Thursday, January 21, 2010

ESPN Zone, a Hit or an Error?

1545 Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802

For Christmas I got my girlfriend a pass to Disneyland, and after the holiday crowds left D-land, we decided to go renew our passes. So we did not have to add parking to our passes, we had to eat dinner at the Disneyland resort to get our parking validated for an extra two hours. Now the only decision to make was where to eat. We decided to eat outside of Disneyland, and eat in the Downtown Disney area. After walking through the area, we decided on ESPN Zone. I had eaten here once about five years ago, and thought that it was okay, so we gave them another shot.

The place was pretty busy for a cold Friday night. We had to wait about ten minutes. They have about fifty TV's in the dining room, all but three turned to the Lakers/Clippers. You would think that the, "Worldwide leader in sports", would have more variety than this to choose from, but this is probably what most of the customers wanted to see. I was hoping for a hockey game or maybe some curling. No luck, so lets see some of the food.

This is Katie's dish, the Shrimp Scampi and Penne. First the good, this dish had lots of shrimp on it, at least ten. At some places they really skimp on the shrimp, but not here. Now the bad, the sauce was just a little off for me. It tasted a lot like bottled Italian dressing, not very good. The penne was cooked okay, but I just could not get past the wine sauce.

Here is her garlic bread that was served with her entree. Pretty mediocre, and very dry. The garlic was pretty un-noticeable. They might have well just called this toasted bread.

Here is my burger, the Black and Blue Burger, with bacon added. The burger comes with gorgonzola cheese and blackening spice on it. The meat was okay, but was a little over done for my taste. The bun was too spongy. The fries tasted good, but the side of ranch I ordered with them almost tasted to me like it was about ready to turn sour pretty quick. I feel that the $16 that you pay for this burger, it should be better than it is. The bacon did kick the taste of the burger up, really a good piece of swine, very peppery.

So ESPN Zone was just okay. I knew going in that it was going to be over-priced, just because you are at Disney, but the food was just so-so. Not too much to gloat about. So out of five ESPY awards, five being best to zero being worst, ESPN Zone receives 2 ESPY awards. If any of you know where we should eat in the Disney resort area, please leave me a comment. Thanks in advance.

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1 comment:

  1. I give ESPN zone 5 ESPY awards! Order the tailgate meal!

    At Disneyland, at the Plaza restaurant one main street they have great pasta, fried chicken, pot roast, and salads.

    At the River Belle terrace located by tarzan's tree house and indian jones, they have great bbq sandwiches. ( Might not be enough to fill you up though )

    In New Orleans square, there is a great restaurant with clam chowder, chicken, and other great southern favorites and dessert.

    In frontierland there is an all you can eat bbq place. Haven't eaten there yet but I think it will be good.

    See you soon Punk!