Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express (& What’s On Your Plate?)

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Welcome to What’s On Your Plate?!

What’s on Your Plate? is designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters. Tell us about a recent meal.

Did it meet with rave reviews? Or did it bomb? What side dishes did you pair with the star of the show? Did you try a new ingredient? Find the groceries at great prices?

Share what’s on your plate! Each week a featured foodie* will share his or her plate and then the rest of us will get a chance to link up our own posts or share in the comments what good cheap eats we’ve been enjoying.

What’s on My Plate?

Recently, our family spent a day at Disneyland. We had such a great time when we went in May, we decided we wanted to make it a twice a year ritual.

We were there from dawn to dusk — and then some. While I packed a ton of snacks as well as plenty of sandwiches and juices, I knew I wouldn’t be able to cart around three meals for a party of 9 (us plus my brother).

So, we planned ahead and knew we would be eating one meal “out.” But, instead of eating in the park and paying through the nose, we did what has now become our family’s Disneyland tradition.

We hopped the Monorail and took it to Downtown Disney where the restaurants are “normal priced.” It’s really not any more effort than walking to another side of Disneyland, but the food is about half the price!

We visited Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express for the second time this year. It’s Cajun food and simple fare. Kid’s meals are between $4 and $5 while entrees range from $5 to $10. For a Disneyland location, it’s quite reasonably priced.

Hubs had the fried catfish which he said was terrible. Bummer since that is something he was looking forward to.

We spurged on kid’s meals. Those who ordered popcorn chicken ate more than those who ordered the corndog nuggets. Coincidence?

My 13 year old is now beyond the kid’s meal and ordered the fried chicken with biscuits and gravy. He had no complaints. My brother enjoyed the Jambalaya.

As for me, I had the Cajun Chicken Caesar which was quite good and the Jalapeno Potato Salad which was fantastic. And for dessert, we treated the fam to their beignets which are out of this world!

The staff is super courteous and the atmosphere of dining al fresco is nice. However, it does get cool outside and it seems that our food both times has gotten cold really quickly.

Obviously, eating at the Jazz Kitchen Express is more expensive than eating at home. But, when you consider the locale and the options, it’s a pretty good. cheap. eat.

What’s on YOUR Plate?

Share with us a recent meal you prepared. Either link it up below or tell us about it in the comments. Please make sure that you link to in your post so others know where the dinner party is.

And don’t forget to pop around and visit the other good eaters participating today. I’m sure you will be inspired to make all sorts of Good Cheap Eats at your house.

Disclosure: This post is brought to you from my husband’s wallet. I was not compensated to publish positive comments.

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  1. Excellent review, glad you found something semi reasonably priced! That can be hard there! Thanks!

  2. your disclosure cracked me up! 🙂

  3. Christine says:

    We always eat there when we go to Disney, but mostly for the dessert!

  4. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I LOVE Disneyland & LOVE Disneyworld even more! We went to Disneyland three times in the past year & ate at Ralph Brennans Jazz Kitchen everytime 😉 I agree with the potato salad & the shrimp is some of the best I have ever had. It is reasonably priced for where you are at & especially when you consider that the tableservice chef at Ralph Brennans actually goes into the Jazz Kitchen to get the jambalaya which they charge much more for!

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