La Brea Bakery Cafe
I've walked by this restaurant hundreds of times (since it is between Disneyland's tram stop and the park entrance), but until recently I'd never eaten there. I can tell you that I'll be eating there a lot more often in the future!
We had lunch there on a cool winter day - La Brea Bakery Cafe has both indoor and outdoor seating, and we sat outdoors, but right next to one of those propane heaters, so it was very comfortable.
For the most part, La Brea Bakery Cafe's menu consists of soup, salads, and sandwiches, both hot and cold. I LOVE a good sandwich on nice fresh crusty bread, and I was not disappointed. Lee and I actually both had trouble deciding what to order - there were a lot of things that looked appealing. I had the Fresh Mozzarella sandwich - mozzarella cheese, semi-sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil and pesto, served on a demi-baguette. It was really tasty. I was not expecting the sandwich to be grilled and warm, but it was, and that worked very well.
Lee had the Turkey Bacon Panini - oven roasted turkey, bacon, and provolone cheese on sourdough bread. That was also excellent - he shared a bite with me.
Both sandwiches were served with a mixed baby greens salad in a light balsamic vinaigrette, and that was also very good. (We could have chosen French fries, also.)
Even though it was chilly we ordered iced tea as a beverage - our server brought us two glasses and a carafe so we could refill it ourselves, which I thought was very nice. It was passion fruit iced tea, and I really loved it - it was unsweetened but had an excellent flavor - it would be especially refreshing on a hot day.
The only thing I was disappointed in was the soup selection - I was looking forward to having a cup of hot soup to warm me up a bit, but the only soup available that day was cream of asaparagus. Ick.
Service was very good - our server arrived at our table promptly, returned quickly with our drinks and some bread (and the ciabatta bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar was also excellent), and got our orders submitted and served in good time. I'm sure it helped that the restaurant wasn't overly busy, but he still took good care of us. .
We declined dessert since we were headed into the parks, but the warm brownie with ice cream and hot caramel sauce was tempting - I'll have to get that next time. And there WILL be a next time - La Brea Bakery Cafe gets two thumbs up from us.