Flo’s V-8 Cafe – California Adventure/ Anaheim

Pixar’s Cars, whose latest movie is #1 at the box office, is so popular that it spawned its own 12 acre land at Disney’s California Adventure. This Radiator Springs not only has three rides, it even has three places to eat, including Flo’s V8 Cafe, a 50’s style diner.

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Instead of hamburgers and fries, Flo’s aims to be slightly more upscale with dip sandwiches, ribs and rotisserie chicken. Orders are placed at the register and picked up at the counter. The staff was a little disorganized as orders were sitting on trays but numbers weren’t being called. It took a little “nudging” to finally get our food.

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Turkey Dip with Au Jus and “Radiator” Pasta Salad
To my surprise, the food was served on real plates (maybe I just had low expectations because we were at a theme park). The turkey in my Turkey Dip sandwich was moist, though a little lacking in flavor. Attempts to improve things by dipping the sandwich into the au jus sauce resulted in a sodium overload, the soft bread soaking up the salty sauce like a sponge. I resorted to drizzling a touch of sauce on top of the turkey, though adding some mustard to the sandwich would have probably been a better choice.

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The pasta salad came with sun-dried tomatoes, shredded carrots, artichoke hearts and vinaigrette dressing. I snuck some of those tomatoes into the sandwich, which helped it immensely.

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For vegetarians, Flo’s has the Veggie Tater Bake, kind of like a vegetarian version of Shepherd’s Pie – roasted vegetables mixed with some bulgur wheat, topped with mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese.

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Veggie Tater Bake
Luckily for my husband, it tasted better than it looked.

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Just in case, he ordered a beer, a Racer 5 IPA appropriately enough, to help wash it down.

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Overall, the food at the theme parks has improved since the mass-produced dry hamburgers that used to be served. Although California Adventure may never measure up to Disneyland, they do serve alcohol (unlike Disneyland). At Flo’s, you can settle down at one of the tables inside or outside, drink a beer and watch the cars race at Radiator Springs, pretending you’re on road trip along Route 66.

Location –  1313 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim 92802
Website – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disney-california-adventure/flos-v8-cafe/
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – Yes, although if your order the mac and cheese,  the serving is super small. Your kid(s) will be hungry afterwards.
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes

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