April 25, 2015

Breakfast at Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel

We all met for breakfast at Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel this morning.  We were both starving because we hadn’t eaten in 24 hours – there was so much food at Club 33, neither of us were in the mood for anything else and couldn’t bring myself to even have a snack by midnight.  This was the last meal we were able to enjoy with everyone, including Ashly’s mom and step-dad, Linda and Chuck.

The Steakhouse 55 restaurant is highly renowned on list of historical Disney institutions.  It was originally operated under the name Granville’s and for decades, it was the fine dining restaurant at Disneyland.  It came to occupy a lower place as a few other establishments opened but was reportedly just as good as it ever was.  It’s one of those things everyone is supposed to experience, and I love breakfast, so I was excited.

Though I have no proof at the moment, I’m presuming that the reference to the number 55 in the name is an allusion to the grand opening of the Disneyland park on July 17th, 1955?  All I remember from the biographies and news articles I’ve read over the years is that the day was a complete disaster.  Walt Disney opened the park at 2:30 p.m., and instead of the 20,000 guests expected, 35,000 showed up after it was discovered a counterfeiter had been printing fake tickets and selling them for $1.  There were only 20 rides and several of them broke down, the ferryboat sank after too many people got onboard, there was a gas leak in Fantasyland, the plumbers were on strike so the water fountains didn’t work, it was more than 100 degrees and high heels would break off in the asphalt.  It was a customer service and public relations nightmare.  I think they also ran out of Coca-Cola.

But look how it turned out in the end.  Just like the lesson of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, sometimes you have to know when to push through and improve, even if you get beat up along the way.

Disneyland Hotel Steakhouse 55

Aaron and I walked to the Disneyland for breakfast with friends at Steakhouse 55 …

Steakhouse 55 Dining Room Disneyland

I took a shot of the Steakhouse 55 dining room in Disneyland during breakfast.  It’s very casual and comfortable.


Steakhouse 55 Omelette

I had a ham, onion, and tomato omelette with potatoes, a bagel with cream cheese, and fresh grapes, with a side of hot, black coffee.


Steakhouse 55 French Toast

Aaron went with French toast, sausage, bacon, eggs, and fresh fruit.


Breakfast Burrito Steakhouse 55

Ian wanted the Steakhouse 55 breakfast burrito.


Steakhouse 55 Eggs Benedict

Ashly got the Eggs Benedict with breakfast potatoes and fresh grapes.

Overall?  The food was good.  The woman who brought the food to the table was rude and unprofessional, but other than, it was definitely well-made.  

We’re heading off to the Magic Kingdom.  Aaron and I didn’t get Fast Passes to the new cars ride, so Chuck and Linda gave us theirs, which we both appreciated.  It’s supposed to be awesome.  Everyone is talking about it; we’ll get to see tonight!

  • http://ianhfrancis.blogspot.com/ Ian Francis

    Ok, so two things.

    1. Why do I look like I just found out I have a week to live? Is this how I normally look in the morning?

    2. I actually remember thinking, “Man, Josh isn’t taking any pictures of this meal. That is weird. Yet somehow, you not only have more pictures than me, you got a picture of my food right next to it even though you were clear on the other side of the table. You are a ninja with that giant paddle of a phone.

    • http://www.joshuakennon.com/ Joshua Kennon

      Woo hoo! You just inadvertently helped me figure something out! I have been having trouble with comments that should be whitelisted immediately from established posters (no moderation – should show up instantaneously on the blog) still getting held for moderation even when I’ve set to auto accept post by email address, poster name, and IP address.

      You stuck in an HTML tag, which seemed to trigger something. I removed it and the problem appeared to be solved. Yet, the html shouldn’t matter but it is so restrictive, it is even holding my comments for moderation when I include it! I have to literally take myself out of the spam folder even though I am the super administrator. It’s glitchy beyond all words since the latest Disqus update.

      I’m going to play with the settings. This at least gives me an intelligent place to start.

      To answer your questions:

      1. No. The phone kept doing weird “noise” and making everyone look terrible randomly in one shot, then like normal in the next. But this confirms my theory that you always spot the camera because you didn’t even notice me taking pictures, yet you are staring right at it. It is reflexive and cracks me up sorting through these thousands of pictures. You are normally the most awake, chipper person in the group, while I am mean and grunt until I’ve had at least one, preferably, two cups of coffee and read a lot of news. So it is the phone’s fault. I don’t recall you looking grey or sad or else I’m sure it would have been a topic of conversation. I deleted the picture. I’ve been trying to strike out the ones with people in them; that is one of the few that made it through.

      2. I was so tired, so exhausted, and so unable to move, I handed the phone around the table and had people take pictures. Judging by the direction of your plate, I am guessing Ashly or Aaron took the photo of your breakfast burrito.

      On a related note, you disappeared for a 20 minute period during Club 33 and are visible in none of the photographs from the appetizer bar to the main course. This must have been when you were secretly taking pictures of the orchids. Apparently we all have ninja-like disappearing abilities.

      • Aaron Green

        It was I who took the those photos!

    • http://www.joshuakennon.com/ Joshua Kennon

      Edit: DAMN IT! Not even joking! Without the HTML it just held MY OWN COMMENT for moderation. This is ridiculous. Screenshot attached.