Amongst the multitude of dining options at Disneyland park there are a few that pop up again and again as frequent visitor favorites. Spend some time around community blogs, forums or vlogs and you’ll hear names like Cafe Orleans, Bengal Barbecue and the venerable River Belle Terrace. Another such hot spot is Critter Country’s own popular Hungry Bear Restaurant. Rustic and offering a small but solid array of entrees, the out of the way eatery has been a fan favorite for its secluded setting, reasonable price point and pleasant chicken sandwich.
“Cross a wooden bridge and stroll through a pine forest to a rustic retreat nestled in the shadow of Splash Mountain, where an eager beaver statue welcomes you and your cubs with an all-important question: “Hungry?” We sure hope so!” -Official Description
Set beside Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes and the Rivers of America, the Hungry Bear is Critter Country’s preeminent dining option. The restaurant falls into the quick service category, with guests placing orders at the counter for entrees averaging about $10. From there diners can then explore the location’s expansive two-level seating area, almost ensuring an open table. Notable menu items include the Pulled Pork Hot Dog, Chili Cheeseburger and Turkey Caesar Wrap. A personal highlight was the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, a fairly standard offering topped with an intriguing honey-mustard sauce. In a world where corn dogs cost $8 the sandwich with fries serving size was rather respectable for its $9.29 price. The sauce is good enough that you may also want to pick up an additional sample to dip the admittedly unremarkable fries in. Connoisseurs looking to compare can find alternative chicken sandwich options at the likes of Cafe Orleans, Village Haus and the Tomorrowland Terrace/Galactic Grill.
In addition to the restaurant’s relatively cost effective fare, it is the location’s out-of-the-way waterside views that make this a favored spot. Guests dining downstairs often enjoy watching the local ducks swim and scramble after bits of food tossed by playful youth from the railing. Diners on either level can observe from the comfort of their table canoes, tall ships and paddle boats passing lazily along the Rivers of America. Overall, the Hungry Bear’s combination of ambiance and fairly solid food options place it among best counter-service choices at Disneyland park.