It was supposed to be the perfect Cinco de Mayo: dinner with my chica and some of our pals at the muy muy Napa Rose at Disneyland's Grand Californian Hotel followed by moshing at the Mouse of Blues with O.C.'s O.G. punk-mock veteranos, Manic Hispanic. I should've known better: the two don't mix.
Napa Rose, for those who don't know, is Disneyland's attempt at food more serious than their legendary corn dogs. On that level, it's succeeded for years, with an embrace of California cuisine focusing on local, organic fresh product. I can't even remember all the dishes we ate (although my credit card will for months...), so let me list the highlights...actually, I can only remember the fried asparagus, a dish so seemingly blasé but so stunning in execution--the fried outside tasted like a perfect custard, the asparagus was crisp, and the stalks were doused in a lemon sauce that pushed your palate to the optimal high--that it will change your mind about the evil Disney empire once and for all. Every dish ranged from really good to spectacular, and I wholeheartedly recommend a yearly visit (if you're rich like Croesus, dine weekly).
But we ordered so much food, and the presentation and execution by the Napa Rose staff was so elegant but long, that the House of Blues box office was closed by the time we got out. Instead, we went to the Lost Bar--and that's when the night turned, how we say, blue.
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Napa Rose at Grand Californian, 1600 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim,(714) 956-6755.