Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Bourbon Street Sampler – Popcorn Calamari, Coconut Shrimp, Boudin Balls, Blackened Chicken Dumplings, Tabasco Pepper Jelly, Creole Mustard Aioli, Sweet Pepper Coulis
Jalapeno Cornbread – Tabasco Pepper Jelly
Cajun Poutine Etouffee – Cochon, Cajun Fries, Etouffee, Cheddar, Pepper Jack Cheese
Duck Confit Pot Pie – Root Vegetables, Cipollini Onions, English Peas, Creamy Bechamel
Turducken – Chicken stuffed inside a Duck stuffed inside a Turkey, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Braised Turnip Greens, Honey Glazed Baby Carrots, Giblet Gravy
Beignets – Powdered Sugar
Praline Pumpkin Pie – Chantilly Cream, Whiskey Crème Anglaise, Caramel Drizzle
Double Chocolate Soufflé Bread Pudding a la Mode – Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bread Pudding, White and Dark Chocolate Ganache, Vanilla Ice Cream
Fresh off a trip to New Orleans, the original Brennan’s visited pre-renovation in 2010 but not this time around, it was Thanksgiving 2016 at Disneyland that saw a party of three sit down to lunch at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney, the restaurant getting far more creative than anticipated with the full menu offered along with several innovative Holiday plates.
Undoubtedly a ‘theme’ restaurant, though not particularly out of place considering Disney’s “New Orleans Square” Area, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen sits on the edge of a concourse featuring everything from food carts to Urban Outfitters, both stories looking as though they were imported straight off of Bourbon Street complete with beads, but forgivingly without the smell of Beer and Pee.
Offering seating both upstairs and down, al fresco tables obviously popular considering Southern California’s often-perfect weather, it was on the downstairs patio just outside the gates that the group was treated to a big menu and exceptionally friendly service, water refilled with gusto and the kitchen only slightly backed up, though making a reservation proved to be a very good idea.
Opting for bottomless Coffee alongside the water, easily the best deal anywhere near the land of Mickey at just $2.95 with refills arriving quickly, dining began with appetizers including a sampler highlighted by Blackened Chicken inside Puff Pastry as well as fried Boudin that were surprisingly funky without trending too spicy, the Popcorn Calamari and Coconut Shrimp competent, though not particularly memorable or ‘Southern.’
Impressed by both the buttery Cornbread as well as the Poutine, the latter doing a more-than-admirable job of keeping the Fries crispy under a mountain of toppings including tender roast Pork and piquant Gravy smothered in Cheese, daily specials included both a traditional Turducken that found all three meats nicely roasted and in sharable portions while the Duck Confit Pot Pie took Donald on an unexpected journey with a whole lot of meat inside the flaky all-butter Shell filled with tender Root Vegetables and Bechamel.
Tempted by the famous Bananas Foster, a tableside show seen at more than a couple tables during the 95-minute stay, three other desserts eventually proved far more compelling as a pile of pillowy Donuts proved better than any sampled in the Crescent City while the Thanksgiving special Praline Pumpkin Pie was smooth and tasty sandwiched between two Creams, the ‘signature’ Double Chocolate Soufflé Bread Pudding nonetheless stealing the spotlight and making a strong case for ‘best-ever’ status given its levity amidst such rich flavors as two sidecars of sauce allowed for customization beyond the a la mode addition of Vanilla Ice Cream.