REVIEW: Bacon Cheddar Ale Soup and Pumpkin Bread Pudding at Pacific Wharf Cafe at Disney California Adventure

Bacon Cheddar Ale Soup Pacific Wharf Cafe Halloween Time
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In the spirit of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, Pacific Wharf Cafe is offering a Bacon Cheddar Ale Soup served in their famous sourdough bread bowl. How is a bacon cheddar ale soup related to Halloween? I have no idea, but that doesn’t really matter because this soup is fantastic!

Pacific Wharf Cafe Bacon Cheddar Ale Soup Sign

The soup is rich, creamy, and full of bacon. I could probably just end this review here by saying that it’s better than Le Cellier’s Cheddar Cheese Soup at Canada in Epcot. I don’t know what kind of beer they use in this soup, nor what kind of bacon (Le Cellier advertises that they use Moosehead and Nueske’s, respectively). But this soup tastes better, has a better, more noticeable beer flavor, and has way more bacon than Le Cellier’s. Don’t let the beer flavor worry you though – both of my kids (who definitely don’t like beer) loved this soup.

Pacific Wharf Cafe Bacon Cheddar Ale Soup

After you finish off the soup, Pacific Wharf Cafe also offers a dessert option for Halloween Time, a pumpkin bread pudding.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding Pacific Wharf Cafe Halloween Time California Adventure

While the soup was amazing, I sadly can’t say the same for the bread pudding. My issue with it was that it tasted like coffee. I thought for sure my kids were going to hate the soup and like the bread pudding, but it turned out to be the exact opposite. This had such a strong coffee flavor that it almost overwhelmed any pumpkin flavor.

Whether the “pumpkin spice” bread pudding was supposed to be a “pumpkin spice coffee” bread pudding, or whether someone just spilled their coffee in the batch in the kitchen, I don’t know. I do think fans of pumpkin spice coffee would love this bread pudding. It just wasn’t advertised that way, so it really was a big surprise to my palate.

About the author

Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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