REVIEW: New Traditional Tamale Plate, Tacos de Estilo Callejero, Chicken Verde Wet Burrito, Vegan Tortitas de Papa, Coco Cake and Pan Dulce Conchita at Paradise Garden Grill for Halloween Time 2019 at Disney California Adventure

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The spell is cast and it’s time to get your snack on at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. Today marks the start of Halloween Time at the resort, and what’s any holiday at Disneyland Resort without specialty food and desserts from Paradise Garden Grill. This year we are “Coco” themed with a whole lot of Mexican food.

The entree options were all very good.

Unfortunately the desserts fell flat. Let’s look closer.

Traditional Tamale Plate – $12.99

The serving size was fairly generous for the price, and with two tamales, you could easily share this meal. The tamales themselves were great. The pork shredded apart easily and had a lot of flavor. Tamales can quickly become dried out and hard, but these were moist and easy to eat. The ratio of masa to meat was perfect. We’d definitely get this again.

Tacos de Estilo Callejero – $12.99

Who doesn’t love simple tacos? Here, you get three smaller street style tacos which are so simple, they work. The sirloin beef is tender and has good flavor. They are slight spicy, but not overwhelming. The pickled carrots and onion add some needed texture and crunch.

Be sure to squeeze your lime all over these for a hit of acidity. If tacos are your jam, don’t hesitate to give these a try. The meat ratio is a bit small if we are going to get nit-picky, but these are a worthwhile dinner choice.

Chicken Verde Wet Burrito – $11.99

This was our favorite of the bunch. The serving is huge and at a dollar less than the previous two you can’t go wrong. The chicken was fall apart tender and the burrito is stuffed cheese and beans as well. The salsa verde has a slight hint of heat, but is very flavorful. The portion is easily shared as well, so that is a plus.

Even the tortilla this beauty is wrapped in has some charred marks to make it better.

Vegan Tortitas de Papa – $11.99

We normally don’t gravitate to “vegan” food, but you wouldn’t know this is vegan unless you read the menu. Think of these as what the menu described: fried potato cakes. The breading was light and crispy and the inner potato was soft. On the bottom is a spinach casserole that doesn’t really add much other than color. These were good, but probably the worst value for your money. I do think vegetarians/vegans would be happy with this, though.

Now onto dessert.

Pan Dulce Conchita – $5.99

This dessert is very cute and photogenic. Unfortunately, we didn’t love it. The Mexican sweet bread did not have a lot of flavor, and was actually lacking in sweetness (yes, something that didn’t have enough sugar). The inner Dulce de Leche filling was okay, but nothing to write home about.

The outer orange exterior was very crumbly.

Coco Cake – $5.99

The cake was better of the two, but looked much cuter than it tasted. There was an overwhelming taste of cinnamon and that was all we could taste. It wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t great. A solid C. We’d suggest skipping dessert here and enjoying one of the other Halloween options elsewhere on property.

The cake is pretty, but still only tastes of cinnamon.

Which of these entrees will you be trying on your next trip to Disney California Adventure?

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Ali

Ali is a SoCal transplant by way of Milwaukee. When not on a pool deck coaching swimming or training for Spartan/runDisney races she is usually found at Disneyland (or WDW whenever possible).

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The orange part is supposed to fall apart.