Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney
While we were on summer vacation in the Disneyland area, we wanted to treat the family to a special dinner that they would not forget. Although Disneyland itself offers many accommodations for gluten-free (GF) dining, we wanted to do something a little more upscale. After all, my mother was also visiting from Florida and deserved to have some fun away from the parks.
We set to work sifting through a ton of websites, menus, reviews and chose Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen (http://www.rbjazzkitchen.com) in Downtown Disney. Many of us (especially me) longed to have a hearty and healthy meal of grown-up food. No more hamburgers and hot dogs!
I contacted them to assure that they had a grasp on GF food service as well as dairy free (DF) options for my daughter. We made a reservation by calling the number listed on the Disney website and began dreaming of what we’d have for dinner.
After spending time in the popular new area of CarsLand at Disney, we were definitely ready to chow down in true New Orleans’s fashion.
Stepping inside of the restaurant transported us to Louisiana with the charm of New Orleans’s and southern bayou décor. We could hardly wait to see the menu.
We met the manager on duty, Allan Roy. Allan introduced us to Sous Chef, Joseph Stilson. Together we discussed our dietary needs and expectations. They were eager to provide us with an unforgettable meal and experience. Once they discovered it was our anniversary, we were also provided with complimentary champagne that was brought to us by our delightful server Jenna Gackstetter.
I feasted on Greg’s Bayou Ribs with chipotle-honey BBQ sauce, green beans, jalapeño-bacon potato salad.
This was a zesty and robust dish that was unexpectedly packed with flavor. It was the first time we have ever encountered jalapeños in potato salad. What a surprise to find it so delish!
My husband had a dish that was also GF called Black and Blue Filet Mignon which consisted of blackened fillet mignon, blue cheese dauphinoise potatoes and butter poached asparagus with a blueberry-Merlot demi-glace.
The dish arrived beautifully plated with layered mashed potatoes that looked a little like lasagna. He said it was deliciously tender and one of the best fillet mignons he has ever had.
The food was scrumptious, the service supreme and the atmosphere delightful. The restaurant was filled with happy people and the sounds of music.
The music came from a pianist who played jazzy music and also sang to accompany some of the songs.
This was magnificent experience and we highly recommend that you check this place out if you are ever near Downtown Disney. We will definitely return if we vacation in the Anaheim area.