Sadly, I’ve neglected this wonderful restaurant for far too long, but upon rediscovering it last year I can honestly say it’s one of my favourites! The food here is delicious, and I love that it’s a little bit tucked away around the back of Frontierland. The interior is lovely, a big barn with huge wooden beams, hanging lamps and often a live band, which I think is great.
4 menus are on offer, and as far as I’m aware there isn’t an A La Carte menu. The menus range from 12,99€ to 15,99€, with only the 12,99€ menu not including a dessert. I absolutely love the 13,99€ Menu 2, which is half a roast chicken with barbecue sauce, salad or potato wedges, a dessert and a drink. The chicken is well seasoned, has never been dry when I’ve had it, and they neither overload or scrimp on the barbecue sauce. Menu 4 is 15,99€ and consists of barbecue ribs with salad or potato wedges, a dessert and a drink. The meat really falls off of the bone and is so succulent and delicious! On top of this, the portions are big and I never leave feeling anything less than full to the brim!
Much like in other restaurants I’ve eaten in, the CM’s were very happy to swap my dessert from the brownie and fruit cup which I’m allergic to, to the Greek yoghurt. Furthermore, I visited Cowboy Cookout once with a friend who doesn’t eat cheese, and they were happy to take the cheese out of her burger – we just had to wait a few minutes extra for them to cook a new burger for her as all they ready to go ones had cheese in, but it was great. Originally, they thought she was lactose intolerant, so proceeded to tell us what she could have that’s was good for those who are lactose intolerant, so that’s good to know for anyone who can’t have lactose. (Apologies as I can’t remember what they actually said was safe for those who are lactose intolerant as we were only interested in the cheese)
If you want to know what’s going on at either Disneyland Park or Walt Disney Studios, here is the link to the current weekly park programme.
The programme lists opening hours, show and parade times and the time and locations for all official meet and greets, along with any other special events. (Please note that meet and greets in Extra Magic Hours are not listed, and that additional impromptu character meets can happen at any time, at any location around the park with no warning).
Each new programme starts on a Saturday, but is released on the link below at some time on the previous day on the Friday.
(The link takes you to a pdf file on the Disneyland Paris website. On a laptop/PC etc it should open in another tab on your browser; on mobile devices it might open automatically, or just download to your device.)
If you are staying in a Disney hotel you will usually be given a paper copy of the current park programme, along with a copy of the park map. Park programmes and maps are also readily available to all guests; just check the dispensers on the wall as you walk through from the park gates, under Main Street Station, towards Town Square.
Park programmes are usually very similar within a season (Christmas, Halloween, Frozen Summer Fun, Season of the Force, Swing Into Spring etc.). So if your holiday is a little way off, but you would like to do some planning, you can usually get a good idea at least of what might be happening from the current park programme, as long as it is within the same ‘season’.
I ate in the Lucky Nugget Saloon last year, and really was pleasantly surprised. I’d not researched it whatsoever, and was expecting the usual counter service style place; queue up and pay, collect your food and then find a seat, but the Lucky Nugget is actually more of a counter service and table service hybrid! It is located on the left as you pass through the entrance to Frontierland that is near Casey’s Corner, and offers a Tex-Mex style cuisine.
Upon entry, you are handed a menu from which you order right at the door. Once you’ve ordered and paid, you are shown to a seat – the inside of this place really is stunning! It’s like a theatre, and throughout the day they have puppets on the stage, and a Toy Story show at certain times. The puppets tell the story behind the Lucky Nugget Saloon; I won’t spoil it but it focusses on Diamond Lil, who stumbled on a lucky golden nugget and decided to spend it on building the saloon. It’s really good entertainment – not too loud or intrusive but nice as a background to a nice lunch.
Food and service
Once ordered, this is where Lucky Nugget varies from other places. Food is served in little baskets, and your drinks and mains are brought to your table, as opposed to you collecting them. Once done your baskets of food are cleared for you, and desserts then brought over. The food was exquisite – I had the ribs and the meat really does fall off of the bone, which for me is absolutely perfect. The ribs come with onion rings and chips, as well as a drink and dessert, for 21,99€. Yes, it is expensive, and subsequently, I wouldn’t eat there every day, but it is reflected in the sort-of table service you receive, the show you watch, and the portions you receive. I would definitely recommend it, and if you’re looking for something between a sit-down table service meal, and a quick counter service meal, and you’re happy to pay the price which also sits between table and counter service, I’d definitely pay the Lucky Nugget Saloon a visit.
You may make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) up to 60 days in advance by phoning +33 (0) 1 60 30 40 50 (Please note, not all restaurants accept reservations. See each individual restaurant page for more details).