Earl Of Sandwich Opens Full-Service Restaurant In Downtown Disney Next To Pop-Up Shop


The popular Earl of Sandwich that has come and gone several times at Downtown Disney is testing out a new full-service, sit-down restaurant concept next door to a temporary pop-up sandwich shop at the outdoor shopping mall.

The Earl of Sandwich Tavern fast-casual, table-service restaurant officially opened on Tuesday, Feb. 28 in Downtown Disney next to the temporary Earl of Sandwich grab-and-go shop.

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The Earl of Sandwich Tavern offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with al fresco seating on the patio and a full indoor cocktail bar.

Breakfast dishes include omelets, burritos, eggs Benedict, avocado toast and French toast. Lunch and dinner entrees include burgers, fish tacos, fish and chips, prime rib, roasted chicken, fettuccine alfredo, soups and salads along with the restaurant’s sandwich lineup.

The fan-favorite Earl of Sandwich grab-and-go location returned to Downtown Disney in early February in the former La Brea Bakery location that abruptly closed in early January after more than two decades of operation as one of the original businesses in Downtown Disney.

Disneyland worked with the Orlando, Florida-based sandwich franchise on the pop-up location as a short-term solution to temporarily satisfy fans of the beloved sandwich shop.

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The original Earl of Sandwich restaurant was torn down in February 2022 along with AMC Theatre, Starbucks West and Sugarboo and Co. as part of the renovation of the west end of Downtown Disney.

A new Porto’s Bakery & Eatery will eventually be built on the footprint of the La Brea Bakery location near the esplanade between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

Disney officials announced in September during the D23 Expo that the Cuban sweets and treats foodie-phenom was headed to Downtown Disney as part of the outdoor shopping center’s latest renovation.

The Southern California institution — which already has a Buena Park location near Knott’s Berry Farm —rocketed to foodie phenom status in 2016 when it nabbed the top spot on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S.

Brady MacDonald | Reporter Brady MacDonald is a theme park reporter for the Orange County Register and the Southern California News Group. He’s covered the theme park industry for more than 25 years. He writes about Disney, Universal, Six Flags, SeaWorld, Cedar Fair and Legoland parks in Southern California, across the United States and around the world. As a member of the SCNG Features team, he also writes about entertainment, travel, pop culture, music, restaurants and craft beer.

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