Flo's V8 Cafe - Disney's California Adventure
You're initially pulled in by the bright pink and blue neon, but you vow to come back again for the food because you discover that Flo's V8 Cafe is one of the most down-home and decent places to eat a throwback meal in all of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom.
This is the kind of food your mom was being fed by her mom way back then, when do-wop was the bee's knees and Elvis was just being discovered.
Think mashed potatoes with a well dug out for the gravy. Turkey that's all white meat, sliced up in uniform shapes that can't possibly be natural, served with peas and carrots straight from a time before peas and carrots were considered the squarest of the square.
Yes, this is what TV dinners looked like when they were actually dinners people ate. And it's delicious.
The best dish at Flo's is probably the roast beef, draped in a thick gravy as brown as the Earth. Ideally, you want the sugary, smoky, sweet BBQ beans with it as side, and some roasted corn niblets that has actual char. Wash it all down with a Coke, which unfortunately comes in a standard Disney wax cup, not in a traditional curvy Coke glass as Norman Rockwell would paint it.
And for dessert, you decide you have to get this apple pie-thing baked with Cheddar cheese. It seems to have been resurrected from an old copy of Joy of Cooking or brought back to the future by Marty McFly.
Flo's V8 Cafe
1313 S Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
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