s all function, no art.

We break out the spoons, and get to work.

It’s pretty good stuff. A nice tangy soup, with strong tomato flavor. Slightly creamy. And pretty darn filling.

For the breadstick: if you’ve ever been to the Olive Garden, you know this breadstick. Soft. Slightly warm. Buttered. Salted top. It’s tasty on its own, but truly comes alive when you start dipping it in the soup.

This is a solid dish. At nearly $6, the price feels a tad high … but not offensively so. If you’re after something filling and satisfying, it’s hard to see how you’d be unhappy with this.

Recommended.