We tried the food at Tiana’s Palace in New Orleans Square at Disneyland, and we’re sharing our review of this Southern-inspired quick service restaurant below.
Forget “almost there”; the time is finally here! Tiana’s Palace has officially opened at Disneyland Resort, bringing a brand new quick service experience to New Orleans Square in the old home of the French Market Restaurant. Last month, we got our first look at the new Southern-inspired menu that guests will be able to enjoy at the new Princess and the Frog-themed restaurant. This week, we were able to step inside the restaurant and fully experience the new place. We’re sharing our full thoughts and review of the menu and everything else you’ll get to experience at the new Tiana’s Palace.
What It’s Like to Step Inside Tiana’s Palace
The exterior of Tiana’s Palace is stunning, featuring bright green and yellow shades that lead up to the showstopping marquee up top. Above the restaurant’s name, you’ll spot two smokestacks on the roof, each featuring Tiana’s tiara.
Stepping inside, you’ll notice the interior layout has stayed the same from the previous French Market. However, the space has been given bright new colors of blue, green, and yellow, along with an overlay filled with Princess Tiana-themed details.
Some of those details include beautiful floral light fixtures reminiscent of animation from the film, as well as a callback to the movie in the form of a “Firefly Five Plus Lou” drumhead.
The Food at Tiana’s Palace
While the restaurant has been giving a Tiana-themed makeover that fans of The Princess and the Frog are sure to love, what really stands out here is the food. Tiana’s Palace features a menu filled with authentic New Orleans flavors inspired by Tiana’a friends and adventures. That means the menu includes staples of the city, such as specialty beignets, as well as New Orleans-style gumbo. Additionally, you’ll be able to find other southern-inspired dishes such as a po-boy sandwich, muffuletta sandwich, as well as shrimp and grits.
While the restaurant is quick service, you can expect some truly table service-worthy offerings from the new spot. We’re sharing a few of our favorite items we tried from the menu, along with our thoughts on exactly why these are standouts!
Joffrey’s Coffee Chicory Cold Brew
We really liked this unique twist on cold brew made with chicory-flavored coffee. It’s not very sweet, with just a light touch of sweet cream to balance the deep, rich, and slightly sour notes of the coffee itself. WDW Magazine Graphic Designer Abby Richardson and WDW Magazine Communications Director Tatjana Lazar are both typically non-coffee drinkers, but each found themselves reaching for this drink again and again throughout their time at the restaurant.
If there’s one item that’s an absolute must-try on the menu of Tiana’s Palace at Disneyland, it’s the House-filled Beignet! A New Orleans classic, Disney has created an incredible version that features a tart, sweet, and just plain amazing lemon filling. As WDW Magazine Graphic Designer Abby Richardson describes it, “Be still my lemon-loving heart for these lemon-filled beignets! It’s a perfect tartness without being too overpowering, and it tastes like a lemon meringue pie in beignet form.”
The outside of each beignet is nicely crispy, just like you’d expect when biting into one that’s perfectly cooked. Inside, the filling is bursting with flavor! In fact, you’ll see some of the lemon filling spilling out onto your plate, thanks to each beignet being filled to order. It’s absolutely delicious.
If it’s a classic and hearty bowl of gumbo you’re looking for, you can’t beat the House Gumbo at Tiana’s Palace! According to WDW Magazine Communications Director Tatjana Lazar, “The House Gumbo is scrumptious. It’s so, so good. It’s really hearty, [with] a lot of meat, tender rice, and a savory sauce that’s got quite a bit of a kick to it.”
Each bowl of gumbo features a nice variety of textures thanks to the different meats – chicken, and Andouille sausage – along with rice. The sauce definitely has some heat, so be prepared to get a great kick of flavor!
This take on a muffuletta sandwich is quite hearty, featuring a thick layer of ham, mortadella, and salami, as well as two types of cheese and house-made olive relish. It’s served along with sweet house-made pickles (which we think are absolutely delicious!) and red beans and rice. There is a lot of bread to balance out this stacked sandwich’s fillings, so those who love a sizable lunch will definitely like how filling it is.
According to WDW Magazine Graphic Designer Abby Richardson, “You can really taste the tang of the olives and onion. And the housemade pickles on the side were absolutely delicious! It was a sweeter type of pickle instead of a more briny dill, which we really enjoyed.”
Beef Po’boy Sandwich
According to WDW Magazine Communications Director Tatjana Lazar, the Beef Po’boy Sandwich is another winning item on the Tiana’s Palace menu. “It’s super flavorful, very hearty – the meat is so tender, it just completely falls apart,” she notes. “I love the play with the textures in this sandwich, from the softness of the meat to the crunchiness of the pickled veg inside to the crusty bread.”
Thank you to Disneyland Resort for inviting us out to experience Halloween Time at Disneyland! As part of the event, we were given the chance to try the menu at Tiana’s Palace prior to its official opening on September 7th.