A few things, actually. :happy:
Andrea and 6-2-6 are right about Blue Bayou. It’s a fun spot, don’t get me wrong, and it’s nice to sit and enjoy the ambiance as the Pirates boats go by, but for the same amount of $$$ you can get much better food elsewhere (either in the park itself, at DTD, or in an area restaurant nearby). Make it a dessert destination, and do your serious eating elsewhere. (For example, the dinner buffet at Storyteller’s Cafe offers several excellent items and gives more value for the cost than Blue Bayou. You can also enjoy a glass of wine or other adult beverage with your meal – something not available within the park.)
I will also second the frites recommendation at Cafe Orleans. The servings are generous, so you could easily share between the two of you. I’m also fond of their three-cheese monte cristo and their ratatouille. Tasty noms.
Your best bets from Bengal BBQ are the grilled veggie options. Those asparagus skewers are addictive, and the mixed veggies are also good. The meats are flavorful but tough, so be forewarned. Carnation Cafe has that wonderful loaded potato soup; it’s a popular place so if you want to eat there, I’d advise stopping by to put your name in in advance. It’ll save you some waiting time.
Pacific Wharf Cafe over in DCA has soups, salads, and sandwiches, featuring breads made at the Boudin Bakery next door. My favorites there are the broccoli-cheese soup and the chicken salads. Taste Pilot’s Grill has some decent burger options, if that’s what you’re into. For my money, the best burger is at The Jazz Kitchen. It’s easily one of the best I’ve had anywhere. Just don’t be tempted to try the one on offer at JK Express next door – it’s NOT the same.
Menus for all Disneyland/DCA/DTD venues are available at Allears.net. You can see exactly what’s available where, and for how much, which will allow you to best decide where you want to go for which meal.
With a 3-Day Hopper, you get an early admission, which is a great way to get some popular rides under your belt before rope drop. My DD and I did this in '08, and were able to do several of the big rides before going to the first show of the day at the Golden Horseshoe. We were able to get seats right up by the stage and had a terrific time.
Depending on your level of parade and/or fireworks enthusiasm, that can be another good time to enjoy the most popular rides. Lines are shorter, and you can sometimes do back-to-back walkthroughs, which is always a plus.
If you decide to go to Knott’s Berry Farm, make a point of getting the fried chicken while you’re there. It’s quite good.
Why yes, I AM a foodie, now that you mention it…