Angus 1/3 lb. Bacon Cheeseburger @ Tangaroa Terrace

Price: $13.00

When: October 26, 2017, 12 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

It can be hard to find a good burger at Disneyland. Most of the quick-service restaurants have mediocre offerings, like the Bacon Cheddar Burger at Smokejumpers. There are gems here and there (the Classic Angus 1/3 lb Cheeseburger at White Water Snacks is solid stuff), but in general you’re rolling the dice.

But hey, that’s what Disneyland Eats is here for, right? We roll the dice.

Today, we’re rolling them at Tangaroa Terrace.

On paper, the Angus 1/3 lb. Bacon Cheeseburger looks promising. The burger is advertised with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and “classic sauce” (which I’m guessing is Thousand Island) on a brioche bun. We order.

The burger arrives on a rectangular white plate with a handful of fries on the side. It’s a big burger. The bun + patty + bacon + lettuce combo gives it a remarkable amount of height. I briefly worry about how I’m going to fit this thing in my mouth.

I compress it down, and take the first bite.

Initial reaction? Positive. It starts strong. The beef flavor is fine. The bacon is OK. The tomato and lettuce taste like … tomato and lettuce. The bun seems surprisingly buttery. And the “classic sauce” is, indeed, Thousand Island.

The problem arrives on bite #2. That first hit of flavor goes away, and the dish starts to get boring. Good burgers have a way of inviting you in, getting you excited for the next bite and the one after that. This burger, on the other hand, just gets more and more monotonous as I work my way through it. There’s no staying power. It goes from “hey!” to “meh” in about 15 seconds.

The fries, at least, are decent. So there’s that.

I’m sad to say that this burger belongs on the “not recommended” list for burgers at the resort. We’ll roll the dice (again) on the next one.