On our recent visit, I had a hankering for nachos and a desire to cross off a Disneyland bucket list item, so we headed over to GCH Craftsman Grill, a best-kept secret at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel.
Where to Find it
Located adjacent to the hotel pool and next to the guest entrance to California Adventure, GCH Craftsman Grill at Disneyland Resort is a quick-service restaurant. While White Water Snacks has a really small menu, the food is quality and the ambiance is usually quiet and calm.
For instance, when we went at 4 pm on a recent trip, we were one of 3 other families in the place. One cast member was seated near the front and welcomed us. She directed us around the corner to where the food options and menu were. Since GCH Craftsman Grill is one of the many counter-service restaurants at Disneyland Resort, there are options to grab from the cases or you can order hot meals at the register. Our kids got snacks, and fresh fruit and we all split two orders of nachos.
Listen up people, get yourself the nachos! Don’t share. Don’t pass go. Just eat an entire helping for yourself! The Nachos are so darn good and the key is the freshness of the ingredients! Crunchy chips loaded with cheese sauce, chipotle crema, jalapeños, sour cream, guacamole, and pico de gallo. You can choose carnitas, beef or chicken and we opted to have ours split with carnitas and beef. Nacho orders are $11.99 each so not cheap but not outrageous either.
Another fun and unique thing about GCH Craftsman Grill is that they have two fancy Coke machines. And they offer free refills! Our favorite flavors are the Cherry and Vanilla Coke mixtures.
After you order, you are given a number, and your food is brought out to you when it’s ready. I must say after a full morning of hiking around both parks we were tired and hungry, White Water Snacks was a welcome respite. We sat at a table in the sunshine and enjoyed the quiet of the space.
Hands down I think that GCH Craftsman Grill is Disney’s best-kept secrets at Downtown Disney and the Grand Californian Hotel. It’s usually less crowded than other restaurants and although it is a trek through the Grand Californian Hotel, it is well worth the hike.