Taste Pilots’ Grill is a counter service restaurant in the Condor Flats area of Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort. Currently, half of Taste Pilots’ Grill’s menu consists of burgers, and half consists of grilled chicken. There are some side items, but every entree is either burger of chicken. Diversity is not its specialty. Like most Disneyland Resort restaurants, Taste Pilots’ Grill accepts Disneyland Annual Passes for discounts ranging from 10 to 15%.
Theme-wise, Taste Pilots’ Grill is designed to look like a 1950s hanger that has since been taken over by a younger group of hip aviators (you can read more about Imagineering’s backstory for Condor Flats here). As is the case with the rest of Condor Flats, some of this “hip” layer has been removed as part of the Disney California Adventure overhaul. The restaurant nails the theme pretty well in that it does look like an old hanger, with some little details and authentic photos highlighting the history of aviation. Even with all of that, it’s not great, but it’s good. In fairness, it’s tough to achieve both authenticity (which would amount to it being simply a restaurant in an empty warehouse-like building) and significant detail-work. Condor Flats is one of my favorite lands, and I think it has so much unrealized potential, which describes how I feel about Taste Pilots’ Grill’s theming. There are some scattered details around the restaurant, but I’d still love to see more. There’s seating both inside and outside at Taste Pilots’ Grill; we normally eat outside since it’s usually busy and chaotic inside. Outside offers pretty views into the rest of Condor Flats and of Carthay Circle Theatre.
Unfortunately, Taste Pilots’ Grill has been the rare example of a recent decline in dining at Disneyland Resort. While most other restaurants are on the upswing, Taste Pilots’ Grill is a shadow of its former self. And I don’t mean because that plane in the first photo is no longer on the facade. Unlike most Disneyland restaurants that have been receiving new and improved menus over the last couple of years, it seems that each change at Taste Pilots’ Grill is a change for the worse. First, the Full Throttle Fries disappeared. Then, the Aviator’s Chicken Sandwich was removed from the menu. Finally, the X-3 and X-5 Rocket Ribs got the boot. Here’s a look at the menu in all of its former glory. (more…)