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Los Angeles, California
April 1, 2007
From journal War Tactics on How to Survive the Happiest Place
July 13, 2005
I had a yummy berry tartlet, sort of like a muffin. I passed on the fresh-squeezed orange juice because I couldn't justify the $4 price tag. Jason had coffee and a blueberry muffin with a delicious almond flavor. Then, because the line slowed up, due to a family with three kids taking their own sweet time, we were faced with the most tempting pile of bacon. We had to order some.
Outside on the patio, we devoured the bacon with our fingers. It was pricey, as our total was about $12, but so worth it. Now I know why all the locals rave about La Brea Bakery.
From journal Disney with Dad
May 10, 2005
When we arrived Disneyland at 8:30am and found we had a half-hour to wait until the gates opened, we were thrilled to see a La Brea Bakery in Downtown Disney and knew this would be a great spot for breakfast while waiting for the gates to open.
The bakery has two sides, one is a takeaway counter where you can order any of their tasty sandwiches or baked goods and eat them at one of their numerous outdoor tables. The other side is a sit-down patio with waiter service. We opted first for the takeaway side, but the long line never seemed to move. There was only one employee working the counter, and he seemed to have his hands full. We opted for the waiter-service area, as there was no line and plenty of empty tables.
The tables were outside and had a fun view of the main walkway at Downtown Disney. It was a great spot for people-watching, as everyone going to Disneyland had to parade right in front of us.
The breakfast menu looked tasty. It had lots of fresh bakery items. Our waiter came in a flash. I ordered yogurt and fresh fruit, and the kids each ordered French toast.
Our food came quickly. My yogurt looked great. It was a large bowl full of sliced bananas and ripe strawberries. The berries were fresh and at their peak, and there were plenty of them. The kid's French toast was only one slice a piece. I understand it was a kid's portion, but even the portion was sparse. The toast was tasty, made with the famous La Brea bread, but not a lot of it.
We were in and out in less than 30 minutes. Our bill was $30 for one adult and two kids. I thought the price was very high for the light breakfasts we had ordered and since the French toast was just a single slice of bread.
The location here is one of the best things about this café and bakery. It's the closet business at Downtown Disney to the gates of Disneyland or California Adventure. The gates can be seen from the tables. It's a good choice for getting breakfast prior to opening or leaving the park for a healthy lunch. The one thing I did find odd was that the bakery does not open until 8am, which, by bakery standards, is very late, missing a lot of the early birds.
I am sure the sandwiches at lunch are first-rate. If I do eat here again, I will probably order the express takeaway. We enjoyed our breakfast, but felt it was overpriced for the meal we got.
From journal Disneyland over Spring Break
seal beach, California
January 13, 2001
From journal California Adventure Disneyland