Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

It used to be Blue Bayou for lunch during Bat’s Day. But as their food quality went down and their prices went up + the lack of alcohol options for those who wanted to drink, it just wasn’t worth it anymore. So Jazz Kitchen became the next viable option. However, it seems like the quality and service of this restaurant is taking a hit as well.

The lunch menu seems pretty limited, especially when it comes to pescatarian/vegetarian options (read: NONE). And the service…meh. This year, our waitress, though really nice and accommodating, seemed to not quite know what was going on. And somewhere along the chain, there were order mix-ups and mistakes. And really, it shouldn’t take over 3 hrs to do lunch, even with a group of 12 people and when some of those people arrive a little late.  Also, they squished our party of 12 at a table that was really meant for 8-10.

The food is okay and the prices not horribly gouging given we were on Disney property ($10-14 for a lunch entreé). You’d probably spend about the same for food in the park at one of their places. And Blue Bayou would definitely cost a lot more…

Our resident pescatarian (the talented Miss Tanya Bjork) had a special-order catfish po-boy with avocado mayo and I decided to jump on the bandwagon as nothing on the menu was really calling to me. This consisted of some chunks of breaded n’ fried catfish in a sandwich roll. The fish itself was nice – not oily, not fishy-tasting and still moist. But it seemed…wimpy. Maybe it was the amount of catfish…or lack there of? Shredded lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and pickles were served on the side in a bowl. I ordered fries as my side and they were cold n’ limp. Some of them were coated in a yummy Creole seasoning while others were left out of the spice party. My friend ordered steamed veggies (green beans and carrots, completely unseasoned) but ended up with the jalapeno and bacon potato salad. That quickly got transferred to my place. It was not all that great of a potato salad. Very heavy on the mayo, absolutely no kick and while I’m sure I saw pieces of bacon, I couldn’t taste them. The steamed veggies (2 bowls worth for each of us even though I hadn’t ordered any) came out after everyone had pretty much finished their meals.

They still have the best mojitos, in my opinion, though. And mmmm…banana foster done the right way.  Really, the only reason why you’d come here to eat is because you want to drink and you want a good dessert.

They seem to do better with smaller groups or when it’s not prime restaurant hours. Perhaps next year, instead of doing a lunch thing at 1pm like usual, I’ll do a happy hour/early dinner thing around 4:30pm.  That way, the dinner menu is accessible.  There seems to be more appealing entreés and variety on that one.  I think the times that I’ve gone that I have really enjoyed my food was the evenings.  Only downside is that we’ll be spending more money on food.

I have heard that Blue Bayou is in the process of acquiring a liquor license.  If that’s the case, it may be worth going back just to see.  Though their prices are still a lot higher than Jazz Kitchen…

P.S. I also tried the jalapeño cream(?) cheese filled pretzels in the park and they weren’t bad but there was a strange under-taste to it that bugged me. But there was a definite jalapeño kick, unlike the sad potato salad at Jazz Kitchen.

I give Jazz Kitchen 3 NOMs.  This particular experience warranted 2 NOMs at best, but because I have had good food and service there before, I’m giving them an extra NOM.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
1590 S Disneyland Dr
Disneyland Resort
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 776-5200
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King’s Fish House – Anaheim

Before The Faint/Ladytron concert at the Grove in Anaheim, the husband and I, along with a couple of friends, had dinner at King’s Fish House.

While we were waiting for our friends, Dan and I enjoyed a hurricane off their cocktail menu.  It was strong and yummy and not very expensive.  We also noshed on some good sourdough bread with real butter.

Starter: Oyster sampler (6).  This was really good.  It came with a side of freshly grated horseradish, some cocktail sauce and something else that tasted like a garlic vinegar.  The oysters were fresh and briny.

One thing to note is that they have a small sushi menu as well.  I did not try any though I did see people ordering rolls at some other tables.  It looked good and given the freshness of their oysters, I would hope that their sushi is just as fresh.

Jumbo Sea Scallops = Sadness.  Not so much on the “jumbo” end and they were overcooked rendering them slightly rubbery.  And there was no good sear on them.  The mac n’ cheese side dish was okay.  Better than the box stuff but I’ve had better.  The roasted ratatouille was okay as well.  It was a nice change than the usual steamed veggies side most places serve.

However, the N’awlins BBQ shrimp entree my husband got was yummy.  A little bit of a kick, lots of flavor, I wish I had gotten this instead.

Service was good.  The hostess must have been new because she never asked if we had a preference for indoor or outdoor and the patio was wide open.  Our waiter was friendly and nice and non-obtrusive though it took him a while to get to taking our order.

The restaurant was a little on the pricey end for some of the food we got but overall it was a pleasant experience and I would go back again.

Their buzzer thingy is shaped like a lobster.  Heh.

I give King’s Fish House 3 NOMs.

King’s Fish House
1521 W Katella Ave
Orange, CA 92867
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