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Top 3 Food Must Haves at Disney’s California Adventure

The best food to try at this theme park.

Being a Cool Disney Adult is new to me. I grew up in Florida and while we frequented the Disney parks often, by the time I was in high school I was going to Universal Studios for the rollercoasters and obvious lack of children. But the last few years living in Los Angeles has shown me that an unearthed love of the Land has resurfaced. 

I started going to Disneyland and California Adventure for the drugs. I would drop acid and experience the parks the “cool and mature” way I figured. A few 4/20s were spent running around Mickey and Minnie Mouse on edibles and consuming as much food as possible…which brings me to the point of this article. 

Disney has some bombass food. More specifically: California Adventure has incredible food.

I wasn’t savvy to CA (California Adventure for short) the first 3x I visited Disneyland. But when I went for the first time and feasted my eyes and body on what this theme park had to offer, I was hooked. Think of CA like Epcot and you’ll already up the food quality in your mind. 

Since I’m now a Cool Disney Adult, I went on TikTok first to see what others recommend trying. I ended up getting over 10 things. Second time? Almost more since it was 4/20 and you know….bottomless pit status. Seriously. Edibles let me inhale food and it just tastes so insanely good, might as well gorge yourself at the Happiest Place On Earth!

Not only am I a CDA (let’s keep it short) but I’m also a stoner who loves food so who better to trust to recommend the top 3 food items at California Adventure?

The Bacon Mac N’ Cheese Cone

I dream of this mac and cheese. I am not exaggerating. I am even a macaroni and cheese connoisseur and when I tell you this is the best mac and cheese in the parks, it is. It’s so good it's the FIRST thing I get when I go and they open at 10am. I must warn you though, it is a heavy meal. The cheese is thick and creamy, the bacon is rich and the bread bowl cone is made from what it comes in…bread. Look, I would be lying if I said I always finish this, because I can’t. It is a lot of food and maybe it’s best eaten for lunch or dinner. Of course you can find this cone-shaped treat in Cars Land.

QuesaBirria Street Tacos

Man oh man…these slap so hard. Crispy shell, braised beef, cheese, salsa and consomé to cover it in (or dip if you’re walking and eating around the park.) Seriously these are fresh and they’re right in the heart of CA so the ambiance is there. When I first saw these I knew I had to get them and they did not disappoint. The explosion of flavor when it first hits is unmatched for the park (thank you 50mg of edibles.) It could be a little difficult to find this place - Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill, but it’s right on the water in the Pacific Warf part of the park. I know what you’re thinking: “Why go to a theme park for tacos? In California?!” Trust me. Eat, don’t think.

Jack-Jack Cookie Num Num

I couldn’t give you ALL savory options, I had to throw in a sweet recommendation, and that would be this INCREDIBLEy soft cookie. When I explore the park, this cookie comes right in the midway point and I’ve already devoured as many salty snacks as I could. While the ice cream and slushies are delicious and refreshing, this is the best baked good I’ve had at California Adventure. Personally, I’m not a fan of the hard cookie so if you are…this won’t be your cup of tea. This cookie is so soft some could say it’s not cooked all the way! Never fear though, it is cooked and you can find it at Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums in Pixar Pier.

Honorable Mention: Fried Pickle Stuffed Corndog

This is not in any of the parks but it is the best thing you will get when you go to Downtown Disney. Maybe I’ll do a DTD list but it is a lot of the restaurants you know and love already. I digress. This corn dog was forged by God herself. First, you stuff the hot dog into a hollowed out dill pickle, then you batter it and cover with panko, fry it and serve with peanut butter. I am a mustard Gal myself so I don’t really mess with the peanut butter. But let me tell you about this pickle and dog combo…it’s unreal. Just when you think you know what it’s going to taste like, BAM, it hits you with something else entirely. Because the world is cruel, it is located at the VERY opposite end of the entrance to Downtown Disney on the park side, but it is well worth the walk.